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Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Plaza comprises some 19 buildings spread out over 22 acres between 48th and 51st Streets. The project was conceived by John D. Rockefeller in the early 1900s. What he wanted to do was to create a kind of city within a city, with it's own offices, shops, restaurants, and entertainment areas. During the height of The Great Depression, he employed some 40,000 people here. And the project, of course, became a huge success. Rockefeller hired some of the greatest artists of the day to create artworks for The Rockefeller Center. One of my favorites is the Prometheus, standing on the side of center near St. Patrick's. Of the work that he commissioned to Diego Rivera, well that went a little bit awry. Diego was supposed to create a mural for the lobby of 30 Rock here that featured a soldier, a worker, and a peasant all standing at a crossroads. So you can imagine everyone's surprise when the mural was unveiled, and instead of a soldier, a worker, and a peasant, there was the leader of The Communist Party, Vladimir Lenin, some cells depicting sexually transmitted diseases. And to cap it all off, there was Rockefeller drinking martinis with a prostitute. Well, you can imagine that mural didn't hang around very long. It was soon taken down and destroyed. Today, there's another mural by another artist called American Progress featuring Abraham Lincoln and Emerson, much more to Rockefeller's taste. The Rockefeller Center today is best known for the little square over here. In the winter there's an ice skating rink and a lot of romantic comedy movies have been set there. And also, of course, 30 Rock, or 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the huge tower here. You can go to the top of that one and have fantastic views over Central Park, and all over Manhattan.
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