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It's hard to be a small business owner in New York. Storefront space is expensive, competition is fierce, and the streets are thronged with no-good hooligans just waiting to steal your tree as soon as your back is turned. In July, we reported on the theft of a two-week old ficus outside the Lower East Side shoe store Clarabella. Now, Williamsburg cooking supply shop the Brooklyn Kitchen has been hit by another arboreal menace. The seven-foot evergreen planted in a brown barrel went missing sometime on Tuesday night. No suspects have been identified, but be cautious about anyone try to sell you a seven-foot tree on the black market—it might be stolen goods. (Click the picture to expand.)
· Clickage [Racked]
· Tree Thief!!! [ClarabellaNYC]
· MISSING! [The Brooklyn Kitchen]