The Vessel
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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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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  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia49,872 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
    225 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 Zealand7,703 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 Kingdom3,117 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 York3,132 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
  • SwonQonDoi
    Boston, Massachusetts405 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Explore the Beehive @ The Vessel
    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.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 May 2024
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Linda G
Philadelphia, PA135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
My husband and I usually spend a long weekend in NYC at least once a year and we’re always looking for something new and different to do or see. The Vessel was our first stop on this years trip. We purchased tickets ahead of time online. The tickets online cost $10.00 per person and are good for the whole day. You can get tickets for free at the site but they are timed entry tickets and you might have to wait several hours to go in so we purchased ahead so we could go in as soon as we arrived. The structure is beautiful, we walked up to the top but you can take an elevator (there was a line waiting for the elevator). The walk up wasn’t too bad, there are a lot of steps but there are landings along the way so you can stop and look at the view and rest a bit. The view from the top is amazing, we were there on a clear, sunny day so it was really nice. Lots of selfie takers that are kind of annoying as they didn’t seem to be aware of anyone around them and often blocked the steps and the landings. Aside from this it was really enjoyable. I imagine in warmer weather, during high tourist times this is a busy location but since it was January the crowd was small. Good option to add to any NYC itinerary.
Written 1 February 2020
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P F B
Edison, NJ1,638 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Worth the visit with great views and an interesting climb. Looking forward to a return photography visit because the lighting will change as the sun moves. The stairs are not steep and easy to climb each level to the top, but there is also an elevator available that goes to the top and also stops at each level. The Vessel is free, but a timed ticket is needed, but for $10 you can purchase a ticket that allows entry at any time. I visited here on Saturday, but on Friday I attempted to book a time online for the Saturday visit – all the online times were booked so I purchased the $10 ticket – this was well worth the $10 as we were able to enter at 10:00 am when the Vessel opened on Saturday. We were there for about an hour. Upon leaving I overheard another visitor being told that the earliest timed ticket available onsite on Saturday was around 2:00 pm – so same day timed tickets are available, but may be later in the day. So – if you book early enough in advance, you may get a time slot, if not, paying the $10 for a pass to use at any time of the day is worth it. And because access is limited based on time tickets – it’s not crowded!!
Written 9 February 2020
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Smittenfood
New York City, NY143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
If you’re interested in cool new architecture you will enjoy this new addition to the nyc skyline. If you take the time to reserve a spot online a few weeks/ days in advance its free if not a small $10 fee applies... this is to ascend the stairs of the vessel and actually experience being inside the structure and climbing it. If not it’s anyway a cool structure to just go see and take pictures of/with. Expect crowds on a day with good weather. The location has some shopping options for people who enjoy luxury malls and also a Spanish speciality food court with some good restaurant options. It’s not a venue you need to shortlist for a short visit to nyc because there are many more interesting experiences to take in when visiting.
Written 5 March 2020
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Andy F
Leicester, UK79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
This is a must see attraction, the architecture is simply stunning and is amazing to climb up with fabulous views from the top. You’ll need a ticket but it’s so worth it, especially because it’s free! We got Flexi Pass tickets for $10 but it gave us the option to arrive when we liked.
You can order them online.
Our visit was in January so it was cold but when you’re at the top it’s even colder! Wear a warm coat and gloves in January!
There is a lift to take you to the top if you don’t or can’t climb all the stairs.
Written 26 January 2020
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Helen B
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
The vessel is an amazing piece of architecture, it is beautiful to look at and even better to walk around and take in the views . Entry is free and there are a lot of very friendly staff available to help you make a reservation to enter. I loved it and look forward to returning when all the surrounding construction is complete.
Written 11 February 2020
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radx4
Ellicott City, MD2,197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We visited The Vessel during the holiday season. I wasn't sure what to expect as it seemed odd to construct a structure consisting of a bunch of stairs. However, it ended up being a really cool experience. The views from different parts of The Vessel are really neat and the copper colored steel looks really awesome. You can see the Hudson River, parts of the Highline, the train yards themselves, and parts of the city.

There is an elevator for handicapped access, but it only runs every 15 minutes or so and is very slow.

Note that tickets are required, although there is no cost for them. We booked about a week or two in advance and had no issues with time selection but a few days out there were few slots remaining. Requiring tickets definitely kept crowds to a minimum.

Overall, the vessel is a really cool structure and totally worth visiting. I predict it will become one of the major monuments in New York City.
Written 5 January 2020
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Dagmar G
Shelburne, VT351 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I tried to book a free ticket online for today. The website would only do tomorrow. So I figured I would see if I could get in when I got there. I was forced to book online even at the entrance and was told I had looked at the wrong booking website. Shouldn’t there only be one? When I did try to book it right there, it gave me a booking for an hour later, even though there were fewer that 30 people inside. I had to pay $10 to get in without waiting in the mall. After I paid and entered I asked if I could take the elevator to the top and walk down. I was told that it would be a twenty minute wait because the elevator only runs once every twenty minutes. I was not told this information before I paid, so I walked up a few flights, took a few pictures and left. Definitely not worth $10 and not really worth the time even when it’s free. You can’t go in on the spur of the moment, you must wait and hopefully shop in the mall which consists of essentially, Tiffany, Cartier, Rolex, Patek Philippe etc. All of which were completely empty. Take pictures from the outside and keep going. I wanted to see it and did. Never going back.
Written 21 January 2020
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missmarie723
New Brunswick, NJ35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We went on a cold rainy windy day. You’re not allowed to have your umbrella up so bring a hood or hat if you go on a day when there’s inclement weather. The walk up isn’t bad. You have areas where you can stop and catch yourself breath and just enjoy the amazing views. Any direction you look you’ll find breathtaking views. The way the structure is built is great for traffic flow because it has multiple stairs going up and down. It was lit up in red for lunar new year. Don’t forget to go online and reserve your timed ticket. And make sure to walk through the shops at Hudson Yard. Very high end but a beautiful shopping center. The High Line is also easy to walk to from the location.
Written 26 January 2020
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Explorers377
Horsham, PA248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
A perfect addition and spectacular way to develop an old, unused area. The Vessel, the main attraction at Hudson Yards, is an incredible art installation that should be seen from the ground, as well as the various levels it houses. The views of the Vessel's interior are a geometric mind maze and the views of New York that the structure provides are indeed wonderful as well. While we were there on a cold windy day, I am sure that, although sure to be super crowded, a warm sunny day would make you want to stay and capture the moment even much longer. Plan ahead and get advanced tickets as this is a very popular new attraction.
Written 25 January 2020
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Jane M
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Booked a free ticket a few days earlier to visit The Vessel. A beautiful piece of interactive art which provides great views from the top over the Hudson River. An easy, steady climb to the top. It may not be that tall a structure compared to the other visitor attractions in the city but my 'sea legs' kicked in at the top being so close to the edge. Glad I did it but certainly glad to return to solid ground! Whilst in the area we perused Hudson Yard mall and walked The High Line - made a change being able to walk more than a block without having to stop at a crossing! A lovely morning of free activities.
Written 23 February 2020
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