See New York City in a Whole New Way

Posted November 19, 2021

Okay, so this is for people who are not afraid of heights. Summit One Vanderbilt is the newest observation deck here in the city, and from the looks at it, blows the Empire State Building and One World Observatory experiences away. 

The deck sits atop the 91st floor of the One Vanderbilt building, which can be accessed through the Vanderbilt passage of Grand Central Station. When visitors step out of the elevator, they'll find themselves hovering 1,000 feet over the streets of the city. 

So what makes this experience so different? Mirrors, for one. A mirrored infinity room, dubbed "Air",  reflects the sky and city views over and over, making you feel like you're walking in the sky.

Another elevator ride whisks the guests to a portal named "Transcendence", leading out to a four-story observation deck with multiple rooms, including one tagged as "Affinity", which is filled with dozens of large silver balloons that float around, aided by high-powered fans.

The truly crazy daring can enter a series of transparent glass sky-boxes, labeled "Levitation" which jut out from the side of the building 1,200 feet above Madison Avenue. Yep, you'll be standing right over the street, with a piece of glass being the only thing between you and the city traffic below.

FULL DISCLOSURE: We got dizzy just writing about this. But while we may be chicken, we think a lot of people will love this. The entry fee is $39 and folks need to provide proof of vaccination. Reservations are a must. All that sorta kinda floating can build up an appetite, so good news: The site has an outdoor bar and café managed by local restauranteur extraordinaire Danny Meyer, of Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern and Shake Shack fame.

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