Happy World Conservation Week and World Rhino Day, UESiders! 

Shall we say there’s a lot going on in our little corner of the world…

With that, we give you the 7 days ahead:

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 23rd, 24th & 25th:  8th Annual NYC Yarn Crawl

Manhattan & Brooklyn

You can be one of the several thousand yarnistas – as in knitters, weavers, crocheters and yarn spinners – will be moving from one choice yarn shop to another and cleaning up with giveaways, treats and discounts at each stop!  There’s a scavenger hunt, too!!  (Don’t miss our own superlative Annie & Company!)   For full details

Saturday, September 24th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Gajeski, Green Pastures and Sikking Farms!

Yes, Andrei remains in charge at the manager’s table till the newly married Guramrit returns. 

Look for our Master Knife Sharpener to be at her table, too!!  (She arrives around 11am.)

Tomatoes and corn are still with us!! 

Valley Shepherd’s mozzarella is outstanding!!  

Last 4 weeks’ recycling totals:  158 lbs. batteries; 52 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 6 pairs of eye glasses; 36 compost bins; 210 bags of clothes.

9 steady bins a summer week!  Amazing!!

Saturday, September 24th:  East 84th Street Oktoberfest

84th Street between First & Second,  11 am to dusk
Bratwurst and potato pancakes (and more) from the hallowed Schaller & Weber … The Oompah Band (complete with lederhosen) … Great vendors …The best used books table in town … And treats from Italianissimo for those requiring a little mozzarella to cut through the sauerkraut.   A lovely UES tradition!!

Saturday, September 24th:  Get Hooked!  – Kids Fishing Event

Randall’s Island just south of the 103rd Street Bridge, 11am-2pm

A great catch and release experience for young ‘uns 7 and up with all angling equipment provided.  There’ll be games and arts and crafts, too!  Free!  For more… 

Saturday, September 24th:  Shred-A-Thon – Hello, Fall Edition

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

You know the drill:  You bring the paper and the giant shredder truck turns it into microbits while you watch!

Just remember:

NO cardboard or plastic handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are okay.)

(Take those hardcovers over to Goodwill.)

Thanks you Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for their many years of generous grants and Assembly Member Seawright for sponsoring the event!)

Sunday, September 25th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Street, 9am-4pm

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

At their tables will be American Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery and Bread Alone, Ole Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Norwich Meadows, Stannart and the Angel Family Farms!

Ever tried Bread Alone’s incredible multi-grain bread?  

Last 4 weeks’ recycling totals:  TBA.

Saturday, September 24th:  Smithsonian Museum Day 

Museums throughout the City, State and Nation

All offering free admission for two persons!  Participating are 4 on our own Upper East Side, including the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Gardens at 421 East 61st Street!  For more

Sunday, September 25th:  NYC Safe Disposal Event

Union Square North south of 17th between Park & Broadway, 10am-4pm

(Cars enter at Park Avenue & 18th Street) 

Accepted will be:

  • Automotive products such as motor oil, transmission fluid, and spent batteries
  • Personal care items like unwanted medicines or cosmetics
  • Thermometers
  • Syringes (clearly labeled and packaged in a “sharps” container or other leak proof, puncture-resistant container)
  • Household products such as pesticides, paint, hazardous cleaners, spent compact fluorescent lightbulbs
  • Electronics

Yes, they’re taking out-of-date/unwanted/unneeded prescriptions!!  For complete details

Sunday, September 25th:  Lower East Side Pickle Day

Orchard Street between Houston and Delancey Street, 12-5pm

And we quote, “And we quote, “The Largest Pickle Party on the East Coast Returns to NYC!”  Featuring 20-plus picklers, 30-plus local restaurants, giant games, music, the one and only Pickle Man…  Wow!! (There’re pickle parties elsewhere?!)   For more

Thursday, September 29th:  Introduction to NYC Zero Waste Plan

Einhorn Auditorium, 131 East 76th Street between Park & Lexington, 6:30pm

Founder of We Hate to Waste and UES waste savante Jacquelin Ottman will be shedding light on Zero Waste, the important role for community-based re-use and what the Solid Waste Advisory Board’s (they advise our Borough President) been up to of late.  Free!

On the horizon:

Sunday, October 23rd:  It’s My Park Day 96th Street Style 

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

Think planter bed prep and the installation of multitudinous daffodil, tulip, crocus and muscari bulbs!! Tools, abundant refreshments, great company and gorgeous river views provided!!   Be there, folks!!

Sunday, October 23rd:  It’s My Park Day Bulbapalooza

The Green Park Garden, East River Esplanade at 62nd Street, 2:30-5pm

You bet!  It’s My Park Day the length and breadth of the Upper East Side…  And what could be better than getting down and dirty planting bulbs that’ll be next spring’s beauty?!  To RSVP:  greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com

On the miscellany front, outrageous at the top:

So what’re the – so called – U.S. Wildlife Services up to

Looking like GE’s Hudson River clean-up isn’t so clean…  This as the company relocates to Boston!

Really!  Siberians are unearthing mammoth tusks and floating them on the illegal ivory market!! 

REALLY!  “Art dealers” on our own East 57th Street have just been indicted for elephant ivory dealing to the tune of $4.5M!!

Calm descending:

Anyone thinking progress on our East River Esplanade could be more brisk, we refer you to the odyssey of Brooklyn Bridge Park…  (Marvelous park-centric books noted as well!)

Let’s cross fingers the envisioned Zoned Waste Collection System for private carting comes to pass and is brilliantly implemented!!  

The odd-ball origin of the FDA and our food standards – such as they are – is

In the interest of UESiders being best informed, herewith the strange journey of once acclaimed bee scientist

But then there’re the results of Minnesota’s bee research and their ahead-of-the-curve policy…  

As if we needed more, there’s further evidence that soda taxes reduce soda drinking!

But then:

And the best – best for birds, bees, butterflies and humankind – native plants for our city are

NASA’s list of best air-cleansing house plants

Where leaves are turning in NYState

For those who’ve seen the Geico gekko and his tiny NY apartment…  Spacious in comparison to this young man’s digs… 

For those who missed the amazing opening of the Nomad Games

For those who’ve traveled upstate by train and wondered about the gothic fortress – once a munitions factory, now a crumbling ruin – on that Hudson River island…  Here’s the lowdown and a closer look at Bannerman’s Island and Castle!

Count the zillion ways kids around the globe get to school

For meditative residents of the lower Upper East Side, there’s a new Zen Buddhist outpost on 63rd and Third!

