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Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is a 19 building complex located in the heart of Manhattan, between Fifth and Sixth Avenue. Its most important skyscraper is now called Comcast building (formerly the GE Building), built in 1930 with 70 floors and standing 640-foot (200 m)-tall. 

Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center, GE Building

Top of the Rock, views
Views from Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Top of the Rock, views of Central Park
Central Park from Top of the Rock

Although the architecture of the complex is fascinating, Rockefeller Center especially stands out for its history and atmosphere.

The complex has a series of stores and restaurants in its underground pedestrian passages (The Concourse) and you will find some of New York’s best shops at the entrance of Fifth Avenue (Channel Gardens).

Commissioned by the Rockefeller family, it was built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1937. The idea was to transform the area into the second business district of New York, after Wall Street.

Top of the Rock

On the 70th floor of the Comcast building is the observation-deck Top of the Rock. This viewpoint is a good alternative to the Empire State Building observation deck. Although it is less high, the views of Central Park and of the Empire State Building make it definitely worthwhile. 

Christmas at Rockefeller Center

During Christmas, Rockefeller Center becomes one of the liveliest and most popular parts of the city, with its famous Christmas tree and ice-skating ring.

Location

Between Fifth and Sixth Avenue and 49th and 50th Street

When to visit

Every day from 8 am till midnight (the last lift is at 11 pm).

Fares

Top of the Rock
Adults: $32
Children (ages 6 to 12): $26
Seniors (over 62): $30
Free access with the New York Pass

Transport

Subway: 47th-50th Sts - Rockefeller Center Station, lines B, D, F and V.
Bus: lines M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M6, M7, M27 and M50.

Map

Rockefeller Center, location map

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