Happy 73rd Anniversary of “Bambi’s” premier, UESiders!

And the location of the film’s New York first run?

Radio City Music Hall which was at the time not even a decade old! 

Pretty incredible, yes?

(1937’s “Snow White” was the first American animated feature.) 

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physocarpus-opulifolius-monlo

As for the 7 days following August 13th, 2015:

Now to Mid-September:  Sign-Up for Fall NYBG Classes

2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx/20 West 44th Street

The world of landscape plants…  Botanical drawing…  Floral design…  City Roof Design(!)…  And so, so much more!!  On offer both up in the Bronx and at the Midtown outpost.  For full details

Saturday,  August 15th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

With us be Bread Alone, Ballard Honey, Valley Shepherd, American Seafood, Samascott, Rising Sun, Garden of Spices, Gajeski, Alewife, Cherry Lane and Ole Mother Hubbert Farms! 

And, yes, our Master Knife Sharpener will be on hand… or knife, too!

PLUS…   Special guest Dana Jacobi, UES resident, uber chef, caterer, award-winning multiple cook book author and  all-around great neighbor will be on hand for another edition of “Ask Dana” during which she’ll shed light on some of the fabulous new-to-us vegs that’re now popping up on market tables! Dana’ll be with us from 11-1!

Last week’s recycling totals:  75 lbs. batteries; 14 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 5 pairs of glasses; 7 1/4 compost bins;  23 bags of clothes.

Rather impressive for an August Saturday!

Saturday, August 15th:  Summer Streets 2015

Central Park at 72nd Street to Park Avenue to Brooklyn Bridge, 7am-1pm

Your last chance this summer…  Miles of NYC street free of automobiles and packed with great activities/attractions for all ages!  For further details

Saturday, August 15th:  Fourth Annual Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count

From Albany to NYC

And we quote, “Join naturalists from the Albany Capital Region to New York City as they explore the amazing variety of slippery, wriggly and fascinating creatures usually hidden below the Hudson’s surface using seine nets, minnow traps, rods and reels”.  Free waterproof waders for participants. All waterlife is released unharmed.  For sites and times… 

This could be you seining on the Hudson!

This could be you seining on the Hudson!

Saturday, August 15th:  FlyNYC Kite Flying Festival

Riverside Park South at West 70th Street, 11am-4pm

Bring your own or make a kite at the festival from a free kit!   Plus there’ll be live music all 5 hours. Doesn’t get more family friendly!  Did we say, free?  For more

Sundays through November 22nd:  94th Street Greenmarket 

First Avenue between 94th & 96th Street, 9am-5pm

Compost Collection – 9am–1pm 

At their tables will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Meredith’s Bakery, Wager’s Cider Mill, Ole Mother Hubbert, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms…  And DePaolo Turkey returns!

Everyone’s got fantastically sweet watermelon!!

And this year’s basil seems especially flavorful!!

**COOKING WITH KALLOS COMES TO 94th STREET ON SUNDAY 23rd!!  BE THERE FOR  NUTRITIOUS TREATS AND CHAT WITH OUR COUNCIL MEMBER!!**

Last week’s recycling totals:  4 lbs. batteries: 2 lbs. corks, cellphones, cartridges and cords;   3 1/4 bins of compost.

Yes!!

Thursday, August 20th:  Sea Glass Carousel Opening!

The Battery(as the Park’s now officially named/called), 1pm-12am

A carousel of gorgeous, luminous, gigantic glass fish on the tip of Manhattan Island!!  (While they try to visit at garbage dump on us!)  We will strive to suppress our enviousness…  Tickets:  (a mere) $5.

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asplenium-scolopendrium

Coming up soon:

Saturday, August 29th:  10th Annual Shorebird Festival!

Meet at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 7:30am-4:30pm

A day of hiking, great lectures on a variety of wildlife subjects from Sierra Club experts (like the great Don Riepe) and good eats!   For more donriepe@gmail.com or 718-474-0896.

Saturday, September 12th:    Green Thumb Annual Harvest Fair

Diamante Garden, 305 Est 118th Street, 12-4pm

The once-a-year occasion for NYC’s great Green Thumb community gardeners show the rest of us how its done while they party down with Grammy-winning flamenco music, a fresh chef contest and a ton of fun for kids!   Free.  For full details…  

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brachychiton-rupestris

Miscellaneous action first:

As in pressing the Governor to get NYS offshore wind up and running…  If you think that’s a good move

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nymphoides-peltata

Then:

Great that an anonymous donor’s given the last $150K to make the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association’s FDR Memorial in Four Freedoms Park a reality…  (Fingers crossed the work’s better than the drawing..)  

And for a fun drawing of your own…  The outline of what you deem the boundaries of your UES neighborhood… 

In case you’re not familiar with that absolute master of design, Milton Avery, there’s this from The Times  

One real slice of nature in another Times piece on going to sea Joseph Conrad-style

Then there’re solar farms as seen from way high above

Of course, our Museum of Natural History is leading the charge to get Darwin’s papers – there’re a lot of them and none dull – on line!  (Sroll down…)

Meanwhile, good on Sprint for its challenge to university students to invent new uses for turned-in cellphones…  Like a smart grocery cart!

Better on the EPA which will now embark on a study of Monsanto’s Atrazine pesticide on 1,500 species!  (High time.)

