When John D. Rockefeller, Jr. planned Rockefeller Center in the early twentieth century, he meant for it to be “the grandest plaza in all of New York.” Even the Great Depression couldn’t stop this dream, as Rockefeller financed the $100 million project himself. Upon its completion in 1933, it was–and still is–the world’s largest privately owned complex. But were it not for one fateful transaction, Rockefeller Center might have lost that title to a “Dream City” by developer William Zeckendorf, Sr. just a few avenues away.
Rockefeller Center is also one of the most expensive land deals, selling for $1.85 billion in 2001 to Jerry Speyer of Tishman Speyer and the Lester Crown Family.
Also, don’t miss the hidden rooftop gardens on top of Rockefeller Center!