NYC Summit One Vanderbilt | What To Wear When Visiting The All-Glass Attraction
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NYC Summit One Vanderbilt | What To Wear When Visiting The All-Glass Attraction

November 3, 2021 Share

Welcome to the Summit One Vanderbilt, “a $3.3 billion complex with an observation area containing three floors in all, on the 91st, 92nd and 93rd floors,” says NBC New York. 

The Summit offers visitors two thrill experiences. Levitation, which includes fully transparent glass “skyboxes” that suspend guests over 1,060 feet above Madison Avenue. 

For the more daring, Ascent is an all-glass elevator (even the floor) that takes guests over 1,200 feet up the side of the building.

Ascent is accessed through the open-air terrace, which wraps around the south and west sides of One Vanderbilt and provides views for up to 60 miles, as 6sqft previously reported. 

Created by Kenzo Digital, Air is a walk-through art experience with three sides of mirrors, including the floor and ceiling, “distorting the cityscape and immersing guests within it at the same time,” says 6sqft.

Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, the building is the city’s fourth-tallest tower, with Summit now the fourth-highest observation deck, behind One World Trade Center, Edge at 30 Hudson Yards, and the Empire State Building.

The Summit One Vanderbilt attraction in New York City wants visitors to enjoy all its glass ceilings, glass floors and glass walls, but there’s one caveat – don’t wear a skirt.

“The reflective flooring inside the building can lead to “unwanted exposure” for guests wearing skirts or dresses,” the attraction’s website says.

The reflective and transparent flooring may not mix well with skirts or dresses, so a free pair of black shorts will be offered to guests who ask, but we suggest preparing your outfit beforehand so that you feel 100 per cent comfortable for those social media posts.

Summit One Vanderbilt also asks visitors “to wear comfortable shoes, and avoid anything that will damage mirrored floors such as stiletto heels and steel-toed boots – so choose wisely.”

“Summit is more than just a view, though we have great views. It’s really an emotional journey”

Managing Director Robert Schiffer


Even the restrooms show off the skyline, giving visitors a chance to use the loo with a view.

Overall the dress code to visit the Summit One Vanderbilt will be as follows:

  • Pants, Tights or Shorts
  • Your Best Pair of Shades
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • A Banging T-shirt
  • Accessories For Your Hearts Content


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