Greetings, UESiders!

Has there ever been a busier September on the UES?

Or a fall that’s greener?

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cichorium-intybus

If in doubt, just check what’s coming up:

Saturday, September 27th:  82nd Street Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am –2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

At their tables will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Cherry Lane, Gajeski, Rising Sun Beef, Fresh Radish, Nature’s Way Farms and Valley Shepherd Creamery!

Manager Jesse says:

“It’s officially fall!  The time of year when thoughts turn to honey crisps, galas, McIntoshes and all the other delicious apple varieties you’ll find on the Samascott tables! So come enjoy apple season…  And find out who guessed the weight of that giant cabbage!  The winner receives a bag packed full of market goodies.  This week’s cooking demo delliciousness?  Okonomiyaki…  Japanese cabbage pancakes…  Always a demo hit!  (Great paired with one of Rising Sun Farm’s grass-fed New York strips, rib eyes or beef tenderloin steaks!)  See you Saturday!”

Reminder:  Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess will be otherwise occupied this weekend.  Fingers crossed she’s back next week. 

Last week’s recycling totals: 68 lbs batteries;  20 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 17 pairs of eye glasses; 9 bins of compost; 21 bags of clothes.

Downright amazing! 

Saturday, September 27th:  9th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Lobby, Lenox Hill Hospital, 100 East 77th Street, 10am-2pm

At last, those out-of-date/unused prescriptions crowding your medicine chest shelves can be cleared and disposed of in the most environmentally sound way!  For further information, speak with Janet Christianson, 212-434-2070.  For more locations

Saturday & Sunday, September 27th & 28th:  The 2014 Gracie Square Art Show

Carl Schurz Park, East End Avenue & 86th Street, 10am-5pm; 

Beautiful watercolors, oils, pastels, sculpture and photography for the adults, Project Art (12-5pm) and hands-on paper shaping classes (12-5pm and taught by MoMA educators) for the kid!  Every one of the great community event’s 42 years has been better than the last and benefits the  Schurz Park Conservancy!

Saturday, September 27th:  East 84th Street Neighborhood Association’s Oktoberfest

84th Street between First & Second, 11am to 5pm
Bratwurst and potato pancakes (and more) from the classic Schaller & Weber … The Oompah Band (complete with lederhosen)…  Great vendors … The best used books table in town … And treats from Italianissimo for those requiring a little mozzarella to cut through the sauerkraut.

Saturday, September 27th:  Best Friends Animal Society’s 5th Annual Strut Your Mutt

Hudson River Park’s Pier 84, 43rd Street & the West Side Highway, 2-7pm

So what’s our Master Knife Sharpener up to that she’s not at her table this week?  Morphing into one of her other alter egos (yes plural), Madrette, Pet Paw Reader and helping raise thousands of dollars for the Best Friends Animal Society!  For more on this fun, most worthwhile event

Sunday, September 28th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am-3pm

Compost & Clothing Collection 9am-1pm

At their tables will be Atlantic Seafood, Gonzales, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms, Bread Alone and Meredith’s Bakery.

Hopefully, you got your hands on last week’s delicious parnsip, onion and cabbage cooking demo treat!  And this year’s beet crop is so delicious! 

Last week’s recycling totals:  23 lbs batteries;  2 lbs cords, cellphones and cartridges; 4 bins of compost; 1 giant bin of clothes (the equivalent of 2 giant bags at 82nd Street).

Week 5 of 4 compost bins!! 

Fantastic!! 

Sunday, September 28th:  Food Bank’s Go Orange Scavenger Hunt

Meet at Bryant Park, 1-5pm

Put together a team ( family and/or friends), scour Midtown to locate clues leading to great prizes…  All to benefit/keep Food Bank’s program that feeds thousands of needy New Yorkers!  $25.  For details and tickets… 

October will soon be upon us:

Wednesday, October 1st:  86th Street Scape Proposal Presentation

Memorial Sloan Kettering, 430 East 67th Street, RRL103, 6:30pm

The NYC Department of Design (we’ve been known to apply quote marks to Design) and DOT inform the community on the latest iteration of what we hope will be a transformation that includes upgraded sidewalks, expanded tree beds and comfortable,eye-pleasing street furniture.  Hosted by the Community Board Transportation Committee.  Needless to say, all 3 entities need to hear from us! 

Sunday, October 5th:  It’s My Park Day – Part I

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 10am-3pm

Picking up where UGS/Esplanade Friends left off last spring…  Renaissance of the once forlorn 96th Street planter continues…  We’ll be further lengthening the “ribbon of daffodils” and scraping/painting more railing!   (Mighty fine refreshments on hand, too!)

Tuesday, October 7th:  New York City Beekeeper Association Monthly Meeting

Seafarer’s & International House, 123 East 15th Street, 7pm

The featured speaker this month is Alison Gillespie, author of “Hives in the City: Keeping Honey Bees Alive in an Urban World”.  Free.  For further details

Sunday, October 12th: Shred-A-Thon – Columbus Day Edition

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Streets, opposite the Greenmarket, 11am-3pm

One more time…

What we’ll be shredding:

Paper of any and every kind!

But, please, NO cardboard or handled shopping bags.

And please do remove paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But we do take paperbacks.)

Unwanted hardcovers are welcome at Housing Works or Goodwill.

Just three weeks and counting now!

(Many thanks to Council Member Kallos for his generous grant!)

Saturday, October 18th:  It’s My Park Day – Part II

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 10am-3pm
 
No need to hit the gym this particular Saturday!  Armed with brooms, dustpans and multitudinous garbage bags, UGS and the great East River Crew’ll be working our way north and leaving a squeeky-clean Esplanade in our wake!   You bet, we’ll have refreshments to go along with the intense satisfaction you’ll feel!

Sunday, October 19th:  It’s My Park Day – Part III

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 10am-3pm

We’re UESiders!  We go that extra distance!  And on this particular day, Esplanade Friends and UGS will be joined by our neighbors from East Harlem as we keep – literally – sweeping/scapring/painting our way north, planting daffodil bulbs where the opportunity presents itself and making new friends!  Be there, folks!    

