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  • Michael Krakovskiy 5:35 am on May 24, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beautiful metal rondels, Hildreth, , John D. Rockefeller, John D. Rockefeller Sr., , , Oscar Bach, , Radio City Music, , , , , , , Women in the United States Navy   

    Rockefeller Center Wardrobe Malfunction 

    It’s now my 7th year working in the Rockefeller Center. I’ve been walking in it, around it and under it almost daily. Little by little the place opens its little secrets to me – a hidden restaurant here, an eccentric pigeon enthusiast or a subterranean piece of art there.

    I used to walk around the place with my camera in hand, like a tourist. Now I am a bit more like the dozens of professional photographers that inhabit the place (Rock Center is home to many news agencies), as my camera is a little nicer. With the nicer gear I get to see smaller details.

    John D. Rockefeller Sr., a very strict Baptist, did not approve of drinking and dancing. His son, John D. Jr, was a little less strict — there was dancing at his wedding, despite his father’s wishes (although still no booze). A lot of people think that John D. Sr was the one who built the Rockefeller Center, but you just need to look around the place to realize that Senior probably did not even set foot in it: the architectural art features dozens of naked or half-naked men and women.

    For instance, Radio City Music hall features three beautiful metal rondels designed by Hildreth Meiere. These have more exposed nipples than a dosen Superbowls.

    The one depicting “Drama” hides, what I guess is a little joke by Oscar Bach, the metalsmith who executed Meiere’s design.

    The maiden on the right is sporting a piece of nipple jewelry in a form of an old fashioned slotted screw:

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 1:32 pm on April 8, 2004 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Commemorative plaque, Hildreth, , More Useless Rockefeller Center Trivia Rockefeller Center, , , , RKO Pictures, ,   

    More Useless Rockefeller Center Trivia 

    Rockefeller Center buildings are not overembellished with decorations. A few major buildings have beautiful art deco relief’s on their facades, but most lesser buildings don’t have those. On the other hand an underground tunnel that connects the buildings has this beautiful mural on the wall.

    I’ve been passing it by for many years without thinking too much about it. I called it “A Half Naked Punk Whipping Two Naked Women”.


    I came by a photograph showing this bas relief on a side of a building. But it’s in the underground tunnel, I thought. Well, as I learned from the book (and could have learned from the little plaque on the wall), the bas relief is actually called “Radio and Television Encompassing The Earth” and a similar plaque used to be on the 49th street facade of the demolished RKO Roxy Theater aka Center Theater. The piece if based on a watercolor of Hildreth Meiere. I wonder what happened to the original plaque..

    Here’s what the Roxy Theater used to look like inside:

     
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