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See Summit, NYC’s latest observatory with vertigo-inducing glass balcony

See Summit, NYC’s latest observatory with vertigo-inducing glass balcony

Yes, you’ve seen the city from man-made heights before- we have lots of skyscrapers that offer wonderful views. But they will all seem downright picturesque compared to the latest offering: SUMMIT One Vanderbilt. The Midtown attraction, which opens in October, delivers a “euphoric, multisensory experience,” according to a bold statement in the press release. The entire space extends over 65,000 square feet, but is designed to work limitlessly.

Share observatory, share immersive experience, share sensory space, share mirrored selfie church, the four levels seem to be designed to let the city wash over you. The experience even comes with a dizzying glass floor, perfect for the person who just wants to feel something, anything.

There are a few components to the experience, starting with the Ascent, “the closed glass-wide elevators that travel up the outside of the skyscraper to reveal breathtaking views at the highest vantage point in Midtown at 1210 feet above New York City.”

Then there’s Levitation, “the fully transparent glass sky boxes that suspend guests at 1063 feet across Madison Avenue.”

The art installation is called Air, which is intended to be a “review experience and story of both literal and figurative reflection.” According to artist Kenzo Digital, this portion is meant to force you to “live in the now: calm, conscious, and free.”

Since you will be hungry for these transcendent experiences, there is also Apres. It is a Nordic-themed cafe with culinary offerings led by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events. They also want an outdoor bar, and why not, “the tallest urban alpine meadow in the world.”


Summit at a distance.

Greetings from SL Green, Kenzo Design

Photographer Jake Dobkin gave it “five out of five roof coverings”, our newly formed imaginary rating system for roof terraces with observations, noting that the glass-bottomed balcony “is truly overwhelming.”

But at 1210 feet, what would it look like next to our other tall boys? One World Trade Center is located 1250 feet; Edge at 30 Hudson Yards at 1,100 feet; and the Empire State Building at 1,050 feet.

Summit at One Vanderbilt at night

Greetings from Summit at One Vanderbilt

Summit with one person standing in the middle

Greetings from Summit at One Vanderbilt

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt is located on the corner of 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue and opens October 21st. Tickets are on sale now, ranging from $ 39 to $ 73. (Adult NYC residents get a price that starts at $ 34.)

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