The Edge, NYC; Tickets, Observatory, What To See, Climb And More

Do you want to know what it feels like to be on top of the world? If yes, visiting the Edge can give you that and more.

 

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30 Hudson Yards.

 Edge NYC is located at 30 Hudson Yards. There’s no talking about the Edge without talking about Hudson Yards.

Hudson yards is a neighborhood in New York with a growing collection of diverse institutions and tourist attractions.

It is home to world-class culinary experiences, offices for industry leaders, lush gardens, and so on. The neighborhood is worth touring before or after a visit to the Edge.

Edge NYC

Edge NYC is not just a part of a random tall building. It is the highest outdoor observation deck in New York and the western hemisphere.

The observation deck is on the 100th and 101st floor of the 30 Hudson Yard tower, 1,131 feet from the ground. A short elevator ride from the 4th floor of the tower would bring you to the 100th floor- The Edge.

The Edge was completed in 2019 and officially opened on March 11, 2020 – A few days before the Covid 19 lockdown. The Edge is now open from 8:00 am till midnight, seven days a week.

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The Sky Deck

The outdoor sky deck is a triangular-shaped extension that juts out of the 100th floor.

The sky deck has a 7,500-square-foot outdoor viewing area surrounded by a 9-foot wall of glass. The glass-paneled wall is angled to allow visitors to enjoy a clear view of the city without obstructions.

An exciting feature of this observation deck is the 225-square-foot glass floor. It gives a startlingly clear picture of the street below! You can stand on the glass floor or lie on it for pictures- if you are brave enough.

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The Edge NYC View and Observatory.

When you reach the 100th floor of the 30 Hudson Yards, you can either enjoy a 360° view of NYC from the indoor observation deck or step onto the outdoor sky deck.

The indoor observation deck offers a beautiful and all-around view of NYC with no obstacles due to how the Edge is structured. So you can still have a swell time at the Edge even if you cannot bear stepping out to the sky deck.

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The Sky Deck evokes a thrilling feeling of being suspended in midair. With only a glass-paneled wall between you and thin air, it will take a lot of bravery to move to the farthest point on the eastern side of the deck.

The breathtaking view of miles beyond is well worth the effort of reaching the ‘edge’ of the edge.

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The Sky Deck provides an excellent view of the Hudson River and Lower Manhattan.

Standing in the middle of the sky deck (on the glass-paneled floor) is like standing over the city. It might be a little scary (or a lot), but it will all be worth it when you see the amazing pictures you will take.

The Edge Skyline steps.

The Skyline steps are on the sky deck and lead to the 101st floor. The top of the stairs gives a higher view over the glass wall and the sky deck area. The Skyline Steps is another great spot for pictures and can also be used as a sitting area.

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Other Attractions at the Edge

Peak Restaurant.

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If you take the skyline steps up, they’ll lead you to the Peak restaurant on the 101st floor. This sky-high restaurant is another enjoyable place to spend time while visiting the edge. You get to dine while looking out over the city.

P.S. Standing receptions, seated dinners, and relaxed gatherings for corporate or social events can also take place in this stunning setting.

Sky High Yoga at The Edge

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Yoga with a view is another attraction the Edge offers you.

What better place to exercise your body and mind than on the serene sky deck of the Edge?

If you are a fan of yoga, you’ll want to experience a class at the Edge. The classes are organized by Equinox in conjunction with Edge.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • A ticket to the Yoga class costs $50.
  • Each ticket gets you a 45-minute Yoga class, a yoga mat, and a gift bag.
  • Once the yoga class is over, you are allowed to enjoy the view for an extra 15 minutes.
  • Classes start at 6:30 am, but you have to get there earlier.
  • You can find more information and get tickets from the website.

The Edge NYC City Climb.

There may be many places to enjoy a beautiful view of the New York skyline but none quite like this experience. The Edge has upped the excitement by introducing City Climb – the highest open-air building climb in the world.

Climbers are to climb up the side of the skyscraper and reach the highest point of the outdoor sky deck, above the Edge. Do you think you’re brave enough to try this?

 

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The over 1200 feet climb up also includes climbing a 45-degree angled staircase. City Climbers can lean out over the edge and peer over the whole city. The exhilarating feeling of being at the highest point in New York City with no glass or buildings around is unrivaled. It is the ultimate sky-scraping adventure.

The climbers are led by experienced and trained climb guides through the course of the climb.

City Climb Requirements

Prospective climbers must meet some requirements to be eligible for the City Climb. These requirements ensure the safety of the climbers, according to Climb Guides.

  • Anyone under the age of 13 is not eligible for the City Climb. Climbers must be above age 13.
  • City Climbers must be within 4.9ft – 6.7ft in height.
  • Prospective Climbers must weigh between 65lbs to 310 lbs to qualify for the climb.
  • Climbers between the ages of 13 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult (over 18).
  • Admission tickets for the City Climb cost $185.
  • The package includes an opportunity to take the climb and a complimentary video of your Climb experience.
  • You also get access to the edge after the ascent and a medal to commemorate your achievement.
  • Before each climb, every climber takes a breathalyzer test. If the prospective climber fails the breathalyzer test, he/she will not be allowed to climb.

