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February 26, 1990 | By Susan Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard I. Rubin Co. is working with a New York architect to design a master plan for two prime blocks it owns in Center City. For more than two years, Rubin has been working with Kohn Pederson Fox to draft the plan for the area bounded by 17th and 18th Streets, Market and Arch Streets. The site, with its proximity to Suburban Station and its links to the underground concourse, offers tremendous potential. "The location, with its access to transportation, makes this a very, very important site in the city," said Barbara Kaplan, executive director of the Philadelphia Planning Commission.
NEWS
November 2, 1989 | By RICHARD COHEN
Her name was Rebecca C. Winters. The "C" stood for Cohen and she was my aunt. Once a year she would take my sister and me to see the wonders of Manhattan at Christmastime: department store displays, a visit to Santa at Macy's and, of course, the dazzling climax of the day - a visit to Rockefeller Center and its majestic tree. This December, the Japanese will host that Christmas. Yes, Virginia, Mitsubishi has bought Rockefeller Center for $846 million. That means it has bought some evocative American landmarks including, of course, the homes of both NBC and the Associated Press.
NEWS
December 1, 2002 | By Gloria Hayes Kremer FOR THE INQUIRER
No wonder people from around the world converge on the Big Apple at Christmas time. There is a sparkle and energy that dazzles visitors - from the most chic shops in the world to spectacular theater to a host of joyous holiday events. At Christmas, New York City comes to life with a luminescence unmatched in any other season. Dressed up for the holidays, the city puts on a sweeter, more gentle face. From right now to the dramatic falling of the famous ball in Times Square on New Year's Eve, it's a glitzy, brilliant city that welcomes visitors with all the hoopla it can muster.
NEWS
November 25, 1989 | By CALVIN TRILLIN
A couple of American entrepreneurs have already started marketing pieces of the Berlin Wall, but so far nobody has figured out how to make a buck out of the Iron Curtain. "A slice of the Iron Curtain might be just the thing for one of those suburban activity rooms," I told my wife. "You could use it to screen off the wet bar. " "The Iron Curtain is not really an iron curtain," my wife said. "Well, the wet bar's not really wet, either," I said. "And there's not actually much activity in activity rooms these days.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
A New York City panel has approved placing the Comcast logo with the NBC peacock atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza, one of the world's most famous and visible properties, a company official said Wednesday. The Comcast logo will replace lighted "GE" signs (for former NBC owner General Electric) atop the 70-story 30 Rock, reflecting Comcast's ownership of news and entertainment conglomerate NBCUniversal. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the new signage on Tuesday.
BUSINESS
November 1, 1989 | From Inquirer Wire Services
The sale of controlling interest in Rockefeller Group Inc. to Japan's Mitsubishi Estate Co. symbolizes the end of an era for America's first family of capitalism and a new era for Japan's rising economic power. Rockefeller Group Inc., whose main holding is the management and part ownership of Rockefeller Center, 22 acres of midtown Manhattan real estate, is the legacy of John D. Rockefeller, who was the world's first billionaire. Mitsubishi Estate announced late Monday that it had acquired 51 percent of Rockefeller Group for $846 million.
NEWS
November 6, 1998 | by Richard Huff, New York Daily News
The lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center will go national this year. Following last year's syndicated distribution to stations around the country, NBC has opted to make the program part of its prime-time lineup. "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" will air 8 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2. The debut of Ted Danson's new CBS comedy, "Becker" helped push the network to its best Monday-night ratings since the season-opening night six weeks ago. Also, "Becker," airing at 9:30 p.m., held on to 97 percent of the lead-in audience delivered by "Everybody Loves Raymond.
NEWS
January 5, 1990 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
They own Columbia Pictures in Hollywood and Rockefeller Center in New York. Now they've gotten a chunk of a valuable enterprise in Pennsylvania. Specificallay, the Japanese have come to Harrisburg and have landed an estimated $1.8 million telephone repair contract. Fujitsu Business Communications System, as of Jan. 1, became the designated fixers of 64,000 state government telephones. The firm is a joint venture with GTE. The parent is Fujitsu Ltd., of Tokyo. "They are GTE, but they are, in fact, Japanese-controlled," said Larry Brown of the state's Office of Administration, which awarded the contract.
NEWS
November 8, 1989 | BY LARS-ERIK NELSON
If President Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev are looking for foreign soil to hold their first summit, why didn't they pick Rockefeller Center? Just run up the Japanese flag, guys, take off your shoes and talk. As you know by now, Japan's Mitsubishi Corp. bought a controlling interest in Rockefeller Center just the other day for a mere $846 million. This is not a bad investment when you consider that for the same money, Mitsubishi could have rented Ronald Reagan for a year and a half.
