Sunday, December 14, 2008

Tree Lighting in Tompkins Square Park



There were Christmas carols and music and hot cider and community spirit this afternoon at the annual Tree Lighting ceremony at Tompkins Square Park.







And, uh, a live snippet of "Silent Night"....



Unfortunately, at this point, the NYPD swept in and arrested everyone involved. Apparently the Christmas carols exceeding the 20 decibels at 5 feet rule as mandated by the sound permit required by the city. The tree was chopped down as evidence. I asked a police officer what was happening as he packed his gun especially made for dispensing tear gas. Rather humorlessly he said, "These motherfuckers will pay for being too loud."

Sorry. This isn't true. Or funny. But such a scenario crossed my mind.

6 comments:

Ken Mac said...

oh man, that kills me ! Too funny! LOL...hilarious

Ken Mac said...

and the singing is really homey and touching. Real people on the block.

EV Grieve said...

Hi Ken,

Thanks for the comments!

Yes, homey is a good way of describing it...

esquared said...

Ha.

But I wouldn't have been surprised if your scenario were true, while the SantaCon revelers yesterday and the B&T's puking their brains out were just ignored by the NYPD.

EV Grieve said...

Yeah, I saw some Santas walking around with open beers...and the cops didn't do a thing. Do you get a free pass with a Santa costume?

Anonymous said...

anyone have any space for this? my nostalgia wishes i could take it. would hate to see it go in the dumpster.

http://newyork.craigslist.org/que/zip/957983764.html