Happy Vanilla Cupcake Day, UESiders!

It’s National Game & Puzzle Week, too!!

Most important of all, it’s National Santa Letter Week…  So get those kids formulating their wish lists and let the Amazon deliveries commence!!

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(Of course, we’ve not forgotten Veterans Day…  And we recommend this remembrance from the great people of StoryCorps…)

And now for the week ahead: 

Saturday, November4th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

At their tables will be American Pride Seafood (of course!), Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd, Green Pasture, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Alewife, Gajeski Farms AND…

The return of Hawthorne Valley Farm with their certified organic and biodynamic produce, meat, dairy, baked goods, and lacto-fermented vegetables (think krauts and kimchi)!!  

Market Manager Margaret adds: “Rumor has it that there may be some Peconic Bay Scallops out there this weekend… One of fall’s most precious and delicious taste treats!” 

Yup, the Master Knife Sharpener will be at her table, too!   And you Master Turkey Carvers:  The Thanksgiving count’s begun! 

Last week’s recycling totals:  76 lbs. batteries; 23 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 7 pairs glasses;  11 compost bins; 33 bags of clothes.

ANOTHER 11 bins!!

Saturday, November 11th to Sunday, December 31st:  The Three Bears Holiday Smash!

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Central Park

Drawn from  the stories of Hanukkah, “The Night Before Christmas,” and Kwanzaa, think a kid-centric variety show/sing-along celebrating the holiday season in song, dance and – best of all, maybe – puppetry!  (The Swedish Cottage’s quite the treat, too!) Adults, $12.  Children, $8.  For more and tickets

Saturday, November 11th:  Biscuits & Bath Puppy/Dog Adoption Event

Biscuits & Bath, 1064 First Avenue, 11am-3pm

You know there’s someone furry out there waiting your forever home!!  Adoptions include vaccinations, spay/neuter, a pre-registered microchip, an identification tag, a collar and a certificate for a free initial exam at a participating veterinarian!  Event sponsored by NYC Animal Care Centers. 

Saturday, November 11th:  Veterans Day Celebration with “War & Pieced”

Folk Art Museum, 2 Liincoln Square, 12-7pm

Mark this Veterans Day with guided tours of the extraordinary  War and Pieced quilt exhibition, hands on activities for all ages, a veteran poetry reading and  a screening of the 1964 classic film “Zulu!”.  (And “Zulu!” really is first rate!!)   Free, but you must RSVP

Saturday, November 11th & Sunday November 12th:  Artist Open House 2017

373 Broadway, 3rd floor,  1-6pm

What’s a working artist’s studio like?  Visit Czech-American painter Franta Nedved’s atelier – and those of many other artists in 373 and neighboring 368 Broadway – and find out!  Free!  (Bet you’ll then want to further explore that art-centric Soho neighborhood further!)

Sunday, November 12th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

With us will be American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell, Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue and Norwich Meadows Farms!!

And uber Market Manager Margaret says, “Ask at Sun Fed Beef this week about ordering one of their free range, heritage breed turkeys for the holiday…  Or you could think entirely out of the box and pre-order a ham or roast beef!”

The Healthy Eating Punch Out promotion continues…  Shop the 4 food groups and take your card to Market Manager Jamie, get it punched and head home with that ever mysterious prize!!

(UGS’s  updated 4-group list:  Phillips’ pears, any of Norwich Meadows’ squashes, Sun Fed’s ground lamb (for lamb burgers) and Mother Hubbert’s chocolate milk!!) 

Last week’s recycling totals:   Marathon Sunday.  No collection.

(Will this be another 5 1/2 bin week?)

Monday, November 13th:  Food on the Page – Cookbooks and American Culture

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

Cultural historian and author of the above named book, Megan Elias sheds light on all that cookbooks say about society…  And it’s way more than what we aspire to eat!!  Members, $25. Senior members, $10.  Non-member adults, $40. Students with ID, $10.  For reservations (a must) – 212-838-6878…

Wednesday, November 15th: Street Co-Naming of Ms. Magazine Way

The Southest Corner of 32nd Street & Avenue, 11am-12:30pm

And we quote, “Join us for a festive event honoring Gloria Steinem, her 1972 founding of Ms. Magazine  and the occasion 45th anniversary of a publication by women for women!”  45 years…  Come one, come all!!

Thursday, November 16th: Hungarian Short Film Event

American Hungarian Library, 215 East 82nd Street, 7pm

The American Hungarian Library and Historical Society hosts five of the best Hungarian short films of the last years, including Oscar- winnning “Sing”!  All screened in Hungarian with English subtitles!  (Even during Soviet days, Eastern European filmmaking was revered!)  Free, but donations accepted.  For more

Friday, November 17th:  19th Century Trivia Night

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Gardens, 421 East 61st Street, 7pm

Okay, history nuts:  Which pro-temperance president actually took out papers to become a bar owner? What engineering marvel revolutionized New York City trade?  You’re so smart?  Then get yourself over to MV Museum for four fast-paced trivia rounds while imbibing historic refreshments!!  Members, $10.  Non-members, $15.   For tickets (got to have them in advance) –  212-838-6878

On the horizon:

Tuesday, November 28th:  “Wasted!  The Story of Food Waste” Screening 

GrownYC’s Project Farmhouse, 76 East 13th Street, 7-9pm

A hit at the Tribeca Film Festival, exec produced by Anthony Bourdain, the film’s about solutions to the huge world problem – but especially in the U.S. of A. – of incredible food waste.  Film followed by a discussion led by Emily Bachman, GrowNYC’s ompost Program Manager.  Free but with a suggested donation, $10.  To RSVP (you must)…

Thursday, November 30th:  Sissinghurst – Reviving Vita Sackville-West’s Garden

General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street, 6:15pm

Over time even one of  the world’s garden of gardens designed by one of the world’s gardeners of gardeners needs refocusing…  In this case, the famed, historic, once white- on-white Sissinghurt Castle garden of poet/novelist/gardener Vita Sackville-West.  A lot for us all to learn in this NY Botanical Garden talk by Sissinghurt’s present head gardener, Troy Scott Smith…  And we don’t even have to go to the Bronx!!  Organized by the Horticultural Society of New York and the Royal Oak Foundation.  For more and to register or  212-480-2889 x201…  In either case, give deploying  17FNYHORT discount a shot!

December already:

Friday & Saturday,  December 1st & Second:  Holiday Candlelight Tours of the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

421 East 61st Street, 6:15pm & 7:30pm

You’re right…  A ton going on at the MV Museum and nNo more charming way to commence the holiday season than a visit and step back into pre-Christmas 1830…  Complete with traditional confections and live period music!!  Couldn’t be more family friendly.  Members, $10.  Non-members, $20.  Children, $5.  Reservations required or 212-838-6878!  

Saturday, December 2nd:  Shred-A-Thon – Pre-Santa Edition 

82nd Street/St. Stephen Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First & York, 10am-2pm

Same old, but it matters…

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take those hardcovers to Goodwill or Housing Works.)

As always,  we thank Council Members Kallos and Garodnick and Assembly Member Seawright for their generous grants!!

