Happy International Noise Awareness Day, UESiders!!

The organizer’s motto being: “Control your noise and respect the sound environment”…

Like to deliver that message (better still, command) to truck drivers coursing up First Avenue who, over the last 4-5 months seem to be engaged in a contest to see who can be first to shatter windows with a single, ultra-long horn blast. 

Deep breath.

Better still we wish a happy 116th b’day to Walter Lantz, creator of Woody Woodpecker!

Oh what a week we have ahead: 

Saturday,  April 30th:   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, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Samascott, Gajeski and Sikking Farms…  And Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess!!

You read that right:  After a long, dark winter’s absence, Ms. Hess will  back in her corner spot, next to Valley Shepherd and will she ever be ready to hone!!

(Ballard’s Honey is on a one-week vacation.  Look for them next Saturday.)

Wow!  Alewife’s garlic mustard greens…  Sauteed them just like broccoli rabe!  Yum!!

Then there’s this from Uber Market Manager Margaret:  “Asparagus and ramps arrive in the market this Saturday!!  Both Gajeski and Samascott have asparagus and Samascott has ramps, too. And I’m hearing Cherry Lane will be returning and with strawberries at the end of May!  Yes, spring is finally here for real!”

News flash:  Last week for the #plasticcleanse sale and at an even deeper discount:  The new Greenmarket tote PLUS 4 reusable produce bags (in 2 sizes) for a total bargain basement $15!! Market Manager Guramrit has them at her table!

Last week’s recycling totals: 66 lbs. batteries; 8 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 6 pairs eyes glasses; 9 1/2 compost bins;  36 bags of clothes

Counted the bins set up down at Union Square on Saturday…  14.

Asked the compost manager how many, on average, they filled on high-traffic Saturday. Answer…12 to 14!!

Let’s do our best to not get overly full of how environmentally committed we are…

Saturday, April 30th:  National Drug Take Back Day 

Precinct 13, 230 East 21st Street & Precinct 200, 120 West 82nd Street, 10am-2pm

What better way to safely dispose of those prescription drugs gathering dust on the shelves of your medicine chest than to place them in the hands of Drug Enforcement Agency agents who’ll be doing the collection!  (You bet it’s strange neither Lenox Hill Hospital -now Northwell – or Precinct 19 is participating in this year’s effort!)

Saturday, April 30th: Yorkville – A Celebration of Home

Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, 10am-2pm

And we quote, “Join Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts and the Historic Districts Council as we celebrate Yorkville’s rich history as a melting pot of immigrant cultures.”  Speakers include historians, preservationsts and – of course – native Yorkvillians with choice tales of times passed!  Lunch provided by neighborhood classics Schaller & Webber, Doma na rohu and Glaser’s Bake Shop!  Organized by Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District and the Historic Districts Council.  Members of the HDC and FUESHD, $15. Non-members, $20.  To register
And then – holy crow – it’s May:

Saturday, May 7th:  Spring Esplanade Exploration

Meet on the Esplanade at 86th Street, 1-4pm 

Who knew that just off our beautiful – in spite of decades of neglect – Esplanade are many a perilous eddy, whirlpool and rocky reef…  Along with the second fastest tidal current in the world! Yikes!  Hell Gate, indeed!  Just some of the remarkable nature extending from Schurz Park to 103rd Street!  Famed birder, environmentalist, self-described “interpreter of human ecology” and Exploration leader Gabriel Willow will be making it all the more vivid!  (P.S.  Music and treats await at the 103rd Street end!!)  Free!!  Be there and enjoy, friends!    For more

Sunday, May 15th:  Green Park Gardeners Volunteer Day Plantathon

Andrew Haswell Green Park, East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 2-5pm

The mission:  Plant 350 Black-Eyed Susans donated by the Parks Department and Partnerships for Parks in the Green Park Gardeners’ gorgeous beds along our wonderful Esplanade!  To sign up to lend a hand, please email greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com.  (Heavy rain cancels.  Rain day, Saturday, May 22nd.)

Sunday, May 15th: Historic Candy Tasting

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 1:30pm

Join candy historian – nice job! – and author Susan Benjamin for an overview of candy’s evolution and a sampling of favored sweets over time!  Adults, $20.  Members and children under 12, $15.  

Monday, May 16th:  3rd Annual Esplanade Friends Benefit!

Bar Felice, 1591 First Avenue at 83rd Stree, 6:30-8:30pm

Public art and flowers and music and dancers and unrelenting pressure for swift repairs and structural upgrades and the gorgeous improvements to come on the Rockefeller U and Hospital for Special Surgery segments…  Not to mention the resurrection of the 107th Pier!  We’ve all seen changes and how vibrancy’s returning to our wonderful Esplanade.  Wine and hors ‘oeuvres served!  Fabulous raffle and silent auction prizes!  Save the date and be a part of keeping the great new energy flowing!!   For more

Monday, May 16th:  Physic Dogs Lecture

1094 Broadway, Brooklyn, 8pm

Jim the Wonder Dog that/who answered questions put to him in Morse Code is just for openers in this journey into the world of mystical dogs.  (Who but the Obscura Society comes up with this stuff?!  But worth the journey to Brooklyn, we say!)  Tickets, $18.  For more and to reserve a place… 

Tuesday, May 17th:  Portraits of the People – Miniatures, Silhouettes and Itinerant Artists in America Exhibit

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 East 61st Street

An 18th Century French import and brought to even the most rural American communities by largely self-trained, traveling artists, the end product was work of tremendous diversity, beauty, charm and historic importance.  Adults, $8.  Seniors & Students (with ID), $7. Members and children under 12, free.    (Museum summer garden concerts coming soon!)

And then, incredibly, it’s June:

Wednesday, June 1st to Sunday, June 5th:  2016 World Science Festival

Various Venues and Times 

Five days…  Fifty events!!  A science sail…  Stargazing in Brooklyn Bridge Park…  Gravitational waves explained…  A tribute to  Oliver Sachs…  And forty-six!  For the full schedule and tickets

Along the miscellany trail:

Amazing that Nestle has the chutzpah to fill plastic bottles with drought-stricken California water… More amazing still that the Forest Service is inclined to renew Nestle’s permit!   Should you disagree with that policy

Cringe…  Seems like southwestern states are wrecking a bit of havoc with solar power expansion

If you think Congress should permanently re-authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Or that Trip Advisor shouldn’t be steering tourists to sites exploiting animals

Or – most of all – that Flint and all Americans should have clean, untainted water flowing from their taps

prairie flower rediscovered!

A vineyard on a Brooklyn Navy Yard roof!

