30 Rockefeller Plz, New York, NY | Directions 1001240.758827 -73.979534
Neighborhoods: Midtown Center, Midtown
Touristy as it may be, Rock Center has this going for it -- a car-free pedestrian area with plenty of restaurants, shops, and an ice rink where watching may be even more fun than skating. Get a hot chocolate and a warm cookie at Jacques Torres and enjoy the charming view of happy children skating in matching hat and mitten sets. Cold? Go under the plaza to warm up in the many shops and restaurants.
i prefer the nbc studio tour – i went to nyc for the week with my school, so i was mostly with friends but the radio city hall was really tiring! i'm really fit and all but all that walking around wasn't too fun.. we seen the hall, met a rockette, and pretty much visited a bunch of other things but overall it was okay. the nbc studio tours was hilarious though! probably because i'm easily amused but our two tour guides were very friendly and had some funny jokes! we watched a video on this big screen about the history of nbc which was actually interesting. then visited studio 8H where they film saturday night live, also pretty interesting! we got our pictures taken inside this 'studio' and also where one person pretended to be a news anchor and another was the weather man in front of this green screen.. very hilarious since the one guy i knew. but i definitely loved the nbc studio tour more.
after for lunch, it was a bit confusing where to eat! but all the shops were nice since they all had glass windows, pretty much like a normal mall but the lighting was a bit dark. the most interesting place was the shoe shining shop! it was very interesting.. like in one of those old movies! watching businessmen line up for it was amusing.
Today Show/Top of the Rock/NBC tour – Here's my breakdown:
Today Show- Definately recommend going to the plaza to see this if you can. We only stayed for 30 minutes but got to see Matt Lauer, Meredith, etc along with a few celebrities. Overall a fun experience.
Top of the Rock- amazing views, decent price, and no lines on a Saturday afternoon! I would recommend this over the Empire State building observatory because of the long lines there.
NBC Studio Tour- I really didn't think it was worth it. My husband liked it but we only got to see the SNL set and Conan OBrien set. Thats it. Once Conan moves to California in '09 what are they going to show on the tour? If the prices were lower you might as well but it wasn't that exciting.
A largely commercial complex that provides year-round art, greenery and entertainment. – The History
In 1929, John D. Rockefeller leased the site on which the center sits from Columbia University, with plans to revitalize the area with office buildings and a new home for the Metropolitan Opera. After plans for the opera house were thwarted by the market crash later that year, Rockefeller continued to develop the area as an entirely commercial complex.
The 19-building art-deco complex, stretching from 47th to 51st streets and 5th to 7th avenues, features art in its foyers, gardens and facades. On the lower level, visitors find subway access and an ever-changing shopping and dining concourse. The ice-skating rink is open late fall to early spring, after which the rink space is used for dining al fresco. Besides the seasonal flower and sculpture displays, the area is known for being the home of Radio City Music Hall and NBC. The "Today Show" windows still attract huge crowds daily.
Ice Skating – Don't miss out on the opportunity to go ice skating outside Rockefeller Center. At first you'll think this seems lame but once you start and are looking up at the buildings you'll realize that this is pretty cool. Now, I hadn't been ice skating in about 20 years but that didn't matter. Be a kid again and add this to the list of winter activities to do while visiting NY.
NBC Studio Tour too short – Boy do I feel like a sucker. I was told that the tour would last a hour and a half. Well, it did, however most of that time was spent waiting for elevators and listening to lame pre-recorded video of the history of NBC studios. For the expensive price they charged for the tour, we only got to see 2 studios: Studio 3B - home of Dateline NBC, and Studio 8H - home of Saturday Night Live. The majority of people on the tour felt equally ripped off. I would recommend you avoid this tour, as it's certainly not as exciting as it's advertised.
Stick to the NBC tour! A friend and I went on the Rockefeller Center Tour (a tour of all of the buildings that make up Rockefeller Center). Our tour guide was a bit not with it. While she provided some interesting information, it was clouded by extraneous comments and the horrible static on the headphones handed out to each. Also, the tour walks you through Rockefeller Center and the tour guide didn't seem to realize that we were a large group proceeding through many operating buildings...
Learn how to do your job! – I called NBC tickets in Febuary after going to a Conan show in January. For tickets for this comming up friday. I called and reserved the tickets and they never came in the mail. Usually you get them a month before in the mail. And a week was comming up and I figured I should call to make sure I get the paper before friday and they didnt have me in the data. HM! I was quit ticked. Thats so wrong. Just the whole point that I got people off of work to come with me and they dont have tickets after I called for them. Thats just not right!
Too funny! – If you can get tickets to a taping, you have to go!
It was such a cool experience. It is amazing how much bigger the cameras can make this studio appear on TV.
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