Saturday, December 9th:  The First New York Cat Film Festival 

SVA Theater, 333 West 23rd Street, 3pm & 4:30pm

You read it right!  And have to say, the 2-part program each composed of several cat-themed films sounds really good!  $15 for each program.  For film programs/summaries and tickets

Sunday, December 10th:  Third New York Dog Film Festival

SVA Theater, 333 West 23rd Street, 2:45pm & 4:45pm

Yes, there’s a Dog Film Festival!!  And what better way to keep our animal film life in perfect balance!!  Same 2-part program.  $15 for each program.  For the films and tickets…   

On to miiscellany with this week in activism up first:

If you think NYC and NYS shouldn’t be dailing back efforts to keep raw sewage out of  our city’s waterways… 

How about this for a great course of study for the right teen:  The Learning Gardens High School Training Program which  – and we quote – “offers 5 months of garden-based learning, exploring topics including urban gardening, growing food and biodiversity during which students develop leadership skills, learn how to instruct younger students, and earn high school credit after completing 60 hours of instruction. Students who successfully complete the Training Program will have the opportunity to participate in a paid summer internship with City Parks Foundation.”  For high school freshman, sophomores and Juniors from February to June 2018.  Applications due, January 15, 2018.  To discuss in full detail:  mhara@cityparksfoundation.org or call  212-360-2744!    

Edible answers the question, “What to do if your building doesn’t have a brown organics container…”

Why autumn/fall has two names… 

Thirteen secrets of the Staten Island ferry   

Ten actual ruins visible in Central Park

Ten – another ten! – cleaning myths and what to do instead

How to load a dishwasher right

Does a contest prize get more hysterical than your own monogrammed cheese

Animals:

The case of the missing shrew mummies

Sheep trained to recognize human faces

vintage cat magazine.

..The NYS DEC has this advice about cave enthusiasts and our threatened bats

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

10/21 – Sandy Hook, NJ: First light was blossoming in the east, and dawn over the Lower Bay of New York Harbor was not far off. The winds had shifted from west to south and the monarch butterflies were far fewer than yesterday. Those who made the attempt to head south flew close to the sand, tacking back and forth like a sailboat. At sunrise, the water behind the surf looked agitated: striped bass! The anglers on the beach had high hopes for trophy bass but every one that was landed fell in the 20-24 inch range [licensed anglers in New Jersey are allowed to possess one fish per day from 28 inches to less than 43, and one fish 43 inches or greater]. The surf was swim-wear friendly at a comfortable 65 degrees Fahrenheit. – Tom Lake and T.R. Jackson
 
[Artists have long revered sunsets in their work – the Hudson River School of painting comes to mind. But for me, I’ll take sunrise on an east-facing beach at dawn. The growing glow from first light to sunrise is a study in anticipation: rebirth, renewal, dawn of a new day. – Tom Lake.]

Let us now and always be green,

UGS

 

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Happy Marathon Weekend, UESiders!!

Yes, it’s that time of the year when – for a few minutes post-Marathon – First Avenue’s so tidy one could – momentarily – think one was on…  Well, not Fifth or Madison, but maybe Third Avenue!! 

It’s also Eat Smart Month!!  (We’ve got that one down!!)

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And there’s plenty more going on:

Friday, November 4th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-9:30pm 

Star master John Pasmino’s subject this time out:  End-life avaration of star radiation!  Say what??!!  That is, the series of energy production methods stars go through as the approach the grim astronomical reaper…  Their demise!   As ever, free and fascinating!

Saturday, November4th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

With us will be American Pride Seafood (of course!), Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd, Green Pasture, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Alewife  and Gajeski Farms!!

Happy to say, the Master Knife Sharpener will be present and honing, too…  And she reminds:  “Only 3 weeks till Turkey Carving Day!” 

May we have one more week of corn and tomatoes!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  64 lbs. batteries; 18 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 6 pairs glasses;  11 compost bins; 35 bags of clothes.

YES, 11 bins!!

Saturday, November 4th:  2017 Roosevelt Island Pumpkin Smash

Riverside, Lower Lawn, Manhattan Park between Buildings #20 and #30, 11am-2pm

And an actual historic event as from 2017 on, the RI  Pumpkin Smash becomes part of the Department of Sanitation’s official citywide efforts to reduce landfill waste via NYC Compost Project!  But let’s talk fun:  Smash that soon-to-be-compost pumpkin to smithereens, acquire a ton of eco info and partake of great refreshments!  There’s even a great raffle prize to be won:  A 30-day ferry pass!!   Free, of course!   (Let’s have more of these things across the UES!!)

Sunday, November 5th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

MARATHON SUNDAY!!  THE MARKET RETURNS NEXT SUNDAY!!

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

YES!!

Tuesday, November 7th:  NYC ELECTION DAY

At Your Polling Place

And how do our city’s candidates shake out the environmentally…? 

Wednesday, November 8th:  Superscrapers Steal Sun and Sky

Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, 6:30pm

And we quote, “Stealing Sun and Sky is bad enough, but they destroy neighborhoods.  Determination of what a neighborhood’s character is, should be made by people who live there.”  So says (and rightly so) organizer of this information-packed forum, the Sierra Club.  Adults suggested donation, $6.  Students, $3.  (Meanwhile, looks like a City Council bill will limit highrises on the Lower East Side!) 

And then:

Saturday, November 11th:  Veterans Day Celebration with “War & Pieced”

Folk Art Museum, 2 Liincoln Square, 12-7pm

Mark this Veterans Day with guided tours of the extraordinary  War and Pieced quilt exhibition, hands on activities for all ages, a veteran poetry reading and  a screening of the 1964 classic film “Zulu!”.  (And “Zulu!” really is great!!)   Free, but you must RSVP

Thursday, November 16th:  Block by Block – Christopher Gray’s New York

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 FIfth Avvenue, 6:30pm

There’s no replacing architectural  historian Christopher Gray’s and his wonderful weekly “Streetscapes” columns in The Times!  High time the gentlemen and his unique perspective received this appreciation by friends and colleagues…  And may it be the first of many!   Members, $10.  Non-member, $20.  Seniors, students & educators, $15.  For more and tickets…

Last but hardly least:

Saturday, December 2nd:  Shred-A-Thon – Pre-Santa Edition 

82nd Street/St. Stephen Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First & York, 10am-2pm

You know how it goes…

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take those hardcovers to Goodwill or Housing Works.)

Yet again, we thank Council Members Kallos and Garodnick and Assembly Member Seawright for their generous grants!!

This week’s collection of miscellaneous:

Planned, presently underway and completed projects in Central Park

Another victory for the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation!!  An 1866 building once home to Willem de Kooning!!

The greenest restaurant in NYC

…Which just happens to be one of the 6 businesses up for Green America’s People & Planet Award!  To vote

Have to say the Governor’s announcement of $2.3M in urban forestry grants for all of NYState sounds pretty paltry…   (NYC pays in the neighborhood of $1,600K per new tree!)

Meanwhile, NYState’s just launched a new Green Business Program!  (UES businesses!  Get onboard!!)

We pause for a moment of activism, as in:

If you think the air in our national parks should be clean

Moment ended:

Sure, they farm in Brooklyn…  Now in shippping containers!

But then again, mushrooms were once farmed in Paris’s catacombs… 

For anyone crazy enough to purchase apple anywhere but at a Greenmarket, Consumer Reports weighs in on how best to get pesticides off the fruit (if it’s a pesticide that can actually be removed!)…

And the NYS Hike of the Month is…  Otter Creek Trails in the Otter Creek Forest!  (Scroll down past the deer hunting…)

A hat making museum and library

The history of the crosswalk

Quite a while till Earth Day, like next—  Oops! Don’t want to spoil this Earth Day quiz!

Hawaiian Common Gallinules

Animal time:

Just exactly how do amazing Monarchs make their thousands-of-miles migrations?    (Astonishing!!)  (No surprise, their trip’s starting late this fall.)

