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"John D.'s legacy to New York City" Rockefeller Center - Plaza Tip by Jefie

Rockefeller Center - Plaza, New York City: 209 reviews and 360 photos

  Rockefeller Center, in New York City
by Jefie
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In 1928, John D. Rockefeller Jr. acquired a piece of property on Fifth Avenue, hoping to build a new opera. When the 1929 stock market crash hit the country, John D. changed his mind and decided to build an immense complex consisting of 14 high-rise buildings (there are now 19 of them), thereby providing work to no less than 225,000 people during over 10 years.

Rockefeller Center is home to the Radio City Music Hall and NBC studios, among other things. It is also famous for its ice rink and Christmas tree, which they were setting up when we were there (and it was HUGE!). The beautiful Art Deco ensemble of buildings that make up the Center are quite photogenic, and each of them is graced with art work outside as well as inside. I only had time to walk around the Center this time around, but I plan on going back and hopefully go to the Top of the Rock ( and do the art and architecture tour (

Address: 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111
Directions: 47th to 51st Streets, between 5th and 6th Avenues
Phone: 212-632-3975

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  • Updated Dec 15, 2007
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