Vessel Closes At Hudson Yards After Boy, 14, Jumps To His Death

(PATCH) Nick Garber, July 31, 2021

Developers are reportedly considering closing the Vessel permanently following Thursday’s death of a 14-year-old boy who jumped from the Hudson Yards attraction, the fourth suicide since it opened.

The boy, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead around 1 p.m. after jumping from the climbable structure near West 33rd Street.

Stephen Ross, the billionaire developer behind Hudson Yards, told the Daily Beast on Thursday that the Vessel would remain closed as his team decides whether it should reopen. The 150-foot-tall, honeycomb-like attraction had reopened in Mayafter being shut down in January following its third suicide.

Neighbors, who had long pushed for better prevention measures, harshly criticized the steps taken by owners Related Companies, which included a ban on solo visitors, a new advance ticketing requirement and a tripled security staff.

Community Board 4 has repeatedly called on Related to simply raise railings at the Vessel, saying no other step would adequately prevent people from leaping over the chest-high barriers.