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!! 

Just incredible.

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:

If you believe the Grand Canyon, Chaco Canyon and a host of other western parks should remain off-limits to mining and drilling…  

Same for California’s public lands

Moving on to miscellany:

A UES neighbor’s collecting middle school appropriate books for an improverished North Carolina school (recycling at it’s finest, we say!)…

Wow!!  Five thousand – as in 5,000! – young New Yorkers will be taking part in the 2019 “A Day in the Life of the Hudson”, collecting scientific information!! 

San Francisco’s busiest street’s going car-less

Many a rescue by NYS Forest Rangers this week

The 70th & Third Ave Target is now open for business

Some useful government publications available, most of them free…  

Consumer Reports on green laundry detergents

pizza business trade show

Miss Subways 2019 style

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

prospect park skunk

That Skunk!!

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

butterfly fish

That Spotfin Butterfly Fish

[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

chinese mantis

That Chinese Mantis

[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.

cunner

A Cunner

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,

UGS

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Dear UESiders,

We’re back!!

Yes, with a somewhat mini edition, but BACK and with some lovely news:

*Commencing with the UES composting…  Volume collected at UES locations having so increased that not only have additonal bins been added at 70th, 82nd and 92nd Streets, but powers-that-be are now contemplating adding another weekly pick-up day at 70th Street!!

*We’ll be adding yet another recyclable to the batteries/corks/cords/ makeup wands/glasses/clothes already collected at 82nd and 92nd Streets…  Empty Nespresso pods!!   Bring ’em on!!

*Meanwhile, NYSanitation’s proposed restaurant compost expansion!!  (Expansion to 8,500 more food-related businesses!!)

Then, of course, there’s:

Saturday, October 12th:  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 Honey, Sikking Flowers, Samascott, Ole Mother Hubbert, Cherry Lane, SunFed Beef,  Alewife, Valley Shepherd, Hawthorne Valley and Gayeski Farms!!

The one and only Master Knife Sharpener will be with us, too!!

(Look for recycling totals from August 15th next week!!)

Saturday, October 12th:  Shred-A-Thon – Columbus Day Edition

82nd Street Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First & York, 10am-2pm

As always, keep in mind:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Hold on to those hardcovers for now!!)

As ever, we thank AM Seawright and CMs Kallos and Powers for their generous grants!!

Sunday, October 13th:  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 and Phillips Farms!!

The Master Knife Sharpener will be present and ready to hone, too!! 

Tuesday, October 15th:  Every Other Tuesday Knitting Group

AM Seawright’s Community Office, 1480 York Avenue between 78th & 79th, 2-4pm

Yes, knitting…  But a chance to air your community enthusiasms and gripes!!  All ages and skill levels welcome…  Crochet enthusiasts, too…  And you, also, gentlemen!!  Just RSVP

And down the way:

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 26th:  Aycock Pavillion Fall Season Ender

60th Street  & the East River Esplanade, 1-4pm Saturday

One last great fall Saturday on our wonderful East River complete with live music, special fun for the young ones, free sweet treats and more!!  Totally free and thanks to the great Esplanade Friends!!  (Rain date: Sunday, October 27th)

As for some good green reading: 

NYC’s many islands

The NY Times on “The Next Giant Leap”, 50 years after Apollo 11…

Some of the many reasons why we want to bring landfill to a screeching halt

The new green Statue of Liberty Museum  (scroll down to page 8)…

We have till noon on November 1st to enter the 2020 Compost Awareness Week Poster Design Competition!!  Check it out... 

How about raising pheasant checks as a school project (scroll down to page 10)…  And note how NYS’s reclaiming old mines on the way…  Then on to page 24 to learn about NYS’s flying squirrels!!)…

Meanwhile:

In this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Charity Navigator’s assembled a list of highly recommended organizations engaged in the fight

Yours in perpetual greenness,

UGS

 

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Dear UESiders, 

Happy day that Francis Scott Key wrote the words to “The Star Spangled Banner”!!

September’s also the month when the first book set with movable type was published in 1452…  The Gutenberg Bible!!

Then there’s our week ahead:

Saturday, August 10th:  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!!

Yes, indeed, the Master Knife Sharpener will be at her table, too!!  

And, you bet, Market Manager Ciana will be whipping up something delicious and seasonal as well!

