A skyscraper in New York has unveiled a dizzying new tourist attraction – a glass-bottomed, mirrored observation deck 1,000 feet up.
Summit, a sky-high experience that spans the top four floors of One Vanderbilt in Manhattan, welcomed its first daring visitors to a preview Wednesday.
The attraction, called Summit One Vanderbilt, includes an outdoor terrace more than 1,200 feet in the air, accessible by transparent elevators that take visitors up the side of the building, which sits next to Grand Central Station.
Each elevator, known as ‘Ascent’, is 90 square feet. They are the largest glass-floor elevators in the world, shooting up 1,000 feet in just 42 seconds.
Those brave enough to visit the 77-story, 1,401-foot tower will get incredible views of Manhattan and its surrounding areas, including New Jersey and Brooklyn.
Each lift, known as ‘Ascent’, is 90 square feet, making them the largest glass floor elevators in the world. They shoot up 1,000 feet in just 42 seconds
People visit Summit One Vanderbilt during a preview viewing in Manhattan on Wednesday
Views of Midtown streets below as people visit Summit at One Vanderbilt during a preview viewing on Wednesday
The attraction includes an outdoor terrace (pictured), accessible by transparent elevators that take visitors up the side of the building
Pictured: A woman steps out over the city with Levitation: two glass ledges suspended 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue offering heart-racing views of New York City
Artist Kenzo Digital has taken the 1,000-foot high canvas of Summit and created a mind-bending art experience called ‘Air’
Pictured: One Vanderbilt tower and its location within Manhattan
The $3.3 billion development at One Vanderbilt features an incredible bird’s-eye view of New York City.
Although not the tallest building in New York City, One Vanderbilt will overtake the 1,396-foot-high tower at 432 Park Ave. as the tallest building in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, but it’s still nearly 400 feet shorter than NYC’s tallest building One World Trade Center, which rises 1,776 feet.
For those with strong stomachs, there are also 1,063-foot-high, glass-bottomed booths overlooking Madison Avenue, called ‘Levitation.’
All amenities are scheduled to open to the public on Oct. 21.
The exhibit includes an outdoor terrace bar. It has the ‘highest urban outdoor alpine meadow in the world,’ the company said in a statement.
Marc Holliday, chairman and CEO of the project’s developer SL Green, said it provides people with ‘the best, amplified views in all of New York City. ‘
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It also includes an outdoor terrace, a glass elevator on the exterior of the building at 1,210 feet and glass-bottom booths at 1,063 feet. It opens to the public on October 21
One Vanderbilt is the tallest building in central Manhattan at 77 stories and 1,401 feet, and features an outdoor glass elevator and sky boxes
Claudia Ehlen and Ben Maddy (pictured) kiss while taking a selfie during a preview at Summit One Vanderbilt on September 24
The sky box juts out from the building and hovers 1,063 above Madison Avenue
The building at One Vanderbilt is 77 stories and rises 1,401 feet above the ground
The building will be NYC’s newest tourist attraction as the city emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic
‘With the city’s tourism well positioned to continue to rebound, Summit One Vanderbilt comes at an ideal time to offer a reimagined observation deck experience paired with a truly unique artistic expression,’ Fred Dixon, president and CEO of the marketing nonprofit NYC & Company.
Meanwhile, inside the tower is the walk-through art installation called ‘Air’ which takes visitors through a series of mirrored rooms that reflect the city through the walls, floor and ceiling.
Created by Kenzo Digital, ‘Air’ combines lighting, sound and production design to totally surround visitors with the New York skyline over the 91st to 93rd floors.
Summit One Vanderbilt is an immersive experience and observation deck featuring the permanent ‘Air’ installation (pictured) by Kenzo Digital
Pictured: the permanent ‘Air’ installation by Kenzo Digital located on the tower’s observation deck
A view of Empire State Building as seen from Summit One Vanderbilt during a press preview on September 24
Midtown South is pictured from the observation deck of the still under construction One Vanderbilt tower
For those who want a drink along with the view, there will be a terrace bar
A Nordic-themed lounge and café called Après, with interiors by architecture studio Snøhetta, will serve snacks and cocktails.
Summit is a $3.3 billion development designed by architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox at the top of One Vanderbilt. It will open for visitors on October 21, with adult tickets at $39.