Seriouslyy?  Doping Iditarod sled dogs…?

new species of orangutan’s been discovered!!

Baby bats are multi-lingual…!!

Russians are putting their cats to work!!

And the migrating raptors passing over Pennsylvania’s Hawk Mountain last week:

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*Season total is through October 30.

And then there’re these lovely excerpts from the great Hudson River Almanac:

10/12 – Manhattan: One of my seventh-grade students from The Speyer Legacy School, 59th Street and Ninth Avenue, wrote this poem upon discovering -during our Day in the Life program at Pier 1 – that the river was “alive”.   I especially love it because many of our New York City students are skeptical about there being life in the Hudson River, their backyard. –  Kimberly Schwab

The river’s murky waters flow
When looking they don’t seem too much;
But now I know there is much more
Than a murky waters flow.

There is a world that is beneath there
Of crabs and fish and shrimp,
Of periwinkles, little snails,
Of jellies, all too many.

Although it seems like
Murky waters,
The river is alive.
     – Ben Levine

10/12 – Queens: My students from the International High School for Health Sciences sampled the East River from Francis Lewis Park for the Day in the Life. As we were conducting water quality tests, we heard and then saw a flock of geese as they made a grand pass over us.  The students were so excited that they forgot about the tests and just watched the birds – they were seeing Canada geese for the first time in their lives.  This brought back memories of a movie, Nils Holgersson, from when I was a child in Albania.  Nils was a little boy who was a friend with wild geese and always traveled on the neck of a white goose. The movie was from a book by Selma Lagerlof, The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, that won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1909.  My students loved the experience of “a trip to the river,” especially the seining (they caught Atlantic silversides, winter flounder, hermit crabs, and shore shrimp). Their only complaint was that the experience was too short! – Mirela Shkoder

[Mirela and her students reflect the incredible international diversity of their school. Her 30 students, all recent arrivals to the United States, were from Honduras, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Columbia, Ecuador, Yemen, Iran, Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Laos, China and the Philippines. Their faculty were from Guyana, Dominican Republic, and Albania.  – Tom Lake.]

Yours in enduring greenness,

UGS

 

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Happy Fire at the 91st Street MTS, UESiders!

Virtually all metal, not even finished and the thing catches fire–  

If only–

Well, enough of that!!

How about we celebrate National Seafood Month and let our friends at American Pride Seafood lead the way? 

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As Halloween nears:

Saturday, October 28th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

Think Halloween Market this Saturday…  What with face painting, warm cider and storytime from  10-12!! 

And, of course, you should come in your costume if you and/or your kids are so inclined!! 

Enjoying it all at their tables will be American Pride Seafood (of course!), Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd, Green Pasture, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Alewife  and Gajeski Farms!!

Same for our Master Knife Sharpener who offers this advice:  “Time to get serious about that turkey carving gear!” 

The results of UGS’s 3-week-long pear tastiness test:  All Samascott pear varieties are equally delicious!   

Last week’s recycling totals:  52 lbs. batteries; 23 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 pairs glasses;  10 1/2 compost bins; 28 bags of clothes.

Sure are collecting an amazing number of eye glasses in 2017!! 

Saturday, October 28th:  Green Park Gardeners Fall Volunteer Day

Andrew Haswell Green Park, East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 1-4pm  (Rain date:  Sunday, November 5th, 205pm)

Who’d pass up a chance to wield a trowel planting bulbs in the UESide’s one and only gorgeous native plant garden?!!  There’ll be tidying for winter, too.  Just bring yourself, that trowel and your gardening gloves!!  And please RSVP:  greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 28th:  Esplanade Friends Presents Halloween on the Esplanade!

East River Pavillion beneath the Alice Aycock Sculpture, East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 1-4pm

Celebrating Halloween, yes, but also the opening of the renovated Pavillion!!  Think music by the great John Putnam Trio…  Ice cream sandwiches by Melt…  Kid fun galore…  The nearness of the river…  The astonishing view…  All free!!

Sunday, October 29th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

At their tables will be the great American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell, Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue and Norwich Meadows Farms!!

The Master Knife Sharpener will be present and honing, too!  (…Unless there’s meaningful rain!)

The Healthy Eating Punch Out promotion rolls on!!  Yup, shop all 4 food groups and head to the Market Manager table, get your card punched and head home with a mystery prize!!

Then there’s this from Ultra Market Manager Margaret:  “Corn and tomato devotees, there’ll still be corn and tomatoes on Phillips and Norwich Meadows Farms’ tables!   Making Sunday brunch?  Sun Fed Beef has scrumtious breakfast sausage!  Then there’s Mother Hubbert’s amazing chocolate milk.  Bread and cheese more your thing?  Central Bakery and Consider Bardwell cheese are the perfect combo (with tables conveniently located right next to each other)!  Stop by and sample some cheese.  It’s pure treat, no trick!” 

(UGS’s  updated 4-group list:  Phillips’ apples, Norwich Meadows beets, Sun Fed’s steak and Mother Hubbert’s yogurt!!) 

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

So impressive!!

Tuesday, October 31st:  New York Textiles Summit

John E. Reeves Great Hall, Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 West 27th Street, 7:30am-4:30pm

The subject:  How to drive innovation and overcome challenges in textile production and recovery.  The organizers:  New York Product Stewardship Council, Re-Clothe NY Coalition and the Product Stewardship Institute.  Who should attend:  Manufacturers, retailers, recycling/reuse organizations, the fashion industry, state/local governments, researchers, nonprofits and clothing consumers like us!!  Tickets:  $15-$50.  For more and tickets

November already:

Wednesday, November 1st:  Astor at 50 Street Festival

Astor Place, 11am-3pm

And we quote, “The “Alamo” Cube turns 50! Join the official birthday party for the iconic sculpture by Tony Rosenthal, installed in 1967 as part of the “Sculpture and the Environment” project, organized by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.  Share your birthday wishes, celebrate on the sidewalk, create and collage mini spinning cubes, fold origami cubes, learn the history of the Cube with mini-walking tours around the square, keep the cube spinning for charity, and much more!”  Free for one and all.  To RSVP…    

Saturday, November 4th:  Landmark Bushwick Breuckelen Beer Walking Tour

Meet at 31 Belvedere Street, Brooklyn, 4pm

Once upon a time – and maybe soon again – Bushwick was the center was a German-American beer brewing hotspot…  Much of that success due to the area’s quality water! Walk the historic Brewers Row, learn its history from beer savant Chris Heuberger and down a brew or two!!  Organized by that all-things-water group, NYC H2O!  $30.  For more and tickets

Just below the horizon:

Sunday, November 12th:  Mansions, Money and Scandal – Gilded Age Splendor on the Upper East Side – Part 3, From Guggenheim to Downton Abbey

Meeting place reveal with ticket purchase, 11am

Alan M. Engler, MD leads a tour focused on UES history, architecture and – you bet! – scandals from Frick to Carnegie, Vanderbilt and Rockefeller and the architects who designed the grand robber baron palaces that still endure! !  Organizaed by the Municipal Art Society.  Member, $20.  Non-members, $30.  For tickets…

How about we begin with some miscellaneous cheerfulness:

Kudos to Congressional bipartisanship in drawing up bills funding migratory bird research and to make Federal building more bird-firendly!  (Now let’s see if they pass…)

Hats off to chef Jose Andres for serving up more than 2 million meals to struggling Puerto Ricans!!