Saturday, September 14th:  Roosevelt Island Shred-A-Thon II

The Motorgate Turnaround, 688 Main Street, next to Gristede’s, 10am-1pm

Can’t wait for UES shredding on October 12th??  You’re in luck!!  Roosevelt Island’s now in the Shred-A-Thons groove!!

Just remember, the same rules apply:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Hold on to those hardcovers for now!!)

Last but hardly least, thank you, AM Seawright and CMs Kallos and Serrano for bringing Shred-A-Thons to ever more New Yorkers!!

Saturday, September 14th:  NYC Parks Raptor Fest!!

East Meadow, North of East 97th Street, 12-3pm

And we quote, “Meet a bald eagle up close for the first time, say hello to the owls, and watch hawks and falcons soar above the park!  Learn about these majestic birds of prey – where they live, what they eat and how we coexist with them.” Hosted by our great Urban Park Rangers.  Free!!  For more…   (Thanks to reader Teri Dupuy for the tip!) 

An Urban Park Ranger and a red-tailed hawk enjoy Raptor Fest together.

And then: 

Sunday, September 15th:  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 and Phillips Farms!!

The Master Knife Sharpener will be on hand (and on knife), too!!

The Master Knife Sharpener will be on hand (and on knife), too!!

Better get our hands on those tomatoes and that corn while they last!!

And then:

Saturday, September 21st:  Aycock Pavillion Fall Season Opener

60th Street  & the East River Esplanade, 1-4pm Saturday

Fun returns to our wonderful Esplanade thanks to Esplanade Friends!!  Live music from the great Dave French & French Cookin’…  Lip-smacking edible treats…  Fun activities for kids…   Free and not to be missed, folksl!!  (Rain date: Sunday, September 22nd.)

Tuesday, September 24th:  Every Other Tuesday Knitting Social

AM Seawright’s Community Office, 1480 York Avenue between 78th & 79th, 2-4pm

Let the knitting resume!!  Not to mention the meaningful chat!!  All ages and skill levels welcome…  Folks who wield crochet hooks, too…  Not to mention gentlemen!!  Just RSVP

Just below the horizon:

Saturday, October 12th:  Shred-A-Thon – The Columbus Day Edition

82nd Street Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First & York, 10am-2pm

As always, keep in mind:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Hold on to those hardcovers for now!!)Y

Yet again, thank you, CMs Kallos and Powers and AM Seawright for making UES Shred-A-Thons possible!!

What would a week be without some worthy activism:

If you think Congress should pass protection for the 50-plus national monuments now under threat

Should you feel the Endangered Species Act should be retained

You can now weigh in on CM Kallos’ pesticide ban bill on his site

Yours in evergeenness,

UGS

 

 

 

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Dear UESiders,

Some mighty fine, upcoming community happenings to note before we return to regular publication:

Saturday & Sunday, September 7th & 8th: Gracie Square Art Show

East End Avenue from 84th to 88th Streets, 10am-5pm

One-of-a-kind paintings, photographs, and sculptures created by a hundred-plus regionally and nationally recognized artists!!  Sandwiches, sweet treats and beverages by Yura at the pop-up Gracie Square Art Cafe!!  Yes, that UES classic and premier NYC art show returns!!   For more

Saturday, September 7th:  Family Day at St. Catherine’s Park

First Avenue & 67th Street, 1-4pm

Crafts, carnival booths, games, inflatables, face painting, an obstacle course and more fun for all ages!!  Free and sponsored by our CM Kallos and NYC Parks!!

Then:

Saturday, September 14th:  Roosevelt Island Shred-A-Thon II

The Motorgate Turnaround, 688 Main Street, next to Gristede’s, 10am-1pm

Yes, Shred-A-Thons have now come…   And will be coming regularly…  To our ever more green neighbors on Roosevelt Island!!

Just keep in mind that wherever shredding occurs, the same rules apply:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Hold on to those hardcovers for now!!)

Last but hardly least, thank you, AM Seawright and CMs Kallos and Serrano for bringing Shred-A-Thons to ever more New Yorkers!!

Saturday, September 21st:  Aycock Pavillion Fall Season Opener

60th Street  & the East River Esplanade, 1-4pm 

Saturday fun returns to our wonderful Esplanade thanks to Esplanade Friends!!  Live music from the great Dave French & French Cookin’…  Lip-smacking edible treats…  Fun activities for kids…   Free and not to be missed, folksl!!  (Rain date: Sunday, September 22nd.)