Who but Atlas Obscura would have compiled the list of America’s largest roadside attractions!

Her June record holds!!  Twelve-year old Amelia Whelan and the 36 1/2 inch, 29 pound 14 ounce Fresh Water Drum (it’s a fish) she caught!!! 

As for the finned, feathered and furry:

Kudos to the nth power to New York Audubon’s winning the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation’s prestigious (and hefty) Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Grant!!  (They and scores of volunteers will be deploying those funds on 22 needy acres of Jamaica Bay.) 

Prepare yourself for the happiest ending for a tiny chick… 

Same for an even tinier baby bat

Yes, there a bird that can (and does) sleep while flying!!

Still more goats deployed to combat invasive species!

The biggest cat in Manhattan??!!  (Let’s hope so!)

Shark facts “to sink your teeth into”

Not totally applicable to the UES, but here’re some tips on city canine etiquette

Always good to sign off with a snippet from the Hudson River Almanac:

8/27 – New York Bight:  NYSDEC and The Riverhead Foundation are interested in knowing whether you’ve seen a wayward manatee in New York waters.  There was a confirmed sighting of a manatee at a beach in Hyannis, Massachusetts.  Although this is rare, it does occasionally happen and in past animals have made their way through the Long Island Sound as part of their journey.  Sightings can be reported to The Riverhead Foundation’s 24-hour Hotline:  631-369-9829. – Carol DiPaolo.,  

(In late July 2006, a Florida manatee (Trichehus manatus latirostris) that had been making its way up the coast with sightings in Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey, entered the lower Hudson estuary.  It was first spotted off the west side of Manhattan and estimated to be 10-feet long with barnacles on its dorsal surface.  The manatee was later sighted upriver at Kingsland Point, river mile 28.  Peter Folkens, in his “Guide to the Marine Mammals of the World”, explains that the Florida manatee “…inhabits the coast, estuaries, and the major rivers of Florida year round.  During warmer months they may range along the Atlantic Coast as far north as Rhode Island…”  They can grow up to 12 feet long and weigh 3,000 pounds. – Tom Lake)

We’ll all be extra green in the shredding truck line,

UGS

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Happy National Guacamole Day, UESiders!!

Yup, we’re back and hitting the ground running…

So, get ready for the week ahead: 

Now to Saturday, November 19th:  On Time – In Search of Precision

The Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm 

For those who never experienced the gem-like Grolier Club and it’s mind-boggling assemblages of books drawn from primo collections worldwide (as well as it’s own eextraordinary collection), this exhibition is a great entree…  Think six centuries of vividly illustrated volumes in which we humans contemplated the nature of time and struggled to measure it ever more finitely melded with actual, historical clocks and timepieces!   Free.  For more (there are lectures)

Friday, September 16th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-8:30pm 

Starmaster John Pazmino’s subject this time out:  How stars move in the sky…  Through space!   Free and fascinating!

Saturday, September 16th:   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 Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Gajeski, Green Pastures and Sikking Farms!

Look for the great Andrei at the manager’s table while Guramrit’s off tying the knot and honeymooning! 

The Master Knife Sharpener will be with us as well!!  (Look for her around 11am.)

Go for those tomatoes and that corn! 

(We’ve been missing Mother Hubbert’s chocolate milk…)  

Last 3 weeks’ recycling totals: TBA

Sunday, September 18th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Street, 9am-4pm

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

With us will be American Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery and Bread Alone, Ole Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Norwich Meadows, Stannart and the Angel Family Farms!

One more time…  Tomatoes! Corn!  Squash!  Broccoli!  Apples!!

And introduce yourself to new Market Manager Emily who’ll be featuring tomatoes (!) in this week’s demo!!  

Last 3 weeks’ recycling totals:  TBA

And then:

Saturday, September 24th:  Shred-A-Thon – Hello, Fall Edition

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

You know how it works:  You bring the paper and the giant shredder truck turns it into microbits while you watch!  Just keep in mind:

NO cardboard or plastic handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are okay.)

(Take those hardcovers over to Goodwill.)

Thanks you Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for your many years of grants and Assembly Member Seawright for sponsoring this event!)

Saturday, September 24th:  Smithsonian Museum Day 

Museums throughout the City, State and Nation

All offering free admission for two persons!  Participating are 4 on our own Upper East Side, including the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Gardens at 421 East 61st Street!  For more… 

Sunday, September 25th:  NYC Safe Disposal Event

Union Square North south of 17th between Park & Broadway, 10am-4pm

(Cars enter at Park Avenue & 18th Street) 

Accepted will be:

  • Automotive products such as motor oil, transmission fluid, and spent batteries
  • Personal care items like unwanted medicines or cosmetics
  • Thermometers
  • Syringes (clearly labeled and packaged in a “sharps” container or other leak proof, puncture-resistant container)
  • Household products such as pesticides, paint, hazardous cleaners, spent compact fluorescent lightbulbs
  • Electronics

Yes, they’re taking out-of-date/unwanted/unneeded prescriptions!!  For complete details

Looking ahead:

Wednesday, October 5:  KYTV (Kill Your TV) Reading Group Meeting

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

Kill Your TV’s dedicated readers celebrates its 18 years of existence with a discussion of Victor Hugo’s “Notre Dame de Paris”!  (Listeners welcome, too!)

Thursday, October 13th:  Architectural Photography & Social Media for Preservation Campaigns

Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street, 6pm

Learn how the pros build campaigns – deploying social media and more – that build constituencies and activism and preserve meaningful buildings and neighborhoods!  Instructors: Lynn Massimo & Cristiana Peña.  $15 (but scholarship available).  To register

Thursday, October 13th to Saturday, October 15th:  The Margaret Meade Film Festival

Museum of Natural History, 77th Street & Central Park West

Fifty-plus docs exploring the length and breadth of human experience on Planet Earth.   A variety of ticket packages available.  For films, schedule, tickets and more

Sunday, October 23rd:  It’s My Park Day 96th Street Style 

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

Think planter bed prep and the installation of multitudinous daffodil, tulip, crocus and muscari bulbs!! Tools, abundant refreshments, great company and gorgeous river views provided!!   Come one, come all!!

