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Rockefeller Christmas Tree Installation-Live Cam-NBC-NYCThe Rockefeller Center Tree installation today

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Today the Rockefeller Center tree is going up and you can watch it on a live cam. According to NBC, this year’s tree is a 78-foot, 10-ton spruce cut down from the Gardiner property of Albert Asendorf and Nancy Puchalski in Ulster County. It traveled 80 miles from Ulster in an 115-foot trailer before arriving in the city. While the official lighting ceremony won’t happen until December 2nd, you can brush up on the tree’s history below.


Sutton_Clocks-NYC-Untapped_Cities-Jordan_SimonSutton Clocks: Photo Credit: Jordan Simon for Untapped Cities

Stepping across the threshold into Sutton Clocks is akin to walking into a clock maker’s private oasis. Customers who find its small enclosure off-putting will find solace in the array of clocks, both old and new, that line its walls. They’ll probably find Sebastian Laws, the shop’s owner, sitting behind a counter, repairing a vintage clock to its original luster. It’s a testament to his talents as a horologist, a trait he most likely inherited from his father, Knud Christiansen, a Danish immigrant who founded Sutton Clocks as a small pawn shop in the late 1940s.

Prior to his arrival to New York City, Christiansen was a world class athlete, competing in the 1936 Olympics as a member of the Danish rowing team. However, in a little known tale of heroism that bears similarities to Oskar Schindler and Nicholas Winton, he also spearheaded the rescue of more than 7,000 Danish Jews from the Nazis on Rosh Hashanah in 1943.


Cans of food for Canstruction at Brookfield Place NYC Untapped Cities AFineLyneTaking a Bite out of New York City Hunger

For the 23rd Year, New York City’s architecture and engineering design firms pooled their skills and creativity for the food charity event, Canstruction. Using more than 100,000 cans of food, thirty teams set about to create thirty sculptures. The teams spent months planning their works-of-art, and it all came together in one evening, November 4th. The thirty teams are looking to Place in categories that include Best Use of Labels, Best meal, Structural Ingenuity, Most Cans, and the Juror’s Favorite. Winners will be chosen by a team made up of professionals from architecture, design and the culinary fields, with the winners being announced on November 9.


Della Robio Bar-4 Park Avenue-Landmarked Interior-Guastavinio Tile-Vanderbilt Hotel-NYCPhoto by Larry Lederman from Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York

You may remember last year’s exhibit Rescued, Restored, Reimagined: New York’s Interior Landmarks at the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID). Developing out of that exhibit is the new book Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York featuring 47 of the 117 interior landmarks in New York City. On the 50th Anniversary of the city’s landmark law, this beautiful book comes at a timely moment as new pressures on the law have come to the forefront just this year – ranging from the “decalendaring” of landmarks (successfully stopped) to Intro 775 that aims to put time limits on how long a proposed landmark can sit on the potentials list.


South Street Seaport Vintage Photo-Brooklyn Bridge-NYC

This article is written by William Roka, a historian with the South Street Seaport Museum.

As the recovery from Hurricane Sandy continues apace in the South Street Seaport district of New York City, the South Street Seaport Museum continues to teach the unique role that the district played in the development of New York as a great port city through the 19th century. The Museum currently offers two walking tours of the area: the Hidden History of the Fourth Ward, and the Hidden History of the Brooklyn Bridge. Both tours focus on the critical years after the Civil War.