 Saturday, September 21st:  East Harlem Beautification Day

Maggie’s Magic Garden, 1574 Lexington Avenue, 2-5pm

Our East Harlem neighbors continually up their green game, to wit:  “Join Green and Blue Eco Care Club, Partnerships for Parks, NYC Parks staff and other amazing volunteers in a fun-filled afternoon when you’ll learn about the basic street tree care of our community make some art and new friends.”  For more… 

Monday, September 24th:  NYC Climate Cocktail Club Launch

We Work, 1460 Broadway, 6-10pm

And we quote, “The Climate Cocktail Club is crossing the pond and kicking off the New York Chapter (NYC)!! Taking advantage of the energy Climate Week has to offer, the inaugural NYC will showcase some of the finest actors in the climate and sustainability space – not to debate (there is no debate on these topics), but to provide a war cry for renewed climate action.”   $25.  For tickets

And on the horizon:

Saturday, October 12th:  Shred-A-Thon – The Columbus Day Edition

82nd Street Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First & York, 10am-2pm

As always, keep in mind:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Hold on to those hardcovers for now!!)

Yet again, thank you, CMs Kallos and Powers and AM Seawright for making UES Shred-A-Thons possible!!

On the activism front:

Should you be in favor of NYC buildings being constructed with bird-friendly glass (Intro 1482)…

And if you support our CM Kallos’ bill – Intro 1524 – which would ban the use of RoundUp and all glyphosate products in all NYC parks and public spaces, do write and tell him that you do

And for some very much-of-the-moment green reading:

The Times focuses on the world of American metal scrapping and scrappers

America’s changing light bulb standards… 

Our best, 

UGS

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Happy International Cat Day, UESiders!!

Nicely book-ended with National Spoil Your Dog Day on Saturday!!

Best ever vamps to the week ahead:

Throughout August:  Movies on the Czech Center Rooftop

321 East 73rd Street, 8pm

A wonderful Czech cinema line-up, heavy on great animation…  A delightful setting…  A cash bar offering refreshment…  One of the UESide’s laid-back annual summer pleasures!!  $10.  For the schedule and more

Saturday, August 10th:  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!!

Most happy to say, the Master Knife Sharpener will be with us, too!!  

Market Manager Ciana offers up this invitation/daunting challenge on offer at her table:   “Guess the number of kernels the ear of corn chosen at total random and win a special Greenmarket prize!!  Then check out our great new collection of corn recipes!!”

Last week’s recycling totals:   76 lbs. batteries;  21 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  4 pair eyeglasses;  14 compost bins;  50 bags of clothes

We’re talking a 14 bin record!!

Saturday, August 10th:  Great Hudson River Fish Count 

All Along the Hudson, Throughout the Day

And we quote, “Fresh upriver and salty at New York City, the Hudson estuary and its watershed are home to more than 200 fish species. During this family-friendly event, participants are invited to explore the amazing variety of slippery, wriggly, and fascinating creatures usually hidden below the river’s surface.”   Plus all the fish are released!!  For the complete rundown

Saturday, August 10th:  East Harlem Beautification Day

Meet in front of the East Harlem Tutorial Program, 2050 Second Avenue at 105th Street, 3-6pm

Join the Green and Blue Eco Care Club, Partnership for Parks staff and amazing volunteers in a fun-filled afternoon learning the basics of street tree care, creating some art and making new friends!!  Tools and supplies provided.  Yes, indeed, tree stewardship is sweeping our far East Side!!  See you there!!  For complete details

Saturday, August 10th:  Leather Arts and Making Books with Italian Artisans

The New York Public Library Shop, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, 10am

A trio of artisans from Italian leather company Natalzia describe and demonstrate old-world techniques for crafting various handmade leather products from journals to bags to pouches!!  Free.  Just show up…

Saturday, August 10th:  Town Hall’s Broadway Sings

Bryant Park, Sixth Avenue at 42nd Street, 7-8pm

Come hear the songs that Broadway made famous and sung than a host of Broadway veterans!!  Free.  For more… 

Sunday, August 11th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

First Avenue at 92nd Street, 9am-3pm

Compost Collection, 9am-1pm 

At their tables and ready for another gangbuster Sunday market will be American Pride Seafood, Sikking Flowers, Meredith’s Bakery and Ole Mother Hubbert (with truck repaired) and Phillips Farms!!

Look for the Master Knife Sharpener, too!!