Sunday, October 23rd:  It’s My Park Day Bulbapalooza

The Green Park Garden, East River Esplanade at 62nd Street, 2:30-5pm

Yup!  It’s My Park Day up and down the Upper East Side…  And what could be better than getting down and dirty planting bulbs that’ll be next spring’s beauty?!  To RSVP:  greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com

On to miscellany, actionable items up first:

Think McDonald’s should terminate antibiotics in its burgers… 

Or that regs on tailpipe pollution should not only be maintain but increased

Then a few outrages:

Yes, fracking waste water’s being dumped NYS landfills and used to de-ice our roads!  Should you object… 

Not great looking enough for our Esplanade, but this is what the West Side gets on their waterfront…  While we get an MTS…

Are we not tired of NYC implementation without complete thought?  Case and point:  Kiosks!

Moving on to some science:

So, yes, where does the heat generated by global warming/climate change go?

Seems researchers have not only developed recyclable flexible packing material (think bags for products like granola and nuts), but also a one-step process that turns polycarbonates (as in LED screens, eyeglass lenses, etc.) into plastic suitable for use in medical equipment, water purification and more!  So says, Recycling Today!

Then on the upswing:

NYState DEC now has a pesticide product info site!  (Including items like bathroom cleaners, disinfectants and many more!)  

Only too possible to be munching Greenmarket summer produce all winter by way of a NY Botanical Garden canning course!!   

We like the title of this article:  “Rural America’s New Cash Crop:  Renewable Energy”!

For those who didn’t catch the delightful NPR RadioLab piece on the wonder of a forest

This week NYC Parks are featuring urban hiking opportunities!!

Meanwhile, the NYState Hike of the Month is the Hudson River Ramble

No kidding!  Not easy getting a titanosaur into a museum!!

So what are folks illegally mining in NYState?  (Worse still was backfilling with landfill!)

Animals, of course:

Stay up to date on 2016 Monarch butterfly migration!

Needless to say, birds are heading south, too!

Don’t we all want save adorable puffin winter habitat

Indeed, cats loom…  Well, not exactly large…  But cats are there in a century and more of NYTimes pages! (Thanks to reader Jack Donaghy for the tip!)

Check out the winners in Audubon Magazine‘s 2016 photo contest… 

Kudos and more to the rescuers who saved 92 oil-covered penguins!

Was anyone ever made happier by a furry birthday gift…?

Ever greener,

UGS

 

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Happy Olympics and – much closer to home – Second Annual U.S. National Drone Race Championship, UESiders!

Yes, this weekend the air over Governor’s Island will thick with the pesky little things… 150 selected from the 1,000 who applied with some whizzing at speeds up to 60 mph and all, hopefully, drug/doping free!! 

A fitting prelude to the pretty fun-filled 7 days ahead: 

Friday, August 5th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-8:30pm 

Starmaster John Pazmino’s subject this time out:  Meteor showers and the Perseids!!   Free, fun and totally interesting!

Saturdays, August 6th, 13th & 20th:  2016 Summer Streets!

Central Park & 72nd Street to the Brooklyn Bridge, 7am-1pm

Car-free and packed with a ton of truly fun activities – zip line, anyone? – for 6.7 miles!  One of the great NYC summer happenings!!  Some of our farmers are getting in early so they can head over to Park Ave for taste! Scroll down for the map…  

Saturday, August 6th:  “It’s Kitten Season” Adoption Event

Urban Outfitters Across the City

Another chance for feline-loving New Yorkers to give that kitten or cat they’ve be wanting a forever home! Organized by BestFriends.  Free.   For locations, times and adoption requirements

Saturday, August 6th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

At their full-to-overflowing tables will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Gajeski, Green Pastures and Sikking Farms!

Field Tomato Alert:  They’re on our farmers’ tables in abundance and deliciousness!!  

Flower Arranging Alert:  Acquire tips from the Sikking experts!!

Happy to say the Master Knife Sharpener will be returning to her accustomed place!  (Appearing around 11am.)

Market Manager Guramrit’s back with us, too!

And…  AND wonderful Andrea Wright returns with more lovely Greenmarket music!! 

Last week’s recycling totals: 98 lbs. batteries; 22 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair of eye glasses; 8 compost bins; 60 bags of clothes.

Another 8 bin midsummer week!  Amazing!!

Sunday, August 7th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Street, 9am-4pm

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

With us will be American Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery and Bread Alone, Ole Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Norwich Meadows, Stannart and the Angel Family Farms!

Double Field Tomato Alert:  Our Market Tables Runneth Over With Real, Locally Grown Tomato-ness! (Manager Ryan will be featuring them in this Sunday’s demo!) 

Last week’s recycling totals:  15 lbs. batteries; 2 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 compost bins!

Yet another 2 bin week!!

Sundays, August 7th:   Summer Sizzle II on Pier 90!

The East River Esplanade at 90th Street, 10am-2pm

NO RAIN THIS SUNDAY!!  Just more music from the great Grupo Guateca!!  More fabulous refreshments from the generous folks of COFFEED!  More of the 80-degree weather and breezes that makes spending minutes or hours on a Pier 90 bench golden time!  Pat yourself on the back, UESiders!  You’ve made more of these Sundays happen through Labor Day!!  Totally free!!

Sunday, August 7th:  “Star Wars” Marathon

King’s Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, Doors Opening at 1pm

Fasten your spaceship belts for end-to-end “A New Hope”, “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” and in the magnificently restored King’s Theatre!  $55-$70.  For tickets

Tuesday, August 9th: Silent Cinema Classic “The Man Who Laughs” Screening 

Rooftop, Czech Center, 321 East 73rd Street, 7pm for pre-film cocktails, sunset for the film

Sure, there’s the cocktails, good company and fab rooftop location…  But this week there’s even more on offer…  In the form of live musical accompaniment’s by Red Hot Chili Pepper drummer Marco Refosco!!    Suggested attire:  Masks, capes and Dracula teeth!!  Czech Film Club Members, $15. Non-members via Event-Brite, $20. At the door, $25.  For more and tickets

And then:

Thursday, August 11th:  Cool – Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned City 

New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, 6:30pm

Where inside wasn’t it air-conditioned during last week’s heat wave?  Necessary to city life as it’s become, those zillions of kilowatts and fossil fuels it takes to provide the power aren’t without more than dollar cost… And might their be alternatives?  Atlantic Magazine “Brave Thinker” Stan Cox has some ideas!  Organized by the Museum of the City of New York.  Free but you have to register… 

Sunday, August 13th:  Fifth Annual Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count

Banks of the Hudson from NYC to Albany, All Day

Of course, naturalists will be leading the count, assisted by any number of green organizations, but the rest of us are more than welcome to lend a hand, too…  Citizen science is the best, people!!  For full details

