Dress code at NYCs latest attraction Summit spares upskirting blushes – New York Post

Women in skirts, beware! Exhibitionists, rejoice!

Manhattan’s newest attraction, Summit, a sky-high observation deck with mirrored floors, has been forced to introduce a dress code to spare the blushes of visitors wanting to preserve their modesty.

But, since it’s merely a recommendation, people who like having their underwear projected onto reflective surfaces can get a cheap thrill.

The Post stopped by the tourist magnet on its opening day to investigate rumors about the “upskirting” headache caused by the venue’s “immersive art experience” known as “Air.”

Quoted in a press release, its creator Kenzo Digital, who works incognito like famed guerilla artist Banksy, said the installation “shares the intoxicating sense of aspiration and inspiration that New York gives … A beacon of possibility that pays tribute to all that New York is, can be, will be.”

Tina Lee at Summit
Prudent folk like Tina Lee, visiting the new observation deck Summit, preserve their modesty by wearing pants, shorts or tights.
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Still, lofty interpretations aside, the fact remains that the giant mirrors leave little to the imagination when you’re wearing a skirt, dress or kilt.

Luckily, the management of Summit, located atop the 1,400-foot-tall Midtown skyscraper One Vanderbilt, was alerted to the design flaw by focus groups who saw the attraction in advance.

Visitors to Summit enjoy the art installation "Air" created by Kenzo Digital.
Visitors to Summit enjoy the art installation “Air” created by Kenzo Digital.
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It hastily addressed the snafu by putting an advisory on its website suggesting visitors wear pants, shorts or tights. There’s also a note in the small print saying: “Guests who are concerned about any unwanted exposure as a result of the mirrored floors and ceilings are responsible for dressing in a manner to avoid such exposure.”

Most attendees of Summit’s opening afternoon followed the guidelines. The majority of the crowd, who paid between $39 and $73 for tickets, avoided any chance of embarrassment by choosing safe options such as leggings and jeans.

A woman takes a selfie at the new Summit observatory decks at One Vanderbilt.
A woman takes a selfie at the new Summit observation deck at One Vanderbilt, where women are advised to wear pants to avoid flashing their unmentionables.
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But a handful missed — or defied — the memo.

Gamara Makulch, 66, of Manhattan, who wore an ankle-skimming dress for the experience, was taken by surprise when we politely pointed out the issue.

“It’s OK,” said the Russia-born senior, not the slightest bit mortified.

Equally, 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.

A woman wearing jeans at Summit
A woman enjoying the mirrored space at Summit wisely opts for jeans.
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Meanwhile, Mexican tourist Daisy Esdrello — who bought tickets for Summit to celebrate her 32nd birthday — deliberately chose to ignore the advice.

“I think a skirt looks much better in photos,” she insisted. Her husband, Luis, agreed as he snapped dozens of pictures of Esdrello posing in front of the windows.

Others came prepared. Hailey, 33, of Washington Heights, who asked for only her first name to be published, proudly stepped out in a long, flowing summer dress.

“I’m wearing shorts underneath,” she said. “It wasn’t worth the risk.”

But there’s good news for those who don’t have her foresight. Summit provides a free pair of stretchy black shorts to anybody who requests one.

Such a generous offer will no doubt be scorned by show-offs who want to flash their unmentionables. And how long before Summit becomes a paradise for voyeurs?

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