Happy Farmers Market Weekend, UESiders!!

The final two days of Farmers Market Week 2018…

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

Then came Saturday’s pelting rain forecast!!

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

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

As for the week ahead:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Park Avenue, 72nd to Chambers Streets

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

Saturday, August 11th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

At their tables will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey,  Sikking Flowers, Samascott,  Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski,  Ale Wife, Hawthorne, Walnut Hill Farm and Cherry Lane Farms!!

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

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

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

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

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

Bring on those makeup wands, ladies!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, August 12th:  The 92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

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

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

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

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

Closing in on 5 bins!!

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

East River Esplanade at 90th Street

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

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

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

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

And then:

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

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

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

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

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

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

And then:

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

1064 First Avenue, 11am-3pm

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

Looming on the horizon: 

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

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

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

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

Manhattan Location, 5:30am-1pm

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

Saturday, September 22nd:  Jamaica Bay Sunset Ecology Cruise

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

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

Sunday, September 23rd:  Marble Hill Walking Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Going more serious:

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

Still more UES construction afoot

And more still

Thank goodness this UWS structure will be saved!!

Into our activist mode:

Should you think asbestos regulations should not be relaxed

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

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

Going brighter:

How about a Manhattan beach…?! !

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

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

Same for our Environmental Conservation Officers

Among the world’s most amazing waterfalls are

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

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

In the animal world:

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

giant oyster

That Giant Oyster

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

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

Staying aquatic, we ask:

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

Among the furry, scaled and finned:

Choose your animal cam...!!

Designer cat furniture

squirrel of many hats

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

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

horseshoe crab

A Horseshoe Crab

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

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

Toadfish

An Oyster Toadfish

And with that…

See you in September, friends,

UGS

 

 

 

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

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

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

(It’s also Harlem Week all August!!)

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

But let’s talk the next 7 days: 

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

Park Avenue, 72nd to Chambers Streets

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

Saturday, August 4th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

With us will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey,  Sikking Flowers, Samascott,  Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski,  Ale Wife, Hawthorne, Walnut Hill Farm and Cherry Lane Farms!!

So where’s Rising Sun Beef, you ask?

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

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

NEWS FLASH #2!!

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

NEWS FLASH #3:

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

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

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

Sunday, July  22nd:  The 92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

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

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

 

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

Phillips peaches are pretty darned divine!!

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

Yet another 4 bin week!!

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

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

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

Coming up fast:

Saturday, August 11th:  Ridgewood Resevoir Community Tour 

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

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

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

The East River Esplanade at 90th Street

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

Wednesday, August 22nd  Archipelago New York Evening Cruise

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

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

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

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

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

Or supporting  the rights of Nature on our own Mother Earth

Refocusing local:

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

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

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

Yet another UES block likely coming down

Where the great Tallulah Bankhead once lived among us

As always, animals:

And the bird of the week is:

 

  The Gray Catbird

And the Mother Bird of the Century

Latest from the Hudson River Almanac:

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

 A Bluefish

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

       A Lion’s Mane                Jellyfish

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

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

       That Baby  Oyster Toadfish    

Green in our briefness,

UGS

 

 

 

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Happy International Moth Week, UESiders!!

And how better to celebrate this particular 7 days (in addition to festivities at Brooklyn’s 4th Street Garden noted below) than spotting a moth, butterfly, beetle…  Even a lowly fly…  Then reporting that sighting to the NYS Empire State Native Pollinator Survey!! 

(There’s an on-going NYS Birding Challenge, too!!)

But there’s more than moths and birds to the coming week:

Thursday Evenings:  Stamp Out Blindweed at Stuyvesant Cove!

Stuyvesant Cove Park, East River Esplanade at 23rd Street, 5-7pm 

It is quite pretty-looking, but it’s a Mongolian invader vine and poor Stuyvesant Cove’s crawling with the stuff and needs our weed-pulling hands!!  Drinks provided!!  For full details…  (We don’t want this stuff spreading northwards!!)

Friday, July 20th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-9:30pm 

Starmaster John Pasmino explains lunar occultation…   An ‘occultation’ being the hiding or covering of a angularly small celestial object by a larger one.  Wow!!   Free!!

Saturday, July 21st:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

At their tables will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey,  Sikking Flowers, Samascott, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski,  Ale Wife, Hawthorne and Cherry Lane Farms!!

