Your Best-Bet Local Stand
So these are the stands that you can’t help but be familiar with. They’re everywhere! And they’re usually where you can find some pretty good deals. But you don’t just want to go to any stand. Sure, some of the smaller stands will have perfectly fine trees. But you’d be surprised at how many times you’ll get a tree and bring it home and it just dries right the hell up within a day or two. Blame the arid, over-heated climate of the typical New York City apartment if you want, but it usually means a tree isn’t all that fresh. Here are a bunch of places around the borough that have excellent reputations, and great trees.
Park Slope/Prospect Heights
There are an abundance of options in Park Slope, probably because the neighborhood is full of brownstones with big bay windows that are just begging to be filled with a stately Douglas fir. Here are some of our favorite local spots to get a decently priced tree that will be easy to tote home.
Key Food at 5th Avenue and Sterling Place
CVS at 9th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues
Tom Foley’s Stand at 8th Avenue and 8th Street (BONUS: Free tree delivery, and 10% of proceeds go to local public schools)
DNY Natural Land at Flatbush Avenue between 7th Avenue and Sterling Place
Both of these Christmas tree destinations are also year-round florist shops, and are also great places to buy poinsettia, wreaths, and mistletoe.
Shannon Florists at 3380 Fort Hamilton Parkway
J & L Landscaping at 702 Caton Avenue
There’s plenty of tree options in north Brooklyn. There’s even a Greenpoint based delivery service! And one of these Christmas tree stands is even looking for employees, and even has its own tumblr. Hipster Christmas, you guys. It’s a thing.
McGolrick Trees at Nassau Avenue and N. Henry Street
Greenpoint Trees greenpointtrees.com (BONUS: Delivery!)
Bay Ridge/Bensonhurst/Sheepshead Bay/Dyker Heights/Brighton Beach/Mill Basin
Alright, so this is a lot of neighborhoods jammed together! All of them possess small, corner stands…but these places are also home to a lot of large tree lots, which are great places to get a deal.
JJ’s Christmas Trees in Bay Ridge (65th Street and 4th Avenue), Dyker Heights (13th Avenue and 86th Street) and Sheepshead Bay (Knapp Street and Avenue V)
AA Christmas Trees in Bensonhurst (Bay Parkway and 66th Street) and Brighton Beach (Coney Island Avenue and Avenue Y)
Anthony Gallo Landscaping and Nursery at 2187 Flatbush Avenue
Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens/Brooklyn Heights
It’s no surprise that there are a lot of tree stands in these neighborhoods (they have everything else, why not tree stands?), it’s all about picking the right one.
CVS Pharmacy at Court Street between Pacific and Dean Streets
Gowanus Yacht Club at Smith Street and President Street
Patti Romp Family Trees at 102 Montague Street between Henry and Hicks Streets
Fort Greene/Clinton Hill/Bed-Stuy/Crown Heights
There are plenty of options for well-priced trees in these neighborhoods. Just make sure you don’t stray too far from where you live, because not as many places deliver, and those trees get HEAVY.
Kings County Nursery at 635 New York Avenue between Albany Avenue and Fenimore Street
Seasons at 358 Stuyvesant Avenue between MacDonough Street and Decatur Street
Gardel’s Garden at 97 S. Portland Avenue between Lafayette and Fulton Streets