A Most Happy St. Patrick’s Day, UESiders!!
And while we New Yorkers have years of experience on how best to celebrate, the Russians (of all people!!) seem to have us beat with their (8 day!!) Irish Week!!
With a giant green Erin Go Bragh…
Let’s hit the week ahead:
Friday, March 16th: NYSkies Astronomy Seminar
McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-9:30pm
Star master John Pasmino explains the perihelic opposition of Mars… “Periehelic” being when Mars is closest to earth and us!! Free and so enlightening!!
Saturday, March 17th: 82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket
82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm
Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm
At their even greener than usual tables will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Consider Bardwell, Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Gajeski, Hawthorne and Nolasco Farms!!
Market Manager G. advises: “Pick up ingredients for a traditional St. Paddy’s Day feast and/or grab Hawthorne Valley’s delicious soda bread!! Stop by the info tent for a very special green cooking demo!!”
Last week’s recycling totals: 77 lbs. batteries; 16 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 5 pairs eye glasses; 12 compost bins; 35 bags of clothes.
Back in the 12 bin groove!!
Saturday, March 17th: The 2018 Ben Kallos Chess Challenge
Eleanor Roosevelt High School, 411 East 76th Street, 10am-3pm (Check in: 8:15-9:30am)
Last year saw kids (K-12) from 94 schools testing their chess mettle! This year…? We’re prepared to be amazed!! Organized by the great Chess In Schools. Completely free, but players must register by Tuesday, March 13th ChessInTheSchools.org!! (So it’s too late to register, but this’s got to be really fun to watch!!)
Sunday, March 25th: Terrific Turtles Program!
Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, 1-3pm
So much to know about this wonderful creature as we humans hike around on some of its prime turf! Absolutely family friendly!! Tickets, $3 per person, $5 for a family. For more and reservation (you must)…
Thursday, March 29th: Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Forum
University Settlement / YMCA Houston Center, 273 Bowery Stteet, Seminar Room 1, 11am-1pm
At which NYC DEP will hopefully present improvements to our city’s water treatment system which, whenever there’s 1/4-inch of rain, permits polluted stormwater runoff containing raw sewage, an array of other toxins and debris to discharge directly into local waterways!! Organized by the great people of SWIM. For further details and to register…
Saturday, March 31st: If Trash Could Talk Poetry Reading
67th Street Branch Library, 328 East 67th Street, 2pm
The poetry, stories and musings of the UES’s most active advocates of recycling/reuse, Jacqueline Ottman!! Come one, come all!! Free!!
May it be solidly spring-like bu the time April rolls around:
Saturday, April 14th: Ridgewood Reservoir Tour
Meeting site accompanies registration, 10:30am
NYC H2O’s Jonathan Turer leads an exploration of the one-time NYC water source, now an unspoiled green treasure in our city’s heart! A collaboration with the Historic District Council. Friends of the Council, $15. Non-members, $20. For tickets and more…
Saturday, April 21st: Shred-A-Thon – Earth Day Edition
82nd Street/St. Stephen Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First & York, 10am-2pm
Just another 4 weeks:
NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.
REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings.
NO HARDCOVER BOOKS. (But paperbacks are fine.)
(Take those hardcovers to Goodwill or Housing Works.)
We’re so grateful to AM Seawright and CMs Powers and Seawright for the generous grants that make Shred-A-Thons possible!!
Saturday, April 28th Spring Migration Bird Walk
Meet at the Jamaica Bay Refuge Visitor Center, 10am
Get to know some of the wonderful 9,000 acres (as in 20 square miles) of open bay, saltmarsh, mudflats, upland fields, woods, and migrating birds that visit them!! Your guide: Emeritus NYC birder, Don Riepe!! Free. For more and directions: 718-474-0896 or email@example.com…
Saturday, May 19th to Sunday, October 28th: Georgia O’Keefe – Visions of Hawai’i
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx
The lush, gorgeous work created by the genius O’Keefe during her nine week stay in Hawaii in 1939…Paintings unseen in NYC since 1940 and accompanied by a host of special events !! Tickets from $12 to $25. For more…
In the miscellany file:
Commencing with a wonderful local summer internship opportunities for high schoolers at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum!! (Scroll down further to check our the Museum’s summer camps for ages 6-8 and 9-12)
Moving on to:
As always, including a generous bunch of activism:
Meanwhile, all around the world, rampant urban housing shortages are inspiring new approaches…
And that he acts to preserve our state’s forests…
A great MTS headline, yes, but we can’t rest on our laurels when:
Quite astonishing – if not kind of embarassing – the progress China’s made in reducing pollution in just 4 years…
Interesting that a Chinese company’ll be building a recycling plant in the U.S.… This when American scrap’s barred from import into China…
And the number of impoverished communities willing to live side-by-side with big city waste in landfills is on a steep decline… Case and point!!
And just so you know:
These things’re sprinkled all over the American landscape, but… Well, just read…
You bet, there’s a Carton Council (as in milk and beverage-type cartons) of North America and its recent survey is full of more good news!! (We NYCers recycle them in our glass/plastic/metals bins!)
From our NYS Conservation Officers’ diary (clue below)…
Further on the subject of design, L.A.’s just appointed it’s first architectural design and preservation czar!! (We sure could use one…)
Interesting combination: Ben Franklin and tofu…
Not that it applies to us, but we just love this announcement/order/advice from the NYS DEC: “REMINDER: Ice anglers must remove all
#icefishing shanties on the ice by tomorrow, March 15th. Shanties that fall partially through the ice become hard to remove and create hazards to snowmobiles and other motorized vehicles on the ice. “
It’s animal time:
Globe-trotting adoptee combat cats…
No problem if you missed Nat Geo’s really excellent Jane Goodall doc (“Jane”) earlier in the week… It’s On Demand and free!!
How about a pet you can have for 50-plus years…?
The Hudson River Almanac provides the aquatic:
3/1 – Manhattan: It was overcast and warm as we went to check our research gear in Hudson River Park in The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25. We caught an assortment of critters including isopods, grass shrimp (Palaemonetes sp.) and two small mud crabs. It’s not often that our most exciting catching is an alien, in this case an Asian shore crab. – Siddhartha Hayes, Toland Kister, Siri Dolce-Bengtsson, Omar Gabr
The Asian Shore Crab (Hemigrapsus sanguineus) is an invasive species that likely arrived in the United Staates in the ballast of cargo ships. It is native to the inshore ocen areas around China and Japan. The Asian shore crab favors rocky intertidal areas and occupies similar habitats and competes with our native mud crabs (Panopeidae). Adults can grow to 42 millimeters carapace width. – Tom Lake)
(The likes of us could easily add to Hudson River fish knowledge by lending a hand with the DEC’s Cooperative Angler Program!!)
We’re green 365 days a year, not just on the 17th,