A visit to Rockefeller Center––a city within a city––is a must. New York’s most important urban complex of the twentieth century, the Center was built between 1931 and 1939. Rockefeller Center extends from 48th to 51st Street, and from Fifth to Sixth Avenue.
The Fifth Avenue frontage is a show case for the cause of international understanding–hence the International Building, the Maison Française, the British Empire Building, the Palazzo d’Italia––and the Channel Gardens (named for the English Channel separating France and England), between the French and British buildings, lined with fall foliage and statuary
Rockefeller Center epitomizes the Machine Age––building materials like aluminum and stainless steel, parking facilities for cars and trucks, high speed elevators, air cooling, noise silencers and escalators. There is so much to see both inside and outside but I thought it would be nice to feature a few of the works that are on the outside of the buildings.
I placed the street location or reference point on each photo.
What is Art Deco?
Although the question seems simple, historians have not been able to agree upon a single, definitive answer. The time period, aesthetic principles, motifs, and just about everything else that typically defines a style or movement, are all open to interpretation when it comes to defining Art Deco.
I thought I would include something you might miss when going to or walking past Radio City Music Hall.
These three large stylized decorative plaques, placed high up on the south façade of Radio City Music Hall.
Two of the six playful plaques under the marquee at the front entrance.
A couple of observations as of this publication date.
- Overall, New York City is less crowded.
- Check ahead to see if places you want to visit will be open.
- Public bathrooms are even fewer that usual.
- There is a bathroom in the main building at Rockefeller center.