Tuesday, August 16th:  Astronomy Live – Constellations of the Zodiac

Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 77th Street, 7pm

Folks of the ancient world looked up at the sky and confected some of the best stories ever!  Even if you if you know them, Irene Pease and Lydia Maria Petrosino will be making them new as the constellations/signs of the zodiac play overhead!  Members, $12.  Non-members, $15.  Non-member seniors, $13.50.  For more (more great programs, too) and tickets… 

Fast approaching:

Wednesday, August 31st:  Navigating New York’s Busy Ocean Panel Discussion

4-D Theater at the Central Park Zoo, Fifth Avenue at 64th Street, Reception at 6pm, Panel 7-8:30pm

No question but whales are frequenting our harbor and in ever greater numbers…  Sufficiently so that the issue of whale/ship collision is now well on the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s radar!   Thus, this panel…  With the DEC even serving up refreshments to attendees!  Free but you must reserve a place

On to miscellany:

Time was when collecting plastic bottles and soft drink cans was how our most unfortunate made a few dollars a day.  Now, scavenging the city’s most valuable recyclables is a big and highly organized business…  Illustrated by the fellow at 65th and First observed as he iphoned that he and his ten, humungous, full-to-bursting bags of cans were ready for pick up!

The City’s recycling stats are enlightening 

Meanwhile, NYC’s now signed an “order on consent” to upgrade it’s water treatment facilities

Citizen Science Opportunity Alert:  NYS’s looking for folks with pools to assist in an (invasive) longhorn beetle survey

Yet another luxury high rise’s going up on the UES

Let’s cross fingers this Keith Haring mural‘s saved…

How gorgeous even our most humble public structures once were…  Even those that dealt with our waste. Witness the once London Sewage Pumping Station...  Now a museum!  (Take a good, long look, NYC Department of “Design” & Construction!)

Impressive what’s been going on at UES’s own Mount Vernon Hotel Museum this summer!

There’re actually 10 relics of the Erie Canal remaining in NYC!

Not absolutely perfect, but one of the better waste bin installations around:

bin

(Thanks to reader Rita Donaghy for the tip!)

Couldn’t get up to the Botanical Garden for the Corpse Flower’s blooming?  There’s a time lapse record of the event ! (With Chicago’s Corpse Flower added in for good measure!)

Still on the subject of flowers:  Incredible Ukranian flower crowns!  (FYI, the Ukranian Museum on East 8th Street is first rate!)

And always animals:

Aw, seems like humpback whales have taken to saving other fish from dread orcas!

Five facts about ladybugs

Birds with superpowers

Last thing an extreme marathoner – what they rightfully call individuals running a 155-mile course mid-summer in the Gobi desert – thought he’d come home with was

For the latest on this year’s monarch butterfly migration

Essential that we know the difference between cicadas and katydids:

  • Crickets and katydids both “sing” by rubbing their forewings together quickly, while cicadas “sing” by compressing and vibrating their entire body – making cicadas easily the loudest in the summer insect choir!
  • Hear that? Crickets produce a relatively pure, low frequency that’s easy on the human ear – cicadas and katydids, on the other hand, “sing” at higher, less pure, and often more irritating frequencies!
  • If it’s nighttime, it’s not a cicada – cicadas call during the daytime and dusk. When the sun’s down, it’s time for the katydids and crickets to shine.
  • When we say cicadas are loud…cicada song has been measured at up to 100 decibels – roughly equivalent to a jackhammer!

The Bird of the Week is Brazilian:

Kaempfers Woodpecker

Kaempfers Woodpecker

And the best overall wildlife photo of the week:

Mr. Fox

Some Hudson River Almanac to tide you over while we’re away:

5/11 – Kowawese: The day was warm, the sky was blue, and the tide was perfect on the beach. All of that made the modest catch of our seine secondary. To the teachers, the spottail shiners, golden shiners, tessellated darters, and banded killifish, seemed ordinary. But through the eyes of the 105 fifth-graders from Lakeview Elementary in Mahopac, many of whom had never been to the river before, they were magic. Following a half-dozen hauls of the net, and the subsequent investigation of 50 fish by the students, we topped off the day with an eel race. – Penny Wieser, Tom McDowell, Tom Lake and T.R. Jackson

[The eel race is held on a beach, preferably with a gentle slope to the water. Five-gallon buckets, a quarter-full of water, are lined up a short distance apart, parallel to and about ten feet from the water’s edge. An American eel (trained “racing eel”) is placed in each. A group of eager elementary school students are assigned to each entry. Competing groups can be boys/girls, teachers/students, blue eyes/brown eyes, earth signs/sun signs, or any other meaningful assemblage. The eels are given honorary names like Eelie, Slimy, Snakey, or Fred, which makes cheering much easier. At the chosen moment the buckets are slowly tipped over. The length of the race is a product of factors such as distance to travel, gradient of the beach, how well we watered the “race track,” wind velocity, barometric pressure, enthusiasm of the cheering fans, and the individual eel’s competitive nature. With luck, and about ten seconds, there is a winner. Today’s eels were named “Bull” and “Dog” (Lakeview mascot is the Bulldog). Both eels had a slow start, unsure which way to the river. Eventually, however, amidst the loud cheers of his fans, “Bull” slithered first into the swash. – Tom Lake.]

Until September (and it’ll be green, we’re totally sure),

UGS

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Happy National Coloring Book Day, UEsiders!

A most inclusive celebration…  Honoring coloring books for kids, adults and teenagers!!

(For real, people.)

Better still, it’s World Tiger Day!!   (So why don’t we help them out?!)

On to week ahead:

Saturday, July 30th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Gajeski, Green Pastures and Sikking Farms!

But NO Master Knife Sharpener this Saturday.  (She’ll be back next week.)

Do stop by the market manager’s table and say “hi” to last year’s manager (and poet and novelist) Andrei who’ll be demo-ing something special involving duck… 

(Just so it’s firmly imbedded in all our brains, among Hudson Valley’s duck products on offer are: Ducks raw and ready-to-eat/cooked, smoked duck breast, duck proscuitto and duck leg confit!”) 

Look for melons…

Hey and assemble your own bouquet with Sikking’s gorgeous blooms!

Last week’s recycling totals: 121 lbs. batteries; 17 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair of eye glasses; 8 compost bins; 55 bags of clothes.

Another 8 bin midsummer week!  Wow!!

Saturday, July 30th & Sunday, July 31st:  “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Goes On Sale

Logos Bookstore, 1575 York Avenue, 11:30pm-2am

The store opens at 11:30…  The buying commences as the clock chimes 12:01 and continues to 2!  A great local bookstore event!  Happy reading, Potter fans!!

