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    Small and tasteful.

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    which...the old or the new, (or are you talking about something entirely different) ?

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    *ponders beating scumonkey with a small stick*...

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    Ha! I don't like it but is there anything quintessentially New York anymore?

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    The answer should be no, absolutely not. If they want to take out the GE sign, fine. It's lovely, but corporate America doesn't appreciate free advertising for other corporations. But the hideous Comcast signage belongs nowhere on this landmark. As if there weren't already enough reasons for the Feds to reject this merger!

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    It's their building (okay, the rent it, but they get naming rights.) There's been a sign up there from the day the building was built. Why shouldn't they get their name on it.

    If they had the guts (and they do have the money) that would be a nice First Amendment challenge to all the laws in question.

    Quote Originally Posted by BPC View Post
    The answer should be no, absolutely not. If they want to take out the GE sign, fine. It's lovely, but corporate America doesn't appreciate free advertising for other corporations. But the hideous Comcast signage belongs nowhere on this landmark. As if there weren't already enough reasons for the Feds to reject this merger!

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    They should just put the NBC peacock up there, not the whole Comcast logo. I believe there are towers with the NBC peacock logo in Chicago and Burbank, and they look OK to me.

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    Why not Comcast up top? Too many letters.


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    How about just a neon peacock.

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    GE Signs Begin to be Removed

    Pieces of the GE sign remain atop 30 Rockefeller Center Tuesday.
    Steve Remich for The Wall Street Journal


    Workers are dismantling the familiar GE logos from atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza Tuesday. By late Tuesday morning, only parts of two letters were still visible on the north side of the Midtown structure.

    The dismantling on the north side should be complete by Tuesday night, and the GE signs on the west and south sides of the building will be removed in the next few weeks, according to an NBCUniversal spokeswoman.

    As The Wall Street Journal reported in June, Comcast, the new owner of NBCUniversal, sought approval from the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to replace the logo atop one of the city’s most iconic skyscrapers.

    “Historically, the building has had signage that has always reflected the ownership of the building,” said Layla Law-Gisiko, chair of the Landmarks Committee on Community Board 5. “The new proposal is harmonious with the building as a whole.”

    Built in 1933, 30 Rock was once one of the world’s largest skyscrapers. It was called the RCA building until 1988, named for the Radio Corporation of America, the building’s first primary tenant.

    GE hasn’t entirely departed 30 Rock. The company maintains a two-floor office condominium high above Rockefeller Center, including office space for Chief Executive Jeff Immelt and a meeting room for the corporate board of directors.

    GE and RCA have a history of falling for the same real estate.

    When RCA departed its original 1931 headquarters, the iconic RCA Victor Building at 570 Lexington Avenue, to head to 30 Rock, it was GE that took over the slender tower. That building, at the corner of 51st Street, still bears markings from its former status as the corporation’s headquarters.

    But GE ultimately fled the city, decamping in 1974 for a new 69-acre corporate campus off the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield, Conn., where the company still keeps its main headquarters.

    In 1993, after the company had purchased NBC and established its New York City offices at 30 Rock, GE donated 570 Lexington Ave. to Columbia University, which announced plans for an extensive renovation and reuse as office space two years later.

    http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2014...d/?mod=WSJBlog

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    Right on schedule! Can't wait to see the pictures. I'd love to give it a try, but no matter how much money I have, I'll probably never be able to bring myself to pay $20 for a salad. Like some people describe not being able to breathe underwater. Maybe I can crash a wedding...or be lucky enough to be invited by rich friends...


    Historic Rainbow Room reopens atop NYC skyline


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    LARRY NEUMEISTER2 hrs ago



    © AP Photo/Mark Lennihan Friends Matthew Eisentraut, left, and Jamie Greenwald pose for a photograph with a view of the Empire State Building, center, in the Rainbow Room, New York City’s landmark…

    NEW YORK — The Rainbow Room has reopened in its historic perch atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza after a five-year absence from the New York City skyline.

    "It's breathtaking," guest Jamie Greenwald, one of more than 200 brunch guests who, on Sunday, took in the sweeping views outside and the significant improvements inside the 80-year-old establishment whose floors have been walked across by Cole Porter, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Al Pacino, Barbra Streisand and Muhammad Ali.

    Herb roasted Amish chicken, oysters, shrimp, honeybaked Benton ham, Yorkshire pudding and chicken and black truffle pot pies were among dozens of delicacies awaiting the luncheon crowd in a spread created by Executive Chef Jonathan Wright.

    "It's like opening night!" Keith Douglas, a managing director of the real estate company Tishman Speyer — Rockefeller Center's owner and manager — gushed as dozens of workers rushed about, putting finishing touches on the refurbished venue an hour before guests began arriving.

    The sunny clear blue sky offered no chance for rainbows this day through windows that were enlarged by as much as 25 percent during an extensive renovation designed by Gabellini Sheppard Associates.
    The architectural firm also created SixtyFive, a new cocktail lounge adjacent to Rainbow Room that for the first time next year when the weather warms will permit guests to order drinks on a previously vacant outdoor terrace.

    Douglas said architect Michael Gabellini made sure to restore aspects of the Rainbow Room including brass railings and crystal bollards that were included in the nightclub's original design. Montroy Andersen DeMarco was the project's executive architect.
    "Michael really envisions Rockefeller Center being a steamliner that's kind of charging through New York City and this is the very top of the ship," Douglas said.

    The Rainbow Room closed five years ago amid a landlord-tenant dispute. Two years ago, the city granted landmark status to the iconic venue on the building's 65th floor.

