With the lighting of the tree at Rockefeller Center only a day away, I thought it pertinent to talk about one of the great areas of Manhattan, Rockefeller Center.
Built by the Rockefeller family, it is located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, spanning the area between Fifth Ave and Seventh Ave. Because of the vast history surrounding the Rockefeller Center, it was subsequently declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
It was the largest private building project ever undertaken in modern times. Construction of the 14 buildings in the Art Deco style (without the original opera house proposal) began on May 17, 1930 and was completed on November 1, 1939.
One of the more popular buildings include the famous Radio City Music Hall, arguably the most famous music venue in Manhattan (along with of course Carnegie Hall and The Lincoln Center), known as the Showcase of the Nation. It was completed in 1932 and was declared a city landmark in 1978.
The lower plaza of Rockefeller Center also houses the great ice rink, made popular by numerous Hollywood hits, most famously Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
Come out to see the tree lighting if you’re in town tomorrow!