One doesn’t choose to live in New York City because it’s easy. Then
again, the holidays can be one of the more trying times of
year, what with the weather, the general prickliness of the natives, and the
brutal scrum to get an inordinate amount of things done while simply keeping it
together. It is our belief, however, that selecting and securing a Christmas
tree should not a soul-crushing, shoulder-scraping, block-slogging,
fuck-it-I’m-moving-to-the-suburbs moment. This year, we enlisted our friends
from Williamsburg’s well-loved Crest Hardware to turn our 5th Street
Garden at The Standard, East Village into a Christmas tree market, complete
with soul-stirring hot cocoa and cider (spiked or virgin). To take the
feel-good quotient to a whole other level, we’re donating the proceeds to the
Lower East Side Girls Club.
To make things truly painless, we asked our pals from Crest to give us some pointers on picking out the perfect tree.