christmas trees

History, holidays, Madison Square

On December 21, 1912, a 60-foot-tall tree arrived by horse-drawn truck from the Adirondacks to provide Manhattan’s Madison Square Park with the glow of 2,300 colored electric bulbs. The twinklers were donated by the Edison Company, and the tree was the first of its kind: Having a Christmas tree in one’s living room was a familiar custom, but a tree outside in a public park was something new.

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Greenwich Village, holidays

$1,000, as the Post notes, could pay for more than 600 meals for the homeless at the Bowery Mission, or 25 holiday gifts for in-need New Yorkers through the Winter Wishes program. It could also get you an “exotic” white fir Christmas tree off the street in Greenwich Village. Sixteen-year tree saleswoman Heather Neville, who runs a stand at Seventh Avenue and 11th Street, is charging $77 per foot for a 13-foot tree, which equals $750. Add to that a $200 stand, $25 delivery and setup fee, and $20 for the three men doing the job, and you’ve got yourself a four-figure Christmas tree.

If you think this is bad, just wait

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apartment living 101, Design, Features, Green Design, holidays, NYC Guides

Our ongoing series Apartment Living 101 is aimed at helping New Yorkers navigate the challenges of creating a happy home in the big city. This week we’ve rounded up some alternative holiday tree ideas for those living in tight spaces.

While you could buy a Charlie Brown tree, or try ask to have a few feet knocked off that pine when you hit the register, if you’re a small space dweller who wants a more eco-friendly holiday arbol this year, there are plenty of options for you beyond the classic artificial fir (which fyi is even more environmentally unsound than chopping down an evergreen thanks to the carcinogens produced during manufacturing and disposal). From edible trees to LED pines to DIY options that smell just as good as the real thing, 6sqft has searched high and low for 10 different types of sustainable Christmas tree alternatives to jazz your apartment up with this year—and years to come.

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City Living, holidays

Just like real estate, the price of a Christmas tree will vary significantly depending on which neighborhood you center your search. DNA Info recently conducted a reader poll to find which local tree dealers are gouging evergreen buyers and which are keeping with a more charitable holiday spirit. Pollsters zoomed in on several neighborhoods across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens and found some major price disparities even when it came to minor details like whether a vendor was set up on a street corner or just a typical stretch. Just check out the $50 price difference at two Williamsburg locales ahead…

have a closer look at their findings

Daily Link Fix

NYC subway delay
  • 25 percent of all subway trains are late, up 6 percent from last year. How ya feeling about that MTA price hike now? [Daily News]
  • Legendary East Village Italian bakery Veniero’s is giving out free butter cookies to celebrate its 120th birthday on Thursday. [DNAinfo]
  • The Living Christmas Tree Co. lets you rent live trees…we need to bring this to NYC. [Tree Hugger]
  • Here’s a look at James Dean’s New York City bachelor pad from 1953. [Airows]
  • Ten of NYC’s former prisons. [Untapped]

Images: Via wwward0 via photopin (L); Via jpellgen via photopin cc (R)

holidays, Polls

Yesterday, we rounded up the massive Christmas trees around the city for those of you looking for an alternative to Rockefeller Center. But we’re sure this isn’t going to stop a lot of die-hard holiday revelers from heading over to midtown and gawking at the world’s most famous Christmas tree. So, we want to know what your plans are.

Images: Via Sister72 via photopin cc (L); Via Gray Line New York (R)

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Features, holidays

NY Stock Exchange Christmas Tree

New York Stock Exchange Christmas tree via Mille Fiori Favoriti

Last week, we took a look back at the history of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree to mark the annual lighting celebration. Though this is probably the most famous Christmas tree in the world, many of us jaded New Yorkers would rather not deal with the crowds and traffic jams that come with visiting Rock Center. So as an equally festive alternative, we’ve rounded up some of the other huge trees illuminating the city this holiday season.

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Weekly Highlights: Top Picks from the 6sqft Staff

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Design, Features, holidays

modern holiday trees poster, modern holiday tree

If your ideas for decking the halls lean more toward Knoll, Eames and Adelman than red, gold and pine, you’ll be happy to see that these non-traditional trees embody the winter holiday spirit with modern style. See what we’ve rounded up for you ahead!

More modern tree ideas this way

Daily Link Fix

  • Here’s a fun list of eight long-lost islands that used to be part of NYC. [Curbed]
  • Marsala is the 2015 Pantone color of the year. [Laughing Squid]
  • NYCTrees is like Fresh Direct for Christmas Trees. The new service will deliver four- to ten-foot Fraser firs in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. [F’D in Park Slope]
  • Know anything about an old Chinatown brothel? Your knowledge is needed. [Scouting NY]
  • Ten places to go if you’re a starving artist. [Untapped]
  • You can explore NYC through 150 film locations of superhero movies thanks to a new app. [{In} New York Guides]

Images: Barren Island via rmichels ; Via NYCTrees (R)


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