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Rockefeller Center is an art deco marvel consisting of 19 commercial buildings covering 11 acres in midtown Manhattan from 49th to 52nd Streets, Fifth to Seventh Avenues.
Named after the multi-millionaire, John D. Rockefeller, who leased the space from Columbia University in 1928.

Originally occupied by tenements and theaters, Rockefeller planned to revitalize the area with 3 huge office buildings and a new Metropolitan Opera House.

The stock market crash of 1929 helped scrap the original plans but Rockefeller still wanted a commercial district.

Hiring 3 architecture firms and a consulting firm, ground was broken on the Rockefeller Center we see today in late 1929.

30 Rockefeller Plaza (above) was the largest and first built. It is the centerpiece and probably best known building.

As you can see from this view from the Empire State Building, the 70-story building still towers over its modern competitors.

Completed in 1934, 30 Rockefeller Plaza became the RCA headquarters. General Electric's initials now brighten the rooftop of the home of NBC.
30 Rockefeller Plaza is the most public of the buildings and two of the most popular tourist attractions reside here.

The NBC Studio Tour, lets you see where popular shows like Saturday Night Live, Late Night With Conan O'Brien and NBC News are taped.

Hours for concourse


Address: 47th-51st Streets and between 5th and 6th Avenues.
Directions: B,D,F,V Subways to 47-50th Sts, Rockefeller CenterNot sure on the busses right now. :(
Phone: (212) 332-6868
Website: http://www.rockefellercenter.com/

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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