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 He has since withdrawn the lawsuit because the tree vendors could not be located.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