Dec 16, 2014
Tallest Mayor Lit Tallest Menorah
Photos: Itzik Roytman/COLlive

On the first night of Chanukah, the tallest mayor of NYC Bill de Blasio lit the world's tallest Menorah at Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

By COLlive reporter
Photos: Itzik Roytman/COLlive

At 6-foot-5, Bill de Blasio is the tallest New York City mayor of the modern era — and possibly of all time.

And on the first night of Chanukah, the recently-elected Mayor lit the world's tallest Menorah in front of a large crowd at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn.

The giant Menorah, on display at the entrance to Prospect Park, celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, of purity over adulteration, of spirituality over materiality.

Despite the rainy weather, a large crowd was in attendance, enjoying live music, doughnuts and gifts for the children distributed by the Mayor.

Rabbi Shimon Hecht, Director Chabad of Park Slope, which sponsors the World’s Largest Menorah said, "We’re very touched that the Mayor is joining us on the first night. As a local Park Slope resident, his participation will definitely bring unprecedented awareness to the Holiday and its universal message of increasing in light to eliminate any darkness."

The lighting of the "World's Largest Menorah" takes place at Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza every night of Chanukah at 6:00 PM. However, in order to accommodate the Jewish Sabbath, Friday night's lighting will take place at 3:30 PM, and Saturday night at 7:00 PM.

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Join us tonight for our first candle lighting of Chanukah and be a part of our ‪#ýmenorahselfie‬ competition to win 6 free tickets to the NETS game on Jewish Heritage Night, this Sunday.
(12/16/2014 11:25:35 AM)
I trust that he will only light the shammas and not the actual first candle since he can't make the brocha.
(12/16/2014 11:43:46 AM)
Brooklyn has the tallest Menorah in the world as per article ?? ... I thought the one in Manhattan at 5th and 57 or 59 is the tallest
(12/16/2014 9:58:54 PM)
#menorahselfie contest
submit your photo and info to
(12/16/2014 9:59:30 PM)
Re: Yehuda
You can't make a brocha on a gas menorah b/c there are no wicks...
(12/16/2014 10:13:12 PM)
BS"D what was the Mayor handing out
(12/16/2014 10:21:20 PM)
wat r the times? r they doing it again tomorrow?
(12/16/2014 10:22:09 PM)
so nice!
such sweet pics, shame i missed it
(12/16/2014 10:35:43 PM)
Very beautiful
Amazing Hechts of Park Slope! Truly living with the Rebbe's Hadracha.
(12/16/2014 10:42:47 PM)
Go Faigy Chava and efi!!
You guys are awesome
(12/16/2014 11:17:11 PM)
Dear Moshe Kravitzky
I cant belive it I dont know many people in the lubavitch world but somehow I can always spot you.
(12/16/2014 11:29:49 PM)
largest menorah?
isn't it the same height as the menorah in manhattan? also I think chabad in vancouver has the same menorah.
(12/17/2014 1:39:59 AM)
so nice !!!!
(12/17/2014 9:53:50 AM)
Shea, I remember your beard was red once.
Chana simcha and family
(12/17/2014 12:36:16 PM)
So lively!
Who played the music?? He was absolutely great... Really got the crowd hopping! I'd love to hire him sometime in the future... Anyone know?
(12/20/2014 10:05:14 PM)
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