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Grinched!: No Tree at Lincoln Center This Christmas (Annual Tradition Comes to End)
NBC New York ^ | 9/3/09

Posted on 09/03/2009 6:50:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway

The economy is putting a squeeze on the nation's biggest arts complex. The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is canceling its holiday tree lighting ceremony in December.

The decorated tree erected in the center's main plaza has become an annual tradition, with a live televised ceremony drawing both New Yorkers and tourists.

Lincoln Center blames the cancellation on what it calls "the challenging economic climate" -- and also construction at the entrance to the plaza.

“[Construction] will be completed by next year, but it is in no shape to hold the group that the tree attracts," Kate Merlino, a spokeswoman for Lincoln Center, told the New York Times. She said the tree would be back in 2010. The Manhattan arts complex spends millions of dollars on single opera productions, in addition to symphony concerts, theater and dance.


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KEYWORDS: arts; christmas; culturewar; grinchstolechristmas; lincolncenter; manhattan

1 posted on 09/03/2009 6:50:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

The arts center doesn’t WANT to be as heavily attended this year?


2 posted on 09/03/2009 6:51:21 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Proud Sarah-Bot.)
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To: nickcarraway

Wouldn’t be green, doncha know?


3 posted on 09/03/2009 6:53:32 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: nickcarraway

Nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that it is a (frown) north european (scowl) even Lutheran Christian thingy.


4 posted on 09/03/2009 6:54:09 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Maybe Lincoln Center could be arm-twisted to do something a bit smaller scale, say, for kwanza.... or something for mohammad, pbuh. Perhaps -12bama could say something low key, something that puts the icing on after his oratory to school kids everywhere. No reason to do something “overblown” for Christmas.


5 posted on 09/03/2009 6:55:15 PM PDT by C210N (A patriot for a Conservative Renaissance!)
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To: nickcarraway

Hmmmm - Still plenty of monies for the “piss christ” art


6 posted on 09/03/2009 6:56:08 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

You’d think they would try to bring some cheer to the folk during these hard times...YOU KNOW for the chillllldren! Anti-christmas SOBs!!


7 posted on 09/03/2009 6:57:30 PM PDT by RoseofTexas (Give me liberty OR death!!!)
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To: nickcarraway

All those Christian haters will be unhappy when people stop buying Christmas presents.


8 posted on 09/03/2009 6:58:07 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: nickcarraway

Ramadan iftar instead.


9 posted on 09/03/2009 6:59:05 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: nickcarraway
Lincoln Center blames the cancellation on what it calls "the challenging economic climate"...

So they're saying Christmas is canceled because of the Obama economy?

10 posted on 09/03/2009 6:59:55 PM PDT by highlander_UW (To anger a conservative tell him a lie. To anger a liberal tell him the truth.)
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To: nickcarraway

Wondering if The Won will decide to show his cost cutting prowess by trying to decorate the organic garden instead of killing a tree.


11 posted on 09/03/2009 7:00:49 PM PDT by norton
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To: highlander_UW

Their site rebuilding is taking two years instead of one.

So why not put up a tree OUTSIDE the center?


12 posted on 09/03/2009 7:01:40 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Proud Sarah-Bot.)
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To: highlander_UW

These stupid red sons of bitches stand to be knee deep in Christmas trees unless they change their tune.


13 posted on 09/03/2009 7:02:49 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: highlander_UW
So they're saying Christmas is canceled because of the Obama economy? I like your thinking!
14 posted on 09/03/2009 7:03:49 PM PDT by elizabethgrace (WORLD CHAMPIONS - Park View Little League - Chula Vista, CA !!!!!!)
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To: nickcarraway

This better not be real! With all those Billions to spend, he can sure put up a Christmas tree, well of course unless it’s against his religion......eh?


15 posted on 09/03/2009 7:31:15 PM PDT by Freddd (Government run health care=paying more and being denied what we already have.)
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To: nickcarraway
No biggie. Everyone goes to see the one in Rockerfeller Center, anyway.

The one in Lincoln Center is for the Upper West Side snobs who couldn't actually go to midtown, unless it's to visit Saks (which is across the street).

16 posted on 09/03/2009 7:31:26 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Obi-Wan Palin: Strike her down and she shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.)
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To: nickcarraway

I’m calling the lincoln center tomorrow I suggest everyone else do as well!


17 posted on 09/03/2009 7:32:32 PM PDT by Freddd (Government run health care=paying more and being denied what we already have.)
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To: nickcarraway
Just preparing you for when there will be no Christmas tree at the White House this year.


18 posted on 09/03/2009 7:34:51 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - Ps 122:6)
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To: nickcarraway

Are they replacing it with a minarette?


19 posted on 09/03/2009 7:39:49 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: nickcarraway
with a live televised ceremony drawing both New Yorkers and tourists. Lincoln Center blames the cancellation on what it calls "the challenging economic climate"

BullStalin.

If they are hurting financially, they will lose out on revenue by this decision. It's cultural.

20 posted on 09/03/2009 9:14:32 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Kennedycare?Recall that "Animal Farm" begins with a Socialist Revolution to honor Big Major's legacy)
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To: 2banana
Hmmmm - Still plenty of monies for the “piss christ” art

The NEA held a phone conference to create more "OBAMA HOPE PRAISE" posters on your dollar.

21 posted on 09/03/2009 9:16:18 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Kennedycare?Recall that "Animal Farm" begins with a Socialist Revolution to honor Big Major's legacy)
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To: Eccl 10:2

Obama didn’t give Christmas gifts to his kids. Instead he selected a gift “for the whole family”.

The Clintons decorated their White House Christmas tree with condoms and needles.

Eyes will be on the White House this Christmas. Especially in light of Obama’s pro-terrorism Ramadan dinner guests.


22 posted on 09/03/2009 9:18:00 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Kennedycare?Recall that "Animal Farm" begins with a Socialist Revolution to honor Big Major's legacy)
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To: nkycincinnatikid

Some good person could donate a tree.


23 posted on 09/03/2009 9:20:28 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

Thousands no doubt would if they just had had a few million in liability insurance.


24 posted on 09/04/2009 6:15:08 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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