The world’s largest Hanukkah menorah will be lit every evening for eight nights on Fifth Avenue at 59th Street, starting tonight, Tuesday, December 16th. A slightly smaller one also is being lit nightly in Brooklyn. Both menorahs are at their respective Grand Army Plaza locations, at Central Park and at Prospect Park.
The Manhattan menorah is 32 feet high and weighs 4,000 pounds. A cherry picker hoists the official who lights the oil lamps. It stands at Grand Army Plaza, in between the Plaza Hotel and the Apple Store, at the edge of Central Park. Lighting is 5:30pm, except on Friday, when the lighting is at 3:40pm, before Sabbath begins, and Saturday, at 8:30pm, after Sabbath ends.
The lighting schedule is the same for the menorah at the Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, at the foot of Prospect Park, except for tonight, when the ceremony is at 7:30pm, with free food and music beginning at 7pm.
The Manhattan menorah is sponsored by the Lubavitch Yough Organization.
The Brooklyn menorah is sponsored buy Chabad of Park Slope.
The Manhattan menorah is certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest menorah.