Terrified workers fled a new high-rise skyscraper in Manhattan after experiencing a massive “shake-up” through the building, after workers at the popular business and tourist site repaired an elevator and, according to managers, caused the shake.
The Vanderbilt Tower, a $3.31 billion tower located just north of the Grand Central train station in midtown Manhattan, is undergoing maintenance Tuesday afternoon.
A spokesperson for One Vanderbilt said the tremor was due to repair work on the elevators, and there were no injuries because the public viewing platform was closed. The website suggests that it is regularly closed on Tuesdays.
“Earlier today, an outdoor elevator at Summit One Vanderbilt broke down while mechanics were doing maintenance, causing the building to shake,” the spokesperson told DailyMail.com.
“The summit was closed to the public at that time, no one was injured and there is no danger to the building or its occupants.”
Described as one of the finest new skyscrapers in Manhattan, one of Vanderbilt’s skyscrapers features a three-story peak observation deck dotted across the upper floors, and is popular with tourists.
General admission to the tower is $39, increasing to $59 for those who want to experience the glass elevator, which rises 12 stories.
The attraction at the top of the tower, called Summit One Vanderbilt, includes an outdoor terrace that soars more than 1,200 feet in the air, accessed by clear glass elevators 364 feet up the side of the building.
Workers were filmed exiting the One Vanderbilt skyscraper in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday after its interior reportedly shook, leaving at least one person to fear the tower would collapse.
An office worker named Bridget Devine said the accident made her fear the 93-story building was collapsing under her feet.
The One Vanderbilt skyscraper in Manhattan reportedly shook at noon Tuesday, prompting several workers to leave the building.
Pictured: Vanderbilt Tower and its location within Manhattan
Tweeter Colin was among those who claimed to have felt the building shake, and were voluntarily evacuated as a result.
Each lift, known as an “ascent,” is 90 square feet.
They are the largest glass-floor elevators in the world, reaching a height of 364 feet to a total height of 1,200 feet.
Those brave enough to visit will get great views of Manhattan and its surrounding areas, including New Jersey and Brooklyn, which stretches for 80 miles, according to the site.
The tourist site was opened in October 2021, and in its first year it received 1.4 million visitors.
Working inside, a tweeter named Colin Hu said the tremor was felt on at least three floors of the 93-storey tower, which opened in September 2020 — a year before the tourist viewing platform.
@one_vanderbilt A huge ‘shake’ ran through the building. Felt it on floors 14, 51 & 60. What was it??? It felt like a huge sine wave running through the building. Anyone else feel it.
My team and I evacuated. Strange I haven’t seen any tweets or other news on him yet. I’m not the first in these things! “
Another tweeter named Bridgette Devine shared an even scarier version of the events.
She tweeted: “Working at #onevanderbilt today and I felt the floor drop 5ft and keep bouncing. Evacuated to Madison Avenue and there are multiple floors (sic) reporting this. 13, 33 and 60. So far they say they are investigating and there is nothing to worry about. It’s very scary.
Those who chose to leave are said to have congregated at nearby Bryant Park, although there was no mandatory evacuation of the tower.
Others responded, apparently to confirm Cullen’s version of events.
A tweeter called Hidden Aegis said: ‘I was in a video conference with some colleagues. They felt the ground shake and are now evacuating.
A tourist appears at the viewing platform around One Vandebilt
The viewing platforms feature art installations and great scenery
A tourist looks out over Manhattan from the Summit attraction at One Vanderbilt
The skyscraper is seen lit up at night, with the Empire State Building to the left of the image and the bright lights of Times Square behind.
Its client list includes many major companies in the field of banking services, law and technology companies.
New Yorkers have been unnerved by unexplained accidents in tall buildings since the September 11 attacks, when the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were destroyed by two Boeing 767s flown by Islamic terrorists.
Each elevator, known as the “Ascent,” is 90 square feet, making it the largest glass floor elevator in the world. They jump 1,000 feet in just 42 seconds
People visit Summit One Vanderbilt during a preview preview in Manhattan in September 2021
Views of Midtown streets below as people visit Summit at One Vanderbilt
The attraction includes an outside terrace (pictured), which is accessed by transparent elevators that take visitors to the side of the building
Pictured: A woman steps over the city with a levitation in the air: Two glass ledges suspended 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue provide sweeping views of New York City
Artist Kenzo Digital captured the canvas 1,000 feet high from Summit and created a mind-blowing art experience called “Air”
The development at One Vanderbilt features great views of New York City.
Although not the tallest building in New York City, One Vanderbilt will surpass the 1,396-foot tower at 432 Park Avenue as the tallest building in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.
It’s still about 400 feet shorter than the tallest building in New York City’s World Trade Center, which stands at 1,776 feet.
For those with strong stomachs, there are also 1,063-foot-tall glass-bottomed kiosks overlooking Madison Avenue, called “Levitation.”
The gallery, which opened in October 2021, includes an outdoor terrace bar.
The company said in a statement that it has “the world’s highest alpine outdoor urban meadow”.
It provides people with “the best magnified views in all of New York City,” said Mark Holliday, chairman and CEO of development company SL Green. ”
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