Thursday, October 23rd:  2014 Jane Jacobs Forum – Projects That Ignite 

The Times Center, 242 West 41st Street, 5-7:30pm

In the tradition of the great urbanist, design teams pitch their novel solutions to 3 pervasive challenges to our city life.  Presented by the Municipal Art Society.  Free.!  For details and tickets… 

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Take a deep breath…  Ready…  Miscellany:

Okay, NYC powers-that-be, explain to us why Rikers’ Island “health care” provider’s contract was renewed

On the plus side is the mayor’s commitment to make our public buildings greener while pressing private property owners to do the same

Thanks to the governor, too, for his support of renewing the electricity bill surcharge which’s financed many a great NYS clean energy project these last 5 years!

Know whose side we’re on in the Gramercy Park dust-up over noisy construction of a geothermal well!  (Who knew there’re 100 such wells in our NYC?!)

Let’s move to the sunny side of the street:

And the inspiration of an Alaskan village of 70 indigenous people

Then a major tip of the hat to the vigilant neighbors who deluged the DEC oil spill hot line with calls re a suspicious oil slick on Newtown Creek!

That to the nth power to the wonderful Bronx native credited with being “urban farming’s de facto godmother“!

The Times gave us another lovely portrait…  This of the Central Park gondolier

We noted this energy-storing soccer ball when it was just a bit more than a concept…  Now Soccket’s having a test run in rural Mexico!

Huh?!  Only 2 UES restaurants made the Michelin “good value” list?!

And the history of Tabasco is

And your desert survival skill test mark was…?

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cunonia-capensis

Time for some furriness:

Prepare yourself for extreme cuteness as a kitten discovers its tail… 

Following in the footsteps of William Wegman – photographer of Weimaraners Man Ray and Fay Wray – there’re Raphael Manteso’s mixed media portraits of his bull terrier Jimmy Choo!

Gives incredible new meaning that a long-lost pet tortoise survived in a dusty storeroom 30 years!

Back to felines:  These days more New Yorkers are walking their cats… 

Our autumn leaves are green,

UGS

 

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Happy National Estuary Day, UESiders!

A day – tomorrow, September 20th – especially meaningful to us as that’s what our great East River  – destined to have an unequaled Esplanade –  actually is.

They’ll be celebrating it big-time on the Hudson to our north, but how about we UESiders postpone our merrymaking to our upcoming pair of It’s My Park Days?

In the meantime, our current dance card reads thus: 

Saturday, September 20th:  82nd Street Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am –2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Cherry Lane, Gajeski, Rising Sun Beef, Fresh Radish, Nature’s Way Farms and Valley Shepherd Creamery!

And the latest from Manager Jesse is:

“Harvest season is upon us and this Saturday’s market is a positive cornucopia where we’ll be making a warm fall salad – kale, apple and onion at the manager’s tent AND holding a contest to guess the weight of one of the enormous cabbages Brian Gajeski’s been growing out on Long Island!   The grand prize?  A bag of locally gown goodies from the market, of course! But don’t forget Samascott’s apples, Cherry Lane’s tomatoes the more than 25 kinds of artisanal cheeses from Valley Shepherd Creamery and the freshest seafood in the city!  See you Saturday!”

Delighted to say Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess will on hand, too! 

Meanwhile, market recycling totals continue on the intense up tick, friends!

Last week’s recycling totals: 64 lbs batteries;  23 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 19 pairs of eye glasses; 9 bins of compost; 35 bags of clothes.

(Loved the expression on the Wearable Collection fellow’s face when he saw the huge heap of big, black plastic bags!)

Sunday, September 21st:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am-3pm

Compost & Clothing Collection 9am-1pm

At their tables will be Atlantic Seafood, Gonzales, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms, Bread Alone and Meredith’s Bakery.

And – fingers crossed – the new dairy farm is in place this Sunday!

Phillips still has beautiful bunches of basil!! 

Last week’s recycling totals:  27 lbs batteries;  4 lbs cords, cellphones and cartridges; 4 bins of compost; 1 giant bin of clothes (the equivalent of 2 giant bags at 82nd Street).

Another week of 4 compost bins!! 

Fantastic!!

Sunday, September 21st:  People’s Climate March 

Beginning at Columbus Circle, 11:30am

Present predictions are that 100,000 will turn up for this impressively organized statement of New Yorkers/Americans concern about our earth. For those of you who’ve never participated in such an event, they tend to be pretty much soul tonic.  (UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will be a marcher!) For complete info

And in October (!):

Thursday, October 2nd:  An Evening of Steampunk & the NYC Transit System

The NY Transit Museum, Grand Central Station, 7pm

Travel back in time and explore the Transit Museum after hours and get the lowdown on the feat of engineering that moved our city from steam to electric power at the dawn of the 20 Century.  (Attendees in period costume welcome!)  Organized by the wild and crazy Atlas Obscura.  $35.  For more and tickets

Sunday, October 5th:  It’s My Park Day – Part I

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 10am-3pm

Picking up where we left off in spring…  Renaissance of the once forlorn 96th Street planter continues…  We’ll be further lengthening the “ribbon of daffodils” and scraping/painting more railing!   (Mighty fine refreshments on hand, too!)

Thursday, October 9th:  Micro-grids, Combined Heat and Power Plants, and Distributed Energy Webinar

On Your Computer, 10:30am

Staff from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Pace Law School Energy and Climate Center enlighten us on how groups of interconnected energy resources and local energy users can provide reliability and improved efficiency, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs.  For full details

Saturday, October 11th:  Free Electronics Recycling

Third Avenue between 105th & 106th Street, 10am-4pm (rain or shine)

Accepted will be:  Computers and peripherals (monitors, printers, faxes/scanners, keyboards, mice, wires, etc.); TVs; stereo and A/V equipment, VCRs, DVD players; phones. 

Not Accepted: Microwaves, refrigerators, air conditioners, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  

For more information or 212-477-4022.

Sunday, October 12th: Shred-A-Thon – Columbus Day Edition

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Streets, opposite the Greenmarket, 11am-3pm

You know the drill…

What we’ll be shredding:

Paper of any and every kind!

But, please, NO cardboard or handled shopping bags.

And please do remove paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But we do take paperbacks.)

Take those hardcovers over to Goodwill.

(Many thanks to Council Member Kallos for his generous grant!)

Sunday, October 19th:  It’s My Park Day – Part II

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 10am-3pm

No need to hit the gym this particular Sunday!  Armed with brooms, dustpans and multitudinous garbage bags, we’ll be working our way north and leaving a squeeky-clean Esplanade in our wake!   You bet, we’ll have refreshments to go along with the intense satisfaction you’ll feel!

