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MulchFest provides New Yorkers an opportunity to bring their Christmas trees to designated sites where they are ground into wood chips. The chips can then be placed in tree pits and gardens.

Parks & Recreation encourages New Yorkers to help the environment and their community by participating in this event. MulchFest takes place on January 5 & 6, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring bags to take advantage of the free mulch provided.

Please note:

All lights, ornaments, and decorations must be removed from the trees prior to drop-off.
Participants will be able to take wood chips and/or mulch home from designated chipping sites. Mulch will not be available at sites marked as “Drop-off Only.”

For a complete listing of participating site locations, click here.

From New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

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The holiday season is a special time of year for children, a time filled with excitement and anticipation. Sadly however, many families do not have the means to purchase even the most basic holiday gift. This winter, thanks to the incredible generosity of New Yorkers, New York Cares was able to help fulfill the holiday wishes of more than 30,000 disadvantaged kids and families.

However, there are still many children who may go without a holiday gift this winter. If you would like to help make the holiday season brighter for a child in need, you can help by purchasing a new toy, and sending it unwrapped, to New York Cares. We will ensure that your gift reaches a child in need.

New, unwrapped gifts can be sent to:

New York Cares Winter Wishes Program
214 W. 29th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 1001

From New York Cares

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Every December for the last 14 years, Cacophonous Santas have been visiting cities around the world, engaging in a bit of Santarchy as part of the annual Santacon events.

It all started back in 1994 when several dozen Cheap Suit Santas paid a visit to downtown San Francisco for a night of Kringle Kaos. Things have reached Critical Xmas and Santarchy is now a global phenomenon.

From Santarchy.com. The Village Voice has photos of SantaCon NYC 2007.

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NEW YORK (AP) — This year, all the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lights are green. The holiday display, lit at a Wednesday night ceremony, still includes a rainbow of colors. But this year the 84-foot-tall Norway spruce is sporting energy-saving bulbs, and an array of solar panels atop 45 Rockefeller Plaza will help power them.

Early revelers began gathering around the tree Wednesday afternoon, hoping to snag a good view of performances by such stars as Tony Bennett, Josh Groban and Ashley Tisdale.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Radio City Rockettes helped flip the switch for the tree lights shortly before 9 p.m.

The 60-year-old spruce has been covered with five miles of wire and 30,000 multicolored bulbs known as light emitting diodes, or LEDs.

Using the new lights is expected to reduce the energy consumption of the holiday display from 3,510 to 1,297 kilowatt hours per day — a savings equal to the amount of energy used to power a 2,000-square-foot home for a month.

An excerpt from “Rock Center’s Eco-Friendly Tree Is Lit” by Samantha Gross, Associated Press, November 28, 2007.

Learn more about the “Eco-friendly Smart Tree” at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Website.

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NEW YORK — As the Broadway stagehands’ strike against the League of American Theatres and Producers enters its third week Saturday, insiders are concerned that shows will face substantial financial losses, or even be forced to close prematurely.

Three eagerly awaited new plays, The Farnsworth Invention, The Seafarer and August: Osage County, already have been forced to push back their November openings. Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, which premiered August, announced plans to extend the New York run three weeks to recover dates lost to the strike.

Producers of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, who are not part of the league, had to get an injunction requiring theater owners, who are, to reopen the doors today. And Disney announced that it would postpone the Dec. 6 opening of its latest musical, The Little Mermaid.

From “Stagehands’ strike could cause sea of red ink on Broadway” by Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY, Novemeber 22, 2007

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The choreographer John Jasperse has taken to rummaging through garbage. Not because he is destitute, although in this town of million-dollar Wall Street bonuses, he and almost every other contemporary-dance artist in New York might be considered so. His searches have been in the service of a new work, “Misuse liable to prosecution,” opening tonight at the Harvey Theater as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. For this piece, Mr. Jasperse decided, no sets, props or costumes would cost any money.

Mr. Jasperse has gathered discarded clothing, plastic bottles, household implements, a mattress, milk crates and fluorescent lights — thereby incurring the concern of a homeless man and the worried glances of neighbors. But in his opening speech he is careful to detail that the four dancers are paid $15 an hour for rehearsals, and that transporting items for “Misuse” (which had its premiere in Seattle on Oct. 18) have so far cost $2,603.

“Misuse liable to prosecution” runs through Saturday November 3 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene; (718) 636-4100.

Excerpt from the New York Times article published October 31, 2007

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NEW YORK — Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg just signed into law a bill that greatly increased penalties for people who are caught using vehicles to steal metal, paper or other recyclable material that is left at a curb. Instead of the $100 ticket, offenders could now be fined at least $2,000 and could have their vehicles impounded.

Click here for the NY Times article published October 15, 2007.

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It looks like hotels will be featured prominently in the new Sex and the City movie and fortunately, it’s not all about the Meatpacking District.

Last we heard the ladies were up at the London NYC hotel filming and now today they have moved on to the Bryant Park Hotel. A spy snooping around the set reported to us that Carrie, Big, Charlotte and Miranda were shooting a scene in front of the hotel.

From Hotel Chatter, for more information and photos click here

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This weekend’s schedule:

Friday, September 21

The Showroom
11:00 SURE JUROR
10:00 THE HATCH
9:00 JUKEBOX THE GHOST (residency)
8:00 THE SISTER LOVERS

Lounge Acts (Upstairs)
10:00 DJ MR.BLUE
9:00 ANDREW SCANDAL
8:00 ROB TROISE
7:00 MISHA

Saturday, September 22

The Showroom
11:00 JUNGLI
10:00 MANO
9:00 DEADBEAT DARLING
8:00 WES HUTCHINSON
7:00 SHADWELL

Lounge Acts (Upstairs)
10:00 DJ MR.BLUE
9:30 MYSTERY KEYS
8:00 CHRISTINA ROBERTS

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These lights are a tribute to the memory of those lost & a symbol of the spirit of the great City of New York. Conceived in the aftermath of the September 11th tragedies, Tribute in Light is a temporary artistic gesture bringing together the vision and talent of numerous individuals who, shortly after the attacks, independently envisioned two beams of light rising from downtown New York. Finding support for their ideas, they joined forces in the spirit of the rescue and recovery effort downtown.

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