Greetings, UESiders!

As noted in the accompanying email, editions the next couple of weeks will likely be on the distilled side, after which we’ll be on hiatus for the following month or so.

At least that’s the plan – although we’re admittedly rather poor at sticking to any regimen.

And depend…  If/when items of Grade-A UES import pop up..  We’ll be there and letting you know!

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So, what of the 7 days ahead: 

Saturday, October 25th:  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 this week’s update from Market Manager Jesse:

“Are you ready for the year’s spookiest market?! Venture through the gates, if you dare, to guess the weight of the giant pumpkin, taste some terrifyingly-tasty candied squash, make yourself a monster mask and more. We will be waiting for you with lots of farm-fresh tricks and treats!”

YES…  The Master Knife Sharpener returns!… 

Last week’s recycling totals: 49 lbs batteries;  12 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 7 pairs of eye glasses; TBA bins of compost; TBA bags of clothes.

(Why the TBAa?  Last Saturday’s It’s My Park Day had us on the Esplanade rather than at the Greenmarket!) 

Sunday, October 19th:  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, Phillips and Back to the Future Farms, Bread Alone and Meredith’s Bakery.

Incredible how great beets and their greens are this year!

And get your hands on last week’s demo recipe…  That Roman Fritata!

Last week’s recycling totals:  18 lbs batteries; 10 lbs cords, cellphones and cartridges; 4 bins of compost; 2 giant bins of clothes (the equivalent of 4 giant bags at 82nd Street).

4 bags of clothes, people!! 

Through Tuesday, October 27th:  “Maidan.  Ukraine.  Road to Freedom” Exhibition

Ukrainian Institute of America, 2 East 79th Street, 12-6pm

Presenting the work of four photographers – all with Ukrainian roots – who were there in November 2013 as protests began. Free.

October 28th:  P2P Community Meeting

Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street, 6:30pm

Learn the latest – and there’s plenty – on the unflagging battle to derail the proposed 91st Street MTS.  (Last week’s dynamic NYCHA-led demonstration was a winner!)

Tuesday, October 28th:  The Secret World of New York City Green Roofs

The Arsenal, Fifth Avenue at 64th Street, Third Floor Gallery, 6pm

Indeed, who would have thought a perfect place for birds, bats, and bugs would be high above NYC?   Fordham University PhD candidates Dustin Partridge and Kaitlyn Parkins fill us in on what makes  roofs just the right turf for many a critter!  Free and courtesy of NY Audubon.

Wednesday, October 29th:  Dedication of the Fillmore East Historic Plaque

105 Second Avenue at 6th Street, 5pm

The Doors, B.B. King, Roberta Flack, The Byrds, Richie Havens, Taj Mahal, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, Joan Baez, Jeff Beck, the Staple Singers, Elton John played their brains out at this once Yiddish theater…  Now rightfully designated a place of cultural importance.  Free but reservations required:   Call 212-475-9585 ext. 35 or rsvp@gvshp.org.

Thursday, October 30th:  CM Kallos’ Final Participatory Budgeting Session

Lexington Houses, 1536 Lexington Avenue, 5-8pm

Can’t imagine you don’t have a $30,000 or more project that’d improve the life of your neighbors, neighborhood and our city as a whole…  So bring it on!

Thursday, November 13th:  Make It Thursday at the Folk Art Museum

2 Lincoln Square at 66th Street, 5-7pm

One of the most welcoming programs in all of NYC and this time out “the construction of memory objects” of one’s own design and the guiding eye of Nathan Fox of the School of Visual Arts.  Members, seniors, student: $15.  Non-members:  $20.  For tickets… 

Monday, November 17th to Friday, November 21st:  Dvorak’s New World Symphony Exhibition

Czech Center New York, 1109 Madison Avenue at 83rd Street, 1-9pm

The priceless manuscript/score will be on display and reunited with original orchestral parts on loan from the New York Philharmonic which premiered the work at Carnegie Hall in 1893.  First time the score’s been on American soil since Dvorak returned with it to the Czech Republic in 1895!  Free.

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aloe-broomii

Miscellany mostly on the upswing:

Whoa!  Four major U.S. corporations now offer employees discounted home solar power systems as a perk!

Some – like us – take issue with Christine Todd Whitman’s proclamation that work on the 9/11 pile was safe, but we’re in accord with her enthusiasm for bringing a Japanese Maglev train (314 mph!) to our northeastern rail corridor

Think we all should take a moment and vote for our favored XPrize contestant… 

For us lesser mortals, how about we test ourselves by playing “Name That Tree”!