And the miscellany of the week:

A surprising challenge Germany’s facing, but may we in the U.S.A. have to soon grapple with renewables’ impact on traditional power sources… 

Actually…  It’s already an issue in – of all places – Kansas… 

And Wisconsin

Then there’s our country’s methane leak problem

Yikes, but haven’t we all been wondering how sewer overflows are cleaned up?

On the sunnier side of the street:

At last!  Australia’s acting to protect  her Great Barrier Reef!

An idea worthy of our consideration:  East River Skyway gondolas!

Hummm…  All kinds of serious science transpiring in NYC parks!

All praise to the 5th graders who persuaded Dunkin Donuts to stop using styrofoam cups!  (Though it seems Dunkin does need encouragement to commit to a date certain for that ban…) 

Cue Gloria Gaynor and “I Will Survive”…  Then check out City Hall’s odyssey!

Talk about a unique job opportunity in our NYC: Blacksmith (Only those with 5 years experience need apply.)

Finally, animals:

No wonder we love it when kitties purr

All hands on deck…  There’s a NYS moose alert

We’ll be marching in green,

UGS 

 

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We’re baaaaack, UESiders!

And glad we are to be so on this anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner and as National Honey Week draws to a close!

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sanguinaria-canadensis

Now…

Let’s see how much of the piles of important/fun info we can cram onto this page this week:

Saturday, September 13th:  82nd Street Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am –2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

At their respective tables will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Cherry Lane, Gajeski, Rising Sun Beef, Fresh Radish, Nature’s Way Farms and Valley Shepherd Creamery!

And there’s this news flash from Manager Jesse:

“There are leaves on the apples and on the GROUND in our market’s beautiful courtyard! Come enjoy the swan song of summer with chiles, heirloom tomatoes, corn, pears, eggplant, and all the bounty of late summer — we’ll be roasting an eggplant on an open flame and making babaganoush to keep off autumn’s chill! As always, we’ll be collecting corks and batteries, textiles and compost, and Barbara will be sharpening knives — join us!”

And lucky we are that our formidable Master Knife Sharpener will yet again with us and honing in her accustomed place!  

So just what recycling totals have we been wracking up these last 4 weeks?

Answer:  Big ones, folks!!

In fact, Compost Maestro Jared has asked for a 10th bin for this coming Saturday!

Last 4 week’s recycling totals: 145 lbs batteries;  21 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 17 pairs of eye glasses; 25 bins of compost; 81 bags of clothes.

In a word:  WOW!

Saturday, September 13th: Exploring New York’s Natural Side Tour

Payson Center, Inwood Hill Park, 5-7pm

Walk through this remnant (really, we’ve got one!), ecologically important forest at the northern tip of Manhattan with brilliant “Mannahatta” author (now pioneering the Weliikia Project), Eric Sanderson.  Free.  For reservations and more… 

Sunday, September 14th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am-3pm

Compost & Clothing Collection 9am-1pm

With us will be Atlantic Seafood, Gonzales, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms, Bread Alone and Meredith’s Bakery.

And a new dairy farm with even more delicious yogurt and other milk products will be on hand this Sunday!

Meanwhile, Phillips’ peaches of every kind are just incredible! 

Last 3 week’s recycling totals:  44 lbs batteries;  7 lbs cords, cellphones and cartridges; 16 bins of compost; 3 pairs of eyeglasses;  3 1/2 giant bins of clothes (the equivalent of 7 giant bags at 82nd Street).

Yes, you divided that compost number correctly!  Another 4 more solid weeks of 4 compost bins!! 

Go, 92nd Street!!

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bauhinia-galpinii

And then:

Saturday, September 20th:  Native Plants and Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden

East River Esplanade at 60th Street (enter at York & 60th), 1 & 3pm

Accomplished local horticulturalist Maureen Regan shares her wisdom on beautiful things to grow that’ll turn our gardens into butterfly magnets! (Maybe even get us recognition as an official monarch butterfly migration route stop like Stuyvesant Cove!)  Organized by the great Green Park Gardeners (check out the gorgeous work they’re doing on the Andrew Haswell Green portion of the Esplanade).  Free and absolutely kid friendly.  

Saturday & Sunday, September 20th and 21st:  Maker Faire 2014

New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadow, Queens

Be witness to the future of what science’ll is and will bringing to the world and Manhattan in particular with inventions and activities ranging from 3D printing to home-scale bio-diesel production! Family-friendly, too!  Tickets:  $17.50 – $70.  For full details

Sunday, September 21st:  People’s Climate March 

Beginning at Columbus Circle, 11:30am

Let there be an insane number of orderly, smiling, determined marchers… Be there!!

Friday, September 26th:  The Five Thousand Pound Life – Land -
A Symposium on Land and Climate Change

The Great Hall, The Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, 2pm

Who better than “Mannahatta’s” Eric Sanderson and Ted Steinberg to discuss the historical ecology of New York City and the changes throughout time that have resulted in our present land use?  Presented by the Architectural League NY.  Members & Students:  Free.  Non-members:  $20. For tickets and more…   

Saturday, September 27th:  Smithsonian Museum Day

Select Museums throughout NYC

Including UESide’s own Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden!  Entrance free to one and all presenting a Museum Day ticket!  For the full list of participating NYC museums and those tickets

Commencing in October 1st:  Ellis Island Hospital Tours

Ferries depart from Battery Park 

Off-bounds to visitors for 60 years, groups up to 10 will be guided through the most telling of the 30-some buildings in the complex and with tour proceeds going to restoration.  Tickets and prices of those tickets available on September 25th.

On our horizon:

Sunday, October 5th:  It’s My Park Day – Part I

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 10am-3pm

Picking up where we left off in spring…  Renaissance of the once forlorn 96th Street planter continues…  We’ll be further lengthening the “ribbon of daffodil” and scraping/painting more railing!   (We’ll be having fabulous refreshments, too!)

Sunday, October 19th:  It’s My Park Day – Part II

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 10am-3pm

No need to hit the gym this particular Sunday!  Armed with brooms, dustpans and multitudinous garbage bags, we’ll be working our way north and leaving a squeeky-clean Esplanade in our wake!   You bet, we’ll have refreshments to go along with the intense satisfaction you’ll feel!

