NEW: Summit One Vanderbilt

"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."  

Summit One Vanderbilt, The World’s Most Immersive Cultural Experience And Observatory, Launches On October 21 Heralding New York City Reopening & Tourism Return

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SL Green Realty Corp. revealed plans for Summit One Vanderbilt, a story-driven, immersive experience and observatory located in the crown of One Vanderbilt, the skyline-defining new tower in the heart of Manhattan standing 427 meters tall. Summit One Vanderbilt is connected directly to Grand Central Terminal in the center of Manhattan and will be the latest in a series of anticipated openings at One Vanderbilt as part of the $3.3 billion development, including Michelin starred Chef Daniel Boulud’s Le Pavillon.

Summit One Vanderbilt is a new, innovative destination that combines unparalleled vistas, curated multi-sensory experiences and cutting-edge technology to offer an unprecedented guest experience spanning art, nature and design. It is produced by SL Green with the immersive art experience designed by Kenzo Digital and interior design by Snøhetta. Culinary offerings will be led by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events.

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Launching on October 21, Summit One Vanderbilt provides way more than just spectacular views, it will redefine the way people experience the intersection between nature and the built environment. It will include an all-glass enclosed elevator called Ascent which travels up the outside of the building to breathtaking views that soar at 369 meters above New York City. Adventurers will also enjoy stepping out into fully transparent glass sky boxes called Levitation that jut out of the building and suspend guests 324 meters above Madison Avenue. The Summit features an outdoor bar, seating areas to enjoy the magnificent views and the highest urban outdoor alpine meadow in the world.

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“We have created a destination that offers an interactive experience that will be remembered for a lifetime with the best, amplified views in all of New York City. Summit One Vanderbilt is awe inspiring, magical and needs to be experienced to be understood,” said Marc Holliday, Chairman and CEO of SL Green. “It 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.”

The excitement will continue this summer when Kenzo Digital unveils the design for a category breaking immersive art installation that brings novel storytelling to Summit One Vanderbilt. The installation takes the canvas of an observation deck and elevates it into a transcendent and euphoric experience. 

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“Using materiality, lighting design, sound design, production design and animation, this immersive experience will awaken your senses, transform your perception of New York, and reimagine your relationship to nature. It will be the ultimate example of the democratization of art – a revelatory experience regardless of age, origin or walk of life,” said Kenzo Digital, Artist and CEO, Kenzo Digital Immersive.

The four-level entertainment space is 6.039 square meters and has taken years to conceive, design and develop. As recreation and tourism rebound in New York City, Summit One Vanderbilt is ideally located in the heart of Midtown, directly connected to Grand Central Terminal, making it an easy access point for all. 

“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,” said Fred Dixon, President and CEO of 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.”  

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