This Year’s Rockefeller Christmas Tree Has Roots in The Bronx-Sort Of

The world’s most famous Christmas tree lighting event at Rockefeller Center is tonight and although the tree isn’t from The Bronx, one of its donors is.

Shirley Figueroa, who grew up in the Bronx the Mott Haven section of the borough purchased a home last year in upstate New York with her wife Lissette Gutierrez where the tree came from.

Shirley Figueroa and Lissette Gutierrez in front of their donated tree to Rockefeller Center/Image Via Rockefeller Center’s Twitter account

According to The New York Times, this is the first  tree in Rockefeller Center’s history that is donated by a Latina couple (both are Puerto Rican) as well as a same-sex couple.

As always, folks from The Bronx continue to shake things up in the world.

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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.