Tishman Speyer to Reopen Historic Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center 'Top of the Rock' to Open to the Public November 1st



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    NEW YORK, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Tishman Speyer, co-owners of Rockefeller
 Center, has announced that on November 1st, the renovated and much-anticipated
 Top of the Rock(TM) observation deck will re-open to the public. The
 observation deck will include three renovated lower levels and three renovated
 upper levels housed in the 70-story architectural heart of Rockefeller Center,
 30 Rockefeller Plaza.  The centerpiece of the projects lies with the reopening
 of the observatory some 850 feet (259.08 meters) above the sidewalk on the
 67th - 70th floors. The observation deck was first opened to the public in
 1933.  Now fully revitalized by Tishman Speyer, it will present an
 incomparable place from which to understand and celebrate New York City.
     Top of the Rock will be open daily 8:30 AM to midnight.  The sky shuttle
 will make a final run at 11pm each night. Introductory ticket prices are $14
 for adults, $12 for seniors and $9 for children six to 11 years old.
     Those interested in visiting Top of the Rock can reserve their visits
 starting September 1st via the website www.topoftherocknyc.com or call
 877-NYC-ROCK (877-692-7625) or 212-698-2000.  In addition, there will be seven
 terminals on-site to help visitors purchase tickets easily.
     The multi-level Top of the Rock will offer state-of-the-art features such
 as reserved-time tickets -- minimizing long lines or large crowds --
 multi-media exhibits, a completely indoor viewing area, and brand-new
 transparent, safety glass panels that will allow completely unobstructed
 open-air views, encompassing some of the city's most prominent landmarks from
 the Chrysler Building to the Statue of Liberty to all of Central Park and the
 Hudson and East Rivers.
     Tishman Speyer retained the architectural firm of Gabellini Associates LLP
 to achieve the design and rejuvenation of the observatory, ensuring that the
 historic integrity of the site remains. Entertainment group, Bob Weis Design
 Island Associates was enlisted to develop and create a unique and memorable
 entertainment experience through an immersive exhibition, interactive
 experiences and multi-media components.
     Visitors to Top of the Rock will enter the complex through storefronts on
 50th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, adjacent to the famous marquee on the
 street level.  The Concourse Level, located below the ground floor entrance,
 contains the ticketing area, offering unique reserved-time tickets developed
 specifically for Top of the Rock.  The Observation Deck Ticketing System (ODT)
 was designed to be extremely flexible and simple to use.  Visitors can
 purchase tickets online, allowing for the ability to reserve the date and time
 of the desired visit in advance, thereby reducing long lines and waiting time.
     Ticket holders may ride or walk up through the atrium to the Mezzanine
 exhibition space, and, while waiting to board a sky shuttle elevator to the
 67th floor, can enjoy a multimedia exhibition exploring the history of
 Rockefeller Center that features contemporary plasma screens alongside an
 original basswood model of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
     Visitors will then embark on sky shuttle elevators, imagined as time and
 light capsules. Thanks to a transparent glass ceiling, participants will
 observe their own rapid acceleration through the shaft towards open air and
 light.
     Additionally, four video projectors use the glass ceiling as a projection
 surface to present rapid sequences of Rockefeller Center imagery from the
 1930s through the present.  Sapphire blue lights flash within the shaft as the
 shuttle passes key vertical thresholds, symbolizing the passing of another
 decade every four stories.
     The elevators will bring visitors into the interior "Grand Viewing Room"
 located on the 67th floor.  An additional viewing experience will be offered
 in the "Weather Room," a triple-height space overlooking the Plaza.  These
 viewing rooms and adjoining terraces are also designed to function as a
 premier special event space.
     Escalators will take visitors to the final two floors of the Top of the
 Rock.  The "Grand Viewing Decks" on the 69th floor will offer full views of
 Manhattan to the east, west, north and south, with visibility approximately 80
 miles on clear days.
     The 70th floor, reachable by stairs or elevator, crowns the building,
 allowing visitors to experience a 360-degree panorama of New York City. Only
 20 feet wide and nearly 200 feet long, the top level provides a vantage point
 unlike any other found in New York.
     Situated in midtown Manhattan, Top of the Rock will provide visitors with
 an opportunity to appreciate the architecture of Rockefeller Center and its
 significance to the growth of New York City.  Tishman Speyer is committed to
 the preservation and restoration of Rockefeller Center, which is the site of
 numerous public exhibits and events, including annual installations of public
 art, the New York International Orchid Show, the Christie's Collector's Car
 Show, and live broadcast of the U.S. Open tennis championships. Each day an
 estimated 250,000 people walk through the Rockefeller Plaza complex, which is
 home to the world's most famous Christmas Tree.
 
 

SOURCE Tishman Speyer

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