Happy June 18th Opening Of NYS’s Regular Large & Small Mouth Bass Fishing Season, UESiders!!
As opposed to… Non-regular? Irregular? Intermittent?
Ah-ha! Seems there’s a pre-Regular Season that’s catch and release!
Shall we talk more recycling?
In previous editions, mention’s been made of the ongoing difficult relationship between China and America’s recycled plastic and paper… As in China’s being, at best, extremely picky as to what they will and will not accept, with the distressing effect of more American plastic waste finding its way to landfill.
Likely the present uncertainties of U.S./China trade policy play a role… Plus, in recent years, China’s become ever more aware of the pretty extreme challenges posed by its own vast recyclable but unrecycled waste…
Science to the rescue!!
In the last few months, at least 3 labs have gone public with methodologies for returning recycled plastic to near pure petroleum state with major investors stepping right up.
(If Ron Gonen’s name sounds familiar, you’re spot on. He’s the guy who brought compost collection to NYC… And who our present mayor chose not to keep at his desk at Sanitation.)
As summer begins:
Friday, June 15th: NYSkies Astronomy Seminar
McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-9:30pm
Starmaster John Pasmino describes – as only he can – how we went to the moon a hundred years ago… Or how thought we thought we’d go to the moon a hundred years ago!! As ever, free and totally unique!
Saturday, June 16th: 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, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Sikking Flowers, Samascott, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Gajeski, Ale Wife, Hawthorne and Cherry Lane Farms!!
Look for the Master Knife Sharpener to be busily honing, as well!!
Devoured our first real tomatoes of the season last Saturday night… Pure heaven!! Thank you, Mother Nature!! Thank you-thank you-thank you, Cherry Lane!!
Recycling totals 6/9: 78 lbs batteries; 16 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 6 pairs eye glasses; 12 compost bins; 41 bags of clothes
12 bins!! Hurrah!!
Sunday, June 17th & Thursday, June 21st: Composting with the Green Park Gardeners
East River Esplanade at 62nd Street, Sunday: 10am-12pm, Thursday: 2-4pm
The calm of the river… The gorgeous Green Park Garden an arm’s length away… The righteous pleasure of turning humble vegetable scraps into the black gold of compost!! Novices and old hands… All welcome… Just wear comfortable clothes you won’t mind getting dirty!! For more, give Composter Supremo Marise a call: 212-688-1632…
Tuesday, June 19th: New York Solar & Storage Summit
Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street, 8am-6pm
Be a part of planting solar’s flag (and our ability to store that energy) ever further!! There’ll be a host of energy, utility and government people there and they need our eyes on them and our prodding!! $25-$50. For more and to register…
Tuesday, June 19th: Summer Garden Concert with The Crickets
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 6-8pm
Summer at its best on the UES… Music, light refreshments an acapella music in the MVH Museum’s lovely garden!! Think a choice selection of jazz standards, Broadway hits, doo-wop, barbershop and spirituals!! Just right for the whole family. Members free. Non-members, $15. Kids under 12, $5. Babies free. For more and tickets…
Thursday, June 21st: Make Music New York Day
Everywhere in the City
Think 5,000 participating musicians… Think hundreds of concerts all over NYC… Including our own Schurz Park where artists Xav A and Lady Z will be performing, 5:45 to 8:30pm!! (For more…) Co-sponsored by Borough President Brewer. Free!! (For events citywide… )
Saturday, June 23rd: Paddle the Never Sink Reservoir
Meeting place and time provided with ticket purchase…
And we quote, “Come paddle on the Neversink Reservoir with NYC H2O! The Neversink Reservoir is the highest in elevation in NYC’s water system with it’s spillway at 1,440 feet in elevation…!” Organized by the great NYC H2O. Van transportation from Greenwich Village. Both kayaks and canoes available. $25-$100. And you must register (it’s free) with the NYS DEP for watershed access. For tickets and more…
Sunday, June 24th: The 92nd Street Greenmarket Re-Opens!!
92nd Street at First Avenue, 9am-3pm
Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm
Returning with the market will be the great American Pride Seafood, Back to the Future Farm/Ole Mother Hubbert Milk, Central Bakery, Consider Bardwell, Meredith’s Bakery, Norwich Meadows Farm, Phillips Farm Vegetables, Sun Fed Beef / Maple Avenue Farms and NS Wager’s Cider Mill!!
