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

The history book that describes the gardens as they were built: "The roofs on the four low buildings on Fifth were done up in styles appropriate to the buildings' themes -- cobblestones from the streets of Italian towns and two stone plaques from the Roman Forum framed the plantings on the Palazza d'Italia, for instance, and the British Empire's Building's umbrella-topped garden tables, where tenants could take tea in clement weather, were surrounded by well-trimmed yews and other hedge plants..."
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1 Comment

  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or why I even liked it, I think it’s a combination of two things: (a) while it’s a bit formal and perhaps even slightly outdated in its basic look, it’s a beautifully maintained specimen of this particular kind of garden, and (b) the stark contrast, between the building tops and the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.