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 

Citywide!!

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:  greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com.  (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!! 

November already:

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:  

Major U.S. utility company Duke – of many waste pond/lake spillage/river & drinking water pollution incidents – is set to invest $500B in battery energy storage!!  

Seems like management of Roosevelt Island’s Octagon is set on evicting community art space and replacing it with a rental office

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:

The week in bird/raptor migration south

What bees do during solar eclipses…  (Elementary school kids helped find out!) 

A llama wandering the streets of Brooklyn

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

Baby Horseshoe Crabs

Those Baby Horseshoe Crabs!!

[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

hummingbird-moth_10

A Hummingbird Moth

Evergreeningly yours,

UGS

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Happy Home Energy Efficiency Day & Columbus Day/Three-Day Weekend, UESiders!!

Just the right time to be buying new mattresses, Consumer Reports tells us!!

Meanwhile…

Perhaps you noticed the spiffed-up look – tidy tree beds, freshly laid mulch – of street tree beds 79th to 86th…?

Or the results of It’s My Park Day at Isaacs Park…?

All thanks to efforts of great neighbor/volunteers from Redeemer Church, NYC Tree Stewards and folks of the UES hood!! 

And absolutely, people, there’re plenty more chances to be wielding a trowel yourself in the weeks ahead:

Saturday, October 5th:  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,  Sikking Flowers, Samascott,  Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski,  Ale Wife, Hawthorne, Walnut Hill Farm and Cherry Lane Farms!!

Mega Market Manager Margaret’s news flashes are:  “Only two weeks of beautiful flowers at 82nd left on Sikking Farm’s clock!!  As last Saturday’s down-the-block line attests, Samascott’s tables are over-flowing with the 2018 crop of apples and pears!!  Ballard’s Honey won’t be with us this week but, hopefully, will be returning next!!  Looking forward to October 20th, come to the market prepared for some special Halloween tricks and a special treat!”  

Went for Walnut Hill’s sopressa last week…  Totally delicious!! 

Yup, she’s feeling much improved, but our Master Knife Sharpener has another commitment – not involving knives – this weekend!!

Recycling totals 9/29:   61 lbs batteries;  19 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  12 compost bins;  34 bags of clothes   Paper shredded:  TBA!!

(Sanitation’s shorting our bins again!!)

Sunday, October 6th:  The 92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

With us will be American Pride Seafood,  Back to the Future Farm/Ole Mother Hubbert Milk, Central Bakery, Consider Bardwell, Meredith’s Bakery,  Halal Pastures, Phillips, Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue Farms  and NS Wager’s Cider Mill!!

Alta Manager Margaret advises:  “Only 6 more Sundays left in 92nd Street’s season!!  (FYI, as usual, the market is closed for the NYC Marathon, this year on November 4th).   But back to this Sunday…  When Manager Guamrit will be featuring fennel in her ever outstanding weekly demo!!   And when, yes, the Frequent Shopper Program continues!!

Recycling totals 9/30  22 lbs batteries;  19 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair eyeglasses;  6 compost bins 

6 bins… !!   2017 RECORD OFFICIALLY BROKEN INTO TINY GREEN PIECES!!

Wednesday, October 10th:  EPA Regulation Rollbacks: Impact on Climate and Public Health Forum

Seafarers and International House, 123 E. 15th Street, 7pm

Addressing the subject will be Bridget Lee (Senior Attorney, Sierra Club, Litigating Coal Ash Rules), Alejandra Nunez (Senior Attorney, Sierra Club, Litigating Clean Power Plan and Car Emission Standards) and Vijay Limaye, Science and Health Fellow at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and former scientist at the EPA.  Free.

Thursday, October 11th:  From Dickens to Downton – Victorian to Edwardian Food

 The General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street, 6:15pm with reception following

Food historian, Carl Raymond details what was eaten and how it was prepared and served up in Merry Olde England from the Industrial Revolution to the beginning of World War I!!  Presented by the Royal Oak Foundation.  Can’t be anything but anything but fun!!  Members, $30.  Non-members, $40.  For tickets and more… 

Saturday, October 13th:  A Milliner’s Trade: Hat and Hair Ornaments Workshop 

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 1pm

Prominent hat designer Lisa McFadden – you’ll find her work in Women’s Wear – invites you to bring your baubles, beads, and stray earrings (the Museum’ll provide feathers, foundations, fabrics and trims) to repurpose into gorgeous period hatwear finery!!   Adults, $25.  Members & Students, $20.  For more and tickets

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…)

Sunday, October 14th:  It’s My Park Day North!

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am – 3pm

Year 5 of Esplanade Friends’ reinvention of the once forlorn planter at 96th with another round of tulip, daff,  crocus and grape hyacinth bulbs!!  Enjoy great snacks and company while you plant!!  Go home with your own, state-of-the-art trowel!!  Then prepare yourself for waves of pride as the planter bursts with beauty come next spring!!  (Be great if you’d RSVP:  uppergreenside@gmail.com!) 

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:  greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com(BYO trowel and gloves!)  (Heavy rain cancels.  Rain date Sunday, Oct. 21, 2-5 pm.)

Thursday, October 16th:  World War I Centennial Commemoration  Evening

Lycée Français de New York, 505 East 75th Street, 6:30-9pm

And what better way for UESiders to mark the First World War’s Centennial than attending a screening of classic bio pic of the man for whom our own York Avenue was named…  Heroic WWI Sergeant Alvin York!!  There’ll be distinguished speakers and music, too!!  Free.  To reserve a seat

Wednesday,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 a 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…  

Thursday, October 25th & Friday, October 26th:  Little Red Lighthouse Tour  

Fort Washington Park, Riverside Drive at 155th Street, 12:30pm

Built in 1880, moved to its present location in 1921 and non-operable since 1948, this quaint, wonderful bit of history is wonderfully sited, remains mostly intact and is rarely open for the public to visit!!  Arranged by Untapped Cities with a first-come/first-served lottery opening at high noon, October 11th.  Free with Untapped Cities’ membership, $60.

Saturday & Sunday, October 21st & 22nd:  Giant Pumpkin Weekend at the NY Botanical Garden

2300 Eastern Boulevard, The Bronx

And we quote, “Monstrous pumpkins from around the country—some weighing in at more than a ton—once again arrive at the Garden, arranged in collaboration with the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth.   Meet the growers, learn more about the growing process during Q&A sessions and enjoy photo ops with these giant gourds, on display through October 31st.   Adults, $28.   Seniors & Students, $25.   Children 2-132 free.  Members and children under 2, free.   For tickets and more ( including a look at 2017’s giants!)… 

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. 

Suddenly, it’s November:

Sunday, November 4th:  5th Annual GreenParkGardenerNYC 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 Smashng of Pumpkins…  That’ll soon become compost gold!!  After Smash treats for one and all!!  Doesn’t get more fun or greener!!

Friday, November 9th:  New York City’s Water System: 
A Talk by Adam Bosch  

Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, 7-9pm

Director of Public Affairs of NYC Department of Environmental Protection Patrick Bosch enlightens uf all on  the NYC DEP operates, maintains and protects the largest municipal water supply in the USA!!  Another great NYC H2O program!!  $20.  For more and tickets

Miscellany:

No surprise, other NYC neighbors are needing our help saving another venerable building…  

Cornell and NYS DEC are collaborating on a lab to control invasive species presently attacking our hemlock trees

GE’s now well into the wind turbine business…  (Let’s hope, this time round, they won’t be leaving industrial pollution in their new products’  wake!!)

