The Vessel
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This bold, beehive-looking structure is one of the most iconic buildings in Midtown Manhattan and the centerpiece of Hudson Yards. This spiral staircase has 154 interconnecting flights of stairs, and together with its reflective copper metal exterior, creates a surreal appearance and unique photo op. It also offers amazing views of the city and river from different vantage points. Although the upper floors are currently closed to the public, you can access the ground level for free. It's a great stop to make if you're heading to Bella Abzug Park, or on a tour of Hudson Yards and The High Line. – Tripadvisor
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Neighbourhood: Hudson Yards
How to get there
  • 34th St – Hudson Yards • 3 min walk
  • 34th St – Penn Station • 10 min walk
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  • BronteBucket
    Harrogate, United Kingdom646 contributions
    Impressive sculpture at the end of the High Line
    Gosh, what a sculpture! It is a stunning building/piece of art comprised of numerous walkways which you can normally walk up to get to the top. Gives off a bee hive vibe - sadly currently closed whilst they work ok safety elements. You can however walk into the base of the sculpture to view it from below which is worth doing (free of charge).
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 March 2023
  • Mich Herondale
    99 contributions
    Stunning
    This building is absolutely stunning and it's really worth paying it a visit. We were in awe watching it. Also, the day we visited there was a huge screen in which you could see a football game, there were also some chairs and many people gathered watching. Really cool!
    Visited October 2022
    Written 7 March 2023
  • Princess
    Washington DC, District of Columbia206 contributions
    Eye catching
    Stunning building! Even on a rainy day there were quite a number of people taking photos. Wish it was still an option to go inside the building.. maybe it’ll reopen one day, let’s hope so!
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 March 2023
  • natters14
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom2,549 contributions
    Stunning!
    I visited here with my two friends, who are locals, after we had brunch with a fantastic view overlooking the building. It was great to then visit the structure and ground level and look up at it. It’s a shame you’re unable to now to go up the building but it’s still an interesting piece of architecture to admire. Well worth a visit if you’re nearby particularly as it’s in such a convenient location.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 April 2023
  • Arthur M
    Hamilton, Canada1,044 contributions
    Can't climb to the top, but the structure itself was stunning enough to be appreciated from below.
    Definitely Hudson Yard's icon, and one of NYC's modern day icons too. The structure was insanely well-designed. While we can't climb to the top, it was enough to be appreciated from the ground level.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 20 April 2023
  • Went To America
    London, United Kingdom55 contributions
    Good for Instagram
    Can’t really comment on it as an experience or what it’s like to go inside as it’s been closed every time I’ve visited. However it is great to look at from the outside, it’s a fantastic sculpture to look at and is very popular for instagram photos. Hudson Yards in general is worth a visit for The Edge and the Shops, so makes sense to take a look at the Vessel while you’re there.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 July 2023
  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia45,212 contributions
    Amazing Vessel
    The Vessel is an incredible work of art! It is a spiral staircase and its bronze colour makes it look even more amazing. It is located in the area called Hudson Yards. We walked a long distance to get to it but we could not climb up as it was closed! We could only enter the ground floor! Still the whole thing was absolutely spectacular, and worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 October 2023
  • 644AndreaC
    180 contributions
    Amazing vessel !
    Amazing structure. I was here with my hubby last 2018 and was able to up and down the vessel. Too bad wasn’t able to go up this time because it was temporarily closed,but was still able to enter only the ground floor. Took a lot of pictures. Very Instagrammable.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 October 2023
  • D P
    Wellington, New Zealand6,692 contributions
    Beautiful structure
    What a shame that this amazing structure/building has been temporarily closed due to idiots throwing themselves off of it. They are currently looking at ways to enclose the structure without compromising the beauty of it. Still it is fascinating to see and you can go inside to look up through the structure with its shiny copper exterior
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 October 2023
  • Edd1981
    Abingdon, United Kingdom97 contributions
    Cool building
    Very cool structure. You can go into the bottom and look up but can’t go up to the top as sadly it’s closed due to suicide attempts. Very unique structure, and worth having a look after doing another tourist thing in the area 👍
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 October 2023
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Steve
London, UK962 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
It’s a shame the vessel is closed but it’s still worth a look and you can still get some great pictures. Good place to start your high line walk too
Written 10 February 2024
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Oz22
London236 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had been looking forward to seeing the Vessel, and saw this at Christmas, it looked amazing with decorations, as did the shopping centre at Hudson Yards.
Written 2 February 2024
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Vicky C
Leeds, UK404 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Amazing views from outside and on the vessel. Please type to see nearby too in the Edge with shops and cafes. We walked on the High Line to Chelsea Market too which start right here - such a lovey way to see the city
Written 12 January 2024
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,694 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
I walked from the Meatpacking District along the High Line and came to Hudson Yards which is a fancy shopping center. Also there is the Vessel which is an attractive and unusual piece of architecture. Unfortunately on the day I visited it was shut but the gift shop was open which meant I could get a souvenir of my visit.

Most unique.
Written 20 December 2023
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Reid and Lauren C
Dallas, TX2 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Just something to look at with no real history or significance that isn’t really special other than to discuss what you think it mostly resembles and why.
Written 18 December 2023
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hsasmith
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK854 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Very interesting Shape which you can walk around and through the middle but unfortunately you aren't able to climb at present. Pretty at night with the lights reflecting off it
Written 29 November 2023
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Gino K
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,124 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
The vessel is a beautiful piece of modern architecture. Unfortunately it is closed due to some incidents, but it is a sight you should visit!
Written 18 November 2023
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Adam
Vilnius, Lithuania41 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Very accessible all around for wheelchair users. Of course it is closed for entrance which is a shame, but can roll around it like everyone else, no barriers, steps or anything like that.
Written 4 November 2023
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AZoratti
Ribeirao Preto, SP251 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Very different construction, I think you have to see it if you are in NY, take advantage and go to Electric Lemmon on the roof top of the Hotel Equinox
Written 31 October 2023
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D P
Wellington, New Zealand6,692 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
What a shame that this amazing structure/building has been temporarily closed. They are currently looking at ways to enclose the structure without compromising the beauty of it.
Still it is fascinating to see and you can go inside to look up through the structure with its shiny copper exterior
Written 21 October 2023
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