"Three visitors in the past year jumped off the 150-feet-tall structure, a collection of 154 interlocked staircases.
Rather than install taller glass barriers on walkways of the vertical sculpture designed by Heatherwick Studios, the new safety plan has three elements to protect visitors.
Guests must come in groups of at least two.
“Vessel was envisioned as a shared, immersive design experience. Requiring visitors to attend in groups of two or more significantly enhances the safety of the experience,” said a representation from Related Companies, Hudson Yards’ owner.
The three suicide victims all came alone.
In addition, security staff will be tripled. And, “We are implementing enhanced guest engagement and screening procedures to detect high-risk behaviors,” the rep said.
As part of that, there will be National Suicide Prevention Lifeline messaging in a sign at the entrance, and messaging developed in partnership with the Born This Way Foundation, Lady Gaga’s nonprofit mental wellness organization to help troubled youths, on Vessel tickets.
The Vessel opened in March 2019 and drew 2.5 million visitors before the tragedies prompted January’s shutdown.
Also for the first time, previously free-all-day tickets will be $10 for visitors above 5 years old after the first hour of each day’s opening times."