New York City little known points of interest

Christmastime is here!

A christmas tree.

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This is a happy, jolly, yummy time of the year. Colored lights, Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs, snowflakes, Salvation Army red donation kettles, decorated store windows, even chestnuts roasting on vendor carts. And only a few days to see it all. Wow.

Everyone knows about the famous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center and it is an impressive site to see but did you know about some of the other beautiful trees on display in New York during the holiday season?

There is a 50 foot high Douglas fir at the South Street Seaport. You can also hear a cappella groups singing carols on Fridays (6-7pm) and weekends (3,4pm). Free. Daily 24 hours. Fulton Street at South Street in Manhattan.

Another little known but magnificent tree can be found at the New York Stock Exchange. I have to admit, I never knew about this tree before working in the area. It boasts 33,000  multicolored LED lights, 250 huge decorative balls and is a 60 foot tall,  Norway spruce topped by a 100 pound star. It’s not a money tree but it is beautiful. Free. Daily 24 hours. Broad Street between Exchange Place and Wall Street, right in front of the Stock Exchange. Lighting Dec 7, 5-5:30pm.

Cannot forget Brooklyn Borough Hall. The lighting ceremony for this 40 foot high tree from Canaan, Vermont will be Dec 7 at 5:30pm and will include a performance by the Brooklyn Ballet doing their hip-hop-influenced Nutcracker. 209 Joralemon St at Court St in Downtown Brooklyn. Free.

If you know of other beautiful trees, please email the information to


December 5, 2010 - Posted by | General | , , , , , , , ,

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