Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is a complex of 19 buildings covering 22 acres between 48th and 51st streets. It was built by the Rockefeller family and remains the largest private building project in modern history (think Pyramids).  Building began in 1930 shortly after the stock market crash of 1929.  There are 14 buildings in the complex and it is popular to ride the elevator to the top of the tallest one.  The Rockefeller Center is where the iconic New York City Christmas tree is located, as well as winter ice skating and, until recently, the Rainbow Room (which is currently closed).  The broadcast corporation CBS is located in Rockefeller Center.

Directions to Rockefeller Center:
  1. Take the downtown #1 train downtown
  2. Get off at the 59th St/Columbus Circle Station
  3. Transfer to the downtown D train
  4. Get off at the 47-50 St./Rockefeller Center Station


The elevator to the 'Top of the Rock' opens at 8:30 a.m. and the last one leaves at 11:30 p.m.; the outside portions of the complex are open 24/7 but are the most lively during work hours.

Cost: (for the elevator to the top)
$21 for adults
$30 for all day tickets which allow you to see the sunrise and the sunset