The origin of the plastic bag… 

The Central Park Fall Foliage Guide

Action never lets up for NYS Conservation Officers… 

A moment’s pause for some advocacy:

Should you think AT&T and Verizon could and should be greener

If you believe the latest attempt to alter The Frick should be resisted… 

And science:

The NYS DEC asks those “harvesting” Mallard and American Black ducks to submit carcasses so the diet of our feathered friends can be studied... 

So how do landfill operators try to keep tons of waste from leaching into drinking water supplies?  There’s a webinar to tell us… 

Going lighter:

Open House New York Weekend will be upon us soon…  (The UES’s own Bohemian Hall‘s included!)  

We New Yorkers are not alone in our irritation with an abundance of “street furniture”…     

Critter time:

Bird Count 101

And the week in bird migration south

A new NYS law allows pets to board any public transportation service in the event of a state of emergency and evacuation! 

NYS DEC’s urging us to be watchful for moose in the Adirondacks!!

And deer in the Bronx!!

Sorry to say all the “enumerators” needed have already signed up, but there’s going to be a Central Park squirrel census!!

squirrel census

She/He Wants To Be Counted!

What would a week be without Hudson River Almanac observations:

9/16 – Inwood Hill Park, HRM 13: The “fish-focus” of the Macaulay Honors College 2018 BioBlitz sampled the Hudson River at Inwood Hill Park in northern Manhattan over the last two days. We collected fish using killifish traps and seines. High count among the ten species of fishes we caught was Atlantic silverside (48). Seasonally resident fishes included naked goby, northern pipefish, winter flounder, summer flounder, hogchoker, oyster toadfish, white perch, American eel, and ten young-of-year striped bass. We saw Atlantic menhaden but did not manage to catch one.  In addition to fish, we also caught blue crabs, shore shrimp (Palaemonetes spp.), comb jellies, moon jellyfish, and mud snails. The river temperature was 78 degrees F, and the salinity was 14.0 parts-per-thousand (ppt). (Photo of hogchoker courtesy of Peter Park) – Peter J. Park

Hogchocker

A Hogchoker

[A “bio blitz” is a 24-hour biological inventory whose goal is to find as many organisms as possible within the confines of a predetermined location.  – Peter J. Park]

9/19 – Manhattan:  As we were sorting through our catch back at our WetLab on Pier 40, we were treated to an amazing sight. A few yards off our floating dock, a double-crested cormorant surfaced with its own catch-of-the-day, a 10-inch oyster toadfish. After a brief struggle, the cormorant ate the fish head first. – Toland Kister, Siddhartha Hayes

Black Comorant

A Black Comorant

Yours in enduring greenness,

UGS

 

 

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Happy Voter Registration Day, NYC Climate Week & NYC Architecture & Design (AKA Archtober) Month, UESiders!!

Can there be a single resident 57th to 96th, Fifth to East End that isn’t registered and poised for the November vote…  But just in case, couldn’t be easier be it by mail, in person or online!!

Meanwhile, do check out all the great Archtober events/programs/details!!

That along with The Times on Climate Week and progress being made around our world!!

And happening in and around us during Climate Week on the UES:

Saturday, September 29th:  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’s Honey,  Sikking Flowers, Samascott,  Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski,  Ale Wife, Hawthorne, Walnut Hill Farm and Cherry Lane Farms!!

We’ll be having a special guest, too!!  At long last, none other than Gotham’s most culinary Council Member Ben Kallos will be joining us for his Fall 2018 edition of Cooking with Kallos, 10am-12pm!!  What’ll he be whipping up?  A delicious, market- friendly, shishito pepper dish!!

Then there’s this from Mega Market Manager Margaret:  “Be sure to get some beautiful flowers from Sikking Farm since the blooming season’ll soon be over!!  Oh, and have you tried our 2 new meat options?  Just follow your nose to the SunFed Beef tent where they’re pretty much cooking up samples of their grass-fed beef, pork & lamb non-stop!!   Or looking for something ready-to-eat?  Try a French, Italian or Spanish-style sausage from Walnut Hill!!” 

And for the many who’ve asked, yes, our Master Knife Sharpener is steadily recovering!!

Recycling totals 8/18-9/15:   276 lbs batteries;  64 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  15 pair of eyeglasses;  46 compost bins;  167 bags of clothes      9/22:  53 lbs batteries;  21 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  1 make-up wand; 14 compost bins; 31 bags of clothes.  Paper shredded:  TBA!!

You read that bin number right!!  14!!  A NEW RECORD!!

(Thank you, Sanitation, for finally giving us 14 empty bins to fill!!)

Saturday, September 29th:  They’re Our First Avenue Street Trees Day -Chapter I 

Meet at NW corner of First & 79th Street, 10am-1pm

Let’s get those 79th to 86th tree beds cleaned, cultivated and mulched!!  Go home having enjoyed refreshments, plus with your very own trowel, knee pads, garden gloves and a lot of new neighborhood friends!!  RSVP, please...

Sunday, September 30th:  It’s My Park Day at Stanley Isaacs Park

Southeast Corner of First Avenue & 96th Street, 1-4pm

The annual sprucing up, bulb planting and thorough-going mulching in and around this wonderful, much-used neighborhood park!!   Come dressed to get down and mulchy and ready to consume lip-smacking refreshments!!  

Saturdays,  September 29th & October 20th & 27th:  Celebrate Autumn at the Alice Aycock Pavillion

East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 1-4pm

Fall afternoons don’t get better than Saturdays at the Pavillion!!  Think music, fun for kids, ice cream, the fabulous  river view and more!!  Free!!  For more and rain dates…  

Saturday, September 29th:  Scale 15 – A Special Tour of the Former Little Hungary in Yorkville

Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, 12, 3 & 5pm

And we quote, “Hungarian theater company HOPPart brings their unique show SCALE 1:5 to the streets of New York by using a portable sound system and headphones to take the audience for a walk around the neighborhood of Yorkville formerly known as Little Hungary…”  Traces of Czech and German communities are on the agenda, too!   And it’s a program honoring Vaclav Havel!!  Free!!   To RSVP for 12pm…  for 3pm or for 5pm… 

Sunday, September 30th:  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, Sikking Flowers, Consider Bardwell, Meredith’s Bakery, Norwich Meadows, Halal Pastures, Phillips, Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue Farms  and NS Wager’s Cider Mill!!

To which Alta Manager Margaret adds these 4 points:   1. “After a 2-week absence, Market Manager Guramrit returns to 92nd Street!!  2.  This’ll be Sikking’s last weekend of the season at 92nd so be thinking flowers-flowers-flowers!!  3. Yes, their beautiful vegetables, but check out Halal Lamb at the Halal Pastures table!!   4.  Last but hardly least, do not forget those frequent shopper cards!!

Recycling totals  8/1-9/16:  63 lbs batteries;  37 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  25 1/2 compost bins      9/23 – 14 lbs batteries; 11 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 5 1/2 compost bins 

5 1/2 bins was 2017’s record…

Let’s make it 6 in 2018!!

Meanwhile, 150 individuals composted at 92nd Street on 9/16!!

