The tale of Brooklyn’s tallest Christmas tree
December 16, 2015
Just a few months ago, one of the most beautiful trees in the mountains of North Carolina was in danger. Set along the rolling hills near the Tennessee border, the strapping 54-foot Norway spruce was perilously positioned on the edge of a golf course, but all those who admired its totemic beauty were at risk of its inevitable fall.
The spruce had to be taken down.
But a tree this majestic deserves a second life! That’s just what Chelsea Garden Center was able to give it.
And what a rebirth it received.
Now East to Brooklyn!
The 7,500 pound tree set off on a wintery eastward ride and was delivered to Downtown Brooklyn, lifted by crane, and proudly positioned in front of 2 MetroTech as the second tallest Christmas tree in all of New York City, second only to Rockefeller Center.
Donned with 10,000 lights and dozens of 3D LED stars, our newest neighbor stood stoically over the thousands of people who work in MetroTech Center until the annual lighting ceremony on November 30.
Brooklyn’s finest came out to celebrate: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro, and Nets players Thaddeus Young and Chris McCollough spoke, the Grammy award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus sang, the Big Apple Circus performed, and Dancewave dancers danced around the tree while onlookers enjoyed treats from nearby Starbucks and La Défense. And, of course, it was Santa accompanied by his (real, live) reindeer who ceremoniously lit the tree. Imagine the fun and festivities our Norwegian spruce would have missed had it never become a Brooklynite!
Creating a Winter Wonderland
Each year, Chelsea Garden Center sources evergreens from as nearby as Putnam County, and as far away as the Pacific Northwest. Forest City Ratner (MetroTech’s developer) first asked the center to procure a “very big tree,” back in 1991. They didn’t disappoint. “We’ve been doing it ever since,” explains David Protell, the President of Chelsea Garden Center.
Although there is no snow on the ground (yet!), the center has created a winter wonderland, with lights on MetroTech’s 110 lampposts. They also planted winter flora in 12 seasonal beds along the Myrtle Promenade, including blue spruce mulch from Oregon, conifers from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and 7,500 Darwin tulip bulbs, which will bring bursting bright colors of orange, pink, red, blue, and violet when they sprout in the spring.
Adding to the cycle of NYC life
The MetroTech Christmas spruce will stay in place until January, so make sure to stop by and get a picture with it! Then, as is the arboreal cycle of life, the spruce will be sent out, in the form of mulch, to several community organizations to use for various gardening projects to bring spring flowers to life throughout the city.
Several months will pass, and then Chelsea Garden Center will begin anew the search for the 2016 MetroTech Christmas tree. Where that one will come from, no one can say.