NEW YORK (AP) -- Another sign that the holidays are really over: It's time to recycle the Christmas tree.
New York City's program of curbside collection and recycling for the trees starts Wednesday. It runs through Jan. 12.
The Department of Sanitation says all ornaments and other items must be removed from the trees before they're put on curbs to be taken away. Residents are told to NOT put them in plastic bags.
The trees are collected, chipped and turned into compost. The compost is spread on parks and fields around the city. From January 9th, residents can go to a chipping site to get mulch for their own gardens.
The department says it collects over 140,000 trees every year.
A car crashed into a building on 2nd Avenue and East 4th Street in the East Village on Wednesday morning. At least eight people were injured, three in serious condition, according to FDNY officials.
A car jumped the curb on 2nd Avenue and East 4th Street in the East Village on Wednesday morning injuring eight people. Witnesses say the Nissan was traveling at a high speed before it took out the store front, trees, bicycles, a light post and a fire hydrant.
Riders should anticipate some changes but "near normal" service on the Long Island Rail Road for the morning rush. Crews have been working to repair tracks and switches after Monday's derailment.