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Hidden Treasures in the Rockefeller Center Area


Rockefeller Center: Secrets of an Iconic Neighborhood
(This tour operates on request for groups of 6 or more only)

You’ve seen the skyscrapers and the statues and the neon and the glitz; now see the New York City you’d never find on your own on this amazing Rockefeller Center area tour!
The Spirited New Yorker, cultural historian and Rockefeller Center authority Sibyl Groff, will show you the chic ambiance and the diversity of the architectural jewel that is Rockefeller Center – and the neighborhood surrounding this midtown Manhattan landmark. She’ll let you in on the secrets and the treasures of one of the most important pieces of real estate in the world - along with other popular midtown icons.

Beginning with the glamorous boulevard of Park Avenue and ending at 30 Rockefeller Plaza and Radio City, you’ll be enlightened by the wealth of things to look at and learn about, particularly the history and stories of this multi-faceted midtown mosaic. On this truly unique neighborhood tour you will:
  • See where the Rockefeller and Vanderbilt "stately mansions" once stood
  • Stand on the plaza where Matt, Meredith, Al and Anne broadcast The Today Show
  • Find the "in" shops like Pink, Molton Brown, Ferragamo, Tiffany’s, Juicy Couture, American Girl, Gucci, Diesel, H&M, Zara and Versace
  • See one of the famed locations in the classic film On the Town with Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin dancing by a statue
  • Photograph the "home" of the popular TV show 30 Rock
  • See the first notable modern skyscraper on Park Avenue
  • See St. Patrick’s Cathedral and learn what its move uptown in the mid-19th century meant to the growth of New York City
  • View some of the most incredible artwork on public display – that you would never have noticed
  • Find out the locations of New York City cultural institutions, including ones that feature Austrian, modern, children’s and folk art
  • Learn how the development of radio and TV impacted the area
  • Walk through the first uptown department store, dating from 1924
  • See the famed auction house Christie’s
  • Hear the story behind the ultra-luxe New York Palace Hotel
  • View Cartier’s, the famed jeweler in the last remaining mansion on Fifth Avenue
  • Pass by restaurants as diverse as Burger Heaven, Ruhlmann's and 21 Club
  • Find the best bargains in the area, and the hidden places to relax and enjoy free piano music
Look, learn, shop, eat, relax and enjoy. This exclusive walking tour will clue you in on the hidden secrets even locals don’t know!

About Your Tour Guide:
For over seven years The Spirited New Yorker, Sibyl McCormac Groff, has been known as the legendary cultural historian and tour guide of Rockefeller Center for NBC. She is an experienced and highly acclaimed licensed New York City tour guide whose expertise includes the architecture, artwork and history of Rockefeller Center, midtown Manhattan and New York City. Sibyl is famed for coining the word "Gothamtide" to describe the secular and universal holiday traditions that have historically been associated with New York City.

Sibyl has been featured on Brian Williams and NBC Nightly News with Mike Taibbi for her expertise on Rockefeller Center and Christmas; she has been awarded the Presidential Award of the Victorian Society of America; she has published several books on the preservation of historic buildings, and has two yet-to-be-published manuscripts on Christmas in New York City.

Tour Schedule:
This tour operates on request for groups of 6 or more only.
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