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themeda-triandra

Only a smidgen of miscellany this time out:

More than rumor that meat packers are attempting to reintroduce pink slime…  

What reason could there possibly be for clothing being made from rain forest wood?  (If you think this is a poor idea…)

And why on earth are 100 of our federally protected wild burros being shipped off to Guatemala?  (If it sounds crazy to you, too…)

AND 13 years later and 2 years post-Sandy, how could the city not have completed mapping our waterfront?

On the upswing:

California’s just passed the 100,000 mark of plug-in cars purchased and on the road!

Be interesting to know who the negative 9% are thinking, but 91% of parents polled support including fruits and vegetables in school lunches! 

Sure says something when Teamster Locals are encouraging New Yorkers to take part in the Climate Day March! 

Very nice capsule portrait/history of Belvedere Castle from Inside the Apple…

Now for some off-the-reservation wackiness:

 Remember Evil Knieval

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crassula-ovata

Just a mini-taste of animals:

Time to sign up for this year’s (Cornell Ornithology Lab’s) Project FeederWatch!  (Wonderful for kids!)

And, yes, there are plenty of adorable nocturnal animals

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sugar gliders

We close from the Hudson River Almanac:

88/22 – Newcomb, HRM 302: The leaves were beginning to turn. Some of the red maples were gaining a blush of color and the aspen trees had a hint of yellow. A few leaves have already drifted down to the ground as we prepare to set out our leaf litter traps as early as next week. August temperatures have been about average, but our rainfall total (5.09 inches) was above average. – Charlotte Demers

[Our NYState leaf litter traps are part of a larger project with the National Atmospheric Deposition Program. We put out eight leaf collectors, collect all of the leaves that fall in them, and then send them to the U.S. Geological Survey for mercury analysis every two weeks. It is believed that mercury is not transported through tree systems, so what is detected on the leaves is the result of atmospheric deposition. – Tom Lake

Forever green,

UGS

 

 

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Happy Upcoming World Elephant Day, UESiders!

Happening next Tuesday, August 12th with plenty of advocacy opportunities like Go Gray for Elephants!

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Needless to say, just one of the good things happening this coming 7 days:

Friday, August 15th:  New York Aquarium Deep Sea Pioneers Celebration

Surf Avenue & West 8th Street, Brooklyn, 6:30-10:30pm

Eighty years ago this month, William Beebe and Otis Barton dropped a then-record 3,028 feet below the ocean’s surface.  Now you can see the Bathysphere in which that historic descent was made up close and personal! Celebration also includes craft beer, sustainably sourced fish tacos, Aquatheater show and an excellent view of the Coney Island fireworks from the Aquarium’s Oceanview Deck!  $11.95.  10% discount when purchased online.  For tickets and more

Saturday, August 9th:  82nd Street Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am –2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

With us be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Cherry Lane, Gajeski, Rising Sun Beef, Fresh Radish Farms and Valley Shepherd Creamery!

Then, as of last week, there’s the new farm that’s just joined our market: Nature’s Way Farm with what uber manager Margaret Hoffman rightly describes as the best lip balm ever…  That and a host of bee-connected products!  (Try the incredible hand lotion!)

And there’s this news flash from Manager Jesse:

“This Saturday market morning,  we’ll be celebrating Rachel Friedman, winner of our Guess the Kernels on the Cob contest, who’ll be receiving a big bag of market goodies..  We’ll be offering up samples of  a Market Parfait —  no coincidence that parfait also means “perfect” because this is the perfect market breakfast! Think granola from Bread Alone, blueberries from Samascott Orchards, cow and sheep yogurt from Garden of Spices and Valley Shepherd and honey from brand new vendor Nature’s Way. Come and enjoy!”

Apologies, folks.  Live Cultures bailed on us so no music this week…

BUT…

Our Master Knife Sharpener will be back at her table!  

And keep in mind that tomatoes, corn and basil are selling out early!

Last week’s recycling totals: 70 lbs batteries;  18 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 5 pair of eye glasses; 6 bins of compost; 23 bags of clothes.

Downright amazing!

Sunday, August 10th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am-3pm

Compost & Clothing Collection 9am-1pm

At their tables sagging with summer bounty will be Atlantic Seafood, Gonzales, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms, Bread Alone, Hammond Dairy and Meredith’s Bakery.

Hope Gonzalez Farm has squash blossoms again this week!

Last week’s recycling totals:  35 lbs batteries;  8 lbs cords, cellphones and cartridges; 4 bins of compost;  1 giant bin of clothes (the equivalent of 2 giant bags at 82nd Street).

Yes, indeed!  Another 4 compost bins!! 

And then:

Saturday, August 16th:  Ninth Avenue Chelsea Garden Club Walk

Ninth Avenue & 17th Street, 9am

And we quote great Club president Missy Adams:  “Tour the beautiful bicycle-lane tree pits along Ninth Avenue, as well as meet our newest gardeners, celebrate the flowers, and curse the weeds, theft and vandalism.” These folks have been inspiration to our own growing cadre of First Avenue Bike Island gardeners!  Plan on a slow walk up to 30th Street.  Free! 

Thursday, August 21st to Monday, September 1st: New York State Fair

New York  State Fairgrounds,  Route 690 just west of Syracuse

Concerts, competitions from prize rabbits to crafts to antique cars and beyond!  Regardless of whatever newly minted attractions are added to the mix, these things retain their wonderful, lost-in-time quality.   $10. Children under 12 free.  For details and discounted advance tickets…  

Friday, August 22st:  An Expedition to the Explorers Club

46 East 70th Street, 11am-12:30pm

Since 1904, this’s been the club house for those who’ve broadened our knowledge of earth and beyond.  The place pretty much drips history and adventure.   Not to be missed!  Organized by the Obscura Society.  $25.  For more and tickets

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xerochrysum-bracteatum

In our tradition of the most miscellaneous miscellany:

The Toledo algae bloom experience makes Major Water Incident #2 (remember West Virginia?)…  Meanwhile, yet another NYS entity has consented to using our clean water moneys to finance the new Tappan Zee Bridge…  (All concerned, first and foremost our governor, are calling it a “loan”…) 

Sigh…  Yes, there’re GMOs in our mayonnaise, too

Question:  If a co-op board can preserve a vaguely famous elevator, how come we’re letting them tear Rizzoli down?  (Absolutely glad that elevator’s being saved!)

Think we aren’t experiencing an epic affordable housing problem?  How about the 53,000 individuals applying for 89 new units?

