Operators of New York City’s big tourist attraction, The Vessel, closed the building until further notice this week after several suicides at the site.
The Hudson Yards vantage point on the far side of Manhattan has been the site of three suicides since it opened last year, the latest on Monday, the New York Times reported. And now operators of the 150-foot spiral staircase will shut it down while they consult with suicide prevention specialists.
Details of the suicides and identities have not been released.
The Vessel was designed by British designer Thomas Heatherwick – the elaborate honeycomb-shaped structure rises 16 stories and consists of 154 flights of stairs, 2,500 steps and 80 platforms for visitors to climb. Its final cost, financed by developer Hudson Yards, is estimated at $200 million.