"Rockefeller Center" Rockefeller Center - Plaza Tip by PetraG
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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.
Hiring 3 architecture firms and a consulting firm, ground was broken on the Rockefeller Center we see today in late 1929.
30 Rockefeller Plaza was the largest and first built. It is the centerpiece and probably best known building.
Completed in 1934, 30 Rockefeller Plaza became the RCA headquarters. General Electric's initials now brighten the rooftop of the home of NBC.
The arcade of Rockefeller Center is the most popular route of tourists. Entering on Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets, the center gardens make way to the sub-ground restaurant area which, as most are familiar with, becomes an ice skating rink in wintertime.
The statue of Atlas by Lee Lowrie & Rene Chambellan (1937) holds an interesting story.
Address: 47th-51st Streets and between 5th and 6th Avenues.
Directions: B,D,F,V Subways to 47-50th Sts, Rockefeller Center
Phone: (212) 332-6868
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