Now that all the gifts have been torn open, treasured or returned, it’s time to start disassembling (and storing, disposing of or donating) all your holiday decor. And lo, Mulchfest 2018 is upon us! You can drop off your Christmas Tree at McGolrick Park, McCarren Park or Transmitter Park from Sunday, December 31st to Sunday, January 7th to have it get turned into some very useful mulch. On January 6 and 7 from 10am to 2pm at McCarren Park (a chipping location), the Parks Department will chip your tree and give you your very own FREE bag of mulch! Make sure to strip down your tree and remove all lights, ornaments, and netting before bringing the tree to a MulchFest site.
The NYC Department of Sanitation will also be conducting special curbside collections for mulching and recycling of Christmas trees. Read below for more info on how to dispose of your holiday decor: Continue reading →
NYRP Tree Giveaway Saturday, September 9, 2017, 12-2pm Leonard Library | 81 Devoe Street (near Leonard St corner), Brooklyn
On Saturday, September 9th, New York Restoration Project will partner with Leonard Library to give away free trees! NYRP partners with community organizations throughout the five boroughs to give away hundreds of free trees to New Yorkers, and so far has given away tens of thousands of trees to be planted around the city.
Greening Greenpoint is hosting a street tree volunteer day on Sunday, July 16th, where Greenpointers will learn street tree care techniques, meet their neighbors, eat lunch & take home some tools to use in their tree beds.
What: Greenpoint Street Tree Volunteer Day
Learn street tree care techniques, meet your neighbors, & take home a tree care toolkit! Lunch provided & children welcome!
When: Sunday, July 16 1-3pm
Where: American Playground (Corner of Franklin & Noble Street)
Greening Greenpoint Tree Giveaway Take home a free tree to plant in your yard in Greenpoint! Choose your favorite tree species, complete the online registration form, and claim your tree during the pick-up event. View information & photos of the trees and register online at GreeningGreenpoint.Org
Tree Pick-Up:Friday, June 2nd 2:30 – 5:30 PM @ PS 110, 124 Monitor St.
As of last week, we started seeing trees pile up at McCarren Park, some with lights and stands still attached, which is a big no-no. Here’s what you need to do to get your tree ready for recycling!
The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation , and GreeNYC are hosting the annual MulchFest this Saturday and Sunday January 7th and 8th, where trees are turned into mulch for the city’s parks and plantings. You can drop off your Christmas trees to recycle them into wood chips. These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. Or, take home your very own bag of mulch to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree. More than 30,000 trees were recycled last year.
You can bring your tree to McCarren Park at Lorimer and Driggs on January 7 and 8 from 10am to 2pm. They’ll chip your tree, and give you your very own bag of mulch! McGolrick Park (at Monitor and Driggs) and Transmitter Park are both operating as tree drop-off sites, so you can bring your tree there but it won’t be chipped there (so no free bag of mulch). Please remember to remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, stands and netting before bringing the tree to a MulchFest chipping or drop-off site. Bags will be provided if you wish to take some free mulch home. Continue reading →
Greening Greenpoint is hosting a tree care workshop for trees on Box St. and Clay Street, meeting at 1133 Manhattan Avenue on Saturday November 12, 9am-11am.
“Greening Greenpoint will supply tools and educate on how to take care of our street trees. The workshop is open to all and children are most welcome. The time commitment is open—come for 20 minutes, or come for two hours. Hope to see you there!”
As if we need another reason to complain about reckless bicyclists on the streets of Brooklyn – not only do they put their own lives at risk in order to make the city a less polluted and traffic congested place, but they kill trees!
Not by crashing into them – this is a slower more painful death. Apparently trees, those things with green leaves, are mistaken for bike racks. And blame it on forgetfulness or rust or stolen parts, whatever the reason, many bikes are abandoned attached to trees.
As the trees continues to grow they literally get choked by the chains that becomes tighter and tighter around the trunks, a fatal process called girdling.
One Brooklyn man is sick and tired of seeing these soon to be suffocated trees and began the Treedom Project to save them. He needs your help!
If you see an old rusty clunker chained to a tree, report it. On Sunday May 26th, Rob and his team of DIY tree heros will be cutting the locks off reported bikes.
I met up with tree vigilante Rob Birdsong and his big hound dog Bo on the corner of Moultre St and Norman Ave in Greenpoint to take a look at a reported tree. A rusty bike with flattened tires, unrideable after a rough winter, was left chained to the tree. It’s clear this cyclist doesn’t care about his bike – or the tree. And right around the corner we found another tree choking bike.
Now that the weather is getting warmer, the trees are about to explode in leaf, and you’re finally inspired to go outside – take some photos for science!
Project Rephoto leverages all the smartphones we wield as a massive network of sensors to monitor street tree health and growth by taking pictures of trees repeatedly over time. To aid in this, the research team has created an iOS and Android image capture application explicitly designed to support repeat photography – the process of taking a new image from exactly the same perspective as a previous image.
I’ve been monitoring a couple trees on my block since February – you can see the photos I’ve taken. The app makes this easier than you think by showing the previous picture of your subject half see-through so that the new picture is perfectly aligned. To participate in the Greenpoint Tree Monitoring Project you need to first get the longitude and latitude of the tree. To do this, use Google Maps to locate the tree you want to monitor, right click on the location and choose “What’s here?” Hover the mouse over the green marker that was placed on the map, and comment below the coordinates (which would be something like 40.732934, -73.956163) and something memorable to call the tree. We will add your monitoring location on the map, and the next time you’re nearby fire up the RePhoto app, sign into the project and start doing something useful with that smartphone! (you can of course, also use rePhoto to repeating photograph anything you like- your houseplant, your closet, your eyeball…)
Everyone goes nuts about the Cherry Blossoms, but the true stunners are the Magnolia Trees, which make the most glorious giant pink and white flowers that only last a week. My last apartment in Greenpoint had a huge Magnolia in the yard and when it bloomed last spring we had a punch party to celebrate. These photos are dedicated to my Mom and Dad who took me to Brooklyn Botanic Gardens an infinite amount of times as a kid.