It was worth staying at work until 9 p.m. on a Wednesday for this view!
Wednesday night was the annual tree lighting ceremony. I walked outside in afternoon to check out the setup. Quite a production -- cops and security guards were everywhere, and they moved all the tables and chairs away from the windows near the skating rink underground.
Here's a shot from the Plaza yesterday afternoon. The building on the right is 50 Rock, where I work. There is a balcony on the fifth floor, and we used it to watch the ceremony, which was broadcast locally from 7 to 9 p.m. (I am 90% sure I passed by Saturday Night Live Producer Lorne Michaels while I was walking around.)
The view of the crowd from a window in the conference room...
Finally, at 8:55, they lit the tree. Ta-DA!!!