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'Edge' Observation Deck Opens At Hudson Yards

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- It opened Wednesday and stands more than 1,100 feet above Hudson Yards on the West Side.

So, it's not for the faint of heart.

So, CBS2's Steve Overmyer decided to live on the edge.

Stepping out on the deck takes a leap of faith.

"The way the deck cantilevers off the building it's unlike any other deck anywhere in the world," Hudson Yards President Jay Cross said.

Skyline views of the city are nothing new, but the observation deck offers something unique -- glass walls that are angled, inviting you to lean in, if you dare.

The Edge Sky Observation Deck
(credit: CBS2)

One hundred stories above New York City, the edge isn't just high architecture; it's structural expressionism.

"They showed up one day with a beak sticking off the side of the building. We were like, 'How can we even build that?'" Cross said.

The grand opening was put to the ultimate test, by fifth-graders. Students from P.S. 33 were the first public group allowed on the new Instagram hot spot. The most popular spot is the glass opening that doesn't appeal to everyone.

"I think it's absolutely mind-blowing, because you can see the entire New York," 10-year-old Aanya Baid said.

The seamless glass is two inches thick and higher than anyone can climb.

"I found leaning up against the glass more fun because it was more scarier for me, frightening," Aanya said.

From that perspective you can see every iconic structure in the city, but only if you're strong of stomach.

"Yeah, I was scared!" one student admitted.

The Edge is the new destination for thrill-seekers.

It will be open from 8 a.m. until midnight every day. Tickets are $36 per person, but free to school classes. Tickets can be found here.

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