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Friday, October 13, 2006

Secret Rooftop Garden

For just 4 hours, as part of OHNY (Open House New York), the rooftop garden atop the British Empire Building at Rockefeller Center was open to the public. This private garden is rarely accessible and a detailed online search returns very little information about it. According to the Rockefeller Center website: "Originally, the architects envisioned an even more elaborate network of roof gardens to be connected by aerial pedestrian bridges, which they compared to the hanging gardens of ancient Babylon." At this point in time, the garden primarily functions as eye candy to those in buildings nearby who are fortunate enough to have views of the hedges, wildflowers, fountains, lawns, pools and beautiful walkways. The rooftop overlooks Fifth Ave., St. Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, so of course the views are spectacular - click here for more photos. I feel fortunate to have visited, as I am sure all the other visitors were. In a post 9/11 world, seeing special places in NYC is becoming more difficult or in many cases just not permitted. My thanks go to OHNY for coordinating this great weekend and making these places accessible ...

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

C'est un endroit magnifique de NYC. Dire que je dois encore attendre 6 mois environ avant de retourner a NYC, c'est long ;o(

Susan said...

How beautiful! I found your site from Eric's Paris site.

I love NY also! I had planned to come this fall but plans got changed. Your site helps.

Thanks for the great pictures!

Anonymous said...

awesome Brian, you have the passion of a real new yorker combined with an architect's curiosity.

Ita said...

Wish I was there..
Thanks for this daily dose of New York, you're great!

Pierre said...

Whow, lucky you... Never been on these Rockefeller center rooftops. There is an interesting view of this place in Spiderman I, with St Patricks Cathedral on the background.

Anonymous said...

This garden was featured in Spider Man 1. SPidey dropped MJ here after rescuing her from the Goblin's Times Square attack. I've wondered where it actually was.

Brian said...

Thanks people - I did not know this was featured in Spider Man 1.
Brian

Andrew said...

Brian, I would like to use your image in a collaborative paper I am working on about greening infrastructure and want to be able to properly credit you with the image. The images of this garden are the only ones I can find that work perfectly. I would need the highest resolution copy of this image to make it work so I need to find out how to get in touch with you. How can we make this happen?

Bryce said...

Since I saw this garden in Spiderman this is where i've wanted to get married. Does anyone know if this garden might be open for weddings?

Anonymous said...

Hi! Very interesting reeding. There is something wrong with the photos. Is there any way to see them?

Thank you for sharing your experiences.

/Anya

Anonymous said...

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Here Be Dragons said...

That's a great photo--but the link to additional photos seems to be broken. We'd love to see more!

Brian Dubé said...

Here Be Dragons - sorry. The additional photo link should now work. Note: some browsers/settings will display the photos in a smaller format and clicking the images will enlarge them.

New York Birthday said...

Wow! Your blog is absolutely addicting. I saw this under popular posts, and this picture is incredible. Thanks for sharing.

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Beautiful green corner among all those buildings.

Just found your photoblog. Following.

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Piekfein. said...

omg, this spot is just sooo beautiful. just wondering how awesome this is at night.


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