Rockefeller Center


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Rockefeller Center,

complex of buildings in central Manhattan, New York City, between 48th and 51st streets and Fifth Ave. and the Ave. of the Americas (Sixth Ave.). The project was sponsored by John D. RockefellerRockefeller, John Davison,
1839–1937, American industrialist and philanthropist, b. Richford, N.Y. He moved (1853) with his family to a farm near Cleveland and at age 16 went to work as a bookkeeper.
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, Jr., with fourteen of the buildings built between 1931 and 1939. These include the 70-story Comcast Building, or 30 Rockefeller Plaza, formerly known as the GE (General Electric) Building (1988–2015) and the RCA (Radio Corp. of America) Building (1933–88). The Time-Life Building, or 1271 Ave. of the Americas (built 1960–61), the most recent addition to the group, extended the center's boundaries west of the Ave. of the Americas. The buildings house offices, shops, restaurants, exhibition rooms, broadcasting studios, and the opulently Art Deco Radio City Music Hall, New York City's largest theater. Five of the western buildings of Rockefeller Center in the broadcasting and entertainment section are known as Radio City. Many sculptors and painters are represented in the decoration of the buildings and grounds. Paul ManshipManship, Paul Howard,
1885–1966, American sculptor, b. St. Paul, Minn., studied at St. Paul Institute of Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the American Academy at Rome. He often went to classical mythology for his subjects.
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 designed the Prometheus of the central fountain, which overlooks an outdoor skating rink and mall.

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See studies by C. Krinsky (1978), W. Karp (1982), and D. Okrent (2003).

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Rockefeller Center was sold in 2000, long after the family's interest moved to construction of the World Trade Center's Twin Towers.
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Chase Manhattan recently announced a $1 billion quarter loss and 5,000 impending layoffs, and last year, a Japanese developer bought a majority interest in Rockefeller Center.
The Rockefeller Center solar installation is the largest privately owned solar energy generation station in Manhattan and the GE manufactured panels, installed by Tishman Speyer, through altPOWER, will help reduce the building's electricity consumption.
600 Fifth Avenue at Rockefeller Center is a top location that will help further establish ECBA's presence in the Midtown marketplace, while giving them the room to grow and recruit top talent," said Revson.
And for most people from California who have missed out on the wonder of skating outdoors, this winter's event should bring a little flavor of Rockefeller Center or New York's Central Park right here under the California stars.