We had the privilege of working alongside Toys for Tots to bring some fun and joy to the children at Hanac Astoria Cornerstone in Astoria, Queens.
Founded as a nonprofit in 1972 in Astoria, New York, HANAC – the Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Committee – was initially concerned with addressing the needs of new Greek immigrants living in the community.
Today, HANAC has become one of New York City’s largest and most successful social service organizations, touching the lives of over 30,000 individuals with a wide range of programs and services for diverse and multi-ethnic communities in four boroughs.
Earlier today we got a call from one of the largest branding/marketing/reputation management firms in Manhattan. They needed a “very large Christmas tree” for their Holiday party, and they needed it delivered immediately, as in RIGHT NOW!!!
My brother Eli and I were out on delivery when the call came in. We finished up our rounds and went back to the shop on Underhill Ave. to pick up the biggest tree we had left in stock, a monster 12 footer that reached an impressive 6 feet across.
We quickly loaded it up onto the trusty Christmas sleigh (the Honda Pilot) and off we went to their Lower Manhattan location near the Financial District.
The tree was easier to set up than we had anticipated, and in only a few minutes we had gotten it in its base and standing proudly in the executive’s living room. The party was due to start in a few hours, and with the tree in place the decorating crew could do their job.
Thanks for coming out and supporting me and my family here at Christmas Tree Brooklyn. We had a great time getting to know you and your families, and helping you celebrate one of the best Holidays of the year.
I wanted to share some pictures of the season so far. We’ve only been officially open for 2014 2 days and already so much has happened. We’ve had some fun (painting signs with friends), some major disasters (like the 14 foot tree that crushed our a-frame tree stand and nearly my head) and everything in between. I hope to see more of you out here before the season is done!
We had 750 trees arrive at our flagship location here in Prospect Heights. The truck arrived hours late so we were WAY behind on our orders. We had to unload them all in 2 hours or less to avoid extra charges from the shipping company.
We enlisted (see: begged) the help of some friends to get all of the signs painted and the truck unloaded (thanks, guys!)
Here is Shay, looking fabulous as he walks a 6 foot tree down the runway.
I’m not sure if Maddie and Shay chose to dress like lumberjacks for the occasion or if it’s just a coincidence.
It was a really long day!
Our stand collapsed. The only casualties were our brand new halogen bulbs. Oh well.
And in the end (of the beginning)…
I hope to see more of you out here soon! We have a LOT of trees left.
Buying a Christmas tree can be a fun-filled and exciting experience. Braving the cold New York weather and heading out to your local Christmas tree stand with the family (or roommates!) is a tradition that no one should miss out on.
When buying a Christmas tree in NYC, there are a few tips you should keep in mind and some questions you should ask. When buying a Christmas tree in the city you need to be aware of how the trees are taken care of and where they came from; knowing about the quality and health of the trees is paramount to getting a good deal and buying a good tree.
You can buy a tree from us online (see “Order Now” to the right!) or by coming down to our Christmas tree stand and buying one in person. If you live in the Brooklyn area, visiting our stand is a great way to make sure you get the exact Christmas tree you want. For those living in the area, Christmas Tree Brooklyn is conveniently located in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
The Holidays are officially coming to an end, as is evident by the fact that New York City is now offering their annual curbside Christmas tree collection and recycling service that runs through January 12th. Christmas Tree Brooklyn offers Christmas tree cleanup–contact us today to schedule a delivery.
Of course, you can always remove your own tree for recycling and doing so is relatively simple.
The compost created out of recycled Christmas trees is used on public projects throughout the city–it is also available for private citizens after January 9th. Over 140,000 Christmas trees are recycled by the Department of Sanitation every year.