There are no shortage of skyline views in New York City, but one of the best new vantage points is opening next year. The new Hudson Yards mega mall is opening a 1,131-foot-high observation deck on March 11, 2020. Edge, the observation deck, will be the tallest man-made outdoor viewing platform in the Western Hemisphere, and it will offer views of the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, and the rest of New York’s skyline.
Edge can be reached via the fourth floor of 20 Hudson Yards, where you’ll pass through a tunnel into one of two elevators. A 60-second elevator ride will bring you up to the deck, which features a 200-square-foot glass bottom. That means there’s nothing — not even a floor — obstructing the views all around you.
John Kelly, vice president of design and construction at real estate firm Related Companies, told Condé Nast Traveler, “It probably sounds corny, but it’s a fresh look. It’s 7,500 square feet of unenclosed outdoor space. It’s not walking around the structural core of a building where everything is limited. It’s like an outdoor plaza.”
Don’t worry, you won’t have just a few minutes to enjoy the view before being “encouraged” to move along. The area will have outdoor tiered seating where you can relax and take in the surroundings at your leisure.
“It should feel like you can walk around and do things,” Jason Horkin, executive director of Hudson Yards experiences, said to Condé Nast Traveler, “with lots of opportunity to move around and through the space without it feeling cramped and crowded, and like you’re fighting for a position to take a picture.”
The experience will be open every day from 8:00 AM until midnight. It may not be open just yet, but tickets are already available online.