The McCarren Park 'Hipster' Christmas Tree Gets Some Upgrades

Yesterday we noted, thanks to New York Shitty and the L Magazine, that there was a Christmas tree "growing" in Brooklyn. Made of PBRs implanted in a tree-shape in the McCarren Park fence at Bedford and North 12th, plus red and green painted sneakers, a star made of Metrocards, plastic bags, tinsel, and other found items, the tree was immediately dubbed the "Hipster Christmas Tree," partly because of the PBR, partly because of its location, and partly because the word hipster is bandied about like a pair of sweat socks at a Dirty Christmas party.

Julian Cole, a 26-year-old Australia native who's lived in Williamsburg for about 6 months and works a day job in advertising, is the creator of the tree. He says, for one, it is not a hipster Christmas tree. But he's open to interpretations: "I tried to make it the Brooklyn Christmas Tree, not the Hipster Christmas Tree; however, I am happy for everyone to have their own take on the work."

Since the pictures we posted yesterday, he's updated and added to the maybe 12-foot-high tree. He sent us some new photos, and said the inspiration for the idea came from thinking about shoes on wires, but with more of a holiday vibe: "I saw so many Christmas decorations, and I thought about what I could make out of found materials around Brooklyn. I decided to do something lighthearted and fun and make it a Brooklyn Christmas tree."

It took him about 6 hours. Most of Cole's materials were found, though some -- tinsel and green backing -- were acquired from a discount store. Several area bars, and bottle collectors, donated PBR cans to the effort (Cole did not drink them all, he says).


Is the Brooklyn Christmas tree is better than, say, the Rockefeller Center tree?
"I think it's better for Brooklyn," Cole says. "It's a bit more gritty. It's not like Manhattan, where everything's prim and proper. It's more me."

He hopes people will add to the display "as they see fit." Get your photo taken with it before some grinchlike person pulls it down!

Previously: Merry Christmas, Hipster! With Love From Metrocards, PBR, and Old Shoes

[JDoll / @thisisjendoll]

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Another decoration to consider is tinsel. Strands of tinsel can be hung from the branches to simulate icicles. One tip when hanging tinsel is to hang it in clumps from the edges of the branches. Hanging single or just a couple of strands all over the tree makes it look messy.

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@Hatethisguysomuch so in your opinion how long is an appropriate length of time to live in a city before one can contribute art to it?


i fucking hate this guy.  he's been here 6 months and hes already taking ownership and making judgement over not only a neighborhood but an entire borough? Aside from the incredible audacity and self-righteousness, "found object christmas tree"? Really?

Buddy, we appreciate "what i've learned about Brooklyn in 6 months" trash project, but how about you leave the art to people with talent, keep your garbage art to yourself, and get back to making those other things no one gives a shit about - ADS. 


Must be jewish


Go Hipsters Xmas Tree! 

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