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I live in New York, but I’ve never seen it from here.
Just about 93 stories above Grand Central Station, a new observatory is coming to midtown Manhattan, and I got an exclusive first look at the experience.
Source: One Vanderbilt
My preview of the attraction made me think that this will be the best place to view New York City because of its location and unique features.
The building is still under construction, and the attraction itself opens to the public on October 21, according to a press release from One Vanderbilt obtained by Insider.
The observatory, Summit One Vanderbilt, consists of four floors of views up in the sky on the building’s highest levels.
I got a look at the 93rd floor of One Vanderbilt, where there’s already a large viewing space with an outdoor space and tall, vast glass windows.
At the top, I found that the building’s location was ideal for viewing both the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center.
The tip of the Chrysler building is right up close to the glass. It looked so tiny from up there, like a Lego version of the iconic structure.
Standing up close to the windows, I felt like I could spend all day looking at every detail between my feet and the street below.
Because the glass is angled, standing on the edge of it allows you to peer over and feel like you’re falling.
The glass itself was so clear, which meant I could take some incredible photos of the city.
Once completed, the outdoor space will have a lush garden, according to One Vanderbilt’s press release, though some bushes are already planted on the 93rd floor.
The spot will have some unique photo ops, too. People will be able to carefully climb onto this short wall …
… to take pictures from even higher above the tallest buildings in New York.
Even with incomplete spaces and construction all around me, I would come back to this spot to clear my head and remind myself how small I am compared to the world around me.
And I’ll feel even smaller once the deck opens its all-glass elevators that will take patrons 1,210 feet above the city, according to One Vanderbilt’s press release.
One Vanderbilt will also have glass sky boxes for guests to look down from 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue, according to the building’s press release.
While my ears were popping in the regular elevator as I headed back down 93 floors to catch my train, I had one thought: I can’t wait to go back up.