No kidding the world of NYC steam and all the ways it serves our city is secret!

Then there’re those giant digester eggs processing much – but unfortunately not all – of our sewage!

Fellow NYers, we better not let this now disassembled bit of NY history disappear as did most of the 59th Street Bridge’s northern lantern did (with surviving pieces moldering over on a pallet on Roosevelt Island.  

Meanwhile, Germany’s now offering free tuition to international students… i.e. including Americans…

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saxifraga-flagellaris-setiger

As for our critter friends:

Yes, American airports are encouraging the establishment of bee hives round about their runways!

Not that your kitty ever would, of course…  But just in case, 10 signs that that cat of yours is playing the field

Bluefish?  According to The Times, we’re talking “ravenous opportunists”!  

We close with more of the finned/scaled from the wonderful Hudson River Almanac:

10/9 – Iona Island, HRM 45.5: As our Metro North commuter train passed the deep water off Iona Island, a three-foot-long sturgeon, probably an Atlantic sturgeon, jumped clear of the water, before slashing back. These occurrences are not common, and the timing of the jump and our passing was totally serendipitous.  – Tom Lake

[Sturgeon are the stuff of myth and legend. In terms of evolution, they are a very ancient class of cartilaginous (non-bony) fishes whose ancestry date back at least a hundred million years. Among their many unusual behavioral traits is a predilection for jumping clear out of the water, similar to the breaching behavior common to porpoises, dolphins, and whales. Sturgeon can leap several feet out of the water and then land with a large and loud splash. There are Hudson River records of sturgeon leaping and landing in canoes and fishing boats. While drift-netting for American shad twenty years ago, Chris Lake and I had a five-footer leap, land on the gunnel of our boat, teeter, and then topple back into the river. Why they leap is a mystery. It may be a way to rid themselves of external parasites or to take in air to fill their swim bladder. Biologists are unsure. Tom Lake.]

Eternally green,

UGS

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Dear UESiders,

Given our reprehensible tardiness let’s get right down to it! 

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hamamelis-virginiana

The next seven days:

Saturday, October 18th:  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 this week’s tip from Market Manager Jesse:

Please join us at the market this Saturday to enjoy a cooking demo with samples by local food blogger Anita Schecter…  Especially as Anita’ll be making her scrumptious Deconsturcted Apple Pie! And don’t miss the new outpouring of fall produce: Lima beans, arugula, purple cauliflower, brussel spourts, broccoli, yams and new specialties every week. Stay seasonal, stay local and come by for what’s going to be a really one fun and delicious day on 82nd Street!”

The only down note:  No Master Knife Sharpener… 

Last week’s recycling totals: 68 lbs batteries;  14 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 7 pairs of eye glasses; 7 bins of compost; 22 bags of clothes.

Another Saturday with some rain, but also with 7 composts bins!! 

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

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am-3pm
 
Guess what?!  Parks did some massive tidying up in anticipation of Sunday Avon Breast Cancer Walk…  Which means we’ll be getting down hard on the sad plantings bordering the playground at 96th and First AND scraping/painting of a long, long swath of railing! Be there, people!

Sunday, October 19th:  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, Phillips and Back to the Future Farms, Bread Alone and Meredith’s Bakery.

And let’s see if Far Out Cactus – with us for a second time last week  – makes it a trifecta!

Last week’s recycling totals:  22 lbs batteries; 25 lbs cords, cellphones and cartridges; 4 bins of compost; 1 giant bin of clothes (the equivalent of 2 giant bags at 82nd Street).

Another solid compost 4!! 

Sunday, October 19th:  It’s My Park Day with GreenParkGardenersNYC

East River Esplanade at 61st to 64th Streets, 10am-1pm

Love that Fall 2014 will have IMPD activity up a down our Esplanade! And for those unfamiliar with the basics, there’re no better to learn from than the GreenParkGardeners! For more

Sunday, October 19th:  Halloween Howl 2014!

Carl Schurz Park, 11am-3pm

Truly, what would a Halloween be without Schurz Park’s Annual  Dog Costume Contest and Healthy Hound Fair??  Contest Registration:  11am-1pm.  Costume Contest:  1-3pm.  Healthy Hound Fair: 12-3pm.  Contest Categories:  Small and Large Dog, Best Movie Character, Kids & Dogs and Group Costume (minimum of 3 dogs/people combined).  For more info:  212-459-4455 ext. 5!  (May the best dog and costume prevail!)

