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GE Building -- Rockefeller Center's Art Deco Skyscraper

Home of NBC and The Today Show

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GE Building in Rockefeller Center, New York City
The centerpiece of Rockefeller Center is the 70-story, 850-foot GE Building (formerly known as the RCA Building and also known as “30 Rock”).

The building houses most of NBC’s New York studios, including the legendary Studio 8H, home of Saturday Night Live. The Today Show is filmed live from a studio on the street level looking out onto Rockefeller Center. If you’d like an inside look, you can take the NBC Studio Tour, which is given daily at fifteen-minute intervals.

You can also check out the view from the top of the GE Building. Top of the Rock is a rooftop observation deck with 360-degree views of New York City from 70 stories up. Re-opened in November 2005 after almost twenty years, Top of the Rock is open 365 days a year from 8:30 a.m. to midnight (last elevator goes up at 11 p.m.). Tickets cost $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $16 for kids 6-12. The special Sunrise Sunset ticket allows for two visits in one day and is $38 for adults and $20 for kids.

Art at Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center features more than 100 pieces of original art. One of the most famous is Paul Manship's famous gilded statue of Prometheus bringing fire to mankind. Another famous sculpture by Lee Lawrie depicts Atlas supporting the earth.

One of the most famous Rockefeller Center artworks is one that can’t be seen. When Rockefeller Center was constructed, Rockefeller hired Mexican socialist artist (and husband of Frida Kahlo) Diego Rivera to paint a mural in the lobby of the building. This mural was later destroyed when Rockefeller found out that Rivera had included a portrait of communist leader Lenin. Rivera’s mural was replaced with a mural titled America’s Progress by artist José María Sert.

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