This fall, you’ll be able to ride an all-glass elevator up more than 1,000 feet to the new observation deck, restaurants and interactive exhibits at Summit One Vanderbilt, across Vanderbilt Avenue from Grand Central Terminal.
The see-throuugh elevators ride outside the building, for incredible views all the way up and down and around.
When you get to the top, there is a four-floor playground that includes a glass-floor overlook, interactive activities, a restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud and more food and drink opportunities from Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events division.
There will be multiple bars, an all-day cafe, and locations to grab elevated snacks. Food offerings will combine global flavors with NYC-specific tastes, to appeal to both local after-work and date nite visitors and tourists.
It’s the most impressive NYC “top of the world” destination to open since The Edge in Hudson Yards, which is just a few short subway stops away on the #7 Train – between Grand Central Terminal and the end of the line at Hudson Yards – and yet another indication that NYC is back open for business – especially the business of tourism.
Here’s a preview of the Summit One Vanderbilt elevator ride –
The attraction opens October 21, but you can pre-register now on the website. Cost has not yet been announced.
The 65,000-square-foot “summit” experience center is at the top of the 1,401-foot-tall, $3.3 Billion, 77-story skyscraper designed by renowned architects Kohn Pedersen Fox, and delivers picture postcard views of all five boroughs.
In addition to the all-glass enclosed elevators, adventurous visitors will be able to step onto fully transparent glass sky boxes called Levitation that jut out of the building, and suspend guests 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue.
Summit One Vanderbilt features an outdoor bar, seating areas to enjoy the magnificent views, and the highest urban outdoor alpine meadow in the world.
“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, the realty company which built the building, in a press release.
“It is a special, thrilling place that New Yorkers and travelers from across the country and the world will want to visit time and time again.”
The four-level entertainment space is 65,000 square feet and has taken years to conceive, design and develop.
“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,” said Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company, in the same a press release.
“With the City’s tourism well positioned to continue to rebound, Summit One Vanderbilt comes at an ideal time to offer a re-imagined observation deck experience paired with a truly unique artistic expression.
About SL Green
SL Green Realty Corp., an S&P 500 company and Manhattan’s largest office landlord, is a fully integrated real estate investment trust, or REIT, focused on acquiring, managing and maximizing value of Manhattan commercial properties.
As of June 30, 2020, SL Green held interests in 96 buildings totaling 41.0 million square feet, including ownership interests in 28.7 million square feet of Manhattan buildings.
About Union Square Events
Union Square Events is part of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, which includes restaurants, bars, cafes, and fast-casual eateries in addition to Union Square Events’ large-scale event services, food service solutions for public and private institutions, industry consulting, and educational programming and partnerships.
Founded in 2005 as Hudson Yards Catering, Union Square Events is a culinary and operations leader in the hospitality industry, partnering with a diverse portfolio of best-in-class clients, producing one-of-a-kind catered events and unparalleled dining experiences in a variety of cultural, corporate, entertainment, and private venues throughout New York City and beyond.