Happy Day After Global Cat Day, UESiders!!
Not to be confused with National or International Cat Day or National Feral Cat Day… And reminding us humans that cats – like all our furry friends – need human protection!!
The UESide’s got the canines in our lives covered, too… This Saturday’s the 2019 Schurz Park Halloween Howl & Healthy Hound Fair!!
Yup, going to be some week:
Friday, October 18th: NYSkies Astronomy Seminar
McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-9:30pm
Star master John Pasmino fills us in on the upcoming Transit of Mercury on November 11th… That transit being the passing of the planet in front, under, the solar disc. This occurs at the planet’s inferior conjunction and crossing of its orbital node— Hey, John will make it all crystal clear!! Free and always fabulous!!
Saturday, October 19th: 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, Ballard Honey, Sikking Flowers, Samascott, Ole Mother Hubbert, Cherry Lane, SunFed Beef, Alewife, Valley Shepherd, Hawthorne Valley and Gayeski Farms!!
Of course, the Master Knife Sharpener will be with us, too!!
Uber Manager Margaret adds: “Last week’s headline was shredding. This week our Saturday market minds are on radishes… Radishes being one of the first spring crops, albeit they’re soon pretty much lost in the the bounty of summer… Only to make a fall and adding a little kick to our autumn menus!! So, shoppers, do check out Alewife’s watermelon radishes and giant purple daikons this week!!
Recycling totals 8/17, 8/24, 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21 & 9/28: 548 lbs. batteries; 123 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 39 pairs of eyeglasses; 84 compost bins (17,252 lbs., 2,748 composters); 412 bags of clothes
On September 15th, 515 of you fabulous folks composted!!
And on Columbus Day, you brought 6,325 lbs. of paper to be shredded!!
Sunday, October 20th: 92nd Street Greenmarket
First Avenue at 92nd Street, 9am-3pm
Compost Collection, 9am-1pm
At their tables will be American Pride Seafood, Sikking Flowers, Meredith’s Bakery, Ole Mother Hubbert, Norwich Meadows, Halal Pastures, Phillips Farms and the Wagers Fruit Farm!!
And, yes, the Master Knife Sharpener will be us too!!
Then there this news from our Manager of Managers Margaret: “Last Sunday we welcomed Wagers Fruit Farm and their marvelous grapes and grape juice from the Finger Lakes region of NYS. Do not miss out on this marvelous sweet treat which is only around for a couple of weeks!!”
But sad to say Sikking Farm’s Flowers are winding down for the season. With flowers in short supply, they’ll no longer be at our Sunday markets and have only a couple more Saturdays left at 82nd Street.”
(We had Wager’s grapes and grape juice for the first time last week… YUM!!)
Recycling totals 8/18, 8/25, 9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9//22 & 9/29: 165 lbs. batteries; 72 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 9 pairs of eyeglasses; 42 compost bins (6,921 lbs., 1,104 composters)
On September 8th, a whopping 192 individuals composted and you’re averaging more than 1 bin more per week compared with 2018!!
Kudos, 92nd Street Greenmarket people!!
Saturday, October 19th: East Harlem Beautification Day
Union Settlement, 237 East 104th Street, 2-5pm
Amazing what our Blue and Green Eco Club neighbors have accomplished under the leadership of Simone Marques, commencing with stewardship of scores of East Harlem trees!! Now they’re adding bulb planting to their beautification to-do list and could use a hand– Make that hands!! And if you’d RSVP…
Saturday, October 19th: MV4NY Environmental Stewardship & Park Beautification Day at Ruppert Park
91st Street & Second Avenue, 10am-1pm
Planting and mulching, of course… PLUS live music, refreshments, give-aways, an opportunity to chat with Park Rangers and plenty more… All sponsored by the great Moslem Volunteers 4 New York!! Just RSVP (a must)…
Saturday, October 19th: PS 158’s October Fall Festival
77th Street between York & John Jay Park, 12-4pm
Think bouncy houses carnival games, arts & crafts (including the art of cookie decorating), face painting… Even a pumpkin patch and haunted house!! For tickets and prices...
Sunday, October 20th: 2019 Schurz Park Halloween Howl & Healthy Hound Fair
Basketball & Hockey Courts & John Finley Walk, Schurz Park, 12-3pm
You know the drill: Two hundred-plus dogs in their inspired Halloween finest… Blue-chip fashion industry judges… Owners yearning for prizes… And tons of fun for canines and folks of every age in our great Schurz Park!! Free, of course!!