Great that NYState’s concentrating on clean water, including making sure that Hudson River water gets even cleaner!!

And that Philippe de Montebello – erstwhile director of the Met – is leading the $15M renovation  of the Hispanic Society of America (a treasure house of Goyas, Picassos, Velaquezes and more)!!   

Are we or are we not happy that NYC’s finally, really getting down on the owners of businesses using electric bikes for deliveries?  (Report to both 311 and CM Kallos’s office!)

Pausing briefly for some activism:

If you think rules  governing nursing homes shouldn’t be loosened

Same for a roll-back in air quality requirements 

Ditto if  you object to the proposed increase in price for visits to our National Parks

Or the sage grouse loing its protection

Then, going local,  there’s still that proposed alienation of  East 96th Street/East Harlem’s Marx Brothers Park land to build another mega tower!  Should you think  Governor Cuomo should veto the bill that’d allow it (S.6721 and A.8419), give him a quick call at 518-474-8399!  

Back on the miscellany beat: 

Doesn’t seem like we could do without the FDR, but elsewhere “expressways” are disappearing… 

Who would have guessed there’s a vital seedbank in Syria

The Times on disaster preparedness

A lost Rodin found in…  New Jersey!

Some odd prose, but a uew approach to historic preservation

Why/how leaves change color in fall

The right way  to clean a toaster oven…   (Step One:  Unplug!)

And NYC’s best bagels to be toasting in that very clean oven… 

Animal time:

An Arctic jellyfish

How to nourish our bees during winter

Then there’re bee hotels

Just who’s the toughest bird…?

Whew! 

We close with these from the Hudson River Almanac:

10/10 – Hudson River Estuary: We frequently get questions from students regarding sharks in the Hudson River, specifically large sharks that would make us wary to go into the water! Our checklist of Hudson River Watershed Fishes notes smooth and spiny dogfish sharks, but only a single “big shark” record, a dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus) at Peekskill (1898). However, from John Waldman’s Heartbeats in the Muck, we read of many other unsubstantiated records including a hammerhead shark at Cornwall (1870s), several dusky sharks as far upriver as Peekskill (1881), a sand tiger shark (Carcharias taurus) at Peekskill (1952), and another dusky shark at Newburgh (1966). Until the middle of the nineteenth century, Manhattan’s commercial waterfront (see Fulton Market, since 1823) dumped raw organic refuse into the harbor, particularly the East River. This practice may have contributed to the famous shark attack in the Upper Bay of New York Harbor in 1870 when a school of sharks attacked a sailboat. Large sharks in the Hudson River that might give you pause before going in the water are possible, but…  – Tom Lake

[These reports bring to mind a bizarre tradition among some anglers, that is to say the dumping of fish from faraway places along the river. There have been several instances where anglers have brought home dead blue sharks and hammerhead sharks from ocean adventures and left them along the shoreline of the Hudson to confuse us. In 1994, an angler dumped a huge number of longnose gar along the Saw Mill River. That one had us stumped for a while. By analyzing stomach contents, however, ichthyologist C. Lavett Smith concluded that the gar had come from the Potomac River in Virginia.  – Tom Lake.]

10/13 – Manhattan: At low tide near midday at Inwood Hill Park, a great egret was stalking the inlet of Spuyten Duyvil Creek along with 60 Canada geese, half of them swimming and half walking on the mud. The woods were silent except for an occasional blue jay, but I glimpsed a red-bellied woodpecker. The Osage orange trees were beginning to drop their fruit. –  Thomas Shoesmith

Ever so green,

UGS

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Happy School Lunch Week, UESiders!

And we can be increasingly proud of what we’re serving up to young New Yorkers…    That our school lunches are progressively more healthy…  That every child gets a lunch…  And that what the kids don’t eat is, in more and more schools, composted!! 

Pause for a moment’s prideful feeling…

But just a moment…  There’s whole lot more crammed into the next 7 days:

Saturday, October 21st:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

With us will be the great American Pride Seafood, Sikking Flowers, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd, Green Pasture, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Alewife,  and Gajeski Farms!!

Then there’s this intriguing news from Market Manager Guramrit:  This Saturday at 82nd, we have the honor of being visited by the Great Greenmarket Pumpkin!!  Come say hi and get your pic taken with the hefty, orange gourd…  Guess its weight….  And win a mystery prize!!” 

G. adds:  “It’s that time of the year when we say farewell to Sikking Farm and take home the last of their gorgeous, fresh-cut, 2017-season flowers…  Oh, and our featured ingredient this weekend is…  Broccoli!!” 

Great that the Master Knife Sharpener will be at her table, too!! 

Meanwhile…  We know you’ve  been keeping your thinking caps on in anticipation of this week’s market visit by representatives of NYC DOT who’re needing our help in putting together the UES’s Pedestrian WalkNYC wayfinding sign project!!  And, really, who better than UESiders know what’ll be most interesting and/or helpful to tourists and/or fellow New Yorkers paying us a visit?!  

Last week’s recycling totals:  66 lbs. batteries; 21 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 10 pairs glasses;  11 compost bins; 30 bags of clothes.

So good to be back in the 11 bin mode!! 

Sunday, October 22nd:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

At their tables will be the great American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell, Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue and Norwich Meadows Farms!!

Lucky us!!  Yet another week  of the Healthy Eating Punch Out promotion!!  Shop all 4 food groups and head to the Market Manager table, get your card punched and head home with your very own mystery prize!!

On our own 4 groups list:  Phillips’ pears, Norwich Meadows okra, Sun Fed’s ground lamb and Ole Mother Hubbert’s chocolate milk!! 

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

Another 5 1/2 BINS!!

Saturday, October 21st:  Schurz Park Harvest Festival

88th Street & East End Avenue, 11am-1pm

Puppets and face painting…  Maraca making and personalized twisty balloons…  Pumpkin-carving and a living, breathing scarecrow…  A dance party…  A ton of fun for the young uns!!  Free.  For more (scroll down)… 

Sunday, October 22nd:  It’s My Park Day!

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am – 3pm

Year 4 of Esplanade Friends’ reinvention of the once forlorn planter at 96th with another round of tulip, daff,  crocus and grape hyacinth bulbs!!  Enjoy great snacks and company while you plant!!  Go home with your own, state-of-the-art trowel!!  Then prepare yourself for waves of pride as the planter bursts with beauty come next spring!!  (Be great if you’d RSVP:  uppergreenside@gmail.com!) 

Monday, October 23rd:  On Screen at the 67th Street Library – “Edgar Allen Poe – Buried Alive” 

328 Easst 67th Street, 3:15pm

Step One in your prep for Halloween?  PBS’s American Masters’ exploration of the life and times of the guy who gave us “The Raven”…   You’ll even be seeing it before it hits TV screens!!  Free.

And then:

Monday,October 30th:  On Screen at the 67th Street Library – “Little Shop of Horrors”

328 East 67th Street, 3:15

Step Two in gearing up for a great Halloween?   The classic musical in which a florist and a very unusual plant get wild and crazy!!  Free! 

