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2008 Archive


Target's Vertical Fashion Show

Mulchfest 2008

MulchFest 2008, the City’s initiative to provide New Yorkers with a fun and convenient opportunity to recycle their Christmas trees, took place on Saturday, January 5th and Sunday, January 6th at Rockefeller Center from 11:00am–2:00pm. Chippers turned trees into woodchips that were used to line street tree pits and flowerbeds in parks. This initiative continued the 75th Anniversary year’s environmentally-themed Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree activities.

Chris Burden’s What My Dad Gave Me

This summer, internationally renowned artist Chris Burden exhibited a new sculpture at Rockefeller Center – What My Dad Gave Me, a dramatic, 65-foot-tall skyscraper made entirely of toy construction parts. Standing more than six stories tall at the Fifth Avenue entrance to the Channel Gardens, What My Dad Gave Me paid homage to the historic skyscrapers that populate New York and give the city its iconic architectural presence. What My Dad Gave Me was free and open to the public. The exhibition was presented by the Public Art Fund and hosted by Tishman Speyer, co-owners of Rockefeller Center.

First Taste Moment of Truvia™ Natural Sweetener

Visitors to Rockefeller Center had the opportunity to enjoy their “First Taste Moment” of Truvia™ natural sweetener, the new natural, great tasting, zero calorie sweetener, on Wednesday, July 9th through Friday, July 11th at Rockefeller Plaza. Sponsored by Cargill, visitors explored a greenhouse filled with thousands of stevia plants, two beverage bars and an educational exhibit.

Kitchen of the Year and Tastes of Summer

House Beautiful magazine created the ultimate kitchen this summer in the heart of New York City with its premiere “Kitchen of the Year” from July 15th-17th. Using top design talents and cutting-edge appliances and components, the “Kitchen of the Year” celebrated and demonstrated beautiful design and innovative ways, big and small, to make kitchens more personal, comfortable and technologically advanced. The space—presented by House Beautiful and hosted by Tishman Speyer—showcased kitchen styles, products and entertaining, including heirloom quality cabinetry from award-winning designer Christopher Peacock. Visitors were able to tour the space daily from 9:00am-6:00pm.
To further illustrate what made this one-of-a-kind kitchen come to life, House Beautiful presented “Tastes of Summer” on the Plaza, which offered visitors a taste of delicious food and beverages from Rockefeller Center’s most renowned restaurants daily from 11:00am–2:00pm, July 15th-17th. Rockefeller Center restaurants’ chefs also performed cooking demos in the Kitchen of the Year throughout the event.

Farmers Market

Rockefeller Center once again became the midtown home of the famous New York City Greenmarket. The Farmers Market at Rockefeller Center, sponsored by Ocean Spray, was open Wednesdays-Fridays July 23rd – August 29th. Each week, the Plaza brimmed with fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and baked goods, all from regional farmers. The weekly market was free and open to the public.

US Open Live Viewing Event

U.S. Open Live at Rockefeller Center showcased U.S. Open Tennis on a giant jumbotron outdoors from September 2nd through September 7th, from 11:00am–11:00pm. Fresh sod on the North Plaza Street and the oversized screen gave visitors to Rockefeller Center, and tennis lovers unable to attend the U.S. Open, a venue to watch the world’s toughest tennis matches. The broadcast continued each day until the conclusion of scheduled U.S. Open programming. The U.S. Open Live at Rockefeller Center was free and open to the public.

September Concert

The Seventh Annual September Concert took place on Thursday, September 11th on the Plaza Street from 5:00pm–7:00pm. The September Concert is an annual series of free concerts, in all areas of the city, nation and world. This past year the National Dance Institute’s Celebration Team Dancers performed selections of original choreography from their repertoire, and premiered the new work, “Let it Be” created in honor of this past year’s September Concert theme. The Dance Company performed half-hour performances at 5:00pm and 6:00pm and between the performances the dancers and NDI teacher gave a class demonstration.

Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog

The breath-taking beauty of the cranberry harvest came to New York City when thousands of pounds of cranberries and cranberry vines from Ocean Spray bogs arrived in Rockefeller Center creating a 1,500 square foot free-standing bog. The Big Apple Bog was free, and the public were invited to visit and learn first-hand about the taste, health and heritage of the cranberry from third- and fourth-generation cranberry growers.

Ice Rink Opening

The world famous Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center made its holiday debut on Tuesday, October 11th. It was time once again to lace up your skates and hit the ice during the Rink’s 72nd season! Guests were encouraged to bring the family and share in this holiday tradition.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

The 2008 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit for the first time this holiday season on Wednesday, December 3rd, with performances from 7:00pm-9:00pm. The two-hour long program features various celebrity appearances and a star-studded musical lineup. The world's most famous Tree will be on display until January 9th.

Tuba Christmas

Hundreds of tenor and bass tuba players congregate on the Rink at Rockefeller Center on Saturday, December 13th at 3:30pm playing Christmas carols and other crowd favorites. The tubists of all ages line up under the great Christmas Tree and fill the area with the organ-line sound of low brass. Spectators are encouraged to sing along with the Christmas carols and other well-known songs.