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Summit One Vanderbilt glass box observatory to open high above New York

Summit One Vanderbilt glass box observatory to open high above New York

(CNN) – Why settle for a sky-high attraction when you can have three inside a building?

That certainly seems to be the mindset behind the Summit One Vanderbilt, which is set to open at Manhattan’s One Vanderbilt Tower on October 21st.

Billed as “the world’s most immersive observatory experience,” New York’s latest observation deck features an enclosed glass elevator that runs to over 1,200 feet, transparent glass boxes and a room completely covered with mirrors.

The latter is part of the recently announced art installation “Air”, designed by artist Kenzo Digital and described as “a review art experience and story of both literal and figurative reflection.”

“The excitement surrounding Summit One Vanderbilt has been overwhelming,” Marc Holliday, chairman and CEO of SL Green, the Manhattan-based real estate investment fund that owns the building, said in a statement.

Awe-inspiring experiences

Summit One Vanderbilt opens at the One Vanderbilt Tower in Manhattan on October 21st.

SL Green

“Now that we are finally able to offer an insight into the impressive art experience that is awe – inspiring, on several levels and in more spaces that are ‘Air’, people will begin to understand how different this destination is from any other in the world. “

Visitors can also take a glass elevator ride in the Ascent, which moves up the exterior of the building and offers exciting views, or experience Levitation, a collection of transparent boxes that protrude from the tower and suspend guests 1063 feet in the air.

“We can’t wait to welcome New Yorkers and visitors to New York to experience this truly unique destination right in the heart of Manhattan connected to the Grand Central Terminal,” Holliday adds.

Attractions on offer include a glass elevator ride that moves 200 meters up the outside of the building.

Attractions on offer include a glass elevator ride that moves 200 meters up the outside of the building.

SL Green

“People want to come back to Summit One Vanderbilt again and again.”

Each of the attractions is part of the 65,000-square-foot entertainment and observation deck located on top of One Vanderbilt, a $ 3.3 billion development designed by architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

At 1,401 feet tall, the building is the fourth tallest in New York City. The highest is the One World Trade Center, which measures 1,776 feet.

‘Incredible addition’

That "the world's most immersive observatory experience," has an art installation with a mirrored room.

“The World’s Most Immersive Observatory Experience” features an art installation with a mirrored space.

SL Green

Apart from its thrill-seeking highlights, Summit One Vanderbilt also has a Nordic-themed lounge and cafĂ©, food stalls and an outdoor terrace with the “highest urban alpine meadow in the western hemisphere.”

When the project was first unveiled back in May, Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company, the organization behind the “NYC Reawakens” summer campaign, said he hoped the launch of the attraction would help boost tourism in the city.

“New York City will be full of energy this fall, and Summit One Vanderbilt is an incredible addition to its attractions for locals and visitors,” Dixon said in a statement.

The installation is described as "a review art experience and story of both literal and figurative reflection."

The installation is described as “a review art experience and story of both literal and figurative reflection.”

SL Green

The observatory’s experience is to start weeks after a 98-foot-tall (30-meter) Ferris wheel, temporarily installed in the middle of Times Square, which attracted thousands of people a day, was taken down to make room for the reopening of Broadway.

New York is home to a number of impressive observatory decks, including the Top of the Rock Observatory at Rockefeller Center, where the upper decks are 850 feet above street level and the observation deck on the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building, located 1,250 feet above street level.

Tickets for the Summit One Vanderbilt experiences have just been sold out ahead of next month’s launch, with prices starting at $ 39 for adults.

Top image courtesy SL Green

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