Happy Soon-To-Be Mother’s Day, UESiders!!
And an equally massive Happy Nurses Day – yesterday but our thanks continue – to those who’ve now spent a valiant year-plus on the front line!!
Meanwhile and so perfect as we await resumption of compost collection at all our UES sites:
It’s also International/New York State Compost Awareness Week, May 2nd-8th and with the slogan, “Grow, Eat… Compost… Repeat”!!
It’s Air Quality Awareness Week, May 3rd-7th, too!!
Shall we stay on the happy foot with news of this week’s market:
Saturday, May 8th: 82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket
82 Street between First & York Avenues, 9am-2pm
WIth us will be our friends of American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Sikking Flowers and Haywood’s Fresh, Samascott, Ole Mother Hubbert, Valley Shepherd, Walnut Ridge, Hawthorne Valley and Gajeski Farms!!
Alta Ultimate Manager Margaret weighs in:
Asparagus should still be plentiful this week…
AND Gajeski may have rhubarb!!
(A combo that says to me there’ll be strawberries on our market’s tables soon!!)
There’ll be lots of great Mother’s Day presents on our tables, too… Including ingredients for the best of all gifts… Mother Day’s dinner prepared by her family!!
Do keep wearing those masks and observing that 6-foot social distance that’s been keeping us all safe and our market open!!
And one last reminder…
We really, really do need those few parking spaces on 82nd just west of the market so we can safely set up!!
Have a wonderful shopping Saturday,
Market Manager Tutu adds:
“Be thinking beautiful Mother’s Day/Sikking Flowers’ tulips, Greenmarketeers!!”
So what’s otherwise transpiring around the hood? Well…
Tuesday, May 25th, 6:30pm: Special Meeting of Community Board 8 on Zoom. Continued Discussion on New York Blood Center and Longfellow Partners private application by the New York Blood Center to create a Life Sciences Hub on their existing site in Community District 8. To join the meeting… To view the previous April 27th meeting on the subject… For some recent news coverage… And to express your opinion via CM Kallos’s survey…
Fervor re Gristede/Dag continuing illegal use of now banned plastic bags continues… Now with the request that folks also send complaints/requests for action to NYS DEC Commissioner Basil Segos (https://www.dec.ny.gov/about/407.html), AM Seawright (SeawrightR@nyassembly.gov) and NYS Senator Krueger (firstname.lastname@example.org) Just a quick email on the order of “Please enforce the plastic bag law presently being violated by NYC supermarkets Gristede’s and D’Agostino”!!
Then there’s this:
Doubtless you’ve noticed the wonderful, vintage neon signage that, for decades, has brightened the Goldberger’s Pharmacy facade, NE corner of 65th and First (and the NW corner of the landmarked First Avenue Estates). Well, now it seems that building owner Stahl – the bunch that in hope of stopping landmarking of the York Ave portion of the Estate ripped off its architectural detail and painted the structure orange – is now and in the name of landmark integrity moving to remove Goldberger’s neon!! Stay tuned…
Moving back to the plus side:
Been going on for more than a decade that we know and been plagued with misadventures (like blades being torn off by an inaccurately measured – as in a way too low – current speed/force), but the latest iteration of Verdant Power’s turbines are in the East RIver and sending clean, green electricity to the Roosevelt Island Gristede’s… With many more turbines and much more wattage to come!!
As for the week’s actual event agenda:
Saturday & Sunday, May 8th & 9th, 11am-6pm: Great Plant Sale, Sixth Street & Avenue B. This tip from great Green Park Gardener Kaitlin… We’ll be checking it out!!
