I went on such a walk with my family and wanted to share the sights. For me it was not so much the tree but all the eye candy along the way. Let’s be on our way.
We started off walking across Park Avenue which is a jewel in itself although not full of shops but nevertheless it has its own distinctive brand of elegance.
Fifth Avenue is the center and it is here that the island is separated into east and west.It is one of the most expensive and elegant streets in the world. The first store we see is Bergdorf Goodman, a high end department store.
That is odd since the church was built prior to the hotels, in 1875. The location was chosen with the belief that Central Park would act as a natural barrier to discourage the expansion of business and factories in their direction. The area was also full of mansions such as the Vanderbilt mansions which dotted Fifth Avenue at the time. Little did they know what was to come.
It is also the largest Presbyterian sanctuary in Manhattan and seats 2,000.
You can read more about the Fifth Avenue Mansions here.
Looking up at the facade of the building.
Rockefeller Center actually originated as a space to house the old Metropolitan Opera House. Because of the expense involved the Opera House received an endowment from John Rockefeller. Construction was to start in 1929 but due to the stock market crash the Opera House was unable to move to this location. This freed up the space and Rockefeller proceeded to turn it into a Mass Media Entertainment Complex. Tenants included RCA, NBC and RKO. It officially opened in 1933.
A fun fact. The land on which the center is built was originally owned by Columbia University and it was sold to the Rockefeller Group in 1985.
The original buildings all have a limestone facade and are landmarks.
You can read all about the art here.
So what started as a quick trip to see the Christmas windows turned into a history lesson. I want to know if you find this boring or are you interested in all these stories of days gone by?
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