Sunday, September 30th:  Party on Park

Park Avenue 118th Street to 125 Street, 12-4pm

So great that the brilliant summer closing of Park Avenue to auto traffic has been expanded –  albeit small-scale – to one day and 7 blocks in fall season!!  Be a ton of fun attractions, including our Civitas friends at 124th Street!!  For the total rundown… 

Holy crow, October already:

Saturday, October 14th:  MV4NY Environmental Stewardship Day

Ruppert Park, 92nd Street & Second Avenue, 10am-1pm

Another fabulous family event organized by Moslem Volunteers of New York, the group that’s bringing ailing Ruppert Park back to life in so many way!!  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 park!!  (Rain date  October 20th…)

Saturday & Sunday, October 13th & 14th  Czech Beer Days

Bohemian Spirit Restaurant, 321 East 73rd Street, 5-11pm on the 13th, 5-10pm on the 14th

The Bohemian Spirit Restaurant at Bohemian National Hall will be presenting special edition of Czech beers Pilsner Urquell, Czechvar and Praga during the Open House New York Weekend!!  So, come!!  Grab a pint on draft for just $4!!

Sunday, October 14th:  It’s My Park Day North!

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am – 3pm

Year 5 of Esplanade Friends’ reinvention of the once forlorn planter at 96th with another round of tulip, daff,  crocus and grape hyacinth bulbs!!  Enjoy great snacks and company while you plant!!  Go home with your own, state-of-the-art trowel!!  Then prepare yourself for waves of pride as the planter bursts with beauty come next spring!!  (Be great if you’d RSVP:  uppergreenside@gmail.com!) 

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! Please join the amazing Green Park Gardeners to plant daffodils, tulips and other bulbs (generously donated by Friends of the East River Esplanade) and/or help with end-of-season maintenance!!  If you’d let them know you’re coming so they can plan:  greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com.    ((BYO trowel and gloves!)  (Heavy rain cancels. Rain date Sunday, Oct. 21, 2-5 pm.)

Miscellany…  Activism and some items with teeth up first:

As we move towards banning pesticide/insecticide use in our parks, how about we stop spraying them on American crops!!

Interesting that remediation of soil on the future site of 401 East 92nd –  to be constructed on Holmes Towers property –  is deemed necessary only when a new building’s to go up…  When NYCHA tenants have resided in the Holmes complex for more than 50 years…

Not that the UES doesn’t have its own troubles with development run wild, but our neighbors south of 14th Street could use some letter signing assistance…   (Scroll down and click!)

Seems Con Ed’s been naughty and gotten itself fined

So,  moments after new trash bins land on our far UESide corners, a design competition for the Bin of the Future is launched

In the RIP file:

The Times’ Village Voice remembrance… 

Brighter:

In spite of its many woes –  fiscal, political, a crime wave – Brazil’s pushing ahead with reforestation and carbon sequestration!!  (Don’t miss the infographic!) 

There’s also a new (Canadian) concept for street design…  The Dynamic Street!!

Hey, we can recycle anything, even zinc oxide sifted out of steel dust!

Amazing new storm graphics on the Weather Channel

couple who’s documenting every flowering plant on Mother Earth

Consumer Reports weighs in on fruits and veggies with superpowers!!

A NYS map tracking changing leaves from Buffalo to NYC…  (We’re still pretty green!!)

How to prepare those small appliances for recycling (in your building’s bin)…   

Be great if these spices appeared on Greenmarket tables

Hummm…   Seems like we live in a world awash in invisible particles!! 

What our NYS Conservation Officers were up to this week

Then there’s the week in animals:

Yes, deer come in many sizes and even with fangs

Knitted/crocheted gear for your kitty

Never was sure why protection of menhaden (a fish) was so vital…  Know now and it really matters…  They’re whale food!!  But industry turns tons of them into petfood and fish oils…

Thirteen things we didn’t know about goats…!!  

If the French can teach their rooks (AKA crows) to collect refuse in parks, how ’bout we train our pigeons to do the same??!!

Baby donkeys…!!

Then there’s the mystery solved by from the Hudson River Almanac:

9/11 – Queens, New York City: From time to time, we report from Jamaica Bay and Raritan Bay for the Almanac as “sister estuaries” or as the extended watershed. This is one of those times. Captain Vinnie Calabro, aboard his charter boat the Karen Ann out of Howard Beach in Queens, fished Jamaica Bay today, as he does almost every day of the year. Using live blue crabs for bait, Vinnie caught five sheepshead, the heaviest of which weighed 18 pounds. – Tom Lake

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A Sheepshead and Its Teeth!

[Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus) is one of three species of “porgies” (Sparidae) that occur in the Hudson River… The others being the scup and the pinfish.  While they are now uncommon, at one time, sheepshead were so common that Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn was named for them. With their well-developed incisor-like teeth, they feed on barnacles, mussels, crabs, and oysters encrusted on pilings, piers, jetties and wharves. The first documented occurrence of sheepshead in the Hudson River was a 67 mm fish captured in a fish trap from lower Manhattan on September 15, 2004. Sheepshead are now species number 180 on our Hudson River Watershed fish list. E-mail trlake7@aol.com for a copy of the list. Tom Lake]

(And we’ve always thought the decapitation of some poor sheep inspired the name!)

In enduring greenness,

UGS

 

 

 

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We’ve returned, UESiders!! 

We all need to fasten our seatbelts for a dense and rewarding fall!!

Beginning with:

Saturday, September 15th:  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’s Honey,  Sikking Flowers, Samascott,  Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski,  Ale Wife, Hawthorne, Walnut Hill Farm, Sun Fed/Maple Avenue and Cherry Lane Farms!!

And Mega Manager Margaret further says:  “Please stop by the information tent and welcome new 82nd Street Market Manager (and neighborhood resident!), Annabel!!  This week she’ll be featuring peppers, now at the peak of their season and at the market in several varieties ranging from super sweet to firery hot!!”

Yup, that makes it New Face #2 at 82nd Street these last few weeks!!

Now in charge of the Compost/Clothing/Recyclables table – taking Moises Enriquez’s place – is Genny Rodriguez!! 

Last but not least, most sorry to say there’ll be no Master Knife Sharpener this Saturday…

(And not to worry:  Great Manager G will still be presiding over the 92nd Street Market when she returns from her much-deserved 2 weekend vacay!!)

Recycling totals 8/18 to 9/15:  TBA

(Can’t wait to add up all that’s accumulated while we were away!!)

Saturday, September 15th:  National Coastal Cleanup Day at Harlem River Park

139th Street and the Harlem River to the Park,  9:30am-12:30pm

Join the UES advocates of Civitas for a thorough-going fall cleanup combined with bench and park house painting!!  For more, directions and RSVPing (a must)

Sunday, September 16th:  The 92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

With us will be American Pride Seafood,  Back to the Future Farm/Ole Mother Hubbert Milk, Central Bakery, Sikking Flowers, Consider Bardwell, Meredith’s Bakery, Norwich Meadows, Halal Pastures, Phillips, Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue Farms  and NS Wager’s Cider Mill!!

A bit of a long shot as her knee recovers, but the Master Knife Sharpener might be at her table, too…

But, for sure, while Market Manager G is off on holiday the next 2 Sundays, 82nd’s great new Manager Annabel will be filling in!!

Meanwhile, Ultima Manager Margaret advises:  “Unfortunately, Hurricane Florence’s made even our faraway ocean extremely rough…  Meaning, for us, fishermen haven’t been able to fish as much as they usually do and that likely there’ll be little to no seafood available at Sunday markets, so…  Think about chicken from Ole Mother Hubbert’s…  Or beef, pork or lamb from Sun Fed for your center-of-the-plate protein this week!!”

