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Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center

Year Round

30 Rockefeller Plaza, Manhattan
Between 49th and 50th Streets and between 5th Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas (aka Sixth Avenue).
Icon of New York City Christmas! Rockefeller Center is a beacon of festivity during the holiday season. The annual lighting of the Christmas Tree is a signature event of Christmas in New York City, featuring celebrity performers – singers, dancers, ice skaters and television announcers - and is one of the great holiday spectacles that’s free!

Ice skating under the tree, in the shadow of Prometheus, is a spectacular way to experience the spirit of the holidays.  Excellent shopping and dining are augmented by the grandeur of the ten buildings, which are lovely to look at in their art deco magnificence.

Approximately 200 flags featuring decorative, seasonal, United Nations member countries, the flags of the United States states and territories are flown at different times of the year, all adding to the ambiance of the setting. On holidays every pole carries the United States flag.

As the home of NBC television network, studio tours of the news shows, late night television shows and MSNBC are given daily. Visitors can also stop by the Today Show taping and concerts in the plaza.

Rockefeller Center also boasts the largest underground city, complete with retail stores, quick food and elegant dining. With lots of tables and chairs and a large public bathroom, this is a great spot to take a break out of the cold.  For shoppers there is a UPS and USPS where you can ship purchases.

Rockefeller Center Information Line 212-588-8601
Rockefeller Center Art and Architecture Tour 212-664-3700

Tips:
If you are interested in the art and decorative details, bas relief and free-standing sculpture at Rockefeller Center, get a copy of The Guide to the Art of Rockefeller Center by Christine Roussel. Easy to flip through and fun to read, copies are sold at the Top of the Rock shop on the lower concourse level.
Fees:Free
Ticket info:The Rockefeller Center Tour cover the art and architecture of the historic 14-building complex and can be purchased in combination with a Top of Rock observation deck ticket.
Good for:All
Go to the underground concourse in bad weather for some fun shopping and great food.
Website:http://www.rockefellercenter.com/
Phone:(212) 588-8600
Subway:B, D, F, V trains to 47th and 50th Street/Rockefeller Center station. N, R W to 49th Street station put you in the western end of the underground Rockefeller Center concourse. At the south end of the concourse, you can reach the subway station at 6th Avenue and 47th Street . From here emerge on 6th (near Radio City Music Hall) or continue underground eastward towards the skating rink at Rockefeller Plaza.
Bus:M1, M2, M3, M4 and M5 go right past Rockefeller Center. Get off at 49th or 50th Street. M6, M7, M27, M50, Q32 also intersect Rockefeller Center.
Parking on site:No
Public garages nearby.
Bathrooms:Yes
On the underground concourse level, the same level as the ice rink. They are clean, with 20 stalls and are next to the restaurant called 'Witchcraft' and the Swarovski Crystal store.

Saturday Night Live

Rockefeller Center

Year Round

30 Rockefeller Plaza, Manhattan
Between 49th and 50th Streets and between 5th Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas (aka Sixth Avenue).
Saturday Night Live, the comedy and entertainment show airing live at 11:30pm (10:30 central) on Saturday nights on NBC has a studio audience for its dress rehearsals and live tapings.  Celebrity guest hosts and musical performances join the regulars on SNL, many of whom have gone on to major comedy careers.  SNL is a hot ticket and regular tickets are given out once a year via a ticket lottery held in the month of August only.  (Send one email with all contact information to snltickets@nbc.com next August.)  See below to find out how to get stand-by tickets day of performance. Availability varies.

To see who's guest hosting this week check SNL's page.

Tips:
http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/
Fees:Free
Ticket info:To receive a standby voucher arrive at 7 a.m. on the 49th St. side of 30 Rockefeller Plaza on the mornings of tapings (Saturdays). Once you have a stand-by voucher, be sure to arrive no later than 7:15 p.m. for the dress rehearsal or 10:45 p.m. for the live show. A stand-by ticket does not guarantee admission. Only one ticket is issued per person, first-come first-served basis.
Good for:Adults
No one under age 16 is admitted. Photo ID required.
Times:Saturday nights, 7:15 p.m. for the dress rehearsal or 10:45 p.m. for the live show.
Website:http://www.rockefellercenter.com/
Phone:(212) 588-8600
Subway:B, D, F, V trains to 47th and 50th Street/Rockefeller Center station. N, R W to 49th Street station put you in the western end of the underground Rockefeller Center concourse. At the south end of the concourse, you can reach the subway station at 6th Avenue and 47th Street . From here emerge on 6th (near Radio City Music Hall) or continue underground eastward towards the skating rink at Rockefeller Plaza.
Bus:M1, M2, M3, M4 and M5 go right past Rockefeller Center. Get off at 49th or 50th Street. M6, M7, M27, M50, Q32 also intersect Rockefeller Center.
Parking on site:No
Public garages nearby.
Bathrooms:Yes
On the underground concourse level, the same level as the ice rink. They are clean, with 20 stalls and are next to the restaurant called 'Witchcraft' and the Swarovski Crystal store.
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An American Craftsman Galleries

