In the News: Why Christmas Trees Cost So Much in Tribeca

••• “When John ‘The Tree Whisperer’ Lambert set up his sidewalk Christmas tree stand in the East Village this year, he slashed his prices. Not because of slowing demand—sales are brisk. It’s his new location. ‘I sold a 14-foot tree here for $200,’ he says. ‘Down in Tribeca, the same tree would get $475. I guarantee it.’ […] Six-foot trees are selling for $30 in the Woodside neighborhood of Queens, $45 in Harlem and $80 in Brooklyn Heights. In Tribeca, meanwhile, they can fetch $160 or more. […] The sidewalk fronting Washington Market Park in Tribeca rents for $35,800, which explains those zany Tribeca prices.” —Wall Street Journal

••• “The Excelsior Power Company building, at 33-43 Gold St., was designated a landmark Tuesday by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. […] The Romanesque revival building, designed by architect William Grinnell, has a red brick exterior that has ornamental terra cotta detailing—including an existing sign that reads Excelsior Power Co. BLDG A.D. 1888.” —DNAinfo

••• “Twice a week, hours after the markets have closed for the day and legions of Wall Street workers have hurried home, the doors are open and the lights still on in the ground floor cafeteria at 55 Water Street. There, 125 volunteers, most of them Wall Street professionals from Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan and other nearby financial institutions will spend 90 minutes tutoring youngsters aged 8 to 18, many of whom have taken long subway rides for this free help.” —Tribeca Trib



  1. Go to Morgans a block away and get the same tree for a tenth of the price. Ask for Jason out front, tell him Vinny sent you.

    • I agree, they sell great trees — as a matter of fact, get everything at Morgan’s — they somehow manage to have every random item you’d ever want in that tiny store including perfectly ripe avocados and super-fresh vegetables. And the people are so nice. Remember how post-9/11 they stayed open by candlelight? These guys deserve our business.

  2. Around the corner from Excelsior Power Company was the Edison Illuminating Company at the corner of Pearl Street and Fulton. This was the first central power plant in the United States.