Events strictly virtual:
Tuesday, May 11th, 6:30pm: A Talk by William Hoagland on the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 via Zoom. Pretty darned climactic given that theWhiskey Rebellion and its military suppression by President George Washington, brought the public career of Alexander Hamilton to a climax, established US sovereignty on the western frontier, and crushed a long American movement for greater democracy!! Hosted by the great NYC H2O. Free (but a donation would be nice). For more and to sign up…
Saturday, May 13th, 11am-12pm: 5th Annual Horseshoe Crab Festival. Hosted by NYC Audubon with the American Littoral Society, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservanc,y the Gateway National Recreation Area and via Zoom. Amorning celebrating the annual arrival of the 400-million-year-old Atlantic Horseshoe Crab at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge!! It may be virtual, but you’ll see experts handle live horseshoe crabs, learn about their important ecological importance to shorebirds and medicinal value for humans!! Free. (There are some free in person spots available, too!) To learn more and/or sign up…
Thursday, May 20th, 6pm: Ruppert Park Scoping Session via Zoom or Facebook. Thanks to $2.4 allocated by CM Kallos, beloved but crumbling Ruppert Park begins what hopefully will result in the brilliantly designed, nurturing city oasis UESiders deserve!! Not entirely sure Parks is up to the challenge, but let the scoping/first step begin!! To attend…
Add this virtual & in person combo:
Through May 9th: Jane’s Walks 2021 via Zoom. From the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire to Vibrant, Sustainable Roosevelt Island to… Well, you get it, of course!! Free. For total info/the great line-up…
No end to diverse and diverting diversions:
Can’t recommend the USWR’s bi-monthly green newsletter highly enough!! Sign up!!… Latest on the (adorable) NYC Plover Project… UES’s home to 3 of NYC’s best taco eateries (we’re ignoring Food & Wine’s NYC pizza ratings!)… Secrets of our 90-year-old Empire State Building… Running 98.5 miles in Central Park… May classes from the NYBG… Art coming to Randall’s Island… Virtual tours, insights and more from the Folk Art Museum… Beavers saving salmon… The man who defended the apostrophe… An osprey in the hood… Where the monarchs go… Return of “The Science Guy”…
Hudson River Almanac time:
4/20 – Manhattan: Hudson River Park’s River Project Staff checked the sampling and collection gear that we deploy off Pier 40 in Hudson River Park and found an impressive array of river life. Highlights included two very closely related species: lined seahorses (70, 95 mm) and a northern pipefish (185 mm). A gorgeous white perch (180 mm), and three blue crabs (20-115 mm) completed the catch. – Anna Koskol, Olivia Radick
Blue Crabs Really Are Blue!!
4/22 – Brooklyn: We celebrated a windy, chilly Earth Day by seining at Shirley Chisholm State Park on Jamaica Bay. Two hauls of our net collected 22 Atlantic silverside, two striped killifish, a mummichog, 28 sand shrimp, two blue crabs, a moon jelly, and an army of mud snails. Oystercatchers patrolled the shoreline while a kestrel pinpoint-hovered over the grasslands.
It was appropriate on Earth Day to pay homage to Shirley Chisholm, a congresswoman and outstanding leader who reminds us that “Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on the Earth.” – Chris Bowser, Tiffany Yeung, Ciara Scully, Raymond Rogers, Andrew Meashaw
4/23 – Manhattan: “Syngnathid” season (seahorses and pipefish) continued as Hudson River Park’s River Project Staff checked the sampling and collection gear that we deploy off Pier 40 in Hudson River Park. Staff found three northern pipefish (120-180 mm) and a lined seahorse (55 mm). – Siddhartha Hayes, Toland Kister
Hello, Fish of the Week:
4/18 – Fish-of-the-Week for Week 117 is the emerald shiner (Notropis atherinoides), number 53 (of 234), on our Hudson River Watershed List of Fishes.
The emerald shiner is a minnow, one of 34 carps and minnows (Cyprinidae) in the watershed. C.L. Smith called them “a fish of big waters.” They are a small fish never reaching more than 130 mm-long.
Emerald shiners are found across the northern reach of the Americas from the Saint Lawrence watershed through the Great Lakes south to Texas and then northwest to the Canadian Northwest Territories. They are not native to our watershed. J.R. Greeley’s Biological Survey of the Lower Hudson Watershed (1937) did not find them here and, in the Hudson, they are considered to be a Mississippi refugium/canal immigrant having found their way here via the New York State canal system sometime after 1937. Today they are common in the Mohawk River and are occasionally found in the estuary. – Tom Lake
Then there’s the Bird of the Week:
The beautiful Streamertail!!
Check out a month’s amazing 96th Street compost collection stats below…
Ever so and perpetually green,
Eco Fact of the Week: Renewable energy – think wind and solar power – is the fastest-growing energy sector in both our state and our city!! (NYState law mandates that 70% of our electricity be generated by renewable sources by 2035!!)
2021 Compost collected at 96th & Lex (from 4/2/2021): 4/2 – 2 bins, 55 Drop-Offs; 615 lbs.; 326 lbs.; 4/9 – 2 bins, 93 Drop-Offs, 480 lbs. (+47.4%); 4/16 – 3 bins, 136 drop-offs, 621 lbs. (+29.4%) ; 4/23 – 3 bins, 100 Drop-Offs (-1%); 615 lbs.; 4/30 – 135 Drop-Offs, 4 bins, 908 lbs. (+47.6%)
2020 TOTALS (from 1/9/20-3/25/20): 294 bags; 12,522 lbs
2019 TOTALS: 43,417 POUNDS (21.7 TONS)
2018 TOTALS: 23,231 POUNDS (11.65 TONS)
Eco Tip of the Week: Okay, seems Le Triage Wine did accept corks for recycling until the recycler changed policy and would no longer cover postage which quickly became a prohibitive expense for the shop. And so, the search for another collector/collection point resumes!!