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Edge observation deck opens in New York

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Edge, the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere, has officially opened in New York. However, the attraction has temporarily closed in light of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Edge offers unparalleled 360-degree views of New York’s skyline, as well as a thrilling glass floor, angled glass walls, and outdoor skyline steps.

Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), Edge extends 80 feet from the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards.

“It’s truly one of the best views of one of the best cities in the world, and we’re excited for everyone to experience it first hand,” said Michael Turner, president of Oxford Properties.

Unparalleled 360-degree views of New York

The 765,000-pound observation deck is made up of of 15 sections. Its 7,500-square-foot outdoor viewing area is surrounded by 79 glass panels.

In addition, the immersive, multi-room ‘Journey to Edge’ show tells the history of New York City’s newest neighbourhood, Hudson Yards.

Located on the 100th floor is a bar serving champagne, cocktails and light bites, which can all be enjoyed on the Edge. On the 101st floor is Peak, a restaurant, bar and event space operated by RHC.

“Gesturing directly towards the Empire State Building, and higher than its observation deck, Edge pays homage to its role as the most emblematic of all New York buildings,” said William Pedersen, KPF founding and design principal.

Glass floor and angled glass walls at Edge

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Hudson Yards

Despite the official opening of Edge, the website now notes that it has temporarily closed effective March 13 “to aid in the containment of COVID-19”.

“We see Edge as a unique opportunity to experience New York City,” said Marianne Kwok, design director at KPF. “With features that complement the design of 30 Hudson Yards, Edge is the result of an immense team effort, and its construction process was unprecedented.

“Now that it’s finished, I look forward to seeing it used and enjoyed by thousands of New Yorkers and visitors alike.”

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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