Sunday, July 31st:  92nd Street Greenmarket

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Street, 9am-4pm

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

At their tables will be American Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery and Bread Alone, Ole Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Norwich Meadows, Stannart and the Angel Family Farms!

One more time:  Melon alert!

And tea drinker alert:  Check out Angel Family’s lovely bouquets of camomile!

Last week’s recycling totals:  9 lbs. batteries; 2 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 compost bins!

Yet another 2 bin week!!

Sunday, July 31st:   Summer Sizzle II on Pier 90!

The East River Esplanade at 90th Street, 10am-2pm

More music from the great Grupo Guateca!!  More fabulous refreshments from generous folks of COFFEED!  Last week, folks lingered, chatting under the canopy or sat looking out at the river for hours!  Pure UES pleasure! Totally free!

Tuesday, August 2nd:  A Night Out Against Crime 

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

Come, get to know and show your support for the great people of Precinct 19!  And while you’re getting acquainted enjoy the music (French Cookin’ Blues Band), face painting, board games, arts and crafts and refreshments courtesy of the Butterfield Market, Maz Mescal, Gotham Pizza and an (can’t not have one!) ice cream truck!!  Need we say family friendly?  Organized by the East 86th Street Association.  And free!

Tuesday, August 2nd: Silent Cinema Classic “Phantom of the Opera” Screeening 

Rooftop, Czech Center, 321 East 73rd Street, 7pm for pre-film cocktails, sunset for the film

Always a treat to take in a film on the Center’s lovely roof!  This time out, live musical accompaniment’s provided by Daniel Pearson and Peter Yarin and the dress code’s BLOOD RED!!  Czech Film Club Members, $15. Non-members via Event-Brite, $20. At the door, $25.  For more

Wednesdays August 3rd, 10th  & 17th :  Uptown Bounce!

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue & Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, 6-9pm

Yes, as the museums says, think 4 great block parties featuring roller skating, hula hoopers, waacking dance moves, a tribute to Prince and way more…  That MORE including freedom to roam both museums’ marvelous exhibitions. Free but advance registration required…   (You’ll not want to miss legendary illustrator Antonio Lopez’s show!)

On the horizon:

Saturdays, August 6th, 13th & 20th:  2016 Summer Streets!

Central Park & 72nd Street to the Brooklyn Bridge, 7am-1pm

Car-free and packed with great activities – the zip line returns! – for 6.7 miles!  One of the great NYC summer happenings!!  Scroll down for the map…  

Sunday, August 7th: My First Friend, My Enemy – The Hamilton-Burr Duel

New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street, 1pm & 3pm

And we quote:  “Watch as actors read the escalating letters the two men fired off to each other in the weeks leading up to their fateful meeting, followed by a recreation of the notorious duel itself.  (Recommended for ages 8 and up.)  Free with Society admission.  For more and tickets

Ever so miscellaneous, beginning with:

Employment Opportunity!  You’re a tech professional?  You’d like to work for NYC?   Be at the Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South on Monday, August 1st, 10am-6pm with resume in hand!!  For more and tips

Moving on:

Stating what’s been obvious for weeks:  The MTA now admits Second Avenue Subway construction’s significantly behind schedule.

So Waste Management – so deeply entangled in NYC’s waste management – has been accused by yet another state – Delaware – agency for committing recycling violations!!

Gigantic YIKES!!  New York is one of 16 states that has yet to submit its plan to reduce ozone pollution!!

Should you think there should be stronger protection of clean water from mine pollutants

The fate of an island – make that islands – off America’s Atlantic shore

Or like to help NYC Parks by participating in their survey… 

Meanwhile, the Hudson River PCB clean-up is far from complete with people – some knowing, some not – fishing and eating their catch…  (Thanks G.E.)

Congrats to East End Avenuers who – in the face of blocks of new construction – are organizing their own task force! 

An even deeper doff of the hat to great New Yorker (and inspiration to the ever expanding universe of East River Esplanade Friends) Elizabeth McQueen whose advocacy’s restored Long Island City’s Queensbridge Park.

Whoa!  Wal-Mart – assisted by no less than the Environmental Defense Fund –  is now requesting suppliers remove 8 chemicals from their products.

Here’s really hoping the Olympics isn’t a debacle…  But, for the moment, authorities are poisoning Rio’s street cats!

Farewell to the VHS!  Its day has passed…  

How best – energy and otherwise – to organize your fridge

Just how hot is it on NYC’s subway platforms…?

The science behind the famous Corpse Flower!!

Pretty fantastic that the Waldorf’s kept an archive – and had an archivist on staff! – over the many years of its existence!  May it not be lost!!  

Perfect for this weather:  The world’s first underwater museum!!  (Only problem is that it’s located off the coast of the Canary Islands!)

Time for some upbeat animals:

Yes, there’s real, actual, scientifically verified human/bird communication/cooperation!

Maybe making volunteering for the NYS DEC’s summer wild turkey survey all the more attractive!!

100-year old lobster saved by a chef…?!  (110-years old in some articles!)

For sure, many, many more whales are frequenting our New York Harbor…

Remember that adorable orphaned baby koala?  (He’s doing really well!)

And the world’s cutest rabbit?  (He’s now got an equally cute girlfriend!)

Then there’re outrageously cute baby piping plovers… 

(And here’s what to do should you come across any plover families:

  • Leave no trace. Remove all trash and recycle whenever possible.
  • Disposing of fishing lines properly. 
  • Keep dogs on leashes and obey local laws regarding dogs.
  • Respect protected areas and signs.) 

Add in little Tumbleweed the squirrel

(One more time, in service of baby exotic animals,tigers and more, the USDA’s proposed Animal Welfare Act!)

(Whale sharks could use some help as well…)  

(But no less than zombie-fest masterpiece “Walking Dead” has chosen to use an animatronics/CGI confection in lieu of a real tiger on set!) 

Always great to close with a bit of Hudson River Almanac enlightenment:

7/13 – Manhattan, HRM 1: When we checked our sampling gear at the River Project’s station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25 we discovered a male blue crab (100 mm point-to-point) that had moulted in one of the pots. Our killfish traps had four fish, a female seahorse (85 mm), a winter flounder (55 mm), an oyster toadfish 65 mm), and a black sea bass 110 mm). – Jacqueline Wu

Blue Crab

Blue Crab

[Blue crabs, as crustaceans, have an exoskeleton that they must shed periodically in order to grow. A shed exoskeleton, or moult, is an exact replica of the crab except that when you open the carapace, you see that no one’s home! The “new” crab is now a softshell crab, noticeably larger, waiting for its new shell to harden, a process that can take up to 24 hours depending on water temperature. – Tom Lake.]

