The perfect Christmas tree for a New York City apartment would be a little bit slimmer than the (scaled-down) footprint of the Flatiron building. A 20-degree isosceles tree would almost be narrow enough for you to wrap your arms around. It would fit comfortably in a corner without obscuring windows, doors, or your Shutterfly selfies. And although its creation would be an excellent business plan (@ me, arbor farmers -- all we need’s the seeds and the land!), this perfect NYC Christmas tree does not yet exist in natural form.
Sure, you could order an artificial pencil tree from the comfort of home and avoid the haggling, the heavy lifting, the transportation, the watering, and the eventual decay and disposal -- but what’s merry and bright about convenience? Holiday cheer is better earned than given, and now’s the time to work like an elf eyeing a promotion and find the evergreen fir, pine, or spruce of your sugar-plum dreams.