Sunday, October 08, 2006

The Hidden Garden in the Sky

Yesterday I participated in the 4th Annual OpenHouseNewYork Weekend by taking a tour of the Wallabout section of Brooklyn. Today I took advantage of the weekend-long event to visit a legendary space that has been closed to the public for more than 60 years: the Rockefeller Center Rooftop Garden.

Located atop the British Empire Building, this garden offers exceptional views of St. Patrick's Cathedral and Saks Fifth Avenue, its neighbors across the street. The compact, formal space, smaller than a city block, includes meticulously clipped hedges, a shallow pool with a small fountain, a few perfectly matched cypress trees, a border of pink geraniums and a raised platform of fastidiously manicured sod.

Peeking around the corners provides rare glimpses of the rest of the Rockefeller Center complex including Radio City Music Hall and the skating rink which just reopened for the season.

This is a hidden spot of greenery high above the city, a retreat usually reserved for private moments of the rich and powerful, but for four hours today, it was a beautiful space open to all who came.

Saks Fifth Avenue across the street Posted by Picasa

The frog fountain Posted by Picasa

The garden pool and lawn Posted by Picasa

The spires of St. Patrick's Cathedral Posted by Picasa

A glimpse of Radio City Music Hall Posted by Picasa

A glimpse of the skating rink Posted by Picasa

OHNY donation box Posted by Picasa

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    At 10/14/2006 10:21:00 AM, Blogger iwiwag said...

    Cool pics ;)

    At 10/14/2006 12:51:00 PM, Anonymous MissTreebc said...

    Oh, wow! That's amazing! I'm really not a NY kinda girl at all, but that makes me really want to visit and see the sights!

    At 10/18/2006 08:52:00 AM, Blogger pjt3ket said...

    gotta love the frog fountain!

    At 10/24/2006 12:44:00 AM, Anonymous whatisee said...

    was out of town on Sunday, and this was the one OHNY event on Sunday I wanted to attend.

    Nice pics, lets hope it's open next year


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