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20 Hudson Yards, New York City, NY 10001-2151
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34th St – Hudson YardsNew York City Subway3 min
34th St – Penn StationNew York City Subway10 min
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Jemlnlx wrote a review Nov 8
Bronx, New York3,468 contributions233 helpful votes
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I've known about the Vessel for a while now but was unable to go due to COVID. They recently reopened about a month or two ago. Their current reservation system is the same as before I believe. You can go online and reserve an hour-long window to visit during, which is free. You can also purchase a flex-ticket for $10 which covers the entire day and you can show up at any time during that day. I believe you can also arrive on the day-of in hope to get same-day tickets at one of the nearby kiosks. The Vessel is located in a plaza between 30-33rd streets and 10-11th avenues. You can take the 7 train to the Hudson Yards station and walk about a block to the Vessel as well. I arrived at around 3:30 for my 4-5PM ticket. I decided to take a stroll at the mall which has lots of high end stores on the main floor, but others including some food options on the higher floors. Around 4:10 I made my way to the Vessel entrance where they scanned my e-ticket (you can also bring out a printer ticket). They then did a quick bag check and I proceeded into the Vessel. A wonderful and amazing structure. Lots of stairs to climb so be mindful of that. Though there are a lot fo stairs, they are not steep steps. Also after each set of stairs (about 14 steps) there are landings where you can stop rest and take pics of course. Bring comfortable shoes to climb those stairs. There is also an elevator available but that may be reserved for disabled visitors. Lots of people are taking pics as you can imagine. Masks are required to be worn at all times but people do take them off intermittently to take photos. There were a number of staff there patroling and reminding people to keep their masks ON. It is okay to take it off for a few seconds for a photo op, but not much longer than that. Also sunsets seem to be the most popular times as the Vessel offers some amazing views of the sun setting of over the Hudson River. Lots of people were on the upper platforms getting photos while the sun was setting. If you are taking photos be sure to look up and down...the Vessel structure is pretty amazing and both bird's eye views from the top and worm's eye views from the bottom are pretty cool. Also, fellow photographers, tripod are NOT allowed to be used while at the Vessel, but you can keep one in your backpack as long as you use it. Also...I was told by two security guards while on the HUdson Yards grounds that the grounds are private property (much like Rockefeller Center) and tripods are NOT allowed to be used ANYWHERE on the plaza. Overall it was a great experience. It is a lovely structure in a lovely plaza with lots of photo ops. It is absolutely free and all staff members I encountered were very helpful. Their reservation system works well during the pandemic. I highly recommend everyone to visit.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Lispony wrote a review Oct 2020
Parkton, Maryland1,030 contributions122 helpful votes
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We visited here Feb 2020. We got a free pass online that gave a 2 hr window where we could enter. We started on the hi-line and walked to Hudson Yards and the vessel. There is an elevator, but it's fun and easy to walk up each level. We spent about an hour walking and taking pictures. Very fun free activity to do in NY!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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On Tour. wrote a review Oct 2020
United States12 contributions2 helpful votes
The Vessel has become a living monument and now a staple of New York City. For being a new structure, its already iconic in the same vein as the Statue of Liberty. It is the center of Hudson Yards and what Hudson Yards is known for. I visited the Vessel when the structure first opened and again in September 2020 and still marvel at its amazing design. But that's where the wow factor ends. Once you go inside you're just going up sets of staircases and having a photo-op on different levels. As someone who is terrified of heights and read a lot of TripAdvisor reviews stating beware, it was not scary at all. Once I reached the top it wasn't as amazing, but its no fault to the Vessel. The view is covered by buildings and a small gap to peak at the Hudson River and the Long Island train yard. You can say the Statue of Liberty is similar in which you just go up staircases, but the Statue has a history that the Vessel does not. Go for the experience and check it off your bucket list, but for the best view of New York City in Hudson Yards check out the newly opened Edge right across the Vessel. Make sure you prebook your tickets in advance.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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mchelle77 wrote a review Oct 2020
Boston, Massachusetts523 contributions109 helpful votes
Great free activity with nice views of the Hudson and a workout as well. Each level takes you higher up with a slightly changing view. I opted to stick to the river side and it was pretty windy. I had dinner reservations later that night and didn't want my hair to get TOO messy, so I didn't quite reach the very top (but I got close!) I was lucky enough to get a clear day - I only wish it had been closer to sunset (but they close before that time) There is an elevator to make the view from the top accessible to all.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Jered C wrote a review Oct 2020
Worcester, Massachusetts34 contributions28 helpful votes
Seeing or experiencing architectural wonders or achievements is one of the many reasons why I travel...this latest attraction of NYC is a must. The concept is pretty simple but once you’re on it and reach the top try looking down and u can see and feel the genius of the architect. It look like a lotus flower about to bloom...just wondering what aliens will say looking at it specially at night...
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Date of experience: October 2020
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