Showing posts with label Tompkins Square Park holiday tree. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tompkins Square Park holiday tree. Show all posts

Friday, December 9, 2022

One shining moment (hopefully)

Photos by Steven

We've noted that the lights need to be fixed on the holiday tree in Tompkins Square Park. 

But! 

Full illumination is on the way ahead of Sunday's lighting ceremony. Parks employees were on hand this morning working on the lights...
And as a reminder, the holiday tree lighting is this Sunday (Dec. 11) from 4-5 p.m. The 31st edition features familiar names: the Carolers of Olde New York from Theater for the New City and music from the Mandel & Lydon Trio ... with refreshments via Veselka and C&B.
As you may recall, the Parks Department forgot to wire the tree last year.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Sunday's parting shot

The annual Tompkins Square Park holiday tree lighting is NEXT Sunday, Dec. 11, from 4-5 p.m. (Details here.) 

This is a photo of how the tree looks tonight (Dec. 4)... hopefully the Parks Department will have the wiring/lighting figured out by then...

Monday, November 14, 2022

The tree lighting ceremony in Tompkins Square Park takes place on Dec. 11

In case you are calendaring your upcoming holiday events... the holiday tree lighting is on tap for Tompkins Square Park on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 4-5 p.m. 

The 31st edition features familiar names: the Carolers of Olde New York from Theater for the New City and music from the Mandel & Lydon Trio ... with refreshments via Veselka and C&B. 

You can revisit photos from last year's event right here.

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Thursday, December 16, 2021

The holiday tree in Tompkins Square Park is now completely dark

Workers were seen yesterday in Tompkins Square Park working on the Tompkins Square Park holiday tree. (Top photo by Steven!

As noted on Sunday, the Parks Department allegedly forgot to wire the tree before the tree lighting ceremony... and so organizers had to scramble to hire an electrician at the last minute. That work helped light two-thirds of the tree.

Now, the tree is completely dark... Merry Christmas from NYC!

Monday, December 13, 2021

At the annual Tompkins Square Park tree lighting

The annual (no. 30!) holiday tree lighting took place late yesterday afternoon in Tompkins Square Park. 

Albert Fabozzi, the founder of the lighting ceremony, was on hand for the ceremonies...
Entertainment included the Carolers of Olde New York from Theater for the New City and music from the Mandel & Lydon Trio ... (with refreshments via Veselka and C&B)...
There was a nice turnout. EVG contributor Stacie Joy shared these photos of some of the attendees...
And as noted last nightthe Parks Department apparently forgot to wire the tree... and so organizers had to scramble to hire an electrician at the last minute. In the rush, the bottom portion of the tree was not lit, so to speak... but a good time was had by all [of the people we talked with]...

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Do they know it's Christmas time at all?

The Tompkins Square Park holiday tree lighting took place late this afternoon... and, as we're told, the Parks Department forgot to wire the tree... and so organizers had to scramble to hire an electrician at the last minute. 

Unfortunately, the tree was already lit up at the start of the ceremonies at 4 ... and they missed the bottom portion of the tree. Perfect! 

Regardless, there was a nice-sized crowd there and we all enjoyed being together after a year off from the ceremony... look for more crowd shots tomorrow...

Reminders: The Tompkins Square Park tree lighting is TODAY

ICYMI: The tree lighting takes place today (Sunday!) in Tompkins Square Park from 4-5 p.m. Entertainment in that hour includes the Carolers of Olde New York from Theater for the New City and music from the Mandel & Lydon Trio ... with refreshments via Veselka and C&B.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The in-person tree lighting ceremony returns to Tompkins Square Park; save the date for Dec. 12

Photo from 2019 by Stacie Joy

After a year off due to the pandemic, an in-person tree lighting is on tap for Tompkins Square Park on Sunday, Dec. 12 from 4-5 p.m. ...
As usual, you can expect the Carolers of Olde New York from Theater for the New City... music from the Mandel & Lydon Trio ...refreshments via Veselka and C&B ... and 457 EVG posts on the topic. 

