Rockefeller Center – New York

Rockefeller Center – New York

During one of my visits to New York, I visited Rockefeller Center. It is one of the attractions of New York city, an art deco marvel consisting of around 20 commercial buildings covering 11 acres in midtown Manhattan. Named after the multi-millionaire, John D. Rockefeller, who leased the space for a commercial district.

Statue of Atlas

The statue of Atlas holds an interesting story. It is said Atlas resembled Mussolini, Italy’s fascist dictator and hence the statue was picketed upon its unveiling. And I thought controversies related to statues happen only in India. 🙂
Can you see Roman similarities in this statue ?

The arcade of Rockefeller Center is the most popular route of tourists. There were restaurants all over the place but the center garden makes way to the sub-ground restaurant area which becomes an ice skating rink in wintertime. At Christmas, the whole place is decorated beyond recognition.

The murals and mosaics have been wonderfully preserved and give a museum like atmosphere to your visit. When you walk around you’ll find some interesting art works gracing these outdoor edifices.

I saw this slanted pole in the Center. The pole with people on it was kept in such a way that it looked like people from all walks of life were ‘going to the moon’.

Walking to the Moon

How small it looks in front of skyscrapers. To capture this shot I had to take it at an angle.

I think it was a temporary structure at that time. I am not aware if it has become a permanent one since I haven’t been able to visit the Rockefeller center after that.

13 thoughts on “Rockefeller Center – New York

  1. Deepu,
    Driving across the border ? Now you are making me jealous.

    Prax,
    I have already done that. Next month’s bill should see some changes. 🙂

  2. This post brought back memories. Years back, I’ve been to this place a few days after Christmas and seen it beautifully decorated, and many enjoying the ice skating. Brrrr..the freezing temperatures of New York in winter.*shivering*

  3. I really don’t see Mussolini in Atlas! Must be me 🙂

    Can you believe that I have never been to NY? Weird considering we went to New Zealand, Australia, Patagonia…! I have to find the time…

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