By Stacey Leasca
March 12, 2019
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Soon, New York City will be on the “Edge” of the world.

On Friday, Hudson Yards announced the name of its upcoming observation deck, which is set to open sometime in 2020. They named it, what else, “The Edge.”

When the observation deck is completed it will hover 1,100 feet above the ground making it the tallest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere, according to CNN, and the fifth highest in the world. It will just beat out the observation deck at the Empire State Building, which is 1,050 feet above street level, along with Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center, a mere 850 feet above street level, CNN reported. According to The Villager, the deck at The Edge will extend 65 feet out from the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards.

“Edge invites visitors to walk out into the sky and embrace unobstructed, panoramic views of New York City like never before,” Jason Horkin, executive director of Hudson Yards Experiences, told The Villager. “The name reflects both the unique structural design, which pierces the sky when observed from below, and the exhilarating feeling of being on the brink of something exceptional — exactly where you are on edge.”

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According to CNN, guests will access the observation deck by first taking a 60-second elevator ride. Then, guests will step out onto the 7,500-square-foot outdoor viewing area where they can test their might by stepping out onto the glass floor. Edge will also be home to a 10,000-square-foot restaurant as well as a bar and event space.

As for how the group came to the name, it was just kind of the obvious choice.

"The name reflects both the unique structural design, which pierces the sky when observed from below, and the exhilarating feeling of being on the brink of something exceptional — exactly where you are on edge," the group explained.

While certainly cool, the observation deck is just one part of a larger effort to build public spaces into the new office tower, Crain's New York reported. The majority of Hudson Yards — which is the largest private real estate development in U.S. history — is slated to open this week, on March 15. As The Villager noted, it will come with more than 100 shops and restaurants, an estimated 4,000 residential apartments, 14 acres of public open space, a public school, and the first-ever Equinox Hotel.

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