Rockefeller Center


Rockefeller Center

30 Rockefeller Plaza

New York, NY 10012


Written by Scott Messmore

Certainly one of the most famous and visited sites in New York City is Rockefeller Center. While Rockefeller Center is perhaps most famous for its skating rink and Christmas celebrations, there are plenty of shops, restaurants and attractions.

Art Deco Treasures

One of the main reasons to visit Rockefeller Center is the building itself. Rockefeller Center has a huge amount of art deco sculptures, paintings and gardens to walk through during the summer months. Completed in 1940, Rockefeller Center was supposed to be the new home of the Metropolitan Opera. The Opera pulled out of the deal and developer John D. Rockefeller reworked the plan to open the site as "Radio City", standing 850 tall.

NBC, Simon & Schuster and the Associated Press

Rockefeller Center is the home of NBC Studios, Radio City Music Hall, book publishing giant Simon & Schuster, the Associated Press and the British Empire Building. Rockefeller Center is a great place to start exploring New York City. It is near the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, two of the most famous and distinctive skyscrapers ever built.

NBC Studio Tours and Radio City Music Hall

Too see the inner workings of modern television, visitors can take in a tour of the NBC Studios, where Late Night with Conan O'Brien and the Today Show are taped on weekdays. The Today Show is taped every morning from 7 to 9 a.m. NBC Studio is located at 30 Rockefeller Center. Radio City Music Hall and it's world-famous Rockettes are located in Rockefeller Center. Radio City Music Hall underwent a multi-million dollar renovation that was finished in 1999. During the Holiday Season, thousands of visitors take in the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show.

Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center

The ice skating rink is the scene of movie making, blind dates and little kids learning how to skate. With its huge, gold statue of Prometheus, the ice rink is a favorite of tourists and New Yorkers alike. The rink is open every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Admission to the ice rink is: adults, $10; seniors and students, $9. Rental skates are available or you can bring your own pair. During the winter the ice rink can be very crowded due to its popularity. The Channel Gardens is a good place to take a break among the landscaped plants and trees. Rockefeller Center is located from 47th to 51st Streets between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in Manhattan. Visitors can also shop and dine at Rockefeller Center, with literally hundreds of businesses open to the public.

For more information about Rockefeller Center, call 212-632-3975.

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