Englewood Cliffs, NJ seems to be coming to its senses and restoring its no-taller-than-35-foot-building-height regulation…  But LG’s permit allowing it to go up 143 feet and, thus, totally protrude above the historically unspoiled Palisades still stands.  If you’d like to encourage LG to back off, rethink and redesign… 

Just in case it’d slipped our minds how far ahead of us – like decades – Europe is in its handling of waste

On the upswing:

Friends of the Esplanade’s first public art project is coming soon!  For a hint as to what’ll be...

Offshore wind seems to be (fingers crosssed) taking off along the NE US coast!

In fact, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission just announced development of solar, wind and geothermal as power sources now lead ye olde and dirty coal, oil and gas

High tech in farm fields…?    You bet and it can – among many pluses – reduce planting overlap to 1 inch!! 

Fascinating graphic detailing the worldwide origin of some 60 foodstuffs that’ll ultimately land on NYC store/market shelves

Seems like a somewhat puny amount, but the US Department of Energy is set to apportion $18M among 32 companies that’ll be aiming to reduce geothermal energy costs

Meanwhile, looks like scientists at the Department of Energy have come up with a new material that might allow tons more renewable energy to be stored long term!  (Please, may it work!) 

Great that Minnesota’s about to establish output standards for solar gardens (solar projects where the energy’s shared by homeowners with each receiving credit on their power bills).

Of course, all the plastics we recycle are squeaky clean, but for those who’re still plopping the likes of jam-coated jars in their building’s bins, New Hampshire now has a plant that washes plastic scrap thus making it suitable for making new containers!  (Lots more interesting reading as you scroll down to this article!) 

That Adirondack hiking trail information you need?

Yes, and there’re a myriad of other amazing outdoor activities all around our state

Surprise!  Surprise!  “Cycle paths” are a NYC tradition…  As per this 1908 postcard detailing one such in a Vaux designed park!!  (Do proceed to the “Curbed” article.)

Yet again, Christopher Gray fills us in on UES buildings and neighborhood tone lost and abiding where much good was/still is done

Believe it:  There was once a botanical garden on grounds that are now Rockefeller Center

In the Recycling-At-Its-Finest column, we can add Brooklyn’s superb New York Old Iron to Manhattan’s amazing Demolition Depot

That pocketful of foreign currency you came home from vacation with?  Put it to good use as per this tip from reader Sharon Lowenstein (AKA The Organizing Goddess):  “Consider donating it to the Change for Good program, a partnership between UNICEF and the international airline industry since 1987.”

For the board game addict:  The Brooklyn Strategist, a shop featuring a library of some 300 games for play or sale..  Tournaments…  After school clubs for kids and more!    

Or if you will be traveling in the U.S., here’re an assortment of food festivals scattered around nation!

Hats off to citizen science at its most dedicated/impressive:  A 101-year old Bridgehampton resident who’s been assisting the National Weather Service for 84 years  

Then there’s guerrilla citizen action to encourage urban walking via signage hacking

Last but hardly least, our city’s looking for volunteers who’d like to lend a hand in expanding the impact of the new participatory budgeting process.  Couldn’t be less than fascinating! Check it out!

Well, not quite last…  For those who’ve yet to stop by the lovely Tinsel Trading at 828 Lex

But this is…  From the Things-We-Definitely-Don’t-Need/Are They Kidding File: A $365 market tote

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oxalis-oregana

All NYS critters this week:

We’ve noted it in these pages before and can’t imagine this’ll be the last time:  When they make the NYTimes, we know chickens are here to stay in NYC!

A final note from the Hudson River Almanac:

7/18 - Greene County, HRM 112.2: During an early morning guided interpretive kayak paddle on the RamsHorn Creek, in addition to seeing three different beavers, we were treated to an uncommon sighting: three river otters! They seemed as curious about us as we were of them, rising out of the water to get better views, chattering to each other the whole time. They submerged a short time later and then one surfaced with something in its mouth, either an eel or a water snake. It was a magical moment for sure. – Larry Federman

otter

 

Final, that is, except for the Bird of the Week:

green headed tanager

green headed tanager

Living in joyous, brilliant blue, yellow and green,

UGS

 

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Greetings, UESiders!

Can we believe it’s August already?

Yikes! 

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empetrum-nigrum

Let’s get right down on the week ahead:

Friday, August 1st:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-8:30pm 

Starmaster John Pazmino’s topic this time round:  Meteor showers and the upcoming Perseids which arrive at earth each year on the nights of August 11th through 13th!  Really!  Free.

Saturday, August 2nd:  82nd Street Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am –2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

At their tables will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Cherry Lane, Gajeski, Rising Sun Beef, Fresh Radish Farms and Valley Shepherd Creamery!

Yes, as promised,  Garden of Spices returns with their monumental yogurt, chicken, eggs and more!

And Market Manager Jessie adds:

“Last Saturday was all about eggplants and did we ever celebrate – and take home – the many whimsical varieties of this versatile vegetable – from tiny Fairytales, to long Japanese, to lustrous Black Beauties.  Okra made its 2014 market debut…  And melons will be coming soon!

Winner of the Guess the Kernels on a Corn Cob raffle:  The amazing Rachel Friedman, who was only 12 kernels off with her guess of 621 and won the Greenmarket tote bag packed full of market goodies!”

This week’s musical treat:  The Opera Collective!

That our Master Knife Sharpener will be at her table makes for one darned perfect day!  

(Doesn’t get any better than grilled cheese sandwiches made with Valley Shepherd and cheddar and butter!)

Last week’s recycling totals: 64 lbs batteries;  16 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 7 pair of eye glasses; 5 1/2 bins of compost; 26 bags of clothes.

As we move towards an incredible ton of batteries…

One more time:  Britta filters and CDs/DVDs can now be recycled in your building’s recycling bins!

Saturday, August 2nd:  RiverNet – Great Hudson River Fish Count 

Along Hudson From Albany to NYC

And we, the public, are invited!     Yup, – adults and kids – we can lend a hand as naturalists explore  – and we quote – “the amazing variety of slippery, wriggly, and fascinating creatures usually hidden below our great river’s surface!”   Waterproof waders will be available for one and all. Or why not just watch!   For sites (there are two in Manhattan), times and further details

Sunday, August 3rd:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am-3pm

Compost & Clothing Collection 9am-1pm

With us will be Atlantic Seafood, Gonzales, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms, Bread Alone, Hammond Dairy and Meredith’s Bakery.