An American Craftsman Galleries

Year Round

60 West 50th Street, Manhattan
Back door connects to Rockefeller Center.
Aside from this location at Rockefeller Center, there is additional NYC location is at the Sheraton Manhattan Hotel at the corner of 7th Avenue and 52nd Street.
Unique, artistic and one of a kind gifts for the artistic minded on your list.  The staff is very friendly and happy to give you extra insight into the store's many affordable items.

Tips:
Purchases can be shipped so don't shy away from larger items that appeal to you.
Fees:Free
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Ask younger children to be aware of their surroundings.
Website:www.anamericancraftsman.com
Phone:(212) 307-7161
Subway:D,F to 47th-50th Streets/Rockefeller Center Station
Bus:M50, M27 east along 50th Street or west along 49thStreet M6, M7 down 7th Ave M5, M6, M7 up 6th Ave
Parking on site:No
Bathrooms:No
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LEGO, Museum of Modern Art Store, Teuscher Chocolates and more

Rockefeller Center

Year Round

30 Rockefeller Plaza, Manhattan
Between 49th and 50th Streets and between 5th Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas (aka Sixth Avenue).
Channel Gardens walkway shops
Rockefeller Center skaters and tree visitors can visit some one of kind shops too.  We love the window display at Tuescher Chocolates which changes every season and the newest addition-- the LEGO store- which has created iconic Rockefeller Center imagery put of LEGO.  Also stop into the Metropolitan Museum's satellite store to pick up something nice for Mrs. Claus.
Fees:Free
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Website:http://www.rockefellercenter.com/
Phone:(212) 588-8600
Subway:B, D, F, V trains to 47th and 50th Street/Rockefeller Center station. N, R W to 49th Street station put you in the western end of the underground Rockefeller Center concourse. At the south end of the concourse, you can reach the subway station at 6th Avenue and 47th Street . From here emerge on 6th (near Radio City Music Hall) or continue underground eastward towards the skating rink at Rockefeller Plaza.
Bus:M1, M2, M3, M4 and M5 go right past Rockefeller Center. Get off at 49th or 50th Street. M6, M7, M27, M50, Q32 also intersect Rockefeller Center.
Parking on site:No
Public garages nearby.
Bathrooms:Yes
On the underground concourse level, the same level as the ice rink. They are clean, with 20 stalls and are next to the restaurant called 'Witchcraft' and the Swarovski Crystal store.

Sea Grill

Sea Grill

Year Round

19 West 49th Street, Manhattan
Between 5th and 6th Avenues on the Skating Rink level of Rockefeller Center.
Concourse level of Rockefeller Center, next to Skating Rink.
Located with a front row view of the skating at Rockefeller Center, this upscale seafood star is a great example of high style dining in NYC.  We've noticed that sophisticated teens really like this place  (the menu and the location) though it's bit much for little ones.  If you are dining midweek for lunch, you'll see many business lunches in progress.

Tips:
Be sure to call or go online to make a reservation. Some seating is often available but this will minimize any wait.
Fees:Fee
Ticket prices:A la carte lunch and dinner menu, pre-theater prix fixe $45
Good for:All
Times:Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.,Monday - Saturday 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Pre-theater 5-6:30p
Hours:Open for Mon-Fri for lunch (11:30a-2:30p), Mon-Sat for dinner (5-10p). Prix Fixe pre-theater dinner available 5-6:30p.
Website:http://www.patinagroup.com/restaurant.php?restaurants_id=31
Phone:(212) 332-7610
Subway:B, D, F, V to 47-50 Streets/Rockefeller Center station.
Bus:M1, M2, M3, M4 and M5 go right past Rockefeller Center. Get off at 49th or 50th Street. The M6, M7, M27, M50, Q32 also intersect Rockefeller Center.
Parking on site:No
Bathrooms:Yes
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