A public park atop Radio City Music Hall? Developers get approval for ‘Spectacular’ idea

Radio Park Rendering 2 Courtesy of Tishman Speyer
A rendering of Radio Park.
Rendering Courtesy of Tishman Speyer

On March 16, the City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission approved plans from Tishman Speyer to construct a 24,000-square-foot rooftop park above Radio City Music Hall and a pedestrian skybridge connecting the property to 1270 Avenue of the Americas.

Located on the 9th floor of Radio City Music Hall, Radio Park’s landscape will be the realization of a proposal from the original blueprint of Rockefeller Center – though one has never been built.

“While I wish I could say that this was an idea of our creation, this project really has its roots in the original vision for this center and the notion that Rockefeller Center was conceived as a campus of interconnected, green rooftops and terraces,” said EB Kelly, Tishman Speyer’s Managing Director of Rockefeller Center, during the proposal to LPC. “We are committed to making sure that Rockefeller Center is a dynamic part of the New York recovery, and this project feels like it is a terrifically important part of that.”

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Radio Park is designed by landscape architecture firm HMWhite and includes a pedestrian bridge designed by G3 Architecture Interiors Planning. The finished Radio Park will consist of paved and landscaped areas, pathways and pavilions. A number of seating and lounging options will be spread across the park. Visitors will be able to access the park from both 50 Rockefeller Plaza and 1270 Avenue of the Americas. Radio City Music Hall employees will be able to gain entrance to the park from inside of the building.  

“As we continue to reimagine our physical spaces and the experiences we can offer at Rockefeller Center, we are thrilled that the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved our proposal, which dates back to the earliest days of Rockefeller Center’s conception,” said a Tishman Speyer spokesperson. “During this time when outdoor access is important, it is especially meaningful to be able to provide an additional 24,000 square feet of green space at the Center.”

Radio Park is the latest project in Tishman Speyer’s efforts to restore and revive Rockefeller Plaza. The Park is scheduled to open this fall to all those working at Rockefeller Center and their guests.

Tishman Speyer will announce additional details about Radio Park in the coming months. For updates about Rockefeller Center, visit rockefellercenter.com

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