Photographer's Note

Yesterday I was finally able to visit the new complex called Hudson Yards, on the west side of midtown Manhattan. The most recognizable feature of this new area is the large, beehive-like structure currently known as the Vessel. It opened to the public on March 15, 2019. Visitors need to obtain a ticket for a specific time slot in order to enter and climb up, but surprisingly the tickets are free. :-)

Created by British designer Thomas Heatherwick, the Vessel is 16 stories high. It consists of 154 flights of stairs and 80 landings. It gets wider as you go up and offers some great views. I didn’t have the chance to actually go inside on this first visit, but I enjoyed photographing it from the ground level. I spent a lot of time exploring some of the new buildings in Hudson Yards, and some photos of those will follow.

Interestingly, there is a long list of “terms and conditions” for entering and climbing the Vessel, and one of them created a bit of backlash. Initially, the owners claimed all rights to any photos taken by visitors. The terms were slightly modified, and now read in part as follows:

“...I retain ownership of any photographs, text, audio recordings or video footage depicting or relating to the Vessel that I may create... If I post any Vessel Content to any social media channel, I hereby grant to Company and its affiliates the right to re-post, share, publish, promote and distribute the Vessel Media via such social media channel and via websites associated with the Vessel or Hudson Yards (including my name, voice and likeness and any other aspects of my persona as depicted in the Vessel Media), in perpetuity. I understand that I will not be entitled to any compensation…in connection with the same.”

In the WS are two additional views.

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