UM Margaret adds, “Do get that Frequent Shopper Card punched and win one of several great prizes!! 

Recycling totals  8/19 to 9/16:  TBA

(How many bins?!! How many pounds?!!)

Sunday, September 16th:  Adoptapalooza Pet Adoption Event

North Plaza, Union Square, 17th Street between Broadway & Park Avenue, 12-5pm

Always a good time to give a orphan canine or kitty a Forever Home!  Sponsored by the Animal Care Centers of New York!!

Monday, September 17th:  City Council Parks Committee Meeting

250 Broadway, 14th Floor Committee Room, 1pm

Item #1 on the agenda:  The urgent need to enforce protections for a network of public parks known as “Jointly Operated Playgrounds” (JOPs) of which there are 268 in the city, spread across all five boroughs and 49 of 51 City Council districts…  And subject critical to UESiders given the on-going threat/battle to save the 96th Street Marx  Brothers Playground from a developer’s maw…  Can’t attend?  Give CM Kallos’ office a call (212-860-1950) or shoot him an email…  How about an email to Committee Chair Barry Grodenchik, too…

Thursday, September 20th:  Town Hall With Council Member Kallos

MSK Research Laboratories, 430 East 67th Street, 6pm

The annual community gathering to meet, learn, exchange ideas, discover UES opportunies, get engaged and more from representatives of city departments, local groups, your neighbors and the CM himself!!  See you there, folks!!

Thursday, September 20th:  Logos Bookstore Poetry Group Meeting

1575 York Avenue  between 83rd & 84th Streets, 7pm

The group gathers to read and discuss “Best Remembered Poem” edited and annotated by Martin  Gardner, commencing with the work of Thomas Hood!!

Friday, September 21st:  New York on Film – Gangsters, Immigrants & Labor

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum Garden, 7pm

Again, we quote, “Film historian, author and former CUNY Graduate Center Professor Robert Singer and Professor Frank Percaccio take you on an exciting romp through New York’s history on celluloid through rarely seen silents and more…”  Yes, and did we say they’ll be screening in the garden?!!  Members & students, $10.  Non-members, $15.  For tickets

And then, at last…  The countdown to Shred-A-Thon begins:

Saturday, September 22nd:  Shred-A-Thon – Hello Fall Edition

St. Stephen/82nd Street Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First & Second Avenue, 10am-2pm

One more time:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take hardcovers to Goodwill or Housing Works.)

As always, we thank AM Seawright and CMs Kallos and Powers for their steadfast support of Shred-A-Thons!!

Saturdays, September 22nd & 29th & October 20th & 27th:  Celebrate Autumn at the Alice Aycock Pavillion

East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 1-4pm

Remember those great late spring/early summer Saturdays at the Pavillion??  Well, they’re back!!   Back and complete with music, fun for kids, ice cream, the fabulous  river view and more!!  Free!!  For more and rain dates…  

Sunday, September 23rd:  Hazardous Waste Collection

North Plaza, Union Square, 10am-4pm

Safely get rid of those out-of-date electronics, old/unneeded prescriptions, paint, dead compact fluorescent bulbs, pesticides (like the dread Roundup) and more!!  Cars should approach from Park Avenue South and 20th Street and a walk-in area’s available for residents coming by public transportation.   For the total rundown

Sunday, September 23rd:  Marble Hill Walking Tour

Broadway & 225th Street, The Bronx, 12-2pm

Bryan Diffley, Project Manager of the High Bridge restoration, describes why and how the Harlem  River was re-engineered, bridged over and – along with Manhattan Island – changed forever!!  $30.  For tickets and more (including more great NYC H2O events)

Monday, September 24th:  Variety (as in fruits and vegs) Showcase New York

GrowNYC’s Project Farmhouse,  76 East 13th Street, Daytime Session – 12-3pm, Evening Session – 5-8pm

Think – and we quote – “…an interactive mixer designed to build community between plant breeders, organic farmers and eaters where attendees have the unique experience to taste new and in-development vegetable, fruit & grain cultivars with the breeders that created them, share opinions, talk about needs & preferences and learn about the importance of organic plant breeding!”  Amazing, yes?  $100.  For more and tickets…   (There’ll also be interactive tables at a free, public outdoor space 2 blocks away at the Union Square Greenmarket from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm!!) 

On the horizon:

Thursday, September 27th:  Queensboro Bridge Area Committee Meeting

New York Blood Center, 310 East 67th Street, 6:30pm
Presented will be NYC Economic Development’s plan for the cluttered hellscape that’s the present state of our East River Esplanade 60th to 62nd Street…  Keep designs like Battery Park and the High Line in mind people…  We don’t have settle for less inspiration, innovation and/or beauty!!  

Saturday, September 29th:  Cooking with Kallos at the 82nd Street Greenmarket

82nd Street between First & York Avenues, 10am-12pm

NYC’s most culinary Council Member will be joining us and in his chef’s apron/spatula-wielding mode for his long-postponed (due to weather) UES classic “Cooking with Kallos”!!   Be there, folks, for eats by and chat with the CM!!

Saturday, September 29th:  They’re Our First Avenue Street Trees Day -Chapter I 

Meet at NW corner of First & 79th Street, 10am-1pm

Let’s get those 79th to 86th tree beds cleaned, cultivated and mulched!!  Go home having enjoyed refreshments, plus with your very own trowel, knee pads, garden gloves and a lot of new neighborhood friends!!  RSVP, please...

Sunday, September 30th:  It’s My Park Day at Stanley Isaacs Park

Southeast Corner of First Avenue & 96th Street, 1-4pm

The annual sprucing up, bulb planting and thorough-going mulching in and around this wonderful, much-used neighborhood park!!   Come dressed to get down and mulchy and ready to consume lip-smacking refreshments!!  

Then, suddenly, it’s October:

Thursday, October 3rd:  The Energy Gang on Clean Energy Connections

The Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR, 44 Charlton Street at Varick Street, 6:30pm

The great people at Solar One invite us all to sit in while some of clean energy’s top thinkers and writers engage in lively conversation and debate!!  General admission, $25.  Student admission, $12.50,  For more and tickets

Moving on to the ever miscellaneous miscellany:

A major tip of the hat to the governor for ordering a statewide phase-out of HFCs (as in greenhouse gas hydrofluorocarbons) that trap thousands of times more heat than carbon dioxide!!

But do we have an equivalently green skyscraper in NYC??

What’s certain is we’re protecting migrating birds attracted to the  9/11 Tribute in Light... 

Calling all folks with 2 years of college (or equivalent experience) and a love of the natural world to enroll in the NYS Naturalist Internship Program!! 

A big, new state park in NYC

What have our NYS Conservation Officers been up to of late

Or our NYS Forest Rangers…  When they and other Environmental Officers weren’t winning awards for heroism 2016-2018!!

Going more local, The Times entitled their very excellent history of Madison Square Park “Life Before Shake Shack”!! 

Wondering how NYC got so under Albany’s thumb…??

No question, competent – not to mention great – handymen and women are in short supply.  Solution?  Home/apartment maintenance classes!!

Same for – distressingly – quality poll workers!!  (Think about signing up!)

And NYC’s best burger is

Talk about needlework (as in tapestry)..!!

Critter time:

Yet another invasive insect – this time, the multi-destructive spotted lanternfly – has appeared in NYState…  (And check out this video!!) 

And the southern pine beetle’s on Long Island

For the third time in 2018, a NYS record-sized fish has been caught…  A 14 lb. 10 oz. longnosed gar!!