Tuesday, October 31st:  Trick-or-Treat with Midtown East

Commencing at Tramway Plaza, Second Avenue at 59th Street,3-7pm

And we quote, “Check in at Tram Plaza, pick up trick-or-treat bags, get your face painted, snap a spooky photo in our photo booth, enter the costume contest…  Then head out to collect treats at 50-plus East Side businesses, 48th to 68th!!”  Totally free!!  For more and a map of participating businesses… 

November already:

Friday, November 3rd Invasive Species Summit

Ross Hall, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 10am-4pm

They’re everywhere and even in our – with utmost affection – asphalt/concrete jungle!  Hear the latest on how we can combat the pesky invaders from 5 world-class experts!!  (For sure, weeding is not enough.)  Garden Members, $25.  Non-members, $29.  For more and tickets

This week in miscellany:

Whoa!!  We’ve got an official, contamined Brownfield Cleanup Site at 1299 First Avenue!  (Scroll down for a description of the neighborhood as it was 75 years ago and its geologic underpinings!) 

Yes, NYC’s got the most expensive stretch of subway on Planet Earth…  But just how much more expensive than anywhere else?  (What’s almost worse is that other cities spend less and still get get great looking stations!) 

In the activist mode:

Should you oppose (and think the Governor should, too)  the 68-story/park-alienating/shade-casting monolith of  a building being proposed for East Harlam

If you object to thousands of baby penguins dying  of – climate change caused – starvation

Iif you’d like to know what’s in your cleaning products and think the Governor should sign the bill so you could

If you’d like the greater sage grouse to retain its Endangered Species protection… 

And if you think the Atlantic’s most important food fish should be protected from overfishing…  

Ah, animals:

How wolves became dogs

Meanwhile, seems the hormone that makes some pooches more aggressive than others may have been identified!

Now we can tell when the dogs in our lives are depressed

And now (and then some), NYC has its 5th pet cafe!!

Greenness is happiness, 

UGS

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Happy International Pickle Week, UESiders!!

Celebrated for 10 days here in NYC with the crowning event set for – as well it should be – the Lower East Side – once home to 80 pickle pickling businesses – this coming Sunday, October 15th, 1-5pm on Orchard Street!!   (Our personal fave:  Guss’ Pickles, 87 Orchard Street.)

tetradium-glabrifolium and bumble  bee

Let’s get on with the week:

Friday, October 13th:  Free Flu Shots for Adults

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Senior Center at St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, 10am-1pm

Time to get protected from this season’s flu bugs!! Made possible by State Senator Liz Krueger, Assembly Member Seawright and Council Member Garodnick.  Appointments a must:  212-490-9535 or email gresham@nysenate.gov

Friday, October 13th to Tuesday, October 31st:  Hansel & Gretel’s Halloween Adventure 

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater,  West 79th Street & West Drive, Central Park 

And we quote, “Central Park and the Belvedere Castle serve as the backdrop for a magical explosion of music, dance and exciting encounters with a host of lovable characters. Hansel and Gretel once again embark on an adventure where beautiful mermaids, adorable monsters, swashbuckling pirates, charming vampires and a fabulous witch all intertwine for one unforgettable Halloween story!”  Adults, $12.  Kids, $8.  For more and tickets

Friday, October 13th to Sunday, October 15th:  New York City Food & Wine Festival

Venues All Over Town

How many cuisines, chefs, vineyard products and pricey but worth-it events can be crammed into a bit more than a couple of days?  Ours to find out!!  Tickets from $85 to the semi-stratisphere.  For full details…    

Saturday, October 14th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

At their tables will be American Pride Seafood, Sikking Flowers, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd, Green Pasture, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Alewife,  and Gajeski Farms!!  

Hey, and Master Knife Sharpener will be back and honing, too!!

Plus, Market Manager Guramrit has this news of what’ll be going on under her canopy:  “This  Saturday we’ll be joined by frequent market shopper and cookbook author Dana Jacobi who’ll  share one of her favorite fall recipes with us:  Apples, beets and carrots in a delicious slaw that’s a must have on all our dinner tables!”  And G. advises, “Grab the last of the tomatoes, stock up on peppers, maybe get lucky with the final strawberries from Samascott and grab some unique apples, even one variety with a special pink surprise upon your first bite!” 

Last week’s recycling totals:  77 lbs. batteries; 18 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 pairs glasses;  9 1/2  compost bins; 35 bags of clothes.

Yes!!

Saturday & Sunday, October 14th & 15th:  Open House New York!

All Day Long In Great Places All Over Our City

For the last 14 years, Open House New York has provided denizens and visitors alike with entree to the finest of the city’s architecture and the folks who’ve designed, built and now preserve it!!  For the wonders you can visit this time (and mostly free)…  (One of them being the UES’s own Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden!!)

Sunday, October 15th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

With us will be our friends American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell, Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue and Norwich Meadows Farms!!

Look for the Master Knife Sharpener to be tabling, too!!

And Uber Market Manager Margaret has this advice, “The Healthy Eating Punch Out promotion continues, but it won’t last forever, folks!!  Visit Market Manager Jaime’s table, claim your Healthy Eating card, buy something from all 4 food groups and collect your Greenmarket mystery prize!  And stock up on summer bounty tomatoes, corn, peppers and eggplants while you still can!” 

101/1/17 Compost collection: 5 1/2 bins.

Last week’s recycling totals:   8 lbs. batteries; 6 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  6 pairs of glasses;  5 1/2 compost bins.

That 5 1/2 bins is a 92nd Street record, you fabulous people!!   

Upon us soon:

Sunday, October 15th:  Carl Schurz Park Halloween Howl and Healthy Hound Fair!

Schurz Park Hockey Court, East End Avenue at 84th Street,  11am-3pm

The UES classic,  so creative canine costume competition now melded with the latest in pet wellness info and products!   Howl registration ($10 to benefit the Park Conservancy), 11am-1pm.  Fair, 1-3pm.  Howl competition, 1-3pm.  For more…  (Volunteers welcome, too!)

Sunday, October 15th:  Green Park Gardeners’ Monarch Migration Festival

Andrew Haswell Green Park, East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 2-5pm 

Rained out last weekend…  Up, running, that much more fabulous and the UES’s first celebration of its official status as a stop on the Monarch butterfly migration!!   Tour the Green Park Gardeners’ gorgeous, cutting-edge native plant garden, learn amazing monarch facts…  Don a giant pair of butterfly wings (even we grownups)…  Select your fave (but temporary) butterfly tattoo and be photographed…  Join in a milkweed seed release…  So fun for all the family, including pets!!   See you there!!   Free!!   For more

Tuesday, October 17th:  Participatory Budgetary Assembly

Council Member Kallos’ Office, 244 East 93rd Street, 6pm

It’s October so it’s Participatory Budgeting time!!  Time to get your amazing $35K-to-$1M projject that’ll be an amazing plus to life on our Upper East Side down on paper and onto the Participatory Budgeting ballot!!  From green roofs for schools to upgrading park playgrounds to…  Well, you know what your neighborhood wants/needs!!  RSVP for the Assembly or submit your idea online… 

Thursday, October 19th: Grand Central Cinema!

Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Station, 7am-5:30pm

Think a fabulous montage of scenes from star-studded movie classics all shot in Grand Central Station!!  Add Q&A sessions with film scholar James Sanders and Meredith Conti of Metro North Railroad!!  Hosted by the Museum of the Moving Image and Rooftop Films.  Totally free.   For more

Thursday, October 19th: Recycling Volunteer Orientation

GrowNYC, 100 Gold Street, Manhattan, 6:30-8pm

Question:  How do devoted but ordinary recyclers like ourselves become grand/know-it-all recycling Ph.D./savants?  Answer:  GrowNYC’s Recycling Orientation, that’s how!!  In fact, this single session would qualify any one of us to be volunteer manager at compost collection events!!  (Wouldn’t it be great to add compost collection at, say, PS. 183’s Saturday Flea and Farmers Market to UES collection sites?!)   For more and to sign up

Saturday, October 21st:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

In addition to all our great farmers/fishermen/bakers/flower growers, with us this Saturday will be representatives of NYC DOT at work on the pedestrian WalkNYC wayfinding sign project!!  To date, the few wayfinding signs we’ve spotted have all been in subway entrances/exits at Union Square, each detailing points of interest and amenities nearby.  Now the project’s expanding with DOT reps intending to be at the 82nd Street Market and seeking our input on UES WalkNYC signage!! They want to know what we think??11   Pretty darned amazing, yes?  Be thinking, people!!

