NEW YORK (Reuters) – One Vanderbilt, the latest super-tall skyscraper to grace New York’s skyline, opens Monday in a socially distant ribbon-cutting ceremony as COVID-19 leaves offices and the streets of Manhattan largely barren.

FILE PHOTO: The 73 story One Vanderbilt office tower, the latest super-tall skyscraper to grace New York’s iconic skyline, is set to open while the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) keeps the largest and richest U.S. office market almost empty, in midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S., September 9, 2020. Picture taken September 9, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar

The airy $3.3 billion tower adjacent to Grand Central Terminal represents a major step in city efforts to ensure that a blocks-long swath of Midtown Manhattan, where buildings on average are 85 years old, remains a premier office district.

Majority owner SL Green Realty Corp provided $220 million for new staircases and enhanced connections to the subway and suburban

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