Astoria Park celebrates MulchFest

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Jennifer and John Syrianos lift their tree out of a shopping cart as pup Cherrio looks on. Photo by Christina Santucci
Aristotle Deftereos (l.) and Renee Bischoff brush away tears from their daughter Iliana’s eyes as she says farewell to her tree. Photo by Christina Santucci
Jules Corkery, the Astoria Park Alliance Co-Chair, wears a wreath as a sash at the Astoria site. Photo by Christina Santucci
Patrick Dugan waits his turn for his tree to be made into mulch. Photo by Christina Santucci
Chris Saavedra pulls his tree out of the trunk. Photo by Christina Santucci
Joe Svoboda and Katherine Anderson watch as their tree is turned into mulch. Photo by Christina Santucci
Steve Terracciano and Mohan Krishna carry their tree to the chipper with exuberance. Photo by Christina Santucci
Bob Din, a volunteer with the Astoria Park Alliance, places bags of mulch in a pile. Photo by Christina Santucci
A tree sticks out of the truck of a car at Astoria Park. Photo by Christina Santucci
A tree rests on the concrete. Photo by Christina Santucci
Raphael Gonzalez of Astoria places his tree on the pile. Photo by Christina Santucci
Artistotle Deftereos (l.), his wife Renee Bischoff and daughter Iliana, 2, watch as trees are chopped up. Photo by Christina Santucci
Anna Evenhouse gets some help from Cairo. Photo by Christina Santucci
Connie Arroyo and Martha Lopez-Gilpin from the Astoria Park Alliance welcome visitors. Photo by Christina Santucci
Anna Evenhouse is assisted by her daughter Aida, 21/2. Photo by Christina Santucci
Anna Evenhouse holds onto her children Cairo (l.), 3 1/2, and AIda, 2 1/2, as they watch Manny Valentin feed their Christmas tree into a chipper at Astoria Park. Photo by Christina Santucci

Hundreds of trees were chopped and turned into mulch during MulchFest, an annual event in Astoria Park. The event was presented by city Department of Parks & Recreation, the Department of Sanitation, Green Shores NYC, the Astoria Park Alliance and Partnerships for Parks.

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