Rockefeller Center - New York
The city within a city built in the 1930's
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Begun in the 1930's, this city within a city and National Historic Landmark was the first commercial project to integrate gardens, dining, and shopping with office space. Rockefeller Center is the hub of Midtown Manhattan, busy day and night. The number of buildings has grown to 19, though the newer buildings do not match the Art Deco elegance of the original 14 structures
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Named after the English Channel because they separate the French and British buildings, the gardens change with the calendar and are lined with glowing angels at Christmas
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An 18-ft (5.5-m) gold-leafed bronze statue by Paul Manship presides over the Sunken Garden. The pedestal represents Earth and the ring represents the heavens
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The centerpiece of Rockefeller Center is a slim, 70-story limestone tower. The building, with gradual setbacks as it rises, houses the studios of the NBC television network
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A skating rink in winter and outdoor cafe in summer, the Sunken Garden is always popular. It is surrounded by flags that represent the members of the UN
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The morning-TV show can be viewed live every weekday from the sidewalk. Outdoor concerts by well-known musicians often take place in the plaza
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A variety of stores can be found in the underground concourse of the Comcast Building, including a branch of the Met Museum shop
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Sculpted by Lee Lawrie, this 14,000-lb (6,350-kg), 15-ft (4.5-m) figure is perched on a 9-ft (3-m) pedestal. One of 15 works by Lawrie at the Rockefeller Center, Atlas stands at the entrance to the International building
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Backstage tours of the networks studios are popular. Visitors can buy tickets online or by phone, or write ahead for shows; tickets are also available in the Comcast Building
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Tours of this Art Deco masterpiece and former movie palace offer a chance to admire the decor, the stage and the Wurlitzer organ
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Visitors are treated to breathtaking, unobstructed views - and space to move about - on the observation deck's three levels
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