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Crowds flock to the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center

Many New Yorkers avoid 30 Rockefeller Center this time of year, but as someone who works there, I don't have much of a choice. That said, watching from a dozen stories up is a peaceful and fulfilling substitute.

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