In the Lower Plaza of Rockefeller Center, one of New York City’s most famous sculptures depicts a gilded, 8-ton, 18-foot Prometheus descending from the heavens to bestow fire, and thus civilization, on humankind. On the red granite behind him, the inscription: “Prometheus, Teacher in Every Art, Brought the Fire That Hath Proved to Mortals a Means to Mighty Ends.” Few artworks encapsulate the extraordinary striving and dynamism that epitomize life in New York City. It’s a dynamism born of not only the spirit of work, but also the spirit of play. During the fall and winter months, the Lower Plaza becomes the renowned Rockefeller Center ice skating rink, where people from all over the world gather to revel in family, friendship, and romance beneath that great Promethean symbol of hope. No reservations are required to partake in this iconic New York experience. Just show up, enjoy a meal or hot beverage at one of the plaza cafes, and glide out onto the ice to share in the magic that makes Manhattan the fiery heart of a uniquely spectacular city.
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