|People enjoy The Edge observation deck, bottom center, as seen from the top of City Climb (The Apex), a new attraction at 30 Hudson Yards in New York City.|
GUEST BLOG / By David R. Martin, Photo Journalist, The Associated Press.-- Looking around on a recent fall day, I could see New York City spread out below me in the early morning light. To the south, One World Trade Center appeared at eye level in the distance. To the east, the needle spire of the Empire State Building. To the west, even New Jersey looked good.
I was experiencing firsthand, City Climb, an attraction, which opened this week at 30 Hudson Yards, one of the city’s tallest buildings. It gives thrill-seekers a unique perspective on New York that no observation deck could hope to match: No walls, no glass windows, no railings. Just skyline.
The $185-per-person experience starts with climbing groups of up to eight taken through a series of safety protocols, including a Breathalyzer test. They’re then outfitted in bright blue full-body suits meant to ensure that nothing can fall off their person to the streets below.
|View from an office at 30 Hudson Yards; looking Southwest|
Climbers are equipped with specially designed safety harnesses that let them ascend an outdoor staircase, from the first lookout known as the Cliff, to the top platform called the Apex, located 1,271 feet (387 meters) above 10th Avenue. CLICK HERE for the complete article.
|Recently opened The Edge observation platform atop 30 Hudson Yards, Mid-town Manhattan|
|30 Hudson Yards skyline at dusk; looking south |