Explore three levels of mind-bending experiences 1,070 feet above Midtown Manhattan at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt. Blending elements of art, technology, architecture, and thrill, the attraction takes the concept of “observation deck” to entirely new heights.
Kenzo Digital, an immersive storytelling studio, is behind AIR at SUMMIT, an experience that creates the illusion of boundless space. As Kenzo Digital explains, “With AIR, I want to create a space where the intoxicating sense of aspiration and inspiration that New York gives me is shared with you, the visitor; a place that pays tribute to all that New York is, can be, will be.” The experience becomes completely different once the sun sets. At night, SUMMIT is transformed into a beacon of light and energy visible to all of New York City and beyond.
This “observation deck” is much more than just spectacular views. All five senses are stimulated. SUMMIT One Vanderbilt’s LEVITATION sky boxes allow guests to step out from the envelope of the building and stand on transparent glass 1,070 feet above Madison Avenue, with the hustle and bustle of city streets directly beneath them.
For even bigger thrills, SUMMIT One Vanderbilt’s ASCENT, the world’s largest external glass-bottomed elevators, take guests from the terrace level up the side of the building to over 1,203 feet, nesting at the highest viewing point in the heart of Manhattan.
Photo credit: Francesco Sapienza.
The final stops on the SUMMIT One Vanderbilt journey are APRÈS and the OUTDOOR TERRACE. APRÈS is SUMMIT One Vanderbilt’s sky-high lounge and café featuring bespoke light fare and an innovative cocktail program curated by Union Square Events. APRÈS’ offerings can be enjoyed inside the Nordic-themed lounge and café designed by Snøhetta or on the OUTDOOR TERRACE where you can see for up to 80 miles.
This is a family-friendly experience too. Members of every generation will appreciate interacting with the immersive elements of the space while taking in the one-of-a-kind views. As a bonus, SUMMIT offers special youth pricing and children under 5 enter free.
As Kenzo Digital puts it, “AIR is an immersion in nature in the heart of Manhattan, a Central Park in the sky—bringing the environment to New Yorkers and tourists alike in a whole new way.”
Ticket prices start at $42 for adults. New York City and Long Island residents receive $5 off prices (online only). For more information on operating hours and to purchase tickets visit summitov.com.
Fast Facts About SUMMIT One Vanderbilt
• 1,401 feet height of One Vanderbilt skyscraper
• 1,203 feet height of external glass elevator
• 30,375 sq. ft. of mirrored space
• 1,215 total mirrors
• 449 mirrors are on the floor
• 455 mirrors are on the ceiling
• 311 mirrors are on the walls