Vessel to reopen to visitors – and introduce new rules to prevent suicide

3 weeks ago

The 15-story Vessel Interactive Center in Manhattan will reopen its doors to the public this week – but with new access rules and ticket fees after three suicides and a subsequent temporary closure.

Vessel will reportedly open Friday.

Vessel to reopen to visitors - and introduce new rules to prevent suicide

It has been closed to the public since January. Under the new rules, anyone who wants to climb the stairs and platforms of the 150-foot complex shaped like an upside-down beehive must be in a pair or group. Single visitors will not be allowed. In addition, guests 6 and older will now be charged $10, although a limited number of free tickets will be available daily. The contractor reportedly has not raised the height of the fences. Lowell Kern, chairman of the local community board said the measures taken are still not enough. “The only way to prevent future tragedies is to raise the height of the barriers,” he said.

Vessel was created by British designer Thomas Heatherwick and opened in March 2019.