AND…

This week adds yet another great farmer to the 82nd Street Greenmarket family…  Walnut Hill Farm…  With their amazing pork charcuterie…  i.e. salami, ham and sausages!!  (“Perfect with the market’s many delicious cheeses,” Market Manager G advises! ) 

AND…

Market Manager G continues:  “Get inspired with a spiralized dish for the demo, then grab the beginning of the field tomatoes, the start of corn, eggplant and beyond!!”

AND…

G continues, “Welcome back our resident Master Knife Sharpener!!! 

AND…

Be sure to bring your own container for 82nd Street’s 2018 First Come-First Serve Compost Giveaway!!

Recycling totals 7/21:  61 lbs batteries;  22 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  10 compost bins; 41 bags of clothes!! 

Excellent!!

Sunday, July 22nd:  The 92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

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

Could well be that the Master Knife Sharpener will be with us, too!

Then there’s this wisdom from Market Manager G:  “This Sunday, the star of the show is the grill!  Get inspired by some grass fed burgers with a refreshing tzatziki. And don’t forget to get your frequent shopper card punched at the market info tent. (If you need one, we will happily give one to you to reward your dedication to one of your seasonal favorite markets!)”

Might even be another round of giveaway compost on hand!!

And for those who might have missed getting up close and personal with Halal’s epic zucchini:

zucchini

One Epic Zucchini

Recycling totals:   7/15 – 24 lbs batteries, 8 lbs corks, cords, cellphones and cartridges; 4 compost bins   

Holding firm at 4!!

Sunday, July 22nd:  Moth Night 2018! 

East 4th Street Community Garden179 East 4th Street between Caton Ave and Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn, 8-10pm

High time we celebrated the butterfly’s lesser esteemed cousins, that humble but vital creature… The moth!!  And who better to lead the festivities and appreciation of this 1400 member species than naturalist, writer and founding member of the NYC Butterfly Club, the great Don Riepe!!  Co-sponsored by the Sierra Club.  Free and it doesn’t get more family friendly!!

Sunday, July 22nd & Thursday, July 26th: Composting with the Green Park Gardeners

East River Esplanade at 62nd Street, Sunday: 10am-12pm, Thursday: 2-4pm

If there’s a moment of moral superiority greater than dropping off one’s compost, it’s the act of learning how to convert food scraps into plant-nourishing compost with one’s own – gloved – hands!!  Add good company and…  Well, you’ll thank yourself!!   Just wear comfortable clothes you won’t mind getting dirty!!  For more, give Composter Supremo Marise a call:  212-688-1632…

Wednesday, July 25th to Sunday, August 12th:  Store Front – The Disappearing Face of New York Exhibition

Storefront Project Gallery, 70 Orchard Street 

James and Karla Murray have pretty much dedicated their creative lives to preserving images of the ever-dwindling, one-of-a-kind, totally NYC-centric neighborhood business.   Their focus this time out:  Small businesses of the Lower East Side!!  For more

Sunday, July 29th:  Paper Shredding on the Upper West Side

230 West 72nd Street between Broadway and West End Avenue, 10am-2pm

Safely shred and recycle up to 3 boxes of confidential documents, free! Sponsored by Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal.  For more:  212-873-6368. 

Tuesday, July 31st:  Queenboro Bridge Area Committee Meeting

New York Blood Center, 310 East 67th Street, 6:30pm

Under discussion this time out:  Continued conceptual planning for Andrew Haswell Green Phase 3:  Transition from East Midtown Greenway through the former Sanitation Building to AHG Phase 2B (i.e. immediately south of the Aycock Pavilion).  A propos of that scathing Center for an Urban Future’s report, plans for this 3-block segment of the Esplanade’s been under discussion/”design” since 2005!!  Meanwhile, the disaster that is Tram Plaza is cited as a design reference!!  Be smart of us citizens to make sure that this certain-to-be-costly thing gets done right!! 

