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Grand Army Plaza Christmas Tree Returns

A neighborhood group raised over $3,000 to purchase the tree.

Grand Army Plaza has a Christmas tree again this year, after neighbors raised $3,100 to buy their own tree, according to the New York Daily News.

Prospect Park officials couldn’t find money in the tight budget last year to afford the tree, and residents felt like something was missing.

“It was a noticeable absence last year,” Rob Witherwax, of the Grand Army Plaza Coalition, told the Daily News.

Over a period of three months, about two dozen residents from Park Slope, Prospect Heights, and Brooklyn Heights pitched in $25 to $500, Witherwax told the paper, enabling the group to purchase the Vermont-grown Balsam Fir.

Witherwax told the paper they were “happy to rescue a tradition.”

Prospect Park Alliance spokesman Paul Nelson said that his group was “appreciative of their support,” according to the Daily News.

The 2012 tree will be lit next week.

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