Hammond’s peach yogurt, people!

Last week’s recycling totals:  39 lbs batteries;  10 lbs cords, cellphones and cartridges; 4 bins of compost;  1 giant bin of clothes (the equivalent of 2 giant bags at 82nd Street).

4 compost bins!!  Wow!!

Mondays, August 4th & 18th:  CM Kallos’ Housing Clinic

The Council Member’s Office, 244 East 93rd Street, 3-6pm

Free legal advice on your housing problems on the first and third Mondays of every month.  A volunteer attorney will be on hand for consultation, too.   To RSVP (and you should to speak to the attorney):  212-860-1930, RSVP@Ben.Kallos.com or online

Coming up:

Saturday, August 16th:  Exploration of a Former Industrial Empire Tour

Meet at the Albert E. Short Triangle Park, corner of Jackson Avenue and 23rd Street, Long Island City, Queens, 10:30am-12:30pm

An independent city until 1898, Long Island City was once known as the workshop of America, was home to a vast array of industries and an all-around colorful place…  And now?  Still fascinating as gentrification proceeds apace!  Organized by the Obscura Society.  $20.  For tickets

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 21st, 22nd & 23rd:  Family Nature Walks at the Bronx Zoo

2300 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 10-11am

A 60-minute guided tour complete with zoo-provided backpacks, binoculars, bug jars and journals for your kids to record their observations! $10 (with purchase of Zoo admission).  For tickets

Sooner than we think:

Sunday, September 21st:  People’s Climate March 

Right Here in NYC

Organized by the Sierra Club and set to coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit.  We’ll fill you in on details as they become known and/or email dan.sherrell@sierraclub.org.

And this week’s miscellany is:

Of course, the MTA’s short a mere $12B in funding their much needed capital projects

We’ve never knowingly encountered hogweed and we don’t want to…  And we sleep better knowing that NYS’s doing its best to eradicate this awful-sounding, invasive plant!  

Hurrah!  NYC’ll be on the receiving end of some of the $4.7M the Feds have allocated to clear coastal marshes of Sandy debris!

Pleasure to say, restaurants on our shores and abroad are moving the trimming-of-waste- flag – be that waste food or packaging – ever more forward!

More impressive still (and thanks for the tip to reader Gerry Levine) is British chain Sainsbury’s plan to power one of their markets entirely via its food waste!

Yet another great opportunity to do some valuable citizen science:  The 2014 NYS Game Bird Survey!

And how about participating in an art project that very much needs our contributions of chicken wishbones…?  (We’ve already forwarded 4!)  Just wrap your totally clean, dry wishbones in soft padding (like – yes – recycled bubble wrap), place in a crush-proof box (like a metal cracker tin) and forward to:  Yenom Studio, 111 Leroy Street, New York 10014.  Include your name so artist Holton Rower can send you a thank-you! 

Double hurrah!  Non-profit incubator and think tank NYC Design Trust for Public Space’s just published New Data Collection Toolkit for Urban Farmers to create an urban farm database!

Also happy to note that restaurant chain Cosi’s now serving up antibiotic- free chicken!

Doesn’t get more feel-good than this:  Designing custom furniture for disabled kids and fabricating it from cardboard…  (This year’s Pritzger Prize-winning architect, Shigera Ban’s, made cardboard tube construction an art form!)

Triple hurrah…  If California makes a new study come real… That’s “it’s technically and economically feasible to convert California’s all-purpose energy infrastructure to one powered by clean, renewable energy

Back on Gotham turf:

We may be a city of millions, but we still have those special places where you’d never know you were in a metropolis

More on that 18th Century ship recently unearthed at the World Trade Center site… 

Off on another tangent:

Very much fans of the B-and-Bee Festival Camping concept design!

How about a  cute, short test that’ll not only reveal your sustainability personality but – without your giving any info – a donation to the worthy cause of your choice!

At last, some animals:

Most excellent news that d-CON’s super-toxic rat poisons which have long been the source of death for hawks, owls and many other birds will finally be
pulled from retail shelves by early next year!

Holy crow!  The CW Network will be broadcasting the World Dog Awards in January 2015, an event celebrating hero dogs, dogs working in the entertainment industry and everyday canines who’ve found fame on the Internet!

Yes, people.  Chickens are now a fact of many a NYC neighborhood’s life

Thanks to the great Carol Rinzler for making sure we knew that Representative Maloney’s angling for NYC to have (really it’d be a loan) its very own pair of PANDAS!

Yours truly in green,

UGS

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Happy 75th-Plus-One-Day Birthday to Batman and National Moth Week, UESiders!

Yes, National Moth Week.

Believe it or not, there’re a host of serious Moth Week events that’ll be held across this nation of ours… 

Pretty amazing as are these 5 facts about the little winged creatures

rosy maple moth

rosy maple moth

Hope your week ahead is as good as ours, moths: 

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 25th, 26th & 27th: 36th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow

Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Queens

And we quote, “New York City’s oldest and largest pow wow featuring 3 days of inter-tribal Native American dance competitions.”  More than 40 Indian nations will be represented and the setting couldn’t be more lovely (the museum’s apple orchard).  Adults, $10.  Children under 12, $7.  For directions and more

Saturday, July 26th:  82nd Street Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am –2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

With us will be great American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Cherry Lane, Gajeski, Rising Sun Beef, Fresh Radish Farms and Valley Shepherd Creamery!

FYI:  Garden of Spices will be absent and on family vacation!  They’ll be back on August 2nd.

This week it’s possible Samascott and/or Rising Sun may have eggs.

Then there’re these latest market news flashes from our great new Manager Jessie:

“Last week, shoppers enjoyed our first new apple of the 2014 season: Samascott Orchards brought a brand new Geneva right off the tree.

This week, we look forward to more corn, more eggplants, LOTS more tomatoes, and more and more fresh fruit and apples from Samascott (as if their line wasn’t long enough!), as well as more great cheese, butter and yogurt, beef and seafood from our incredible vendors at this wonderfully eclectic market.”

PLUS…

On our music menu this Saturday:  The guitarist/vocalist we loved so much last year when she performed with Marion Cowlings – Andrea Wright!

You bet, Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess will be on hand, as well!

Last week’s recycling totals: 62 lbs batteries;  20 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 10 pair of eye glasses; 7 1/4 bins of compost; 25 bags of clothes.

Brilliant!!