August already:

Friday, August 3rd:  Wildflower Workshop with Swale

Swale at Nolan Park, Governors Island, 1-5pm

You know Swale…  The barge that’s farm!  Now it’s developed a landlubberly branch – as ever focused on food access, ecology and horticulture – on Governors Island and will be celebrating with classes in flower weaving, plant-based fabric dyes and the brewing of a special Swale tea!!  $125.  For complete details and tickets… 

Tuesday, August 7th:  Why Do Honey Bees Like Dirty Water Lecture

The Arsenal, 830 Fifth Avenue at 64th Street, 3rd floor, 6pm

Honey bee nutritional ecologist Rachael Bonoan answers the question of why when beekeepers  give their bees a really nice, clean dish of water, those bees always go for really dirty water sources!  Organized by the Honeybee Conservancy.  Free but a $20 donation to aid Haitian beekeeping is suggested.  For more and tickets…  

Miscellany…  Miscellaneous activism on deck first:

Ex-EPA head Scott Pruitt’s last act in office was rolling back regulations on new trucks fitted with old, most-polluting engines.  Should you think this roll back should be rescinded...

Or that the Endangered Species Act should remain intact

Or that NYState should ban plastic straws

Give The Times on the Plum Island sale a read (if you’re not familiar) and should you object...

If you continue – and, yes, the poor things are still under attack – to believe the sage grouse deserves protection... 

Effects of a warmer world on the Cedars of Lebanon

Going brighter and lighter:

Who knew NYC’s testing a Meatless Monday school lunch program…?

14,000-year old bread

Have to say, NYS’s artificial reef program is pretty impressive…  (Scroll way down!)

And then:

In the We-Are-Not-Alone-But-Wish-It-Wasn’t-So Category:  Yes, while our subway and much else in NYC’s crumbling, so’s  the Taj Mahal...

The week in critters:

And the winners of the UK AKC photo competion are

How to travel with your cat

How to attract bats (They’re pollinators, too!  We want ’em!!)…

Why did the snake cross the road…?  (Scroll down.)

Animal wisdom on fatherhood

Then from the Hudson River Almanac:

7/2 – Manhattan: We braved the sweltering heat to check our research sampling gear in Hudson River Park at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25. The payoff included pots and traps brimming with fish. We counted nine tautog (275-310 mm), four oyster toadfish (50-205 mm), a lined sea horse (70 mm), and a northern pipefish (200 mm). Among the fish we also found two spider crabs (60 mm). – Henry Doering, Claire O’Loughlin, Paula Lavalle

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lined seahorse

Remembering that it’s still Plastic Free July,

UGS

 

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Happy Invasive Species Awareness Week, City of Water and NYC Open Garden Day, UESiders!!

Have to say, NYC could be a bit more active on this score (check the NYS schedule of events for our Lower Hudson area), but kudos to the NY Botanical Garden for their EcoQuest program with its emphasis on citizen science and, this Saturday’s focus on the insidiousTree of Heaven!!  

Then there’s the 2018’s City of Water Day…  Think everything from free cruises to cardboard kayaking to Disney fun for kids to live music to neighborhood events and so much more!!

And what could be more delightful than a visit to one of of our city’s 70 – as in SEVENTY – great community gardens!!  Each has it’s own fun offerings…  Cooking and compost demos..  Garden tours…  Informal classes about bees, chickens and – of course –  gardening!!  

And those are just this week’s openers: 

Friday, July 13th:  Summer Fun at Ruppert Park

Second Avenue at 91st Street, 4-6pm

How about a great collection of games combined with arts and crafts, all designed for the enjoyment of the younger set!!  Organized by Ruppert Park Stewards, the Moslem Volunteers of America!!   Free!!   (There’ll be more fun to come on August 10th and September 14th!!)

Saturday, July 14th:  NYBG/EcoQuest Tracking the Tree of Heaven Event

Newtown Creek, 10am-12pm

As part of Invasive Species Awareness week, join the New York Botanical Garden and EcoQuest in exploring the urban wilds of Newtown Creek documenting – via easy to use mobile App iNaturalist –  as many Ailanthus (Tree of Heaven) trees as possible…  The Tree of Heaven being favored by the highly destructive Spotted Lantern Fly (Lycorma delicatula) a pest not yet found in New York. Our hosts, the Newtown Creek Alliance (www.newtowncreekalliance.org) will give a brief history of the site and share their work to bring the creek back to life.  Free but you MUST sign up

Saturday, July 14th:  NY City of Water Day

All Along our Five Boroughs’ Coasts, 10am-4pm

So many ways to partake of NYC’s water wonder…   Free!!  Enjoy!! 

Saturday, July 14th:  Open Garden Day NYC

Throughout Our City, 11am-3pm

Visit…   Learn at a class on, say, the art of weeding…  Or zumba!!  For the complete rundown…  (Thank you, Parks Department and Green Thumb Program!!)

