Amongst the streets of 48th & 51st and between 5th – 6th Avenues are a complex of 19 buildings on 2 acres which make up Rockefeller Center. It’s been a national landmark since 1987 and a NYC landmark since 1985. Within these buildings you’ll find offices, shops, restaurants, broadcasting, skating rink/restaurant and even what’s considered to be NYC’s largest theater, Radio City Music Hall.
Perhaps the most memorable time of year for NY natives, tourists and ME!….Is the holiday season in New York. That is, from November ’till early January. To tell the truth, it’s the only time of year that I can truly appreciate the herds of (um, ‘scuse me, meant crowds) of people on the sidewalks. Aaaaaah, that NY Christmas Spirit!
With this in mind, it’s at Rockefeller Center that you’ll find the famous Rockettes and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. There’s also the great Christmas Tree! At the 1996 lighting of the Tree, our Mayor declared November 8 as the official “Christmas Comes to New York Day”……’though, ‘don’t know if this was supposed to carry through to future years. HECK, we don’t need a special day to remind us…..do we? Anyone who’s been here at that time of year knows it all too well. The lighting usually takes place within the 2 weeks following Thanksgiving. It’s an event seen on television from coast to coast. Read the following to get a better picture:
As for the skating rink, it’s open from October to April. It’s a treat to skate just under that huge Christmas tree. Occasionally during that season, you’ll even see Santa gliding along on the ice. The rest of the year this rink becomes the Open Air Rink Restaurant. Mind you, skating lessons are given on the rink when its open.
Nearby is: United Nations (10 minute walk?), MOMA, Grand Central Terminal, St Patrick’s Cathedral