Talk:Rockefeller Center

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Jr.'s high-minded tenets[edit]

It might be informative to cite Ida Tarbell's article on his pop in McClure's, as well as his own role in the Ludlow massacre to contrast his words with his deeds, and to historically reflect on the source of the family's wealth.

Dstlascaux (talk) 20:02, 19 August 2011 (UTC)

Views from Top of the Rock[edit]

View from 'Top of the Rock' at dusk
View north from 30 Rock's "Top of the Rock".

I found this edit summary in the history: (removed largely irrelevant pic; ssview from top of GE Building not really informative here; image found in that topic's article). The image in question was the top one. Just now the second one was added. Are views from the top really largely irrelevant? Or is the problem that this page might become a gallery (WP:NOT)? --Dschwen 07:24, 17 January 2006 (UTC)


Someone vandalised the page and that exact same person removed it. Frankyboy5 04:21, 5 October 2006 (UTC)

Happens all the time. Vandal gets a conscience --Astrokey44 09:07, 20 January 2007 (UTC)


Height/Number of floors in the building:

GE Building

List of tallest buildings in New York City

Rockefeller Center


It would be good if there was a photo of the "I believe in the supreme worth of the individual" plaque. [1] --Astrokey44 09:07, 20 January 2007 (UTC)

largest of its kind?[edit]

According to the article, "[Rockefeller Center] is the largest privately held complex of its kind in the world". What exactly is "its kind"? TerraFrost 21:08, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

I removed this unclear and unreferenced sentence, which also contains the meaningless phrase that RC is "an international symbol of modernist architectural style blended with capitalism"". Also, it's not in the modernist architectural style; it's Art Deco. Ecphora (talk) 10:41, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

Closing of Private Street[edit]

In Rockefeller Center, a private street called Rockefeller Plaza is situated between the RCA Building and the sunken skating rink. In order to preserve Rockefeller Center's right of ownership of the street, each year the street is closed to all traffic, even pedestrian, for one day - a Sunday in July is usually chosen as interfering least with tenants and visitors. It is believed by lawyers for Rockefeller Center that this formality is necessary to prevent the public from acquiring a permanent right of way in the street.

Cite - Dukeminier & Krier, Property (4th Ed. 1998) p. 814, fn. 14.

--DCDukie 18:45, 29 May 2007 (UTC)DCDukie

Hurley's Saloon[edit]

Should there be a mention about Hurley's Saloon?

Original plans for Rockefeller Center called for construction on the site of Hurley's Saloon, at the corner of 49th Street and Sixth Avenue. But the Hurley brothers refused to sell their lease. After they rebuffed several lucrative offers, Rockefeller was finally forced to redesign the plans for his 70-story centerpiece, the RCA building (now the GE building), in order to build around the tiny four-story saloon. Impressed by the bar owners' determination to stand up to the powerful financier, journalists from the nearby offices of the Associated Press and NBC began frequenting Hurley's, making it a kind of unofficial newsroom for decades, until the bar relocated to the Theater District in 1999.

And a photo would be super nice~!

WikiDon 19:34, 6 June 2007 (UTC)

Public art[edit]

Wait, what?

"The Center represents a turning point in the history of architectural sculpture: it is among the last major building projects in the United States to incorporate a program of integrated public art."

Well, define "major" then, because Oregon, for one, mandates 1% of a public building's budget to go to art. I'm wondering if it's actually trying to say that the Rock was the FIRST such building project to incorporate public art. Needs help in any case. ---Ransom (-- (talk) 16:48, 13 August 2008 (UTC))

Skating Rink[edit]

Need more detail on the skating rink. Maybe even a separate article. Klausner (talk) 00:26, 28 February 2010 (UTC)

The owner gets to decide what Rockefeller Center means?[edit]

There is a section called "former buildings". Presumably those are divested buildings no longer owned and "governed" by Speyer/Mitsubishi & co but to my knowledge the Rockefeller Center is a historic landmark which means that there is a permanent section of a group of buildings that is historic (even if they are separated and sold). If so then why is there a "former buildings" section in the article? Isn't it the case that if these "former buildings" and the surrounding land lot part of the designated "historic landmark" anyway? If so then there is no reason to say "former" since they are "current" as well (something else should be written to indicate separate ownership if that's the original intent of the section). — Preceding unsigned comment added by Loginnigol (talkcontribs) 07:48, 4 November 2011 (UTC)

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The British Empire building[edit]

Hi, I was wondering why is there so few information about the Plaza (Centre). As a foreigner I was quite surprised to see the coat of arms of the UK in the centre of NY, while watching the 30 Rock opening theme. I tried to find something about the building and naturally my first search was on enwiki. But there are only few words about it! And here I read that there is a French building as well (fun fact) but nothing more! Could you, fine and proud people of the New World, write something more (for instance in a new article) about this buildings? I would be more than glad to see them myself one day... if I'll get a visa. :) All the best! (talk) 19:00, 11 March 2012 (UTC)

sale to Mitsubishi and repurchase[edit]

the sale and later repurchase for a dollar would seem to be a worthwhile chapter. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Patbahn (talkcontribs) 04:43, 26 June 2013 (UTC)

GE building now Comcast?[edit]

The article says the main building (that houses Top of the Rock?) is called the GE building, but it seems that on the exterior of that building facing Rockefeller Plaza it now has the name "Comcast Building" on it. Is this a change that hasn't been updated reflected in the article yet? Or do I have my buildings mixed up? Showeropera (talk) 14:02, 12 July 2015 (UTC) Showeropera (talk) 14:02, 12 July 2015 (UTC)


Is it worth noting that Frank Chickens wrote a song about the Mitsubishi Rockefeller fiasco? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Homusubi (talkcontribs) 11:00, 1 October 2015 (UTC)