Wednesday, October 22nd:  CM Kallos’ Follow-Up Bike Safety Forum

Stanley Isaacs Center, First Avenue & 93rd Street, 6pm

Forum I back in June mostly focused on rider safety…  This time out, those attending will make sure the emphasis is on pedestrian safety and riders heeding rules of the road.  To RVSP… 

And then:

Friday & Saturday, October 24th & 25th:  Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show & Sale

Metropolitan Pavilion, 150 West 18th Street

In the uber recycling realm, 90 premier vintage clothing dealers gather to offer their wares!  $15 online and $20 at the door.  For tickets and hours… 

Saturday, October 25th:  Latin Beat On the Esplanade!

East River Esplanade just south of the 103rd Street Footbridge, 11am-2pm

Bringing art of every kind – this time music – to our Esplanade has always been a central Esplanade Friends’ objective…  So, stroll on up and treat yourself to the sound of a lyrical latin guitar and flute on our beautiful riverside!  Free, of course.  (Rain date:  Sunday, October 26th.) 

Saturday, October 25th:  Native Plants 101: Boost Your Ecosystem

Community Room, 67th Street Public Library, 328 East 67th Street, 2-4pm

Environmental horticulturalist and master naturalist Kim Eierman shares her wide knowledge of native plants, in particular those most suitable to NYC challenging tree beds/bike islands/parks.  Organized by the great Green Park Gardeners NYC, creators of the beautiful gardens on the Esplanade 61st-64th Streets.  (Treat yourself to a look at their Facebook page!)

Coming up pretty soon (!):

Friday, November 7th:  “The Real Cost of Fracking”  Book Reading & Discussion

Book Culture, 536 West 112th Street, 7pm

Join co-authors Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald as they shed further light on – full title – “The Real Cost of Fracking:  How America’s Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets and Food”.

Before we know it:

Saturday & Sunday, December 20th & 21st:  Charlie Brown Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration with Live Music

Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, Metropolitan Museum, 

Can Charlie Brown be 50?  Yup, and in celebration of Charles Schulz’s classic, the Met’s presenting four special screenings with live musical accompaniment by Rob Schwimmer, Mark Stewart and the Church of the Heavenly Rest Children’s Choir. A festive sing-along follows!  For times and tickets

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All over the miscellaneous lot:

Okay, so giant needle building, 432 Park, has topped out.  Saw it poking above the skyline last night from the vantage point of 106th Street! 

Humm…  How do we feel about JP Morgan Chase – hard on the heels of their $20B fine – holding its hand out for $1B in concessions to set up shop adjacent to Hudson Yards

Who more than UESiders can sympathize with other NYorkers steamrollered by the powers-that-be…  In this case, NYU…

And the UES’s most dangerous intersection is

Then there’re all-of-NYC rats and what The NYTimes terms “their alarming bugs”

Oh, let’s brighten up:

Three loud cheers for Lincoln Center turning one of its building’s roofs into a solar power farm!!

Maybe it was just a matter of time, but crowdfunding will soon be financing solar energy!

Meanwhile, fingers crossed projections are accurate and solar brings light to incredibly – in the 21st Century – energy-starved Africa…  (Don’t skip the map!)

How about these for easy-fix, green uses for the immense amounts of waste from American industrial ag?!

Hey, don’t we all want to take our interest in waste water to the next level?  Now we can via NYState’s Waste Water Plant Operator Training Program!  (Only half joking…)

Love these matter-of-fact DEC accounts of the ongoing heroism of NYS Park Rangers

Love even more the inspiration of the High Line…  Now bubbling up in Harlem with an affordable housing component!

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As for the furry, finned and antlered::

Would have been even more fantastic if there was movement too, but who knew killer whales were so beautifully marked and two-toned white and maroon!  (Thanks to a drone now we do!)

What could be cuter than a baby bulldog on a leopard rug?  A baby bulldog on a leopard rug making his first stab at howling!

Believe it!  There’s now a breathalyzer test for dolphins that measures the state of their health and that of the ocean waters in which they live

Kitty redemption is in the offing when Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell” returns to the airwaves on Saturday at 8pm!

And we quote, “A letter signed by 325 sporting groups including Trout Unlimited and the Bull Moose Sportsmen’s Alliance was sent to the president in support of efforts to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants.  (The Bull Moose Sportsmen’s Alliance!) 

Happiness is happiest when green,

UGS

 

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Happy National Handbag Day, UESiders!

