Bedbugs Playing at Lincoln Center

Creepy crawler found in dressing room

Thursday, Oct 21, 2010  |  Updated 3:59 PM EDT
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Bedbugs Playing at Lincoln Center

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Lincoln Center has some unwelcome patrons: bedbugs.

New York City's pre-eminent performing arts center made the discovery in a dressing room of its David H. Koch Theater. It's the home of the New York City Ballet and the New York City Opera.

The theater is currently dark. The opera's fall season opens Oct. 27. The ballet company last occupied the building on Sunday.

Spokeswoman Maggie McKeon confirmed the outbreak. It was first reported online on Wednesday by the New York Observer. It cited an Oct. 8 e-mail from the theater's managing director Mark Heiser. He said treatment to rid the theater of the tiny pests was under way.

Officials conducted a check of non-public areas of the opera house and bedbugs were discovered in some "isolated locations" but not in any public areas, according to a spokeswoman.

Those areas identified will be treated this afternoon, the Met said.

The insidious bloodsucking bugs have been discovered in theaters, clothing stores, office buildings, housing projects and posh apartments throughout the city.

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