It’s that time of the year again when Grist weighs in on the most eco-friendly colleges

And what were 300,000 students of colleges of every degree of green wearing on graduation day? Graduation gowns made of 100% post-consumer plastic bottles made by Green Weaver, that’s what! 

Can’t get enough trees this week…  Thus, up close and personal Science Talk with the Tree of Heaven

So Anthropology replaced the once 72nd Street Theater…  Now a Barry’s Bootcamp will be taking the place of the UA Theater on Second and 64th

Moving off the reservation:

Yes, we need to know it…  The (capsule) history of Band-aids!

In the event you’re not familiar with what the New York Review of Books’ publishing arm is up to

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thismia-megalongensis

Hey, animals:

Tops in the Throw-Away-The-Key Department…  The Brooklyn seafood company that pleaded guilty to trafficking shark fins

A new hummingbird species has been discovered!  The beautiful Inaguan Woodstar

sign of greater things to come…?  As recounted in “Fido and Forensics”…? 

Of course, your cat has favorite music!

And he/she can really enjoy it now that cats have collectively taken over the internet!  (Oh?  You need proof?

Squirrels eating your tomatoes?!  No app…  But 7 ways to keep the varmints at bay!

Camels in America

And then there’s this from the Hudson River Almanac:

7/31 – Manhattan, HRM 1: This week we finally caught some Atlantic silversides! We now have a little school of 30-40 in one of our tanks. In our sea squirt-shrouded minnow traps, we also caught two YOY toadfish (sometimes referred to as “toadlets”), each about 20 mm long, as well as a yearling striped bass.  – Jessica Bonamusa

Piping Plover Chick

Piping Plover Chick

See you in (green) September, 

UGS

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Happy Champagne’s 223rd Birthday, UESiders!

Yup, and of course, its inventor on that happy day was none other than Monsieur Perignon!

We thank him big time!

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Liriodendron tulipifera

May there be a most bubbly week ahead:

Friday, August 7th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Starmaster John Pazmino prepares us for the upcoming Perseid meteor shower!  And we quote, “This annual, dependible and reliable show of shooting stars comes in predawn hours of August 12th and 13th. In 2015, conditions are more favorable because there is no Moon in the sky to veil the dimmer meteors.”  Free.

Saturday, August 8th & Sunday, August 9th:  Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

Flushing Meadows Park, Queens,  8am-5:30pm

Two days of colorful, highly contested dragon boat races…  Music…  Dance…  An ethnic food court…  And it’s all free!!  For the full, rich details (and directions)

Saturday,  August 8th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

At their tables will be Bread Alone, Ballard Honey, Valley Shepherd, American Seafood, Samascott, Rising Sun, Garden of Spices, Gajeski, Alewife, Cherry Lane and Ole Mother Hubbert Farms! 

Samascott will have strawberries, people!

Then there’s Alewife’s beautiful romaine (both green and speckled!), their pickling melons and kohlrabi! 

Fabulous tomatoes, corn and basil on offer from Cherry Lane and Gajeski!

And the winners of last week’s Guess the Number of Plums in the Bottle will be revealed!!

(Fingers crossed that our Master Knife Sharpener will be present and revved up to hone!)

Last week’s recycling totals:  66 lbs. batteries; 12 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 3 pairs of glasses; 8 1/2 compost bins;  22 bags of clothes.

Another 8-plus bin week!!

Sundays through November 22nd:  94th Street Greenmarket 

First Avenue between 94th & 96th Street, 9am-5pm

Compost Collection – 9am–1pm 

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Meredith’s Bakery, Wager’s Cider Mill, Ole Mother Hubbert, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms…  And DePaolo Turkey returns!

Last week’s recycling totals:  6 lbs. batteries: 4 lbs. corks, cellphones, cartridges and cords;   3 bins of compost.

Outstanding!!

Sunday, August 9th:  Green Park Gardeners’ Monthly Volunteer Day

Andrew Haswell Green Park, East River Esplanade/60th to 63rd Street, 2-5pm

Get to know and learn from some of the UESide’s most accomplished gardeners!  Learn about the garden’s many nataive plants…  Help with weeding, watering or composting…  Or partake of all of the above!   Bring a trowel and gloves and best to wear a long-sleeved shirt.  Rain will cancel the event!

Saturdays, August 8th & 15th:  Summer Streets 2015

Central Park at 72nd Street to Park Avenue to Brooklyn Bridge, 7am-1pm

Totally free of automobiles and packed with great activities/attractions for all ages, be they propelled by foot, cycle, skatesor whatever non-car!  Better every year!! For further details   

Saturday, August 15th:  Brooklyn Army Terminal Tour

Meet at Brooklyn Army Terminal A, 58th & 1st Avenue, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, 2-4pm

Companion piece to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, designed by Cass Gilbert and supply base for our armed services over two World Wars, today the Terminal’s home to 100-plus companies from tech to biotech to fashion to a chocolatier!  Organized by the ever-interesting Obscura Society and Turnstile Tours. $22. For more and tickets

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carex-utriculata

As ever, pretty darned miscellaneous miscellany:

For all some whinging from those representing coal-producing states, the people of Appalachia seem to feel differently about EPA’s clean power plan…  (And if you’d like to support them…)

And where and with what forms are we presently powering the U.S.? Well, there’s a map for that! 

Meanwhile, Norway’s looking to store its overabundance of green power in neighboring nations!

