Pre-register now for tickets to One Vanderbilt’s 1,000+ foot observation deck and glass skyboxes

May 11, 2021

Photo of Levitation courtesy of SL Green Realty Corp.

This fall, you’ll be able to ride an all-glass elevator up more than 1,000 feet to experience Summit One Vanderbilt, the Midtown tower’s new observation deck that features two glass-floored overhangs. The attraction doesn’t open until October 21, but you can pre-register on its website now for priority access to tickets. Also opening will be an outdoor bar, the highest urban outdoor alpine meadow in the world, and an immersive art installation.

Photo courtesy of SL Green Realty Corp.

One Vanderbilt is a 1,401-foot office tower next to Grand Central from developer SL Green and architects Kohn Pedersen Fox. The 77-story, 1.7 million-square-foot skyscraper is NYC’s fourth-tallest tower. It officially opened to office tenants this past September, and still to come are $220 million in public open space and transit infrastructure improvements.

Rendering of Summit courtesy of SL Green Realty Corp.

Summit was designed by Snøhetta and at just over 1,000 feet in elevation, it will be 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). The 65,000-square-foot observatory will occupy the 57th, 58th, and 59th floors of One Vanderbilt.

The all-glass enclosed elevator is called Ascent. It travels up the outside of the building so that guests can take in the views all the way up to 1,210 feet. The fully transparent glass skyboxes are called Levitation. They jut out of the building and suspend guests 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue.

Renderings of Apres, the indoor and outdoor bars, courtesy of SL Green Realty Corp.

The culinary offerings will be led by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events and include multiple bars, an all-day cafe, and locations to grab elevated snacks.

In addition, there will be an immersive art experience designed by Kenzo Digital. The firm will unveil the design this summer for “a category-breaking immersive art installation” that “takes the canvas of an observation deck and elevates it into a transcendent and euphoric experience,” according to a press release.

“We have created a destination that offers an interactive experience that will be remembered for a lifetime with the best, amplified views in all of New York City. Summit One Vanderbilt is awe-inspiring, magical and needs to be experienced to be understood,” said Marc Holliday, Chairman and CEO of SL Green.

You can pre-register for tickets here >>

And watch a video of the Ascent ride here:

Correction: An earlier title incorrectly stated that the observation deck is 1,400 feet instead of 1,000+ feet.


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