Garden Day 2018

Senior Outreach Coordinator, Kenneth Williams, in front of Diamante Garden in East Harlem.

Saturday, July 14th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

With us will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey,  Sikking Flowers, Samascott, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski,  Ale Wife, Hawthorne and Cherry Lane Farms!!

PLUS…

Commencing at 10am, Dana Jacobi – noted chef, cookbook author and UES resident – pays a summer visit to the market with recipes that’ll be giving us new perspectives on summer greens!! 

PLUS…

Never mind the temp, we’ll be listening to the cool jazz of the BC Jazz Trio!!

PLUS…

Next week, bring your own container for GrowNYC’s 2018 First Come-First Serve Compost Giveaway!!

Recycling totals 7/7:  74 lbs batteries;  15 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  3 pairs eye glasses;  11 mascara wands; 12 compost bins; 34 bags of clothes!!

Back in the 12 bin groove!! 

Sunday, July 15th:  The 92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

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

News Flash #1:  Bring your own container for the GrowNYC’s 2018 First Come-First Served Compost Giveway!!

News Flash #2:  Sun Fed’s saying 92nd’s their best market for lamb sales!!

Recycling totals:   6/24 – 32 lbs batteries, 13 lbs corks, cords, cellphones and cartridges; 3 compost bins    7/8 – 38 lbs batteries, 24 lbs corks, cords, cellphones and cartridges;  4 compost bins  

YES!!  A 1 whole bin jump in just 2 weeks!!!

Sunday, July 15th & Thursday, July 19th: Composting with the Green Park Gardeners

East River Esplanade at 62nd Street, Sunday: 10am-12pm, Thursday: 2-4pm

Converting food scraps to the black gold of compost…  A so important piece of the waste puzzle that’ll have us reducing UES garbage another 40%!!   What’s more,  composting’s fun!!  Novices and old hands…  All are welcome…  Just wear comfortable clothes you won’t mind getting dirty!!  For more, give Composter Supremo Marise a call:  212-688-1632…

Monday, July 16th:  New York Women, War & Patriotism, 1812-1918

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 6-7:30pm

And we quote, “Enjoy an after-hours evening at the Museum, and meet the descendants of Hildreth Meière, mural artist, designer, and member of The Colonial Dames of America.  Meière was one of the thousands of women who enlisted in the Navy during WWI and her story is featured in the exhibit!!   Plus:  Enjoy a special selection of songs from the era of the Great War performed by Paul Errico!  Members, free.   Non-members, $9.  But RSVPs required for all

Tuesday, July 17th:  What To Do With All That Stuff Forum

Draesal Hall, Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street, 6-8pm

Experts explain hoarding disorders and how they can be addressed, what the available resources are and more!!   Sponsored by Assembly Member Krueger.  Free.  To sign up call 212-288-4607 or  go to

Tuesday, July 17th to Sunday, July 22nd:  “Romeo & Juliet” in Carl Schurz Park

Schurz Park, 86th Street at East End Avenue, 7pm

The New York Classical Theater’s superb 6-character, on-the-move production and right in our own beautiful UES backyard!!  Sponsored by CM Kallos!!  Free, but (scroll down) RSVPing is a total must...  

Thursday, July 19th:  Urbanist Summer Scavenger Hunt!

Meet at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, 6pm

And we quote, “Test your knowledge of local urban activism in the West Village, old stomping grounds of Jane Jacobs and the birthplace of New York City’s LGBT rights movement, is a neighborhood steeped in civic history!!  The hunt will highlight sites of social and architectural significance, as well as those tied to MAS’s 125-year history of advocacy!!”  Organized by MAS Urbanists and AIA New York’s Archtober!  Urbanist members free.  Non-members, $10.  For tickets…  (We need to organize something similar for the UES!!)

Then:

Thursday, July 26th:  Free Mammogram Screening

1485 York Avenue between 78th & 79th Streets, 9am-2pm

Yes, free mammograms for women 40 and older who’ve not had a mammogram for more than a year.  All insurances accepted, with co-pays and deductibles waived.  Free for uninsured women over 40.  Co-sponsored by Assembly Member Seawright & Council Member Kallos!!  Just call for the required appointment:  800-564-6868. 