Then there’s the map chronicling NYC’s subway deserts  

No fun living in rural Minnesota and being awash in pesticides keeping future McDonald’s fries free of beetles…  (If you think that, in 2015, McD should be favoring better farming practices…)

On to the good foot:

Of course, there’ll be an appeal but, for now, the Ag Gag Law’s been overturned

Lest anyone wonder why Shigeru Ban won the Pritzker Prize:  His brilliant emergency/transitional housing solution for earthquake-ravaged Nepal!  

No surprise to us New Yorkers at how much trees add to our quality – quantity, too – of life…  But always nice when science underscores perception as in the recent study of Toronto and its trees! (Thanks to the great 1001 Friends for the tip!)

It did take 5 years but, at long last, Fraunces Tavern will be receiving the required federal funds to repair Sandy-caused damage!

Speaking of storms and their effects, scientists are hard at work creating an army of oat grass plants to defend our coastline!

Got a way to go till it’s ready for prime time in our homes, but one of the these days we could be reading by algae – yes, algae – light!

An 8-week online urban food growing course?   Bring it on!  

Amazing it didn’t exist before, but it’s in development now…  A braille smartphone!

Then there’s an Uber-like adaptation for tractor use in Nigeria!  (And it boosts farm productivity as much as 200%!)

And the 12 longest inhabited cities in the world are

(And NYC’s most expensive hotel rooms…!)

first for us, too…   Voting in Green America’s People & Planet Green Business Awards!  To cast your ballot

Going micro:

And the 12 most desirable yard sale items are

Colorful…  Thought-provoking…  Temporary…  And seen on the sidewalks of the UES… 

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eriogonum-kennedyi

In the critter department:

If it’s August, the Maine Puffin Cam’s up and running!

In the Just Deserts Department:  A man shoots an armadillo and…  You’ll see!  (Thanks to reader Carol Rinzler!)

Yes, people!  Williams-Sonoma is now selling chicken coops!

Those funny speckles/bumps you see on leaves of bushes and trees?  Baby gall wasps waiting to born!  (Thanks to Christine LeBeau for the insight!) 

Whew!  California’s just and finally banned bobcat trapping!

Another NYC cat cafe’s soon to open!  (Making 2, both downtown…  How about cat folks on the UES?  Our cup runneth over with Biscuits & Baths!)

Love that a bunch of our city bees tried to consume a bike

NYPD’s on the case of the 100 pigeons missing from Washington Square Park

Always good to wind down with a tidbit from the Hudson River Almanac:

7/21 – Manhattan, New York City: Found a red-eared slider today underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Someone’s recently-released pet? Escapee from a freshwater park pond? I wondered if the turtle could survive in the highly brackish water. At the Brooklyn Bridge, there’s wide variation in salinity: On an incoming tides, water from the Hudson can make it somewhat fresher – 15 parts per thousand [ppt]. However, on the outgoing tide (I was there at 5:30pm) it may have been as high as 23 ppt. (72% of seawater salinity). The turtle may have been there for a while or came out because of the shifting salinity, but I doubt that a small animal has much power against East River currents.  – Kate Boicourt, NY-NJ Harbor and Estuary Program

[The red-eared slider is native to southern U.S., but is a popular pet and is widely established through releases. Multiple references in the literature cite their ability to tolerate brackish water with comments such as “occasional” or “for short periods of time”.  That may be what we saw here. Tom Lake.]

In everlasting greenness,

UGS

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Happy Medicare 50th Anniversary, UESiders!

Amazing there was a time when millions of our elderly had zero access to healthcare…

Amazing that millions of Americans still go without…

That even given the Medicare/Medicaid and often narrow benefits, 70% of Americans with hearing deficits between the ages of 65 and 84 with hearing deficits – the third most common health deficit – are walking around untreated and without hearing aids!

Yikes!!

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cyperus-trachysanthos

But as we work toward ever greater fairness in all things:

Friday, July 31st:  Annual Hearst Symposium Lecture

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Gardens, 421 East 61st Street, 2pm

This year’s subject:  New York in the 1830’s…  A period encompassing the opening of the Erie Canal and 1828’s tumultuous election.  Presented by the Museum’s Hearst Fellows, Amanda James and Sarah Stanley.  Free with admission to Non-members, $8; Seniors & Students, $7!  Completely free to members.

Saturdays, August 1st, 8th & 15th:  Summer Streets 2015

Central Park at 72nd Street to Park Avenue to Brooklyn Bridge, 7am-1pm

Totally free of automobiles and packed with great activities/attractions for all ages, be they propelled by foot, cycles, skates or whatever non-car!  (May there be segues to ride again this year!) For further details   

Saturday,  August 1st:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

With us will also be Bread Alone, Ballard Honey, Valley Shepherd, American Seafood, Samascott, Rising Sun, Garden of Spices, Gajeski, Alewife, Cherry Lane and Ole Mother Hubbert Farms! 

Plus there’ll be music by the wonderful Andrea Wright 11am, to 1pm!

However… The Master Knife Sharpener’s will be absent but scheduled to return next week… 

Check out Valley Shepherd’s brie!  

Last week’s recycling totals:  76 lbs. batteries; 10 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 9 pairs of glasses; 8 3/4 compost bins;  26 bags of clothes.

Yet again 8-plus bins!!

Sundays through November 22nd:  94th Street Greenmarket 

First Avenue between 94th & 96th Street, 9am-5pm

Compost Collection – 9am–1pm 

At their tables will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Meredith’s Bakery, Wager’s Cider Mill, Ole Mother Hubbert, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms…  And DePaolo Turkey, we hope!

