it's all started when we were on the lower east side for a thing.
and then the east village for a slice.
and then we saw a cute tree for $35 and ben said, we can do better.
turns out we couldn't. another place in the east village was charging $60 for the same tree.
then on the upper east side at 3 or 4 different places the prices went from $50-$65.
and then... well on our wearied walk home from the subway, i said "let's stop at the park to see if they have trees."
and of course they did. just a mere block from our apartment. a tree. for sale. for $30. (an amazing price, for a tree in manhattan--- now we know that.)
christmas trees bring a lot of holiday cheer. it is especially needed when one of us is in finals (ben). ben is a super smart guy. he has a lot in the brain of his. and... this is just my way of saying i am proud of him. and i think he'll do amazingly well on his first semester law school finals. fingers crossed. (ben's mom, who also attended law school said her mantra was, "this too shall pass and so will i." 'tis true, 'tis true.)
happy holidays. happy trees. happy holiday cheer. happy finals...
p.s. do you know how to get sap off your hands? rub some olive oil on the sappy parts- then wash well with soap and warm water. totally works.
p.p.s. gothamist newsblog does a tree vendor map every year. it's helpful --- although it doesn't include the blessed harlem location where we found our tree (mt morris/marcus garvey park at 124th and madison avenue). and keep in mind, sometimes vendors will bargain tree price with you.