Thursday, July 26th:  Minetta Brook Walking Tour  

Meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 12 West 12th Street, 630-8:30pm

Urban explorer Steve Duncan traces the below-the-surface Minetta Brook’s 1.5 streambed and details the waterway’s historic past and largely invisible present…  (Believe it or not, the stream can stil be seen through some manhole covers!!)  Organized by NYC H2O.   $30.  For tickets and more… 

Sunday, July 29th:  Paper Shredding on the Upper West Side

230 West 72nd Street between Broadway and West End Avenue, 10am-2pm

Safely shred and recycle up to 3 boxes of confidential documents, free! Sponsored by Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal.  For more:  212-873-6368. 

Tuesday, July 31st:  Queenboro Bridge Area Committee Meeting

New York Blood Center, 310 East 67th Street, 6:30pm

Under discussion this time out:  Continued conceptual planning for Andrew Haswell Green Phase 3:  Transition from East Midtown Greenway through the former Sanitation Building to AHG Phase 2B (i.e. immediately south of the Aycock Pavilion).  A propos of that scathing Center for an Urban Future’s report, plans for this 3-block segment of the Esplanade’s been under discussion/”design” since 2005!!  Meanwhile, the disaster that is Tram Plaza is cited as a design reference!!  Be smart of us citizens to make sure that this certain-to-be-costly thing gets done right!! 

Let there be miscellany and activism:

Should you object to the killing of wolf pups and bear cubs in our national parks

If you think all New Yorkers should have access to solar power

Or that estuaries – like our East River – should be studied and their environmental contributions understood

The latest micro plastic study… 

Say what?!  People are stealing saguaro cactuses from the National Park to which they gave a name??!!  (Bring on the microchips!!)

Whoa!!  Tips on how to not start wildfires when we’re out enjoying the wild…

Sunnier:

So what’s pan fishing we ask??  (Scroll down to Page 4!)

Our state’s wonderful, historic covered bridges!!  (Scroll down to Page 10!)

From rubbish to raptors, NYS Conservation Officers have had plenty on their hands!

Brighter still:

Remember that 18-year old guy who a couple of years ago proposed a kind of giant arm to clean plastic from one of the Pacific gyres and then got the project crowd funded…?  Well, the finished mechanism’s on the verge of launching!!  

So what’s pan fishing we ask??  (Scroll down to Page 4!)

Our state’s wonderful, historic covered bridges!!  (Scroll down to Page 10!)

From rubbish to raptors, NYS Conservation Officers have had plenty on their hands!!

How’s this for a summer job:

Adirondack Fire Warden

A NYS fire warden standing by his stone shelter on the summit of Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondack Mountains, circa 1916. (Note telephone wires running from the shelter!)

Abraham Lincoln  Honored in the Wrestling Hall of Fame?

Hey, animals:

And we quote: “From Museum Drawers, Scientist Uncover Our Sooty Past“…  (With the help of birds!)

Meanwhile, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act’s in peril

On the bright side, there’s now a website aiming to reduce bird/communications tower collisions...  (Scroll down to Page 4!)

Hawaiian cat sanctuary…  (Scroll down to Page 9!)

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

6/27 – Brooklyn, New York City: The staff from the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy seined in the East River this afternoon at the Pier 4 beach. We began on the north side capturing a YOY blueback herring (40 mm), as well as an Atlantic tomcod (60 mm). Baby blueback herring appeared in our seine last June as well and we are still not certain where they come from.

Then, for the first time, we hauled our seine on the south side where it is very narrow and constrained by a marina. As we landed the seine on the sand, we thought we had picked up a huge rock. The “rock” turned out to be a massive amount of sea lettuce (Ulva latucca) and other algae. In the algae we found YOY Atlantic silverside (30 mm) and shore shrimp. – Christina Tobitsch, Haley McClanahan, Shad Hopson, Eliza Phillips

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Sea Lettuce

[The continued presence, in impressive numbers, of YOY Atlantic tomcod in the Hudson River this spring, from the Hudson Highlands downriver to the East River, has been nothing short of amazing (and unexpected). There must have been a very strong spawning season for them this winter under the ice of the estuary.  – Tom Lake]

Yours in evergreenness,

UGS

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Happy Plastic Free Month of July, UESiders!!

And here’s how to celebrate:

*Avoid plastic-packed products!

* Choose loose produce and products in paper packaging!

*Bring your own reuseable bags to do all your grocery shopping, be it at Greenmarket or Gristede’s/C-Town/Morton Williams/Food Emporium/Fairway/Whole Foods!!