Saturday, October 21st:  15th Annual My Dog Loves Central Park Fair

Naumberg Bandshell, Central Park (center the Park at 72md Street), 12-3pm 

And, again, we quote:  “Come, sit, stay, and celebrate Central Park and its dog community  Tails will be wagging as the Central Park Conservancy and Central Park Paws host you and your canine for an afternoon of contests, training tips, games, and more”  Open to all ages. The Fair is an on-leash event.”  Free!  To RSVP…

Sunday, October 22nd:  It’s My Park Day!

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am – 3pm

Year 4 of Esplanade Friends’ reinvention of the once forlorn planter at 96th with another round of tulip, daff,  crocus and grape hyacinth bulbs!!  Enjoy great snacks and company while you plant!!  Go home with your own, state-of-the-art trowel!!  Then prepare yourself for waves of pride as the planter bursts with beauty come next spring!!  (Be great if you’d RSVP:  uppergreenside@gmail.com!) 

mammillaria-dioica

Miscellany…  Commencing – in keeping with this Sunday’s Green Park Gardeners’ Monarch Festival – with some Monarch Butterly reading

1.  From The Times, “Meddling with Monarchs”

2. Wisdom from the Cape May, NJ’s Monarch Monitoring Project

3. From The New Yorker on “The Butterfly Lady of Fire Island“…

Then:

We love this idea:  Governor Cuomo’s announced that NYS’s holding a global competition for best ideas to re-imagine our historic and pretty vast canal system…  Harnessing it as an engine for economic growth upstate as well as a world-class tourist destination!!  For the full story

Yes, looks like Dow’s big idea to make trash bags from plastic scrap is moving ahead

And let’s keep our eyes on the Rubicon/TerraCycle partnership

Pause for some activism:

Should you think that our South Bronx neighbors – afflicted for decades with Moses-ian/community dividing expressways – should be spared the DOT’s latest brainstorm:  The Oak Point Ramps... 

Should you believe our indoors environment should be as allergen-free and discouraging of asthma as NYC out-of-doors

If you support continuing the Energy Star Program’s mission to rate appliances’ power efficiency

Or oppose the use of body gripping traps for wildlife… 

And praise for the activism of others:

Big tip of the hat to the Save Gansevoort people for following in the relentless footsteps of the Greenwich Village Historic Preservation Society!!

Another for Anthony Bourdain and his stance/action on food waste!! 

Roaming about the reservation: 

Needing a exterminator to make a call?  Here’s great advice from NYS for how to choose the bug/critter eliminator with right certification/qualifications!

Have to check if it’s on offer up at 117th Street, but elsewhere in the country Costco’s selling a survivalist year’s supply of food!!

Check out what went on up around East 233rd Street during the Revolutionary War!!  (Don’tmiss the map and the proposed sculpture to commemorate the event…) 

Why were we not surprised to learn subway delays are up 237% since 2012

We need some critters now:

The 13 smallest animals

You bet, hairy armadillos have vocal chords and they use them!

And, of course, baby armadillos are really cute

What happens when a little girl feeds crows

What the dust on birds’ feathers reveals

Then there’s this from the Hudson River Almanac:

10/5 – Manhattan: Inwood Hill Park seemed to be on the cusp of a season change. Along the inlet of Spuyten Duyvil Creek, the groundsel-bush (Baccharis halimifolia) was in full bloom and the smaller flowers of marsh elder (Iva frutescens) were beginning to open.  Seaside goldenrod was still blooming and I saw one evening primrose. The path up through The Clove was strangely lacking in foliage probably due to a lack of rainfall; up on the ridge the plants looked drought-stressed. Some patches of poison ivy and a few Virginia creeper were red or chestnut-brown, but many leaves were withered while still green. Even sumac had very little color. Canada goldenrod was blooming nicely but the bluestem goldenrod flowers, though plentiful, seemed only half open.  – Thomas Shoesmith

Yours in joyous greenness,

 UGS

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Happy 70th Anniversary of the First Televised White House Address, UESiders!!

Delivered by President Truman in a year when there were just about 40,000 TV sets in American homes.

Wow.

Yup, and lest we forget, it’s also National Get Funky Day!

How about we be both funky and green this week and beyond…

Commencing with:

Now through February 18th, 2018:  Never Built New York Exhibition

Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm

And again, we quote, “Never Built New York, co-curated by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin, and designed by Christian Wassmann invites visitors to discover the New York City that might have been through original prints, drawings, models, installations, and animations.”  Which is to say, many a NYC building’s been designed and never constructed.   Adults, $8.  Seniors, 4.  Children under 18 are free.  For the full rundown

Saturday, October 7th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

With us will be American Pride Seafood, Sikking Flowers, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd, Green Pasture, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Alewife,  and Gajeski Farms!!  

Yes, the Master Knife Sharpener will away yet another Saturday.

But Mega Market Manager Margaret has this suggestion as the magical intersection of summer and fall produce continues:  “What about some spaghetti squash with summer’s last basil made into a pesto?  Or corn and pumpkin chowder made Manhattan-style with tomatoes instead of ( or in addition to) cream? “

Sounds totally delicious, yes?

And if you haven’t tried the smoked duck breast…  The Cherry Lane’s fairy tale egg plants…  Samascott’s pears…

Last week’s recycling totals:  74 lbs. batteries; 23 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  2 pair of eye glasses; 11  compost bins; 36 bags of clothes.

You go, 82nd Street!!

Saturday, October 7th:  Fido & Friends Adoption Event

Central Park East Meadow (enter at Fifth Avenue & 60th Street), 1pm 

Feels like just the day to find that furry NY friend you’ve been longing for and give him/her a forever home!  Organized by the Animal Care Centers of NYC, the ASPCA and NYPD! 

Sunday, October 8th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

At their tables will be the great American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell, Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue and Norwich Meadows Farms!!

Uber Market Manager Margaret continues, “And now’s also the time to start preserving some of this season’s bounty by freezing, canning or pickling your favorite fruits and veggies.  Make some tomato sauce and can or freeze it, or make pretty much any vegetables into lacto-fermented pickles.”

YUMM!!

Meanwhile…

The Healthy Eating Punch Out promotion rolls on!!  Get yourself to 92nd Market Manager Jaime’s table, get your Healthy Eating Punch Card, buy something from each of the 4 food groups and get your card punched.  Four punches later, you collect your very own Greenmarket mystery prize!

Last week’s recycling totals:   14 lbs. batteries; 5 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  TBA compost bins.

A record 130 composters filled those 4 bins!!   

Sunday, October 8th:  Shred-A-Thon – Pre-Columbus Day Edition

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Streets, across from the Greenmarket, 10am-2pm (rain or shine) 

We’re officially in the countdown mode…

JUST remember:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take those hardcovers to Goodwill or Housing Works.)

Yet again, we thank Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for the unflagging  support and Assembly Member Seawright for her sponsorshop!!

