You surely must go to Rockefeller Center.
Why? Well... because it is there, it was made expressly to take you there, it represents well the best in New York (harmony in XXXXL size), because it has lights and decorations, because it has shops, and ice to skate in winter, Radio City Music Hall, and...
Enough! Everybody goes, so, what are you waiting for?
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Located on the ground floor of the Rockfeller Center, this venue has been in use since 1932. The hall is famous for the Rockettes, a throwback dance group that still occasionally performs there. The hall is one of the famous icons of New York.
Rockefeller Center is a complex of commercial buildings framed by 48th and 51st street and 5th and 6th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, New York. The building complex was financed and developed by the Rockefeller familiy since the 1930`s and is considered the largest private building project of modern times. Within the complex, many corporations have set up headquarters or representations (Time Life Building, NBC HQ, Bank of America ..). The famous Radio City Music Hall - a concert hall - is also part of the building complex. 30 Rockefeller Center is considered the core building of the complex, often nicknamed 30Rock. The undercourse of the Rockefeller Center is filled with restaurants and shops. The most interesting feature of the centre for tourists is probably the observation deck; tickets are sold on a timeslot-basis, so it is advisable to pre-order. The Lower Plaza features an iceskate rink and an annual christmas tree as a seasonal attraction. The center has some interestig sculptures, among them "Atlas" facing the 5th Avenue and "Prometheus" facing the Lower Plaza.
here are two levels to see and this is the top most floor with no glass to hold the view back. A Must visit if you are in new york. The view is much better than what you might see from the Empire State building. You also get to see the view of Central park which is not seen from Empire state building..
Took this video on top of the Rockefeller center more popularly known as top of the rock.
A complex of 19 commercial buildings on 22 acres between 48th and 51st streets, between 5th and 6th Avenues. It was Commissioned by the Rockefeller family in 1928. Some 200 flagpoles line the plaza at street level. Flagpoles around the plaza display flags of United Nations member countries, the U.S. states and territories, or decorative and seasonal motifs. During U.S. holidays, every pole carries the Flag of the United States.
Many artists contributed work at the Center, including Isamu Noguchi, whose gleaming stainless steel bas-relief, News, over the main entrance to 50 Rockefeller Plaza was a standout. At the time it was the largest metal bas-relief in the world.
The centerpiece of Rockefeller Center is the 70-floor, 872 ft tall building at 30 Rockefeller Center, centered behind the sunken plaza. It is alternatively known as the Comcast Building and 30 Rock and formerly known as the RCA Building and the GE Building. The building is the setting for the famous Lunchtime atop a Skyscraper photograph, taken by Ebbets in 1932 with construction workers sitting on a steel beam without safety harnesses eating lunch above an 840-foot drop to the ground.
The building was renamed in 1988, two years after General Electric (GE) re-acquired RCA, which it helped found in 1919. The famous Rainbow Room club restaurant is located on the 65th floor; the Rockefeller family office occupies the 54th through 56th floors. The skyscraper is the headquarters of NBC and houses most of the network's New York TV studios, including 6A, former home of Late Night with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Dr. Oz Show; 6B, home of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and now home of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon; 8G, home of Late Night with Seth Meyers; 8H, home of Saturday Night Live; plus the operations of NBC News, MSNBC and network flagship station WNBC-TV. NBC currently owns the space it occupies in the building as a condominium arrangement. Rockefeller Center's legacy as "Radio City" has its roots at 30 Rock. Until 1988, the building also housed the studio and operations of the company's flagship radio station WNBC, which ceased broadcasting that year when its frequency was sold by NBC.
Unlike most other Art Deco towers built during the 1930s, the Comcast Building was constructed as a slab with a flat roof and since 1933 has been home of the Center's observation deck, the Top of the Rock spans from the 67th–70th floors and includes a multimedia exhibition exploring the history of the Center. On the 70th floor, accessible by both stairs and elevator, there is a 20-foot wide viewing area, allowing visitors a unique 360-degree panoramic view of New York City.
At the front of 30 Rock is the Lower Plaza, in the very center of the complex, which is reached from 5th Avenue through the Channel Gardens and Promenade. The acclaimed sculptor Paul Manship was commissioned in 1933 to create a masterwork adorning the central axis, below the famed annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, but all the other original plans to fill the space were abandoned over time. It was only at Christmas Day in 1936 that the ice skating rink was finally installed and the popular Center activity of ice skating began.
Radio City Music Hall, at 50th Street and Sixth Avenue, was completed in December 1932. At the time, it was promoted as the largest and most opulent theater in the world. "Radio City," as the new NBC Studios in the RCA Building were known. RCA was one of the complex's first and most important tenants and the entire Center itself was sometimes referred to as "Radio City.
A series of shop- and restaurant-filled, underground pedestrian passages stretch from 47th Street to 51st Street, and from Fifth Avenue to Seventh Avenue. Access is via lobby stairways in the six landmark buildings, through restaurants surrounding the Concourse-level skating rink, and elevators to the north and south of the rink. There is a connection to the New York City Subway via the western concourse, to 47th–50th Streets – Rockefeller Center station below Sixth Avenue (B D F M trains).
