The Hard-Working Italian Origins of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Dec 04, 2015 356

by Jim Dwyer

Dressed in overalls and jackets, wearing work boots and hats, the men lined up five dozen strong on Christmas Eve 1931 for that week's pay at a Midtown Manhattan construction site. Behind them stood a fine Christmas tree.

It had been mounted by the men and draped with the traditional cranberry strings and garlands. They also decorated it with the foil wrappers from blasting caps, a tool of their trade: dynamiting ancient rock to make way for the modern city. The rubbled ground where they stood would become Rockefeller Center. 

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