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10 Tips For Watching The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Live

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1. The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting is Wednesday, December 3rd. Show starts at 7pm ET and runs for two hours. The tree is lit a few minutes before 9pm ET.

2. Get there early. The best time is 3-4pm. This is when they start closing down the streets and filling in the barricades. If you are planning on arriving later than that you will NOT have a good view of the tree.

3. Plan on positioning yourself in these locations: On either side of the rink on 50th or 49th street or directly in front of Saks Fifth Avenue facing 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

4. There are no public restrooms anywhere near the tree so if you are planning on standing for hours waiting for the lighting make sure to go to before arriving.

5. DRESS WARM! Most of the time the night of the tree lighting is usually around 20-30 degrees and slightly windy. If you are standing out there for hours come prepared to stand in place because you can’t move once you are in position.

6. If you are coming just to see the musical performances you might as well stay home. All the performances take place on the ice and are not clearly visibly to anyone from the street.

7. All the artists announced DO NOT perform live. A few of them are pre-taped prior to the tree lighting. I have yet to see any announcements of who is performing. Some of the artists performing: Idina Menzel, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Cyndi Lauper, Seth MacFarlane featuring Sara Bareilles, Pentatonix, LeAnn Rimes, and Trisha Yearwood.

8. The best part about seeing the tree being lit is the additional lighting that is placed on the surrounding buildings and decorations on the ice. Makes for a better tree photo. Make sure to get that photo as soon as the tree is lit because the lighting on the surrounding buildings and all the decorations are quickly turned off and taken down within the hour after the tree is lit.

I took this seconds after the tree was lit in 2012.
The 2012 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

9. Tripods are not allowed anywhere in or around Rockefeller Center so don’t waste your time bringing them because security will stop you immediately.

10. If you are going just to take a picture of the tree lit, pick another day to photograph it.

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20 Places to Photograph New York City

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Unlike some other photographers i don’t mind sharing the locations i find for my photos. Growing up in New York makes it the number one thing I enjoy photographing the most. I compiled a list of my 20 favorite shooting locations for shooting the beautiful New York City skyline.

Looking for more spots to photograph? Be sure to check out NYC Instagram Spots by my friend Andy Feliciotti

Here is the map of all 20 places.

1. North Cove Marina: World Financial Center
Battery Park city, New York City

2. One World Trade and the Statue of Liberty
September 11th Tribute in Light from Bayonne, New Jersey

3. Lower Manhattan with One World Trade from Liberty State Park, New Jersey

Blue Angels Flyby One World Trade


4. Free ride on the Staten Island Ferry is one of the greatest views of lower Manhattan.
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5. Lower Manhattan with Pylons from Brooklyn Bridge Park
The September 11th Memorial Tribute In Light 2014 New York City

6. Lower Manhattan skyline with Brooklyn Bridge
New York City skyline June 13, 2013

7. Empire Fulton Ferry/Brooklyn Bridge Park

New York City Sunset 2014

8. Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walkway

New York City Sunset Panoramic 2014

9. Manhattan Bridge Pedestrian Walkway

View from the Manhattan Bridge September 11th

10. Trump Soho Hotel

Lower Manhattan and One World Trade at Night

11. Top of the Empire State Building

View of lower Manhattan from the Empire State Building.

12. Top of the Rock / Rockefeller Center

New York City Sunset September 14, 2014

13. Gantry Plaza State Park

14. Hamilton State Park

US Airways Flight 1549 emergency crews at weehawken 3

15. New York Waterway, Weehawken Ferry Parking Lot

The New York City skyline just before sunrise December 17, 2011

16. Central Park / Bow Bridge

Sunset in Central Park, New York City

17. Fort Lee Historic Park scenic view

George Washington Bridge Illuminated

18. George Washington Bridge Pedestrian Walkway

Sunrise at the George Washington Bridge

19. Ross Dock Picnic Area

George Washington Bridge Illuminated

20. Hudson River Waterfront Walkway

New York City Skyline Sunrise

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2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner Twitter Custom Timeline

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A collection of Tweets curated in real-time during the 2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

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