(Norwich Meadows and Halal Pastures will taking the weekend off in observance of  Dhu al-Hijjah.)

Tomatoes…  Corn…  Over-size bunches of basil…  Cauliflower…  Chocolate milk…  Best oatmeal cookies…  Clams…  Peaches and apricots…  Can’t get enough!!  

Last week’s recycling totals:   18 lbs. batteries;  9 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;   compost bins:  TBA

Given the fantastic number of shoppers last Sunday, who knows how many bins were filled??!!

And then:

Saturday, August 17th:  National Thrift Shop Day

Across the City

Join thrift shops and thrifty people across the nation in celebrating National Thrift Shop Day!!  Always great and useful finds lurking out there…  Plus when we purchase vintage and/or used wares this August, we can pat ourselves on the back for shopping sustainably!!

Saturday, August 24th:  “Captain Marvel” in John Jay Park

John Jay Park, Cherokee Place & 77th Street, 7:30pm

Can’t stop summer movies under UES stars!! 

Looking toward autumn:

Saturday, September 14th to Sunday, September 22nd:  National Drive Electric Week

To find a nearby NYC event

And to recommend where electric vehicle charging stations should be sited on the UES

Saturday, October 19th:  Global (Birding) Big Day

All Over NYC

Can last year’s identifying of a total of 6,331 feathered species on a single day be surpassed??!!  We’ll be trying and here’s how you and yours can join in

As ever, a bit of activism:

If you think threatened  – especially by plastic pollution – sea turtle habitat should be protected

Should you support Congress passing a bill encouraging use of bird-friendly building materials – like windows which kill a billion of our feathhered friends a year…

Or if you oppose development of a copper mine in Montana’s Cabinet Mountain Wilderness… 

Or if you believe pipelines should be prohibited in or near endangered habitats

For those few who’ve yet to express displeasure with proposed changes to the SNAP food program, City Harvest/Feeding America’ve just fielded a new petition… 

And miscellaneous miscellany:

During his 75th birthday week, Smoky the Bear’s spreading the word about campfire safety...

smoky the bear

Origins of the modern kitchen and the woman who pioneered its design

host of GrowNYC recycling volunteer opportunities

Latest innovation by our NYS DEC:  The DECinfo Locator with lowdown of every description on NYS’s many, impressive outdoor and recreational resources…

The Kosciuszco Bridge joins the Tappan Zee in the deep

Anerobic digesters likely headed our way

Portland, Oregon’s airport’s expanding its Green Plate Program…  Serving food on reusable plates and with reusable utensils…

Canada’s just established two sweeping Arctic ocean sanctuaries

Fossils (as in dinosaurs) of the Army Corps of Engineers

In an era of zillion-story sliver buildings with multi-floor voids…  Why not bone up on how to understand NYC’s municipal zoning code

The life journey of our recycled plastic, glass and steel

Not just robo call tips for seniors…  Robo call tips for one and all… 

bear cub…  Ospreys…  Shellfish…  Plenty of critter action by NYS Conservation Officers… 

That while our Forest Rangers have had many a rescue on their hands… 

Baking bread with 4,000-year old yeast

In the “eeek!” category:

Beware of squirrels inclined to nip visitors to Battery Park (and how to proceed on the off-chance)…

NYC’s most rat-infested hoods…  (Oh, yeah.  The UES could do better…)

Moving on to the greater world of friendly animals:

As in fun facts about pandas

One very real joy of being a birder

Orangutan Jungle School

The Times headline puts it just right: “The Mandarin Duck is AWOL.  Enter the Hudson River Beaver“!!

One observer said the beaver appeared disoriented. 

Who knew bats feed on and pollinate agave…  The same agave used to make tequila and mezcal!!  Our friends at the Bat Conservation International, that’s who!!  Thus, their preferred marguerita recipe

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

7/28 – Brooklyn: We held a Brooklyn Bridge Park public fishing clinic today sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and the Nyack College Fishing Club. Using rods, reels, and bait donated by Jack’s Bait and Tackle on City Island in the Bronx, we fished from Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The fishing was extraordinary! Among the six species we caught, landed, and released were cunner (wrasse), scup (porgy), bluefish, and striped bass. High-hook was oyster toadfish with seven. The highlight of the day was four smooth dogfish (24-26-inches), a shellfish-favoring shark (Mustelus canis). The East River was 76 degrees Fahrenheit (F) and the salinity was 21 parts-per-thousand (ppt). – Peter J. Park, Isa Del Bello, Christina Tobitsch, Lhana Ormenyi, Haley McClanahan, Shad Hopson

scup

That Scup

[In an effort to reduce the presence of lead in our environment, participants used Swivits concrete sinkers, a Staten Island based company. Peter Park]

