Mulchfest This Saturday at Brooklyn Bridge Plaza

It’s that time of year again when ornaments and stockings are put away and your once green, fragrant tree drops dry needles all over your apartment. Bring your formerly festive tree to Brooklyn Bridge Plaza this Saturday, January 11th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Mulchfest. Trees must be free of all decorations and netting.

“Watch your tree get chipped in front of you, and get a free bag of mulch to take home.” Then grab a hot chocolate and check out the “Touch-A-Truck” event at Water and New Dock Streets.

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  • Nomcebo Manzini

    It kind of amazes me that people can and will “schlep” a tree – quotes just cause “schlep” and “yule” have very different etymologies – quite a ways in early to mid-December … but getting it to street level is “mission accomplished” come early January.

    I’m not even sure what the Sanitation Dept’s obligations and general practice is, but it sure seems to me like for those who have a tree ’cause of the kids, this is one heckuva great “teaching moment,” and the others have way less of an excuse to just dump the thing, since a few blocks walk could get them those all-important Fitbit points.

    Having said all that, BBP is a perfectly dreadful neighbor at least half the time. Montague Street should be ON THEIR MAP, and given Heights geography, “chipping” on/near the Promenade – Pierrepont St. or Montague – should be a no-brainer! (Of course, you can truly count on BBP – most of time – to show what “using no brains” leads to in terms of decision-making. When they beg for your dollars, just remember that most of them go to legal fees, inflated executive salaries and T&E expenses!)

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Speaking of teachable moments, what do you suppose the kiddos think when they see discarded trees with the plastic stands still on? Who does that??

  • Rick

    “I’m not even sure what the Sanitation Dept’s obligations and general practice is…”

    The people who leave their trees at the curb will have their trees chipped by the city and made into mulch for city parks, gardens, etc. Or at least until January 17th. Here’s what they say:

    You can put your live Christmas tree curbside for chipping and composting at any time during the Department of Sanitation’s special collection period.

    The 2020 Christmas Tree Collection will run Monday, January 6 through Friday, January 17.

  • Nomcebo Manzini

    Much obliged, although I know that the leave out the small print “subject to availability,” of men, capacity, etc. Sure seems to me like the basic “non-perishableness” of trees means that some sit there a week or more, and as the folks complaining about car hogs abusing their placards, ours is a city where neither sidewalks nor street can be described (mostly) as wideish.

  • KXrVrii1

    I knew someone who bought an artificial tree each year, because she didn’t want to deal with cleanup, but then would throw it away on the street, because she didn’t have the storage…