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Donald Zucker files lawsuit against Christmas tree dealer

The landlord disliked seeing the evergreens outside his Flatiron District building

November 29, 2014 03:00PM

Donald Zucker and the Christmas tree stand at 77 West 15th Street, (Source: William Farrington)

Donald Zucker and the Christmas tree stand at 77 West 15th Street, (source: William Farrington)

Tis (not yet) the season, according to one Manhattan landlord. Real-estate mogul Donald Zucker recently took a curbside Christmas tree seller to court in an effort to enforce an obscure city law that bars the sale of the trees on streets before December 1.

Zucker filed suit on Wednesday seeking an emergency court order to bar the tree seller from the sidewalk in front of his high-rise at 77 West 15th Street, according to the New York Post. He has since withdrawn the lawsuit because the tree vendors could not be located.

Evergreen Stand, a Wisconsin-based Christmas-tree company, set up the shop on November 24.

“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 argues in the suit.

But Zucker’s lawyer, Raymond Bragar, claims that his client isn’t a Scrooge and that Zucker only brought the suit forward following complaints from residents. [NYP] Christopher Cameron

  • john

    Yes sure. The guys a scrooge.

  • Perryr

    Not true, The Tree people commandeer the sidewalks, block crosswalks and prevent street cleaning around their mobile home trailer

  • no-permits

    is zucker jewish?

  • no-permits

    zucker is either full of hate or a scrooge. (why did TRD delete my earlier comment asking if zucker is jewish?)

  • RS

    Zucker has too much money, and feels he can sue anyone, anytime!! He thinks by donating so much money to gain tax advantages that he’s buying his way to heaven

  • Bill farrington

    Please remove the photo as you do not have permission to use it< always ebtter to ask or pay someone for their work

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