Lights out in the city that never sleeps

December 9, 2010

In a city where the bars never close, you can catch a movie at four AM, and tourists flock from around the world, I’m wondering why the tree at Rockefeller Center keeps such short hours.

One of our most iconic attractions goes dark every night at 11:30 pm.

The hours are not in keeping with the City’s brand. Everybody knows that New York is the city that never sleeps. So why limit the viewing hours? Don’t the people who operate Rock Center know that New Yorkers (and tourists alike) are awake 24 hours a day? Don’t they know that some of our best ideas happen in the middle of the night?

The tree is magical and speaks to the holiday spirit. It is a beacon for those traveling far and wide. It should be on and open at all hours. But, alas: it’s literally lights out at 11:30. And while the early close is certainly more “green” and eco friendly, it just doesn’t fit the NYC brand.

The 74-foot Norway spruce is adorned with 30,000 energy efficient LED lights and will be on view until January 7, 2011. Just make sure you get there before 11:30.

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