A sizeable area in New
York City which houses 19 commercial buildings and plazas between 48th and
51st Streets, the Rockefeller Center offers splendid architecture and art as
well as great shopping and dining. It is one of the most popular attractions in
NYC. Built by the famous and influential Rockefeller family, it became a
National Historic Landmark in 1987.
Construction began in May 1930 and was the largest private building project
ever undertaken in modern times as the initial costs were estimated at some
$250,000,000. John D. Rockefeller funded the work entirely by himself. His
initial plans to build an opera house were thrown out after the stock market
crash in 1929, but his continuation with building the Art Deco center provided
some much-needed work at the time and took nine years.
Now home to the NBC studios and Saturday Night Live, Radio City Music Hall,
and countless artworks, shops, and eateries, the Rockefeller center is also host
to many NY events, including the lighting of the famous Rockefeller Center
Christmas Tree, broadcast around the world!
Its most famous building and focal point is the GE building, also known as
30 Rock. A tour of this and neighboring buildings will surprise you with its
abundance of fine art, sculptures, (perhaps the most famous being the Prometheus
bronze gilded sculpture in the Lower Plaza), mosaics, and murals. Or you can
head up to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck for a wonderful indoor/outdoor
viewing experience from 850 feet (259 m) above street level!
Then you can indulge in a promenade of the Channel Gardens as it puts on a
display of manicured grass, fountains, sculptures, and thousands of plant
species! Or take a rest at one of the restaurants where you can sit within the
famous ice-rink that comes to life in winter. But with over 40 restaurants on
offer throughout the center, you’ll have a hard time choosing.
Kids will love to explore the concourses (underground walkways that link the
buildings) and some time at the LEGO Store before heading behind the scenes of a
favorite TV show!
It's really easy to get there: Take subway train F, D, B or V to 47th-50th
Street and get off at Rockefeller Center. Or take the bus from Fifth Avenue (M1,
M2, M3, M4 or M5) to 50th Street. To arrive by foot, walk north from Times
Square on 7th Avenue towards 50th Street and turn right onto it.
Observation deck: 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Rest of the center: open 24/7
Tour of the centre: $17.00
Children (6-12): $17.00
Phone: +1 877 692 7625