Rockefeller Center in New York City gets giant tree for holidays The 2015 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Cutting at the home of Albert Asendorf and Nancy Puchalski on Nov. 4, 2015 in Gardiner, NY. Here the tree is loaded onto the flatbed truck to be transported to New York City. (Gabe Palacio/AP Images for Tishman Speyer)
Rockefeller Center in New York City gets giant tree for holidays
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A 78-foot Norway spruce from New York's Hudson Valley has been installed at Rockefeller Center for the Christmas season.
 
The 10-ton tree was hoisted into place Nov. 6. It will be illuminated on Dec. 2.
 
The tree was cut down from the property of Albert Asendorf and Nancy Puchalski in Gardiner, New York. It was put on a trailer. Then it was taken on an 80-mile trip to midtown Manhattan.
 
The annual tree-lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center attracts tens of thousands of spectators. It is watched by millions more on television.
 
After the holidays, the tree will be milled into lumber for Habitat for Humanity.

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Why might the tree need to go up so early?
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  • oliviam-6-bar
    11/12/2015 - 12:04 a.m.

    The tree might need to go so up early because it is very big. The article says that "The 10-ton tree was hoisted into place Nov. 6" This means that the tree is very heavy and needs a lot of time to be put into place. Also, "It will be illuminated on Dec. 2." This means that the 1 ton tree needs to be illuminated from head to toe. This could also take a lot of time to do. So, getting it up in the air and lighted may take forever, meaning that the project must be started very early.

  • amayagranadosl-rob
    11/12/2015 - 09:46 a.m.

    the tree is really big.So,they put it up because they still have to put decorations on it. The tree is really big and it was cut down from new York and taken to Manhattan and it would be done by Dec.2.

  • adamsa-rob
    11/12/2015 - 09:47 a.m.

    I think it needs to go up so early because if it snows it will be harder to put it up.At Christmas their will be alot of people shopping for presents so the rode will be packed.

  • avilaarevaloj-rob
    11/12/2015 - 09:49 a.m.

    The tree needs to be put up so early because its so big and it will take a long time to take all the Christmas stuff off of the tree that's why they need to put the Christmas tree up so early.

  • christopherp-2-bar
    11/12/2015 - 12:08 p.m.

    78-foot spruce tree from Norway weighing over 10 tuns witch is 20,000 lbs. now that is a sight i would see. witch probably means it will be vary crowded with tens of thousands of people spectating witch might make it difficult to put it up plus the short amount of time they are given might make it harder. but the pay out of there hard work is worth it because every smile brings joy to your hart.

  • rileyd1-rob
    11/12/2015 - 01:35 p.m.

    something could go wrong if the people waited too long to put the tree up

  • allyb-ver
    11/12/2015 - 06:20 p.m.

    This article is about the giant tree in Rockefeller Center, in New York. I am amazed that it is a live tree and it ways 10-ton.They might but the tree up early because so they don't have to put it up when it is snowing and freezing cold.

  • mayaw-6-bar
    11/12/2015 - 08:22 p.m.

    The tree might need to go up so early because there are clearly a lot of things to do and get ready before Christmas. In paragraph 4 it says, "The annual tree-lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center attracts tens of thousands of spectators. It is watched by millions more on television." If something is going on television, and is going to be watched by over 20 thousand people live, than you want everything to be perfect, you want everything to be safe, and you want to make sure everyone watching on television has perfect angles. Therefore, the tree would need to go up so early because there are so many things to do and prepare before Christmas. I found this article interesting because people are already getting their Christmas trees.

  • sydneym-3-bar
    11/12/2015 - 08:25 p.m.

    The tree might need to go up so early because they need to prepare the area around the tree and get the lights ready because as it says on paragraph 2, the tree will be illuminated on December 2. I liked this article because I am in awe at his big the tree is.

  • dianner-2-bar
    11/12/2015 - 08:27 p.m.

    The tree might need to go up so early because the closer Christmas gets the busier the streets gets. Or it can be that now it is less expensive. I found the article not that interesting but interesting at the same time because they do that every year but very interesting because it says that its "a 78 foot" and it also says that " it attracts 10 and 1000 of spectators".

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