Sunday, October 8th:  Green Park Gardeners’ Monarch Migration Festival

Andrew Haswell Green Park, East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 2-5pm  (rain date:  October 15th)

Where we’ll be heading post-Shred-A-Thon…  The UES’s first celebration of its official status as a stop on the Monarch butterfly migration route that’s been made possible by groups like the fabulous Green Park Gardeners who’ve created a urban oases of native plants with nectar the beautiful insect loves and sustains it on its thousands-of-miles journey!  What better reason to party down with family fun (including pets)!!  We’re talking butterfly info galore, a garden tour, milkweed seed releases, pix of attendees o ld and young  in butterfly wings, (temporary, of course) butterfly tattoos and more!  Free!  Come one and all!!  Free.  For more

Wednesday, October 11th:  City Council Subcommittee on Zoning & Franchise Hearing

Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan, 12pm

So we know the mayor’s intent on rezoning East Harlem, 104th to 132nd/Park to Second with a 32-story cap.  Lots of objections, of course, but not by the City Planning Commission.   For arguments pro and con (google for even more)… The mayor’s plan itself… To submit testimony if you can’t be there yourself (due by 6pm, Friday, October 13th):  correspondence@council.nyc.gov.

Wednesday, October 11th:  Farm Bill Food Fight Forum

Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, 6:30pm

And we quote, Every 5 years Congress votes on legislation that creates and renews federal programs that affect everything we eat, how farmers grow our food, and how they treat our soils, water and air. The last bill was passed in 2014.  The Sierra Club panelists will report on what issues are at stake”…  Big issues at stake as we approach renewal and reversals! 

A bit easier going:

Friday, October 13th to Sunday, October 15th:   New York Coffee Festival

Metropollitan Paviillion, 125 East 18th Street

Think live experiences featuring over 100 coffee brands, eateries, equipment suppliers, and experts including Stumptown, Bluestone Lane, La Marzocco, Starbucks Reserve (Starbucks Resserve!) and many more!  $24.50 to $100.  For complete details and tickets

Saturday, October 14th:  Volunteer Days at Schurz Park

East End Avenue & 86th Street, 9:30am-12:30pm  

No better way to spend a fall Saturday than volunteer gardening in gorgeous Schurz Park!  For more and to sign up (always  helpful to know how many will be wielding their trowels)… 

Saturday, October 14th:  Free Helmet (and Fitting) Event  

Carl Schurz Park at East 84th Street and John Finley Walk, 11am-2:30pm

Nothing better than a custom fit helmet to make one’s cycling adventures safe.  Made possible by CM Kallos!  Only one requirement: You must RSVP!

Saturday, October 14th:  Open House New York – Tour of the Rockefeller University Campus

1230 York Avenue, 10am-4pm

What lies behind the tall fence, amidst those lush, beautiful gardens?  The world’s leading biomedical research university, an historic library, the office of that newly minted Nobel Prize winner and more!  Why wouldn’t we want to partake of a free, guided tour?!   No tickets or reservations required!!

Thursday, October 19th:  Senior Health Fair & Free Flu Shots 

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street, 11am-2pm

Always something more to learn about cultivating good health at any age and there’ll be lots of knowledge to glean here…  And the winter protection of an annual flu shot!!  Yet again, sponsored by CM Kallos!   Completely free, but you must RSVP

Thursday, October 19th to Sunday October 22nd:  The Food Film Festival

AMC Empire 25, Times Square, 234 West 42nd Street

Four days of fabulous food, fabulous drink and fabulous films about food!!  (Who knew this fun thing’s been going on for a decade?)  Tickets $45-$125.  For full details…  

Sunday, October 22nd:  It’s My Park Day!

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am – 3pm

Year 4 of Esplanade Friends’ reinvention of the once forlorn planter at 96th with another round of tulip, daff,  crocus and grape hyacinth bulbs!!  Enjoy great snacks and company while you plant!!  Go home with your own, state-of-the-art trowel!!  Then prepare yourself for waves of pride as the planter bursts with beauty come next spring!!  (Be great if you’d RSVP:  uppergreenside@gmail.com!) 

On the horizon:

Friday, November 3rd:  Invasive Species Summit

Ross Hall, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 10am-4pm

They’re everywhere even in our – with utmost affection – asphalt/concrete jungle!  Hear the latest on how we can combat the pesky invaders from 5 world-class experts!!  (For sure, weeding is not enough.)  Garden Members, $25.  Non-members, $29.  For more and tickets

Miscellany…  Commencing with some activism:

How ’bout they get the GMOs out of America’s (still!) #1 cookie:  Oreos!!

If you think New York’s  historic Tin Pan Alley should be spared the wrecking ball

On the upswing:

City University of New York (CUNY) now has a solar newsletter supporting/spurring solar development in NYC!!

General Motors plans on offering 20 new electric vehicles by 2023!

Seems so obvious..  Dow Packaging is collaborating with Specialty Plastics to make trash bags from recycled plastic scrap!!

Ocourse, our city’s trees are so much more than park-ish ornaments on our streets…   They contribute to physical well-being and, some say,  deserve at least some funding from health monies

How Manhattan street numbering got to be the mess that it is

Okay…  So there’re not one…  But TWO fishing tackle shops in Garment District!! 

Hey, young people!!  The 6 best college majors for a green career!!

Courtesy of The Times,  sync your calendar with the solar system!!

Then there’s Consumer Reports’ fall bargain shopping and activity (like painting) advice

Howdy, critters:

Doesn’t get any cuter than sand cat kittens…  (And is the species ever interesting!)

Tracking 8 tiny turtles on the Illinois prairie so their species can survive!  (They’ve got a relationship with bison, too!)

The sounds and amazing family saga of a pod of orcas

Guess the animal by its tail

Yes, it’s possible to reduce even your pet’s furry carbon footprint!! 

Very sincerely green,

UGS

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Happy Seventy-fifth Anniversary of the 5-Day Week and National Public Lands Day, UESiders!!

Hard to believe it’s been just since 1933 that Americans have enjoyed 2 complete day weekends and even then General Motors was the sole inaugurator!  Workers like coal miners were still putting in a 5 1/2 day-week!!

Meanwhile, whether one’s able to pay a visit to or volunteer in one of America’s great public spaces this Saturday, we treasure every acre of them!! 

Going to be some week:

Saturday, September 30th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

At their tables will be American Pride Seafood, Sikking Flowers, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd, Green Pasture, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Alewife,  and Gajeski Farms!!  

Only one low note:  The Master Knife Sharpener will be absent the next two Saturdays…

Last week’s recycling totals:  68 lbs. batteries; 13 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  1 pair of eye glasses; 11  compost bins; 35 bags of clothes.

Brilliant!

Sunday, October 1st:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

With us will be the great American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell, Sun Fed Beef/ Maple Avenue and Norwich Meadows Farms!!

AND…

The Healthy Eating Punch Out promotion continues!!

(You remember, yes?  Buy something from each of the 4 food groups – fruit, vegs, grains and protein – and you get a punch on your Healthy Eating Card.  Get 4 punches and you’ll be the recipient of a great Greenmarket mystery prize!!)

Stop by Market Manager Jaime’s table to get your card!!

Last week’s recycling totals:   23 lbs. batteries; 16 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  4 compost bins.

A record 130 composters filled those 4 bins!!   

