Built in the early 1930s, the Rockefeller Center is considered one of the most important building projects of the Great Depression. For over 80 years, this complex has been one of New York City’s most iconic landmarks. If you’re sightseeing in Manhattan, a trip here is always well worth it. It’s especially majestic if you’re lucky to be here during the holiday season. Some of the reasons why our New York City personal injury lawyers think Rockefeller Center is one of New York’s most important historic landmarks include:
Radio City Music Hall
The famous radio complex Radio City runs along the east side of Sixth Avenue, also known as the Avenue of the Americas. Radio City Music Hall is built on a plot of land which was originally intended for the Metropolitan Opera House. Plans for the opera house were scrapped in 1929, which lead to the construction of the Rockefeller Center. Radio City Music Hall is a 5,960-seat venue which was very successful until the 1970s. Patronage declined during this time period, and the Hall nearly went bankrupt. But in 1978, the building was designated as a New York City Landmark, restored, and allowed to remain open. Today, it’s one of the most famous landmarks in Manhattan for it’s striking Art Deco facade.
30 Rockefeller Plaza
This Art Deco skyscraper is the centerpiece of Rockefeller Center and one of the most famous structures in the Manhattan skyline. Standing 850 feet tall, this is the 14th-largest building in New York City. It’s most famous for being the headquarters and New York studios of NBC. The name is often shortened to 30 Rock, which is also the name of a popular television series set in the building. The famous Lunch atop a Skyscraper photograph, depicting construction workers eating lunch while seated on a girder with their legs dangling 840 feet above the street was taken here during the construction of the building in 1932.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-famous Christmas tree placed in Rockefeller Center each holiday season, in mid-November. The lighting of the tree is a major public spectacle and occurs in either late November or early December each year. Since 1997, This lighting has been broadcast live to hundreds of millions of viewers on NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center telecast on the Wednesday after Thanksgiving. The ceremony also features live entertainment and the tree is lit by the Mayor of New York City and other special guests. Approximately 125 million people visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree each year.
The Rink at Rockefeller Center is one of the most famous ice-skating rinks in the world. Each winter, millions of skaters visit here to take part in the festive celebration at one of the most picturesque ice-skating rinks you can find. The rink is right at the heart of the Rockefeller Center, near the base of the famous Christmas tree and iconic golden statue. Only 150 people can skate at a time and it’s a hugely popular activity, but you can make reservations to make sure you have a spot.