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Iconic Rainbow Room reopens after 5-year absence

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The Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Plaza reopened today after five years. (Photo: Wikipedia/stock photo from 2004)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rainbow Room has reopened in its historic perch atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza after a five-year absence from the New York City skyline.

It reopened Sunday for brunch, offering diners sweeping views of Manhattan and beyond through windows widened during a renovation.

Two years ago, the city granted landmark status to the iconic venue, which has hosted plenty of celebrities over its 80 years.

The 65th floor room with a rotating dance floor counts numerous movie stars, sports figures and political dignitaries among its customers. Those have included Cole Porter, Elizabeth Taylor, Al Pacino, Barbra Streisand and Muhammad Ali, along with every mayor since its original opening.

Performers have included music greats Tommy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo, Louis Armstrong and Tony Bennett. A jazz band played Sunday.

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