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The Rockefeller Tree Lighting

The Rockefeller Christmas tree is an American tradition and a must see for Christmas decoration thrill-seekers and the tree lighting has become an internationally recognized event singling the beginning of season in which we celebrate light, love, and giving.

As has been the tradition since 1931, enthusiasts submit entries from which the Rockefeller Christmas tree is chosen. The winner is usually an older Norway Spruce that’s at least 75 feet tall and 45 feet in diameter. Some 34 trees have come from New York state.

Angie and Graig Eichler of Oneonta, New York, donated this year’s tree. The tree is a Norway Spruce which weighs about 14 tons, is 94 feet tall and came right from the Elchler’s back yard. This impressive specimen will be the 84th Rockefeller Christmas Tree. Each of these massive trees has required a construction crew and cranes to erect and must be decorated via cherry picker.

Though this year things went a little differently, The Elchler’s didn’t apply to donate it. Instead, Erik Pauze, Rockefeller Center’s head gardener, knocked on their front door last spring while traveling upstate looking for the perfect 2016 tree.

While the lighting ceremony happened on Wednesday, November 30th the Rockefeller Christmas Tree will be on display through January, 7th 2017. For the 10th year in a row the retired tree will be turned into lumber and donated to Habitat for Humanity.

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One World Trade Center’s One World Observatory Public Opening May 29th, 2015

The beautiful new One World Trade Center in New York City, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, which stands 1,776 feet tall (including the 408 foot spire) is home to what some believe will become New York’s most popular new tourist attraction – the One World Observatory.

The Observatory occupies levels 100-102 of the One World Trade Center. Visitors of the Observatory will be treated to a a truly astonishing panoramic view of nearly all of New York City from 1,250 feet above ground!

Although the view from this spectacular vantage point is the main attraction, the developers have not skimped on the extras. The experience will begin with a ride on of the five Sky Pod elevators that reach the 102nd floor in less than 60 seconds. During the Sky Pod ride visitors will witness a virtual floor-to-ceiling recreation of the development of New York City, 1600 to Present, in time-lapse.

The Observatory itself includes an interactive skyline tour guide named City Pulse. City Pulse is, physically, a ring of HD video monitors that interact with guests through gesture recognition technology. This will allow guests to bring educational imagery to the screens to find out more about the landmarks and neighborhoods they are viewing. Then there is the Sky Portal – a 14 foot wide circular screen that delivers real-time footage of the streets below the One World Trade Center.

Jody Victor


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Trailer Park Lounge, New York

Many New York City tourists expect to see famous locations such as the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty, expect a bit of culture perhaps on Broadway or at a museum. Additionally many expect a little bit of the “wacky but wonderful” while visiting the Big Apple. The Trailer Park Lounge in Chelsea provides just that – along with a great greasy spoon menu and “trailer park” atmosphere.

While there are a lot of restaurants with goofy stuff on the walls, the Trailer Park Lounge takes it to another level with bathtubs full of ice and bottled beer among the varied Elvis and Dolly Parton memorabilia. The dive bar kitsch is truly camera-worthy – especially the side of a real trailer mounted to one wall!

The menu includes favorites such as the Trailer Park Lounge’s sloppy joe, Double-Wide burger and Frito and tater tot chili. And if you are still hungry after all that, you can have a Moon Pie for desert.

But how does a place like this get started? Well, legend has it (the legend written on the Lounge’s website) that two business partners, “Tom” and “Andy”, were sitting in a doughnut shop in Southern Florida trying to figure out their next when a larger-than-life Elvis impersonator approached them and gave them a mission – not quite manna from heaven, but close:

“Boys, I want you to go back up to New York and open a restaurant where cheeseburgers cook on the open grill night and day, where homemade chili and thick & melty mac n’ cheese are always available. Where ‘mile-high’ BLT’s and juicy, grilled chicken sandwiches are there for the asking. Where the tastiest, most magnificent margaritas and ‘ice cold’ cans of beer flow like water. A place with the tackiest, most fun atmosphere anywhere around, and don’t forget to have plenty of velvet paintings of me hanging on the walls. Go on fellas, go back up to New York and make me proud!”

Jody Victor

Source: www.trailerparklounge.com/