(Can Market Manager Clay cook or what?!)

Last week’s recycling totals:  12 lbs. batteries: 6 lbs. corks, cellphones, cartridges and cords;   3 1/2 bins of compost.

Yup!  Another 1/2 bin gain over the previous week!

Sundays to Fridays:  Museum at Eldridge Street

12 Eldridge Street between Canal and Division Streets

Opened in 1887, the Eldridge Street Synagogue was the first great house of worship built by East European Jews in America and is now a National Historic Landmark.  (Combine with the great and newly expanded  Tenament Museum on Orchard Street!.)

Monday, August 3rd:  State of the Art – Lighting Design & Control

Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, 6-8pm

Learn from the experts what’s required by local lighting codes, what goes into best practices and how controls can make spaces more appealing, flexible, and efficient!  Urban Green Council Members, Free to $10.  Non-members, $15.  For more and registration

Tuesday, August 4th:  19th Precinct 2015 Night Out Against Crime

Carl Schurz Park, East End at 86th Street, 5:30-8:30pm

Mischief or more in your hood?  Avail yourself of this prime opportunity to let officers of Precinct 19 and local electeds know all about it!  That plus live music, kids’ activities (including face painting) and refreshments galore.  Cancelled if it rains.  For further info, call 212-408=0243.   

Wednesday, August 5th:  NYC Passive House Tour/Talk

951 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, 6:30-8:30pm

Our chance to set foot in NYC’s  first building to earn both Passive House Institute certification and NYSERDA Net Zero capable rating!  Tour led by none other than the architect, Paul Castrucci! This is the wave of the future, folks!  Free but donations encouraged.  For more and to register

And then:

Friday, August 14th:  Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Night Tour

Meet at Grand Central Concourse at 7:10pm and train to Phillipse Manor

Amble among the tombstones by lantern light and learn the history of the many notables/disreputables interred in the historic graveyard.  Organized by – who else? – the Obscura Society.  Tour tickets:  $27.50.  Train ticket extra.  For more and to reserve a place

Tuesday, August 25th:  Hooked Rugs Dialogue & Studio

American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, 6-8:30pm

Examine some of the museum’s finest examples, then get down to the business of making a hooked sampler under the guidance of rug artist Norma Batastini!  (These workshops are wonderful even when you discover you have zero aptitude for a given art/craft!  And plenty of guys attend!)  Members, $45.  Non-members, $55.  For details and to sign up…  

Come autumn:

Sunday, September 27th:  Edible Academy Family Garden Picnic

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 12:30-4:30pm

One great afternoon of outdoor discovery with special guests Chef Carla Hall, Andy Nusser and Anthony Sasso…  Think live cooking demonstrations, a lip-smacking picnic, kitchen crafts and organic gardening for the whole family, live music and more!  Adults, $125.  Children,, $75.  (All proceeds to fund the Ediible Academy and its many programs.)  For more

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helichrysum-splendidum

Let’s get miscellaneous:

First the 42nd Street Library…  Then the Frick…  Now “they” would like to take a big bite out of the Theodore Roosevelt Park behind the Museum of Natural History!!!   If you take issue

So we’re all in the know about D.C.’s case of Highway Bill inertia…  Yes, and the same is true of funding for National Parks (which some would like to see open to mining/drilling)!  (Should you disapprove...)

Yet another opportunity to have your voice heard and protect our collective health…  If you think NYS should let us know whenever there’s a raw sewage spill   

Wow!!  There’s now a printable solar cell!  Needs perfecting, of course, but what a step forward!! 

Yes, there is such a thing as “Oreo Art”!

Check the email attachment detailing a Greenmarket Recipe Series highlight:  “How To Use A Whole Ear Of Corn”!

Great outdoor staircases…?  

A map of hottest and coolest NYC subway stations and all those in between…?

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oenothera-elata

Time for critters…  With Cecil in mind:

Trust the Times to tell us how to evict urban raccoons!

How strange is it that airlines have presented themselves as allies in discouraging trophy hunting..?! 

No end to canine sniffing talent…  There’re now ivory detecting dogs!!

Feeling so green,

UGS

 

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Happy National Zoo Keeper Week, UESiders!

And how will we celebrating this event in NYC…?

More joy still on the establishment of 3 fabulous new National Monuments!!

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furcrea-parmentieri

As for what the next seven days will include (but no air quality advisories, please):  

Saturday,  July 18th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

It’s Cooking With Kallos Saturday, folks!!

Repeating his 2014 star-turn at the chopping board/propane burner, Council Member Kallos will be serving up one of his favorite seasonal recipes approx 11am-1pm and with an emphasis on tomatoes…  That and welcoming a chat with constituents!!

Of course, with us will also be Bread Alone, Ballard Honey, Valley Shepherd, American Seafood, Samascott, Rising Sun, Garden of Spices, Gajeski, Alewife, Cherry Lane and Ole Mother Hubbert Farms! 

Yes, Rising Sun was MIA last Saturday as Farmer Sally was recuperating from a back injury. Fingers crossed she’s once again AOK!  (We want our burgers!)

However… Fulfilling her obligations to animal charities will have Our Master Knife Sharpener’s table empty the next two weekends. 

And there’s one word from Market Manager Andrei:  “Corn!”  

Last week’s recycling totals:  81 lbs. batteries; 7 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 5 pairs of glasses; 8 1/2 compost bins;  20 bags of clothes.