    Douglas said the famous rotating dance floor was refurbished by the grandson of the man who installed it in 1934. He said he replaced outdated metal technology with new rubber wheels that are "quiet as can be."
    Douglas said they found confetti from the 1940s when they lifted the dance floor. (wow!)
    "It was amazing," he said.

    As the restaurant prepared to open, Michael Arenella And His Dreamland Orchestra tested the microphones at a place that over the decades has featured music greats Tommy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo, Louis Armstrong and Tony Bennett, among many others.

    Pianist Jesse Gelber was leaving, though, before the crowds arrived.
    "I was told there's a piano," he said. "There's no piano."
    He was not discouraged, though, saying he looks forward to returning to join the band there in the future, as he did a week ago during a trial-run performance when he said a Steinway piano awaited him.
    "It's a pretty storied room," Gelber said. "Playing in a room where some of my heroes used to play is pretty cool."


    © AP Photo/Mark Lennihan Central Park and buildings in midtown Manhattan are seen from the Rainbow Room, New York City’s landmark restaurant atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news...ine/ar-BB7PUMP

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    Some pics here. Would like to see coverage of the whole room together. Cranky NYT hard to post, can click link for slideshow. From what I see so far, would have like a touch of dark wood accents, just enough to make it feel warm but not stuffy.


    65 Floors Up, a Classic Returns

    Rainbow Room Is Set to Reopen on Oct. 5

    By FLORENCE FABRICANTSEPT. 29, 2014
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    Glamour and Glitz Return to the Rainbow Room


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    The Rainbow Room was born with good bones, but that was 80 years ago. So when Tishman Speyer, the company that owns and manages Rockefeller Center, decided to reopen it five years after it closed, the goal was to restore the glitter to one of New York’s most romantic settings.

    The centerpiece of the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza received landmark status two years ago, so it will look familiar to those who waltzed on the rotating dance floor as stunning views of the city swept by, or who feasted on shrimp and lobster from the Sunday brunch buffet.

    But when it opens Sunday, there will be a new sparkle from strands of crystals hanging at the enlarged windows, a fresh glow from the vintage chandelier suspended from a gilded ceiling that can bloom with colored lights, and a wall of mirrors as a backdrop for the bandstand.

    The renovations were done by Gabellini Sheppard Associates, which redesigned other areas of Rockefeller Center, including the Top of the Rock observation deck. Though the space, which can seat up to 300 people, will mostly be used for private events, it will be open to the public on Monday evenings and most holidays, when there will be live music and entertainment. It will serve an elaborate, globally inspired Sunday brunch buffet (shown at right).

    The executive chef, Jonathan Wright, who is from England, will offer a seasonal American dinner menu with an emphasis on local ingredients. Choices include sea scallops baked in the shell, lobster potpie with black truffles, beef Wellington, baked apple soufflé and, of course, oysters Rockefeller and baked alaska.

    Opening a restaurant is a first for Tishman Speyer, a real estate company that in 2009 evicted the Cipriani family, which had run the room. So Tishman brought in Blau & Associates of Las Vegas as consultants. The renovation includes a spacious new cocktail lounge called SixtyFive with a silvery, faceted Gehry-like ceiling and a wraparound outdoor terrace, and the Gallery, a bar just outside the Rainbow Room.

    Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th floor, 212-632-5000, rainbowroom.com. Dinner Mondays and holidays from 5:30 p.m., Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/01/di...A16%22%7D&_r=0#
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    I was there for the Google holiday party a number of years ago, and it was really quite incredible. This looks to be much lightened in the interim. I hope the food is good this time around. Having eaten at the space needle as well, you're not there for the $20 salad (protip - it's not good), it's just the price of the views.

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    Comcast sure knows how to turn heads.

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    No specific thread for 75 Rockefeller Center or the whole Center, so I've put this here.


    Polishing the Rock

    Kohn Pedersen Fox leads top-to-bottom renovation of 75 Rockefeller Center.

    by Henry Melcher


    The renovation will bring the office building up to date and improve its energy efficiency. The art deco design of the exterior will remain. Courtesy KPF

    With Hudson Yards steadily rising on Manhattan’s West Side, Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)—the firm leading the project—is turning its attention to one of Manhattan’s other mega developments, albeit a much older one: Rockefeller Center. KPF is working on a top-to-bottom overhaul of 75 Rockefeller Plaza, a landmarked structure built in 1947 by Carson & Lundin Architects. The unveiling of KPF’s plan comes about one year after RXR Realty acquired a 99-year leasehold on the property. The company is now aggressively marketing the 33-story office building to prospective tenants with a slick new website.

    At ground level, KPF revamps the building’s double-height glazed base that is set to house retail, restaurants, and entrances into the tower. On the 51st Street side, which looks onto Rockefeller Plaza, the firm slots a new and significant curved bronze panel between the glass walls.



    Inside, the building’s new block-through lobby reads as a throwback to 1940s art deco with its terrazzo floors, marble columns, and walls clad in marble and limestone. The concierge desk and elevators, that are both cast in bronze, help complete the theme. World Architecture News reported that original bronze elements recovered during the renovation will be reused throughout the building.


    The renovation of 75 Rockefeller Plaza also comes with new private terraces complete with seating areas, planters, and green roofs. Above the glassy retail base, two private terraces are connected through a glass-enclosed walkway. The interiors will also be renovated as class-A office space. RXR has drawn up new floor plans to try to lure prospective tenants to the tower.

    To achieve LEED Gold certification for the building, KPF is updating the mechanicals from the inside out, including new elevators, HVAC and electrical systems. It will also be configured to collect rainwater for irrigating the terraces.

    The structure’s limestone and cast aluminum facade will also be cleaned, new insulation will be added, and old windows will be swapped out for more energy efficient replacements.



    http://www.archpaper.com/news/articl...3#.VL9z7C6rTh4

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