The 1931 tree.
The official website of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree describes the holiday tree as a “world-wide symbol of Christmas,” a statement we really can’t argue with, especially since 125 million people visit the attraction each year. And as you’ve probably heard, Wednesday, November 30th is the 84th Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting, an annual celebration that attracts tens of thousands in person, and hundreds of millions more on television. In anticipation of the big event, we decided to take a look back at how this tradition got started and how it has evolved over the years.
More on the history here
Yesterday, we rounded up the massive Christmas trees around the city for those of you looking for an alternative to Rockefeller Center. But we’re sure this isn’t going to stop a lot of die-hard holiday revelers from heading over to midtown and gawking at the world’s most famous Christmas tree. So, we want to know what your plans are.
Images: Via Sister72 via photopin cc (L); Via Gray Line New York (R)
- Did you know the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has its own Twitter? Comedian Matt Haze talks about being the voice behind the account. [WSJ]
- Pop Candy author Whitney Matheson is moving out of her Brooklyn Heights apartment. But before she goes, she’s saying goodbye with a list of 33 things she’ll miss about the ‘hood. [BK Heights Blog]
- A new documentary seeks to capture the spirit and struggle of ’90s-era Lower East Side squatters. [Animal]
- Why do proposals for offshore parks like Pier 55 keep popping up all over the world? [CityLab]
- This colorful end table is covered with crocheted plastic bags. [Design Milk]
Images: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree (L); Brooklyn Heights (R)
- This year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, an 85-foot Norway Spruce, is on its way to Midtown. The Daily News has great photos of the tree being cut down in Hemlock Township, Pennsylvania.
- Who doesn’t love a good loaf of bread? Even if it’s not edible. Japanese designer Yukiko Morita created Pampshades so we can all light up our homes in carbs. Check ’em out on Core77.
- We all know Banksy, but do you know Hanksy? Bowery Boogie takes a closer look at the street artist’s pun-driven campaign.
- Say goodbye to those awkward financial convos with your roommate…a new tool called Spliddit helps roomies find the easiest way to split rent. More on Gizmodo.
Images: Rockefeller Center Christmas tree via Dr.DeNo via photopin cc (L); Pampshades via Yukiko Morita (R)