Last night's Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony brought a 78-foot-tall dead tree, 45,000 LED lights, Carly Rae Jepsen, the rain, the NYPD, and tens of thousands of humans together. We've come a long way, baby. As you can see in this first photo, even the fringe yacht-hating community was well-represented.
Photographer Scott Lynch was on hand and reported back that there was a massive NYPD presence this year, with rigorous bag checks of everyone, including VIPs. While it was raining, no one was allowed to bring anything into the holding areas, so umbrellas had to be abandoned. Lynch notes, "there were literally hundreds of umbrellas left behind, as they weren't allowed within a block of the tree. DSNY tossed everything."
Recently, NYPD Commissioner Bratton discussed security throughout the holiday season: "We have the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, then we have the millions of tourists and shoppers right through New Year’s Eve. So these five weeks are a really busy time for the city and for the New York City police department.”
Anyway, here's Michael Bublé. That voice!