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Hudson Yards's opens 1,100-foot-tall observation deck


New York's $25billion Hudson Yards development will finally welcome visitors to its 1,100-foot-tall viewing platform.

According to the Hudson Yards Twitter account, tourists will be able to walk on the Edge beginning Wednesday.

The Edge is the tallest man-made viewing platform in the western hemisphere. Visitors will be treated to panoramic views of New York City from the triangular platform at the top of the Hudson Yards building.

An adult ticket will cost visitors $36 with the option to add on a personalized book for an extra $22 and a glass of champagne for $16.

Admission for children between the ages of 6-12 is $31. Tickets for Wednesday's viewings between 1pm-9.30pm have all been booked.

The last viewing for Wednesday begins at 11pm and ends at 12am on Thursday.

Hudson yards is a complex of high-rises on Manhattan's West Side with luxury commercial and residential space, including about 100 shops and restaurants such as Louis Vuitton and Neiman Marcus.

The sprawling 18million-square-foot urban complex is the city's most ambitious development since the rebuilding of the World Trade Center.

Half of the 28-acre mini-city by the Hudson River was completed last year when Hudson Yards officially opened. The rest will be done by 2025.

When fully complete it will include 16 towers of homes and offices, a hotel, a school, a performing arts center and the shopping mall.

Condos start at $3million and range up to $32million, but there will be 1,100 units of affordable housing.

The Vessel is the star of the complex doubling as art and a commercial structure. Walkers that cross its eight levels and follow its circular path end up walking a full mile.

However, the name Vessel is temporary and visitors are encouraged to pitch name ideas for the sculpture.

The urban complex is expected to generate new jobs and opportunities for New Yorkers.

The Hudson Yards is the largest privately built real estate project ever in the US, constructed over 28 acres of a working rail yard on the west side of Manhattan.

Constructing the deck was a tremendous feat of engineering.

The deck made a 4,283-mile journey across the ocean from Italy.

But the engineers found that the long ocean trek was the easy part. The most challenging aspect was the final 10-mile leg in which the deck needed to be moved from the Port of New Jersey to Manhattan’s West Side.

To get the modules across the Hudson River and on to the West Side Highway, officials needed to remove street signs and traffic lights in order to accommodate their sheer size.