New York Diaries – Part 1

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So at last it’s been a wonderful week for us in New York . I finally took the break I so longed for, went far away from Montreal’s snow & cold and fell right into the lap of blooming Spring in New York  ! There is no place in the world quite like New York City. So much can be said about it – it’s big, it’s loud, it’s beautiful, it’s delicious, and, most of all, it’s iconic.

Oh yes, what an amazing trip it was. It started bang on with the visit of Rockefeller Center, it’s a complex of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres between 48th and 51st streets in New York City, United States. Built by the Rockefeller family, it is located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, spanning the area between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. We went to the top the TOP OF THE ROCK®OBSERVATION DECK ( 70th floor ) . The view from the 70th floor was breathtaking ,the Manhattan skyline is like looking at a great work of art; when you’re in the presence of a great work, it is hard to give your attention to anything else. 

The skyline of New York is a monument, an outward symbol of an aggressive and once confident people, a technological achievement that is matchless in the history of the human race. Here are some important and must see spots in & around the Rockefeller Center.

Prometheus

Paul Manship’s highly recognizable bronze gilded statue of the Greek legend of the Titan Prometheus recumbent, bringing fire to mankind, features prominently in the sunken plaza at the front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

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Flags

Some 200 flagpoles line the plaza at street level. Flagpoles around the plaza display flags of United Nations member countries, the U.S. states and territories, or decorative and seasonal motifs. During U.S. holidays, every pole carries the Flag of the United States.

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Statue of Atlas

Atlas is a bronze statue in front of Rockefeller Center,across Fifth Avenue from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The sculpture depicts the Ancient Greek Titan Atlas holding the heavens. It was created by sculptor Lee Lawrie with the help of Rene Paul Chambellan, and it was installed in 1937.

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The Cathedral of St. Patrick is a decorated Neo-Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral church in the United States and a prominent landmark of New York City. It is the seat of the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, and a parish church, located on the east side of Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets in midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York, directly across the street from Rockefeller Center and specifically facing the Atlas statue.

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Ascend 70 floors into the sky & take in sweeping 360 degree views from 3 viewing decks.

View of New York City from the rooftop of the Rockefeller Center.

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The Channel Gardens

Throughout the year, the Rockefeller Center Channel Gardens blooms in uniquely themed plant installations that transform with the seasons. From an ocean of Tulips to a Weeping Willow forest, The Channel Gardens brings refreshing surprises, you simply have to keep coming back. You can visit the Channel Gardens to see the Easter installation on display from April 2 through April 19.

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NBC Studios

The NBC Studios is located in the historic GE Building (on 49th Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues) in the borough of Manhattan, New York City. The building houses the NBC television network headquarters, its former parent General Electric, and NBC’sflagship station WNBC (Channel 4), as well as cable news channel MSNBC. When NBC Universal relocated to New York, 24-hour cable news television network MSNBC joined the network on that day as well. The new studios/headquarters for NBC News and MSNBC are located in one area.

Its closed now & The NBC Studio Tour will resume operations in mid-2015.

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Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue located in Rockefeller Center in New York City. Its nickname is the Showplace of the Nation, and it was for a time the leading tourist destination in the city. Its interior was declared a city landmark in 1978. We couldnt visit the hall due to lack to time.

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Some Useful Information

Location

30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY

Entrance on 50th Street
Between 5th & 6th Avenues.

Hours

Daily from 8am – Midnight.

Last elevator goes up at 11pm.

Ticket Prices

Tickets start at $30 for adults,
$20 for children 6-12 years of age
and $28 for seniors.

Hope you enjoyed my little travel diary 🙂 Click here for New York Diaries – Part 2

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