Ever so green,

UGS

 

 

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A Move-Me-Ever-Closer-To-The-Air-Conditioner, Hottest June on Record, UESiders!

The latest capstone of the on-going 14-month global heat wave… 

NYC’s on a roll with Air Quality Advisories as well!  

You will take care of yourself in this crazy weather, yes?  Keep yourself, family and friends cool and hydrated? Same for pets? Even head for a City Cooling Center, if need be?

(Be nice if the NYC Cooling Center locator page worked, but “Our Town” has a partial list)

Really, take good care!!

It’s also National Cephalopod Week:

Now:  Corpse Flower in Bloom!

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx

And we quote, “For the first time in nearly 80 years, one of the largest and most iconic flowers on earth—the titan-arum—makes a rare public appearance at The New York Botanical Garden for a fleeting spectacle of size, color, and odor unlike any other in the plant kingdom”…  Wow, huh?!  We don’t want to miss it!!  For complete details

Friday, July 22nd to Tuesday, August 2nd:  Classics of French Tough Guy Cinema

Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street

More than a dozen of the films that inspired next-generation movie-making around the world!  (Love that black-and-white!)  For the schedule

Saturday, July 23rd:   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 Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Gajeski, Green Pastures and Sikking Farms!

Ballard’s Honey is taking the week off, but…

There’ll be a newby added to our market mix!  Market Manager Supremo Margaret says, “Welcome Hudson Valley Duck!  They’ll have duck that’s both raw and cooked, ready-to-eat duck products perfect for picnics or a delicious no-cook hot summer night dinners like smoked duck breast, duck proscuitto and duck leg confit!” 

AND there’ll be music this Saturday, too!! 

Yes, the Master Knife Sharpener will to be on hand as well!  (Arriving in the vicinity of 11am.)

Got to get there early if you want to score Green Pasture’s mushrooms and Samascott berries!

Last week’s recycling totals: 112 lbs. batteries; 26 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 8 compost bins; 41 bags of clothes.

Saturday, July 23rd:  Electronics Recycling at Tekserve

119 West 23rd Street between Sixth & Seventh Avenues,  10am-4pm

There couldn’t be a more graceful exit as Tekserve prepares to close its doors!  For what the tech they’ll be taking…  And be sure to thank them for being one great NYC tech recycling pioneer!

Saturdays/Sundays till July 31st:  “What Are You Made Of?” Particpatory Science Project

Sackler Educational Laboratory, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 77th Street, 12-5:45pm

And we quote, “Join a groundbreaking new project to help scientists understand how microbes contribute to human health!  To learn more about these beneficial microbes, the American Museum of Natural History is teaming up with researchers from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health for a first-of-its-kind study.”  We did it, took about 10 minutes and feels great to have pushed science forward a micro-step!  Just stop by the Sackler Laboratory and donate a swab of your hands, mouth and nostrils!”  Got to be 18 and, need we say, everything handled anonymously.  For full details…  

Sunday, July 24th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Street, 9am-5pm

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

This week featuring Special Guest Market Manager Angela and CORN!  Save yourself for a great corn demo and The Gues-the-Number-of-Kernels-on-the-Cob Contest!  The Prize:  A Greenmarket tote filled with fabulous Greenmarket ingredients! 

And with us will be American Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery and Bread Alone, Ole Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Norwich Meadows, Stannart and the Angel Family Farms!

Last week’s recycling totals:  15 lbs. batteries; 3 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2  compost bins!

Another 2 bin week!!

Sunday, July 24th:   Summer Sizzle on Pier 90!

The East River Esplanade at 90th Street, 10am-2pm

As if the cool breezes and view weren’t enough, this Sunday there’s the fantastic music by Grupo Guateca and equally great refreshments courtesy of the people at COFFEED!  Totally free!

Wednesdays July 27th, August 3rd, 10th  & 17th :  Uptown Bounce!

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue & Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, 6-9pm

Yes, as the museums says, think 4 great block parties featuring roller skating, hula hoopers, waacking dance moves, a tribute to Prince and way more…  That MORE including freedom to roam both museums’ marvelous exhibitions. Free but advance registration required…   (You’ll not want to miss legendary illustrator Antonio Lopez’s show!)

From the miscellany file:

Just a little bite out of our creaky NYS infrastructure, but $200M’s been allocated to repair/replacement of bridges and culverts… 

Could be NYS off-shore wind is becoming more real

They may be of a different type, but NYS now has its own proliferating algal blooms!

FYI, one vision for an upgrade of the Esplanade’s John Finley Walk…   

Meanwhile, contentiousness and lack of information re the – choose one: 81st/82nd/83rd/84th Street – pedestrian bridge over the FDR continues… 

But we don’t have to be totally passive:

If you think Dunkin Donuts should continue its support of Fair Trade Certified coffee farmers

Or that it’s okay to raise the allowable amount of radioactivity in our water

Or that Congress should renew/extend funding for the Land & Water Conservation Fund

Or that NYS should be ever more reliant on renewable/non-nuclear energy

Returning to things close to home:

model of NYC good neighborliness and humanity:  Upper West Side neighbors organized to help residents of an area SRO... 

Look for sculptor Yamumitsu Morito’s “Spirit of New York City” – the urn being symbolic of the NYC melting pot – soon be installed in Carl Schurz Park for summer/fall viewing:

Spirit of New York City

The new subway car design

The saga of a 75-year old New York – though necessarily born here – cheese

Yes, there’s Strand Bookstore test for new hires…  Want to take it?

Bloomingdale’s is now carrying a line of Alexander Hamilton brand clothes!

Two opportunities to put those bits and pieces of leftover yarn to really great use…  #1.  For mariners around the world via the Christmas at Sea Program and #2.  Creating dolls for special needs/disabled children through Feel Better Friends!

If, like us, you’ve always wondered how to fold a fitted sheet

And then:

Best and worst vegan airports

On to animals:

Political differences abound but, of course, Russian firemen acted to save a cat overcome by smoke… 

How/why did turtle/tortoise shells evolve

Then there’re those ancient shell-shrouded creatures whose week this is …  The cephalopods

How animals living in and under water smell…  (Yes, there are fish olfactory experts!)

Animal-lover site “The Dodo” has one conclusion as to why cats like knocking things over (especially if those things are above floor level:  Because they’re cats.  We have another:  They’re citizen scientists studying gravity!