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That Longnosed Gar!

Mummified, 750-years old baby penguins…?!!

Leopards native to Iraq…?!!

An albino alligator…!!

Whale adoption…!!

Why we want and really need to save the horsehoe crab!!

Then from the Hudson River Almanac:

9/4 – Manhattan, HRM 1: We started off the new month by checking our research sampling gear in Hudson River Park at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25. We were met with a staggering 23 young-of-summer juvenile blue crabs, all around 10 mm carapace width. We also caught eight young-of-year oyster toadfish all between 25-45 mm, as well as an adult (195 mm). The odd fish in the catch was a young-of-year striped bass (65 mm).
– Siddhartha Hayes, Melissa Rex, Toland Kister

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An Oyster Toadfish

[Oyster toadfish (Opsanus tau), known colloquially as “oyster crackers,” are common along the Atlantic Coast and in New York Harbor. They set up shop on the bottom of the river and with strong, sharp teeth, they crush and feed on shellfish such as crabs, oysters, and other bivalves. Tom Lake] 

9/6 – Ulster Park, HRM 87: We have a lot of milkweed around our yard but had not seen any monarch caterpillars. Then, we found a monarch chrysalis attached to the siding of our house. This morning, “the emerald palace with the gold nails” (that’s how I remember it described when I was young) was now totally transparent and the emergent adult was hanging from the base. We had missed the moment of emergence but got to watch from then on. It did not take very long before the wrinkled wings had expanded, and after about three hours the adult monarch butterfly took off. – Carol Anderson, Peter Relson

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That Monarch

Feeling mighty green,

UGS

 

 

 

 

 

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Greetings, UESiders!!

Here goes:

Now to Friday, October 5th:  August 21, 1968 Exhibition 

Czech Center Gallery, 321 East 73rd Street, 10am-6pm daily 

August 21, 1968 being the date the then Soviet Russia invaded the then-behind-the red-curtain Czechoslovakia to put down the freedom-seeking Prague Spring and commemorated in this group of remarkable photographs!!  

Saturday & Sunday, September 8th & 9th:  The Carl Schurz Park Conservancy Gracie Square Art Show

East End Avenue from 84th to 88th Streets, 10am-5pm (rain or shine)

Marvelous art of every discipline and style…  Engaging art activities for the younger set…  Delicious edibles from Yura’s on East End…  An annual UES classic that  not only sustains the Park but enables the evolution of its beauty!!  

Sunday, September 9th:  Grandparent’s Day!!

All Around the World

Enjoy!!

Tuesday, September 11th:  New York Cares 9/11 Day of Service

All Over the City, All Day

One of the many fine ways to mark this most solemn day in our city’s history…  Lending a hand with one of many tasks such as, in our case, helping to assemble meals for hundreds of thousands of those in need!!  For all the volunteer opportunities and to sign up…  

Tuesday, September 11th –  Style, Myth & Modernity in Greek Revival New York

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, Tuesday to Sunday, 11am-4pm

And we quote, “From furniture, to architecture to print,  the daily lives of 19th-century New Yorkers were infused with ancient Greek art and history. This exhibit presents some of the designs, artifacts and literature which inspired New Yorkers to embrace this ancient civilization and highlights the Museum’s treasured 19th-century Greek Revival furnishings and objects.”  Going to be one beautiful show!!  Free during Museum hours.

Friday, September 14th:   Ruppert Park Concert III – Another Musical Soirée

Ruppert Park, Second Avenue & 90th Street, 4-6pm

More delightful late afternoon music – this time by jazz/latin/soul artists Yasser Tejeda and Palotre – in the re-enlivened Ruppert Park!!  There’ll be refreshments, too!!  Presented by the Park’s great new stewards, the Moslem Volunteers for New York!!   Free!!

Friday, September 21st:  New York on Film – Gangsters, Immigrants & Labor

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum Garden, 7pm

Again, we quote, “Film historian, author and former CUNY Graduate Center Professor Robert Singer and Professor Frank Percaccio take you on an exciting romp through New York’s history on celluloid through rarely seen silents and more…”  Yes, and did we say they’ll be screening in the garden?!!  Members & students, $10.  Non-members, $15.  For tickets

Saturday, September 22nd:  Shred-A-Thon – Hello Fall Edition

St. Stephen/82nd Street Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First & Second Avenue, 10am-2pm

You know how it goes:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take hardcovers to Goodwill or Housing Works.)

As always, we thank CMs Powers and Kallos and AM Seawright for their unflagging support of Shred-A-Thons!!

Saturday & Sunday, September 22nd & 23rd:  8th Annual Greater Adirondack Moose Festival

Indian Lake, New York

No way it can’t be great:Moose Festival

For details  

Saturday, September 22nd:  Jamaica Bay Sunset Ecology Cruise

Pier 9, Sheepshead Bay/Emmons Avenue, Booklyn, 3:30pm

Jamaica Bay in all its glory…  Its history…  Its ecology…  Its amazing feathered wildlife…  Its management issues…  All imparted by expert Don Riepe and Mickey Cohen!!  Then there’s the complimentary wine, cheese, fruit and drinks!!  Adults, $55.  Under 16, $25.   Sponsored by  Gateway National Recreation Area, NYC Audubon and the American Littoral Society.   For full into and tickets

Sunday, September 23rd:  Marble Hill Walking Tour

Broadway & 225th Street, The Bronx, 12-2pm

Bryan Diffley, Project Manager of the High Bridge restoration, describes why and how the Harlem  River was re-engineered, bridged over and – along with Manhattan Island – changed forever!!  $30.  For tickets and more (including more great NYC H2O events)

Monday, September 24th:  Variety (as in fruits and vegs) Showcase New York

GrowNYC’s Project Farmhouse,  76 East 13th Street, Daytime Session – 12-3pm, Evening Session – 5-8pm

Think – and we quote – “…an interactive mixer designed to build community between plant breeders, organic farmers and eaters where attendees have the unique experience to taste new and in-development vegetable, fruit & grain cultivars with the breeders that created them, share opinions, talk about needs & preferences and learn about the importance of organic plant breeding!”  Amazing, yes?  $100.  For more and tickets…   (There’ll also be interactive tables at a free, public outdoor space 2 blocks away at the Union Square Greenmarket from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm!!) 

Saturday, September 29th:  Cooking with Kallos at the 82nd Street Greenmarket

82nd Street between First & York Avenues, 10am-12pm

NYC’s most culinary Council Member will be joining us and in his chef’s apron/spatula-wielding mode for his long-postponed (due to weather) UES classic “Cooking with Kallos”!!   Be there, folks, for eats by and chat with the CM!!

Saturday, September 29th:  They’re Our First Avenue Street Trees Day -Chapter I 

Meet at NW corner of First & 79th Street, 10am-1pm

Let’s get those 79th to 86th tree beds cleaned, cultivated and mulched!!  Go home having enjoyed refreshments, plus with your very own trowel, knee pads, garden gloves and a lot of new neighborhood friends!!  RSVP, please...