Completing this perfect market package is this season’s Market Manager… None other than 82nd’s great Manager G!!
Sunday, June 24th: Shred-A-Thon – Welcome Back 92nd Greenmarket
First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Streets, 10am-2pm
The best way we know to celebrate 92nd Street’s 2018 return!!
NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.
REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings.
NO HARDCOVER BOOKS. (But paperbacks are fine.)
(Take hardcovers to Goodwill or Housing Works.)
Many thanks to AM Seawright and CMs Kallos and Powers for making this and all community shredding possible!!
Tuesday, June 26th: Summer Garden Concert with Stout
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 6-8pm
This time out it’s the accoustical duo Stout presenting its masterly rendered, family friendly tavern tunes… Members free. Non-members, $15. Kids under 12, $5. Babies free. For more and tickets…
On the horizon:
Weekends July 18th to August 24th: NYS First Time Camper Program
All Around NYState
And we quote, “First-time campers will be provided with a family tent, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, camp chairs, camp stove, lantern, and even firewood. A Camping Ambassador will meet families at the campsite and help them get camp set up with a Camping 101 lesson. To make the weekend getaway even more fun, campers will have an opportunity to learn from experts how to fish, hike, bird watch, paddle and more!!” FREE!! For more and to sign up…
Pretty miscellaneous miscellany, items of concern up first:
In favor of BYOB plastic bag legistlation? Give the governor a call and let him know: 845-943-4749!!
As seems to so often be the case, the state’s pressing an unwanted plan – in this case, intrusive highway ramps – on our neighbors up at Hunts Point. Should you like to give them some much welcome support…
Or think that existing chemical plant safety rules should be maintained…
Most concerning, the state of NYS dairy farms as this WCBS report describes… (Thanks to reader Karen Lane for the tip!)
How great that new parks are springing up all over NYC… (Everywhere but the UES. Here and decades later, any number of buildings allowed to build higher with promise they’d create public space… Still haven’t!!)
Solar roads?!! They’ll be contributing to powering the 2020 Tokyo Olympics!!
The Times’ Climate FWD on the future of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets…
(Scroll down further for emerging methods of “vacuuming” CO2 from air…)
The definition of a “bight”… As in the NY Bight… (Scroll down for info on the previously unknown (to us) underwater Hudson Canyon!!) (Scroll further: Seems like we’ve also got a protected cold water coral zone!!)
Courtesy of the Catskill Mountainkeeper, another great NYS Citizen Science project utilizing smartphones: Saving our hemlock trees from the depredations of that very bad insect, the Hemlock Wooly Algedid!! (We’ve got many a hemlock here in NYC!!)
A Mars/Earth convergance is approaching… (Mars’ll be looking especially red!!)
In the critter department:
Name that bird…!!
And from the Hudson River Almanac:
5/30 – Brooklyn, New York City: Our Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy invited our new seasonal park interns out on a hot afternoon for their first seining experience. We netted from a small beach sandwiched between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges in the East River. After several hauls of the seine resulted in only algae and snail shells, we almost called it quits. I convinced a fellow educator to go out with me just once more. This effort paid off. We caught what we initially thought to be an odd-looking tomcod, but soon discovered it to be the first ever pollock 55 millimeters (mm) caught at our park! Salinity was 35.0 parts-per-thousand (ppt) and the water temperature was 75 degrees Fahrenheit (F). –– Christina Tobitsch, Shad Hospon [Note: one inch = 25.4 millimeters (mm)]
[Pollack (Pollachius virens) is one of eight “codfishes” (Gadidae) documented for the Hudson River. They are far more common in New England waters than the New York Bight. One of their colloquial names is “Boston Blue.” On rare occasions, pollock make their way into the Hudson River. In 1980, a juvenile pollock (53 mm) was captured at Indian Point (river mile 42). Tom Lake]
(And we now know what a bight is!!)
5/31 – Brooklyn, New York City: As a part of our after-school program, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy educators led 25 middle school students into the East River for an afternoon of seining at the beach at Pier 4. The students were very quick to pick up the skills and techniques of using a seine net as evident by their impressive catch. We ended the day with four northern pipefish, a winter flounder, a green crab, nine YOY Atlantic tomcod (40-60 mm), and shore shrimp galore. It had rained a lot in the morning so the salinity was low at 24.0 ppt and the water temperature was 67 F. – Christina Tobitsch, Haley McClannahan
Happiness is greenness,