For all those who can’t visit New York City at our most festive time of the year, take a look at this. It’s the ten-story Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center. What a beauty!
I’ll let you in on a little secret: the tree is both our city’s pride and joy – and every Fifth Avenue commuter and pedestrian’s idea of a nightmare. The tree brings in 500,000 extra visitors a day. We love our visitors and welcome everyone from all over the world! The only little problem with this is that our city streets were not constructed with 500,000 extra people in mind. Long ago, when I worked in a pretty building on Madison Avenue, it used to be all but impossible during the weeks the tree was up, during lunch hour, to get one block over to the book store that used to be on Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street and that I loved; the streets were packed like subway cars full of standees at rush hour. Five hundred thousand extra people on the surrounding streets can do that.
Those of us who live here may grumble a bit about all this. Some of us may even grumble a lot, especially on those nights when it takes the Fifth Avenue buses an extra twenty minutes just to ride past the tree. The tree is still beloved all over town. If you can visit us this season, please do! We adore having tourists here from all over the country and all over the world and we would love to have you “come on along and listen to the lullaby of Broadway,” too!