Sculpture designed by Thomas Heatherwick at the Hudson Yards Grand Opening event at the Hudson Yards in New York,

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Hudson Yards 2,500 step sculpture, retail, dining open

March 15, 2019 - 7:18 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A seven story mall and a 2,500 step participatory sculpture highlight the new openings at the West Side’s Hudson Yards Friday.

Both represent major milestones in the progress of the $25 billion urban complex, consisting of 16 towers over 28 acres, scheduled to be finished by 2025.

The sculpture, a $200 million 2,500 step winding staircase known as the Vessel, is open to the public

Admission is free to the 3,200 ton structure.

A worker who was employed on the construction of the project said, “When I look up and see what I have done and see the work that I have done, I am proud.”.

The seven-story mall called the Shops at Hudson Yards hosts retailers like Cartier, Nieman Marcus, H&M and Zara.

A 35-year resident of the neighborhood told 1010 Wins, “Oh my goodness, this was a desolate area; this was just train yards and stray cats.”

The observation deck in Hudson Yards, set to open later this year, will be 100 feet higher than the Empire State Building’s.

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