Rockefeller Group Files Plans to Renovate Plaza and Enhance the Outdoor Experience at 1221 Avenue of the Americas

– Outdoor space reimagined to provide a more open and inviting experience.

NEW YORK – May 15, 2020 – Rockefeller Group today announced it will file plans with the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) to renovate the expansive outdoor plaza at 1221 Avenue of the Americas, the 2.6-million-square-foot skyscraper located between 48th and 49th Streets in Rockefeller Center.

The plans, which reimagine the multi-level space and its engagement with the public domain, are the product of several years of design work and preliminary input from the NYC Department of City Planning and multiple design consultants.  The intent, according to Rockefeller Group executives, is to transform underused privately-owned public space into a more visible and welcoming environment for people to enjoy throughout the day.

“We have an extraordinary plaza that serves as access to transit and as much appreciated open space in Midtown,” said Bill Edwards, Rockefeller Group’s Executive Vice President for Core Holdings.  “We have enormous confidence in the future of New York City, and the creation of better, more functional and accessible open space is as important as ever.”

Among the many improvements, the plans envision lowering the raised north and south sides of the plaza to street-level to enhance access throughout the plaza.  In addition, new steps with integrated stadium seating will increase opportunities for personal interaction, offering views of the surrounding towers.  The plaza will continue to offer direct access to the Rockefeller Center concourse and subway station, which will be enhanced with elevator-access from the street level.

The project was designed by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, a Milan-based multi-disciplinary design practice specializing in architecture, urban planning and interior design.  New York-based TPG Architecture is the architect of record.  Fried Frank is the land-use counsel.

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Photo Caption

A rendering of the redesigned plaza and subway entrance at 1221 Avenue of the Americas, between 48th and 49th Streets.  Lowering the raised north and south sides of the plaza to street-level will enhance access throughout the plaza, and the addition of stadium seating will provide additional space for the public to enjoy.

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