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NYC’s scary new tourist attraction takes people 1,210 feet above Manhattan


Would YOU dare step out on ‘The Ascent’? An outdoor GLASS elevator will take tourists 1,210 feet above Manhattan when the 77-story high, $3.3B tower at One Vanderbilt opens next to Grand Central Station in October

  • The $3.3billion development next to Grand Central Station will feature an elevator that will ascend more than 1,000 feet above Manhattan
  • The ‘Ascent’ is an outdoor, all-glass elevator that takes people 1,210 feet above NYC
  • The ‘Levitation’ is a sky box that juts out from the building and suspends guests 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue
  • Summit One Vanderbilt will be the tallest building in central Manhattan at  1,401 feet and will feature 77 stories

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The $3.3 billion development at One Vanderbilt – which will be the tallest building in central Manhattan at 1,401 feet high – will feature an enclosed, outdoor glass elevator and transparent sky boxes, giving people a bird’s-eye view of New York City

The outdoor elevator, dubbed the ‘Ascent,’ will travel 1,210 feet up along the side of the skyline-defining, 77-story tower being built for $3.3billion next to Grand Central Station.    

The sky boxes – called ‘Levitation’ – will jut out from the building and suspend guests 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue. 

For those who aren’t as adventurous but still want the view, the building will include an outdoor terrace bar, or the ‘highest urban outdoor alpine meadow in the world,’ the company said in a statement. 

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The $3.3billion development next to Grand Central Station in New York City has an outdoor, glass elevator and suspended sky boxes that allow tourists to look at NYC from  1,000 feet above

The all-glass, outdoor elevator takes riders up 1,210 feet above New York City

The all-glass, outdoor elevator takes riders up 1,210 feet above New York City

The sky box juts out from the building and hovers 1,063 above Madison Avenue

The sky box juts out from the building and hovers 1,063 above Madison Avenue

The building will be NYC's newest tourist attraction as the city emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic

The building will be NYC’s newest tourist attraction as the city emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic

The building at One Vanderbilt will be 77 stories and rise 1,401 feet above the ground

The building at One Vanderbilt will be 77 stories and rise 1,401 feet above the ground

Marc Holliday, chairman and CEO of the project’s developer SL Green, said these features offer an ‘interactive experience’ that provides people with ‘the best, amplified views in all of New York City. ‘ 

Summit One Vanderbilt, as the project is called, 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,’ Holliday said in a statement. 

 With New York City beginning to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, the new building will provide tourists a new place to visit, with all amenities scheduled to open to the public on Oct. 21.  

‘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,’ Fred Dixon, president and CEO of the marketing nonprofit 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,’ he said.  

A woman looks towards lower Manhattan, with the Empire State Building (right), during a press preview of Summit One Vanderbilt

A woman looks towards lower Manhattan, with the Empire State Building (right), during a press preview of Summit One Vanderbilt

Midtown South is pictured from the observation deck of the still under construction One Vanderbilt tower

Midtown South is pictured from the observation deck of the still under construction One Vanderbilt tower

For those who aren't thrill seekers but want the view, there will be a terrace bar

For those who aren’t thrill seekers but want the view, there will be a terrace bar

Although not the tallest building in New York City, Summit One Vanderbilt will overtake the 1,396-foot-high tower at 432 Park Ave. as the tallest building in the heart of Manhattan, but it’s still nearly 400 feet shorter than NYC’s tallest building One World Trade Center, which rises 1,776 feet.  

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