As you’re taking in the sights and shops around Rockefeller Center, don’t forget to look around at the art that decorates the space. A gift from the Rockefeller family, the center’s sculptures, carvings, mosaic, and murals are meant to show a grand conceptualization of man’s efforts toward industrialization. From Atlas holding up the earth to Prometheus giving fire to humanity, the overriding theme of the progress of man inhabits the space.
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30 Rock During the Holidays
Manhattan is one of the most magical places in the world during the holidays. It's also one of the craziest and most crowded. The crown jewel of a New York Christmas is the huge Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. Thousands of people gather in this public square to take in the twinkling lights, the ice skaters mobbing the Rockefeller ice rink and, of course, the famed 30 Rock building itself. The area around 30 Rock includes some of the city's most iconic stores - Cartier, Saks 5th Ave, - which also glitter with holiday lights.
Here's a tip: to avoid the crowds, but still get to enjoy the sights, get up early one morning and walk the streets in the morning calm, while all the shoppers are still sound asleep.
It's a goose bump instilling, wonderful time of year to visit the city that never sleeps.
Just down the street from the Museum of Modern Art, Rockefeller Center and this section of Fifth Avenue provide opportunities for a typically New York way of dealing with the stress of city living: retail therapy. Rockefeller Center consists of 19 different buildings over three square blocks. Home to Radio City Music Hall and the Center’s must photographed ice-skating rink (as well as Christmas tree during the holidays), the complex was built in the 1930s and is an impressive Art Deco “campus,” though one that is filled with cafés and stores rather than class rooms. Two other New York landmarks sit on the opposite side of Fifth Avenue and face Rockefeller Center—St. Patrick’s Cathedral (which has emerged from behind its screen of scaffolding after having been restored and meticulously cleaned) and the flagship Saks Fifth Avenue.