Seen & Heard: Shopping for a Christmas Tree

••• Tom Galis’s new Greek restaurant at the former Canali Club space inside Truffles Tribeca will include a Greek retail bakery.

••• From J.: “Yesterday, I was walking on the west side of W. Broadway at Warren and caught a whiff of a horrible stench. Today, I was walking on the east side of W. Broadway , and again, the same horrible smell. This smells far worse than a rotting garbage kind of smell. Has anyone written in about it? Any info?”

••• The Flea has moved into its new theater complex at 20 Thomas. I look forward to a tour when it’s ready!

••• Alex reached out to Buddha Bar to find out when it might open, and the word was September.

••• Still no guesses for Where in Tribeca…?

••• K. reports on her experience shopping for a Christmas tree: “We decided we would go for an eight-foot tree, so we walked around the neighborhood to see who had the best selection. The deli at Reade and Hudson has prices on the trees, which is nice to know before purchasing. The trees at Whole Foods aren’t quite big enough, and there always seems to be a wait. We found the perfect one at Soho Trees on Greenwich between Chambers and Reade—until the gentleman picked off a piece, stared at it, smelled it, went into his trailer, and came out to quote us the price. Yup…. $295 plus applicable tax and $20 per box of lights, which we would require seven of. The math didn’t make sense. We politely said that was a bit much, since one block away the very same trees are $85. The response was, ‘We are the only place with first-grade trees, everyone else has third-grade trees.’ Well, we are quite happy with our third-grade tree and a couple hundred dollars still in our pocket.” (Below: a favorite Christmas tree pic from years past.)

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