Throughout October:  Fall Outdoor PuppetMobile Shows

All Over Our City

This autumn’s featured presentation:  “Cinderella Samba”, an update and relocation of the storybook classic to Brazil!  Organized by the City Park Foundation.  Free.  For the schedule

Wednesday, October 4th:  Trash Free Public Waters Public Meeting

Newtown Creek  Visitor Center, 327 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, 6-7:30pm

During which the NYC DEP reviews their draft plan to address the “floatable” trash  that washes off streets and into our waterways.  Needless to say, this’s primo aspect of the city’s Stormwater Management Plan!  A jaunt out to Booklyn but worth it, we say!  Free.  For more and to register…   (To read what other cities – like San Francisco – are doing…) 

Saturday, October 7th: Grand Victorian Banquet and Ball

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 East 61st Street, 7pm-1am

And we quote, ” An authentic evening of 19th-Century dancing and dining…  Commencing with a festive garden reception, followed by 1 19th-Century dinner,  then music and dancing in the ballroom!!  All at the lovely Mount Vernon Museum!!   Dinner and the ball, $95.  Ball only, $35.  For more and tickets

Sunday, October 8th:  Shred-A-Thon – Pre-Columbus Day Edition

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Streets, across from the Greenmarket, 10am-2pm (rain or shine) 

Only a week away now!!

BUT remember:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take those hardcovers to Goodwill or Housing Works.)

Yet again, we thank Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for the unflagging  support and Assembly Member Seawright for her sponsorshop!!

Sunday, October 8th:  Green Park Gardeners’ Monarch Migration Festival

Andrew Haswell Green Park, East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 2-5pm  (rain date:  October 15th)

Where we’ll be heading post-Shred-A-Thon…  The UES’s first celebration of its official status as a stop on the Monarch butterfly migration route and made possible by groups like the fabulous Green Park Gardeners who’ve created the urban oases of native plants with nectar the beautiful insect loves and that sustain it on its thousands-of-miles journey!  What better reason to party down with family fun (including pets)!!  We’re talking butterfly info galore, a garden tour, milkweed seed releases, pix of attendees o ld and young  in butterfly wings, (temporary, of course) butterfly tattoos and more!  Come one and all!!  Free.  For more

Coming up fast:

Saturday, October 14th:  Volunteer Days at Schurz Park

East End Avenue & 86th Street, 9:30am-12:30pm  

No better way to spend a fall Saturday than volunteer gardening in gorgeous Schurz Park!  For more and to sign up (always  helpful to know how many will be wielding their trowels)… 

Saturday, October 21st: Becoming Skilled with Map and Compass Class 

Chamber of Commerce Building, Park Street across from Stewart’s Shop,  Tupper Lake,  New York, 10am-3pm

Larn the basics of map reading, compass use,and putting both together to navigate city streets or the back-country.   Intended for men or women with little or no navigation skills and modest levels of physical ability, the class will be a blend of classroom-style instruction and boots-to-the-ground practice!  $50.  To sign up:   adkfoothillsgs@gmail.com or call 518-637-6193….  (How come they don’t do classes like this in NYC??!!) 

Sunday, October 22nd:  It’s My Park Day!

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am – 3pm

Year 4 of Esplanade Friends’ reinvention of the once forlorn planter at 96th with another round of tulip, daff,  crocus and grape hyacinth bulbs!!  Enjoy great snacks and company while you plant!!  Go home with your own, state-of-the-art trowel!!  Then prepare yourself for waves of pride as the planter bursts with beauty come next spring!!  (Be great if you’d RSVP:  uppergreenside@gmail.com!) 

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 28th, 29th & 30th:  Hack:  Trash:  NYC

Galvanize NY, 315 Hudson Street

Seeing as our recycling rate remains stuck at a mortifying 17%, just how are we going to send not even an ounce of waste to landfill in 2030?  Hear the experts weigh in.  Weigh in yourself with a piece of the solution and maybe even wind up with some prize money!  Tickets for professionals, $25.  Student tickets, $10.   For more and tickets (that go on sale on October 10th)…

Wednesday, October 25th:  Community Cafe Conversations @ 67th Street Library – Mental Health & Aging

67th Street Branch Library, 328 East 67th Street, 5:30-7:30pm

Haven’t we been saying that great, new things are going on at the 67th Street Branch…?  Now, they’re launching a program, drawing on those unequaled local resources, New York-Presbyterian-Cornell and MSK-PDA.   Not only will  Conversation #1 showcase research being done on mental health, aging and the wisdom of experts, but it’ll also very much incorporate your ideas, experience and questions.  Free.  To RSVP (a must)…  

(Future conversation topics:·  Thursday, November 16, 5:30-7:30PM: Obesity and Nutrition and  Thursday, December 14, 5:30-7:30PM: Depression and Anxiety.)

Saturday, October 29th:  Run the River 5K

Icahn Stadium, 20 Randall’s Island, Randall’s Island Park, 10am-1pm

Beginning and ending at Icahn Stadium (wehre Yusain Bolt set a world record) , the run itself threads through the lovely park’s landscape with its georgous city views!  All that and you’ll be raising bucks to sustain island wetlands and shoreline, support the Queens Library and Riverkeeper!  Add in a great after-party!   Kids welcome, too!  Participation, $5-$30.  For the total rundown ( !)…   

On to November:

Saturday, November 4th:  Landmark Bushwick Breuckelen Beer Walking Tour

Meet at 31 Belvedere Street, Brooklyn, 4pm

Once upon a time – and maybe soon again – Bushwick was the center was a German-American beer brewing hotspot…  Much of that success due to the area’s quality water! Walk the historic Brewers Row, learn its history from beer savant Chris Heuberger and down a brew or two!!  Organized by that all-things-water group, NYC H2O!  $30.  For more and tickets

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Miscellany…  A job opportunity first:

Hunter College’s facilitating the search for a Garden and Nutrition Coordinator to manage a community garden at Harlem Renaissance High School.

On to this week’s dose of activism:

Should you object to the Feds over-riding NYS’s Department of Environmental Conservation’s denial of water quality certification for a fracked oil pipeline

And then:

NYC’s Landmarks Commission has been dropping the ball for years…  Case and point:  Demolition of our oldest building (circa 1760) in 1936.  But, at least, there’s a photographic record

More than half NYC’s children attend overcrowded schools!!

So where does all that icky debris from these hurricanes we’re having go

Happy to hear NYState’s updated its solid waste management regs…!!   (Somehow they skipped over prohibiting transfer stations from residential neighborhoods!) 

For sure not enough, but just how many wheelchair accessible subway stations are there in NYC?

And looks like NYC’s going to be more stringent in lowering greenhouse gas emissions from existing buildings!

The evolution of NYC building address numbers

What the NYTimes tells us is necessary for the the Apocolypse!

Whew!

handy guide to the world of grains

Seems like more ways of cleansing recycled plastic – even carpet – for higher end areuse are coming online!!

What did the kids in your life do last summer?  (This one built a house!!)

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Dylan’s name’s been added to Nobel plinth at the Museum of Natural History

Bring on the animals:

How about some (celebrity) canine poetry…?

Bats and their fans on Staten Island

Come to think of it, yes, a lot of our antipathy to certain animals has its roots in superstition…  (Even for us highly evolved types!) 

Good on all you petition signers:   Seems like  sea turtles could be with us for at least a bit more time!

Same for some endangered NYS mussels!!

How to tell how old a deer is

Uh, that wall?  Seems like it’d get in the way of butterly migration

Inn the meantime, here’s your Bird Migration Update

How butterfly wings get their colors

How about these feline accessories..?

And best ever…  Training your dog in Yiddish!!

Yours in evergreenness,

UGS

 

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