Yet again:  Britta filters and CDs/DVD can be recycled in your building’s  recycling bins!

Sunday, July 27th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am-3pm

Compost & Clothing Collection 9am-1pm

With us will be Atlantic Seafood, Gonzales, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms, Bread Alone, Hammond Dairy and Meredith’s Bakery.

If you didn’t get your hands on Margaret’s vegetable borscht recipe last Sunday, make it your mission this week!

Tomatoes…  Corn…  Need we say more?

Last week’s recycling totals:  42 lbs batteries;  7 lbs cords, cellphones and cartridges; 3 1/4 bins of compost;  1 giant bin of clothes (the equivalent of 2 giant bags at 82nd Street).

Add to that the 2 giant bins (4 bags) of clothes collected week one and 1 bin (2 bags) week two…  Making for a 2014 total to date of 9 bags! 

Sunday, July 27th:  Shadows of Nieuw Amsterdam Tour

In front of the American IndianMuseum, 1 Bowling Green, 12:15-2:15pm

“Rogue” historian Dan Veksler shares his perspective on the history of lower Manhattan, the oldest settled part our great  city.  Organized by the Obscura Society.  $25.  For more

Sunday, July 27th:  West Harlem Stop ‘N Swap Event

Soha Square Greenmarket, 117th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (Eighth Avenue), 12-3pm

Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, games, books and toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you and free! But you don’t have to bring something to take something. But no furniture or large items, please!  (You’ll enjoy yourself!)  For further details

Wednesday, July 30th:  Build Your Own HDTV Television Antenna Class

190 Underhill Avenue, Brooklyn, 4:30-730pm

As if Aereo’s defeat in court was the end of free over-the-air TV…  And who could resist constructing something that looks like this and actually works:

HDTV Antenna

From the folks at the Brooklyn Brainery, of course.  $42.  For more and to register… 

Now through Sunday, August 17th:  Self-Taught Genius -Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum

American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street

For those unexposed to the range and gorgeous expressiveness of folk artists, this exhibition is the place start…  For devotees, “treasures” is absolutely the right word.  Free.  For days and hours

Now through Sunday, September 7th:  Rescuing the Past in New York City

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden,  421 East 61st Street

Once this UES treasure languished among giant Con Ed fuel tanks and survived only because the company decided it was less expensive to leave it standing!  Now (back off, Batman!) in celebration of the Museum’s 75th anniversary, it’s giving us the chance to view archival photos, documents, and objects detailing preservation of the building from the 1939 day when it opened to the public as the Abigail Adams Smith House.  Free for members. Adults, $8.  Seniors and Students, $7.  Children under 12 free. For further details

Right on the horizon:

Mondays, August 4th & 18th:  CM Kallos’ Housing Clinic

The Council Member’s Office, 244 East 93rd Street, 3-6pm

Free legal advice on your housing problems on the first and third Mondays of every month.  A volunteer attorney will be on hand for consultation, too.   To RSVP (and you should to speak to the attorney):  212-860-1930, RSVP@Ben.Kallos.com or online

Salicornia-bigelovii

Salicornia-bigelovii

Ever more miscellaneous:

Let’s talk construction and the new administration’s desire to hasten the pace of major infrastructure projects while reducing cost…  (Be nice if the folks at the helm are up to the task.)

And why do we doubt that capability?  

Square the Port Authority’s intention to spend $90M to update our sorry, used-by-thousands-a-day, 64-year old bus terminal with the $800K allocated by our Council Speaker to renovate some handball courts... 

On an infinitely smaller scale, how come a minimal number of building owners are aware of new NYC guidelines for tree bed size when sidewalks are replaced?   (Beds’re required to be bigger to help absorb stormwater runoff…  Check page 3  of the Parks’ manual -  then note there’s no page 23!)…

Meanwhile, how could we have let Philadelphia – of all places – get ahead of us in stormwater management!

Going national:  Seems certain elements would like to erode expansion of/protections afforded by our National Monuments system.  Should you object to this approach

And what week would be complete without citing the loss of significant architecture

On with our smiley faces:

The just-released Federal Office of Energy Projects report states that wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydropower account for 55.7% of newly installed generating capacity in the U.S. for the first half of 2014!

Attention, prospective citizen scientists/swimming pool owners!  NYS would love your help in a survey of invasive insects!

For those fortunate few with a rent-stabilized living quarters, some tips on remaining in place… 

If you read the Sunday Times piece on  model agency immortal and UES resident Eileen Ford, likely you figured out she shopped our 82nd Street Market! 

And on the fringe:

Yes, you’re reading this right:  A DIY air conditioner for $15!  (For video instructions…)  Then there’s the $8 version

Beginning fly fishing classes for women.. .  (Upstate, yes, but still…) 

 syringa-sweginzowii-superba

syringa-sweginzowii-superba

On to the animal kingdom:

Free endangered species ringtones?

Endangered plants and animals that might be hiding in or near NYC via your cellphone?

Awwwww….  Here’s what to do if you should come upon a stray kitten/kittens

Love The Bird of the Week…  The beautiful Inca Tern!

Five NYC places where your dog can swim

How to discourage black bears that might be making a nuisance of themselves… 

As ever, some tidbits from the Hudson River Almanac:

7/9 – Manhattan, HRM:  I was walking along the Battery Park City Esplanade in late afternoon when a fisherman caught what appeared to be two small sharks. – Matthew Fenton

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[Photos revealed that these were smooth dogfish.  Smooth dogfish (Triakidae), plus the spiny dogfish (Squalidae), are by far the most common sharks found in the lower estuary and New York Harbor. Both can reach about five feet in length, but neither is a threat to humans. The smooth dogfish favors shellfish while the spiny dogfish is more of a fish eater. We have encountered both of these dogfish as far upriver as Englewood (NJ), river mile 13. That is not to say that both might venture farther upriver if conditions suit them. - Tom Lake.]

Everlastingly green,

UGS

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Happy We’re Not Going to Have a LIRR Strike, UESiders!

How about we set things in motion with one lovely, true life story as told by Michael Swaine, professor at UC Berkeley, Mills College and the California College of the Arts and founder of the Free Mending Library:

Swaine photo“Around 12 years ago, a friend and I were walking by an abandoned alley in San Francisco, and she asked, ‘If you could do anything with this space, what would you do?’ I had just found this old treadle sewing machine, so I said, kind of impulsively, ‘I would set up my sewing machine and just sew for the neighbors.’ 

