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ROCKEFELLER CENTER

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This huge complex of nineteen buildings exerts a great attraction on the whole of Midtown. Built between 1930 and 1940 by John D. Rockefeller Jr., the son of the oil businessman, this town within the city is dominated by the RCA Building, recognisable by its height: 67 levels, with the observation post Top of the Rock as an appendix - on the 70th floor - that competes against the Empire State Building. At its design, the building would accomodate the New York Opera, but the stock market crash in 1929 was right from the ambitions of John D. Rockfeller Jr. who could not attract the Metropolitan Opera in his new skyscrapers. More than 40,000 workers have worked for ten years at the construction of the building complex. A contreversy broke out in the middle of 1930s when German manufacturers tried to buy four skyscrapers and called them Deutsches Haus. Faced with the rising of the Nazi German in Europe, Rockfeller Jr. refused to sell the buildings to German interests. Empty, the space have been finally occupied during the Second World War by the English secret services and by the CIA, which organised since the Rockfeller Center the resistance operations of the Alliés. Now, the Rockefeller Center hosts cafés and offices, banks, news agencies (Associated Press), bookstores, shops (the Lego shop), television studios (NBC)... Moreover, every morning, the Today Show (the equivalent of Télématin) is partly shot outside in front of the Rockefeller. It is also in the Rockefeller Center that the Tonight Show of Jimmy Fallon and the famous sketch emission, Saturday Night Live are shot. The basements which lead to the subway through a labyrinth of hallways and shops are not less surprising. No matter how long you will stay, you will not miss passing by this building fortress, symbol of a myth, located in the centre of the richest sector of Midtown, between the MoMA, the Waldorf-Astoria hotel and the Saint-Patrick cathedral. Among the sculptures that surround the centre, the most spectacular is that of Atlas supportant le monde (in front of the 630 5th Avenue), even if the gilded statue of Prometheus in front of its water jets is counted as the one of the most well-known sculptures in the United States. There are also some very nice low reliefs such as News, of Isamu Noguchi (above the entrance of 50 Rockefeller Plaza), or the very Art deco Wisdom, of Lee Lawrie, that adorns the entrance of GE Building. In winter, the skating rink (The Rink At Rockfeller Center) and the huge Christmas tree adorn the magic site. Always splendid and refined, the decor of the Promenade is renewed every two months: tree and lace angels at Christmas, palm trees and sand in summer, exhibition of sculptures in spring (Rodin)...

Rockfeller Center Tower. You can visit Rockefeller Center by yourself of course, but it is better to take a guided tour that will allow you to better know the history of one of the New York skyline's pillars. Take this opportunity to discover how John D. Rockefeller got inspired to create one of the most famous buildings in the world. Experienced guides will take you on a journey that will reveal the secrets of architecture, the design and the art of this town within a city.

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Open 7 days a week. The excursions are organized avery half an hour from 10am (no departure at 6pm and at 6.30pm). Flat rate of the ticket US$17.

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Members' reviews on ROCKEFELLER CENTER

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fute_508268
4/5
Visited in may 2019
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NY vue de haut
Il faut bien choisir son heure, car la lumière est toujours plus intéressante le matin et au coucher du soleil.
sel75011
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Visited in october 2018
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Un quartier à lui tout seul
Le Rockefeller Center est le symbole d'une époque où le gigantisme était de rigueur. A travers l'ensemble des grattes-ciel qui composent ce complexe, on trouve des studios tv et radios, une grande place avec des cafés. C'est ici qu'est installée la patinoire en hiver.
PepetteEnVadrouille
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Visited in july 2019
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Enorme!
Énorme complexe symbolisant à merveille la démesure des États-Unis. On y trouve un immense centre commercial, 13 tours et surtout l'observatoire Top of the rock!
elodie95
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Visited in august 2018
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très belles statues
le rokfeller center ne présente pas vraiment d'intérêt à l'intérieur (sauf top of the rock bien entendu), mais par contre, belles statues à l'extérieur, et bien entendu à ne pas manquer au moment de Noël pour sa patinoire et son sapin !
1520
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Visited in may 2018
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Rockfeller center
Devant le Rockefeller center, la place est très jolie. c'est ici qu'est placé le sapin de noël géant et la patinoire. Au dessus de chaque entrée de porte, de magnifique œuvres. A ne pas manquer.
auroretrotter
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Visited in may 2018
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A cet endroit, il y a le top of the rock mais en dessous et tout autour il y a plein de boutiques originales ainsi que des studios télé. C'est l'endroit qu'on voit dans tous les films
anaiis07
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Visited in april 2018
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Le batiment est magnifique ! et la vue d'en haut est superbe, c'est un peu cher mais ça vaut vraiment le coup !!
nimar42
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Visited in april 2017
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Super agréable en nocturne, L'observatoire du Top of the Rock est un incontournable.
melanie8850@hotmail.fr
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Visited in may 2017
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Bel endroit d'où l'on voit la tour du top of the rock. Diverses boutiques dont la boutique Lego. Vu en mai 2017 avec la sculpture de la danseuse. Endroit qui doit être très sympa à Noël.
seb9287
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Visited in june 2017
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Ensemble commercial et d'affaires impressionnant. Les détails architecturaux dans le style des années 30 et d'inspiration mythologique donnent un cachet rétro à l'ensemble monumental. Une œuvre de Koons trône actuellement à l'entrée de la tour principale. Il n'est pas facile de s'y retrouver et de localiser les différentes boutiques pavillon de grandes marques internationales entre les différents buildings et étages. A noter notamment dans mes coups de cœur qui valent le coup d’œil, même sans acheter : Lego, Nintendo, NBC TV, Anthropologie,...
qthuilli
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Visited in june 2017
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Un passage obligatoire, une vue exceptionnel sur toute la ville.
A faire absolument lors d'un séjour pour découvrir la ville.
Barnabs
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Visited in april 2017
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Ensemble architectural très sympa pour déambuler et découvrir quelques belles surprises dans la décoration.
audrey81
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Visited in september 2016
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Beaucoup de chose à voir et de photos à faire de statut ou autre maquette. Idéal pour une pause café sur la place où il y a la célèbre patinoire à Noël.
pittocha
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Visited in november 2015
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Je l'ai vu à thanksgiving et les deco de noel étaient en place et alors là c'est splendide! Une petite patignoire, un arbre de noel immense, une façade avec une animation lumineuse et musicale impressionante. Un des endroits de nuit m'ayant le plus plu.

Concernant l'indication de prix du guide, c'est endroit est gratuit tant que l'on ne fait pas de shopping.
Pauline1005
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Visited in may 2016
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Une ville dans la ville!
Promener dans le Rockfeller center, c'est comme circuler dans un labyrinthe!
A chaque coin, vous avez quelque chose à admirer: tableaux, statues, magasins (celui de Lego vaut le coup d'oeil!)
Sans compter la mythique place qui se transforme en terrasse de restaurant et café aux beaux jours!

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