On April 29 the Department of Sanitation and the Queens Botanical Garden gave away compost at Garden World in Bayside.
You'd think they were giving away $20 bills. My friend, Ress Jones, started out early, arrived there about 5:15, and found long lines of people waiting and a stream of disappointed people leaving with empty baskets and barrels. "It's all gone already", was the repeated greeting from strangers as they wandered back to their cars, some parked blocks away.
What had happened was that this year announcements had been made about the give-away
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