ONEONTA, N.Y. --- For the second time in 5 years, Rockefeller Center has likely chosen its famed Christmas Tree in Oneonta. The tree's location is being kept secret, to protect the tree. The tree stands about 100 feet tall and is under 24-hour surveillance until crews come to take it down.
NEWSChannel 2 did try to speak to the owner but said he's sworn to secrecy. Neighbors said it's been a busy few days as crews prepared the tree for its road trip to Manhattan.
"Everything has kind of been a big secret. I don't know when it's finally going to come down but they've been doing a lot of hard work to prepare for this," said Lance Thomas.
The tree's alleged owner is known in the Oneonta community as "Daddy Al Dick." He owns a local shop called "Daddy Al's".
Mayor Gary Herzig said he's been getting calls regarding the tree, but said he's heard nothing. News about the tree quickly spread across social media. Fans stopped by the property to take pictures, excited that once again a local tree has been chosen.
Neighbors expect the tree to be taken down soon. NEWSChannel 2 does have calls into Rockefeller Center and NBC for more details.
The tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for December 4th.