Diocese of Brooklyn Christmas Tree Arrives in Grand Army Plaza

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By Jessica Easthope

A final festive piece to the Christmas season has landed in Brooklyn. Like its famous cousin in Midtown it’s also a Norway spruce. But even without lights and decorations, standing at 28 feet tall it stands out. This year the tree is honoring unity and will be decorated with multicolored lights reflecting the diversity of the Diocese of Immigrants.

“It’s a great way to represent the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, with more than two dozen multicultural Masses it’s actually the foundation of the Diocese,” said director of programming and production for DeSales Media Group Alexandra Pina.

On Tuesday the tree made its journey from a family-owned farm in Pennsylvania that values DeSales Media Group, NET-TV’s parent company’s mission. It was sold to the Diocese of Brooklyn for a fraction of its original cost.

The spruce was cut, transported and set up by the Torsilieri family, their business does the same for the Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park Christmas trees.

“It’s very important that we align ourselves with mission driven vendors, the people that helped us this Christmas season are family-owned businesses that have operated for more than 30 years, it just brings a stronger message.”

Next Wednesday you can join Currents News as we flip the switch on 16,000 multicolored lights on the tree and celebrate the birth of Jesus in the Diocese of Brooklyn.