Last year we visited Hudson Yards and wrote extensively about it in a two-part series. Now we’re back again to take a look at “The Edge” which is billed everywhere as, “The highest sky deck in the Western Hemisphere.”
To refresh your memory CLICK HERE TO READ OUR “HUDSON YARDS, PART ONE.
I reread both of these to bring myself up to speed and noticed that I said we wanted to climb The Vessel in Hudson Yards because my friend had climbed Ayers Rock in Australia (which is no longer allowed) and I had gone to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
Now it’s time to put another notch in our belt so we planned for a trip to The Edge in May 2020. But as the Scottish poet and lyricist, Robert Burns famously said in 1785, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Note: we also have Burns to thank for “Auld Lang Syne” that old chestnut that we all mangle once a year – right to the end – depending on how much booze we’ve imbibed.
So now I find myself writing this and wondering if we will – indeed – be able be able to visit The Edge in May because of the current coronavirus scare that we’re all dealing with at the moment. The Edge opened to the public on March 11th and seems to be going forward so here is some basic information that may, or may not, come in handy.
Opening day visitors to The Edge observation deck could look 1,131 ft. to the street from glass panels (top). Or, they could experience 360-degree views of the Big Apple and beyond (below). Photos and caption: Courtesy of the New York Post of March 12, 2020.
UPDATE AS OF JUNE 6, 2020
Well, here we are. In my wildest thoughts I never thought the NYC lockdown would go on this long. Things are much better, of course – and businesses are gradually going back to the way they were BUT it seems we still have a long way to go.
That said: it’s a big “NO” to see life from the 100th floor where The Edge is located. But, we are definitely going to go on this adventure at some point in the future. Stay tuned.Shaun Nelson-Henrick
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This is the first thing I saw when perusing the 50th anniversary issue of the Smithsonian magazine for April 2020. This eye-opening 10-page article (with spectacular photos) is titled, “The Ship in the Ice” and concerns a topic we’ve all been hearing about for years, e.g., global warming.
The pandemic this year has affected all of us in many ways. Two things that stand out in my mind: people definitely need people (to paraphrase the song “People” sung by Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl). The phone, email, computer, TV and all the other digital creations we use DO NOT take the place of human interaction. We all need to see and talk to each other. That said we have also learned that we can work at home very efficiently and handle our normal workload if necessary. Never commute again? I don’t think that will happen, but perhaps we’ll find a happy medium – time will tell.
I have often found that when a person achieves incredible success – after a long struggle – the back-story is almost as fascinating as the achievement itself. That’s why I was interested in, yet another, Andy Warhol write-up that appeared in the May 2020 issue of the Smithsonian magazine.
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