Embarrassment sure works wonders, even producing a new, revised and speedier water tunnel plan… 

The Cornucopia Institute  – advocates for family farming – will be reporting live from next week’s 3-day meeting of the National Organic Standards Board on their site and on Twitter

You’re 100% right…  There were 300,000 more riders moving through the 96th Street & Lex subway station in 2015!  (And it’s only the 44th busiest station!) 

And which are New Yorkers’ favorite subway seats..?

Pretty much a must see:  Roz Chast:  Cartoon Memoirs at the Museum of the City of New York!

Maybe more:  A Shakespeare first folio at the New York Historical Society in June!

13 gardening hacks formulated by experts

Talk about heroic gardening and a heroic gardener

House plant bird houses

Huh…?  Mr. Margueritaville as business mogul…?

Can’t have enough animals:

Of course, cats hike

Image result for hiking cat

And canoe.

(You’ve just got to fit ’em out right.)

And understand their furry craziness!

The Great Squirrel War…  Occasioned by the invading/invasive, tough and blameless American grey squirrel!

How to avoid “conflict” with coyotes one might encounter…

But be lovely to meet up with a spotted salamander in Queens!

A sheepdog travels 240 solo miles home

The 2016 Audubon prize-winning bird pix!

Five facts about the Atlas butterfly (wingspan 11 inches!)…  

How to make hummingbird nectar

Thanks to the great New Yorkers saving seals and sea turtles!

And thanks to reader Katherine Winkleman for this bit of Schurz Park glory:

Dogwood Meet Sycamore

Dogwood Meet Sycamore

Never more green,

UGS

 

 

 


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Happy Earth Day, UESiders!!

For sure, the 165-plus countries signing the Paris climate agreement know how to Earth Day party!!

So how are you celebrating??  

Going car free for 24 hours?  (Same for the folks who work for you or let them tele-commute!)

Taking the Earth Day Walk and 5K Tour?

Heading up to the NY Botanical Garden and reveling in the beauty?

Volunteering to tidy up a NYC park?  (Booked up? There’s New York State’s I Love My Park Day on Saturday, May 7th and our own UES It’s My Park Day soon to be scheduled!)

Watching the Plant Your Farm” doc (subject:  urban farming) at the Hell Kitchen Farm Project’s rooftop farm?

(Don’t have to leave your chair to support the American Bison becoming the USA’s official mammal!)

Meanwhile, of course, friends…

The most Happy Passover!!

As for things green in the coming week:

Saturday,  April 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, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Rising Sun Beef, Ballard Honey, Ole Mother Hubbert, Samascott, Gajeski and Sikking Farms!!

Have to arrive at the market early to get hands on Valley Shepherd Sheep Yogurt, Mother Hubbert’s chocolate milk and Sikking’s beautiful flowers!

For those of you haven’t equipped yourself with  new Greenmarket reusable produce bags (2 sizes) and tote, there’re still a few available at Manager Guramit’s table.

Last week’s recycling totals: 43 lbs. batteries; 14 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 12 pairs eyes glasses. 9 1/2 compost bins;  35 bags of clothes. 

AND just so you know…  Between 4/2012 and 4/2016, the 82nd Street Greenmarket’s composted 201,868 lbs!!  And from 6/2012 to 11/2015 the seasonal/half-year 92nd Street Greenmarket racked up 40,506 lbs!!

Just incredible!!

Saturday, April 23rd:  Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project Open House

Atop 410 West 40th Street, 10am-1pm

Think your building’s a non-candidate for rooftop farming?  Think again!  Just needs a creative approach as in HKFP’s utilizing of kiddie swimming pools and producing hundreds of pounds of beautiful produce distributed to the needy and via their fantastic CSA!    Check it out!  (Free but donations welcome…)

Monday, April 25th:  Animals, Authors and Art at the 67th Street Library

328 East 67th Street, 3:30pm

Join staff of the New Canaan Nature Center as they show young UESiders how literature, nature and artistic expression blend and create one beautiful whole.  Ages 5-12.  Free. 

Monday, April 25th to Friday, April 29th: Spring Break Crafts & Games at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden 

At the Museum and in the Garden, 421 East 61st Street, 11am-4pm

Come one and all – be you kids, parents or caregivers – for the old-fangled fun of 19th century crafts and historic games!   Adults, $8.  Seniors & Students, $7.  Free to children under 12.

Tuesday, April 26th:  100 Years of the MBTA- Spring Migrants of Central Park Walk

Meet at the Loeb Boathouse, East Drive, Central Park, 7:30-9:30am

Kellye Rosenheim and John-Paul Cantusco lead this morning miratory bird-spotting walk in and about The Ramble in celebration the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act!  NY Audubon members, $20.  Non-members, $20.

Tuesday, April 26th:  CM Garodnick’s Fathers and Family Leave – Making It Work Forum

Museum of Modern Art Cullman Education Building, 4 West 54th Street, 8-10am

Council Member Dan Garodnick – father of 2 himself – brings together leading thinkers to discuss the cultural and business factors working against fathers taking leave and how its availability can be improved.  Free.  For further details and to RSVP…  

Tuesday, April 26th:  AARP ShredFest

Manhattan Plaza, 400 & 484 West 43rd Street, 11am-2pm

YES!!  Free shredding is spreading and throughout the city… Although, in this instance, AARP’s imposing a 3 bag limit and you need to sign up in advance.  For full details and to register… (Thanks to reader Claire Campbell for the tip!)

Wednesday, April 27th:  Urban Park Rangers Kids’ Program

North End, Big Park/Playground 103, 103td Street & the FDR, 2-3:30pm

No better way for the young-uns’ to enjoy their spring break:   Urban Park Rangers Kids Week and a primo nature discovery program for the 12 and under set!  Totally free!  (Flyer attached.)

And the week following:

Saturday, April 30th:  National Drug Take Back Day 

Precinct 13, 230 East 21st Street & Precinct 200, 120 West 82nd Street, 10am-2pm

Impossible to more safely dispose of those prescription drugs moldering on the shelves of your medicine chest than to place them in the hands of Drug Enforcement Agency agents who’ll be doing the collection!  (Yup.  Strange neither Lenox Hill Hospital (now Northwell) or Precinct 19 is participating in the effort!)

Saturday, April 30th: Yorkville – A Celebration of Home

Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, 10am-2pm

And we quote, “Join Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts and the Historic Districts Council as we celebrate Yorkville’s rich history as a melting pot of immigrant cultures.”  Speakers include historians, preservationsts and – of course – native Yorkvillians with choice tales of times passed!  Lunch provided by neighborhood classics Schaller & Webber, Doma na rohu and Glaser’s Bake Shop!  Organized by Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District and the Historic Districts Council.  Members of the HDC and FUESHD, $15. Non-members, $20.  To register
Moving on to May:

Saturday, May 7th:  Holy Trinity’s May Fair 

Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street, 11am-6pm

The annual street fair complete with live music, tables of books, CDs and interesting bric-a-brac, a children’s corner with face painting, crafts and TWO bouncy castles!  Special activities for the dog lovers among us!  Food and drink from the Genesis Pub!  All proceeds go to church programs, of course.

