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wow! finally, new york’s iconic tree has done it. it’s been a 150 year journey for manhattan’s world famous palm tree to grow as tall as the empire state building. from seed to skyscraper, this tree has been through a lot. we look back at it’s humble roots:the founding fathers (summer 1865)in 1865, a group of immigrant construction workers planted a “royal palm tree"sapling in the heart of manhattan as a joke. little did they know, their baby tree would grow up to become the symbol of new york resiliency. growing almost 750 feet in under a century, the tree quickly became the most popular attraction for tourists in new york city. people from all around the world came to visit and marvel over what had become a staple of the big apple’s skyline. the palm tree fixed stoically in the wake of the 9/11 attacks the somber morning after 9/11, america needed hope. people needed a symbol to show them “we will be ok” and that “this will not be our end.” the palm tree, still standing high and strong in the heart of the city, was that symbol. “freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward and freedom will be defended…like our great palm tree: we will not......

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