New Yorkers' Best Reactions To This Year's 'Slimmer' Rockefeller Center Tree


Rockefeller, a northern saw-whet owl, is pictured after being found and rescued in a Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, in NY.

The 75-foot-tall, 11-ton Norway Spruce was chosen to take center stage at Rockefeller Center this year.

The owl, they're calling Rockefeller, is being cared for at the center.

"Saw-whet owls find a new mate every year and are resilient in finding safe places".

The Rockefeller Christmas tree: what was supposed to be a symbol of hope for NY still needs a few more touches.

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While the Rockefeller tree is usually full of life & branches, this year, it's the exact opposite.

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It will likely remain on display in Rockefeller Center until early next year, at which point the tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity, which will recycle it for use as lumber. And it's also been a ray of sunshine in an otherwise cloudy debut for the iconic Rockefeller Christmas tree, to which transportation had not been kind. "The wife of the person that found the owl was calling around to try and get help for this little guy".

The tree looks forlorn... like Charlie Brown... lopsided, bare in patches, sad and droopy. "Wow, you all must look great right after a two-day drive, huh?" the account clapped back in a comment. Over the next few weeks the tree will get added branches and more than 8km of lights.

Anyone who has ever watched an American Christmas movie (who hasn't?) would recognise the incredible, American-sized Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

"I just want to make sure he's well-fed before he goes", Director Ellen Kalish told the Daily Freeman on Thursday. See you on December 2!'

According to a Rockefeller Center spokesperson, the tree is expected to "spruce" up in the next few days, following its rough journey.

The little bird, whom rescuers named Rockefeller, was discovered by a worker on Monday, Nov. 16, the report said.