March 1st 2010

Featuring: Rockefeller Centre

Not much can trump Rockefeller Centre, a complex lot of buildings that were developed in the midst of the Great Depression. Originally known as Radio City, the “centre” initially consisted of fourteen buildings, and has now spanned to nineteen. Covering 22 acres in total between 48th and 51st streets, the group of buildings is a popular destination in vibrant New York City. It was built by the Rockefeller family (hence its namesake) and located in the centre of Midtown Manhattan. March_Illustration,-TheSwishLife,-Rockefeller_Centre

It was in 1987 when the previously named “Radio City” was dubbed a historical landmarks, and has continued to grow ever since.

Here are some of the highlights:

Metropolitan Opera

Also known as “The Met”, this building was created by the complex mind of American architect Benjamin Wistar Morris. He initially wanted to include a landscaped garden, an Opera House, tall office towers, shops and terraces, all connected by a series of bridges and walkways. The stock market crash destroyed these dreams, but soon after, Rockefeller formulated a launch for a new radio/tv locations.

Radio City Music Hall

And so Radio City was born, the first being the RCA building, which served as the headquarters of the Radio Corporation of America. The Indiana limestone is 70 stories and 850 feet — the tallest of the complex. It was designed by Raymond Hood.

Top of the Rock – the Observation Deck

The observation deck sits on top of the GE Building (previously known as the RCA building), complete with panoramic views of Central Park and the Empire State Building. Built first in 1933, it spans from the 67th to 70th floors, and includes an exhibition doting the history of the centre.

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We thank our in-house artist and illustrator Mark H. Hayward for this month’s illustration. You can find out more about Mark and his work, and view his Illustration Portfolio at

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