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Summit One Vanderbilt, an Immersive Observatory Experience, Opens to the Public

NEW YORK, NY — SL Green Realty Corp. recently celebrated the grand opening of SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, the world’s most immersive observatory experience. SL Green executives, SUMMIT One Vanderbilt creators, One Vanderbilt partners, and New York City leaders celebrated at a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the destination to its first visitors. SUMMIT One Vanderbilt can be enjoyed from morning to night as guests take in New York’s views through the pairing of AIR, a multi-sensory art installation, with the experiences of LEVITATION and ASCENT.

“This awe-inspiring destination in the heart of Midtown Manhattan is unlike any other experience in the world, and it’s with great pride and excitement that we welcome our first visitors to SUMMIT One Vanderbilt today. The energy in New York City is palpable, and we’re thrilled that SUMMIT One Vanderbilt can play a central role in its rebound as visitors come rushing back to the greatest city in the world,” said Marc Holliday, Chairman and CEO of SL Green. “We set out to create a truly unique destination for New Yorkers and visitors from around the world to explore, and SUMMIT One Vanderbilt delivers — you need to experience it to understand it. From thrilling ways to take in the best views of Manhattan to the multi-level and multi-room immersive art experience called AIR, we expect people to visit again and again.”

This multi-level, 65,000-square-foot entertainment space took years to conceive, design, and develop. Located in the heart of Midtown, SUMMIT One Vanderbilt has experiences, food and cocktails, and an outdoor terrace with the highest urban alpine meadow in the Western hemisphere. SUMMIT One Vanderbilt’s LEVITATION sky boxes allow guests to step out from the envelope of the building and stand on transparent glass 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue. SUMMIT One Vanderbilt’s ASCENT, an all-glass elevator with a transparent glass floor, will take guests from the terrace level up the side of the building, to over 1,200 feet, nesting at the highest viewing point in midtown Manhattan.

The final stops on the SUMMIT One Vanderbilt journey are APRÈS and the SUMMIT TERRACE. APRÈS is SUMMIT One Vanderbilt’s sky-high lounge and café featuring bespoke light fare and an innovative cocktail program curated by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events. APRÈS’ offerings can be enjoyed inside the Nordic-themed lounge and café designed by Snøhetta or outside on the SUMMIT TERRACE. The SUMMIT TERRACE wraps around the south and west sides of One Vanderbilt and is an open air viewing spot to take in the views for up to 80 miles.

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt brought together a team of experts in design and architecture. Snøhetta designed SUMMIT One Vanderbilt’s interior as a sensory urban experience that lifts visitors into the sky.

“Our design for SUMMIT One Vanderbilt anchors futuristic installation experiences with quiet and subtle spaces that resonate emotionally with visitors, connecting the interiors of the observatory to the city," said Craig Dykers, Founding Partner, Snøhetta. "Visitors can inhabit the observatory in a uniquely intimate manner, providing new perspectives of the city beyond. The result is an authentic experience and a memory to be cherished for years to come."