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Secrets of Rockefeller Center

It's most associated with Christmas, but Rockefeller Center is worth a visit all year long. Here's what to do -- from shopping to TV tours.
New York City (CNN) — This urban space seamlessly integrated into the fabric of midtown Manhattan, Rockefeller Center isn't one singular distinguished landmark.

Located between bustling Fifth and Sixth avenues and 48th and 51st streets, it's really a maze of prestigious buildings and attractions.

Built during the Great Depression by Standard Oil heir John D. Rockefeller Jr. in a notorious district of speakeasies and brothels, it anchored the city's building industry and employed thousands of laborers during its three-year construction phase starting in 1930.

In the depths of the Great Depression, the massive building project was a godsend to construction workers and their families around New York.

The now-iconic Rockefeller Christmas Tree was first raised without fanfare by those grateful workers in 1931, and it has been an annual tradition for decades.

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