I’m jaded when it comes to New York City tourist attractions, but I’m looking forward to the October 21st opening of the city’s newest site.
Summit One Vanderbilt, which describes itself “the most immersive observatory” experience,” sits on top of One Vanderbilt, the 1,401-foot tall tower at Vanderbilt Avenue and East 42nd Street next to Grand Central Terminal.
The three-level, 65,000 square-foot tourist attraction takes up the 91st through 93rd floors. Mirrors, reflective panels and floor cut-outs create a fun-house effect that plays with your sense of location and height.
A transparent-glass elevator called Ascent shoots guests even higher, to one of the loftiest viewing point in Midtown at 1,200 feet above the street. Even more exciting are the “sky boxes” on the 92nd floor which project out from the tower’s facade to allow stomach churning views straight down to Madison Avenue through floors of transparent glass.
SUMMIT One Vanderbilt is the fourth-highest observatory in the city behind those at One World Trade Center (1,250 feet), Edge at 30 Hudson Yards (1,100 feet), and the Empire State Building (1,050 feet). Tickets are for sale now at $39 a person.
While I can’t claim to be a fan of high rise, you can’t help but admire the audacity and pure genius that goes into a work like this. Monumental!