[Scup (Stenotomus chrysops) is one of three porgies (Sparidae) in our watershed (marine and brackish waters). They are a common species along inshore waters well up into New England where they are known colloquially as “sand porgies,” reflecting their preferred habitat, broad sandy substrate. Scup can reach 18-inches in length. Tom Lake]

7/20 – Manhattan: On a day when the air temperature was near 100 degrees F, with a heat index approaching 110 degrees (real feel), Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and the New York City Parks Department teamed up for a public program we called “Underwater Neighbors at Riverside Park.” We attracted 15 participants to Fort Washington Park, and they all got in the river to help us seine. Once we entered the river, with a southwest breeze off the water, it was approaching pleasant. As it was the season, our featured catch was a combination of abundant Atlantic silverside and Atlantic blue crabs. In lesser numbers were 100 millimeter-long (mm) young-of-year bluefish, a northern pipefish, and a northern puffer (30 mm).  [Note: one inch = 25.4 millimeters (mm)]  When the puffer went in the bucket for show-and-tell, it inflated up to the size of a ping-pong ball. – Eli Schloss

northern puffer

That Northern Puffer

(Pretty darned puffy little aquatic ping-pong ball, yes?)

7/28 – Manhattan: Hudson River Park visitors caught three small black sea bass (100-125 mm) on rod and reel during our public catch and release fishing program, Big City Fishing, at Pier 25 in Tribeca. – Olivia Radick

black sea bass

That Black Sea Bass

7/29 – Manhattan, HRM 2: Hudson River Park visitors caught two more small black sea bass (both 152 mm) on rod and reel during our public catch and release fishing program, Big City Fishing, at Pier 51 in the West Village. – Olivia Radick

8/2 – Manhattan, HRM 1: We returned to check our research sampling gear in Hudson River Park at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25 and found four more oyster toadfish, ranging from young-of-year (25 mm) to an adult (255 mm). Sharing the crab pot were two tautog (220, 230 mm) and a single nervous blue crab. – Toland Kister

smooth dog fish

Happy New Yorker With a Smooth Dogfish

Last but far from least…  The Fish of the Week:

7/30 – Hudson River Watershed: Fish-of-the-Week for Week 33 is the gray triggerfish (Balistes capriscus), number 224 (of 229) on our watershed list of fishes.  (If you would like a copy of our list, e-mail trlake7@aol.com.)

Our first gray triggerfish, captured in the Upper Bay of New York Harbor on 7/23, was added to our Hudson River Watershed fish list last week.

gray trigger fish

A Gray Trigger Fish

The gray triggerfish is a benthic (bottom) species; their body is laterally compressed(thin), and deep-bodied, not unlike a large dinner plate standing on its edge. They primarily feed on invertebrates, mollusks, and crustaceans. While the gray triggerfish ranges from Nova Scotia to Argentina, their center of abundance is coastal Maryland south to Florida and east to Bermuda. The gray triggerfish get its name from their spiny dorsal fin that can be used as predator-defense from being swallowed. They have a small mouth with a strong jaw and specialized teeth used to crush and chisel holes in their hard-shelled prey. Most gray triggerfish are less than 14-inches in length. – Tom Lake

See you in (the green UES) September,

UGS

 

 

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Dear UESiders,

Another “This Week at the Markets” Mini-Edition…

Commencing with the upshot of last week’s early arrival/departure of compost collection trucks at both 82nd and 92nd Streets.

Needless to say, news of widespread unhappiness with this violation of long-established hours for compost collection moved swiftly from powers-that-be at GrowNYC, on to the Office of Recycling Outreach & Education and finally landing at the Sanitation Department.  Nothing in life’s a sure thing, but let’s see what transpires…

The coming week:

Saturday, August 3rd:  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 Honey, Sikking Flowers, Samascott, Ole Mother Hubbert, Cherry Lane, SunFed Beef,  Alewife, Valley Shepherd, Hawthorne Valley and Gayeski Farms!! 

Most happy to say, the Master Knife Sharpener will be with us, too!!  