Another 8-plus bins!!

Saturdays, August 1st, 8th & 15th:  Summer Streets 2015

Central Park at 72nd Street to Park Avenue to Brooklyn Bridge, 7am-1pm

Totally free of automobiles and packed with great activities/attractions for all ages, be they propelled by foot, cycles, skates or whatever non-car!  For further details  

Sundays through November 22nd:  94th Street Greenmarket 

First Avenue between 94th & 96th Street, 9am-5pm

Compost Collection – 9am–1pm 

With us will be the great American Seafood, Bread Alone, Meredith’s Bakery, Wager’s Cider Mill, DePaolo Turkey, Ole Mother Hubbert, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms!

Those turkey sausages rule!

Last week’s recycling totals:  6 lbs. batteries: 5 lbs. corks, cellphones, cartridges and cords;   2 1/4 bins of compost.

Incredible for an excruciatingly hot day!

Tuesday, July 28th:  “Frozen” at Schurz Park

Park Hockey/Basketball Court, 8:30pm

This summer it’s Whatta Gal! films at the Park.  As always free popcorn and at the “Frozen” screening FREE SNOW CONES!!  

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synthyris-cordata

Miscellany…  Commencing with this from our great neighbors at Thomas Jefferson Park:

FREE Sports Programs for Kids in Thomas Jefferson Park

Golf (baseball field near the Dog Run)
Mondays and Wednesdays 
9am – 10:30 from 6-9 yrs old 
10:30am – 12 noon 10-16 yrs old

Soccer (baseball field near 1st avenue ?) 
Thursdays 1pm – 3pm 
Ages: 8-12 yrs old

Track and Field 
Monday/Wednesday 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM 6-8 yr old 
Monday/Wednesday 10:30 AM12:00 PM 9-16 yr old

If you are wondering where your child could continue golf, there’s a new Junior Golf Center out in Bay Ridge BK (and an annex site in Flushing Meadow) that offers free golf ages 7-17 and all levels and an advanced program for kids who end up on a competitive level, applying for college scholarships.www.juniorgolfcenter.org 

Moving on to 5-point mini-rant:

Yes, it’s 2015, but there’re still some on the national stage trying to lower standards for food served at schools!  (If you disapprove…)

The same bunch are doing their best/worst to ban GMO food-labeling (with the so-called DARK Act)!  To read the grisly details…  (And if you’re opposed…)

(This while Chipotle eliminates GMOs from its menu ingredients!) 

Same old old-think presses for mine development cheek-by-jowl with beloved parks

Think Ace and True Value Hardwares should get in step with Lowe’s and Home Depot and ban bee-killing pesticides?

Much brighter:

Who knows how, but the U.S. Senate’s anti climate science education is – for the moment – dead! (If you think including climate science in school curricula is the way to go…) 

All hail Megan Kimble who removed all processed foods from diet for a full year, learned a ton and is now sharing it

Also good to know that there’re people like Stephen Joseph in the world…

Trust Atlas Obscura to devise a guide to great American literary road trips!

And Inside the Apple for great NYC insights/tips…  i.e. The Paramount Building!

BRIGHTEST OF ALL:

Who wouldn’t want a piece of the Smithsonian’s Kickstarter campaign to restore the spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore on the moon??!!

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oreocereus-trollii

On the animal front:

Next stop for this poker face kitty??  Vegas!!

AThe New York Post says, “Remember the Lhota Feline Subway Rule?”  Well…  (Thanks to reader Carol Rinzler for the tip!)

Humans vs. Ants…?  May  humans prevail in this instance… 

Awwww…  Can’t know enough about our city squirrels!!  (Like darker fur better maintains body heat!)

As ever green,

UGS 

 

 

 

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Happy Hello Pluto, UESiders!

Can’t have these leaps forward in knowledge, adventure and accomplishment often enough!

FYI: The New Horizon Mission’s quite fabulous site and PBS’s “Chasing Pluto” doc

Something to tell your daughter/grand daughter:  A third of the space scientists/engineers who guided that tiny bit of metal zillions of miles across the solar system are women!! 

Meanwhile…

Back here on earth the Endangered Species Act was renewed!

And this Saturday’s the New York City of Water Day! 

allotropa-virgata

allotropa-virgata

No kidding, we have one great week ahead:

Saturday,  July 18th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

At their tables will be  Bread Alone, Ballard Honey, Valley Shepherd, American Seafood, Samascott, Rising Sun, Garden of Spices, Gajeski, Alewife, Cherry Lane and Ole Mother Hubbert Farms! 

Yes, and our Master Knife Sharpener will honing like crazy, too!

From Market Manager Andrei…  In case you missed his (Russian) family pickling recipes:

Fresh Pickles:

1 quart of water, 4 tablespoons salt, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 bay leaf, and as much dill as you want. Boil the water, then mix in the salt, vinegar, dill and bay leaf, then pour over the Kirbies (as in Kirby cucumbers) in a sealable jar.   (Amount/size of the cucumbers will vary, so just make sure that there’s enough liquid to cover).  Keep the jar in your fridge for at least three days.  Pickles should last for a couple weeks.

Quick Pickles:

1/2 cup vinegar, 2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. honey/sugar, black pepper/dill to taste.  Combine the ingredients and bring just to a boil, then pour over sliced Kirbies.  Cover and let sit for at least one hour.  

