Why the Hudson Yards Vessel is $200M worth of glistening glory

Hudson Yards, the much-ballyhooed, 28-acre expanse on Manhattan’s far West Side, is more than shops and luxury condos. Still to come is a $500 million arts center, the Shed, opening April 5. But why wait?

Newly open to the public, in the site’s first phase, are exhibits, dazzling views and a variety of places for a good, quick bite. Here’s the best of what Hudson Yards offers right now — starting with Vessel, a giant work of art unlike anything we’ve seen in the city, with nearly 2,500 steps for New Yorkers to climb.

Stairway to heaven

Stephen Ross, billionaire founder of the Related Companies, Hudson Yards’ co-developer, says Vessel is a temporary name for the 150-foot-high, $200 million structure — a final name is…

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