To be topped with a 4-foot translucent star, a 25-foot Christmas tree has found its home in Huntington village.
“It looks like Manhattan!” said Mary Smith, owner of the gutted 10 Wall St. property that houses the tree. The space was once The Black Lantern Sushi Den & Ultra Lounge.
The star that will top the tree was made by Main Street Nursery at Smith’s request and, Smith said, will represent “all the people we have loved and lost.”
Smith lost her husband four years ago and will be spending the holiday in town this year for the first time since, she said.
“When you lose somebody, it’s too hard to keep your traditions up,” she said. “So this means everything.”
The tree, donated by VanBladel Idle Acres Tree Farm and standing in a 3,000-pound stand made by HT Steel, is really about community, Smith said.
“It’s all about sense of community, and friends and family,” she said.
Behind locked black wooden doors, which shield the open space from the public, the tree stands undecorated. Decorations come today. The star will be a glittering red and the lights will be all white, Smith said.
Having noticed the vacant spot, the town approached Smith to ask if she would mind having the tree there.
“I thought it was such an honor,” Smith said. “I said, ‘Absolutely, I would love to.’ This way they can keep it up for a month, people [can enjoy it for the whole month.]”
The tree stands in wait for the Nov. 29 Holiday Parade, which will consist of the tree lighting and a festival on Wall Street – an event that will feature an electric light parade, horse and buggy rides, hot chocolate and live entertainment.
And check out our gallery below to see pictures of the tree as it was being set up!