The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Many Amer­i­cans have shelled out, oh, $30 or so for a nice Christ­mas tree from a neigh­bor­hood church or the Home De­pot. That is not the case in New York City.

“Yule­tide cap­i­tal­ism is run­ning ram­pant this year — with the cost of a Christ­mas tree top­ping $1,000 in one Man­hat­tan neigh­bor­hood. Long­time Green­wich Vil­lage tree seller Heather Neville said that her tallest — and prici­est — of­fer­ing will com­mand an as­ton­ish­ing $77 per foot from any buyer who can’t haul it home,” re­ports The New York Post.

“This 13-foot tree — a beau­ti­ful fir — is $750, and with de­liv­ery, in­stal­la­tion with a stand, and tip would be $1,000,” Ms. Neville told the news­pa­per — which points out that the to­tal cost is enough to pay for over 600 meals for the home­less at the nearby Bow­ery Mis­sion..

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