Been almost two years – think August-September 2019 – since we last took a break…
But only lately have we been feeling a bit weary…
Time for some This Week at the Markets vacay!!
That down time commences next week, so:
Saturday, July 24th: 82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket
82 Street between First & York Avenues, 9am-2pm
Barring one of our brilliant farmers/fisherman/beekeepers/bakers/
flower growers taking the rarest Saturday off, with us will be the fantastic American Pride Seafood, Ballard Honey, Bread Alone, Sikking Flowers, Hudson Valley Duck and Haywood’s Fresh, Samascott, Cherry Lane, Ole Mother Hubbert, Valley Shepherd, Hawthorne Valley and Gajeski Farms!!
(Yes, you read it right!! Ballard Honey returns this weekend!!)
So what of our Master Knife Sharpener?? For the time being, she’s on an every other Saturday schedule.. Meaning she’ll next be back and getting up to her sharpening magic come next Saturday, July 31st around 9am!! Then Saturdays, August 14th and August 28th!!
Of course, we’ll send out special flash should her schedule change!!
Sunday, July 25th: 92nd Street Greenmarket
First Avenue at 92nd Street , 9am-3pm
At their groaning-with-goodness tables will be the great folks of American Pride Seafood, Sikking Flowers, Ole Mother Hubbert, Kimchee Harvest, Grandpa’s Farm, Halal Pastures, Meredith’s Bakery, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms!!
Okay, so we’ve always been down right wimpy on the kimchee score… Until last Sunday, that is… Who’d have thought it’d be fantastic with french fries?!! And who knows what else…??!!
Upcoming actual events:
Throughout the Season: Free Summer Movies
In Parks Citywide
Check ’em out!!
Throughout the Season: Tree Identification Workshops
Meet at Naturalists Gate, Central Park West at 79th
Calling all aspiring dendrologists!! How to ID and what the essentials are about the 100 “must know” trees with Carey Russell of the Dendro Lab!! $10 per workshop. For dates, times and more…
Saturday, July 24th: Marble Hill Walking Tour
Meet at Marble Hill, Broadway at 225th Street, 11am
NYC H2O strikes again with a tour that’ll answer the question… “How did part of Manhattan become joined to the Bronx by moving a river?” $30. For the complete lowdown and tickets…
Monday, July 26th: No-Cost Screening Mammograms for Eligible Women
Mobile Scan Van in front of AM Seawright’s office, 1485 York between 78th & 79th
Free and sponsored by Assembly Member Seawright!! To determine your eligibility and make an appointment, just call 646-415-7932…
Saturday, July 31st: All About Bats Walk
Meet at Central Park West & 81st Street, 7pm
Another great walk from our equally great Urban Park Rangers!! Free. For more and health safety measures required…
Tuesday, August 3rd: 19th Precinct National Night Out Against Crime
John Jay Park, 77th Street and Cherokee Place, 5-8pm
And we quote, “Come celebrate NYC’s reopening with the NYPD, the 19th Precinct Community Council, and your neighbors to build a stronger, safer community. There will be food, raffles, and entertainment for the whole family. The first 200 people to arrive will receive an extra special treat!”
Friday, August 6th: Historic Neighborhood Walking Tour
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 3pm
Explore the lower UESide neighborhood and learn about its 19th Century people and places… A not so long ago time when the area was primarily countryside!! Free to Museum members. Non-members, $10. To RSVP (a must)…
Saturday, August 14th to Sunday August 22nd: 5 NYC Homecoming Concerts
One in Each Borough, Each Jam-Packed with Musical Mega Stars
And all will soon be revealed!! To get on the info mailing list...