Last week’s recycling totals:  76 lbs. batteries; 12 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 8 1/2 compost bins;  15 bags of clothes.

Back in our 8-plus bin mode!

Saturday, July 18th:  2015 Chelsea Garden Club Tour

Meet in front of Papaya Hot Dog Shop, Seventh Avenue & 23rd Street, 9:30am or in front of Dallas Barbecue, Eighth Avenue & 23rd, 10am

Learn from and admire the handiwork of the prodigious green thumbs of those who originated the art of Bicycle Island Gardening! (And their islands are beautiful!)  Free.

Saturday, July 18th:  2015 City of Water Day

All Over Town

Every summertime activity we love either on, in or by our city’s fabulous H2O!!  For the schedule of events…  And in our own hood?  As of 11:45am, the great East River Crew will moving their two wonderful boats onto the Esplanade and into the East River!  Be good to yourself and go for a ride!! 

Sundays through November 22nd:  94th Street Greenmarket 

First Avenue between 94th & 96th Street, 9am-5pm

Compost Collection – 9am–1pm 

With us will be the great American Seafood, Bread Alone, Meredith’s Bakery, Wager’s Cider Mill, DePaolo Turkey, Ole Mother Hubbert, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms!

Yummm!

Last week’s recycling totals:  4 lbs. batteries:  5 lbs. corks, cellphones, cartridges and cords;  1 pair of glasses:  2 3/4 bins of compost.

Another week…  Another half-bin jump!

Sunday, July 19th:  Make Music New York at Schurz Park

Carl Schurz Park, East End Avenue & 86th Street, 4-7pm

One great evening of open air music by Sara DeLeo, the Impact Repertory Theater, Eric Koppelman & Riley Fitzsimmons, Daniel Hartig, the Arrow Band and Hungry Marching Band!  Refreshments, too!! Brought to us by the Schurz Conservancy and Borough President Brewer (who’ll be attending).   Free!

Every Tuesday:  Rowing with the East River Crew

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 4:30pm

Row or just go out on the water for the ride and a most wonderful, later afternoon summer experience! Truly, one of the UES’s treasures.  Open to one and all and unbelievably…  Free.  For more… 
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jatropha-gossypifolia

And your serving of miscellany:
On the flip side:
NYS will be expanding our Renewable Energy Program to include more New Yorkers! 
Bowing to widespread outrage, our NYC Landmarks Commission’s backed off trashing the 95 meaningful structures that’d been “calendared” (but unlandmarked) for more than 5 years and proposed  a Backlog Initiative that’s receiving citywide praise!      
Who knew NYC had a law (Local Law 84 – LL84) requiring benchmarking of energy and water use by private buildings of more than 100,000 square feet and almost all city-own structures?
No wonder Bloomberg’s so sanguine about the future of renewable power…  (For highlights of the report…) 
On completely different tangents:
In case you haven’t seen the latest map of UES Citibike locations
Thanks to our Master Knife Sharpener for alerting us to the newest in urban greening…  Pot hole garderning:
pot hole gardening
Oh, those animals:
And the Acro-Cats…  Well, here’s their site… 
(Too bad the Kirkleatham Owl Centre‘s in England!)  (Check out the tawny frogmouth owl!)
And the world’s most trafficked critter is…  The pangolin!
Wrapping up with this from the Hudson River Almanac:
Hyde Park, HRM 82: A louder than usual rustling in the woods this evening attracted my attention. The grasses at the edge began to sway. Then out on to the lawn tumbled a red fox kit followed by another in hot pursuit. Then Mama appeared, followed by three more kits. We watched them race and romp and even perform the classic “pounce.” Two hours later they were still playing hard. I’d say Mama had her paws full. – Barbara Wells 
As we await that ever-so-green shredding poundage total,
UGS

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Happy U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Parade Day, UESiders!!

May the skies be blue and the team members receive in the best NYC salute ever!!

(For a brief history of the parade route…)

Oh, yes, and happy end of Shark Week, too!)

(Why not sign those new – #9 and #10 – Pledge2Protect letters now?)

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huperzia-rubra

Then move on to the busy 7 days to come:

Friday, July 10th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Why is there a mass turnover of deep-sky features from spring to summer as the Milky Way migrates into high sky?  Starmaster John Pazmino and he’s willing to share!  Always fascinating… Always free!

Saturday,  July 11th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

They’re all back!!  Bread Alone, Ballard Honey, Valley Shepherd, American Seafood, Samascott, Rising Sun, Garden of Spieces, Gajeski, Alewife, Cherry Lane and Ole Mother Hubbert Farms will all be at their tables! 

Add our Master Knife Sharpener to the list of returnees!

Plus the wonderful Andrea Wright will be making her beautiful music again!

Newsflashes from Market Manager Andrei:  “Look for corn, tomatoes, a variety of eggplants and rumor has it that striped bass season is open!  You don’t want to miss Ole Mother Hubbert’s great new gelato – a ton of great flavors – either!” 

Meanwhile, there’ll be a new person at the recycling table this week.  Holly’s been promoted to a GrowNYC farming project up in the Bronx, but she’s promised to keep us in the loop!

Last week’s recycling totals:  73 lbs. batteries; 15 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 5 compost bins;  19 bags of clothes.

Great for a holiday weekend!!