Just so you know, something pretty darned strange occurred at the market last week… 

Fantastic peaches, plums, blueberries…  Incredible tomatoes, corn, beans, beets, squash and more…   Yummm!!   

That being someone making off with 4 bags of dead batteries weighing in at some 70-80 pounds!!  Really!!  As usual, those batteries had been left for the hour or so of our time at the market just east of the Gayeski table.  And to this theft, we respond: “Good luck to the nincompoop who – whatever the treasure he/she thought he/she’d absconded with was…  It was, in actuality, 4 big bags of deader-than-a-doornail batteries!!” 

Last week’s recycling totals:   32 lbs. batteries;  14 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  1 pair eyeglasses;  12 compost bins;  43 bags of clothes

Yet another 12 bin week!!

Sunday, August 4th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

First Avenue at 92nd Street, 9am-3pm

Compost Collection, 9am-1pm 

With us will be American Pride Seafood, Sikking Flowers, Meredith’s Bakery and Ole Mother Hubbert’s, Norwich Meadows, Halal Pastures and Phillips Farms!!

The Master Knife Sharpener will be present and honing, too!!

More fantastic tomatoes in small, medium and large size…  Amazing yellow, orange and green from the tiny to near-baseball bat dimensions… The best milk, yoghurt and eggs…  Amazing blueberries…  The freshest, most delicious seafood…  Total lip-smacking goodness!!  

Last two weeks’ recycling totals:   24 lbs. batteries;  22 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;   1 make-up wand;  6 compost bins

6 compost bins being a new, all-time 92nd Street record!!

Always time for a bit of worthy activism:

As in if you think Americans’ existing food rights should be maintained

And miscellany:

The meat vs. vegan labeling war

Bovine therapy for humankind

With wishes for a happy 75th birthday to Smokey the Bear,

UGS

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Happy National Bagelfest Day, UESiders!!

So perfect for us New Yorkers!!  (We’re planning on at least one toasted poppyseed topped with a mass of vegetable cream cheese!!) 

And for you marguerita fanciers, it’s also National Tequila Week!!

Just starters for the coming week:

Saturday, July 27th:  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!!

Look for the Master Knife Sharpener, too!!  

And Market Manager Ciana shares these critical words, ““Corn.  Tomatoes.  Squash.  Peppers.  Peaches.  Basil.  Broccoli rabe.  Garlic. ”    And then again reminds us, “Market hours are 9am-2pm!!”

Bring ’em, we say!!

Last week’s recycling totals:   22 lbs. batteries;  6 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;   12 compost bins;  37 bags of clothes

Yes, even on a 90-plus-degree day, you still filled 12 bins!!

Sunday, July 28th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

First Avenue at 92nd Street, 9am-3pm

Compost Collection, 9am-1pm

With tables ever more laden with summer bounty will be American Pride Seafood, Sikking Flowers, Meredith’s Bakery and Ole Mother Hubbert’s, Norwich Meadows, Halal Pastures and Phillips Farms!!

No Master Knife Sharpener this Sunday, but fingers crosssed for next!!

Market Manager Supremo Margaret echoes MM Ciana’s wisdom:  “Corn.  Tomatoes.  Squash.  Peppers.  Peaches.  Basil.  Broccoli rabe.  Garlic. ”    

We hear you, Margaret!!

Last week’s recycling totals:   TBA

Saturday, July 27th:  “Honeyland” Screening

Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street, 5:15pm

This year’s Sundance most-honored doc detailing the touching conflict between traditional and newly-minted beekeepers in the mountains of Macedonia.  Film followed by Q&A with the filmmakers and the president of the NYCBeekeepers Association!!  For the trailer… 

Sunday, July 28th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

First Avenue at 92nd Street, 9am-3pm

Compost Collection, 9am-1pm

With us will be American Pride Seafood, Sikking Flowers, Meredith’s Bakery and Ole Mother Hubbert’s, Norwich Meadows, Halal Pastures, Phillips and Sun Fed Beef Farms!!

No Master Knife Sharpener, but fingers crossed for next Sunday!!

Market Manager Supremo Margaret shares this thought:  “When it’s too hot to cook, Greenmarket’s the perfect solution!!  Our markets are full of fruits and vegetables so fresh they need no cooking.    On Sunday stop by to the info tent at 92nd st to taste summer squash with a cool, raw, crushed tomato sauce.”

(Halal’s tomatoes and squashes are a must!!  Check out Phillips beautiful chives!!  Fingers crossed, Mother Hubbert has chocolate milk!!)