Virtual events as well:
Every Thursday, 2-4pm: AM Seawright’s Weekly Virtual Knitting Social on Zoom
Join the virtual crafting circle of warm, interesting and fun UESide neighbors and share your community and knitting interests… All skill levels welcome… As are gentlemen!! To RSVP…
Friday, July 30th, 3pm: Hearst Fellows Virtual Symposium on Zoom
Join this year’s Mount Vernon Hotel Museum’s Hearst Fellows as they present their original research and programming about New York City in the 19th Century. Free to members. Non-members, $10. To reserve your place…
Wednesday, August 11th, 6:30pm: Undercurrents: Exploring Pools as a Lens to the Water System on Zoom
NYC architect and educator Karolina Czeczek explores public pools as a lens to the NYC water system!! Another gem organized by the great NYC H2O!! Free. For more and to register…
Many a diversion to take you through coming weeks:
As if that sinkhole wasn’t enough craziness for 87th Street… Restaurant Week participants… A stolen Albany bus and NYS Environmental Conservation Police… White water training for our Forest Rangers… A ton of outdoor adventures on offer in this NYState… The UESide’s noisiest locales… The NYC winner of the 2021 Champion of Trees Award (scroll down a tad)… A step towards making sure NYS glass is actually recycled… A woman who saved a whole lot birds… Thinking of going EV?… Satellites spotting microplastics… What makes a good beach towel… The (amazing) Ocean Week in review…
Next up… The Hudson River Almanac:
7/7 – Town of Esopus: On a morning river walk, I came upon a freshly washed-up, 6-foot 5-inch Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus) on the shore. Because Atlantic sturgeon are a federally endangered species, the DEC was contacted. We checked but we could not find any sign of boat trauma (prop or collision). We took its measurements and checked for PIT tags, of which there were none.
These prehistoric-looking fish have rows of “boney” plates (modified scales) called scutes and an inferior mouth situated below its snout that essentially vacuums food from the river bottom. Atlantic sturgeon reach maturity and begin to spawn every other year, at about twenty years of age. This one was estimated to be about 25 years-old and weighed about 90 pounds. Atlantic sturgeon have been abundant in coastal estuaries, including the Hudson, at various times but have repeatedly been a victim of commercial over-harvesting. – Mario Meier
A Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT tag) is a small radio transponder that contains a specific code, that allows individual fish to be assigned a unique 10–15-digit alphanumeric identification number. Unlike acoustic tags that actively send out a signal, these are “passive” and do not require a battery. Rather than the tag transmitting a signal, the tag scanner (or reader) sends out a radio frequency and, when a tag is within range, it will relay the identification code back to the receiver. Tom Lake]
For more information on reporting if a dead sturgeon is found, visit: https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/37121.html
Then there’s the Fish of the Week:
7/8 – Hudson River Watershed: Fish-of-the-Week for Week 128 is the smooth puffer (Lagocephalus laevigatus), number 233 (of 234) on our watershed list of fishes.
The smooth puffer is classified as a tropical marine stray to our watershed. They have an overall range of Massachusetts to Brazil but are primarily common in the tropical reach of their range where they occasionally enter estuaries. The smooth puffer is considered rare north of Cape Hatteras. They feed on various species of fish and shrimp and can reach 23 inches in length.
Puffers (Tetraodontidae) have developed an unusual physical adaptation for survival from predators. They are a relatively slow and sluggish fish, so out-swimming danger would rarely be successful. When puffers sense “danger,” a difficult-to-define condition, they immediately ingest water (and some air) to inflate their stomachs. Most puffers are a prickly-skinned fish and, once inflated, they become a ball of trouble for many predators to swallow. Our northern puffer (Sphoeroides maculatus), when inflated, looks very much like a prickly yellow tennis ball.
New York State Ichthyologist Bryan Weatherwax found six smooth puffer records in the New York State Museum fish collection. One of the records was from the estuary, an 1848 record of a smooth puffer caught in the Hudson River off Sing Sing (now Ossining) by Joakin Urmey. This may be the only record of a smooth puffer in the Hudson River, and the reason why the species made its way onto our Hudson River Fish List.
A fish may seem to be rare only because it is rarely reported. There are anecdotal accounts of smooth puffer being caught occasionally by surf anglers on the south shore of Long Island and along the New Jersey Coast. To the angler, they would be thought of as a nuisance taking bait meant for striped bass or bluefish and may be dismissed as unimportant and not likely to be reported.
Warning: The smooth puffer is one of several tropical puffers that contain Saxitoxin, an alkaloid neurotoxin poison that can cause serious illness if ingested. In the smooth puffer, STX is found in the fish’s skin and viscera. – Tom Lake
Then there’s the Bird of the Week:
Just 100 more green days till the Glasgow Climate Talks!!
Eco Fact of the Week: So China’s embargoed Australian coal… So guess who they’re buying it from now… Right and to our shame!! America-to-China coal shipments rose 748% in 4th quarter 2020… Yes, and we’re selling the stuff all over the globe…
Eco Tip of the Week: Drop those washed clean mascara wands into the mail to Appalachian Wild Refuge, P.O. Box 824, Candler, NC 28715.