When Did Christmas Tree Vendors First Set Up Shop on New York City Sidewalks?

The New York Times reported that in 1851 a Catskills woodsman named Mark Carr, recognizing the demand for hoilday greenery, rented a corner at Greenwich and Vesey Streets from which to sell his "mountain novelties." He returned every December, and by 1880 the rent on his lot had risen to $100. Today some trees fetch that much.

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