Meet Francois, the Upper West Side’s Christmas celebrity.
Francois the tree man has traveled from Quebec to New York City to sell Christmas trees on Broadway and W. 102nd St. for the last decade. Every year, he leaves his family in Canada and spends a month — from Thanksgiving to around Christmas Eve — living out of his van named Elvis, which is parked on the sidewalk behind his tree stand. Through time, Francois has become a holiday fixture in the neighborhood and a part of the Upper West Side’s community. He defines his business, The Green Stop, by strong customer relationships, and he strives to establish meaningful connections with each and every person who comes to buy a tree from him. For some clients, buying a tree from Francois has become a yearly tradition. Customers often bring Francois and his co-workers — Jason, Nelson and Angel — coffee and hot meals on cold days. Two local film makers, who started as a couple of Francois’s clients, even made a documentary about Francois titled, Tree Man, which was recently profiled in The New York Times. The film was directed and written by Jon Reiner and Brad Rothschild. It will be screened at Symphony Space in Manhattan on December 27, 2015, and on January 3, 2016.
Read the full story about Francois and his business on DNAinfo.