Sunday, September 30th:  It’s My Park Day – Isaacs Park

Stanley Isaacs Park, First Avenue & 96th Street, 1-4pm

Tidy this much used park up for winter and plant a host of tulips, daffs, crocuses and grape hyacinths for spring beauty!!   There’ll be refreshments, of course, and you’ll depart with your own trowel, knee pads, garden gloves in hand!!   If you’d RSVP

Then, in October:

Tuesday, October 2nd:  Solar One Oktoberfest Celebration/Benefit

Under the tent at Solar One,  East River Esplanade at 23rd Street

Oktoberfest beer…  Delicious Bavarian snacks…  Oompah music…  Yes, all the trimmings of a traditional Munich Oktoberfest and every penny benefitting the great, green work of Solar One!!   $85 and up.  For more and tickets

Sunday, October 14th:  It’s My Park Day on the Esplanade

96th Street & the East River Esplanade, 12-4pm

Ready the Esplanade’s beautiful planter for winter and plant a host of bulbs – daffs, tulips, crocuses – for yet another gorgeous riverside spring display!!   We have the tools and great refreshments!!   Please do RSVP… 

Monday, October 15th:  Meet & Greet 19th Precinct Neighborhood Coordination Officers

MS 167/Robert F. Wagner Middle School, 220 East 76th Street, 7pm

Meet and offer your observations and suggestions to the men who’re keeping us safe!!  RSVP a must:  212-452-0613, Michael.Lombardi@nypd.org or Christoph.Helms@nypd.org.

And what would a newsletter be without a bit of miscellany:

A serious item up first…  That being the mayor’s plan to revise Community Boards..

Then:

What?  NY drivers rank in the top five in the U.S.??!! 

Bring on the solar-powered schools and electric school buses!! 

A kitchen-use study

Not only has the NYS DEC got a Bird ID challenge/contest (with prizes) going, but…

They’ve just released The Hudson River Comprehensive Restoration Plan!! 

Here’s a Citizen Science project:  Head-counting the horrible, invasive Asian long-horned beetles when you check your swimming pool filters!! 

Six great fall tours from the Historic Districts Council

Decoding your seashell finds

Or some animal gleanings:

Rescuing baby kangaroos on – where else? – Kangaroo Island… 

Mosquito protection advice

Check out the exotic bird feet of the American coot

From sea turtles to bears to blue crabs to a teenage skunk…  NYS Conservation Officers have had another busy week...

Be back full of renewed green energy soon,

UGS

 

 

 

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Happy Farmers Market Weekend, UESiders!!

The final two days of Farmers Market Week 2018…

And the plan was to celebrate with Council Member Ben Kallos and his UES classic, Cooking with Kallos at 82nd Street…

Then came Saturday’s pelting rain forecast!!

Thus, look for NYC’s most culinary Council Member to be in apron/wielding spatula mode next Saturday, August 18th! 

Be there, folks, for eats by and chat with CM, 10am-12pm!!

As for the week ahead:

Friday, August 10th:  Summer Afternoon Music at Ruppert Park

Ruppert Park, 1741 Second Avenue at 92nd Street, 4-6pm

Join NYC Parks and the Muslim Volunteers for New York in a lovely late afternoon of music by The Blue Dahlia with their jazz/French chanson sound!!  Come ready to have a great time!!   Free.  (Yes, Ruppert Park’s coming alive!!)  

Friday, August 10th:  “Peter Rabbit” at 24 Sycamores Park

24 Sycamores Park, York Avenue at 60th Street, 8pm

Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of one naughty rabbit and his adventures!!   Animated film fun for the whole family!!   Limited chair seating, but blanket-lounging welcome.  Only plastic-bottled drinks.  Made possible by  NYC Parks and the  Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.  Free!  For more

Saturdays, August 11th, 18th & 25th:  Summer Streets!

Park Avenue, 72nd to Chambers Streets

Get out and walk…  Bike…  Zipline…  Picnic…  Stroll…  Indulge in extreme sports…  Park Avenue is all our park!!   Rain or shine!!  For more

Saturday, August 11th:  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’s Honey,  Sikking Flowers, Samascott,  Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski,  Ale Wife, Hawthorne, Walnut Hill Farm and Cherry Lane Farms!!

And, yes, as promised by Mega Market Manager Margaret, Sun Fed/Maple Avenue Farm with their amazing beef, pork and lamb will be joining our merry 82nd Street band this Saturday!! 

Margaret further enlightens us with:  “Sun Fed’s beef is from cattle raised 2 ways.  Half of the herd is purely grass fed and the other half is grass fed and grain finished, giving that meat a slightly higher fat content, making it more tender and easier to cook using traditional techniques.”

Good thing – given all the beef/pork/lamb we’ll be slicing –  that the Master Knife Sharpener will be on hand to get our cutlery in shape!! 

Meanwhile, there’ll be a new face tending to our compost/clothing/recyclables collection…  Genny Rodriguez’ll be stepping in to fill Moises Enriquez’s very green shoes!! 

Recycling totals 7/28:  59 lbs batteries;  24 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  1 pair of eyeglasses;  11 compost bins; 37 bags of clothes      8/4:  76 lbs batteries;  14 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  11 compost bins; 41 bags of clothes.

Bring on those makeup wands, ladies!!

Saturday, August 11th: 7th Annual Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count

Randall’s Island Park, 1-4pm (and 18 other River locations)

Think waders, seine nets, minnow traps, rods and reels, 200 fish species, learning and a lot of fun…  All under the guidance of actual naturalists!!  And as NYS DEC Chief Basil Segos says, “Citizen science efforts like the Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count provide our fishery managers with invaluable data and give people the opportunity to help DEC monitor New York’s natural resources!”  For complete details

Saturday, August 11th:  “In the Name of the Earth” Choral Event

Harlem Meer, Central Park at 110th Street, 3-5pm

Four choirs  – 800 professional and amateur singers – led by the great Simon Halsey –  transform the names of North American rivers, lakes, mountains, and deserts into a musical meditation on the Earth, the Water, and the Holy Wind.  Composed by Pulitzer Prize winner, John Luther Adams.   Free!  For more

Sunday, August 12th:  The 92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

With us will be the fabulous American Pride Seafood,  Back to the Future Farm/Ole Mother Hubbert Milk, Central Bakery, Sikking Flowers, Consider Bardwell, Meredith’s Bakery, Norwich Meadows, Halal Pastures, Phillips, Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue Farms  and NS Wager’s Cider Mill!!

Happy to say the Master Knife Sharpener will be back and honing for yet another week, too!!

Ultima Manager Margaret reminds:  “Get that Frequent Shopper Card punched and win one of several great prizes!!   And then observes:  “Amazing how we can now get everything on our weekly grocery lists at the Greenmarket!”

Recycling totals  7/29:  21 lbs batteries;  17 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  4 1/4 compost bins      8/5:   16 lbs batteries; 8 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 4 1/2 compost bins

Closing in on 5 bins!!

Wednesday, August 15th:  NY Ferry 90th Street Stop Debut

East River Esplanade at 90th Street

And its 90th Street schedule is…   (There’re an amazing number of stops both north and south!!)  With a ticket just $2.75!!

