PHOTOS: See NYC’s highest outdoor observation deck make its way up 1,100 feet at 30 Hudson Yards

May 29, 2018

Photo by Joe Woolhead, courtesy of Related Companies

Last month, just after commencing construction, the 1,100-foot-tall observation deck at 30 Hudson Yards made New Yorkers gasp with dizzying construction photos. Now, developers Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group have shared even more sky-high pics of what will soon be the tallest outdoor observation deck in NYC and the fifth tallest in the world. This set shows how the steel and glass sections–each of which weighs between 35,000 to 102,000 pounds–made their journey on barge through the New York harbor, down the streets of Manhattan, and ultimately up the 1,296-foot tower.

Photos by Timothy Schenck, courtesy of Related Companies

There will be a total of 15 of the aforementioned steel and glass sections. After being bolted together and anchored to the east and south sides of the tower, they’ll form a “jigsaw puzzle in the sky.” The entire 756,000-pound deck was fully assembled in Italy before it was broken down into sections and shipped to NYC.

Photos by Timothy Schenck, courtesy of Related Companies

For obvious reasons, the pieces were transported through the city streets at night.

Photos by Joe Woolhead, courtesy of Related Companies

Though the photos provide the first look at the pieces arriving and making their way up, the deck actually reached its full length and width earlier this month.

Photos by Joe Woolhead, courtesy of Related Companies

The new photos come via a press release that announces that award-winning chef and author Dan Doherty will helm the 5,800-square-foot, fifth-floor restaurant from London-based restaurant and catering company rhubarb. Rhubarb will also operate a 10,000-square-foot bar, restaurant, and event space on the top two levels of the tower, which will include an indoor-outdoor bar opening to the observation deck.

The deck will extend 65 feet away from the building with a window on the floor so thrill seekers can peer down. There will be a wide-angled, nine-foot glass wall encircling the 7,500-square-foot deck.

Construction shots of 30 Hudson Yards in April 2018 via CityRealty. Looking south down Tenth Avenue (top); from Eleventh Avenue (bottom).

Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), 30 Hudson Yards will rise 1,296 feet, making it the second-tallest office building in the city. It’s expected to be completed in 2019.

For even more thrills, watch this video about 30 Hudson Yards’ construction:


All photos and renderings courtesy of Related Companies, unless otherwise noted

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