The following people are not allowed to participate in the City Climb:

  • Visitors under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medications that can impair judgment are not allowed.
  • Visitors with heart conditions or motion sickness can not go on the city climb.
  • Pregnant women or those who may be pregnant are not eligible.
  • Guests with disabilities that may interfere with their safety while participating in City Climb are also restricted.
  • Guests with vertigo are not allowed to go on the City Climb.
  • Guests with any physical, mental, or psychological disorders or diseases that the activity can aggravate are also restricted.

If a friend or loved one cannot climb (or would rather not), they can get a ticket to access the edge and cheer you on from above.

The City Climb Experience

The entire city climb experience takes a little over 2 hours. Once the climbers have been checked to ensure that they meet all requirements, they would get a suit for the climb.

Any loose items must be removed, and climbers must wear secure-fitting clothing. City Climb shoes are available for those whose shoes do not meet the requirements.

Climbers will then be fitted with safety harnesses and take a short elevator ride to the base camp.

At the base camp, climbers are attached to the safety rail that goes up to the apex.

Once the safety measures are in place, the climb starts from the base camp, through the stairs, and ends at the apex.

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At the apex, climbers are shown by climb guides how to lean out forward and backward.

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Anyone interested in doing the ‘lean outs’ can do so.

The climb ends, and climbers can remove their equipment and enjoy the view.

How Safe is the City Climb?

There’s usually the same question on everyone’s mind. “Is the climb safe?”

In addition to the requirements for climbing, the Edge has put some measures in place. They take safety very seriously and ensure that all safety measures are adhered to before every climb.

City Climb was carefully engineered and rigorously tested to meet and exceed all local and federal safety standards and guidelines.

All equipment goes through daily inspection, and the staff passes through extensive training.

Climbers are also put through a safety briefing to get familiar with the course and equipment before the climb.

Best time to visit the Edge

 Sunset is a beautiful time of the day to visit the edge.

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Edge at sunset.

Late afternoon is a great time to take pictures as the lighting is usually superb.

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It is no wonder that the Edge gets crowded around sunset. No one wants to miss the feeling of floating in the sky at sunset.

You might want to pay attention to weather forecasts on the day you choose to visit the Edge. The Edge is open daily regardless of the weather conditions, but portions of the outdoor sky deck may be closed for safety reasons (if the weather doesn’t look good).

However, you can still visit the indoor observation deck.

You can not go wrong with visiting the Edge. It is a great spot for fun trips, sightseeing, and even proposals! It wouldn’t hurt to add the Edge to your itinerary the next time you plan a trip or vacation.

How To Get to Edge NYC

Hudson Yards is between Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea areas and at the center of the metropolitan region. It can be accessed by commuter rail service, the subway system, the West Side Highway, the Lincoln Tunnel, and ferries along the Hudson River.

Below is a map to show the different access points.

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Tickets to The Edge 

Access to this state-of-the-art outdoor observatory will require tickets (Obviously). You can choose to buy online or onsite. I would advise you to buy online because tickets get snatched up fast (Especially if you want a slot for sunset tickets – and trust me, you will).

P.S. Visiting during sunset adds a $10 cost to every ticket. Buying tickets onsite would also attract an extra $2 cost compared to buying tickets online.

There are four ticket options to choose from:

  • General Admission Tickets

Children (6 to 12): $33

Adults (13 to 61): $38

Seniors (Over 62): $36

General Admission Tickets allow you to enjoy the view from the indoor observation deck, the sky deck, the glass floor, and the skyline steps. The tickets also come with a free digital photo souvenir. You will only be allowed up at your allotted time, so make sure to get to Hudson Yards before the time.

  • Flex Pass tickets

Children (6 to 12): $53

Adults (13 to 61): $58

Seniors (Over 62): $56

Flex Pass tickets give the same access as the general admission tickets. You only need to pick a date, and you will be free to visit at any time on that day (except when they are closed).

  • Champagne Admission Tickets

Adults (21 to 61): $55

Seniors (Over 62): $53

Enjoy all the features of the Flex Pass ticket with the extra perk of enjoying a glass of Champagne! Only Adults above 21 can purchase these tickets. No worries, your kids can still use the general admission tickets.

  • Premium Admission Tickets

Adults (21 to 61): $73

Seniors (Over 62): $71

You probably guessed it. With these tickets, you enjoy the features of the champagne admission tickets. In addition, you will receive a personalized photobook. These tickets are only available to adults above 21.

N.B.

  • If you are buying tickets online, you have to pick a date and time for your visit to the Edge.
  • All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
  • Entry is free for kids under age 5.
  • There’s also a discount rate offered for NYC residents only.
  • You can spend as long as you like at the Edge after you get in. So there’s enough time to soak in the experience.

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