In recent years, it’s been the site of some of the most striking public art exhibitions in the nation, but in the beginning the promenade between the skating rink and 30 Rock was a street. In one of the early plans, it was supposed to go straight through to Fifty-Third Street, leading directly to the doorway of the Museum of Modern Art, which was co-founded by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, wife of John D. Jr. That idea was scuttled when the owners of the “21” Club, on West Fifty-Second Street, refused to budge.
Until it resurfaced and permanently closed to traffic, Rockefeller Plaza was closed to traffic for one day each year, enabling Rockefeller Center to continue claiming it as private property.
Between 30 Rockefeller Plaza and the Channel Gardens
New York, NY 10020
Daily 24 hours