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NYC's Rainbow Room gets landmark status

Wednesday - 10/17/2012, 9:00am  ET

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City's iconic Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center has been designated a landmark.

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday voted to give the popular nightspot on the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza city landmark status.

The commission said the art deco-style decor "came to epitomize New York City."

The nightclub has double-height ceilings and 24-foot-high windows that provide sweeping views of the city.

It opened as a supper club in 1934 after the repeal of Prohibition. Over the years, performers there included Tommy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo, Louis Armstrong and Tony Bennett.

The Rainbow Room has been closed since 2009. The landlord, Tishman Speyer Properties, evicted the Cipriani family, which had run it since the late 1990s. A new operator hasn't yet been named.


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