Sundays through November 22nd:  94th Street Greenmarket 

First Avenue between 94th & 96th Street, 9am-5pm

Compost Collection – 9am–1pm 

Yup!  Those tomatoes and that corn is coming in big time!!  Norwich Meadows has some incredible berries, too!  Look for Ole Mother Hubbert/Back to the Future Farm’s great gelato, milk, eggs, chicken, yogurt and cheese!

Last week’s recycling totals:  8 lbs. batteries:  3 lbs. corks, cellphones, cartridges and cords;  2 1/4 bins of compost.

An increase of a whole half compost bin!

Sunday, July 12th:  Shred-A-Thon – Pre-Bastille Day Edition

First Avenue between 94th & 95th Streets, 11am-2pm

AT LAST!!

Bring on the paper!!

Just keep in mind:

NO cardboard or handled shopping bags.

And please remove those paper clips and spiral bindings. 

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

Take your hardcovers over to Goodwill.

We’re going for a record breaking 9,000 lbs, people!!

(We thank Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for their green and very generous grants!)

Sunday, July 12th:  Bastille Day on 60th Street

60th Street from Fifth to Lexington Avenues, 12-5pm

French-American electro-swing band Gingoa, singer Benjamin Swax, wine, beer, chocolate and champagne tastings!  Just the thing after Greenmarket and a lot of shredding!

Tuesdays through August 11th:  Audubon Twilight Bat & Insect Walks in Central Park

Meet at 103rd Street & Central Park West, 7:45pm

Naturalist Paul Keim leads the search for ever-fascinating bats and the many curious nocturnal insects – think crickets and katydids – inhabiting our great park!  Adults, $32.  Teens, $20. Kids under 12, $14.  To reserve a place… 

Thursdays through August: Waterfront & Wildflower Garden Tours

Meet at Randall’s side of 103rd Street Footbridge, 11am

Organized by the great people of Thomas Jefferson Park!  Free.

Saturday, July 19th:  2015 Chelsea Garden Club Tour

Meet in front of Papaya Hot Dog Shop, Seventh Avenue & 23rd Street, 9:30am or in front of Dallas Barbecue, Eighth Avenue & 23rd, 10am

Learn from and admire the handiwork of the prodigious green thumbs of those who originated the art of Bicycle Island Gardening! (And their islands are gorgeous!)  Free.

 

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cadaba-farinosa

Especially miscellaneous:

In case you haven’t heard, seems the NYS Supreme Court ruled in favor of NYU’s expansion plan which’ll absorb city land long considered/deemed parkland by area residents/electeds/preservationists.  

Very sad, the present mess at Whole Foods…  Trouble that’s more than allegations of over-pricing of packaged food in NYC…

On the other hand,  the NYS Appellate Court delivered a decision against building a mall on a corner of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

We say Community Board 8 needs to get our hands on (kidnap even) NYPD Officer Vincek – current NYC record-holder for issuing tickets to bike riders and presently assigned to Precinct 20 – and install him at Precinct 19!! 

(FYI:  Paris requires payment of tickets on the spot or bike/car is taken into custody!)

Want to camp out under the stars and watchful eyes of Rangers in Central Park?  Well, there’s a lottery for that!  For the lowdown and get your name in play

Of course, NYC would have a Haunted Hologram Museum! …  Temptingly located on Governors Island!

And now The Times weighs in on the city’s best outdoor pools

Yup, the Statue of Liberty arrived on these shores in 350 pieces!

Meanwhile…  Who knew aviators once made their way across our continent by following giant concrete arrows!! 

Just how are great works of art restored/repaired?

Could a mushroom be a remedy to soil contamination?

Got a surfboard you need repaired?  Of course, there’s a guy in NYC who does expert work!

And just how is a wind turbine built?  (Thanks to reader Nell Semel for the tip!) 

Ahem…  Isn’t it time Miracle Whip got rid of the GE/GMO eggs in its bottle?  

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asphodelus-aestivus

Animals:

Spotted – in more ways than one –  on a nasturtium leaf on a First Avenue bicycle island…  A pair of baby lady bugs! lady bugs

Watched on First Ave in front of Bed Bath…  A pair of fledglings still more fluff than feathers on a sickly honeylocust tree:baby birds

Observed on York Avenue and 65th Street (but no pix)…  A pair of courting lightning bugs!

Trust The Times to provide a 24-hour compendium of much more exotic NYC wildlife viewing… 

We’ll all be so much greener after the Sunday shred,

UGS  

 

 

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Happy July 4th, UESiders!!

Needless to say, there’s no place in the U.S. of A. –  maybe even on earth – that’s more dedicated to fabulous summer holiday fun (and the best fireworks ever) than our NYC!

For a sampling of all there is to do…    (Can we believe Funkadelic’s still alive and playing music?!!) Then there’re Parks’ suggestions…   

And once you’ve taken care of writing that 91st Street MTS letter to the DEC (for points to make and more just scroll down to last week’s newsletter)…

Then…

We know there’s  one activity many an UESider will be including in their weekend… Celebrating the nation’s founding Greenmarket-Style

Saturday,  June 27th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

Risisng Sun, Garden of Spices and Ballard Honey are giving themselves a well-deserved weekend off, but friends Bread Alone, Valley Shepherd, American Seafood, Samascott, Gajeski, Alewife, Cherry Lane and Ole Mother Hubbert will all be with us! 

Yes, and our Master Knife Sharpener will also be AOL…  (But we forgive her for being up in Connecticut, floating in a pool.) 