Wednesday, May 11th:  “Reuse Because You Can’t Recycle the Planet” Screening, Panel and Fund Raiser

4 Times Square, 4th Floor, 6-8pm

The film:  Reuse Star Alex Eaves’ cross-country adventure/investigation as to how reuse is a win-win-win for people, planet and wallet.  The panel:  NY experts in the art of re-use.  The fund raiser:  For the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board which underwrites such worthy endeavors as the Community-Scale Composting Grant Program!   Tickets:  Starting at $20

Wednesday, May 18th:  Mapping Invasive Species Class

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard 

How cool would becoming part of New York’s invasive species early detection network be??! Free. To sign up for the training session

On to miscellany:

Really….!  Some in Congress think cutting monies for wind power is a good idea?!  (If you disagree…) 

Not quite at the finish line, but the FDA’s now proposed limits to arsenic allowed in infant rice cereal!  (We adults still get to fend for ourselves in the rice-product category…)

And the state of our remaining 120,000 acre redwood forest (once was 2 million) is…  (Great redwood rappelling video!)

Think coal companies under bankrupcy protection should still have to pay for cleaning up the environmental messes they’ve made… 

And think NYS should require sugary sodas to have a diabetes/obesity/tooth decay  warning label... 

Best Consumer Reports rated mosquito repellents are

Meanwhile, France’s moving towards banning glyphosate and additive tallowamine (think Roundup)… 

Seems like the MTA’s revisiting – yet again – their plan for the refashioning of the 68th/Lex station…  

Incredible but for once a NY entity has turned to a first rate inspiration – as opposed to NYC’s pitiful design department or none at all – for the new Tram elevators!  (Shame the station is…)  

The NY Botanical Garden’s offering a ton of Saturday container and terrace gardening classes and at their midtown campus!  (You can grow vegs, too!) 

The violets of New York State!

Yes, it’s about matzo, but uber chef Dan Barber’s piece in the Times reaches wide and deep on what we all want from the grain we consume  

We live daily with how the NYC DOT measures and manages our traffic congestion…  So what’s the approach proposed by US DOT

Weigh on the places you’ve been eating of late and get a free Zagat Guide!  (you’e got till May 5th…)

Indeed, spring history has its own cultural history

Eggs Benedict was invented by whom and where…??

And critters:

Petition after petition’s moved food industry giant from Nestle’s to General Mills to cage-free eggs!  Now the heat’s on Waffle House…  So if you’d like to pump  the temp up another degree

Yes, cougars – the animal variety – are great gardeners

Ducks that work for their keep

Then there’s the tear-inducing new use for a 3D printer 

On this 400th anniversary of his passing, we close with a Shakespeare quote:

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. 

Yes, of course, Shakespeare was green, 

UGS

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Happy 198th Anniversary of the Printing of Webster’s Dictionary, UESiders!!

The dictionary’s online now, of course, and with a pretty darned good site, complete with trending words, a word quiz and a word of the day…  Today’s being “galvanized”!  

So, how about some galvanizing reading…  Truly galvanizing reading…  As we head towards Earth Day 2016?

The subject:  Fresh Kills, its past, present and future challenges and what places like it – so very many of them dotting the American landscape – and the truly moral questions they pose… Especially given that – and incredibly – the last two administrations’ and Sanitation Department’s plans for NYC waste disposal rely all but entirely on landfill.  

A serious intro, friends, but do not be deterred.  It’s beautifully written and incredibly thoughtful.

So…  READ and be grateful you did!

On to the upcoming 7 days:

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

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

With us – and stocked with just what’s needed to make Passover perfect – will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Rising Sun Beef, Ballard Honey, Ole Mother Hubbert, Samascott, Gajeski and Sikking Farms!!

In sync with Earth Day’s ultra greenness, Market Manager Guramit will be devoting her cooking magic to – you guessed it! – delicious things to be done with greens!

(In that regard, we have fingers crossed Gajeski shows up with more wild, scrumptious, baby arugula this week!)

Meanwhile, don’t forget Ole Mother Hubbert’s whole chickens and that Rising Sun has Argyle Farm Greek and regular yogurts!

Were Sikking’s flowers outstanding or what?! 

And those new Greenmarket reusable produce bags (2 sizes available) and tote?  In honor of Earth Day, you can score the tote plus 4 produce bags for a Crazy-Eddie-revisited price of $15!  Just head over to the Manager Guramit’s table.

AND don’t forget, you brilliant composters!!  Collect that nice, fat, free gift bag of the finished product and get it around plants – like your block’s street trees – you love!! 

Last week’s recycling totals:  54 lbs. batteries; 25 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 3 pairs eyes glasses. 9 1/2 compost bins;  25 bags of clothes. 

Back in that almost 10-bin groove!

Saturday, April 16th:  Forever Homes for Deserving Dogs Event 

Biscuits & Bath, 1064 First Avenue at 58th Street, 11am-3pm

What better vamp to Earth Day than by giving an unlucky fellow creature and soon-to-be best friend shelter and love!  Organized in cooperation with NYC Animal Care & Control.

Sunday, April 17th:  Rooftop Growing Guide Talk

The Lowline, 140 Essex Street, 12-1pm

Hear from veteran rooftop farmers Annie Novak, Anastasia Cole Plakias and Nicole Baum how they pioneered a new, stories up urban landscape and how to get your own rooftop garden growing!  Free but please RSVP…  

Thursday, April 21st: EARTH DAY KICKOFF!

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street, 6-9pm

Residential compost collection and electronic recycling!!  The oh-so convenient Fresh (local) Food Box Program!!  Improved bike safety!!  2016 First Avenue Bike Island Gardens!! A ton of free planet-friendly goodies!!  We’re talking green learning, living and fun!!  Organized by CM Kallos. You do want to be there!!  (Check out the attached flyer!)

Friday, April 22nd:  EARTH DAY!!

All Over the Globe and Our City

At the 67th Street Library, they’ll be marking the day with a quiet, earthbound class of Tai Chi for All!  5:45pm.  Free.

And elsewhere in NYC…  (Zoom in on the map.)