Yes, in case there was any doubt, virtually everything now has its own day/week/month!

But don’t feel bad, ladies, if you won’t be celebrating by taking your Birkin bag out for a spin.  Mostly handcrafted those uber purses are, but some of their fittings…?

Not so green!

Meanwhile, October 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the great Wilderness Act and 350 years since Dutch New Amsterdam became English New York.  

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clivia-miniata

And we’ll be green-as-can-be the hectic week ahead:

Saturday, October 11th:  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!

Market Manager Jesse says:

“Fall is the sweetest season, and we have sweet potatoes, pears, honey crisps, grapes, turnips, plums, winter squash and more to prove it! Come enjoy the bountiful harvest of your local farms, and indulge in the root vegetable chips we’ll be frying up at the info tent. Don’t forget to bring your unwanted textiles, and your compost, corks and batteries to be recycled!”

Yes, our Master Knife Sharpener will be on hand, too! 

Last week’s recycling totals: 65 lbs batteries;  17 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 4 pairs of eye glasses; 5 bins of compost; 19 bags of clothes.

A big tip of the hat  to the brave, rain-sodden souls who filled those 5 bins!! 

Saturday, October 11th:  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.  Free.

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

For more information or 212-477-4022.
Do keep in mind that Best Buy recycles most electronics at no charge.

Saturday, October 11th:  I Fish NY Fishing Clinic

Little Red Lighthouse, Ft. Washington Park, Manhattan, 12-4pm

Fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology…  Learn all about ‘em and more.  Loaner fishing rods and bait supplied.  Free and totally family friendly!  For more

Sunday, October 12th:  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, Phillips and Back to the Future Farms, Bread Alone and Meredith’s Bakery.

Wow!!  Back to the Future Farm’s chocolate milk!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  19 lbs batteries;  5 lbs cords, cellphones and cartridges; TBA bins of compost; TBA giant bin of clothes (the equivalent of 2 giant bags at 82nd Street).

(Why the TBAs?  Because we were on the Esplanade planting daffs when the totals came in!) 

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

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

At last, folks, and 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 your hardcovers over to Goodwill.

(Thank you, Council Member Kallos, for the generous grant!)

Thursday, October 13th:  12th Annual Day in the Life of the Hudson River Estuary

From Troy Dam to the New York Harbor

A day on which some 4,000 students–from kindergarteners to college undergrads– will don waders, catch fish and invertebrates, track tides and currents, collect samples for mud analysis and more.  The objective: Create enduring ecological snapshots that’ll be merged into an estuarial whole.  And wouldn’t you know, the 13th is also National Estuaries Day and World Water Monitoring Day!  For more and to get involved

For additional information on teachers and partner organizations, or to schedule visits to a site, please email or call event coordinator Chris Bowser (chbowser@gw.dec.state.ny.us; 845-802-4030). Event details can also be found on the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov/lands/47285.html  and on Lamont-Doherty’s website at www.ldeo.columbia.edu/edu/k12/snapshotday.

Hard on the heels:

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

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am-3pm
 
No need to hit the gym this particular Saturday!  Armed with brooms, dustpans and multitudinous garbage bags, UGS volunteers’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!

Saturday & Sunday, October 18th & 19th: Pumpkin Carving Weekend at the Botanical Garden

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx

Master Pumpkin Carver Ray Villafane returns to transform giant and unusual pumpkins into zombies and other unearthly creatures at the Clay Family Picnic Pavilions. Enjoy daily Q&A sessions with Master Carvers & Growers and snack on seasonal treats provided by Whole Foods Market. Adults, $25.  Children, $10.  For more and tickets

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

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am-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!  See you there, folks!    

Fridays, October 18th & 25th, November 1st & 8th: Introduction to Cosmology and the Multiverse

The Jefferson Market Library, 425 Sixth Avenue at Roth Street, 3-5pm

And we’re talking a real class – complete with assigned reading – conducted by theoretical physicist Matthew Kelan, formerly of Princeton’s Institute of Advanced Study and now NYU.  Free but registration required.   For more: 212-243-4334. 

Friday, October 24th:  Edgar Allen Poe’s Cottage Tour

2640 Grand Concourse & Kingsbridge Road, The Bronx, 11am

Yup, not only did Poe once live among us, but NYC was where he chose to spend the last years of his rocky life’s journey.  Kind of good fit with the approaching Halloween.  Organized by the Obscura Society.  $8 (and advance tickets required. For full details…  

Friday, October 24th:  Is New York Falling Apart?