Newsflashes from Market Manager Andrei:  Cherries and Gajeski’s 2015 potatoes are in!  Plus Andrei’s planning a quick pickling demo!  (Indeed, why insult great, home-crafted BBQ with pickles of the industrial/processed/supermarket kind!) 

Last week’s recycling totals:  76 lbs. batteries; 11 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 3 pairs eyeglasses; 8 1/2 compost bins;  25 bags of clothes.

Amazing!!

Sundays, June 28th – November 22nd:  94th Street Greenmarket 

First Avenue between 94th & 96th Street, 9am-5pm

Compost Collection – 9am–1pm 

Guess what?  This temporary location is just great!  So is the addition of Dipaola’s Turkey!  And Norwich Meadows joins the five-star farmer/baker/fisherman/dairy line-up this Sunday!!

Stop by and say hi to new Market Manager Clay who’ll be serving up red, white and blue fruit with a yogurt parfait!  (Fruit from Phillips Farm and yogurt from Back to the Future/Old Mother Hubbert Farm!)

Last week’s recycling totals:  TBA batteries:  TBA corks, cellphones, cartridges and cords;  TBA eye glasses;  1 3/4 bins of compost.

One great first week!

Saturday, July 11th:  Untold Secrets of Central Park Walking Tour

Meet at the Central Park West 66th Street Entrance, 2-4pm

Given that it’s organized by those wild and crazy folks at Obscura Society, this won’t be your usual (but always great) CP Conservancy tour…  As in – just for openers – did we know Transcendentalists were much involved in Central Parks’s founding and design?  $25.  For more and tickets (buying in advance is advised)…

And then the long-awaited:

Sunday, July 12th:  Shred-A-Thon – Pre-Bastille Day Edition

First Avenue between 94th & 95th Streets, 11am-2pm

Just two weeks and we’ll be pulverizing tons of paper on First Avenue!

And you do recall:

NO cardboard or handled shopping bags.

And please remove those paper clips and spiral bindings. 

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

Take your hardcovers over to Goodwill.

(Thanks to Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for their green and generous grants!)

Tuesday, July 14th:  Mary Badham Reads From “Go Set a Watchman”

92nd Street Y, Kaufman Concert Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd, 7:30pm

Rather, Scout Reads From (Harper Lee’s recently unearthed and just published) “Go Set a Watchman”.  Some compelling combination even 50-plus years later.  Tickets from $24.  (For more and tickets…)

On the horizon:

Wednesday, July 22nd:  “Mourning Lincoln” Lecture

Bryant Park, Sixth Avenue at 42nd Street, 7pm

On the 150th anniversary, CSpan (yes, CSpan!) aired Springfield, Illinois’ fascinating reenactment of Lincoln’s Funeral.  Now, there’s Martha Hodes’ delving into personal responses to the assassination by great and ordinary persons of the time..  Organized by the NY Historical Society and Oxford U Press.  Free.  (For more…) 

Wednesday, July 29th:  “Cost of Courage” Lecture 

Bryant Park, Sixth Avenue at 42nd Street, 7pm

Stories of WWII heroism are inexhaustible and ever amazing…  In this case, Charles Kaiser’s account of the 3 French siblings who orchestrated resistance efforts in Northern France. Sponsored of the NY Historical Society and Oxford U Press.  Free.  (For more…) 

In the miscellaneous category:

Job opportunity ahoy!  And in the non-profit sector so many are interested in!! Check out this offering from the Commercial Free Childhood organization…  

On the serious side:

Opaque as where – citywide – our public moneys are going can be, we’re getting more transparent locally…  i.e. (and scroll down) CM Kallos’s list of his bigger ticket grant allocations…  (To review the full array of Council Member grants…)

Forces wishing to develop on the Grand Canyon rim and even into the canyon itself just keep coming…  (If you feel moved to keep holding the line against…) 

(This while China develops a systems based on our array of national parks!)

Should you support efforts to end the mountain-top method of mining

Believe it or not, powers-that-be still allow the dumping of fracking water in local water treatment plants!!  Should you believe this practice ought to come to an end… 

And now for our smiley face:

We revere all citizen science (real science!) projects, but here’s a particular winner:  What’s become a worldwide effort to monitor phytoplankton (vital to the ocean’s food web) in our warming oceans and involving a device invented 1865! 

A host of great NY Botanical Garden gardening courses and at their midtown location, too!

And a ton of available fun in nature in NYState’s July Outdoor Discovery newsletter…  (Check out the Hike of the Month in Palmer’s Pond State Forest!) 

Times Square as it was 97 years ago…  (Too bad we didn’t get a replacement building as good-looking as this!)

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Courtesy of our great public library (and reader Kathleen Treat), we can now easily check out rather fabulous vintage pix of our own hoods!  

Get ready for animals:

Love that the NYS DEC’s announced a final plan to protect the northern cricket frog!   (We can be proud this is our state’s only endangered frog!)

Birth of a baby puffin…!!   (Tiring work for the little chick!) 

Cat vs. mountain lion

Yes, our Master Knife Sharpener has an alter ego…  That being Madrette, paw reader for the canine set and in which capacity she’s raised many dollars for animal charities…

Madrette and Friends

Madrette and Friends

Okay, it’s a long weekend so we have time to recover from a dose of incredible cuteness…  As in pix of parenting in the wild!  (Thank you, reader Jan Colucci!)

Then there are the adorable tarsiers of the Philappines

We’ll be keeping it green while we’re waving the red, white and blue,

UGS

 

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