Over spring school holidays:

Monday, April 25th:  Animals, Authors and Art at the 67th Street Library

328 East 67th Street, 3:30pm

Join staff of the New Canaan Nature Center as they show young UESiders how literature, nature and artistic expression blend and create one beautiful whole.  Ages 5-12.  Free. 

Monday, April 25th to Friday, April 29th:  Spring Break Crafts & Games at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden 

At the Museum and in the Garden, 421 East 61st Street, 11am-4pm

Come one and all – be you kids, parents or caregivers – for the old-fangled fun of 19th century crafts and historic games!   Adults, $8.  Seniors & Students, $7.  Free to children under 12.

Tuesday, April 26th:  CM Garodnick’s Fathers and Family Leave – Making It Work Forum

Museum of Modern Art Cullman Education Building, 4 West 54th Street, 8-10am

Council Member Dan Garodnick – father of 2 himself – brings together leading thinkers to discuss the cultural and business factors working against fathers taking leave and how its availability can be improved.  Free.  For further details and to RSVP…  

Tuesday, April 26th:  AARP ShredFest

Manhattan Plaza, 400 & 484 West 43rd Street, 11am-2pm

YES!!  Free shredding is spreading and throughout the city… Although, in this instance, AARP’s imposing a 3 bag limit and you need to sign up in advance.  For full details and to register… (Thanks to reader Claire Campbell for the tip!)

Wednesday, April 27th:  Urban Park Rangers Kids’ Program

North End, Big Park/Playground 103, 103td Street & the FDR, 2-3:30pm

No better way for the young-uns’ to enjoy their spring break:   Urban Park Rangers Kids Week and a primo nature discovery program for the 12 and under set!  Totally free!  (Flyer attached.)

Friday, April 29th & Saturday, April 30th:  Bike Expo New York 

Pier 36, Basketball City, 299 South Stree

A celebration of all things bicycle with a 100-plus exhibitors, an expected 100,000 visitors and even a class that’ll teach the uninitiated how to ride!  Free…  And offering a superb volunteer opportunity:  Helping attendees recycle properly and fill them in about what’s recyclable and where!  For more, contact GrowNYC’s Kathleen Crosby, 212-788-7900 ext. 29 or kcrosby@grownyc.org

Saturday, April 30th:  National Drug Take Back Day 

Precinct 13, 230 East 21st Street & Precinct 200, 120 West 82nd Street, 10am-2pm

Impossible to more safely dispose of those prescription drugs moldering on the shelves of your medicine chest than to place them in the hands of Drug Enforcement Agency agents who’ll be doing the collection!  (Yup.  Strange neither Lenox Hill Hospital (now Northwell) or Precinct 19 is participating in the effort!)

Just over the horizon: 

Monday, May 16th:  3rd Annual Esplanade Friends Benefit!

Bar Felice, 1591 First Avenue at 83rd Street

Public art and flowers and music and dancers and unrelenting pressure for swift repairs and structural upgrades and the gorgeous improvements to come on the Rockefeller U and Hospital for Special Surgery segments…  Not to mention the resurrection of the 107th Pier!  We’ve all seen changes and how vibrancy’s returning to our wonderful Esplanade.  Save the date and be a part of keeping the great new energy flowing!!  More soon…

esplanade pic

Then this edition’s abundunt miscellany:

Guess what?  Unlike 15 other NY counties, NYC has yet to ban disposal of fracking waste within our county’s borders!  If you think we need a Brooklyn/Bronx/Queens/Staten Island/Manhattan fracking waste ban… 

Seems like Albany still hasn’t driven a stake into the heart of the proposed Constitution Pipeline (think felling of  700,000 trees, destruction of more than 1,000 acres of forest and farmland and actively threatening 277 NYS waterways).  Should you think  the governor – who has the power – should terminate the project now and forever

Meanwhile…  Sanitation’s agreed to be more aggressive emptying – as in twice a day – of the epidemic of overflowing trash baskets on 86th Street!  (How about some solar compactors, merchants?!)

Check out the before and after skyline if a proposed high rise’s built in Inwood…

Existing conditions: Ft. Tryon Park.

Proposed 23-story tower from Ft. Tryon Park.

And if you support area residents/park supporters’ objections…  

Be one mighty fine Earth Day if – led by the U.S. and China – some 120 more countries sign the Paris Climate Agreement on April 22nd!

Seems like the City Council’s some closer to banning free plastic bags…  A blight that’s costing us some $10M a year to clear from streets, tree limbs, our waste water system and more. 

Wow!  Out in Park Slope, one neighbor’s sold and transferred solar panel-generated power to a another A NYC first!!!

As the Port Authority gets down to a new Bus Terminal design, they’re actually seeking We the People’s opinion!!  No assurance they’re really interested, but to weigh on their survey

Not just 10…  But the Top 10 Secrets of the UES’s own Park Avenue Armory

Don’t seem to have been a force in our hood, but the Wendels were once the most powerful landlords in all of NYC… 

Always something new and amazing to know about our great city…  i.e. Before Ellis Island was Ellis Island it was… 

From out in left field:

Yup, NASA’d really like to grow potatoes on Mars!

Animal time:

Much as we need the new Tappan Zee Bridge, no reason its construction should be killing off our great Hudson River Atlantic Sturgeon, right?  If think the National Marine Fisheries Service should be paying more attention to sturgeon morality...  

A bit on the strange-looking aide, but you shouldn’t have to be cute to be protected!  Case and point…  The pangolin:

Pangolin

Pangolin

 To give a hand to this week’s Endangered Critter #2

Welcome to the live Mother and Baby Condor Cam!  (And there’s a great backstory here…)

How about (simple) directions for a stylish knitted cowl for that furriness of yours?

bunny in cowl

Then there’s this from the great Hudson River Almanac:

4/6- Manhattan, HRM 1: We caught a lined seahorse (Hippocampus erectus) today (80 millimeters) hanging onto our crab pot at the River Project’s sampling site off Pier 26 in Hudson River Park. This was our second seahorse of the season. – Jacqueline Wu

Hippocampus-erectus

Hippocampus-erectus

[Seahorses – poor swimmers as fish go – maintain their place in the face of strong currents by wrapping their prehensile tail around stationary objects from vegetation to crab pots. – Tom Lake.]

Greenest people cast primary votes,

UGS

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Happy Honey Week at the Greenmarket, UESiders!

How best to party down honey-style??

Step #1:  Head to Market Manager Guramrit’s table for fun honey facts and her collection of stellar honey-inclusive recipes!!

Step #2:  Move directly to Ballard Honey’s table and address your newly discovered honey needs!!

