One of the sensual delights of the upcoming season is the scent of pine as you pass through rows of Christmas trees on the sidewalks of the Upper West Side. And strange woodsy people who sell them and other Christmas accoutrements.
With the cancellation of the Thanksgiving Day Parade, one of our commenters feared that the trees would suffer the same fate:
I’m seriously worried that Xmas trees will not be sold on the streets of the UWS this year…
Have no fear (except of government bureaucracy), says one seller:
George Nash says:
This is Uptown Christmas Trees. We’re ready to go. We have protocols in place but the City is dragging it’s feet re: permission. Contact the Mayor’s office and Parks and let them know you want trees on the sidewalks. Merry Christmas (hopefully). We will also have online ordering.
We are awaiting a response from the Mayor’s office.
Update: Has the City been maligned? According to Siobhan Dingwall, a spokesperson for the Mayor’s office, “…no permit is needed. Vendors just need permission from the owner of the premises.” Mr. Dingwall included the law:
Storekeepers and peddlers may sell and display coniferous trees during the month of December and palm branches, myrtle branches, willow branches, and citron during the months of September and October on a sidewalk; but in any such case the permission of the owner of the premises fronting on such sidewalk shall be first obtained and a passageway shall be kept open on the sidewalk so obstructed for the free movement of pedestrians.
George Nash says:
The issue wasn’t about permits. It was about permission to operate Christmas Tree concessions from NYC Parks and Recreation which was in limbo because of legal issues regarding coronavirus concerns until just yesterday when we finally got the word that we could indeed operate our concessions. So yes, there will be Christmas trees throughout the City. But not all sellers plan to operate all their sites this year. Because of the virus and travel restrictions some are having difficulty recruiting crews or are afraid sales will be down because their customers have fled the City.