Tourist In Your Own Town

Tourist In Your Own Town #22: Rockefeller Center

During the 1930’s and in the midst of the Great Depression, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. financed the construction of the Rockefeller Center complex, originally consisting of 14 Art Deco buildings.

Of course everybody knows about the famous Christmas tree and skating rink, but take a closer look around at the original limestone buildings and how they incorporate beautiful pieces of public art. Statues, murals, and bas-relief sculptures by famous artists are on public display for New Yorkers and visitors alike to enjoy.

Location:
Midtown Manhattan. The complex spans from 48th to 51st Street and between 5th and 6th Avenue. http://www.rockefellercenter.com

There are regular ticketed tours of the complex, Top of the Rock Observation Deck, and Radio City Music Hall, but a simple stroll through the urban space will easily show you why this is a unique Historic Landmark.

Tourist In Your Own Town # 22 - Rockefeller Center from New York Landmarks Conservancy on Vimeo.