Go to the Top of the Rock observation deck for a stunning view from the 70th floor.
A series of underground passages run beneath the complex, filled with dozens of shops and restaurants; the plaza at street level is lined with around 200 flagpoles, displaying the flags of UN member countries, US states and territories (and strictly the all-American stars and stripes during public holidays). The giant Christmas tree erected here yearly has been a festive beacon for New Yorkers for seven decades.
The Rockefeller Center is also known for its iconic public artworks. Its largest sculpture is the 14 metre Atlas, by Lee Lawrie; the sunken plaza in front of 30 Rock features the famous gilded bronze Prometheus statue by Paul Manship; News by Isamu Noguchi, a dynamic stainless steel icon of the journalistic profession, sits above the entrance of Number 50. Acclaimed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera was commissioned to create a fresco for the lobby of 30 Rock, which was then the RCA Building. After the Socialist artist refused to remove an image of Lenin (he offered to counterbalance it with a likeness of Abraham Lincoln), Nelson Rockefeller had the fresco destroyed. In its place today is the mural American Progress by Catalan artist Josep Maria Sert.
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