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There is a new observation deck in New York: The Summit at One Vanderbilt! The building was already opened in 2020 and is a staggering 1400 feet (427 meters) high. Since October 2021 the observation is finally welcoming its first guests. Even the way to the top will be a highlight, because you’ll go up in a fully glazed elevator aptly called Ascent! The Summit at One Vanderbilt will be the second-highest outdoor deck in all of NYC.
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In this guide I’ll tell you everything you need to know about this amazing new attraction in New York!
Where is the Summit Located and When Will it Open?
One Vanderbilt The Summit is located very close to Bryant Park and Grand Central Station, and is the first observation deck in New York located in East Side Manhattan. From The Summit you will have a tremendous view of the nearby Empire State Building, the East River and even Central Park. And the best: it is open since 2021!
The observation deck at Grand Central Terminal
On the 59th floor is the observation deck, which will have as a highlight two areas that stick out from the facade and have a glass floor – similar to the Skydeck in Chicago. From there, you can look down on Madison Avenue from a height of over 1,020 feet (310 meters). It’s the fourth-highest skyscraper in all of NYC and also the fourth-highest platform in the city. The building already aligns perfectly with the rest of New York’s iconic skyline.
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When is the best time to visit One Vanderbilt?
I usually recommend visiting the observation decks in the late afternoon and staying there for 2 to 3 hours, because then you will experience New York in the light and in the dark.
However, in my opinion, the best time to visit SUMMIT One Vanderbilt is early morning and early afternoon. That’s when you’ll have the best view from the glass elevators and the glass boxes called Levitation that jut out of the building!
What are the Features of this Observation Deck in NYC?
One Vanderbilt is now Midtown’s tallest building, surpassing Steinway Tower. The skyscraper stands at exactly 1,401 feet and is now officially the fourth-tallest building in all of NYC. One Vanderbilt and The Summit in total cost more than 3 billion dollars to build.
From floors 57 and 58 you can enjoy the view of Midtown and it’s guaranteed to be really impressive with glass windows over 32 feet high!
The building is a great addition to the iconic New York skyline
Summit One Vanderbilt Tickets
Because it has the newest observation deck with sensational views of Midtown Manhattan, Central Park and the East River AND because SUMMIT One Vanderbilt is not included in any New York sightseeing pass, tickets are in high demand and book up fast.
Restaurants and bars at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt
The observation deck will also be a real highlight for foodies, as Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events company will be in charge of food and drinks – the same company that operates numerous high-end restaurants and bars in New York. Similar to the Edge observation deck at Hudson Yards, you’ll have unparalleled views of the city from the restaurant and bars!
Things to see near the One Vanderbilt observation deck
Since One Vanderbilt is located right in Grand Central Station in Midtown Manhattan, there is a lot to see: from Grand Central Station itself, to the Chrysler Building, to the New York Public Library at Bryant Park and Times Square, the list is long.
If I were you, I’d go through them all in that order and spend more time where you like it the most. Personally, I really like Bryant Park, it’s a little green oasis in the middle of the skyscrapers, and you can even see the top of the Empire State Building!
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