Gallery: Rockefeller Center’s Rooftop Gardens are a Hidden Urban Treasu...

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We've written about more rooftop gardens than we can count, but more often than not, these sky-high oases are private terraces atop homes - meaning that regular old people like us never get to experience their green delights. But there is one place in New York City that boasts an entire collection of elaborate rooftop gardens, and every now and then these landscaped escapes are open to the public. For the last 75 years, the Rockefeller Center has maintained impeccably manicured shrubs, flowers, and lawns, making their gardens some of the oldest in the city. Access to the gardens is rare - mostly reserved for Rockefeller employees - but their secrecy only lends to their allure. We've gathered a collection of stunning images of the gardens, so feast your eyes here while you wait for this rooftop haven to open to the public again.

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  1. useful-community-develo... August 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing this true hidden garden. Analyzing its impact or why I even liked it, I think it’s a combination of two things: (a) while it’s a bit formal and perhaps even slightly outdated in its basic look, it’s a beautifully maintained specimen of this particular kind of garden, and (b) the stark contrast, between the building tops and the intense greenery and slightly organic shape that all plantings take on, is very pleasing to the eye.

    Thanks for putting this together for us.