Then contemplate the week ahead:

Thursday, April 7th to Saturday, April 9th: New York Antiquarian Book Fair

Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue between 66th & 67th Streets

Two hundred book dealers…  First editions of 56 Sherlock Holmes stories…  Twiggy paper dolls… Robert Frost’s walking stick…  Countless literary jewels…  A pleasure just to stroll, look and browse.  $25. Run-of-show, $40. For more

Friday, April 8th to Sunday, April 17th:  Second Annual WQXR Instrument Drive

Drop Off at Numerous Locations

Couldn’t be more true:  Put an instrument in a child’s hands and change that young person’s life! So, that old saxophone…  That flute you haven’t played for years…  Any and every gently used instrument… Let it bring joy to kids in New York and/or Newark! (But, unfortunately, no pianos.) To donate

Saturday,  April 9th:   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, Rising Sun Beef, Ballard Honey, Ole Mother Hubbard, Samascott and Gajeski Farms!!

PLUS…

Valley Shepherd Creamery returns!  You remember Valley Shepherd with their insanely delicious sheep, goat and cow’s milk cheese, sheep yogurt and European style butter!

AND…

Market Manager Supremo Margaret says:  “Joining us for the first time this Saturday:  Sikking Farm and their gorgeous flowers.   This week think bouquets of iris and mixed tulips with more varieties to come as the season progresses!”

AND…

In addition to eggs, milk, chocolate milk and yogurt, Ole Mother Hubbert will once again have whole chickens! 

AND…

Rising Sun Farm will now be selling the Argyle Farm Greek and regular yogurts (formerly offered by Garden of Spices).

Some incredible line-up!!  

The only thing missing is Garden of Spices who, as many of you know, has sold their farm and moved to Alaska!  We’ll miss them, of course, but may their new home be all they dream!! 

Last but hardly least, Manager Margaret says:  “In the lead-up to Earth Day, think #PlasticCleanse, reusable produce bags (2 sizes available) and the fabulous Greenmarket tote!”  There’s even a deal on offer this week:  4 produce bags and a tote for a crazy $15!

Yes, yet another thing to check out at Manager Guramrit ‘s table! 

And a great way to take a bite out of the 10 billion plastic bags New Yorkers throw away every year!

Last week’s recycling totals:  75 lbs. batteries; 21 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 8 pairs eyes glasses. 9 compost bins;  22 bags of clothes. 

Love it when we rack up 9  bins…  Or more!!

Saturday, April 9th:  Off-Shore Wind Rally

Front of the Hilton Midtown Hotel, 1335 Sixth Avenue, 5:30pm

When media and the mayor arrive for the annual Inner Circle Show (during which they trade spoofs, this year parodying “Hamilton” with “Shamilton”), they’ll be greeted by wind power supporters in Hamilton costumes, holding faux wind turbines and singing the Dylan classic “Blowin’ in the Wind”!  Yes, Mr. Mayor, (along with a free plastic bag ban) green people are looking for an ambitious offshore wind commitment from the City on Earth Day!!  To participate

Thursday, April 14th:  City Chicken Institute – Post Easter Special – All About Eggs

Imani Community Garden, 91 Schenectady Avenue, Brooklyn, 6-7pm
And we quote, “Visit a live chicken coop and learn how to raise your own flock. Join a detailed discussion about how eggs are made, and oddities that can occur.”  For novice to poultry maven. Free.  For complete details…
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Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 15th, 16th & 17th;  5th Annual Green Festival Expo

The Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street at 11th Avenue

Tons of exhibits, new products galore and demonstrations!  All that in a building now equipped with a green roof!  Kids under 16, free.  Single day tickets, $12.  Weekend tickets, $22.  3-day tickets, $32. For more

Sunday, April 17th:  MicroRanger Competition

Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, 10am-5pm

The Museum’s got a new mobile game that shrinks its young participants down to micro size, then inserts these micro competitors into exhibits so they can defend biodiversity!   Prizes include games, toys and a Night at the Museum sleepover!   Wow, huh?  For the lowdown (no ticket prices listed yet)…

Then:

Thursday, April 21st:  EARTH DAY!

All Over the Globe and City

And locally:  Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street, 6-9pm.

Organized by Council Member Kallos!  Your chance to sign up for Bicycle Island Gardening!  Stay tuned for more details!

And elsewhere in the city…  (Zoom in on the map.)

Friday, April 22nd & Saturday, April 23rd:  Fishackathon

Patagonia SoHo, 72 Greene Street, 5pm Friday and 9pm Saturday

We’re talking a gathering of coders in more than 40 cities who’re committed to ending over-fishing in the world’s oceans!  For more and to sign up

Tuesday, April 26th:  CM Garodnick’s Fathers and Family Leave – Making It Work Forum

Museum of Modern Art Cullman Education Building, 4 West 54th Street, 8-10am

Council Member Dan Garodnick – father of 2 himself – brings together leading thinkers to discuss the cultural and business factors working against fathers taking leave and how its availability can be improved.  Free.  For further details and to RSVP…  

Tuesday, April 26th:  AARP ShredFest

Manhattan Plaza, 400 & 484 West 43rd Street, 11am-2pm

YES!!  Free shredding is spreading and throughout the city… Although, in this instance, AARP’s imposing a 3 bag limit and you need to sign up in advance.  For full details and to register… (Thanks to reader Claire Campbell for the tip!)

Saturday, May 7th:  Identification Day at the Natural History Museum

Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, 12-4pm

That weird shell you found on the beach last summer…  That odd bug that wound up in your butterfly net…  The strange bone the dog dug up in your mother-in-law’s back yard…  Let the Museum’s scientists have a look and tell you what they really are!  Free.  

As summer approaches:

Saturday, June 18th:  NYS Tree Climbing Championship

Planting Fields Arboretum Historic Park, Oyster Bay, New York, check in at 8am

Yes, it’s for real:  Top NYS tree workers will be gathering to flaunt their skills in a series of competitive events!  The winner will be representing our state in the International Tree Climbing Championship!!  Organized by the New York State Arborists!!  For further details and to sign up… (And let us know if you do!)

Doesn’t get more miscellaneous:

Yikes!  Not in our New York but elsewhere as the article’s entitled, “Natural History, Endangered

Meanwhile:

Two more coal-fired power plants in the EU have closed!

But on American turf:

Okay, so you’re on I-40 in the middle of Arizona and there’s nothing but McD and Burger King to eat…  At least their awful fare could be antibiotic free!  (If you agree…)

Helping us to choose less chemically fraught cleaning products (or so we hope), the FDA’s launching new “Safer Choice” labeling… 

Much as we love all things Smithsonian, be nice (and appropriate) if the institution’s magazine was printed on recycled paper!  (If you think so, too…)

Moving to local focus:

Northwell Health (the newly named hospital conglomerate) is asking for us to vote on which of 3 innovative medical research projects should be funded to the tune of $100K!  For project descriptions and to cast your vote

Great that the second floor of the Frick – pending Landmarks Commission approval – will be opening its second floor!  In the meantime, we can take a virtual tour

Who knew Warhol’s first “factory” was on UES??!!  (And it’s selling price now is…??!!) 

