Saturday, January 31, 2009

The legendary Rainbow Room

The Rainbow Room is one of those places, along with the Staue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, that true New Yorkers expect to never visit.

But how could we pass up a visit after that scene from Sleepless in Seattle, when Annie (Meg Ryan) is having dinner with Walter at the Rainbow Room on Valentines Day. As Annie sits down, she sees the spectacular view of the Empire State Building, lit up with huge pink heart. Suddenly Annie's heart leaps as she realises she wants to be with Sam (Tom Hanks), so she starts sprinting toward the Empire State Building where Sam and his son Jonah are waiting for her in their own "Affair to Remember" moment.

It's all very romantic.

Seeing the view for ourselves did not disappoint - it kicks the view from the Auckland Sky Tower's arse.
Unfortunatly The Rainbow Room, which is perched on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center, is the latest victim of the current economic meltdown and will soon be closing its restaurant after 70 years as a New York icon.
Clik here for a look at the Rainbow Room's glamorous past — from Marlene Dietrich in the 1960s and Diane Von Furstenberg in the 1970s to its retro restoration.

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