The Vessel

Inaugurated in 2019, Vessel is a series of interlinked staircases connected by various platforms, making for a great viewpoint in the middle of Hudson Yards.

New York's Staircase

Since its inauguration in 2019, this futuristic steel building has become one of the main attractions in Hudson Yards, the major urban plan to the East of Manhattan. It's at the end of the High Line and was designed by the English architect Thomas Heatherwick.

The Vessel looks a bit like a beehive. Its interlinked stairs and copper steel panels reflect the structure's surroundings - and there are a total of 2,500 stairs. Although it's not necessary to climb them all, if you find a good spot in the labyrinth you can get great views. There is also an elevator available for those with reduced mobility.

The Vessel, at 45 meters (150 feet) tall, is not huge compared with other skyscrapers in New York, such as the Empire State, or the Rockefeller. Nonetheless, we consider it an excellent place to see the buildings and scenery in Hudson Yards. It has a unique shape and has quickly become one of the Big Apple's most iconic buildings.

Visiting The Vessel in New York

The vessel has quickly become one of New York's most popular attractions, so we recommend booking your tickets ahead of time to avoid the long lines that often form, this way you can choose your time slot and visit in peace.

By booking your ticket in advance, you can also choose the time you'd like to come and be more comfortable during your visit. You can buy your tickets online by clicking on this link.

  • Book tickets to the Vessel online
  • On the official website for the building, you can book tickets to visit Vessel for free. However, you can only do this two weeks in advance and tickets usually sell out as soon as they appear on the website, making it an almost impossible option to go up to The Vessel.


Daily from 10 am to 9 pm


Entry with booking: 10 (US$ 10.80)

Every day some free tickets are handed out directly at the ticket office, but you have to queue and you can't know for sure if you'll be able to get in.


Subway: Line 7 (Hudson Yards)