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Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center – a huge complex of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres in Midtown Manhattan – was the brainchild of multimillionaire philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr.  Rockefeller leased the land from Columbia University in 1928 and built throughout the Great Depression, providing work for over 40,000 people.  30 Rockefeller Plaza (also known as the GE Building), the centerpiece of and tallest building in the Center, officially opened in 1933, and construction of all of the original buildings of the Center finished in 1939.  The Art Deco-style complex is filled with magnificent public art including sculptures, murals, bas-reliefs, and mosaics.  Highlights at Rockefeller Center include Radio City Music Hall, NBC’s headquarters and studios, the outdoor ice-skating rink, the underground concourse linking the buildings of the Center together, and the Top of the Rock observation deck on the GE Building, providing the best panoramic view of the New York City skyline around.

  • Visit the spot where the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and Saturday Night Live have all been filmed
  • 30 Rockefeller Plaza provides the name of the popular sitcom 30 Rock
  • The annual lighting of the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center is an NYC tradition

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