Hudson Yards Vessel

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Hudson Yards' 'Vessel' To Open To The Public

March 11, 2019 - 4:58 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- A colossal sculpture that will give people more than 150 interconnected stairways to climb is opening to the public as part of the long-awaited Hudson Yards development.

The "Vessel,'' a metal structure in the shape of an inverted honeycomb, is opening to the public on Friday as part of the launch of the first phase of the Hudson Yards project on Manhattan's west side.

Vessel was created by British designer Thomas Heatherwick.

The latticed network of stairways and platforms rises 150 feet high, and includes almost 2,500 steps.

The $25 billion Hudson Yards development will include a hotel, a school, a retail mall, restaurants, public plazas and a skyscraper taller than the Empire State Building when it is finished.

Crain's Greg David tells WCBS 880 that Hudson Yards will also eventually pay for a subway extension to the area.

"This is very unusual in New York where a new development is going to cover the cost of a major expansion of our infrastructure," Davis said. 

(© 2019 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report)