Times Center, 242 West 41st Street, 3:50pm

Just one – but for us the most arresting – of the multitudinous forums included in this year’s 2-day Municipal Art Society Summit.  Shame that the ticket prices are on the stiff side, but still…

Friday & Saturday, October 24th & 25th:  A Halloween Murder Mystery at the Mount Verson Hotel Museum & Gardens

The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 6:30 & 7:30pm

An unidentified skeleton has been discovered under the floorboards of the Mount Vernon Hotel.  How did it get there? Who was the person in life?  Explore the Museum by candlelight, collect clues to unravel the mystery and solve the case. Perfect Halloween fun for families with kids 8 and up!  Members, $15.  Non-members, $25.  Children under 12, $10.  To reserve tickets:  212-838-6878.

Saturday, October 25th:  Native Plants 101: Boost Your Ecosystem

Community Room, 67th Street Public Library, 328 East 67th Street, 2-4pm

Environmental horticulturalist and master naturalist Kim Eierman shares her deep knowledge of native plants, in particular those most suitable to NYC.  Organized by the great Green Park Gardeners NYC, creators of the beautiful gardens on the Esplanade 61st-64th Streets.  (And do check out their Facebook page!)

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calluna-vulgaris

All pretty cheery miscellany for once:

Yet another UES elected takes a deserved star turn:  CM Dan Garodnick championed the just-passed bill expanding the number of New Yorkers entitled to a transit tax break!

Adding to the happy dance:  The $130M appropriated for care of 35 of our city’s most neglected parks

Thanks to reader Betsy Timberman for alerting us to the great NYC resource, Health Advocates, a fabulous guide to activities/services/events/resources for older folks at locations throughout Manhattan.  To get on the mailing list: Info@hafop.org or 212-980-1700   (Last week Health Advocates recognized the wonderful Father Angelo Gambatese – until recently pastor of St. Stephen Church – with its New York Treasures Award!) 

Thanks, too, to reader Kathleen Treat for reminding us of the amazing art installation presently on view at Lincoln Center!

Likely you’ve been struck by instances and locations around the city – under a sidewalk, in a backyard – in which human bones were discovered.  We’ll be staying tuned as the hows and whys are investigated, but in the meantime, here’re the moving details of what’s been learned about the burial vaults revealed by the Trump Soho excavation

On the subject of Trump:  When one thinks of the beautiful Bonwit Teller he replaced with one of his black glass piles.

Well, only that one uncheery note.  

deep sigh of relief!  A reappraisal of the current architectural landscaping has begun  

For up-to-the-minute, encyclopedic hiking info for our gorgeous Adirondacks… 

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aloe-arborescens

Animals:

At last!  How to definitivcely tell crow from raven calls!  (To quote the Cornell bird people:  “These big black birds will confuse you nevermore!)

Last week, NYS DEC released 1,000 baby sturgeons into the Genesee River, Year 4 of an effort to restore a once thriving population!

Is this one cute bird or what?

Allen's Hummingbird

Allen’s Hummingbird

Yours in greenness,UGS

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Greetings, UESiders!

And we thought last week’s roster of coming attractions was dense!

Get ready:

Saturday, October 4th:  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!

Market Manager Jesse says:

“It’s autumn and we are still swimming in beautiful heirloom tomatoes, it’s not too late to make and freeze your famous marinara sauce! We’re also enjoying the first of those sweet autumn vegetables:  carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and more. Come down to the market for a day devoted to these delicious autumnal specialties that’ll go so well with some blue cheese from Valley Shepherd and/or a roast chicken from Garden of Spices — See you Saturday!”

Whew!  Most happy to say our Master Knife Sharpener will be returning, too! 

Last week’s recycling totals: 72 lbs batteries;  20 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 7 pairs of eye glasses; 7 bins of compost; 28 bags of clothes.

About those 7 compost bins…  Sanitiation mistakenly only dropped off 7 rather than our usual 9. Needless to say, those 7 were totally crammed!! 

Sunday, October 5th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothing Collection 9am-1pm

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

Norwich Farms is taking the week off, to return next week.

BUT…  At last…  Our newest farm – Back to the Future Farm – joins us commencing this Sunday…  We’re talking milk…  And chocolate milk…  And eggs!

AND…  At a market table for just one day…  Far Out Cactus…  Featuring – you guess it – an amazing assortment of cacti!

Fingers crossed there’ll still be some of this year’s stunning peach crop on hand at Phillips! 

