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It's the mulch wonderful time of the year! Where to mark 'Mulchfest' in Brooklyn • Brooklyn Paper

It’s the mulch wonderful time of the year! Where to mark ‘Mulchfest’ in Brooklyn

Beloved: Mulchfest is a yearly tradition in which thousands of Brooklynites ditch their Christmas trees and turn them into mulch for city parks.
Photo by Jordan Rathkopf

The most wonderful time of year has come and gone, and thousands of Brooklynites are now left with a rotting tree in their living room. 

Thankfully, the tree-huggers at the Parks Department are transforming into tree-shredders for the first two weekends of January, offering Brooklynites the chance to turn their Christmas trees into nutrient-rich mulch that helps nourish the city’s green spaces, or bring home their own bag of mulch if they are lucky enough to have a green space of their own.

The Parks Department along with the Department of Sanitation has collected and mulched trees for over 20 years on the heels of the holidays during a tradition now lovingly referred to as “Mulchfest.” The city agencies mulch an average of 25,000 to 30,000 trees annually, with Mulchfest 2020 setting records with over 50,900 trees eradicated.

Mulchfest 2021 will take place on Jan. 2 and 9. Here is where you can drop off and mulch your tree in Brooklyn:

Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Drop-off only:

Amazing Garden (261 Columbia St. in Columbia Waterfront)

Brooklyn Heights Promenade (Columbia Heights and Cranberry Street in Brooklyn Heights)

Brower Park (Brooklyn Avenue at Prospect Place in Crown Heights)

Coffey Park (Dwight Street and Verona Street in Red Hook)

Green Space at President Street (222 Fifth Ave. in Park Slope)

Herbert Von King Park (Marcy Avenue and Lafayette Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant)

McGolrick Park (Monitor Street and Driggs Avenue in Greenpoint)

Prospect Park (Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens)

Sunset Park (44th Street and Sixth Avenue in Sunset Park)

Washington Park (Third Street and Fifth Avenue in Park Slope)

Chipping services available:

Brooklyn Bridge Park (Pier 2 Parking Lot in Brooklyn Heights)

Cobble Hill Park (Clinton Street and Verandah Place in Cobble Hill)

Domino Park (River Street and South Third Street in Williamsburg)

Fort Greene Park (Washington Park and Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene)

Maria Hernandez Park (Suydam Street and Knickerbocker Avenue in Bushwick)

Marine Park (East 33rd Street and Avenue U in Marine Park)

McCarren Park (Lorimer Street and Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg)

Owl’s Head Park (68th Street and Colonial Road in Bay Ridge)

Prospect Park (Park Circle at Parkside Avenue in Windsor Terrace, and Third Street at Prospect Park West in Park Slope)

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