The Rockefeller Center’s traditional and huge Christmas tree arrived this Saturday in New York, where he was transported in a 35 meter trailer long that he was escorted by a dozen police vehicles through the streets of Manhattan.
The pine, of almost 23 meters high, traveled to the Big Apple from the town of Oneonta, in central New York, where this year the Rockefeller’s head gardener, Erik Fauze, found the right tree, with “the perfect christmas shape”, He explained to the local media.
The tree was placed by a crane in the 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan on Saturday morning New York, where it will remain while it is decorated until the next December 2, when the lights will be turned on.
“This year, we feel that the tree is vital”, Stated in a statement Rob Speyer, the CEO of Tishman Speyer, the company that owns Rockefeller Center.
“The Rockefeller Center tree represents the holiday season, but it has also been a symbol of hope, resilience, and the everlasting spirit of New York, since the Great Depression, 9/11, Superstorm Sandy and until today.“Added Speyer, who underlined that 2020 has been a”difficult year”.
“But New Yorkers have persevered, and we are determined to return better and stronger”, He stressed.
New York is one of the states hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and is currently the one that more deaths have been recorded from the disease.
The fir will be decorated with 35,000 LED lights and with Swarovski crystals, and after the holidays it will be recycling and the resulting wood donated to the NGO Habitat for Humanity, as is tradition since 2007, when it was used to build a residence in Pascagoula, Mississippi, for survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
This year, however, the public has not had access to the arrival of the tree to avoid crowds, but details on how it can be visited will be announced in the coming days.
The first Christmas tree to be installed at the site was placed in 1931 by construction workers on the site where Rockefeller Center was being built, inaugurated in 1939.
The first formal lighting ceremony took place in 1933, and tradition has remained ever since with some variations.
At times they have been Two pines were in place, but in 1942 there were three, adorned with red, white and blue balls, to support the troops fighting in World War II.
The trees of that year and those that were placed on successive Christmases, until the end of the war, were not adorned with lights because of the regulations that governed the armed conflict.
The same patriotic colors of the 1942 tree were those that were used to decorate the pine tree for Christmas 2001, the first after the attacks of September 11 of that year.
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