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At the St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery Christmas Tree Stand, a Pair of New Faces - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com


At the St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery Christmas Tree Stand, a Pair of New Faces


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You may have noticed a new crew selling Christmas trees in front of St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery this year. Roger Francis Baust – who took the spot over from his friend, Daniel Lamey, after the French-Canadian was prevented from crossing the border to sell his trees – died in September at the age of 64. Now Joseph Schommer of Brooklyn and Edward Chin-Lyn of the East Village are working around the clock to sell 700 trees they cut down in West Virginia last month. Watch The Local’s video to find out how the Tree Riders, as they call themselves, snagged the coveted spot on Second Avenue.