Chrysler Building Observation Deck in NYC

The viewing deck is making a comeback!

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It’s been discussed for a long time, and now it has finally become reality: the Chrysler Building will be getting an observation deck! It’s set to be built on the 61st floor, and it will transform the current northern and southern terraces into an observation deck with a view that overlooks Midtown, the East River and One Vanderbilt Summit.

The Chrysler Building’s new deck will be the 9th observation deck in New York, offering great views of Midtown Manhattan alongside SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, Top of the Rock, the Empire State Building and Edge Hudson Yards.

I’ll share everything you need to know about the Chrysler Building observation deck here in my article!

First impressions of the Chrysler Building observation deck

Chrysler Building observation deck View
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As you can see from the initial designs, the deck will have glass walls like the Top of the Rock, so it’ll provide a great view of the streets of Midtown Manhattan.

Did you know that the Chrysler Building used to have a speakeasy bar called The Cloud Club on floors 66 to 68?

The Cloud Club opened during the Prohibition era, in 1930, and didn’t close until 1979. Now it’ll serve as inspiration for the design of the platform.

How high is the Chrysler Building observation deck?

Since the plans call for it to be located on the 61st floor, right at the level of the Art Deco eagles, it will be just over 200 feet up.

In addition to this, the 62nd floor will be rebuilt to create an enclosed area, similar to the ones at the Top of the Rock, the Empire State Building , One Vanderbilt Summit and Edge Hudson Yards.

When will the Chrysler Building observation deck open?

As of today, there is no specific timeline. Construction was approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2020.

Chrysler Building Observation Deck Tickets

Currently, there are no tickets available for purchase for the Observation Deck. I’ll keep you posted in my newsletter, so as soon as there are updates, you’ll be the first to know. So sign up right here: there are already more than 30,000 New York enthusiasts subscribed!

From my experience, the ticket price will be between $32 and $40 per adult.

The Chrysler Building in NYC

At 319 meters tall, the Chrysler building is currently the 11th tallest building in New York. It is located in Midtown Manhattan, at 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue, and it’s just one block from Grand Central Station and three blocks from Bryant Park. When the Chrysler Building opened in 1930, it was the tallest building in the world, before that record was taken by the Empire State Building a year later.

The Chrysler Building is a truly iconic New York City building, and it is impossible to imagine the skyline without it. With its beautiful Art Deco architecture, the famous eagles on the corners of the 61st floor, and its unique spire that lights up at night, it always stands out.

Frequently asked questions about the Chrysler Building Observation Deck

Is there an observation deck in the Chrysler Building?

Not yet. However, there have been plans to add an observation deck to this iconic building for some time, and construction has now been approved.

Can visitors currently tour the Chrysler Building?

No, the Chrysler Building is not open to visitors. It is an office building that only authorized people are allowed to enter. So we’ll have to be patient until the observation deck opening!

How much will the tickets for the Chrysler Building observation deck cost?

There is no information about this at the moment, but based on experience, the tickets will cost likely between $32 and $40. This corresponds to the ticket prices of the other observation platforms in New York.

Is it worth visiting the Chrysler Building observation deck?

This is difficult to answer: on the one hand, it is definitely very exciting to be able to experience this historic building and beautiful architecture in more detail. On the other hand, right next to the Chrysler Building is the SUMMIT One Vanderbilt observation deck. This deck is much higher and therefore offers a view over more of New York.

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