At the Rock

Rockefeller Center

One of my favorite places in New York City is Rockefeller Center. During any kind of weather and at any time of day, it’s always bustling with activity. I enjoy it whether I’m just walking by, having lunch, or stopping to take in whatever’s happening there at the time. I’ve seen TV segments and movies being filmed, listened to live music and people-watched in the plaza. I was there this past week and felt the same excitement that I did on my first visit to Manhattan many years ago.

On that first trip, I had been in New Jersey on business and took the train from Newark into the city to meet an associate for brunch at Rockefeller Center. There was a light snow falling as we enjoyed champagne and Eggs Benedict while watching skaters on the ice rink just outside the window. I only had a few hours in the city that day and Rockefeller Center was a highlight. It left me craving to spend more time there and I feel very lucky that I’ve been able to do that.

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30 thoughts on “At the Rock

    1. Cathy Post author

      Thanks, Michael — yes, it was a blustery day. I love that kind of day in NYC, but I think people there are ready for spring!

    1. Cathy Post author

      I do love NYC! You’re right about the Central Park rink being beautiful, too. I’ve never skated at either of them, but will try to do it next year — would be so much fun!

    1. Cathy Post author

      Good question, Jorie. You got me curious so I looked it up. Here’s what Wikipedia says:

      “At street level, the plaza has about 200 flagpoles. At varying intervals, the flags of United Nations member countries, the flags of United States states and territories, or various decorative and seasonal flags are flown; during U.S. holidays, every flagpole carries the Flag of the United States.”

  1. John in France

    Great photo! I love it here to at hte Rockefeller Centre, especially when the ice rink is set up! Did you know that they have ice skating on the first level of the Eiffel Tower – you could have done it last December!!!

    1. Cathy Post author

      It was a very nice way to spend some time. I think a lot of my favorite memories involved food and drink in wonderful places.

    1. Cathy Post author

      Thanks, Angela. After reading Jorie’s comment above, I looked up info. about the flags. Definitely an international atmosphere there!

  2. MaryM

    I get that feeling when I go to New York, too! Always wanted to see the Empire State Bldg and Flatiron Bldg. Then I found out they were right next to each other. Such amazing bldgs there…the rock, Chrysler Bldg, Grand Central Station. I spent a rainy weekend there a few years ago. Thought I wouldn’t want to go back after that weekend of closed subways and a missed flight due to flooding. But I’m ready to go back! Soon!

  3. Leigh

    I love NYC too – though my limit is about 4 days and then I feel like a rat kept in a cage. Great photo of Rockefeller Square. I can feel the energy. And it’s been a few years so I’m ready for another NYC fix.

  4. The Dropout

    Oh wow. This sounds so unbearably cool – “There was a light snow falling as we enjoyed champagne and eggs benedict while watching skaters on the ice rink just outside the window.”
    Like Breakfast at Tiffany’s but… not. Perhaps even cooler. Love the imagery Catherine. Thanks.

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