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New York City’s most innovative observation space

Set atop the tallest commercial skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan (1,401 feet, 427 meters), SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, an observatory high atop Grand Central Terminal, was conceived as an installation that compels you to question your perception of the built environment, the natural world around you, and your sensorial reality and offers spectacular 360 views of New York City and beyond, including close-up views of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler building.

Our guide to SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

Explore three levels of multi-sensory immersive experiences, a unique combination of art and design central NYC’s DNA.

Your journey at the top of One Vanderbilt starts in Transcendence: part of AIR, a story-driven immersive experience designed by Kenzo Digital, mixing transparency and reflectivity to create the illusion of boundless space.

Enjoy a beautiful art installation in Reflect: on display in the most famous art galleries across the world, “CLOUDS” is comprised of stainless-steel cloud-like shapes, designed by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Your experience then evolves and becomes interactive and playful in Affinity where you are invited to connect physically to the space by playing with highly reflective orbs floating around the room.

Then it’s time for a thrilling experience at Levitation: the sky boxes allow you to step out from the envelope of the building and stand on transparent glass 1,070 feet (325 meters) above Madison Avenue, with the hustle and bustle of city streets directly beneath you.

In Unity: you are invited to become part of the space itself – your 3D face capture transformed into a cloud in a mesmerizing, infinite cloudscape display on a giant screen.On the last floor of SUMMIT, you’ll find the sky-high lounge and café Après, featuring bespoke light fare and an innovative cocktail program curated by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events.  Après’s offerings can be enjoyed inside the Nordic themed lounge and café or outside on the SUMMIT Terrace. The SUMMIT Terrace wraps around the south and west sides of One Vanderbilt and is the perfect open air viewing spot to take in the incredible views for up to 80 miles while toasting your experience.

Location: 45 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017. Entrance located on the Main Concourse Level of Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal, inside Vanderbilt Passage

Opening hours:  Wednesdays & Thursdays: 1pm-9pm, Fridays & Saturdays: 9am-11pm, Sundays 10am-9pm.

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

  • To help control capacity, all guests must pre-book a time slot before visiting the SUMMIT. Your SUMMIT ticket guarantees entry for the selected date and time.
  • Cancellation Policy: Tickets can be cancelled for free up to 72 hours before your selected date/time.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

Do I need to book a date or time when I visit Summit?

Yes. To help control capacity, all guests must pre-book a time slot before visiting SUMMIT. Your SUMMIT Ticket is gate-ready and guarantees entry for the selected date and time.

How do I receive my tickets?

Your gate-ready ticket will be available to download as soon as your booking is paid. All you need to do is present your ticket on your mobile phone, or print at home before arriving at the attraction.

What if I arrive late?

Please arrive at your scheduled time. Late arrivals will be accommodated based on availability –you may be asked to wait until the first possible open time slot.

How long should I plan for my visit?

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt is so much more than a great view. We recommend allowing at least a couple of hours to enjoy all offerings and experiences.

Is there a dress code? 

Wear comfortable shoes. Stiletto heels , steel toe boots, sports cleats and any footwear that can damage mirrored flooring art not permitted. Also, dress appropriately to avoid uneanted exposure on glass and mirrored floors. We recommened wearing trousers, short or tight wear possible. Sunglasses are also recommended if visiting during daylight hours.