New York's $25 billion Hudson Yards development opens

People attend the opening of the Neiman Marcus department store during the opening night of The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards, Thursday, March 1

People attend the opening of the Neiman Marcus department store during the opening night of The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards, Thursday, March 1

People attend the opening of The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in New York. Hudson Yards, a $25 billion urban complex

People attend the opening of The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in New York. Hudson Yards, a $25 billion urban complex

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 H

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 H

People attend the opening of The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in New York. Hudson Yards, a $25 billion urban complex

People attend the opening of The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in New York. Hudson Yards, a $25 billion urban complex

The Vessel, a 16-story spiral staircase, is illuminated at Hudson Yards, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in New York. Hudson Yards, a $25 billion urban comp

The Vessel, a 16-story spiral staircase, is illuminated at Hudson Yards, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in New York. Hudson Yards, a $25 billion urban comp

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

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

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's $25 billion Hudson Yards development is open to the public.

People lined up 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.

CNN's Anderson Cooper hosted the inaugural ceremony, which 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.

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