New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and artist Yaacov Agam lit the World’s Largest Chanukah Menorah in Manhattan Friday. The menorah stands at New York’s most fashionable plaza, Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, by Central Park, between the Plaza and the Pierre Hotels.The menorah, certified by the McGinnis Book of Records as the World’s Largest, is sponsored by the Lubavitch Youth Organization.
Its designer, renowned artist Yaacov Agam, said it was inspired by a hand drawing by the Rambam of the original Menorah in the Bais Hamikdosh.
The 32-foot high, gold colored, 4,000 pound steel structure is lighted nightly with genuine oil lamps. Specially designed glass chimneys will protect the Chanukah lights from the Central Park winds.
Due to the height of the menorah, it will be lit nightly with the help of a Con Edison cherry-picker crane as well as two lifts that will lift the lighters.
Mayor Bloomberg addressed the crowd from the menorah heights and spoke about the meaning of Chanukah and what it has meant to him since he was a child.