1. This year’s tree, which was hoisted on Wednesday, is over 80 feet tall and 50 feet around.
Lots of New Yorkers came to watch, even though the official tree-lighting ceremony isn’t until November 28th.
2. It was donated by 76-year-old Joe Balku after weathering the hurricane on his New Jersey property.
According to the New York Daily News, the tree had stood on Balku’s property since 1973 and had withstood the intense winds of Hurricane Sandy. Balku said that the tree would serve as “a powerful symbol of the region’s strength in this time of crisis.”