Last week’s recycling totals:   TBA

(We’re betting on at least 4 1/2 bins!!)

Wednesday, July 31st:  Rat Academy Pest Management Seminar

St. Francis de Sales, 135 East 96th Street, 6-8pm

Get up to speed on safe and effective methods for rat prevention!!  Win free rodent-resistant garbage bins in the R.A. raffle if you sign up to attend!!   Truly jam-packed with useful – if not vital – info!!  To register

On to August:

Throughout August:  Movies on the Czech Center Rooftop

321 East 73rd Street, 8pm

A wonderful Czech cinema line-up  (especially “Laika”)…  A delightful setting…  A cash bar offering refreshment…  One of the UESide’s annual summer pleasures!!  $10.  For the schedule and more

Sunday, August 4th:  Kids Forest School

North Woods, Central Park, 9am-12pm

Last week’s horrible heat wave caused cancellation of the School’s July date, but it’s back on for August!!  As per our original twig, “Experience a one-hour class in which instructors Sarita and Stephan of Upper Manhattan Forest Kids will lead you and your children – six and older –  through nature-themed activities (like rock collecting and chalk drawing), sing-alongs, and storytelling in one of Manhattan’s most scenic forests!!”   Made possible by the Natural Areas Conservancy.   Free and,  needless to say, previous reservations will be honored!  For more and to register

Tuesday, August 6th:  Night Out  with the 19th Precinct

Carl Schurz Park, 86th Street at East End Avenue, 5:30-8pm 

Live music!!  Giveaways!!  Food, refreshments and sweet treats!!  Arts & crafts!!  Activities for all ages and pets!!  But most of all, a chance to get to know the great people of Precinct 19 and build a stronger, safer community!! 

Thursday, August 8th:  Newtown Creek Walking Tour

Meet at 1164 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, 6:30-8:30pm

Commencing in Greenpoint, Brooklyn…  Former colonial center and 19th Century industrial powerhouse…  Crossing Newtown Creek and the Pulaski Bridge to once gritty Hunters Point, now awash in luxury housing construction…  See and learn what was and is before it’s gone!!  Organized by the great NYC H2O!!  $20.  For full detail and tickets

Thursday, August 8th:  Mappy Hour – The New NYC Nature Map

Arc’teryx Soho, 169 Spring Street, 7-9pm

Get the lowdown on the NYC Nature Map…  The Natural Areas Conservancy’s new  interactive web map of our city’s amazing 20,000-plus acres of natural spaces and how these marvelous green places can be enjoyed!!  Sponsored by Arc’teryx and the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.   Free.   For more and to register

Saturday, August 10th:  Great Hudson River Fish Count 

All Along the Hudson, Throughout the Day

And we quote, “Fresh upriver and salty at New York City, the Hudson estuary and its watershed are home to more than 200 fish species. During this family-friendly event, participants are invited to explore the amazing variety of slippery, wriggly, and fascinating creatures usually hidden below the river’s surface.”   Plus all the fish are released!!  For the complete rundown

Saturday, August 10th:  East Harlem Beautification Day

Meet in front of the East Harlem Tutorial Program, 2050 Second Avenue at 105th Street, 3-6pm

Join the Green and Blue Eco Care Club, Partnership for Parks staff and amazing volunteers in a fun-filled afternoon learning the basics of street tree care, creating some art and making new friends!!  Tools and supplies provided.  Yes, indeed, tree stewardship is sweeping our far East Side!!  See you there!!  For complete details

As ever, a bit of activism:

If you believe Congress should continue its support of our public libraries… 

Then a bit of miscellany:

How to best store that fabulous Greenmarket summer produce

How to quick-pickle those fabulous Greenmarket vegetables

Or a Greenmarket berry sorbet

Okay, not exactly green or green gossip, but Gloria Vanderbilt’s earliest (and brief) UES home on 72nd is for sale… 

The NYC DEC site that lets us check water quality where we’d like to be swimming

And NYS bodies of fresh water that may be afflicted with harmful algal blooms (HAG)

Yes, animals:

Should you wondering how a service animal is legally defined… 

Wonderful firefly info thanks to Carl Schurz Park’s July newsletter…

Many a bird cam view available on explore.org…   (One of our favorites being the puffinburrow.cam!!)  (FYI, puffins feed their young’uns some of our American Seafood faves:   haddock and hake!) 

