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.”
4. Workers had to prepare the tree…
6. And stand it up using a crane.
9. Then they pushed it into position.
10. It’s going to be decorated with over 30,000 LED lights and topped with a Swarovski crystal star!
- The Trump administration is reportedly considering a set of policies to prosecute parents who illegally enter the US with their children.
- Norma McCorvey, the woman behind the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade, has died in Texas at 69.
- Mark Sanford held a town hall on Saturday that he organized with Indivisible, a group dedicated to holding members of Congress' feet to the fire.
- Donald Glover has been cast as Simba in Disney's remake of "The Lion King."