The Vessel
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About
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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  • Went To America
    London, United Kingdom376 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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, Australia48,693 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    210 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • Edd1981
    Abingdon, United Kingdom105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • The Trusty Trip Gal!
    England, United Kingdom243 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Very Unique Design
    I first saw the Vessel when passing on one of the ferries! Later on in the week we was having a walk on the High Line and came across the Vessel! Sadly it wasn’t possible to go up but I felt like the futuristic looking design fitted so well into its surroundings! Great to see!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 October 2023
  • D P
    Wellington, New Zealand7,636 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful structure
    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
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 October 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,913 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Layered Up
    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.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 December 2023
  • Vicky C
    Leeds, United Kingdom394 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning and worth a visit
    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
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 January 2024
  • Patty
    Margate, Florida658 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing building with spectacular architecture
    This is a really cool building like a honeycomb! Definitely an obligatory spot to visit in New York and the best part is that is free!! Perfect for take pictures!! And isn’t to big so you don’t going to need more than one hour here!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 March 2024
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York2,192 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very cool
    The Vessel is a very cool monument in Hudson Yards right at the end of the High Line. Unfortunately, you can’t go to the top, but the view from the bottom is very cool. There are always clouds of people surround the Vessel, but I still recommend visiting.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 March 2024
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SwonQonDoi
Boston, MA362 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
During our trip to New York, we had the chance to visit the Vessel, a fascinating attraction located on the west side of Manhattan.

The Vessel is a striking architectural structure that also serves as a centerpiece and public landmark within the Hudson Yards complex.

Since opening to the public, it has become very popular. Its unique design draws many travelers to check it out. The Vessel resembles a beehive from the outside, stands 16 stories tall (approximately 46 meters), and consists of 154 flights of stairs, 2,500 steps, and 80 landings. Visitors can climb to the top for a beautiful view of the west side of the Hudson River.

It's no surprise that people visit this place often; exploring the Vessel was a really cool experience. There are many picturesque spots perfect for photographs that no one should miss.

We had a great time at the Vessel and highly recommend anyone visiting New York stop by.
Written 16 May 2024
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Kaan Kuskonmaz
Istanbul, Türkiye284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This is one of the most iconic structures in Midtown Manhattan. I was not allowed to climb up the stairs when I was there, but if I had had a chance, I would have walked through them.
Written 24 April 2024
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Aki T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Nice neighborhood and nice to walk on vessel to see the city. Shopping mall nearby and outdoor vendors. We took cool pictures on it
Written 21 March 2024
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Jack
Old Bethpage, NY2,192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The Vessel is a very cool monument in Hudson Yards right at the end of the High Line. Unfortunately, you can’t go to the top, but the view from the bottom is very cool. There are always clouds of people surround the Vessel, but I still recommend visiting.
Written 16 March 2024
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Patty
Margate, FL658 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
This is a really cool building like a honeycomb! Definitely an obligatory spot to visit in New York and the best part is that is free!! Perfect for take pictures!! And isn’t to big so you don’t going to need more than one hour here!
Written 11 March 2024
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Steve
London, UK911 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
London237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK394 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK2,913 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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