John D Rockefelller Jr. created history when he decided to enter into a large scale private building venture, during the depression in 1929. Having leased a 22 acre land from Columbia University in Midtown Manhattan, the original proposal of a Metropolitan Opera had to be shelved following the crash of the stock market.
The final building scheme was a collection of fourteen art deco styled buildings, which were office spaces as well as shopping areas set around a sunken plaza. This sunken plaza is now known for its popular ice rink. The completed scheme was named Rockefeller Centre. It was also known as a ‘city in a city’ as all its buildings were connected through the underground catacombs.
The first building to be completed was the tallest building in the centre – RCA. This 70 floor building, home to Radio Corporation of America, was the centrepiece. So much so, that the centre was sometimes known as Radio City because of it. This building is now known as the GE building after General Electricals bought it over. It is also known as ‘30 Rock’ given its street number. It houses a spectacular observation deck open to the public, as well as the rainbow room restaurant.
Holiday season – especially Christmas, sees the transformation of Rockefeller Centre into a magical land. A giant Christmas tree, beautifully decorated overlooking the skating rink completes a stunning picture which is often used for many a movie.
The centre also houses various sculptures and art work by various artists. Visitors will not be disappointed as shopping, dining, and much more is possible within this centre.
Visitors hoping to include the Rockefeller Centre as part of their itinerary may seek a hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Of these, The Premier Hotel is a stunning and acclaimed luxury hotel New York, where you will not be disappointed.