Thursdays, August 16th, 23rd & 30th:  Rooftop Czech Center Cine-Concert Series

Czech Center NY, 321 East 73rd Street, 7pm

So fun…  Taking in a brilliant, classic silent film…  Accompanied by great, live Czech musicians…  High above the Upper East Side…  Icy cocktail in hand!!  $12.  For films, tickets and more

And then:

Friday, August 17th:  2018 National Thrift Store Day Crawl – Grammercy

Thrift Store Row, 157 EAST 23rd Street, 5-8pm

And in celebration of the day, Housing Works, the Salvation Army, Goodwill and Vintage Thrift  are partnering to benefit donateNYC!!  Add in refreshments, bargains galore and prizes!!  For the rundown

Saturday, August 25th:  13th Annual Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, 7:30am- 4:30pm

A propitious time as over the past 40 years, over 40 species of shorebirds (including rare and accidental vagrants) have been recorded at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East and West Ponds from mid-July through October, with the greatest diversity and abundance usually occurring in August!!  Activities include guided shorebird walks, family programming and talks by experts on shorebird conservation and identification and Jamaica Bay.   Free but a $20 donations is suggested!!  Free bus transportation from Manhattan for NYC Audubon members!!  (Call NYC Audubon at 212-691-7483 to reserve a seat.)  For more information, contact American Littoral Society at 718-474-0896 or Don Riepe at don@littoralsociety.org

And then:

Saturday, August 25th:  Pet Adoption at Biscuits & Bath

1064 First Avenue, 11am-3pm

Always a good time to give an adorable furry canine critter a forever home!! 

Looming on the horizon: 

Saturday & Sunday, September 8th & 9th:  The Carl Schurz Park Conservancy Gracie Square Art Show

East End Avenue from 84th to 88th Streets, 10am-5pm (rain or shine)

Marvelous art of every discipline and style…  Engaging art activities for the younger set…  Delicious edibles from Yura’s on East End…  An annual UES classic that  not only sustains the Park but enables the evolution of its beauty!!  

Tuesday, September 11th:  New York Cares 9/11 Day of Service

Manhattan Location, 5:30am-1pm

One of the many fine ways to mark this most solemn day in our city’s history…  Lending a hand with one of many tasks in assembling meals for 750,000 of those in need!!  For complete details and to sign up…  

Saturday, September 22nd:  Jamaica Bay Sunset Ecology Cruise

Pier 9, Sheepshead Bay/Emmons Avenue, Booklyn, 3:30pm

Jamaica Bay in all its glory…  Its history…  Its ecology…  Its amazing feathered wildlife…  Its management issues…  All imparted by expert Don Riepe and Mickey Cohen!!  Then there’s the complimentary wine, cheese, fruit and drinks!!  Adults, $55.  Under 16, $25.   Sponsored by  Gateway National Recreation Area, NYC Audubon and the American Littoral Society.   For full into and tickets

Sunday, September 23rd:  Marble Hill Walking Tour

Broadway & 225th Street, The Bronx, 12-2pm

Bryan Diffley, Project Manager of the High Bridge restoration, describes why and how the Harlem  River was re-engineered, bridged over and – along with Manhattan Island – changed forever!!  $30.  For tickets and more (including more great NYC H2O events)

Monday, September 24th:  Variety (as in fruits and vegs) Showcase New York

GrowNYC’s Project Farmhouse,  76 East 13th Street, Daytime Session – 12-3pm, Evening Session – 5-8pm

Think – and we quote – “…an interactive mixer designed to build community between plant breeders, organic farmers and eaters where attendees have the unique experience to taste new and in-development vegetable, fruit & grain cultivars with the breeders that created them, share opinions, talk about needs & preferences and learn about the importance of organic plant breeding!”  Amazing, yes?  $100.  For more and tickets…   (There’ll also be interactive tables at a free, public outdoor space 2 blocks away at the Union Square Greenmarket from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm!!) 

Tuesday, October 2nd:  Solar One Oktoberfest Celebration/Benefit

Under the tent at Solar One,  East River Esplanade at 23rd Street

Oktoberfest beer…  Delicious Bavarian snacks…  Oompah music…  Yes, all the trimmings of a traditional Munich Oktoberfest and every penny benefitting the great, green work of Solar One!!   $85 and up.  For more and tickets

Doesn’t get more miscellaneous than this week’s collection… i.e.:

First and foremost, given the incredible recyclers that we are, pretty fascinating  just what’s in our waste citywide!!   (Totally worthwhile getting on GrowNYC’s newsletter mailing list!!)

The rest of the world may think we live in a concrete jungle, but UESider Susan Hewitt  and participant in the NY Botanical Garden’s Eco Flora Project is constantly coming across the surprising nature in our midst…  

Meanwhile, no matter how modern we think we are in 2018, NYState’s offering a hunting and trapping course!!

Going more serious:

In the On-What-Planet-Do-They-Plan-On-Living Category, there’s the Interior Department’s move to allow pesticide use and GMO farming in wildlife areas… 

Still more UES construction afoot

And more still

Thank goodness this UWS structure will be saved!!

Into our activist mode:

Should you think asbestos regulations should not be relaxed

Give NoSpray’s brief summary of NYC insecticide spraying a look and you might want to contact the mayor to say, “The City lost the court cas in 2006… So stop spraying our city with insecticides.” 

(They’re using the stuff in our Manhattan parks, too!!)

Going brighter:

How about a Manhattan beach…?! !

UES recycling maven and poet laureate of reuse  Jacquelyn Ottman has a new book out…  A compilation of her reflections on waste!!

It’s summer, we’re out in nature and keeping NYS Forest Rangers busy

Same for our Environmental Conservation Officers

Among the world’s most amazing waterfalls are

No limit to human ingenuity, even the material’s plastic bottles…  (Why aren’t we building roads with the darned things?)

Elsewhere, here’s what folks are doing with a mixed plastic-melt cocktail…  (Thanks to reader Tori Gilbert for the tip!!)

In the animal world:

A construction worker repairing a piling below Pier 40 in New York Harbor discovered a ‘giant’ oyster and brought it to researchers at the nearby The River Project, a marine science field station in Hudson River Park. Workers weighed it there, and it clocked in at more than 610 grams (around 1.3 pounds) and measured 8.5 inches long. The wild oyster is not edible. 

giant oyster

That Giant Oyster

(Oysters are filter feeders; they feed on algae in the river and can help improve the ecosystem of estuary waters. They also provide structure and habitat for hundreds of species, including crabs and fishes. With cleaner water in the harbor, oysters are returning and settling in small numbers.)  

(The River Project offers hands-on education programs, live exhibits, and research internships.)

Staying aquatic, we ask:

What loves figs and belly-rubs and is almost 90 years old?   Answer  Methuselah—an Australian lungfish residing at the California Academy of Science’s Steinhart Aquarium!!

Among the furry, scaled and finned:

Choose your animal cam...!!

Designer cat furniture

squirrel of many hats

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

7/29 – Manhattan: Anglers at Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 caught young-of-year bluefish (125 mm) as well as male blue crabs (100 mm) today. At Pier 63, a camper caught a summer flounder (125 mm), a rare catch for us. Finally, at Pier 25 in Tribeca, anglers caught more bluefish (150 mm) as well as our first ever horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus). – Olivia Radick

horseshoe crab

A Horseshoe Crab

(The bluefish were young-of-year, likely born in April in the Lower Bay of New York Harbor outside The Narrows. They come into the estuary in spring to seek sanctuary – small silvery fishes are like candy to larger fishes – and take advantage of the incredible amount of forage – other, smaller young-of-year fishes like herring. – Tom Lake]

8/3 – Manhattan, HRM 1: With thoughts of oyster toadfish, we checked our research gear in Hudson River Park at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25. We were not disappointed, as we found ten young–of-year oyster toadfish (25-30 mm) and a blue crab (105 mm). –  Emma Palmer, Justin Chen

Toadfish

An Oyster Toadfish

And with that…

See you in September, friends,

UGS

 

 

 

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Happy Water Quality, Sandwich and Goat Cheese Month, UESiders!!

