Home to some of the most iconic landmarks in New York City, Rockefeller Center is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Manhattan. It spans 22 acres between 48th and 51st Streets, from Fifth Avenue to Seventh Avenue. The complex includes 19 commercial buildings, two theatres, a skating rink, and many public artworks.
Rockefeller Center was built by John D. Rockefeller and officially opened in 1933, during the Great Depression. It was largely funded by Rockefeller himself, who hoped it would be a symbol of hope for New Yorkers affected by the economic crisis.
Rockefeller Center is known for its massive Christmas tree lighting ceremony each year, which draws people from all over the world. The iconic ceremony began in 1933 and is now broadcast on television each year.
The complex also hosts many cultural events, including concerts, lectures, and art exhibitions. It's also home to a variety of restaurants, shops, and sightseeing tours that offer visitors an opportunity to explore the center and its history.
Places to stay near Rockefeller Center
Visitors to Rockefeller Center looking for a place to stay have many options. Hotels near the complex include ALTIS BELEM HOTEL AND SPA, The Freeport Inn and Marina, Best Western Queens Gold Coast, Bellerose Inn, Gwb Hotel. There are also plenty of vacation homes in the area that offers visitors an opportunity to experience living like a local.