*Take plastic containers and bags you use to transport compostables to market back home, wash and recycle…  Or use for compost transport again!!  (“Contaminated”/AKA dirty plastic is worth infinitely less in the plastic scrap marketplace!!) 

And just in case we ever wonder why plastic avoidance matters, check out this scuba dive in the waters off Bali... 

(Meanwhile, we should all be laundering our reusable bags every couple weeks!!)

Time for the week ahead:

Saturday, July 7th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

Tabling will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey,  Sikking Flowers, Samascott, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski,  Ale Wife, Hawthorne and Cherry Lane Farms!!

But, no, no Master Knife Sharpener this weekend…  Fingers crossed she’ll be back soon!!

Been making tea (iced, of course!!) with Gayeski’s lovely camomille!! 

Recycling totals 6/30:  75 lbs batteries;  16 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  9 pairs eye glasses;  11 compost bins; 40 bags of clothes!!

Fill those 12 bins!!  Fill those 12 bins!! 

Sunday, July 8th:  The 92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

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

Have to say Hallal Pastures cukes are amazing!!

Recycling totals:   6/24 – TBA   7/1 –  28 lbs. batteries;  17 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;   compost – 3 1/4 bins

Bring on that compost, people!!

Sunday, July 8th & Thursday, July 12th: Composting with the Green Park Gardeners

East River Esplanade at 62nd Street, Sunday: 10am-12pm, Thursday: 2-4pm

Converting food scraps to the black gold of compost…  We UESiders compost at every opportunity!!  We even produce compost ourselves!!  Case and point:  The Green Park Gardeners Compost Project!!  Great for area gardens and yet another way to get acquainted with great green neighbors!!  For more, give Composter Supremo Marise a call:  212-688-1632…

Monday, July 9th: Army Corps of Engineers Harbor Storm Barrier Presentation

Borough of Manhattan Community Center in Tribeca, enter at 199 Chambers Street, 6pm

Seems like the Corps is looking to push through a slapped-together plan with unstudied environmental consequences…  Especially for Flood Zone A shoreline areas like ours!!  For more on the proposal…  

Monday, July 9th:  Community Board 8 Transportation Committee Meeting – Crosstown Bike Lanes

Regina Peruggi Room, Marymount Manhattan College, 221 East 70th Street, 6:30pm

Number 4 on the Committee’s July agenda:  A DOT Presentation for proposed bike and shared lanes on 65th and 66th Streets from Fifth  to York Avenue and 84th and 85th Streets from Fifth to East End Avenue!!  

As the month unfolds:

Monday, July 16th:  New York Women, War & Patriotism, 1812-1918

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 6-7:30pm

And we quote, “Enjoy an after-hours evening at the Museum, and meet the descendants of Hildreth Meière, mural artist, designer, and member of The Colonial Dames of America.  Meière was one of the thousands of women who enlisted in the Navy during WWI and her story is featured in the exhibit!!   Plus:  Enjoy a special selection of songs from the era of the Great War performed by Paul Errico!  Members, free.   Non-members, $9.  But RSVPs required for all

Tuesday, July 17th:  What To Do With All That Stuff Forum

Draesal Hall, Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street, 6-8pm

Experts explain hoarding disorders and how they can be addressed, what the available resources are and more!!   Sponsored by Assembly Member Krueger.  Free.  To sign up call 212-288-4607 or  go to

Tuesday, July 17th to Sunday, July 22nd:  “Romeo & Juliet” in Carl Schurz Park

Schurz Park, 86th Street at East End Avenue, 7pm

The New York Classical Theater’s superb 6-character, on-the-move production and right in our own beautiful UES backyard!!  Sponsored by CM Kallos!!  Free, but (scroll down) RSVPing is a total must...  

Thursday, July 19th:  Urbanist Summer Scavenger Hunt!

Meet at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, 6pm

And we quote, “Test your knowledge of local urban activism in the West Village, old stomping grounds of Jane Jacobs and the birthplace of New York City’s LGBT rights movement, is a neighborhood steeped in civic history!!  The hunt will highlight sites of social and architectural significance, as well as those tied to MAS’s 125-year history of advocacy!!”  Organized by MAS Urbanists and AIA New York’s Archtober!  Urbanist members free.  Non-members, $10.  For tickets…  (We need to organize something similar for the UES!!)