The littlest animal hospital patient ever… 

Six great summer nature book reads… 

And on our own doorstep:

A gang of raccoons is active up in Harlem!

Heat waves make us more steadfastly green, 

UGS

 

 

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Happy Ninth Annual City of Water Day, UESiders!

A ton of wonderful things to be doing on NYC’s 520 miles of waterfront…

(Us?  We’re inclined towards a boat-involved activity… Or heading out to Governor’s Island…  Or maybe doing some cardboard kayaking construction...)

And the festival’s not just confined to New York…  Hoboken’s participating, too!

Meanwhile, there’s the (non-Water Day) Obscura Society tour of shipwrecks along the Coney Island Creek! 

Whatever one does, it’ll be a great July 16th!!

As for the week that follows:

Friday & Saturday, July 15th & 16th:  IDNYC Sign-Up

Webster Library Branch, 1465 York Avenue at 78th Street, 3rd Floor, Friday, 10am-4:30pm, Saturday, 10am-12pm. 

Fantastic for those without usual ID forms, but pretty darned great even if you do given free, one-year memberships in a host of cultural institutions and discounts for services from movies to Citibike!  Go for it, people!!  Event sponsored by Assembly Member Seawright.  To make an appointment or call 311… 

Friday, July 15th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-8:30pm 

Starmaster John Pazmino sheds light on that strange class of asteroids, the Trojans!  Sure, Jupiter, Mars and Neptune have Trojans… And – as has been recently discovered – so does EARTH!   Free and very much fun!

Saturday, July 16th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Gajeski, Green Pastures and Sikking Farms!

Add the Master Knife Sharpener to the mix, too!  (Arriving around 11am.)

And while it will be Water Day elsewhere, it’s total Fresh-from-the-Field Corn Day at our UES markets!!

Don’t miss Samascott’s berries either! 

Last week’s recycling totals: 104 lbs. batteries; 31 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair of eye glasses; 8 compost bins; 37 bags of clothes.

Sunday, July 10th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Street, 9am-5pm

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

Was Council Member Council kohlrabi cold slaw fabulous or what?

(Did we know kohlrabi was related – in some cases distantly but still – cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collard greens and Brussels sprouts?)

As ever, at their tables will be American Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery and Bread Alone, Ole Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Norwich Meadows and Stannart Farms!

And a warm welcome to new-to-92nd Angel Family Farm (from which we last week purchased the biggest beets ever)! 

(Welcome to Phillips Farm’s peaches, too!)

Last week’s recycling totals:  2 lbs. batteries; 2 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2  compost bins!

Sundays, July 17th, 24th & 31st:  The 90th Street Pier Open For Passive Recreation

The East River Esplanade at 90th Street, 10am-2pm

Indulge yourself to the calm and coolness and view.  We want the pier open forever but will only get it if Parks/DOT (and who knows what other city entities claim ownership)  see bodies passively recreating on the Pier!!  (Preparing the way for nailing The Oval and 1190 Second Ave, too!!) 

Thursday, July 21st:  East River Crew Benefit

Merrion Square, 1840 Second Avenue at 94th Street, 7-9pm

For those who’ve had the – we mean it – sublime experience of being out on the East River in one of the Crew’s wonderful boats and want to be – how can you stop yourself –  going again and this time bringing friends…  For those of you who’ve never been and have been promising yourselves that treat…  Give yourself the pleasure of knowing this most green and special pleasure of the UESide’s Esplanade and make sure it continues and expands! Suggested donation, $30.

Out there:

Saturday, August 13th:  10th Annual Great Jazz on the Great Hill

Great Hill, Central Park, 4-7pm

The Great Hill comes alive with the fiery trumpets and smooth saxophones of New York’s hottest jazz ensemble…  So pack up the picnic basket and your dancing shoes for this yearly celebration of jazz, swing, and blues!  Free.  For who’s playing, directions and more

On the miscellany beat:

Not yet thoroughly analyzed,  but as of Wednesday NYC has a new energy code!  (Fingers crossed it leads to the efficiencies and savings it promises!) 

(Considering solar?  Best be acting on that thought soon…)

Major street construction/reconstruction commencing on  86th Street…  

Yes!  It can happen!  Citizens’ will can prevail!!  Case and point:  85-89 Jane Street!! 

Plus the Lowline’s proposal’s been approved!!  (Love those rooftop sunlight collectors!)

The Times’ Sunday Mag best so far in 2016:  “The Amateur Cloud Society”!  (Great pix, too!)

Job and volunteer opportunities with the folks who bring us Greenmarkets and do so much other fantastic green work throughout NYC!  (Thank you, reader Jacquelyn Ottman for the tip!) 

For sure, we’ve got horsetrails in NYS Parks!

Free NYC sunscreen dispensers!!  

Meanwhile:

Should you think Round-Up – packed with bee-killing neonicotinoids – should be banned… 

Or take issue with moves to allow advertising in our national parks

Or mining on sacred Native American land

Or wish to comment on the proliferating LinkNYC kiosks?

And for 100% what NOT to do when you hike

Then totally off the reservation:

“A Final Goodbye in Berlin“…

Then:

Take a look at what happens at the Newtown Creek Water Treatment Plant when we get a little – and we do mean a little – rain…  With the upside of some easy things we can do to ease the ick when showers come… 

Going light: 

The project’s way exceeded its Kickstarter funding plea (and rightfully so, it’s so clever)…   The Periodic Table of NYC Trash!

Watermelon pizza??  (Totally healthy and delicious!!)

The world’s largest twin festival

The world’s largest model railroad

Hello, you animals:

NYS DEC’s just introduced a NYS Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife Watching app

No less than The New York Review of Books looks favorably on Leslie Day’s new Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City...

whale census is underway in NY Harbor!

Meanwhile, some NYC people and their aquariums!

Don’t we all know NYC has turtles, but terrapins…?

The history of the beaver in NYC…  (Including how to get a look at the energetic 2 now residing in the Bronx River!)

This while a baby beaver takes a bath

Then there’re those baby kangaroos

And a whole passel of young wildlife

Followed by the stray dog that wasn’t

And the Bird of the Week is…  The white-winged cotenga!

Black and White bird

Wishing you every greenness,

UGS

 

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A Most Unhappy Ninth Annual Invasive Species Awareness Week, UESiders!

The good news being that NYState is being pretty darned aggressive in its approach, be the invader flora, fauna, visible to the naked eye or microscopic.

Example:  Boat owners  are required to thoroughly clean their craft outside and in when moving from one NY lake/river to another!

