The extraordinary centerpiece of Hudson Yards is its spiral staircase, a soaring new landmark meant to be climbed. This interactive artwork was imagined by Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio as a focal point where people can enjoy new perspectives of the city and one another from different heights, angles and vantage points.
Comprised of 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs — almost 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings — the vertical climb offers remarkable views of the city, the river and beyond.
How to get tickets:
For FREE same day time-specific tickets, please visit us onsite beginning at 9:30am. Same day tickets are available on all of the interactive kiosks in the Shops and Restaurants at 20 Hudson Yards and the interactive kiosks on the Public Square and Gardens. All FREE tickets are issued on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are distributed for the next available timeslot and allow for a one-time entrance during your assigned timeslot.
Limited quantities of tickets are also available for future reservations in a 14-day window. These tickets can only be reserved online.
Try to check out the Vessel early in the day before the sun is at its peak. Climbing up those stairs can be a bit intense in the heat.
I was able to get my tickets pretty easily when I arrived on the day. Again it helped that I was there right when the Vessel opened.
Take lots of breaks and walk around the structure for different views that you can photograph for instagram.
Take the elevator down just to have the experience.
Grab a Circle Line Cruise after your visit. It is a short trip from the structure along the waterfront.