Sunday, October 20th: Green Park Gardeners Volunteer Day
Andrew Haswell Green Park, East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 2-5pm
And we quote, “Look forward to next spring! Please join us to plant daffodils, tulips, and other bulbs (generously provided by Friends of the East River Esplanade, Parks Department and New Yorkers for Parks) and/or help with end-of-season maintenance.” Bring gloves and trowel if you have them and let GPG know you’re coming… (Rain date: Sunday October 27th)
Friday, October 25th: 2019 Summit – Fight for Light
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue, 8am-7pm
This year’s summit subject: LIGHT!! Ever more problematic in our urban life, light impacts NYC environmental, public and societal health. Essential we get this challenge right, folks!! Organized by the Municipal Art Society and New Yorkers for Parks. Members, $100. Non-members, $125. Some complimentary passes available. For more and tickets…
Coming up soon:
Sunday, November 3rd: 6th Annual Green Park Gardeners Pumpkin Smash
East River Esplanade just south of the 63rd Street Pedestrian Bridge, 1-4pm
Hey, no way you were ever just going to throw your Jack O’Lantern away!! Of course – after a liberal dose of the Marathon – your plan’s to transport it over to the Esplanade… Climb the GPG magic ladder… And hurl that pumpkin ground-wards… All so it can become primo compost nourishing gardens up and down the UESide!!
Sunday, November 3rd: Roosevelt Island Stop & Swap
Manhattan Park Theatre Club, 8 River Rd (map), 12-3pm
Bring clean, reusable, portable items (think clothing, housewares, games, books, toys) you no longer need and take home something new-to-you and totally free! You don’t even have to bring something to take something!! (But no furniture or large items, please!)
Into our activism mode:
Same for California’s public lands…
Moving on to miscellany:
The 70th & Third Ave Target is now open for business…
Some useful government publications available, most of them free…
Time for some animals:
Commencing with one critter to truly despise: The tree destroying Spotted Lanternfly... Be on the lookout!!
Add the low creataure who made off with the NYS 75th Anniversary commemorative Smoky the Bear sign…
Meanwhile, a skunk of the furry kind’s been spotted in Prospect Park…
The Hudson River Almanac’s back too:
10/4 – Manhattan: We ended our sampling week by checking our research gear in Hudson River Park at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25. Our pots and traps had collected the expected, including two 40-50 millimeter black sea bass, three oyster toadfish, including an adult (255 mm), six blue crabs, and a very special catch, a nickel-size spotfin butterfly fish (22.5 mm). – Siddhartha Hayes, Huy Nguyen, Gianluca Astudillo
[Kellan Stanner and the staff at the Lower East Side Ecology Center in Manhattan caught a (45 mm) spotfin butterflyfish (Chaetodon ocellatus) on September 18. These tropical fishes are ordinarily a once–a-year-catch, and now we have had two this year. – Tom Lake] [Note: one inch = 25.4 millimeters (mm)]
9/27 – Manhattan, HRM 0: Sixth-graders from PS77 in Queens joined us at Wager Park in Battery Park City to fish the Hudson River. With their hooks baited with bloodworms, the 27 students fished the down tide from the promenade to catch 13 black sea bass and one cunner. The black sea bass ranged in size from 3-8 inches; the one cunner was 6-inches. The river was 70.3 degrees Fahrenheit (F). – Doug Van Horn
9/28 – Manhattan, New York City: Today was our Get Hooked! festival at Randall’s Island. Our Randall’s Island Park Alliance staff assisted experienced anglers participating in a fishing clinic with rod-and-reel from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. They caught ten black sea bass, all about 178 mm, a northern puffer, a scup (180 mm) and two young-of-year bluefish. In the afternoon, novice anglers, including children, caught a northern puffer, two Atlantic silverside, five black sea bass, an oyster toadfish, and an eleven-inch scup (porgy). The East River was 71 degrees F. – Jackie Wu
9/30 – Manhattan, New York City: Our Randall’s Island Park Alliance staff managed to hit a peak monarch butterfly migration time today. We tagged 44 butterflies in less than two hours for Monarch Watch (http://www.monarchwatch.org). Many were found at our Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh where goldenrod and boneset were currently in bloom. We had one moment where at least ten monarchs were on the boneset. We also came upon a Chinese mantis that was on goldenrod in the Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh. We thought it was eating some species of Bombus. – Jackie Wu
[The Chinese mantis (Tenodera sinensis) is a species of praying mantis that is native to Asia. They were accidentally introduced into the U.S. in 1896 near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. – Tom Lake]
10/2 – Manhattan-Bronx, HRM 5-14: Sitting on the river side of the northbound Amtrak #69, I could see that a strong southward migration of monarch butterflies was underway. I saw dozens and dozens in singles and loose pairs as the train moved north from Penn Station to mile marker 14. After that, I saw no more. However, the journey to Albany did include numerous belted kingfishers, about a dozen bald eagles (including four magnificent adults), and scores of various waterfowl species. – Dave Nelson
And the Fish of the Week:
10/3 – Hudson River Watershed: Fish-of-the-Week for Week 41 is the cunner (Tautogolabrus adspersus) number 199 (of 230) on our watershed list of fishes.
Cunners are a rather small member of the wrasse family, Labridae, closely related to the tautog or blackfish. While they can reach 16-inches-long, most of those we see are less than ten. They are commonly found in the lower estuary in many habitats but prefer rocky, sheltered areas where they feed on small shellfish and mollusks. Anglers know them, colloquially, as “bergalls.” In New England, where they are the bait-stealing bane of jetty anglers, they are called “chogies.” – – Tom Lake
Dreaming of clean, green water for all life on earth,