The Channel Gardens separates La Maison Française (610 Fifth Avenue) from the British Empire Building (620 Fifth Avenue), just as the English Channel separates the two countries in whose honor the buildings were named. It provides a calm diversion from the bustle of Fifth Avenue for generations of New Yorkers. The designers intentionally built a slope into the sidewalk, knowing that this would help draw passersby toward the gardens, shops, and other buildings in the Center.
The tritons, dolphins, and other bronze creatures in the garden fountains are the work of sculptor René Chambellan. The design for each of them was personally approved by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who loved gardens and knew they were an essential part of the Center’s personality. At the foot of the Channel Gardens, Rockefeller’s personal credo is carved into a marble slab overlooking the plaza.
Between 610 and 620 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10020
Daily 24 Hours