YIMBY Checks Out the Views From One Vanderbilt’s 1,020-Foot-High Observatory, in Midtown

One Vanderbilt, photo by Andrew Nelson rendering by Jose Hernandez

YIMBY got a sneak peek of the views from One Vanderbilt‘s future three-story, indoor and outdoor observatory, which is situated 1,020 feet above Midtown East. The upcoming 77-story supertall office skyscraper is designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and developed by SL Green. The tapering steel structure will soon terminate in a staggered, illuminated crown topped with an architectural spire that will push the project’s total height to 1,401 feet.

One Vanderbilt seen from Vanderbilt Avenue and 43rd Street. Photo by Michael Young

Photos from the outdoor portion of the observatory highlight the views looking north toward Billionaires’ Row and south toward the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center.

Looking north at Billioniares’ Row. Photo by Michael Young

Looking west toward Times Square. Photo by Michael Young

Looking east at the Chrysler Building and Long Island City. Photo by Michael Young

The view looking toward Lower Manhattan. Photo by Michael Young

A close-up of th MetLife sign. Photo by Michael Young

A close-up shot of 425 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young.

A close-up shot of Madison House, aka 126 Madison Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

Looking at The XI, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, Photo by Michael Young

Grand Central Terminal. Photo by Michael Young

A large number of steel columns and beams are continuing to be lifted and welded atop the observatory level. The multiple setbacks should be more apparent in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the construction crane on the southern end of the upper floor plates should remain atop the building until the installation of the crown is finished.

The north side of upper floors. Photo by Michael Young

The terracotta and glass curtain wall is reaching the second row of mechanical floors, as indicated by the change in pattern of the envelope.

One Vanderbilt in late July. Photo by Michael Young

A close-up of the crane and upper floors being built. Photo by Michael Young

One Vanderbilt is expected to be completed next year.

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