As I climbed the thin metal steps on the edge of the skyscraper, the safety harness that kept me attached to the building — nearly 1,300 feet up — kept clicking, like a roller-coaster heading toward its first drop.
Looking around on a recent fall day, I could see New York City spread out below me in the early morning light. To the south, One World Trade Center appeared at eye level in the distance. To the east, the needle spire of the Empire State Building. To the west, as our guide, Anissa Barbato, pointed out, even New Jersey looked good.
Above is the comments of the City Climb, which is new attraction of the New York opening on Tuesday at 30 Hudson Yards, it is the tallest building of the city. Now it is the new attraction for the adventure lovers on the New York. that no perception deck can would like to coordinate: No walls, No glass window, No railing. Just skyline.
Cost of the city climb is $185 per person. It starts with climbing group of eight or more than eight people who are taken through a range of safety etiquettes, it also includes a Breathalyzer test. Also they are equipped in bright blue full body suits in propose to secure that nothing can fall off from their person to the streets below them.
All those climbers are equipped with specifically designed for safety measures that will help them and protect them during the climb of on outdoor staircase, from the main post known as the Cliff to the top stage called the Apex, found 1,271 feet above tenth Avenue.
There, they can incline out over the edge and peer down at the Empire State Building. City Climb will work downpour, snow or sparkle, however will close if the temperature drops under 23 degrees Fahrenheit or in case there is dangerous climate nearby.
Setting off on our climb, my stomach tightened as soon as the gate saying “Restricted Area” opened onto the Cliff. My hands, tingling with nervous anticipation the night before, were numb in the cold as I walked the 161 steps on the exterior edge of the building’s distinctive triangle top.
I looked down on the Hudson Yards plaza and the streets next to it, where the cars looked like ants.
When I got to the Apex, Barbato, the attraction’s manager, welcomed me: “We are at the top of the world.”
Then, she leaned back, arms stretched out, hanging over the city as a tether kept her from falling to the streets below.
“Put your heels on the edge, bend your knees, and push out,” one of the guides said, when it was my turn.
I did as instructed. And then, it was time to hold my arms out.
I wasn’t sure I wanted to let go, but everyone’s eyes were on me. My mind jumped back to a time I went bungee jumping in college nearly 20 years ago. I hesitated then, and always kind of regretted it.
So, I let go. It wasn’t that bad, as long as I didn’t think about the fact that nearly 1,300 feet below — a nine-second fall — was 30th Street and certain death.
Barbato said they expect a mix of thrill-seekers and people trying to prove to themselves that they can overcome their fear of heights.
“We’re going to have those urban explorers who are really just looking for something wonderful to do in New York City,” said Barbato. “We’re also then going to have those people who really want to prove to themselves that they can overcome not only their fears but their hurdles. This is going to be a magnificent, life changing experience for some people.”
After what seemed like minutes — 30 or 40 seconds, in reality — I grabbed the harness and pulled myself back in. I’m not afraid of heights, but I respect them: Once I was back firmly on the platform, it did feel like a bit of an accomplishment.