The NYCHA Youth Chorus helped to ring in the holiday season by singing some of the old favorites at the annual lighting of the City Hall Holiday Tree in City Hall Park on the evening of Tuesday, November 29th.
Among the distinguished guests at the event was Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, NYCHA Chairman Tino Hernandez and NYCHA’s Department of Community Operations Assistant Deputy General Manager Hugh Spence. Currently 45 youth from public housing between the ages of 12 and 19 perform with the Chorus, led by Director Larry Matthew. Numbers for the evening included "Here We Come A’ Caroling," "Angels We Have Heard On High," and, "InThe Giving We Receive."
This seasonal tradition tree began on December 24, 1913, when Acting Mayor Ardolph Kline invited a young boy to help him light the first Christmas tree at City Hall.
"Whether you observe Chanukah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa, there is no better city in the world in which to celebrate the holidays," said Mayor Bloomberg. "From ice skating in Central Park to enjoying department store window displays while shopping, the City offers countless opportunities to enjoy the holidays."