The 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has been chosen
Just in the Nick of time.
The 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has officially been selected and will be chopped down and trucked into Manhattan this week, organizers announced Wednesday.
The 75-foot-tall, 11-ton Norway spruce will be cut on Thursday and hoisted by “a huge crane” onto a 115-foot-long trailer before starting its voyage into the Big Apple, planners wrote in a news release.
The tree will be erected on Saturday and was donated by Daddy Al’s General Store in Oneonta, about 170 miles north of Manhattan.
But amid the coronavirus pandemic — and a skyrocketing number of cases in the five boroughs — it remains unclear just how the famed tree lighting will go ahead and if the attraction will be open to the hordes of visitors who typically flock to see it every year.
Mayor Bill de Blasio was asked twice about the tree lighting this week during news briefings and while he was quick to gush about his “childlike” wonder at the spruce, no concrete answers were offered — except that indoor events should be avoided.
“This is something really special each year for this city, and, I don’t know about you, but I still have a kind of childlike wonder when the lights [go up] in that tree each year. You know, it brings back something very special for me,” de Blasio said Tuesday.
“And we want that to be a great experience, especially in the middle of everything people are dealing with. We’ll get you an update on how we’re going to handle that. I think people understand that we have to be really careful with the danger of a second wave, but we’re going to take extra precautions to make sure that if people are trying to go by to see it, that we can keep it to the right number of folks at any given time. We’ll get you an update on how we’re going to handle that.”
City Hall did not immediately return a request for comment seeking additional information Wednesday.
Additional reporting by Nolan Hicks
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