Skip to comments.New York City's Rockefeller Center opens 'The Beam' - a new ride that allows visitors to re-create this historic photo of death-defying construction workers lunching atop the skyline - but social media reactions are mixed...
Posted on 12/02/2023 3:48:45 AM PST by Libloather
Tourists and native New Yorkers can reach new heights for a limited time on an all-new ride called The Beam.
Located in Rockefeller Center, The Beam Experience opened today for visitors looking to recreate an iconic New York photo of 11 ironworkers taken 91 years ago at the same building.
The 1932 black and white picture shows all the men sitting on a steel beam during their lunch break 69 stories high with a spectacular view of Central Park in the background.
The lucky visitors who try this new ride at the Top of the Rock are guaranteed a picture while sitting on a steel beam that raises them 12 feet above the Observation Deck.
Individuals looking to ride on The Beam can do so now until January 31 by purchasing tickets online starting at $34 per person.
Tishman Speyer Properties first proposed The Beam ride idea in 2021 as a way to re-create the famous photograph formally named Lunch Atop a Skyscraper.
Directing Rockefeller Center's redevelopment since 1996, the company suggested the ride be a rotating beam safe for riders looking for a great photo opportunity in New York City.
Tishman Speyer managing director EB Kelly discussed the proposal at a 2021 August Manhattan Community Board 5 meeting with hopes to implement The Beam and other ideas the company had to enhance 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
'We're looking to tell the story of Rockefeller Center in a new way that will bring people back to discover what Rockefeller Center symbolizes,' she said at the meeting via New York Post.
She continued by saying Rockefeller Center represents 'a beacon in the city, a place with incredible history, a place that is of the city, and that provides this beautiful and unique perspective on this city.'
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If I can do the rides on the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, I can do this.
My Great- Hrandfather helped to build the Empire Stateb Bulding. He founded the Ironworkers aunion there, and was likely the only Jewish Ironworker In NYC at the time.
Sorry for the spelling, I type to fast.
After a few weeks on the high steel you get used to it because worrying about it becomes tedious.
It sounds like that is something you might want to do to vicariously join your grandfather.
You couldn’t even get me to step foot on that observation deck.
I’m the same way. My stomach gets queasy just looking at that picture, much less actually going out there to sit down and have lunch.
No way, no how..
Absolutely ridiculous. I can think of better things to do with $34 like put food on the table.
Decades ago I was at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit that has an outside elevator. The only way I could ride it to the top was with my nose against the door......
those are the people that built this country. The White working class, and the pictures are the proof.
But But the immigrants and the blacks!☹️
But .. was he one of the Contributing Illegals?🤔😄
Watching a Harold Lloyd film would be cheaper. And funnier.
He came in 1911, so yes.
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