Ever wonder what happens to all those 10-foot Christmas trees
in a densely-populated city where one square block can probably host over a thousand firs and evergreens? Christmas tree recycling began on the 2nd, so for the past week or so, I’m sure everyone has encountered the carcasses of holiday past on their curbs. Like this:
Our neighbors by the shore have a bit of a different experience:
The NYC Parks Department organizes Mulchfest, (scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday) in which they will recycle Christmas trees into wood chips, which are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. (Being a huge fan of the city parks, to me, this is the way to go.) But jeez, get another mascot, guys–this one just freaks me out.
The holidays may be toast, but here’s the good news…only 69 days until spring!!!
Coming to NYC this Saturday….Santa Con! The annual blow-out in which otherwise sane folks dress up as St. Nick and engage in a city-wide pub crawl to celebrate the spirit of the big guy and the holidays. By imbibing spirits. A lot of them. In many different places.
The website describes it like this:
Santacon is a non-denominational, non-commercial, non-political and non-sensical Santa Claus convention that occurs once a year for absolutely no reason.
People dressed as Santas, elves and even dreidels meet at a location disclosed on nycsantacon.com. You can check out the itinerary on Facebook too. (As of this writing more, than 30,000 revelers have already signed up.)
All they ask is that you dress appropriately. (Red suit, white beard, jiggly tummy–you know the drill.). Bring a metrocard and enough cash for booze, plus two non-perishable food
items for the food drive.
Yep, Santacon isn’t only about having a good time; it’s a charity endeavor to boot. Last year they raised $10,000 for Toys are Tots and donated 6,000 pounds of food to local food banks.
Let’s take a look at pics of Santacons of the past:
It’s cocktail time!
Time to move on.
Candy canes and anarchy.
Did the real deal sneak in?
Santas descend upon our hood.
Whoops. Wrong holiday. (Now I’m scared. Somebody make the creepy Bunny Santa go away!)
Happy pub crawling!
Just a heads up on what you can expect should you decide to dine at North Square this Christmas Eve:
Appetizers will include a wild mushroom soup with goat cheese and chorizo croutons, New England clam chowder and ricotta gnocchi with chanterelle mushrooms, asparagus, corn and herbed butter sauce. Plus chicken empanditas with
chorizo, mushrooms, goat cheese, creme fraiche and tomatillo sauce.
(Jeez. Is this food porn or what?)
For the main course, there will be pan-roasted ostrich with herb polenta, eggplant and tomato confit, and red wine au jus.
And for you healthier types, there’s porcini dusted halibut with spinach and basil quinoa, wild mushrooms and a mushroom cream sauce.
Sadly, we’ll be closed on Christmas Day to open our presents but hope you can join us to chow down on the eve!
The holiday season is officially here! On Wednesday, night, the 45-foot Washington Square Christmas tree was officially lit for the season.
Here’s hoping for
a time of joy, love and peace for everyone, no matter what holiday you celebrate!
Your friends at the Washington Square Hotel and North Square Restaurant