The Parks Department turned on the lights to the tree in an undramatic fashion (not even a "joy to the world") last Dec. 9 in what would have been the 29th annual lighting ceremony. 

Albert Fabozzi started the event in 1992. He planted the tree in memory of Park advocate Glenn Barnett, "and each of our neighbors whom we have lost to AIDS."

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

The Tompkins Square Park Holiday tree is now lit (so to speak)

As we reported back on Friday, this year's annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony — featuring a choir and music — in Tompkins Square Park has been cancelled over COVID-19 concerns. 

However, the Parks Department still planned on putting the lights on the tree for the season (and I thought they were on year-round) ... 

Anyway, yesterday, workers started installing the lights and adding the electrical wiring ... Steven shared these top two photos...
... and Goggla passed this along later in the day...
And by last night, the lights were shining brightly...
We were originally told the lights would go on Thursday... but we'll take them a little early. Maybe they can stay on through the spring. (C'mon — we've done March before.)
As Stacie Joy reported on Friday...
Albert Fabozzi first planted the much-loved Christmas tree in Tompkins Square Park in 1992 to honor and memorialize his partner, Glenn Barnett, as well as others who died of AIDS. The tree was 8 feet tall when he planted it. Today, the tree is well over 50 feet.

This year would have marked the 29th annual tree lighting celebration. 

Previously on EV Grieve: 

Friday, December 4, 2020

The annual Holiday Tree Lighting in Tompkins Square Park is canceled due to COVID-19

Text and photos by Stacie Joy

Albert Fabozzi first planted the much-loved Christmas tree in Tompkins Square Park in 1992 to honor and memorialize his partner, Glenn Barnett, as well as others who died of AIDS. 

The tree was 8 feet tall when he planted it. Today, the tree is well over 50 feet.
This year would have been the 29th anniversary of the lighting ceremony and holiday event, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event has been canceled. 

Albert says, “we will not be meeting as a group, but I have an arrangement with the Parks Department and the tree will be lighted as per usual. We will respect the tradition.” 

The highly anticipated gathering had grown larger every year, and in 2020, due to the pandemic, the Parks Department had required signing off on a three-page stipulation package for the event, which included mandatory physical distancing, masks, plus an on-site security and medical team, and Albert felt it wouldn’t be possible.  


People will still be able to enjoy the “delightfully askew” tree, which will be decorated by the Parks Department and illuminated on Thursday, Dec. 10, at dusk. 

“Due to COVID-19 restrictions and to be respectful of social distancing guidelines, the tree will be lit as per tradition, just with no party,” Albert says. “The neighborhood appreciates and looks forward to seeing the tree and I want to honor that.”

Albert tells me that he’s grateful to the coalition that sponsors the event every year, including Tom Birchard at Veselka, Crystal Field and her Carolers of Olde New York choral group, Third Street Music School Settlement and the Mandel & Lydon Trio, who provide musical accompaniment to the choir. 

He also tells me that this coming year will be his last as leader of the event, that he is looking to turn it over to the coalition, as he’s turned 80 and is ready to just be there to celebrate and participate. 

Additionally, the tree dedication and memorial plaque, which Albert says had been in place for almost 20 years, was stolen earlier this year at the beginning of the quarantine. 


Albert had been cleaning and maintaining the dedication (it had been vandalized from time to time) and now he’s planning on having it replaced, perhaps in bronze. He’s looking forward to next year’s event, and also to passing the baton to the next generation.

You can revisit the previous few years’ coverage here, here, here and here.

Monday, December 9, 2019

At the 28th annual Tompkins Square Park tree lighting



Community members gathered late yesterday afternoon for the 28th annual Tompkins Square Park tree lighting.

The hour-long event included the Carolers of Olde New York from Theater for the New City, music from the Mandel & Lydon Trio and refreshments courtesy of Veselka and C&B Cafe.



EVG contributor Stacie Joy was there for the festivities...


[Albert Fabozzi, founder of the lighting ceremony]






































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