High Above New York, a Battle for Tourist Dollars

High Above New York, a Battle for Tourist Dollars

Jul 10, 2024 by NYT > Travel

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  • The gimmick: You’re probably familiar with the 1932 photo of construction workers eating lunch on a steel beam high above the New York City skyline.
  • My amusement-park-loving mind had me envisioning an I-beam that swung out to suspend me over the edge, like the X-Scream ride at the top of the Strat Hotel in Las Vegas.
  • It was fun to be on a steel beam looking out toward the skinny residential towers of Midtown and the park.
  • When you come out of the elevators on the 91st floor at One Vanderbilt you quickly proceed to a multilevel space with mirrors on seemingly every surface (you must don plastic bootees over your shoes to minimize damage), making it feel as if you’re somewhere between a disco and an M.C.

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