BUSINESS
June 10, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The global director of food service operations and events at NBCUniversal, Jason Giagrande, was asked several years ago to do something - anything! - with the commissary in iconic Rockefeller Center, which had been the butt of late-night TV jokes by Johnny Carson in the 1960s and a windowless, graceless dining experience for generations of NBC employees. But no matter what Giagrande did, NBC staffers still grabbed their meals and hurried to their desks to eat, as if scurrying from a darkened New York alley.
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November 16, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
They glided and danced and skidded and fell. Some clung to the rink wall, shimmying carefully along. Others watched and waved from cold metal seats. Only one left on a stretcher. At a noon ceremony Friday, a shimmering new ice rink welcomed hundreds of skaters to Dilworth Park on the west side of City Hall. The Philadelphia Boys Choir, decked out in red shirts and Santa hats, sang "Circle of Life" from The Lion King as the skaters went round the rink, which will be open daily through Feb. 22. "It's fantastic to have this right in front of City Hall," said Maureen Shanahan of Ambler, who is on the Philly Spirit Synchronized Skating Team.
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October 17, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
While it seemed hardly the weather Wednesday to be thinking of winter sports, ice skating is coming in just weeks to Dilworth Park, the city's revamped public square west of City Hall. The new Rothman Institute Ice Rink will open there Nov. 14, said Paul R. Levy, president and chief executive officer of the Center City District. The rink will be open seven days a week through Feb. 22. It will be managed by Rink Management Services Corp. (RMSC) of Mechanicsville, Va., which was selected after competitively bidding for the contract, Levy said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Over the last several months, architects, interior designers, and buyers for glamorous brands like Saks Fifth Avenue, W Hotels, and Restoration Hardware have all been making the same pilgrimage - to a decidedly unglamorous corner of Kensington. Their destination, hidden incongruously within a Philadelphia Electric Co. substation that dates to 1921, is the American Street Showroom, a dreamy, steampunk fantasyland of high-end furnishings and refurbished flea-market finds that blurs the line between retail and exhibition space, gallery and retreat.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
A New York City panel has approved placing the Comcast logo with the NBC peacock atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza, one of the world's most famous and visible properties, a company official said Wednesday. The Comcast logo will replace lighted "GE" signs (for former NBC owner General Electric) atop the 70-story 30 Rock, reflecting Comcast's ownership of news and entertainment conglomerate NBCUniversal. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the new signage on Tuesday.
NEWS
June 16, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. is seeking to put its name in lights on top of one of the world's most famous and visible properties - 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Midtown Manhattan. A borough advisory board overwhelmingly approved on Thursday night the cable-TV giant's plan to remove the lighted General Electric signs atop the 70-story 30 Rock and replace them with the Comcast logo, including the NBC peacock, on the building's south and north sides, providing viewership uptown and downtown. A lighted NBC peacock would go on 30 Rock's west side, facing the Hudson River and the miles-long stretch of high-rise condo and apartment buildings that have sprouted on the New Jersey banks of the river.
NEWS
September 14, 2013 | By Inga Saffron and Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writers
Comcast Corp., which runs its growing media empire from Philadelphia's tallest skyscraper, is considering building at least one new tower in Center City and is working with the prominent British architect Norman Foster, according to sources in the city's real estate community. Details about Comcast's expansion plans are being kept under tight wraps, but the company appears to be focusing on constructing the first of several towers on a long, skinny, 1.5-acre site at 18th and Arch Streets, a block west of the Comcast Center.
BUSINESS
June 10, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The global director of food service operations and events at NBCUniversal, Jason Giagrande, was asked several years ago to do something - anything! - with the commissary in iconic Rockefeller Center, which had been the butt of late-night TV jokes by Johnny Carson in the 1960s and a windowless, graceless dining experience for generations of NBC employees. But no matter what Giagrande did, NBC staffers still grabbed their meals and hurried to their desks to eat, as if scurrying from a darkened New York alley.
NEWS
May 5, 2012 | By Chris Melchiorre, FOR THE INQUIRER
When Steph Heresniak was little, her parents took her ice skating at Rockefeller Center. "When we got home, I said, 'Mom, I want to skate,' " Heresniak said. "She thought I meant figure skating. But I said, 'No, I want to play ice hockey.' " Such was the beginning of an ice hockey career that has taken the Paul VI junior to places as far as Canada. Power, she said, is an asset the sport provides her. It's a quality she has used at the plate as the Eagles' cleanup hitter in softball.
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December 18, 2005 | By Catherine Quillman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
In recent weeks, Brenda McDade's neighbors have dropped by with something other than the usual holiday baked goods or homemade items. They brought her gifts - not for her, but unwrapped presents to prepare McDade, a longtime Chester County resident, for a peculiar challenge: a national gift-wrapping contest sponsored by the maker of Scotch tape. McDade was one of eight participants in the Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest, held this month in Rockefeller Center. Although she didn't win, the experience, McDade said, reinforced her belief that "wrapping is my favorite thing to do for the holidays.
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