itineraries

new york secrets

by Anna Balkrishna and Erin O’Hara

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  • Rooftop Gardens at Rockefeller Center
    Some of the most beautiful gardens in New York are hidden—hundreds of feet above the ground. Rockefeller Center maintains five spectacular roof gardens originally designed by English landscaper Ralph Hancock between 1933 and 1936. The gardens, located on different buildings throughout the complex, have been closed since 1938, but three can be spied from the Top of the Rock observation deck. You can experience one first-hand if you attend an event at Rockefeller Center's 620 Loft, which connects to the outdoor greenery atop the British Empire Building. And there's a chance you've seen that garden up close: it appears in a scene from the 2002 film Spider-Man. —AB

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