Fodor's Expert Review Rockefeller Center

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Rockefeller Center, Midtown West,  New York City, New York, USA.

Comprising more than 100 shops and 50 eateries, the Rockefeller Center complex runs from 47th to 52nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. Special events dominate the central plazas in spring and summer. In December an enormous twinkling tree towers above the ice-skating rink, causing huge crowds of visitors from across the country and the globe to shuffle through with necks craned and cameras flashing.

The world's most famous ice-skating rink (see The Rink at Rockefeller Center) occupies Rockefeller Center's sunken lower plaza from October through mid-April and converts to a café in summer. The gold-leaf statue of the Greek hero Prometheus hovers above, forming the backdrop to zillions of photos. The lower plaza also provides access to the marble-lined concourse underneath Rockefeller Center, which houses restaurants, a post office, and clean public restrooms.

Rising from the Lower Plaza's west side is the 70-story Art Deco GE Building. Here Rockefeller commissioned and... READ MORE

Comprising more than 100 shops and 50 eateries, the Rockefeller Center complex runs from 47th to 52nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. Special events dominate the central plazas in spring and summer. In December an enormous twinkling tree towers above the ice-skating rink, causing huge crowds of visitors from across the country and the globe to shuffle through with necks craned and cameras flashing.

The world's most famous ice-skating rink (see The Rink at Rockefeller Center) occupies Rockefeller Center's sunken lower plaza from October through mid-April and converts to a café in summer. The gold-leaf statue of the Greek hero Prometheus hovers above, forming the backdrop to zillions of photos. The lower plaza also provides access to the marble-lined concourse underneath Rockefeller Center, which houses restaurants, a post office, and clean public restrooms.

Rising from the Lower Plaza's west side is the 70-story Art Deco GE Building. Here Rockefeller commissioned and then destroyed a mural by Diego Rivera. He replaced it with the monumental American Progress by José María Sert, still on view in the lobby, flanked by additional murals by Sert and English artist Frank Brangwyn. Up on the 65th floor is the landmark Rainbow Room, a glittering big-band ballroom dating to 1934. Higher up, Top of the Rock has what many consider the finest panoramic views of the city.

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From 47th to 52nd St. between 5th and 6th Aves.
New York, New York  10112, USA

www.rockefellercenter.com

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