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Space Needle's new glass benches let you lean back over the city

The new benches called "Skyrisers" are slanted back so you can sit back and take a selfie over the city. This is all part of the Space Needle's $100 million renovation. (KOMO News)

SEATTLE -- A breathtaking new attraction just opened at the Space Needle. You can now lean back over the city 520 feet up.

The new benches called "Skyrisers" are slanted back so you can sit back and take a selfie over the city. This is all part of the Space Needle's $100 million renovation.

Ten of the benches opened to the public Thursday and eventually, there will be 24 of them.

"Affixed to the new 11-foot high glass walls along the open-air Observation Level, each Skyriser inclines over the outermost part of the Space Needle, allowing visitors to lean back and experience the intense feeling of floating over the Seattle skyline 520 feet above ground," says Dave Mandapat, spokesperson for the Space Needle.

Mandapat says 80 percent of the observation deck's work has been completed and they hope to have the entire two-level project -- including the world’s first rotating glass floor -- to be done by the Fourth of July weekend.

"This has never been done before," said Robert Wallace, who is in charge of all the glass panels and glass benches.

If you are afraid of heights, it might not be for you. But it could make the ultimate selfie.


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