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Rockefeller Center

One of Manhattan’s most iconic developments, this hub of business and entertainment was considered a remarkable feat when it was completed in the late 1930s.

An ode to 1930s New York, Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan fuses the old and the new, and is at the heart of the city’s annual holiday celebrations.

Built between 1930 and 1939, the sprawling Rockefeller Center was seen as a revolutionary symbol of innovation and progress amid the depression-era slump. A “city within a city”, the center has a sleek, modern design and has housed some of the most progressive companies in America’s history. Today, it’s still a hub of Manhattan with 19 commercial and historic buildings that cover several blocks. 

A benchmark for Art Deco architecture, Rockefeller Center boasts many attractions. Take a tour of the famous NBC studios. Get tickets to see the famous Rockettes or a concert at Radio City Music Hall. During the holiday season, check out the enormous 100-foot Christmas tree. The glistening ice-skating rink is open daily October through April.

At any time of year, a trip to the center should start with a visit to the Top of the Rock observation deck for a 360-degree view of the city. Before zooming to the observation decks in the Sky Shuttle elevator, make sure you explore the permanent exhibition of photographs and artifacts on the mezzanine level. (Once you’re at the top, you can’t return to the exhibit.) The 70-story-high viewing platform is open from daily offering postcard-perfect views of the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty to the south and Central Park to the north.

Over at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the centerpiece of the complex, television aficionados can join behind-the-scenes NBC studios tours, which run every 15 minutes, to catch a glimpse into what makes shows like “NBC Nightly News” and “Saturday Night Live” tick. Check the Rockefeller Center website for ticket information. For history buffs, ticketed tours through the General Electric building also run regularly every day, with knowledgeable guides sharing insights into the history and artistry of the center.

After your tour, head downstairs to refuel at one of the many cafes and restaurants in the Concourse level or wander outside onto Fifth Avenue

Rockefeller Plaza is located in Midtown, and is on a number of bus routes and subway lines.


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The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

45 E 45th Street, New York
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Located at the corner of East 45th Street and Madison Avenue, the Roosevelt Hotel, New York City, provides ready access to shopping, as well as Broadway theaters, 3 blocks away.

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New York's Grande Dame, the Art Deco-style Waldorf Astoria New York offers a desirable Midtown location 2 blocks from Rockefeller Center and 4 blocks from the Broadway Theater District. Times Square, Central Park, Grand Central, and the shops on Fifth Avenue are among the nearby attractions.

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Salisbury Hotel

123 W 57th St, New York
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The budget-friendly Salisbury Hotel hotel offers a prime Midtown location just 2 blocks from Central Park and within walking distance of Times Square and Broadway theaters. Opened in 1931, this Neo-Gothic-style hotel is next door to the famed Russian Tea Room, a half-block from Carnegie Hall, and 7 blocks from Radio City Music Hall.

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Row NYC

700 8th Avenue, New York
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This Theater District hotel is at the corner of West 45th Street and Eighth Avenue, 1 block west of Times Square and 6 blocks west of Rockefeller Center.

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Club Quarters Hotel, opposite Rockefeller Center

Club Quarters Hotel, opposite Rockefeller Center

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Full-service, club-like hotel in a prime location opposite Rockefeller Center and the NBC/Today Show studios. Catty corner to Radio City Music Hall and just one block from 5th Avenue shopping, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Museum of Modern Art. A short walk to Broadway, Times Square and the Theater District.

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The Jewel facing Rockefeller Center

The Jewel facing Rockefeller Center

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Situated in New York's Broadway - Times Square neighborhood, this hotel is close to Museum of Television and Radio, Rockefeller Center, and Broadway. Area attractions also include Grand Central Terminal and Times Square.

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Park Central New York

Park Central New York

870 7th Ave, New York
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This Midtown New York hotel, renovated October, 2013, offers a desirable location diagonally across from Carnegie Hall, 1 block from Broadway, 2 blocks from Fifth Avenue shopping, and 2 blocks from Central Park. The Theater District and Times Square are within 1 mile.

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This hotel is within easy walking distance of New York's celebrated Theater District. Central Park, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Times Square, several museums, and many shops are also nearby. More than 100 restaurants are within a 7-minute walk.