Crowd, bundled against chill, views Rockefeller Center tree

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s beginning to look — and feel — a bit like Christmas in Manhattan.

A couple of hundred adults and kids — many bundled in coats, hats, gloves and scarves — gathered in a 40-degree chill Saturday morning to watch workers putting up the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

The 94-foot Norway spruce was cut down Thursday in upstate Oneonta (oh-nee-AHN’-tuh) and made a 140-mile truck trip.

It originally was in the backyard of Angie and Graig Eichler (EYE’-kluhr). They were among the onlookers as it was being raised with a crane.

Angie Eichler says their family has come almost every year to see the Rockefeller Center tree — but she never dreamed it would be theirs.

The tree’s 50,000 lights will be switched on during a Nov. 30 television broadcast.

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