Hudson Yard’s Vessel strikes accessibility deal

Disabled sightseers are about to get a much-deserved lift from Hudson Yards’ biggest new attraction.

Hudson Yards’ developers agreed to install a new “platform lift mechanism” at the Vessel — the new development’s massive, walk-able sculpture — after it was deemed in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to a deal the developers struck with federal officials.

The 150-foot-high honeycomb-like structure currently has elevators that give the handicapped access to just three of the Vessel’s 80 platforms.

Because the site is so heavily trafficked, developer Related sometimes only runs elevators to the top platform, bypassing two others, Geoffery Berman, US attorney for the Southern District, said in a statement Monday.

“We are pleased that Related has designed an innovative solution to increase accessibility to the Vessel,” the statement said. He said the company “has agreed to commit substantial resources” to install “a platform lift.”

A lawyer for Related did not immediately return calls for comment.

The Vessel, which opened in March, is the centerpiece of the new West Side development. It has 154 “intricately interconnecting flights of stairs” with nearly 2,500 steps and 80 landings, according to the Hudson Yard’s website.

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