The annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree installation, documented while on assignment for Professor Nina Berman's Photo II course at Columbia Journalism School, November 2016.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree arrives on November 12th, 2016, at 7A.M. The tree is 94 ft tall and 56 ft wide, weighing at around 14 tons. As soon as the tree arrives onto Rockefeller Plaza, workers climb in to cut off the ropes.
Up to twenty workers climb deep inside the tree to cut off the wires and ropes holding the tree down to the delivery vehicle.
Spectators gather in front of Rockefeller Center entrance to view the tree up close. Security guards are on extra duty to ensure no one is injured by flyaway tree parts.
A child is seen holding pieces of the Christas tree, which the Eichler family and surrounding guards have handed out as souvenirs.
The tree is suspended mid-air while the truck is driven out of Rockefeller Plaza.
Workers prepare to lift the tree vertically.
The tree at its new home for the holidays, fully erect.