Literally suspended in the void, surrounded by the wonders of New York, one feels a bit shaky standing on a glass deck at a height of over 350 meters. The Edge – the new observation deck opened on 11 March at Hudson Yards – is an experience of unadulterated vertigo. A floating terrace where you can enjoy champagne or sample exclusive gourmet cuisine.
In the mutable light of New York, 345 meters above the ground, a triangle protrudes into the air, protected by glass and visible from every point in the city, altering the skyline of Manhattan. The exceptional view presents New York and New Jersey in a new dimension, covering a horizon up to 130 km away, starting from the 4th floor of the Hudson Yards Shops & Restaurants: entering, you are surrounded by video installations designed by the LAB at Rockwell Group that narrate contemporary New York, tales that entertain you also inside the elevators, up to the 100th floor, where the thrills begin.
The Edge, an authentic engineering feat designed by William Pedersen and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) with interiors by Rockwell Group, made in Germany and finished in Italy, is an outdoor observatory in which the sloping protective glazing amplifies what can be defined as pure vertigo. The sensation is that of a walk over the void, literally floating over the island of Manhattan, glimpsing Coney Island and the Freedom Tower on the horizon, all the way to Upstate NY.
“You’ve never experienced New York like this before,” says Jason Horkin, executive director of Hudson Yards Experiences. “Stepping onto the Edge is like walking out into the sky. The whole experience is designed to inspire visitors and to ignite a new passion for New York City.”
Directly connected to the observation deck, an elegant champagne bar and the excellence of the Peak Restaurant, at the 101st level, managed by London-based Rabarbaro Group, offer exclusively New York spirits and gourmet dining. Immersed in the refined interior design by Rockwell Group, with dining rooms and a private dinner zone, gazing out at the timeless symbols of the city.
30 Hudson Yards
New York City
Opening: 11 March 2020