This article is the complete guide to the City Climb at the Edge in NYC.
This is a brand new experience: it opened in November 2021.
You will climb the outside of the skyscraper while wearing a harness to The Apex, the highest outdoor observation deck not only in New York City, but in the entire Western Hemisphere.
Enjoy the spectacular view from here, or for an added thrill, lean far out over the edge and peer down to the city streets below.
The team of Discover NYC & My Christmas in New York did this in December 2021.
It was pretty awesome. It’s awe-inspiring to stand on the platform and look out over Manhattan with no walls or glass. It is, in our opinion, the best view in town, even better than the brand new SUMMIT One Vanderbilt experience.
City Climb NYC should be on your bucket list if you want to experience New York City’s most thrilling view. Here’s how to go about it.
The price of a ticket begins at $185 per person.
Book your tickets on the City Climb Website as soon as you know your travel dates, because these will sell out quickly!
The ticket price also includes admission to The Edge Sky Deck, which you will visit after completing the City Climb experience.
Participants must be at least 13 years old.
You must be between the heights of 4.9 and 6.7 feet. This translates to 1.5 Mt to 2 Mt.
You must be between the weights of 65 and 310 pounds. This translates to 30 Kg to 140 Kg.
If you are pregnant, have vertigo, have a heart condition, or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you should not participate.
VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW: Personal cameras, even with a strap, are not permitted. City Climb staff took all of the photos.
If someone in your group is unable or unwilling to participate, they can purchase a ticket to the Edge and wave to you as you stand on The Apex, the Edge’s highest platform.
According to the City Climb website, the entire experience takes between 1.5 and 2 hours from start to finish. It took us just over 2 hours to complete it.
Let’s now go together through all the steps of the City Climb at the Edge in NYC.
The first step will be to meet with a City Climb staff member to ensure you meet their entry criteria. They will measure your height and weight, have you sign a waiver, and then have you take a breathalyzer test.
If you do not pass the breathalyser test, you will not be allowed to participate. Save the drinks for the Edge Champagne Bar after this experience.
You will take an elevator to the 100th floor, which is also the location of the Edge sky deck. You will put on a blue jumpsuit and harness in a glass room (visible to visitors to the Edge). Staff members made us remove anything metal and then scanned us thoroughly with metal detectors to ensure we didn’t miss anything.
It’s then a short elevator ride up to Basecamp, where the staff will attach you and your harness to the safety rail that runs all the way to The Apex.
The employees take safety very seriously. They check the harnesses several times. So do not worry about that!
This safety process lasts about 1 hour. We then spent about 45 minutes on the platforms outside.
You will reach THE CLIFF by ascending 32 steps from Basecamp.
This small open-air platform rises 1,190 feet above the ground. Views of the Hudson River, New Jersey, and lower Manhattan are available from this vantage point.
The Stair is a set of 161 stairs that ascends from The Cliff to The Apex. There are only a few feet between where you walk and the edge of the building, so if heights bother you, this is the easiest part of the experience. It is, however, the most difficult part of the experience. Walking up the steps is fine, but pulling the harness device up the rail becomes tiresome.
At 1,271 feet, the Apex is the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere and the highest observation deck in New York City.
The view is breathtaking, and it is, in my opinion, the best in town. You will see almost all Manhattan from up here.
The Empire State Building, Lower Manhattan, and Central Park are all visible from here.
What’s more, there’s no glass or walls, just an incredible, unobstructed view of New York City.
At this point, the staff will demonstrate how to perform the “lean outs.” You can lean out facing forward or backwards by placing your feet near the platform’s edge. I did both, and facing forward was the more difficult of the two.
We took the stairs back down to the 100th floor, removed our gear, and then walked around the Edge after everyone had a chance to lean out over the edge of the platform.
The experience of the City Climb at the Edge in NYC is fantastic. Nothing else in New York City compares, and the view is unrivaled.
The only criticism I have is with the photography. It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t bring our phones, and the staff only has a small point-and-shoot camera and a Go Pro, so the photos aren’t of high quality. We still recommend purchasing the photo package if you want to take some photos of your experience home with you.
If you have any questions about City Climb or want to share your experience, please contact us via Discover NYC or My Christmas in New York on Instagram.
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