Located in Midtown East/Grand Central, the Rockefeller Center is a popular New York City tourist attraction home to an observation point, a number of shopping and dining options as well as NBC Studios. Built in stunning art deco style by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1929 during the Great Depression, the center hoped to revitalise the area and provide much needed work and although the stock market crashed, work continued on the revolutionary complex which introduced centralised heating, parking garages and the concept of incorporating artwork throughout the center.
A commercial complex comprised of 19 buildings in total, the Rockefeller Center is worth a visit not just for its art and architecture but also its range of attractions including some excellent shopping and dining options, seasonal experiences, the Top of the Rock observation deck and the NBC Studios where TV shows like the Today Show, Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live are all broadcast from. Famous for its Christmas tree and ice skating rink in the holiday season, the Rockefeller Center is also home to the Radio City Music Hall. Another popular music venue and also fine dining restaurant is the Rainbow Room, located at the top of the GE Building and a New York icon in its own right.
For some fantastic views of New York City, you simply can't go past the Top of the Rock observation deck that offers six levels of observation points at the top of the art deco skyscraper. With upper decks that ride 850 feet above the street, the views from here are breathtaking. Spot other iconic landmarks and attractions such as the Brooklyn Bridge and Chrysler Building and see out to the East and Hudson Rivers. Daytime views offer a unique perspective of Central Park while at night, the city lights and glowing Empire State Building make an impressive sight. However, arrive just before sunset to enjoy the best of both worlds and see the city by day and night.