How did Times Square get its name?

And the NYS Hike of the Month is… (scroll down, past the “Mentor a Young Turkey Hunter” piece to the article introduced by the adorable little fox below!)

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Yet another potential Olympic swim champion – Kristal Lara – is training in our midst at Asphalt Green…  In the shadow of the garbage dump.

Bring on the animals:

NYC now has its second cat cafe…  #2 in Brooklyn…  #1 in Manhattan!!  

(And what is a cat cafe you ask?)

On the inexhaustible subject of cats:  Jasper the Skiing Cat has a new video!  (Then scroll down tos the “Science of Meow” video at the article’s end.)

Then move on to architect-designed cat “shelters”… 

If you think Alaskan caribou and polar bear birthing grounds should be off-limits to oil companies

When David (in miniscule dachshund form) takes on a pair of Goliaths (2 Bernese Mountain dogs)… Who’ll wind up with the pet toy?  (Thanks to animal video connoisseur Carol RInzler for the tip!) 

Could be 4 salmon-blocking dams will be gone from Oregon’s Klamath River by 2020!!

A fish that looks like a Picasso…?

Meanwhile, you can learn to fly fish for free right here in NYC!

Green even when it’s 32 degrees in April,

UGS

 

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And Happy April Fools’ Day, UESiders!

So why does anyone “celebrate” this absurd “holiday”?

You guessed it!!

Nobody knows.

It’s also the 40th anniversary of Apple’s founding!

Wow, time flies, yes??

On to coming week:

Saturday,  April 2nd:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

At their tables and primed with Easter fare will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Rising Sun Beef, Ballard Honey, Ole Mother Hubbard, Samascott, Gajeski  and Consider Bardwell Farms!

Uber Market Manager Margaret says, “Alewife will be back and with baby greens of many types – kale, mustard, pakchoi… Also pea shoots & micro basil!”

And Market Manager Guramrit adds:  “For all those who didn’t get their hands on the great new signature 82nd Street Greenmarket canvas shopping bag last week…  Glad tidings!!  We’ll have plenty more this Saturday!!  And bags’re free to Winter Warriors with 5 punches on their cards!!” 

Last week’s recycling totals:  83 lbs. batteries; 14 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair eyes glasses.  8 1/2 compost bins;  26 bags of clothes. 

Wow!!!

Until Sunday, April 3rd:  Participatory Budgeting Voting

Express yourself and insure that $1 million goes to the most righteous UES projects!!  For the full list of voting locations, dates and projects

Wednesday, April 6th: “I Hate the Dallas Cowboys”  Talk

67th Street Library, 328 East 67th Street, 5:30pm

Author Thomas Pryor is a born and bred UESider, full of great stories of the Yorkville neighborhood of his youth and all well-told! Be ready to laugh and be charmed!  Free.

Friday, April 8th to Sunday, April 17th:  Second Annual WQXR Instrument Drive

Drop Off at Numerous Locations

Couldn’t be more true:  Put an instrument in a child’s hands and change that young person’s life! So, that old saxophone…  That flute you haven’t played for years…  Any and every gently used instrument… And let it bring joy to kids in New York or Newark! (But, unfortunately, no pianos.) To donate

Saturday, April 9th:  Baby Animal Encounter!

Linder Theater, American Museum of Natural History, 77th Street Entrance, 11am, 1 & 3pm

Zoologist and TV host Jarod Miller will be introducing humans of all ages to an assortment of adorable young critters!  $15.   For more and tickets…  (Better get ’em now!)

Saturday, April 9th:  Annual Shearing of the Heather Celebration

Fort Tryon Park, Cabrini Boulevard & Fort Washington Avenue, 10:30am-12pm

And we quote, “Bring your musical instruments and join in our community parade through the Heather Garden. Learn why Fort Tryon Park has the largest heath and heather collection in the northeast, and learn how to propagate your own heathers with clippings from the shearing.”   Then there’s the scavenger hunt and more!  Free.  For the total lowdown

Saturday, April 9th:  5th Annual Chelsea Garden Club Spring Meeting

Rectory, St. Peter’s Church, 20th Street between Eighth & Ninth Avenues, 12:15pm

The group that blazed the trail for our First Avenue Bicycle Island Gardens and there’s always something to learn from them…  Experiences and seeds to exchange…  Fellow/Sister NYC garden enthusiasts to know!  “Flower Power’s”  their motto and the group’s led by the great Missy Adams. Feel free to bring friends and snacks…

Then:

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 15th, 16th & 17th;  5th Annual Green Festival Expo

The Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street at 11th Avenue

Tons of exhibits, new products galore and demonstrations!  All that in a building now equipped with a green roof!  Kids under 16, free.  Single day tickets, $12.  Weekend tickets, $22.  3-day tickets, $32.  For more

Thursday, April 21st:  EARTH DAY!

All Over the Globe 

And at Union Square…  Celebrate our beautiful planet with an array of eco-living and transportation exhibits, live music, mass yoga classes, electronics and old clothes recycling, a book swap and more!

Way out there: 

Friday, June 10th – Sunday, June 12th:  Food Loves Tech Food Expo

Waterfront NYC, 269 Eleventh Avenue at 28th Street

A first time event which’ll bring “together food tech innovators, start-ups and thought-leaders with food aficionados and enthusiasts alike, FLT aims to invigorate the conversation, and ultimately, change the way we think about food in the future.”  Fingers crossed it does!.  $50.  For more and tickets… 

Saturdays, July 9th, 16th, 23rd and August 6th:  Becoming an Outdoors Woman Fishing Trip

Oswego Marina, Lake Oswego, 5:30am or 1:30pm

Get your fishing chops down, ladies, on a 6 1/2 hour trip during which you’ll engage with the likes of assortKing Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelheads!  Total novices warmly welcomed and fishing tackle provided. Organized by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.  $125-$150, depending on how many sign up (sold out last year).  For more and to reserve a place!

Ah, miscellany:

If you think natural gas companies shouldn’t be free to vent/flare – and release an incredible amount of CO2 – from their wells (and royalty free)

Seems the mayor’s been quietly scouting around for sites for the new Rikers…  A bullet the UES seemed to have dodged (for once)…  (But can you believe there’s a prison barge?!) 

But:

YES!  Looks like we’ll be taking a bite out of the abundant, decrepit, lead-leaching pipes here in our NYState!!

