New Yorkers welcomed the long-awaited Rockefeller Center tree this Saturday, after two days of crossing from the state of Maryland and whose lit on December 1 will mark the start of Christmas in the city of skyscrapers.
The Norway spruce, 79 feet tall (24,079 meters), 46 feet wide (14 meters) and 12 tons, It was donated from the Price family yard and is the first time it has come from Maryland.
The famous tree was cut down last Thursday and brought in a flatbed truck and to be transported to New York it required permission from the states of Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey due to its large size. said to channel 7 of the chain ABC Maureen Mandich, president of the New York Truck Escorts and Permits that transported him.
“You have to have special permits, special escorts, police escort, obviously for security reasons and just to get here safely,” Mandich said.
The tree was felled and towed onto a truck on the Price property. He is about 85 years old and stood next to the house. Devon and Julie Price told the network NBC who feared it might fall on their house during a storm. “We love that he’s going to New York,” said Devon Price.
Rockefeller Center head gardener Erik Pauze found the tree in March when he went to a New Jersey nursery to buy plants and decided to take a drive around the area, he told the newspaper. Baltimore Sun.
The iconic Christmas tree, a tradition that is already 90 years oldwill be adorned with more than 50,000 lights and a 900-pound Swarovski crystal star for the lighting ceremony.
“The best job of the year. Bringing smiles to everyone who sees us go by ”, The New York Truck Escorts and Permits indicated on its Facebook account, which documented with photos the departure of the tree from Maryland and its arrival this Saturday at Rockefeller Center.
The tree It can be visited until January 16, 2022.
The lighting ceremony takes place at Rockefeller Plaza, between 48th and 51st streets and 5th and 6th avenues. The tree is lit from 6 a.m. to midnight. Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ignition was done in the presence of few people.
With information from AP and EFE
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