New York in the winter is the best. Especially when you get a chance to ice skate at Rockefeller Center. The annual Christmas tree is always a sight to see. We made this trip last year, enjoyed skating, shopping and dining in all the great restaurants.
A visit to this Great Depression center of commerce and communication can be quite expensive but there are also a few most worthwhile things worth your attention at no cost. The 22-acre Rockefeller Center is more than the setting for NBC's Today Shows, where lines often begin to appear by 6am, and a giant Christmas tree in December. If you are near the end of your stay and find that you meant to spend more than you have, you can always shell out $24 for a tour of the NBC studios and offices or $27 for a trip to the observatory deck. (It seems that there is absolutely no way to get high in New York without breaking the bank.) Do stop by to see the slew of art commissioned under the very wordy theme of "Man at the Crossroads Looks Uncertainly But Hopefully at the Future." Although the theme is wordy the pieces pack a big punch, such as the statue of Prometheus overlooking the skating rink, or Atlas holding the world at 630 Fifth Ave. Jose Maria Sert's murals in the GE Building use the likes of Abe Lincoln to replace the original "communist imagery" of Vladimir Lenin and others of his ilk.
Always heard about Rockefeller Center on TV. David Letterman? or a special. Then, there is the iconic winter skating at the center. So, we made a short side trip to stop by. We were between meals and looking for the Nintendo store. It's rumoured to have the earliest release and free trials of the newest games.
Found Nintendo (south off the sunken plaza). Yes, they did have games that were pending release at the time. Be wary as the average age is under 20. The lines weren't too long. There is a parents waiting area with reasonably comfortable seats.
The buildings and open spaces are covered or filled with art. You could spend a day, just checking out the carved reliefs, paintings and sculptures.
..but seriously, Rockefeller was a good time. It houses the NBC studio's, so you can take a tour of the studios of some of the NBC programs you may watch. I got to see Dr. Oz's studio (Used to be Late Night with Conan Obrien!), that one guy from SNL's late night show studio, and SNL doing dress rehearsal. We caught them in the middle of rehearsing zach galifianakis' monologue. He even gave us a friendly wave. What a gentleman.
If you like spending loads of cash on expensive items, there's an entire mall on the ground floor with all sorts of high-end boutiques.
And last, but definitely not least, there is the Top of the Rock, an amazing view of Central Park and Manhattan from the roof. We bought tickets in advance and avoided a lot of the line. But it wasn't any sort of wait like I'd imagine you would have for the Empire State Building. And guess what! We had an amazing view of the Empire State Building from atop Rockefeller. Try and get a time slot right before sunset. That way you can see the skyline in the daylight and night time all in the same visit.
Watch out for the other tourists. A lot of them were pretty rude, clueless, and no respect for personal space.
Built by the Rockefeller Family, ROCKEFELLER CENTER is a complex of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres between 48th and 51st Streets. Radio City Music Hall and the GE Building, the centerpiece of the complex with 70 Floors.
In the center of it is a huge people place Plaza with about 200 Flags lining the Plaza. In the winter it is a skating ring and in the summer, it is a dining area.
There is an underground concourse with dozens of shops and restaurants including a Starbucks and a Manchu Wok where Hans and I had lunch.
The center boasts many pieces of art, including the bronze gilded statue of the Greek Legend of the Titan Prometheus.
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All of my trips to New York have either been in spring or autumn, which is a bit of a pity, as it seems that New York is a city that assumes an entirely different (and very interesting) winter persona.
My last trip was in early October, when preparations were underway at the open air ice rink at the Rockefeller Centre. Open air skating in New York is one of those impossibly romantic staples of Hollywood movies, and even though I'm a terrible skater, it's something that I'd dearly love to experience.
The skating season opens in mid October and continues through to April (see the website below for more details). The rates at the time of writing were $20 for an adult and $12 for children (under 11) and seniors, plus an additional $10 for skate rental. Substantially discounted rates for groups booking in advance are available, and it's also possible to book skating lessons. There are also several cafes and restaurants to which you can retire to thaw out and/or catch your breath.
On the subject of romance, I was gobsmacked to discover that the website features an 'engagement-on-ice' option, designed to "make your proposal truly special and seamless" (!). This includes (and I quote):
* VIP admission passes
* five minutes exclusive ice time after your skating session for the proposal
* playing your favourite song during your proposal "victory lap" after she/he says "yes"
* you may provide a bouquet of flowers, and we will present them to your fiancee/fiance after she/he says "yes"
* celebrate with a champage toast at the Rock Center Cafe."
Frankly I struggle to think of a scenario more cringeworthy, as overtly public proposals make my toes want to curl with embarrassment for all concerned (including myself), and I will concede that it is so absolutely over the top that it does have its own cheesy charm if you're into that sort of thing.
For those contemplating this intriguing opportunity, may I caution you that at a cost of between $225 and $300 (dependent on time of year), you would be well advised to be fairly sure of the answer, I can see no mention of a 'money back' clause should the answer be, "No"!