If trees “speak” to each other through their roots, why wouldn’t baby birds be communicating even while still in their shells…?

Calling all Citizen Scientists!!  NYState’s soon to field its annual Wild Turkey Survey!! 

The Hudson River Almanac nevver fails:

7/16 – New York Harbor, Lower Bay: At least one humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), possibly two, were spotted swimming around Raritan Bay off the south side of Staten Island this morning. The whale came within 100 feet of a fishing boat where anglers watched it for at least 30 minutes. They estimated it to be the size of a large SUV.

humpback whale

A Humpback Whale

In late autumn 2016, a humpback whale cruised into the Upper Bay of New York Harbor from the Verrazano Narrows to the George Washington Bridge for six days feasting on Atlantic menhaden before returning to the open ocean. (Photo of humpback whale courtesy of Tom Collins)
– Tom Lake

[From 2007-2009, Cornell University did an experiment listening in on the underwater acoustics of New York Harbor, where, to the astonishment of many, they discovered at least six species of whales vocalizing from the Statue of Liberty to just past the Verrazano Narrows.   Biology-online.org]

7/13 – Brooklyn, New York City:  Our staff from Coastal Classrooms of the City Parks Foundation caught a northern sennet in our seine today at the mouth of tidal Coney Island Creek in Kasier Park, on the north side of Coney Island. – Luis Gonzalez

barracuda

A Barracuda

[The northern sennet is a barracuda, one of two members of the family (Sphyraenidae) in the estuary. Northern sennet max out at 18-inches-long, hardly the great barracuda (S. barracuda) that can get to more than six-feet-long. Northern sennet are found in coastal waters from Cape Cod to Florida and with tooth-studded jaws, are an apex predator in their own right.  – Tom Lake]

7/15 – Manhattan, New York City: Our Randall’s Island Park Alliance staff and interns conducted our first harbor-heron monitoring of the month this morning. The wind was nearly nil and the air temperatures eventual rose to 82 degrees Fahrenheit (F) by midday. Across our ten survey points on the coast of the island, we spotted a few great egrets flying overhead, one snowy egret flyover, multiple double-crested cormorants flying and sitting out on rocks, as well as various species of gulls and swallows. We also noted an osprey wheeling overhead at one of our northern points.

With a summer group from Teacher’s College, we went to the east side of the island (Water’s Edge Garden Beach) in the afternoon and did three seine hauls in the Harlem River. The group collected three northern pipefish, 24 Atlantic silverside, and one each winter flounder, Atlantic tomcod, and white perch. Invertebrates included shore shrimp, sand shrimp, and mud dog whelk snails. The water temperature was 77 degrees F, and the salinity was 25.0 parts-per-thousand (ppt), about 72-percent seawater. – Jacqueline Wu

7/17 – Manhattan: Today was Pollinator Monitoring Day at Randall’s Island Park Alliance. There was barely any wind (highest was 1.5 miles-per-hour) and the air temperature was more than 90 degrees F. We spotted flies, wasps, butterflies, bees, and beetles. Most of the butterflies were cabbage whites (Pieris sp.), although we also saw a monarch butterfly. Most bees were carpenter bees, but there were also honey bees and bumble bees. – Jacqueline Wu

As for the Fish of the Week:

7/18 – Hudson River Watershed:  The mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus) is number 116 (of 228) on our watershed list of fishes.  (If you would like a copy of our list, e-mail trlake7@aol.com.)

mummichog

A Mummichog

Mummichogs are one of five killifishes (Cyprinodontidae) on our watershed fish list. They are a small fish, rarely exceeding 100 (mm) in length, and are found in coastal waters and estuaries from the Gulf of Saint Lawrence to Florida. Together with its close relative, the banded killifish (F. diaphanus), they are common in the lower Hudson River estuary. Part of their diet consists of insect larvae, especially mosquitos, and they have been used as a biological control in urban areas with high mosquito densities.

The name mummichog has a Native American origin, and is generally interpreted, at least with Algonquian speakers, as “going in crowds.” This describes the schooling predilection of most killifishes to travel in large numbers, particularly young-of-year. Native Americans did not have a written language, or at least of the type recognized by Europeans. Theirs was an oral tradition, featuring stories, storytellers, and elders who were the keepers of the stories. Therefore, mummichog is a phonetic representation of the native spoken word. – Tom Lake

Yours in evergreenness,

UGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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