A total win-win-win in this neck of the woods seeing as NYC’s H2O is first class, our eateries abound in great sandwiches and Valley Shephard’s goat cheese is 100% unbeatable!! 

And then, today’s National Watermelon Day…  With Sunday (August 5th) National Oyster Day!!  (Eat out at one of these restaurants to support NYC reef restoration!!)

(It’s also Harlem Week all August!!)

But most of all, market shopping friends,  August 5th to 12th is National Farmers Market Week!!    And how can you celebrate?  By snapping a brilliant, high resolution photo of  your favorite Greenmarket and entering it in the Farmers Market Week Photo Contest1!!  Just send that great  pic to photo@grownyc.org  by August 30th!!  

But let’s talk the next 7 days: 

Saturdays, August 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th:  Summer Streets!

Park Avenue, 72nd to Chambers Streets

Get out and walk…  Bike…  Zipline…  Picnic…  Stroll…  Indulge in extreme sports…  Park Avenue is all our park!!   Rain or shine!!  For more

Saturday, August 4th:  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’s Honey,  Sikking Flowers, Samascott,  Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski,  Ale Wife, Hawthorne, Walnut Hill Farm and Cherry Lane Farms!!

So where’s Rising Sun Beef, you ask?

NEWS FLASH #1:    To which uber Market Manager Margaret replices:  “Very sorry to say that due to logistics, Rising Sun had to drop out of all markets, including 82nd. Not to worry though.  We’re replacing them with a GREAT new livestock farm- Sun Fed/Maple Avenue Farm,  familiar to you 92nd st shoppers!!  Sun Fed’ll  be bringing beef, pork & lamb and – fingers crossed –  will be ready to start next Saturday, August 11th!!”  

(No kidding, Sun Fed’s just fabulous!!)  

NEWS FLASH #2!!

Our own Master Knife Sharpener will be back and ready to hone up a storm!! 

NEWS FLASH #3:

Next Saturday, August 11th, 10am-12pm, Council Member Ben Kallos returns with another installment of his classic “Cooking with Kallos”!!

Recycling totals 7/21:  77 lbs batteries;  28 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  11 pairs eyeglasses;  11 compost bins; 33 bags of clothes      7/28:  TBA 

July 21st cork collection was a record 21 lbs!!

Sunday, July  22nd:  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, Sikking Flowers, Consider Bardwell, Meredith’s Bakery, Norwich Meadows, Halal Pastures, Phillips, Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue Farms  and NS Wager’s Cider Mill!!

Alta Manager Margaret advises:  “The Market’s Frequent Shopper Promotion continues!  Get your card at the Info Tent, get it punched each week when you shop and win a prize on punch #5!!  And you won’t want to miss what Manager G will be  cooking up!

 

Look for the Master KNife Sharpener to be at ther table here, too!!

Phillips peaches are pretty darned divine!!

Recycling totals  7/22:  17 lbs batteries;  22 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  4 compost bins      7/29:  TBA 

Yet another 4 bin week!!

Tuesday, August 7th:  35th Annual NYPD 19th Precinct Night Out 

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

Food, live music, games and – best of all – a great opportunity to get acquainted with the men and women in blue who keep the UES safe!!  Utterly free and family friendly!!  

Coming up fast:

Saturday, August 11th:  Ridgewood Resevoir Community Tour 

Ridgewood Resevoir, Vermont Place, Glendale,  10-11:30am  –  Meeting at the Vermont Place parking lot

Once an actual  NYC water source, decomissioned in the 1980’s and now reclaimed by Mother Nature, think – and we quote –  “a lush and dense forest has grown in its two outside basins while a freshwater pond with waterfowl”…  Another of  the great NYC H2O’s  explorations of our city’s natural landscapes.  Free.  For more, directions and to reserve a place…   ((And consider a Sunday return for a  10am-12:30 volunteer session removing invasive plants!!)

Wednesday, August 15th:  Opening of the NYC Ferry Stop at 90th Street

The East River Esplanade at 90th Street

Connecting us (and the Stuyvesant Cove, opening the same day) to points north and south.  Stay tuned for the schedule to be published:   https://www.ferry.nyc/routes-and-schedules/route/east-river.

Wednesday, August 22nd  Archipelago New York Evening Cruise

Pier 93, Hudson River at 43rd Street, 6:30pm

From 2012 to 2016, photographer and filmmaker Thomas Halaczinsky retraced the 1614 route of Adriaen Block, the first European to sail and map the archipelago of New York, exploring the magical and mysterious island world that stretches from the harbor to the eastern tip of Long Island.  Now, courtesy of Open House, we can tour a choice bit of Mr. Halaczinsky’s journey and with man himself!!  $30-75.  For more and tickets… 

The week in miscellany, commencing with a citizen science opportunity:

For those among you with outdoor pools – be they in NYC or at your NYS weekend places – the DEC’s initiated an August survey/census of the horribly invasive long-horned beetle (when the bad bug at its most active)!!

Should  you oppose the Bayer-Monsanto merger with its adverse effect on pollinators

Or supporting  the rights of Nature on our own Mother Earth

Refocusing local:

Stunning that NYC dirt – once one’s dug down – is incredibly fertile and being put to good use… 

And our preference(s) for women to be immortalized with NYC statuary are

Yet another unlikely NYC woodland plant…  The Indian pipe!! 

Yet another UES block likely coming down

Where the great Tallulah Bankhead once lived among us

As always, animals:

And the bird of the week is:

 

  The Gray Catbird

And the Mother Bird of the Century

Latest from the Hudson River Almanac:

7/22 – Queens, New York City: We went seining today at Fort Totten-Little Bay Park in northeast Queens. The morning tide was fully high. Our catch featured young-of-year fishes, including striped bass (some as small as 25 mm), bluefish, winter flounder, northern kingfish, and spot, a small saltwater drum. The most common fish in the net was Atlantic Silverside (Menidia menidia), far too many to count, ranging in size from young-of-year (20 mm) to adult (120 mm). The salty water was 27.0 ppt and the water temperature was 70 degrees F. – Peter Park, Andrew Wu

 A Bluefish

7/24 – Yonkers, HRM 18: Students from the Westhab Community Group program (ages 6-15) went seining this afternoon at the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak. Despite the tide being low and the inshore shallows being muddy, we managed to haul our seine with spectacular results! The highlight, in addition to American eels, Atlantic silverside, hogchokers, mummichogs, large white perch, and 109 moon jellyfish, was a lion’s mane jellyfish. – Gabrielle Carmine, Shreeda Segan, Michael Treus, Vanessa Vazquez, Tiny Crenshaw

       A Lion’s Mane                Jellyfish

[The lion’s mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata), the largest known species of jellyfish in the world, is quite uncommon in the estuary. They use their stinging tentacles to capture prey such as fish and smaller jellyfish. The tentacles of larger lion’s mane jellyfish can reach 100-feet in length and they can attain a bell diameter of over six-feet, although most are far smaller. Exactly ten years ago (July 2008) swarms of lion’s mane jellyfish were reported in the Hudson River off Manhattan’s west side. Tom Lake]

7/26 – Manhattan, HRM 1: We returned to our research sampling gear in Hudson River Park at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilacat Pier 25 to see what had collected overnight. This was baby oyster toadfish season – we’ve been getting dozens in the traps – so, we were not surprised to find three young-of-year, all about 20 mm in length.  Alyssa De Falco, Michelle Wu, Siddhartha Hayes

       That Baby  Oyster Toadfish    

Green in our briefness,

UGS

 

 

 

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