Rockefeller Tree Lighting 2020: What you need to know


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During a typical holiday season, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree attracts about 750,000 visitors a day, says the city’s tourism agency, NYC & Company.

But the epidemic means there is no usual crowd in downtown Manhattan.

This year’s evergreen has already had a difficult time. The 75-meter, 11-ton Norwegian spruce presented last month seemed to an unusual number of people to social media users, which seems like a perfect metaphor for 2020.

[About that maligned Christmas tree (and that owl) at Rockefeller Center.]

The owner of the Rockefeller Center, the managing director of the real estate company, Tishman Speyer, told one of my colleagues that such criticisms were incorrect and that the tree shows only the arboreal equivalent of the hats. Workers packed it tightly before leading it to Manontaan from the top of Oneonta State.

The tree certainly looks more solemn when lit. Rockefeller Center says you need to know the following about viewing spruce:

The ceremony begins tonight at 8 p.m .; the tree is set on fire at 9:45 p.m. Viewers are not allowed to attend the event, but it will be broadcast live on NBC.

Until early January, the tree will be open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight. It is open until 24 hours at Christmas, and on New Year’s Eve the visit time is from 6 am to 9 pm

From Thursday, visitors can access the viewing areas using a phone to scan QR codes located near Rockefeller Center. They receive a text message with the estimated waiting time and tell them when to return to view the tree.

The viewing areas will be on Streets 49 and 50 and will be accessible from these streets as well as Fifth and Sixth Avenue. The Center Plaza, where the tree is erected, is closed to the public. There is a map on the Rockefeller Center website.

Face masks and social distance are mandatory, visitors must stand in groups of up to four on social distance markers. There is a five minute limit on viewing.

After the spruce arrived in Manhattan, workers discovered a saw owl in its branches. A bird that has become a social media sensation was released during rehabilitation at a brand new center in Saugerties, New York last week.

The days of the tree in the wilderness are, of course, over. It will be wood for the habitat of mankind.


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Sydney Franklin writes:

The fundamental benefits of coexistence were a great success when the coronavirus hit New York.

Instagram-friendly lounges and collaborating rooms sat empty last spring when residents complied with strict lock-in instructions. The postage stamp bedrooms became permanent quarters. Tenants accustomed to regular cleaning services suddenly had to disinfect on their own.

When New Yorkers fled the city in the first months of the pandemic, cohabiting companies lost their tenants and income. Their model, which includes benefits such as helping residents find roommates and providing fully equipped units, was not appropriate for the virus. Cohabiting buildings usually cost more than traditional tenements, in exchange for shared comfort and a dorm atmosphere that provides instant community – the rules for closing the coronavirus in a deeply questioned environment.

After the initial shock, most cohabiting companies came up with some strategies to lure residents back. Rental discounts were offered, flexible rental periods were promoted, and a smooth and easy move-in process was ensured. And despite social aloofness, companies and residents have found new, epidemic-responsive ways to build relationships within buildings.

According to cohabiting companies, demand is growing again.

In August, 21-year-old Jorge Hurtado-Burgos was looking for an easy transition to an apartment after a summer couch surfing. He chose a four-bedroom shared unit in an East Village apartment.

“It was very downright concise and easy,” he said.

It’s Wednesday – be flexible.


Dear Diary:

I worked as a carpenter in Manhattan. Every morning before work, I stopped at the same deli for a coffee and a bagel. I liked the deli because he could make his own coffee there.

At one point, I stopped working for about three weeks. When I got back to work, I continued my daily routine to stop by the deli.

My first day when I ordered it back, I ordered the bagel item and then started making coffee. To me, he felt the glasses were slightly smaller than they were. When I went to pay, I told the woman at the counter.

“Maybe your hand has gotten bigger,” he said.

– John Ioveno


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