Posts Tagged ‘Rockefeller Center’

A vintage view of Rockefeller Center’s rooftop

September 13, 2012

Rockefeller Center is still a hugely popular tourist attraction. But some things have changed.

First of all, it hasn’t been the RCA building since the 1980s. Second, look at that skimpy railing! Isn’t there a much taller security barrier around the rooftop now?

“Sixth Avenue North From 47th Street”

October 26, 2010

The old and new city collide in this 1936 dreamy depiction of two girls at the edge of the Sixth Avenue El by John J. Soble.

“Filled in the foreground with dark tenement buildings, rooftop life, and elevated train tracks, the painting gives way in the distance to Rockefeller Center’s soaring masses, rising from the older skyline,” reads the caption under the painting in New York: An Illustrated History.

The Rainbow Room is now shuttered…

January 17, 2009

But old magazine ads showcasing this glitzy and glamorous Manhattan nightspot live on. This one is from the Rainbow Room’s heyday in the big-band, rhumba-loving 1940s.

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Opened in 1934 (almost a year after Prohibition was repealed) on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center, the art deco Rainbow Room (designed in part by Vincente Minnelli) and adjacent Rainbow Grill appear to be two of the recession’s better-known casualties. Its owners apparently owe millions in back rent, and they’re getting evicted.