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Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, application for construction of a connecting bridge between the east elevation of 1270 Avenue of the Americas and the roof of Radio City Music Hall.

At the regularly scheduled monthly Community Board Five meeting on Thursday, March 11, 2021, the following resolution passed with a vote of 37 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, Tishman Speyer (the ‘Applicant’), has submitted an application to build a new access bridge connecting the 10th floor of 1270 Avenue of the Americas to a new roof garden on top of Radio City Music Hall; and;

WHEREAS, The bridge is 30’ long and 20’ wide and is built over a stepped parapet that connects 1270 Avenue of the Americas and Radio City Music Hall, and;

WHEREAS, The bridge requires the removal of two windows and two cast aluminum spandrel panels within the façade of 1270 Avenue of the Americas in order to create new ADA Accessible and Code compliant doors to the bridge, and;

WHEREAS, Existing spandrel panels have been removed in other locations within Rockefeller Plaza and the two removed spandrel panels will be stored on site, and;

WHEREAS, The existing limestone panels that must be removed in order to connect the bridge structure to the existing building steel will be reinstalled around the structural connection, and;

WHEREAS, The bridge cannot be seen from any of the neighboring streets, and;

WHEREAS, Bridges and green accessible roofs were originally designed as part of the Rockefeller Center complex, and;

WHEREAS, The bridge will be designed using statuary bronze, glass railings, and granite pavers that are complementary with the historic materials and palette of Rockefeller Center, and;

WHEREAS, The design of the bridge is simple and unobtrusive and the glass railings are not connected to the façade of 1270 Avenue of the Americas, and;

WHEREAS, There will only be discreet lighting to illuminate the paving surface of the bridge at night as required by the NYC Building Code, therefore, be it;

RESOLVED, Community Board 5 recommends approval of the application for the new access bridge at Rockefeller Center.

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