Hurrah!  Judge Lynn Kotler’s just ruled both interior and exterior landmarking of the at beautiful clocktower at 346 Broadway will be retained!

And cheers for the NY Botanical Garden scientists who tapped snapdragons to create a possible remedy for a childhood cancer! 

And great that The Times is now so unequivocal about sugary beverages!

NYC’s composting and its growth’s now getting national attention… 

Going to be one great summer for public art installations in NYC

Has this German supermarket got a great idea or what?!

And on the micro level:

For outstanding results, what should your potting soil – the stuff you use in indoor containers or on your terrace – contain?

Oh, those animals:

Hard to believe the still endangered spotted owl is once again under threat!  Should you think timber companies should be prohibited from cutting down more of owls’ forest home… 

Take a stroll down 83rd Street between York and East End and note the wonderful bird houses mounted on almost every tree…  Might suggest putting together one of your own and getting it up in a neighborhood tree and, if so, the Cornell Lab’s got just the plans

Of all things, it seems climate change’s affecting our buffalo herds!

Ipads for cats…  Yes!

A baby chihuahua says its first “words“…

A mature canine snores

crocheted cat house

No kidding!   This is a 100% real animal…  The Fairy Armadillo!

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Discretionary Budget voters are so green,

UGS

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Happy Easter, UESiders!

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And ye olde Easter bunny’s included a surprise gift among the Peeps and chocolate eggs…  To wit:

Commencing this coming July 19th, NYC will require all food service vendors in arenas and stadiums, hotels with more than 150 rooms and large scale food manufacturers and wholesalers to either contract out their compost to private carters, transport it to a compost facility or set up compost facilities themselves!!!!  (For a summary of the new rules…)

As for the green week ahead:

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

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

At their tables and primed with Easter fare will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Rising Sun Beef, Ballard Honey, Ole Mother Hubbard, Samascott, Gajeski  and Consider Bardwell Farms!

(Alewife’s is still spring planting!)

Hey, all you Winter Warriors with 5 or more punches on your card!!  Your prizes have arrived and can be claimed at Market Manager Guaramrit’s table!!

Calling all parents, too!  There’ll be a pin-the-tail-on-the-bunny game for your little ones!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  88 lbs. batteries; TBA cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 8 compost bins;  22 bags of clothes. 

Way to go!!!

Saturday, March 26th:  Participatory Budgeting Vote at the Greenmarket

One of Many Voting Sites But So Very Convenient, 10am-2pm

Look for yours truly positioned at a table near compost collection!

Let’s get that $1 million going to the most deserving UES projects!!

For the full list of voting locations, dates and projects

Saturday, March 27th & Sunday, March 28:  Easter Petting Zoo & Egg Hunt

The Standard Plaza, 848 Washington at 13th Street

Adorable (and touchable) baby animals…  “Lots of sweets and snacks,” the Standard says, “for the young and young at heart!”  Petting zoo, 9am-3pm.  Egg hunt, Sunday only, 10am and 12pm.  Free. For more and to RSVP… 

Wednesday, March 30th:  Upper East Side Story Oral History Kick-Off Event

67th Street Branch Library, 328 East 67th Street, Third Floor, 6-8pm

Plenty to celebrate!  More than 80 volunteers!!  Interviews already rolling in (and you can give a listen)!  There’ll be music by the NY Mandolin Ensemble!  But please RSVP

Upon us soon:

Wednesday, April 6th:  Research the History of Your NYC Home Class

42nd Street Library, 42nd Street & Fifth Avenue, 3-4:30pm

The perfect pairing with the UES Local History Project…  Construct a narrative history of your building using local histories, censuses, city directories, photographs, newspapers and more! Free.

Thursday, April 21st:  EARTH DAY

All Over Globe

And there’ll be a host of green celebrations all around town…  But here’re some community/apartment building-centric suggestions from our friends at Wearable Collections… (Of course, we’ll have heaps more events and tips for your green pleasure, among them renewed campaign to ban plastic bags!) 

And then Spring Break: 

Monday, April 25th to Friday, April 29th:  Spring Break Crafts & Games at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden 

At the Museum and in the Garden, 421 East 61st Street, 11am-4pm

Come one and all – be you kids, parents or caregivers – for the old-fangled fun of 19th century crafts and historic games!   Adults, $8.  Seniors & Students, $7.  Free to children under 12.

Wednesday, April 27th:  Urban Park Rangers Kids’ Program

North End, Big Park/Playground 103, 103td Street & the FDR, 2-3:30pm

Who knew there was an Urban Park Rangers Kids Week…?  Not to mention a nature discovery program in a park in our own hood and during spring break?  For 12 and under.  Totally free! (Flyer attached.)

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Miscellany:

If you think the FDA should officially, legally define the term “natural”

Or allow more radiation in our water

(What the heck’s going on at the FDA??!!)

In the plot thickens department:  The proposed building (and study in banality) at 86th and Lex… Chapter 1 – The design…  Chapter 2 – Proposed radical relocation of the NE subway entrance with zero community input…  Chapter 3 – Developer Ceruzzi backs out of an encounter with our Community Board...

On the good bunny foot now:

Congrats to the 6 accomplished UES women recently honored by NYS Assembly Person Rebecca Seawright!

It’s that time of the year again…  When our friends at GrowNYC  ask all you artists out there to submit a design for their new 2016 poster!    For how to enter, prizes and more

Who knew Manhattan was once an island of oyster shells?!

How about a test of your antibiotic IQ?!

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Time for animals:

Kudos to fashion titan Giorgio Armani for now going fur free!

Why should caterpillars steer clean of lima bean plants…?

If you’d like to give threatened manatees a hand

Abandoned baby kitten being bottle-fed

You bet dogs like a gorgeous sunrise!

And how do baby sloths express themselves?

And the Bird of the Week is…

Club-Winged-Manakin

Club-Winged-Manakin

The manakin’s ridged, club-shaped wing feathers rake across each other, much like a spoon moving across a washboard, and produce a series of buzzing and snapping sounds!

