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Photos courtesy of Queens Botanical Garden
Photos courtesy of Queens Botanical Garden

In urban lore, the term “pumpkin smashing” refers to hooligans who roam around a neighborhood before Halloween looking for carved, decorated gourds to steal from patios, lawns, and stoops. These scofflaws then demolish the contraband on sidewalks or streets, creating goopy, squishy, smelly messes.

Well, the term is much less seedy in Sunnyside.

On Saturday, Nov. 7, the NYC Compost Project will host Pumpkin Smash 2015 at the Lou Lodati Playground at Skillman Avenue and 43rd Street.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain or shine), participants will be able to bring their unwanted, passé jack-o-lanterns to the venue— and then stomp, crush, slam, and otherwise destroy them. (Ah, the constructive outlet to relieve frustrations!)

The city will then use the wrecked remnants as compost in parks and green spaces around the five boroughs.

Those who can’t attend on Saturday will be able to drop off their pumpkins at the Queens Botanical Garden on Friday mornings, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, until Nov. 20. Others can go to food scrap drop off sites.


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