Example:  The full-court press to get the water chestnut spread under control.  In fact, should you be up in the Albany area this coming week, there’ll be a volunteer water chestnut “pull” Monday and Tuesday at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road in Delmar!  

And there’re plenty of things we all can do to hold the line in our everyday life  You can even report actual or suspected invasives for investigation…  Like sightings of the fumewart (!) now spreading along the Bronx River

Meanwhile, how great is it that during this miserable heat/humidity wave, NYC Parks swimming pools stayed open an extra hour today!!  To stay current on pool info

Two hundred and twelfth anniversary of the Hamilton-Burr duel on Monday the 11th

All righty then, on to the week ahead:

Friday, July 10th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-8:30pm 

Starmaster John Pazmino delves into how directions are defined in the heavens…  Then there’s the bonus of stepped outside to take in the July Manhattanhenge!  Free!

Now to Saturday July 16th:  IDNYC Sign-Up

Webster Library Branch, 1465 York Avenue, 3rd Floor, Tuesday-Thursday – 11am-6:30pm, Friday & Saturday, 10am-4:30pm, Saturday the 16th 10am-12pm.  Closed on Saturday, July 2nd.

Fantastic for those without usual ID forms, but pretty darned great even if you do given free, one-year memberships in a host of cultural institutions and discounts for services from movies to Citibike!  Go for it, people!!  Event sponsored by Assembly Member Seawright. To make an appointment or call 311…  

Saturday, July 9th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

It’s Kids’ Day at the Market!!  

Think story reading, an array of great children’s lit to peruse and a sing-along led by Barefoot Books! Market Manager Guramrit adds to the fun with a kid-friendly cooking demo!

And at their tables will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Gajeski, Green Pastures and Sikking Farms!

Yet another great week when the Master Knife Sharpener will be with us, too!  (Arriving around 11am.)

Basil afficianados…  Head for Alewife!!  Heirloom tomatoes…  Cherry Lane!!  Mozzarella…  Valley Shepherd!!

Last week’s recycling totals: 76 lbs. batteries; 24 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 6 pairs of eye glasses; 8 compost bins; 42 bags of clothes.

Yes, after the holiday weekend, we’re betting there’ll be mountains of compost!

Saturday, July 9th:  Festival of Kites & Kayaks

Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, 11am-3pm

Create Manhattan-skyline-inspired kites and fly ’em…  What’s more, you’ll be using recycled stuff and be even more creative juice by Socrates Park and Noguchi Museum teaching artists and the annual Manhattan Kayak Circumnavigation with its hundreds of kayakers out on the East River!  For more and directions

Sunday, July 10th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Street, 9am-5pm

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

And it’s 92nd’s turn for Cooking with Kallos 3.0!!   Yup, that Ben Kallos, esteemed Council Member and gourmet cook!  He’ll be present, in apron and cooking up a storm from 11am-1pm!   

Also with us will be American Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery and Bread Alone, Ole Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Norwich Meadows and Stannart Farms!

(How about the tiny burgers with tzatziki of last week’s cooking demo?)

Last week’s recycling totals: 3 lbs. batteries; 2 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 thermometer; 1 3/4 compost bins!

Friday, July 15th:  Artisanal Whiskey & Cider Tasting

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Gardens, 421 East 62nd Street, 7-8:30pm

Once again, the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum gives us a literal taste of New York’s past…  In this case, of our city’s once favorite beverages!  Plus, the event’s set in the Museum’s lovely garden!!  Members, $29.  Non-members, $34.  For more and tickets… 

Thursday, July 21st:  East River Crew Benefit

Merrion Square, 1840 Second Avenue at 94th Street, 7-9pm

For those who’ve had the – we mean it – sublime experience of being out on the East River in one of the Crew’s wonderful boats and want to be – how can you stop yourself –  going again and this time bringing friends…  For those of you who never been and have been promising yourselves that treat…  Give yourself the pleasure of knowing this most green and special pleasure of the UESide’s Esplanade and make sure it continues and expands! Suggested donation, $30.

Monday, July 11th:  Digital Investigation Premiere

Wythe Hotel Screening Room, 80 Wythe Street at North 11th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 7pm

So what really is the state of NYC’s garbage infrastructure?  Guided by Center for Urban Pedagogy (!) and Teaching Artist Dillon de Cave, students of Greenpoint’s Francis Perkins Academy decided to find out and put what they discovered into a doc!  For more and to reserve a seat… 

Saturday, July 13th:  9th Annual City of Water Day

Everywhere Near NYC Bodies of H2O, 10am-4pm

Why bother to summarize the multitudinous, amazing, FREE, family-friendly activities…  Head directly to the event’s site!  (Yes, we managed to get the link in this week!) 

Sundays, July 17th, 24th & 31st:  The 90th Street Pier Open For Passive Recreation

The East River Esplanade at 90th Street, 10am-2pm

Visited this lovely space ourselves last Sunday, leaving us with this advice:  Treat yourself to the calm and coolness and view.  We want it open forever but will only get it with headcount!!  (A rehearsal for nailing The Oval and 1190 Second Ave, too!!) 

And in the miscellany file:

Can the Feds actually be allowing major fracking all over the Gulf of Mexico???  Yes, they are!!  Hundreds of them!!  And the dumping of billions of gallons of fracking wastewater!!

How many folks have inquired about and then complained about the present scant opportunities to recycle unwanted medications…  Keep fingers crossed, but it looks like NYState’s heard us

And how many air quality alerts have we already racked up in 2016?  (Nobody’s posting, but there’ve been plenty, including 4 this week!)

Pretty crazy what been transpiring re expansion of the Friends Seminary School

Yes, there’re more bike lanes coming to the UES

But we’re hearing that some of the CitiBike installations will be shrinking a bit

Want to vote for NYC’s worst post office??! 

If you’ve been thinking our sidewalks are ever more crowded, you couldn’t be more correct!! 

But we can all soothe ourselves by taking a look at 13 great NYC outdoor art installations!  (Thanks to reader Jennifer Ranter for the tip!)

As for animals:

Hurrah!  NYState has a Pollinator Task Force and it’s got a protection plan!  (No pesticide ban as yet, but a step forward!)

There’s our state’s also just completed a Bald Eagle Conservation Plan!

Should you object to the shark fin trade

Time for cuteness:

Another baby possum and even more adorable – is that possible? – than previous ones!

A Lithuanian goat beauty contest

The challenging love life of horseshoe crabs

Happy in our greenness,

UGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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