Thursday, November 17, 2016
AMEENA WALKER |Nights and Weekends Editor for Curbed New York
The Christmas tree that will grace Rockefeller Center this holiday season has arrived in New York. Making its way from the backyard of tree donors Angie and Graig Eichler’s backyard in Oneonta, New York, the 94-foot Norway spruce arrived around 10 p.m. on Friday night after making its way across the George Washington Bridge and into Manhattan, reports NBC New York.
Early Saturday morning, the Eichlers drove a spike into the trunk of the tree with a sledgehammer before it was lifted by a huge crane and into its position. The tree will now get ready to receive 50,000 bedazzling lights before debuting on November 30th.
This year’s tree is the second largest to ever grace Rockefeller Center. It’s dated to be around 90 to 95 years old and weighs 14 tons. After the holiday season, the tree will likely be milled into lumber and donated to Habitat for Humanity, as has been the fate of previous Rockefeller Center Christmas trees.
The 84th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting is scheduled for November 30th from 7 to 9 p.m.