Does Summit One Vanderbilt have a dress code? Attraction warns against 'unwanted exposure'
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: The Summit One Vanderbilt attraction in New York City, billed as “New York City’s most thrilling destination” and an “experience that takes advantage of One Vanderbilt’s Midtown location, height, and views, while truly immersing visitors in a spectacular way,” has a very specific dress policy.
Its website states, “Wear comfortable shoes. Stiletto heels, steel toe boots, sports cleats, and other footwear that can damage flooring are not permitted.” And more importantly, the website says, “Please dress appropriately to avoid unwanted exposure on glass and mirrored floors. We recommend wearing pants, shorts, or tights when possible.”
The Summit One Vanderbilt in Manhattan, which opened Thursday, October 21, is located inside a new 1,401-foot tall tower. It includes three exhibits on three different floors - the "Air" exhibit features skyline views and reflective, mirrored floors. "Due to the nature of the space and presence of reflective and transparent flooring materials, we recommend wearing pants, shorts, or tights to enjoy the full SUMMIT experience. For guests uncomfortable walking on reflective surfaces, we do offer a non-reflective privacy path throughout the space," read a suggestion on the website.
However, those who choose to wear skirts or dresses will not be penalized, a Summit One Vanderbilt spokesperson told USA Today. The spokesperson also said that it does offer black shorts for those who had not read the advisory at no cost. Guests who would like complimentary black shorts must ask for them when they arrive.
Gamara Makulch, 66, of Manhattan, who wore an ankle-skimming dress for the experience, was taken by surprise when reporters of the New York Post pointed out the issue. “It’s OK,” said the Russia-born senior. The Post noted that Makulch was not “the slightest bit mortified.” Eunice Li, 30, visiting the city from LA, admitted she hadn’t read the caution about the dangers of wearing a dress. “It doesn’t really bother me,” she told The Post.
Kenzo Digital, the creator of the brand new observation deck in Manhattan, said the Air exhibit was created to "awaken" visitors' senses and will transform their "relation to physical space." Kenzo Digital's website says, "We’ve created a work that brings innovative storytelling to the best view in New York City – taking the Summit observation deck canvas and elevating it into a transcendent and euphoric experience.”
"It's an attraction that brings everyone together but you have your very own personal experience with it," SL Green CEO Marc Holiday said. The ascent to the top of the observatory reportedly features all-glass enclosed elevators, which travel up the outside of the skyscraper to unveil breathtaking views at 1,210 feet above New York City. It's the highest vantage point of Midtown.
Summit One Vanderbilt is located at 45 East 42nd Street and the entrance to the experience is located on the Main Concourse of Grand Central Terminal. Visit timings per the website are 3 pm to 10:30 pm on Thursdays, 9 am to 12 am on Fridays and Saturdays, and 10 am to 7 pm on Sundays.