Hudson Yards opens 'Edge,' Western Hemisphere's highest outdoor sky deck

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Hudson Yards on Wednesday officially opened "Edge," the Western Hemisphere's highest outdoor observation deck that offers visitors the opportunity to see and experience New York City like never before.

Piercing the sky at a soaring 100 floors from its record-setting height of 1,131 feet, Edge reveals never-before-seen views of the city, western New Jersey and New York state spanning up to 80 miles.

Visitors will enjoy varying levels of thrill from sharing a champagne toast under the clouds to leaning over the city up against the angled glass walls to stepping out onto the glass floor or taking in the view on the outdoor skyline steps from the 100th to 101st floor.

"You've never experienced New York like this before," said Jason Horkin, Executive Director of Hudson Yards Experiences. "Stepping onto Edge is like walking out into the sky. The entire experience is designed to inspire visitors and ignite a new passion for New York City with multiple, built-in thrill elements that ensure Edge becomes a must-see local attraction and a top spot on every travelers' bucket list."

Edge will be open seven days a week, year-round, from 8 a.m. to midnight.

General admission adult tickets are $36 purchased online and $38 purchased on site. Child tickets are $31 purchased online and $33 on site. New York City residents can buy adult tickets online for $34. Special rates available for seniors, active and retired members of the U.S. military and groups.

Tickets are available on the Edge website.

A champagne bar, located on the 100th Floor, offers a glass of champagne or signature cocktail and light bites to enjoy indoors or outdoors on the sky deck. The champagne bar is operated by London-based rhubarb hospitality group. Rhubarb also operates Peak, the restaurant, bar, cafe and event space located on the 101st Floor.

Peak will serve lunch and dinner offering a one-of-a-kind dining and social experience.

Designed by William Pedersen and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and extending out 80 feet from the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards, Edge redefines the New York skyline. A marvel of modern engineering and structural design, the 765,000-pound observation deck is comprised of 15 sections, each weighing between 35,000 and 100,000 pounds, all bolted together and anchored to the east and south sides of the building.

The 7,500-square-foot outdoor viewing area is surrounded by 79 glass panels, each weighing 1,400 pounds, manufactured in Germany and finished in Italy. Interiors of Edge and Peak were designed by Rockwell Group.

Edge is a major focal point of Hudson Yards, the 28-acre neighborhood on Manhattan's West Side that brings together fashion, dining and cultural experiences along with the headquarters of dozens of leading corporations, thousands of residences, 14 acres of public parks and open space and interactive public landmarks, including Vessel designed by Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Edge temporarily closed just two days after opening due to the spread of the coronavirus and the ban on all gatherings of more than 500 people.

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