Happy World Octopus Day, UESiders…
May the many-legged critters thrive!!
And for any who might be doubting, here’re 8 big fat reasons why octopi are deserving of their very own day!!
With that… On to the truly jam-packed week ahead:
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 12th, 13th & 14th: Polish Documentary Film Festival
Ida K. King Recital Hall, Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue
Three days, 12 films (majority of political subjects) with directors and producers available for conversation!! Free but you need to RSVP…
Saturday, October 12th: 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, Bread Alone, Sikking Flowers, Samascott, Old Mother Hubbert, Gajeski, Ale Wife, Hawthorne, Walnut Hill and Cherry Lane Farms!!
Still uncertain if our Master Knife Sharpener will be at her table honing or not…
Mega Market Manager Margaret’s news flashes of the week are: “Market Manager Annabel will be featuring cabbage complete with fun cabbage facts, lots of delicious recipes and a tasty cooking demo!! And don’t forget to see what our new meat producer, Sunfed Beef is cooking up and offering for samples!! AND just 2 more weeks to treat yourself to some gorgeous Sikking flowers before their season with us ends!!”
Recycling totals 10/5: 77 lbs batteries; 16 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 9 pairs of eye glasses; 11 compost bins; 25 bags of clothes. Paper shredded: TBA!!
Eye glasses total building…
Sunday, October 13th: The 92nd Street Greenmarket
92nd Street at First Avenue, 9am-3pm
Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm
At their tables will be American Pride Seafood, Back to the Future Farm/Ole Mother Hubbert Milk, Central Bakery, Consider Bardwell, Meredith’s Bakery, Phillips and Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue Farms!!
Fingers crossed Halal returns this Sunday!
Alta Manager Margaret says: “The clock is ticking on our seasonal markets so let’s get out out and enjoy all that 92nd has to offer while we still can!! Example 1: The last blush of summer vegetables… Example 2: The fall fruit and vegs that’re now taking over market tables… And don’t forget that frequent shopper card or to stop by the market info tent to see what Manager G’s cooking up!”
Recycling totals 10/6: 24 lbs batteries; 11 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 5 compost bins
Saturday & Sunday, October 13th & 14th: Open House New York
So many marvelous places, so many so infrequently available to New Yorkers… So many on right here on the UES… Check ’em out!!
Saturday, October 13th: MV4NY Environmental Stewardship Day
Ruppert Park, 92nd Street & Second Avenue, 10am-1pm
Another fabulous UES family event organized by Moslem Volunteers of New York, the group that’s bringing ailing Ruppert Park back to life in so many ways!! This time out, think bulb planting and mulching combined with arts & crafts, refreshments and knowing you’re also a part of beautifying a invaluable UES public space!! (Rain date October 20th…)
Saturday, October 13th: Dog Licensing Event
Bellevue Park South, 26th to 28th Streets between First & Second, 10am-1pm
Yeah, the NYC Health Code requires that you dog owners attach a license tag to your dog’s collar while in public… Otherwise, fines!! So hand over the $8.50 for spayed/ neutered dogs or $34 per year for non-spayed or non-neutered. Plus, Fido’s licenses can be purchased or renewed for one to five years. Plus, all credit cards accepted (but no cash)!! For future and even nearer events…
Saturday, October 13th: Schurtz Park Harvest Festival
Locations throughout the Park, 11am – 1pm
A live-action scare crow… Pumpkin decorating… An actual horse-drawn carriage ride… Music by Thunder & Sunshine!! Free, but you’ll need a timed ticket…
Sunday, October 14th: It’s My Park Day South!!
Green Park Garden, East River Esplanade at 62nd Street 2-5pm
Look forward to next spring! Join the amazing Green Park Gardeners to plant daffodils, tulips and an array of other bulbs (generously donated by Friends of the East River Esplanade) in their state-of-the-art native plant garden and/or help with end-of-season maintenance!! If you’d let them know you’re coming so they can plan: firstname.lastname@example.org. (BYO trowel and gloves!) (Heavy rain cancels. Rain date Sunday, Oct. 21, 2-5 pm.)
