New York City offers meeting attendees thrills aplenty. Now there’s one more: a new “skyscraping” experience.

 

Rising 1,131 feet in the air and extending out 65 feet from the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards, the glass-floored Edge is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere offering unparalleled 360-degree views of New York City's skyline. To make those views even more exhilarating, City Climb, the ultimate skyscraping adventure, challenges climbers to scale the outside of the building, and then lean out from the outdoor platfrom.

 

“City Climb quite literally shouts from the rooftops that tourism is back in New York City and there has never been a more exciting time to visit,” says Jeff T. Blau, chief executive of Related Companies, which developed Hudson Yards. “This is an adventure unlike anything the city has seen before, and we are thrilled to welcome the world to an experience of a lifetime.”

 

Here’s how the aerial adventure unfolds:  Following a comprehensive safety briefing, Climbers are fitted with specially designed safety harnesses, and secured into the course by City Climb Guides via two cables attached to a trolley that seamlessly move with the Climber throughout the entire journey. After ascending 32 steps to The Cliff, and looking down 1,190 feet to the City below, Climbers approach The Stair which consists of 161 steps on an approximately 45 degree incline. Once they reach The Apex at 1,271 feet, Climbers will have the opportunity to lean out and hang over the platform. The experience culminates with a celebratory medal for inaugural guests and a victory lap on Edge's outdoor viewing area on the 100th floor, where climbers can enjoy the glass floor, angled glass walls, outdoor skyline steps, or a champagne toast in the sky to their bucket list accomplishment. The experience lasts 1.5 to two hours and costs $185. For more information, visit edgenyc.com.

Temperatures are starting to dip in Seattle, but if you want to get in one last outdoor gathering before winter, consider The Rooftop at WeWork Cap Hill. Located on the penthouse level on 11th Avenue near Seattle’s storied Pine and Pike Streets, the space offers inviting landscapes and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Capacity: 74.  Bring sweaters and scarves!

 

A new hotel flag is flying in Manhattan. Pendry Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Pendry Manhattan West, the brand’s first hotel in New York City. In collaboration with Brookfield Properties, the hotel is designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and features 164 luxury guest rooms, including 30 suites, with interiors by Gachot Studios.

 

The Smyth Tribeca is welcoming guests again, this time as a newly independent hotel. The 100-room hotel first opened as a Thompson Hotel in 2009 and was rebranded an AKA property in 2018. Now, after being closed since March 2020, Smyth Tribeca will be run by Highgate, a real estate investment and hospitality management company.