We are now just a few days away from the opening of the fifth (and for many already the most beautiful) New York observation deck: the SUMMIT OV.

After the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, One World Observatory and The Edge (listed strictly in order of opening), a new observatory has arrived on the New York scene: the SUMMIT OV Observation Deck!

OV stands for “One Vanderbilt” which is the name of the building that “hosts” the observatory.

It is located on 42nd Street – the same as Times Square and Bryant Park and is just a short walk from Grand Central Terminal. So it’s really central and easy to reach on foot.

The panoramic observatory is not just a platform to admire the beauty of the city from above, but rather a real experience, where all your senses will be put to the test.

The elevator will take you to the top in just a few seconds. From there there will be more floors to visit, each with its own characteristics and experiences.

One of the constants of the visit, however, remains the fact that everything is transparent, made of glass.

This allows for reflections in addition to the breathtaking view you will have before your eyes.

SUMMIT OV: Prepare your visit

For the reason just mentioned above, the official website makes it clear 3 rules: 

Rule #1: Wear sunglasses.  In case there is a nice sunny day, the reflection of the sun’s rays can be very strong.
Rule #2: dress only in comfortable shoes, for example sneakers. Do not use heels or specific sports shoes that could damage the glass floor. Your access to the observatory may be prohibited for this reason.
Rule #3: This is more of a suggestion. Dress in pants and avoid skirts or other clothing that may create unwanted exposure due to clear, reflective glass.

How much does it costs?

Now let’s talk about price. Basic tickets start at $39 during the day and $49 in the evening. Fair price and in line with other New York observatories. There are a couple of additions to this. The first is the transparent elevator that takes you outside the building right up to almost the top. An extreme but beautiful experience. This elevator will cost you an extra $20 per person. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Unique experience.
In case you visit the observatory at sunset you have to add $10 more. This pricing system is very similar to what you find at Top of the Rock and The Edge. Being honest, the view of the city at sunset from an observatory is absolutely a must. So yes, the 10$ dollars are absolutely worth the experience.
We did a simulation on the official website and buying an evening ticket for November 18 at 8pm and including the panoramic elevator experience brings the total price to $75 per person. Is that a lot?

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