Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

It Happened Today in New York City

12-24-rock-ctr-xmas-treeOn December 24, 1931, at the height of the Great Depression, workers at the Rockefeller Center construction site, fearful of losing their jobs if they took time off for the holidays, erected a Christmas tree in the middle of the work area and decorated it with whatever they could find. This simple gesture of camaraderie and mutual support in difficult times gave rise to one of the most famous and widely loved seasonal traditions in New York City. A far cry from the paper garlands and tin cans that adorned the first tree, today’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has enough LED lights that, if the cord were folded in half and stretched across the island of Manhattan, both ends would wind up in the rivers.

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