We’ll close with a couple of entries from the Hudson River Almanac:

3/8 – Manhattan: We caught another grubby 85 millimeters long today from our fish traps at the River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park. The grubby, a sculpin, is a small, bottom-dwelling fish that spawns in the Upper Bay of New York Harbor. This one was a gravid female (with eggs) and was promptly released. – Jessica Bonamusa

A Grubby

A Grubby

3/9 – Inwood Hill Park, HRM 13.5: Around midday I saw a flock of fifty brown-headed cowbirds, mostly males, on the upper ball fields. Red maples were dropping their little flowers, raspberry-red with lots of yellow pollen. Crocuses were in bloom. In the Clove, snowdrops were abundant, and leaves of lesser celandine were as well. Robins were back; cardinals and a blue jay were very vocal and a red-bellied woodpecker was calling and drumming without pause. A mockingbird began to imitate all of them. Up on the ridge, amid evergreen carpets of periwinkle leaves, there were now a few flowers. An Asian hybrid witch-hazel was in bloom, unlike our native species that bloomed nearby in late fall. I came upon a garter snake in a sunny but sheltered spot, exactly where I saw one last year.  – Thomas Shoesmith

3/15 – Manhattan, HRM 1: Our intern, Kevin Stew, caught our first spotted hake of the year today from our fish traps at the River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25. It was 75 millimeters long. We don’t usually catch very many hakes, so this one was really exciting! – Jessica Bonamusa

Spotted Hake

Spotted Hake

[Spotted hake (Urophycis regia) is one of eight members of the cod family (Gadidae) documented for the Hudson River estuary. Among the other seven are some familiar names such as the Atlantic cod, Atlantic tomcod, and pollock, as well as silver hake (whiting), red hake (ling), white hake, and the fourbeard rockling. All are considered to be marine strays except for the tomcod, a migratory diadromous species that enters the estuary each fall to spawn under the winter ice. – Tom Lake.]

 

All our jelly beans will be green,

UGS

 

 

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Happy Met Breuer Opening Weekend, Maple Week and National BioDiesel Day, UESiders!

Would it be any other way but that the UES’s newest museum debuts with a whirlwind of exhibits, talk long and short, extended hours and special events, including Family Sunday!   For the full program

Yes, and March 18th is also the b’day of diesel engine inventor, one Rudolph Diesel whose original design used peanut oil as its energy source!

Diesel  remained a devout believer in plant oils importance to powering America as per his 1912 speech:  “The use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today, but such oils may become, in the course of time, as important as petroleum and the coal-tar products of the present day.”

How about waaaaaaay more important… Along with wind, sun and a host of power sources as yet unknown!! 

On to the week ahead: 

Saturday,  March 19th:   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, Rising Sun Beef, Ballard Honey, Ole Mother Hubbard, Samascott, Gajeski  and Consider Bardwell Farms. –  with Consider Bardwell and their fabulous maple syrup ground zero for UES Maple Week activity!

(Alewife’s is taking a time out to concentrate on spring planting!)

And there’s hint from Market Manager-in-Chief Margaret:  “Don’t forget local honey is the best treatment for seasonal allergies, but you need to start eating it now to minimize symptoms later!”

Last week’s recycling totals:  TBA lbs. batteries; TBA cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 9 1/2 compost bins;  25 bags of clothes. 

Another 9 1/2 bins (1,228 lbs) with 340 of you great people dropping off!!

Saturday, March 19th:  Trees New York Garden Pruning Class

Mount Pleasant Community Garden, Pleasant Avenue between 118th & 119th Street, 10am

Learn the art of pruning shrubs, roses, fruit trees and whatever else might be unruly in the Mount Pleasant Garden from Tree Whisperer Sam Bishop, Trees New York’s Education Director.  Does it get any better than gaining knowledge and neighborliness?!   To reserve a place: Sam@treesny.org

Saturday, March 19th:  32nd Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether

Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, The Bronx, 8:30am-4pm

Join thousands of your fellow/sister community gardeners and greening pros for a “day of sharing, networking and greening inspiration!  On this year’s agenda:  Workshops ranging from the new and innovative (including hands-on learning for young gardeners) to classic, ever-useful, basic. Pre-register by March 14th:  $5 for breakfast, workshops, lunch and t-shirts.  Register at the door: $7 for breakfast and workshops.  For full details and registration… 

Monday, March 21st:  Long Island Off-Shore Wind Hearing

333 Earle Ovington Boulevard, 4th Floor, Uniondale, Long Island, 11am

Raise your voice for clean power on the day and in the place the Long Island Power Authority’ll be voting for dirty new gas-fired plants or wind power!  Further encouragement:  Free bus transport to Uniondale provided by The Sierra Club!  To reserve a seat

On deck:

Saturday, March 26th:  Participatory Budgeting Vote at Greenmarket

One of Many Voting Sites But So Very Convenient, 10am-2pm

Look for yours truly positioned at a table.

Let’s get that $1 million going to the most deserving UES projects!!

For the full list of voting locations and projects

(Word that there’d also be voting by mail arrived late to us, but give applying a try and/or give CM Kallos’ office a call!)

Thursday, March 31st:  Faerie Queene Reading & Discussion 

Logos Bookstore, 1575 York Avenue, 7pm

Yes, the UES has a poetry group and it’ll be taking on the Spenser’s epic unfinished masterpiece, Book VI, Cantos I-VI!  (We like our masterpieces unfinished!)  (Then, on April 6th, Logos’ll be hosting the KYTV Reading Group’s discussion of Ron Chernow’s “Hamilton”!)

Saturday, April 16th:  New York Cares Day Spring

The Park of Your Choice, 9:30am-2pm

You bet we’ll be organizing UES It’s My Park Days (to be set soon), but dedicating some time to New York Cares’ projects is always so worthwhile…  They’re intending to clean and green some 70 NYC Parks this one April day!  For full details… 

For once a short list of gripes and grins:

Jobs a plenty at Parks…  From summer stints to permanent posts…  From junior camp counselors to licensed electricians!

(Or you could apply to be a professional ninja!)

Yearning for compost collection in your park, community garden or other community space?   Partnership for Parks and the Citizens Committee for New York have grants to get it up and running

Who would have Disney World would have forged a brave, innovative new path in garbage-handling nigh on to 50 years ago…  And would have inspired but a single follower…  Roosevelt Island?!!

HA!  General Mills just announced it’ll be labeling GMOs in its products!!

NYC’s greenest skyscrapers…!

But then:

Think the 86th Street from Lex east couldn’t be more architecturally banal?  If only.  Witness this planned 210-foot tall addition… 

Or this proposed Bjarke Ingels redo of 2 Penn Plaza…  

Or that our transportation brainiacs realize they’ve issued a plan that’ll put a ferry stop cheek-by-howl with a garbage dump?

Hey, animals:

Inevitable maybe given the plunge in revenue, but amazing all the same…  SeaWorld’s ending its orca performances and breeding program! 

For crying out loud, European storks are cutting their migration routes short in lieu of feeding on continental food dumps

Calling all striped bass fishermen!  NYState’s launching a Cooperative Angler project aimed at best managing our striped bass population!  For the lowdown

Beachcombing wolves 

Ever easier to be green,

UES

 

 

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