Office workers make for exits after feeling One Vanderbilt skyscraper ‘shake’
Office workers in one of the city’s newest and tallest skyscrapers panicked Tuesday when they said they felt the building shake.
The 1,401-foot-high building overlooking E. 42nd St. was undergoing maintenance when an elevator malfunctioned, according to a spokeswoman.
“Earlier today an exterior elevator at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt malfunctioned while mechanics were performing maintenance on it, causing a vibration to be felt in the building,” said Maddy Berry.
Though no one was injured and there was no property damage, people working in the building took to Twitter to share the scary experience.
“Working at #onevanderbilt today and it felt like the floor dropped 5 feet and continued to bounce,” wrote one user. “Evacuated to Madison Avenue and mutiple [sic] floors are reporting this.”
The woman wrote that at least floors 13, 33 and 60 felt a similar tremor.
“So far they say they are investigating and there is ‘no cause for concern,’” the user continued. “It is very scary.”
One Vanderbilt opened in September 2020 and includes a 4,000-square-foot public transit hall with two street-level subway entrances and a passageway that connects to nearby Grand Central Station.
The building’s observation deck, which their website boasts as “a three-level multisensory art immersion unlike any other,” is closed on Tuesdays.