Yesterday SL Green Realty Corp. unveiled its plans for Summit One Vanderbilt, the new observatory in the crown of One Vanderbilt, a 1,401-foot-tall commercial supertall in Midtown East. Opening on October 21, the 65,000-square-foot experience center will top the 77-story skyscraper designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and deliver views of all five boroughs. One Vanderbilt encompasses an entire block immediately to the west of Grand Central Terminal with Summit One Vanderbilt directly connected directly to the massive transit hub. Interiors of Summit One Vanderbilt are designed by Snøhetta with art installations by Kenzo Digital.
“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,” said Marc Holliday, chairman and CEO of SL Green. “Summit One Vanderbilt is awe inspiring, magical, and needs to be experienced to be understood. 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.”
Features include Ascent, the all-glass enclosed elevator that travels up the outside of the building and Levitation, suspended glass sky boxes that jut out of the building at 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue. Immersive art installations by Kenzo Digital will use the observation deck as a background for its storytelling.
There is also an outdoor bar with seating areas and the highest urban outdoor alpine meadow in the world. Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events is handling all culinary offerings, which include multiple bars, an all-day cafe, and grab-and-go snack stations.
“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. “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.”
You can now register at SummitOV.com to be one of the first to preview Summit One Vanderbilt before it opens to the public on October 21. Summit tickets will go on sale this summer, following presale tickets for registered website users.