The Vessel, which had been FREE, has been closed since January 2021, following several suicides from the open scenic overlooks.
Instead of raising the waist-high barriers along the multiple walkways overlooks, a widely-used protection and deterrent, Hudson Yards developer Related Companies opted to triple security.
Staff also is now trained to look for behavior that might indicate a desire to self-harm, and adding anti-suicide signage.
Visitors no longer will be permitted to enter alone.
Anybody who wishes to climb the 150-foot sculpture, with its web of interlocking staircases, walkways and balcony overlooks, will be required to enter in pairs or in groups.
That also affects Hudson Yards office workers, who often used The Vessel for a quick lunch-time or after-work workout.
Plus, there is a new $10 admission ticket, which covers the increased security measures and anti-suicide signage. There also will be a suicide prevention message on the back of the new $10 tickets.
If you are having thoughts of suicide
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
Contact SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for a list of additional resources.
Here’s what you can do when a loved one is severely depressed.
About The Vessel
It’s one of the most extraordinary public sculptures in the world, an intricate honeycomb that you can climb and explore for magnificent views of Midtown, the Hudson River and beyond.
Tickets are required for timed entry.
Request the day and time you want – up to six tickets per request – and arrive any time within the hour that you request.
Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, since there are 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs — almost 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings.
Or, you could wait for the single small elevator that whisks you slowly to the top.
Be sure to bring your camera.
With nearly one mile of vertical climb above the Public Square and Gardens, this landmark offers remarkable views, including of the Hudson River and the train yards for which Hudson Yards is named.
This interactive artwork was imagined by Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio as an focal point where people can enjoy new perspectives of the city and one another from different heights, angles and vantage points.
NYC on the Cheap Warning
The online reservation system was cumbersome and often swamped when The Vessel first opened and became an instant must-see, and might be again with its re-opening.
The reservation system seems to have been fixed in the four months The Vessel was closed.
Try to avoid weekends, when there are more sightseers – both NYC residents and NYC visitors – than during the week.
Originally, you could be advised no tickets are available, or you could be told there are 300 to 500 people ahead of you waiting to make a reservation. Originally, the wait to make a reservation was as long as an hour while you kept the website page open and kept reloading.
Now, the reservation system simply will not accept your reservation for a particular time if it has been sold out.
Timed-entry tickets are available in one-hour increments from 11am to 6:30pm. You must enter within your ticketed entrance time, but can stay beyond it.
There is also a wheelchair priority ticket for the elevator.
Limited quantities of free tickets available per day. When these tickets are sold out, no more will be released for that date.
- The advice is to get there early to snag a free ticket.
Nothing on our list is more than $16, and some are as little as $3.
How to get to Hudson Yards:
Take the #7 IRT subway to the Hudson Yards stop, the last stop in Manhattan, one stop west of Times Square.
Also accessible by the 34th St. and 42nd St. crosstown buses.
Those are the same directions for the Javits Convention Center, a few blocks from The Vessel.
Evelyn Kanter also is the author of several NYC and Hudson Valley guidebooks, including my latest, 100 Things to Do in NYC Before You Die.