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1 Rockefeller Plaza


This was the original Time & Life Building, before the publishing company moved west to 1271 Avenue of the Americas. The large wooden sculptures by Carl Milles on the west wall of its lobby are home to one of Rockefeller Center’s most charming yet little-known features. Above the head of the woodsman in the middle piece of the triptych, a mechanical bird chirps every hour. The original bird in the featured role was a clarino, or Mexican thrush, that belonged to Bronx Zoo president Fairfield Osborn. After two other birds failed their auditions, NBC engineers were dispatched to Osborn’s house on East Sixty-First Street to record the clarino’s singing for posterity.

1 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020


Daily 24 Hours