New York’s $25 billion Hudson Yards development is open to the public.

People lined up on Friday to climb the 2,500 steps to the top of a massive sculpture named Vessel.

It’s the visual centerpiece of a complex of high-rises on Manhattan’s West Side with luxury commercial and residential space, including about 100 shops and restaurants.

People attend the opening of The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
People attend the opening of The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

CNN’s Anderson Cooper hosted the inaugural ceremony that included Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer and other New York elected officials.

CNN will be a tenant at Hudson Yards along with its parent company, WarnerMedia.

Also at the opening was developer Stephen Ross, whose company, Related, partnered with Oxford Properties Group to build Hudson Yards.

This March 5, 2019 photo shows
This March 5, 2019 photo shows “Vessel,” a 150-foot-tall structure of climbable interlocking staircases, that is the center point of the $25 billion Hudson Yards Redevelopment in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Half of the 28-acre mini-city by the Hudson River is completed; the rest will be done by 2025.

People attend the opening of The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
People attend the opening of The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
The Vessel, a 16-story spiral staircase, is illuminated at Hudson Yards, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
The Vessel, a 16-story spiral staircase, is illuminated at Hudson Yards, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
People attend the opening of a Piaget store during the opening night of The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
People attend the opening of a Piaget store during the opening night of The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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