Rockefeller Centre is one of the most exciting places to visit in New York City, it is probably one of the first things you will want to see upon your arrival from your direct flight to New York. This area that is located right in the middle of midtown Manhattan is over 22 acres, which includes 19 large buildings. The area is named after a man named John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who developed this land when he purchased it back in the early 1900’s. Because this area was developed in the time of the great depression, it provided many jobs for those who were out of work.
New business and buildings begin to flood the area in the 1930’s. In 1932 the Radio City Music Hall was constructed. Visiting this area today, one can still visit the famous opulent theatre. This theatre seats 6,000 people and its art deco style has been preserved. The beginning days of the theatre were slow, but eventually became a happen spot. The hall was made a landmark of the city in 1978 and since then it has become an icon of the area.
The GE Building otherwise known as the RCA Building is another landmark of the area. This fabulous art deco style building was constructed in the late 1930’s. With 70 floors of offices and shops, this building is a frequented hot spot. What is more perfect than an ice-skating rink in the bottom level? Those visiting NYC love to take advantage of an indoor skating facility. The building is also called 30 Rock, which is the same name that was given to a famous television show.
The most famous location in Rockefeller centre is an area known as “Times Square Studios”, which hosts “NBC Studios”. There are many popular television shows produced here, such as the “Today Show”. Many people gather every day to catch a glimpse of famous news stars from the “Today Show” because they have been a part of American history since 1952. Famous music stars and other Hollywood famous join the popular hosts and it is all done right in the middle of this famous area.
Many say that traveling to this centre in Christmas time is best, due to the festivities and the famous Christmas tree. Other famous things to see in this area include Christie’s Auction House, which has been frequented on shows like the “Antique Roadshow”. Studio 8H in the RCA Exhibition Hall holds the famous set of “Saturday Night Live”.
There is so much to see and do in this area that preparation is key. Bring along maps and make sure to have an itinerary because with this much to see one does not want to miss a thing.