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New York is a city of such extremes that any visitor would be hard pressed to describe it without resorting to superlatives. Words like biggest and best come to mind when referring to America's most populated city. The superlatives are not always positive though. The enormous number of people, pace of life and stark urban landscape contribute to an often grim and sometimes frustrating experience when walking along its streets. Despite problems common to any major city, New York attracts 34 million visitors each year to its man-made canyons.

A true archipelago, the 314 square miles that make up New York City are a series of islands that embrace five boroughs, or administrative districts: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx. More than 8 million people live in the city's metropolitan area, which includes Long Island and parts of southern New York State, northeastern New Jersey and southwestern Connecticut.

Attractions

Rockefeller Center is busiest during the winter holidays, when crowds flock to see the Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall and then to skate and admire THE Christmas tree. But we recommend a visit at other times of the year, too, since there is always plenty to do and see.

Top of the Rock
The Top of the Rock observation deck -- recently reopened after a 20-year closure -- offers magnificent New York City views (including the nearby spires of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building). Go during the day to see the splendor of the city unfold beneath you, or better yet, go at night and see the city sparkle.

Channel Gardens
In nice weather, the Channel Gardens (so called because they lie in the space between La Maison Francaise and the British Empire Building) are a nice place to relax for a few moments. Join the office workers catching a few rays of sun on the benches throughout the gardens and watch the throngs of tourists and shoppers scurrying by. The area is always attractively planted -- even in the midst of winter you will find something pretty in the gardens here.

Shops & Restaurants
For an extra treat as you explore the Channel Gardens, drop into nearby Teuscher Chocolates and try one of their Swiss truffles. If you like to shop, you will find that Rockefeller Center has plenty of other treats in store for you. There are shops selling everything from Japanese books to Italian leather goods to Russian folk art. We especially like to pop into the Metropolitan Museum of Art store (One Rockefeller Plaza) since it is a good source for special gifts and is usually much less crowded than the museum shop uptown.

Without a doubt, the most famous restaurant in the complex is the Rainbow Room, located on the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza (same building as Top of the Rock). Unfortunately, these days the elegant art deco atmosphere are available mostly for private functions. But there are other good spots for a meal. We like the rinkside restaurants Sea Grill (elegant and expensive) and the Rock Center Cafe (more family friendly -- sit outside if weather permits). Nearby, we recommend the casual dining spot Cafe Europa (6th Avenue at 46th St.).

Radio City Music Hall
The venerable Radio City Music Hall has been through some tough times, and was even, at one point, close to the destructive touch of the wrecking ball. But true to the spirit of New York City, it has emerged triumphant, with an historic landmark designation and an impressive 7 month, $70 million renovation, completed in the fall of 1999. Twice a year, the leggy, high-kicking Rockettes rule Radio City: during spring in the Easter Show and during winter in the Christmas Spectacular.

If you can't make it to one of these shows, you can still meet one of the Rockettes by taking the fabulous behind the scenes tour. You will see how the parts of the stage move, view some of the sets, hear about Radio City's history, and yes, you will actually meet, live and in person, one of the famous Rockettes, who will tell you all about the rigors of rehearsals, three shows a day, and worldwide travel. The tour lasts about an hour; phone (212) 632-4041 for further details.

NBC Studios
NBC is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the 70-story tower situated behind the Prometheus statue (also home to Top of the Rock and the Rainbow Room). To learn more about the studio tours (which are popular and are sold on a first come, first served basis).

The Today Show, another member of the NBC family, does more than just offer tours. Their studio, behind sidewalk-level showcase windows at 10 Rockefeller Plaza, is basically open for public viewing. Today broadcasts often feature the faces of tourists pressed against the glass, and from time to time, Katie Courac and Matt Lauer will actually go out and speak to the crowd. You might get a chance at your 15 seconds of television fame to by showing up outside the Today studio as the show is recorded each weekday morning from 7 am to 9 am.

Catacombs
One of the benefits for people who work at Rockefeller Center is the series of underground corridors that connect the complex's 14 main buildings. These tunnels, known officially as the Underground Concourse, and referred to by others as the Catacombs, provide access to the nearby subway lines as well as to fast food and other dining establishments, cards stores, clothing boutiques and a myriad of other shops and services.