Join me for a live-streamed walk around the Grand Central Terminal area as I explain how the district came to be.
Take a walk north on Park Avenue, underneath which all of Grand central's trains run to the New York City suburbs. See the world-famous Waldorf Astoria hotel as well as take a distant view of architect Raymond Hood's 1930 original RCA building, an example of the Art Deco era. The building and the church next to it were featured in films like Salt and Mr. And Mrs. Smith.
Then we make our way through Rockefeller Center, built with oil money by John D. Rockefeller Jr., whose family owned 70% of all the oil wells in the USA. It was the only privately funded skyscraper construction project in the 1930s in New York and is lavishly decorated with sculptures, bas-reliefs, and paintings. In fact, you will be taken to the spot from where two separate kinds of sculptures make sense together. One long block from Rockefeller Center is the Times Square. We will look at the exteriors of a few Broadway theaters as well as Shubert Alley, and finish at the center of all the signage.