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Guide to Summit One Vanderbilt’s Observation Deck


Summit One Vanderbilt Observation deck is the latest attraction to come up in New York City. 

It is a classic example of the synthesis of art, technology, creativity, and entertainment.

The immersive observation deck is spread over floors 91, 92, and 93 of the One Vanderbilt building at 45 E 42nd St., just above Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan.

The 91st and 92nd floors are completely enclosed in glass, while the 93rd floor has an outdoor observation deck.

The Observation deck is 1,210 feet (368 meters) high, while the One Vanderbilt skyscraper itself is 1,401 feet (427 meters) tall.

The elevators, an immersive exhibit featuring flashing lights, launch you to the top in 42 seconds.

Daytime views from the observation deck

Empire State Building as seen from Summit One Vanderbilt
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One Vanderbilt is the tallest commercial building in all of Midtown, which helps visitors admire the New York skyline in all directions.

From Summit One Vanderbilt’s observatory, guests can see the best view of the Empire State Building in the city available to the public.

In addition to the Empire State Building, the One Vanderbilt in New York offers fascinating views of the Chrysler Building, the World Trade Center, Brooklyn Bridge, and all of Lower Manhattan. 

Besides the city views, visitors can also see Central Park, the Hudson River, and the East River.

Far in the distance, you can see bridges along the East River, the Statue of Liberty, New Jersey’s Palisades, and even the Atlantic Ocean on a clear day.

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Views from Summit Observatory at Night

Night view from Summit One Vanderbilt
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Nighttime visitors to Summit One Vanderbilt see stunning 360-degree views of New York City all lit up.

The shimmering golden lights make New York seem magical.

Most buildings have lighting effects of their own, which you can see only at night.

However, iconic buildings aren’t always visible clearly, and taking pictures becomes difficult unless you have a good camera.

Since the crowd is minimal, you can relax and walk around the observatory, taking in views from all sides of the building.

Visit Summit One Vanderbilt at night to avoid the crowds or spend a romantic evening with your partner.

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Exhibits at the observation deck

Besides being an observation deck, Summit One Vanderbilt NYC is an immersive art installation. 

Each room and area offers something different – the glass floors, walls, ceilings, elevators, skyboxes, etc., make it a memorable trip.

The free-floating silver balloons, Clouds – a floor-based art installation, breathtaking views from Ascent, soaring high through Levitation, and the culinary experience at Aprés is what summarizes the experience at One Summit Vanderbilt observation deck. 

Truly, the Summit at One Vanderbilt is meant to thrill you, grill you, and toss you high in the sky to show you the best New York sights. 

Best time to be at the Observatory

Sunset from Summit One Vanderbilt
During sunset, Summit One Vanderbilt turns into a colorful, magical place. It also offers fantastic views all around. Image: Earthtrekkers.com

The best time to visit the Summit One Vanderbilt observatory is early morning or one hour before sunset. 

You can avoid the crowd when you visit as soon as they open at 9 am. 

If you plan your visit one hour before sunset, you can see the city in daylight, see the sun go down, and then see the skyline become a glittering array of lights after dark. 

Don’t forget to carry sunglasses with you, as the glass walls create a bright environment, and book your tickets in advance

Visit the top five attractions of New York and Summit One Vanderbilt with New York CityPass, which is time-saving and value for money.

Facts about the Observation deck

When Summit One Vanderbilt opened to tourists in 2021, it became the fifth observation deck in New York after Top of the RockOne World ObservatoryEmpire State Building, and Edge at Hudson Yards

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Like the Skydeck in Chicago, the Summit observatory in One Vanderbilt also has glass boxes called Levitation. These boxes protrude from the building, and guests can look down vertically. 

Hudson Yard’s The Edge is the only other attraction in New York where you can experience this.

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt has the world’s largest glass elevators, aptly named Ascent. 

These lifts go up another 120 feet (37 meters) from the terrace, offering tourists a thrilling experience. 

Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) has been the lead architect of One Vanderbilt. 

The architectural firm that designed The Summit Observatory also designed Edge Hudson Yards’ observation deck.

Insider Tip: Before visiting, learn about the Summit One Vanderbilt restaurant and the nearby restaurants.

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