Published On: Wed, Dec 3rd, 2014

NYC Landlord Donald Zucker’s War on Christmas Tree Street Vendors

Christmas Tree Street Vendors

New York landlord Donald Zucker is going to court to stop the sale of Christmas tress out on the streets of that city. Apparently the irony of a Jewish man playing the part of Scrooge just before Christmas is lost on him.

The 83-year-old Zucker says that the tenants of his building on 15th Street have complained that Evergreen Stand, which is the target of the lawsuit, is blocking their access to their homes.

Under New York City law street vendors who want to sell trees for the holiday must first get permission from the buildings in front of which they operate. They must also wait until after December 1st to do so and Zucker says that Evergreen Stand began his sales as early as November 24th. “Unless the Evergreen Stand is immediately stopped, defendants will continue to mount Christmas trees on the stand, making removal of the trees extremely difficult, ” Zucker argued in his complaint.

The suit needed to be withdrawn temporarily because the judge hearing the case refused to grant it an expedited hearing since the owners of Evergreen stand could not be found. Zucker promised to file the suit again after the season is over.

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