For those few who either had the courage to face the bleakness of staying in town this Christmas or those simply returning from their long-winded family time in Long Island in time for the evening, a last minute scramble to fashion a Christmas tree out of something–anything–has been felt throughout the streets of Bushwick.
Considering that most of the trees from that area near McCarren Park that inspired an entire Christmas movie about the sadness of the profession have sold, it’s no wonder Bushwickians are doing what they do best (even in spite of being increasingly youthful and therefore more prone to mongoloidism): crafting something out of nothing.
As one party thrower, Joey Halderen, a 32-year-old bartender at Syndicated, explained, “It’s about perpetuating the Christmas spirit for as long as possible, even if it’s in a slightly inauthentic–that is, Bushwickian–way.” Others planning an impromptu gathering also echoed the sentiment. “We want to experience the Xmas environment with our real family–the people we drink with regularly. And we don’t wanna do that in the bare bulb/wall tableau that usually characterizes most people’s apartments.” For those unable to cobble together something resembling a tree in time for a fête, there’s always the nearest bar (with especially ample space at Carmelo’s).
Written by Genna Rivieccio