NYC’s scary new tourist attraction takes people 400 feet above Manhattan

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Would YOU dare to step on ‘The Ascent’? GLAZEN outdoor elevator takes tourists 350 meters above Manhattan when the $ 3.3 billion 77-story tower at One Vanderbilt opens next to Grand Central Station in October

  • The $ 3.3 billion development adjacent to Grand Central Station will include an elevator that will rise more than 1,000 feet above Manhattan
  • The ‘Ascent’ is an all-glass outdoor elevator that takes people 1,210 feet above NYC
  • The ‘Levitation’ is a skybox that protrudes from the building and suspends guests 320 feet above Madison Avenue
  • Summit One Vanderbilt will be the tallest building in downtown Manhattan at 1,401 feet and will have 77 floors

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The $ 3.3 billion development at One Vanderbilt – the tallest building in downtown Manhattan at 1,401 feet high – will feature an enclosed outdoor glass elevator and transparent skyboxes, giving people panoramic views of New York City.

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

The skyboxes – dubbed ‘Levitation’ – will protrude from the building and hang guests 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue.

For those not so adventurous but still want the view, the building will include an outdoor patio bar, or the “ highest urban outdoor alpine pasture in the world, ” the company said in a statement.

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The $ 3.3 billion development adjacent to New York City's Grand Central Station features an outdoor glass elevator and suspended skyboxes that allow tourists to view NYC from 1,000 feet (300 meters)

The $ 3.3 billion development adjacent to New York City’s Grand Central Station features an outdoor glass elevator and suspended skyboxes that allow tourists to view NYC from 1,000 feet (300 meters)

The all-glass outdoor elevator takes riders 400 meters above New York City

The all-glass outdoor elevator takes riders 400 meters above New York City

The skybox protrudes from the building and floats 1063 above Madison Avenue

The skybox protrudes from the building and floats 1063 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

One Vanderbilt's building will be 77 stories tall and will rise 1,401 feet above the ground

One Vanderbilt’s building will be 77 stories tall and will rise 1,401 feet above the ground

Marc Holliday, chairman and CEO of the SL Green project developer, said these features provide an “interactive experience” that gives people “the best, amplified views in all of New York City.” ‘

Summit One Vanderbilt, as the project is called, is “ a special, exciting place that New Yorkers and travelers from across the country and the world will want to visit again and again, ” Holliday said in a statement.

As New York City begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, the new building will provide tourists with a new place to visit, with all amenities slated to open to the public on October 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 recover, Summit One Vanderbilt comes at an ideal time to provide a redesigned observation deck experience coupled with a truly unique artistic expression,” he said.

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

A woman looks at 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 One Vanderbilt Tower, still under construction

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

For those who are not thrill seekers but want the view, there will be a bar with a terrace

For those who are not thrill seekers but want the view, there will be a bar with a terrace

While not the tallest building in New York City, Summit One Vanderbilt will build the 1,366-foot tower at 432 Park Ave. overtaking as the tallest building in the heart of Manhattan, but it’s still nearly 120 feet shorter than NYC’s tallest building One World Trade Center, which rises 1,776 feet.

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