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Office workers walk out after feeling One Vanderbilt skyscraper ‘shaking’


Office workers at one of the city’s newest and tallest skyscrapers panicked Tuesday when they said they felt the building shake.

The 1,401-foot-tall building overlooking E. 42nd St. was undergoing maintenance when an elevator failed, according to a spokeswoman.

“Earlier today, an exterior elevator at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt malfunctioned while mechanics performed maintenance, causing a vibration to be felt in the building,” said Maddy Berry.

Although no one was injured and there was no property damage, people who work in the building took to Twitter to share the terrifying experience.

“I worked at #onevanderbilt today and felt the floor drop 5ft and keep bouncing,” wrote a user. “Evacuated to Madison Avenue and multiple (sic) floors are reporting this.”

The woman wrote that at least the 13th, 33rd and 60th floors felt a similar tremor.

“So far they say they are investigating and there is no ‘reason for concern,’” the user continued. “It’s very scary.”

One Vanderbilt opened in September 2020 and includes a 4,000-square-foot public transit hall with two street-level subway entrances and a walkway connecting to nearby Grand Central Station.

The building’s observation deck, which its website bills as “a three-level, multi-sensory art immersion like no other,” is closed on Tuesdays.

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