“Somehow the stars aligned for this strange idea. The Luggage Store, a nonprofit art gallery in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, offered to let me use the alley next to them. I sew from noon to sundown on the 15th of each month. 

“Eighty percent of the people who show up live in nearby low-income housing. I hem a lot of pants and patch a lot of holes. But I don’t say no to anything. Once I sewed a little pink dog collar. Often people sew with me–grandmothers who are losing their vision and can’t thread the needle anymore, people who live in cramped apartments and don’t have a sewing machine. Neighbors help neighbors. The conversations start with sewing and end up someplace else. Sometimes people just want to talk about the hard day they’ve had.

“The thing I love most about the Free Mending Library is that it’s out on the streets. Businessmen sit next to recovering drug addicts or the minister who runs the domestic violence shelter down the street. Having this kind of shared experience has made me see how the conveniences of modern society, like Netflix and air-conditioning, make us stay home and in some inherent way start to fear our neighbor. 

“There are a lot of things we need to do for our environment, like buying less and sharing more. But sharing requires that first step of trust. The fear that’s between people gets in the way of good solutions.” 

Really, community building can happen just about anywhere…  

It surely happens every week at our Greenmarkets:

Saturday, July 19th:  82nd Street Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am –2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

At tables piled high with summer bounty will be great American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Cherry Lane, Gajeski, Rising Sun Beef, Fresh Radish and Garden of Spices Farms and Valley Shepherd Creamery!

PLUS…

Summer music – in the form of the blue grass band we all love so much – returns to the market this Saturday!

Grand Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess will be with us, too!

Last week’s recycling totals: 66 lbs batteries;  17 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair of eye glasses; 7 bins of compost; 8 bags of clothes.

You’ll note:  Britta filters and CDs/DVD are no longer included in our totals…  Reason being those items are now recyclable in your building’s very own recycling bins!

Great how our city’s moving forward, yes?!

Saturday, July 19th:  Holmes Residents Family Day

Plaza in front of 1780 First Avenue, between 92nd and 93rd Streets, 12pm

Our neighbors’ great annual party of music, dancing and fabulous food in the Caribbean mode!  Plenty of tables offering great community info, as well!  See you there!

Sunday, July 20th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am-3pm

Compost & Clothing Collection 9am-1pm

With us will be Atlantic Seafood, Gonzales, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms, Bread Alone and Meredith’s Bakery and Hammond Dairy!

Yes, we know, Hammond Dairy was MIA last week…  But they and that incredible Ronnybrook milk will be back this Sunday!

PLUS:

Weekdays, he’s our City Council Member nailing down millions to repair our Esplanade…  But some weekends…  He morphs into the chef-clothes-and-apron-wearing/market-food-loving/slicer and dicer who’ll be bringing us this Sunday’s special market event:  Cooking With Kallos! 

Be there at 11am and ready to eat, people! 

Last week’s recycling totals:  38 lbs batteries;  11 lbs Britta filters, cords, cellphones and cartridges; 3 bins of compost;  1 giant bin of clothes (the equivalent of 2 giant bags at 82nd Street).

The veterans on collection duty last week didn’t have previous weeks’ totals, but they’ll be getting them for us!  

Thursday, July 24th:  An Evening Wolf Howl

Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem, New York, 5-10m

And we quote, “Leave city lights behind and head north to Westchester and a visit with these rare and highly misunderstood animals at their favorite hour, dusk.”  Has to be pretty incredible!  (Think there’s at least one wolf pup!)  Organized by the Obscura Society. $60 which includes transport by van, wine and cheese! For more and tickets…Atlas Obscura is Going to the Wolves!

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pereskiopsis-aquosa

Miscellany and – as ever – all over the landscape:

Reason 8 zillion and 4 to love GrowNYC:  The 800-acre new farm they’ve established on Governor’s Island where, each Saturday, we’re all invited to lend a hand!

Love governmental transparency and that we can now so easily see where the City Council’s discretionary moneys are going this Fiscal Year 2015! Check those numbers out!!

Fantastic – as you’ll read – that we now have a central NYC Archeological Repository!

Continuing in the past mode, we say Christopher Gray outdid himself with last Sunday’s piece on pix of NYC as it was during construction of  subways over the last century!

In the OF COURSE! category is India’s move to – a la the Third World spread of mobile phones sans need of poles and wires – gridless solar to bring electricity to its vast population of rural poor.

(At least half of the food India produces is rendered inedible for want for refrigeration.)

For those of us mourning the loss of a fig tree in our hood (there was a lovely one on the Isaacs campus)… 

Alllium-cristophii

Alllium-cristophii

Meanwhile, what would a week be without constructive railing:

Okay, so there’s a NYC ferry to Martha’s Vineyard but not up the East River or the Hamptons??

Hard to believe (ha!) Congress’s one move on the soon to expire Highway Trust Fund bill is one of their worst financial slight-of-hands to date

Been wondering how much paper’s produced per tree…?  

As if fracking weren’t injury enough, presumably we’re not alone in not realizing the size (42 inches in diameter) or the right-of-ways (50 feet) pipelines require…  Requirements/damage that loom even larger when it’s your family farm that’s involved

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weigela-coraeensis

Back on the cheerful path:

So who are the people – or at least one of them – who pilot those banner-dragging planes?  (Pretty darned daring!)  

Feeling compulsive?  There’s an effort afoot to convince more magazines to use recycled paper (like “The New Yorker”)  and Green America’s compiled an impressive email list at said publications to which we can send encouragement!   

So there’s the origami of the little tweeting bird and the little crane… Then there’s the orgami of Robert J. Lang and his ilk!  (And  their video how-to’s!) 

We volunteer to do the road-testing of this reusuable food wrap!  (Crossed fingers it works!)

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Carpinus-fangiana

Animals:

So sorry to note – but note we will – that the Pacific bluefin tuna population is down to 4% of what it once was, pre epidemic over-fishing… 

Three wonderful-sounding books reviewed in last Sunday’s Times…  Elephant Company “The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar”…  and (we’re talking giant squids) “Preparing the Ghost”… 

Yet another great cam…  The Brown Bear and Salmon Cam…  As in brown bears catching salmon and eating them (poor salmon!) in the midst of Alaska’s beautiful, wild Brooks Falls!

Trust the Cornell Ornithology Lab to advise us on the most bird-friendly bird houses!

Onward in greenness,

UGS

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