Last week’s recycling totals:  25 lbs batteries;  3 lbs cords, cellphones and cartridges; 4 bins of compost; 1 giant bin of clothes (the equivalent of 2 giant bags at 82nd Street).

Week 6 of 4 compost bins!! 

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

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

Inaugurating 2014’s Fall It’s My Park Day Season with a two-pronged planting agenda…  Tulips, crocuses and – the star of the day – daffodils in the 96th Street planter…  Extending the ribbon of daffs along the Esplanade wall…  Plus, ever-popular scraping/painting of the river railing!  See you there!

And then:

Saturday, October 11th:  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.  Free.

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

For more information or 212-477-4022.
Do keep in mind that Best Buy recycles most electronics at no charge.

Saturday & Sunday, October 11th & 12th: A New Edge for the East River Esplanade Tour

Meet on the Esplanade at 96th, 10am

Design firm Matthews Nielson detail their vision for a more sustainable, resilient, user-friendly East River waterfront.  Organized by Civitas as part of the annual Open House New York.  Free but do reserve a spot.  To RSVP and for more… 

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

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

As ever…

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.

(Thank you, Council Member Kallos, for your generous grant!)

Tuesday, October 14th:  The Green Construction Code –  A Sustainability Opportunity for Local Governments Forum

Green Light New York, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, 1-3pm

Learn what the present International Green Construction Code is, what it could be and how to participate in the  online update vote set for October 15th-29th!  Free.  For the total rundown and to RSVP

Thursday, October 16th:  Prague – A Famiy Affair – Lecture and Presentation

Czech Center New York, 321 East 73rd Street, 7pm

Based on the archive of Amira Kohn-Trattner, tracing the history of one Jewish family from late 19th century Bohemia to present day and featuring illustrative material.   Doesn’t have to be your family’s genealogy to be fascinating!  Free.  For further details

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!

Sunday, October 19th:  It’s My Park Day with GreenParkGardenersNYC

East River Esplanade at 61st to 64th Streets, 10am-1pm

Love that Fall 2014 will have IMPD activity up a down our Esplanade! And for those unfamiliar with the basics, there’re no better to learn from than the GreenParkGardeners!  For more

Sunday, October 19th:  Halloween Howl 2014!

Carl Schurz Park, 11am-3pm

Truly, what would a Halloween be without Schurz Park’s Annual  Dog Costume Contest and Healthy Hound Fair??  Contest Registration:  11am-1pm.  Costume Contest:  1-3pm.  Healthy Hound Fair: 12-3pm.  Contest Categories:  Small and Large Dog, Best Movie Character, Kids & Dogs and Group Costume (minimum of 3 dogs/people combined).  For more info:  212-459-4455 ext. 5!  (Good luck!)

Just a sprinkling of miscellany:

For those of us who missed last week’s sold out Clean Energy Forum (with its discussion of present and quickly evolving utility business model), it’s now being streamed!

Pretty incredible that Arctic ice is so diminished that walruses in their thousands are “hauling out” on land!

Even more disquieting but important reading:  National Geographic’s “The New Face of Hunger”…  An American face, of course.

It’s because of efforts like the following – rendered in classic NYS DEC-ese – that our NYS Forest Rangers are so admired:

Chazy Highlands Wild Forest, Town of Saranac:  Injured Hiker.  Jennifer Collins, 24, of Plattsburgh, NY slipped on wet rocks and fell. Three DEC Forest Rangers responded and arrived on scene with necessary equipment including a six-wheeler at 4:30 p.m. Forest Rangers hiked up roughly two miles to reach Ms. Collins. She was secured on a stretcher by Lyon Mountain Fire Department and Forest Rangers assisted with the carry out. She was carried down to a 6-by-6 UTV and driven out the last mile.

Very clever NY Times!  Devoting their Travel Section’s “36 Hours” column to Central Park!  

But always room for critters:

Indeed, people!  This Basset Hound – Flash Tupelo Trousers – has more Instagram followers than you!

Only in New York and a measure of our city’s great heart…  A wonderful woman and violinist who conducts memorial services for pets

Is the Helmeted Woodpecker cute or what?

helmeted woodpecker

It’s also one of the first four of its kind equipped with with a radio-tag

Last but hardly least, consider a remembrance of the once in the millions and now extinct Passenger Pigeon by joining the crowd-sourced “Fold the Flock” art project. Head to www.foldtheflock.org for your origami pattern and fold a pigeon!

Yours in enduring greenness,

UGS

 

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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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