On the horizon:
Saturdays, October 20th & 27th: Celebrate Autumn at the Alice Aycock Pavillion
East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 1-4pm
These marvelous riverside afternoons of music, kid fun and ice cream at the Pavillion are already well on their way to being UES and Esplanade traditions!! Entirely free and welcoming to one and all!! A Friends of the East River Esplanade program!! For more and rain dates…
Sunday, October 21st: The Schurz Park Halloween Howl & Healthy Hound Fair
Schurz Park Hockey Court, East End Avenue at 87th Street, 11am-3pm
The UES classic, amazingly creative canine costume competition now melded with the latest in pet wellness info and products!! Doesn’t get more family friendly!! Howl registration ($10 to benefit the Park Conservancy), 11am-1pm. Hound Health Fair, 1-3pm. Howl competition, 1-3pm.
Monday, October 22nd: East 86th Street Annual Meeting
Church of the Advent of Hope, 111 East 87th Street, 6:30pm
Plenty of issues to discuss as this essential UES thoroughfare undergoes yet another wave of change. Looks for many if not all our electeds to be in attendance, too!!
Sunday, November 4th: 5th Annual GreenParkGardener NYC Pumpkin Smash!!
East River Esplanade via the the 63rd & York Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, 1-4pm
Grab that soon-to-be-moldy Halloween pumpkin and head down to the Esplanade for the Great Smashing of Pumpkins… That’ll thereafter become compost gold!! After-Smash treats for one and all!! Doesn’t get more fun or greener!!
Tuesday, November 13th: “Yeti, Set Snow” Winter Show
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, Central Park
What happens when a young girl named and her friend cross paths with a snow-hating Yeti? Kids of your acquaintance will love finding out!! Another Marionette Theater classic!! $8-$12. For tickets and more…
Wednesday, November 14th: Coastal Resilliance – How to Improve It Forum
Seafarers and International House, 123 East 15th Street, 6:30pm
Experts Judith Weis (Professor of Biological Sciences, Rutgers), Kate Boicourt (Director of Resilience, Waterfront Alliance) and Noah Chesnin (NY Aquarium/Wildlife Conservation Society) weigh in on this all important subject!! Free but contributions always welcome…
Sunday, November 18th: Wastewater & Nature Tour – A Walking Tour
Hunters Point Avenue Station, Long Island City, 1-3pm
From Newtown Creek to a storm water mitigation program to the digester eggs to the Newtown Creek Nature Walk… All this in honor of – ahem – World Toilet Day!! Organized by NYC H2O, FLUSH and the Newtown Creek Alliance. Free but donations welcome. To RSVP (a must)…
From the miscellany file:
So much brighter:
Check out this News Hour piece on the good the Chinese embargo on our recycled stuff can bring…
There’s a move a foot to rename the John Jay Park Pool in honor of former, long-serving Parks Commissioner and UES resident Henry Stern!! Should you agree, why not drop current Commissioner Mitchell Silver a line…??
The latest in Little Free Libraries ( a la LPizza Hut!)…
Bring on the animals:
What bees do during solar eclipses… (Elementary school kids helped find out!)
Spotted a monarch butterfly fluttering about the UES? Report it…!!
Let’s wrap things up with a snippet from the Hudson River Almanac:
9/20 – Brooklyn: We had a busy day as second-graders from the Bronx came to Brooklyn Bridge Park to learn about seining in the East River and help identify our catch. We had staff working the nets from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM completing 22 hauls. Our final tally included striped bass, Atlantic silverside, northern pipefish, Atlantic menhaden, spot, comb jellies, and moon jellyfish. The catch of the day, however, did not come out of the seine net, but from along the rocky shoreline where there were several tide pools. There, as students beach-combed, they came across a pair of tiny young-of-summer horseshoe crabs… One the size of a nickel, the other a dime!! This marked the first time Conservancy staff have found horseshoe crabs in the Park!! – Christina Tobitsch
[The Atlantic horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) is a relic from a long-ago time. As an arthropod, they look more like a trilobite than a crab – their ancestry dates back 445 million years. They are considered a “vulnerable” species due to harvest pressures. New York State maintains a strict annual harvest quota that is fine-tuned as necessary. – Tom Lake]
9/26 – Manhattan: At Saint Luke’s Garden in the West Village on Hudson and Barrow streets, I saw among the monarch butterflies two territorial ruby-throated hummingbirds vying for position on a large butterfly bush. There was also a first for me, a hummingbird moth, that looked like a miniature lobster. – Robert Shapiro