The details are rich. And this time next year, many more people besides Francois’ loyal, regular customers will get to bask in the glow of the Quebec-born Christmas tree vendor who sets up shop each holiday season at 102nd Street and Broadway.
A movie about Francois and, peripherally, several other seasonal Manhattan street vendors is being made by low West 100s resident Jon Reiner and low West 90s pal Brad Rothschild. From a recent article by Daily News reporter Joe Dziemianowicz:
The takeaway of the movie “is about relationships and rituals,” says Rothschild. “A number of people we’ve interviewed have told us that it’s not the holidays until they see Francois.”