Rockefeller Center is a complex of 19 buildings in midtown Manhattan. The centerpiece, 30 Rock, was completed in 1933 and named RCA Building after its famous tenant Radio Corporation of America. It was designed by Raymond Hood and his team. This 70 story building is the 14th tallest building in New York City and the 39th tallest in the United States.
It was the first building with elevators grouped in the central core. Rockefeller family occupied Room 5600 on the 56th floor and John D Rockefeller had a private elevator to take him to his private vault in the basement from his office.
The building is one of the most famous and recognized skyscrapers in New York and houses a shopping concourse connected to the lobby via an escalator. On the 65th floor there is an event room and the restaurant called Rainbow Room, whose inside was awarded landmark status in 2012. This building was also a part of a NBC sitcom called 30 Rock.
On top of this skyscraper there is an Observation Deck called “Top of the Rock” which reopened to the public on 1Nov05, after a major 75 million dollar renovation. It resembles the deck of an ocean liner, and gives a bird’s eye view of the city. It is considered the best panoramic view of New York City as you can see Battery Park and Central Park.
If you are in New York, do not miss this view. One note of caution, please get your tickets in advance as usually there is quite a crowd waiting to go up.