7. The Original Yule Log was Filmed in Gracie Mansion
From 1966 to 1970, WPIX shot the original version of the television program The Yule Long in Gracie Mansion during Mayor John Lindsay’s term. The footage was shot on 16 millimeter film in a fire place in the house’s Peach Room. In 1970, WPIX reshot the Yule Log footage on 35 millimeter film after the original became worn down.
However, this time around, to get the full effect of the fire, the crew removed the protective screen in front of the fireplace causing a stray spark to damage the antique rug in the room. Afterwards, the Mayor did not let WPIX come back and reshoot the footage. From then on, the Yule Log was shot in an identical fireplace in California.