The Christmas tree lighting in Rockefeller Center is this Wednesday so we found these five quirky facts about the most famous Christmas tree in the world.
After the holidays, the Christmas tree lives on. For example, in 1971 they used the 30 bags of mulch on nature trails across the city. In 2005, Habitat for Humanity used the heartwood to make doorframes for houses for the needy; and last year, about 15 percent of the tree went into making paper for a book called The Carpenter’s Gift. In 2007, the tree was used to build houses in New Orleans for those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Greenest tree around. Since 2007, the tree has been lit completely by solar-powered LED lights–over 30,000 of them! (more…)
On December 2nd 1657, The Nieuw Amsterdam City Council ruled that Tavernkeepers could not sell liquor in exchange for household goods. Believe it or not, the Dutch wives of the era (back in the day of gender norms, eh?) were coming to their local politicians complaining that their possessions were dwindling with the presence of an alcoholic family member.
If you haven’t seen the interactive spectacle Fuerza Bruta in action yet, it can be hard to describe. It’s sort of like dreaming while you’re awake. The show is closing permanently on January 5th, so we took our awesome photographer Ben Helmer in tow so we could attempt to capture the show’s penchant for water dancing, trapeze art and frequent use of confetti. Fuerza Bruta has been playing in the Daryl Roth Theater since 2007, an noble piece of architecture that served as the Union Square Savings Bank until 1996.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has been cataloging some of the oldest graffiti in American history. Sometimes eerie, these scrawlings and carvings in old buildings are the predecessors of today’s graffiti artists. Instead of tagging with aerosol cans, they used anything they could find–even their own blood–to spread their message.