Thursday, July 26th:  Minetta Brook Walking Tour  

Meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 12 West 12th Street, 630-8:30pm

Urban explorer Steve Duncan traces the below-the-surface Minetta Brook’s 1.5 streambed and details the waterway’s historic past and largely invisible present…  (Believe it or not, the stream can stil be seen through some manhole covers!!)  Organized by NYC H2O.   $30.  For tickets and more… 

As for miscellany:

New York State now has an Office of Climate Change!!

Seems like we’re going to need it as:

China’s on the verge of banning import of all recycled foreign scrap by 2020 

Change in our rain pattern

Meanwhile:

Not exactly in the Copenhagen class, but let’s give King County, Washington State props for a Gold LED waste transfer station design!!

And how about this for a laundromat design?

NYS Conservation Officers…  Protectors of timber rattlesnakes, moose and Bronx sunfish...!!  

Forest Rangers have been busy, too!!

Consumer Reports on how to make sure all your produce is pesticide free

How to hang a birdhouse without harming a tree

The life, times and the future of the Giant Sequoia

Folks are fishing (but not eating their catch) up and down our East River!!

How come we’re not saving and redeploying more great, vintage architectural detail…??

Critter time:

How to steer clear of bears when we’re out in nature… 

The Name That Bird Quiz…!!

And the NYC Feminist Bird Club…!!

state-of-the-art horse hospital

The NYC resident ghost crab

Uber cuteness alert:  When baby animals stand for the first time!! 

How/why whales got so big

Divers and chefs on the front lines of the invasive Lion Fish War

Dogs sniffing out ancient artifacts

Fingers crossed, a new bird deterrent system works!!

If there hasn’t been one before, there is one now…  A book  on the subject of the NYC pigeon!!

NYS bees (page 8) and fireflies (page 17)

Be staying cool in the greenest possible way,

UGS

 

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Happy 4th of July, UESiders!!

Happy barbecue!!  Happy cold brews!!  Happy fireworks on the East River!! 

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Sidalcea Hendersonii

Let’s get down on the week ahead:

Saturday, June 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 Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey,  Sikking Flowers, Samascott, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski,  Ale Wife, Hawthorne and Cherry Lane Farms!!

Yes, and the Master Knife Sharpener will be with us for yet another week!!

Tomatoes…  Tomatoes…  Tomatoes!!  So delicious!!

Now, we’re praying for corn…

Recycling totals 6/23:  71 lbs batteries;  14 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  7 pairs eye glasses;  10 compost bins; 38 bags of clothes!!

Wow, people!!  Keep those eye glasses coming!! 

Sunday, July 1st:  The 92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

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

Sikking’s flowers are pretty fantastic, yes? 

6/24 Battery/Cords/Compost Recycling:  TBA    Paper Shredded:  6400 lbs.

Yes!!  A fantastic 6400 lbs. !!

Sunday, July 1st & Thursday, July 5th: Composting with the Green Park Gardeners

East River Esplanade at 62nd Street, Sunday: 10am-12pm, Thursday: 2-4pm

Converting food scraps to the black gold of compost…  A so important piece of the waste puzzle that’ll have us reducing UES garbage another 40%!!   What’s more,  composting’s fun!!  Novices and old hands…  All are welcome…  Just wear comfortable clothes you won’t mind getting dirty!!  For more, give Composter Supremo Marise a call:  212-688-1632…

Monday, July 2nd:  Summer Seafood Boil at the Guggenheim

The Wright, Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue between 88th & 89th, 11:30am-330pm

Think Long Island clams, Gulf shrimp, Louisiana crawfish, and mussels with new potatoes and sweet corn, served with garlic butter and classic cocktail sauce!!  The full range of liquid refreshment, too!!  For reservations…   

Wednesday, July 4th:  Midsummer Night’s Swing at Lincoln Center

Plaza at Lincoln Center, 6pm

Dance to the fabulous music of the Mambo Kings Orchestra and DJ Trumix!!  And thanks to brilliant dance instructor Marlon “International” Mills you have your salsa down!!  $17 & $25.  For tickets and more

Thursday, July 5th:  “Paddington 2” Screening

96th Street Branch Library, 112 East 96th Street, 2pm

The beloved teddy searches for a perfect gift for his soon-to-be 100-year old aunt!!  Free.  For more

And then:

Monday, July 16th:  New York Women, War & Patriotism, 1812-1918

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 6-7:30pm

And we quote, “Enjoy an after-hours evening at the Museum, and meet the descendants of Hildreth Meière, mural artist, designer, and member of The Colonial Dames of America.  Meière was one of the thousands of women who enlisted in the Navy during WWI and her story is featured in the exhibit!!   Plus:  Enjoy a special selection of songs from the era of the Great War performed by Paul Errico!  Members, free.   Non-members, $9.  But RSVPs required for all

Tuesday, July 17th:  What To Do With All That Stuff Forum

Draesal Hall, Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street, 6-8pm

Experts explain hoarding disorders and how they can be addressed, what the available resources are and more!!   Sponsored by Assembly Member Krueger.  Free.  To sign up call 212-288-4607 or  go to

Thursday, July 26th:  Free Mammogram Screening

1485 York Avenue between 78th & 79th Streets, 9am-2pm

Yes, free mammograms for women 40 and older who’ve not had a mammogram for more than a year.  All insurances accepted, with co-pays and deductibles waived.  Free for uninsured women over 40.  Co-sponsored by Assembly Member Seawright & Council Member Kallos!!  Just call for the required appointment:  800-564-6868. 

Tuesday, July 31st:  Queenboro Bridge Area Committee Meeting

New York Blood Center, 310 East 67th Street, 6:30pm

Under discussion this time out:  Continued conceptual planning for Andrew Haswell Green Phase 3:  Transition from East Midtown Greenway through the former Sanitation Building to AHG Phase 2B (i.e. immediately south of the Aycock Pavilion).  A propos of that scathing Center for an Urban Future’s report, plans for this 3-block segment of the Esplanade’s been under discussion/”design” since 2005!!  Meanwhile, the disaster that is Tram Plaza is cited as a design reference!!  Be smart of us citizens to make sure that this certain-to-be-costly thing gets done right!! 

As for week in miscellany:

Yikes!!  Thailand’s set to ban the import of electronic waste – as in our electronic waste – on June 30th…   

But:

Ikea’s committed to eliminating all single-use plastics from its shelves and racks by 2020!!

The  great people of SWIM are standing fast for better NYS water quality standards!!

And:

NYC  has its first public greenhouse!!

Absolutely, kids once farmed in NYC…  (One UES location being the site of the present-day Rockefeller University…  Many of the “farmers” being children of Italian immigrants who’d settled on First between 60th and 65th!!) 

Plants to avoid even touching (with names like “giant hogweed”) when you’re out in the wild…!! 

Seems like the town of Hudson, New York is a hotbed of illegal ivory trading!! 

Meanwhile, NYS Forest Rangers are, as usual, quite busy

The Night of the Radishes…! 

Consumer Reports on the healthy stuff to eat on either side of that workout… 

How to clean your cutting boards

Let’s have some animals:

Baby hawks fledging…  Baby ospreys taking to the air…  Cornell’s Bird Cams are working overtime!

Okay, so our NYS tests and licenses folks in falconry, as wildlife rehabilitators and for leashed tracking dog handling!!

When hot weather and unpleasant bugs converge... 

How to help our NYS salmon and trout beat the heat

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A Trout Feeling Cool

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

6/11 – Crum Elbow, HRM 82: We caught a 6.5-foot-long, 187-pound female Atlantic sturgeon in our research net today. She was spawning – her eggs (caviar) were running – reconfirming this area as a spawning ground for her species (Acipenser oxyrinchus). In twelve years of catching adult Atlantic sturgeon in the river, this was only the second individual we caught that was actively spawning. Our sturgeon are collected, photographed, tagged, and released under Federal Permit 20340. – Amanda Higgs, Emilie Hickox, Russ Berdan, Gavan Greco

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That 187 Pound Sturgeon!

6/16 Wallkill River, HRM 77: It was nineteen years ago today as I walked along the edge of a fallow cornfield listening to the “witchity-witchity-witchity” song of the common yellowthroat, that I spotted a piece of gray stone (chert) protruding slightly from a crack in the dry earth. It was the thin edge of a small projectile point, 47 x 25 millimeters (mm), staring up at me having eroded out of the soil. I had found a very old Indian spear point that was later dated to c. 12,500 years ago. The implications reconfirmed our sense of the incredible time-depth of our watershed. – Tom Lake

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That Arrowhead

[This stone artifact was a Barnes-type fluted spear point, a style that originated in southwestern Ontario about 12,500 calendar years ago. The lithic material came from a bedrock quarry in Sussex County, NJ. These fluted points predate “arrowheads” by eleven thousand years and are a diagnostic tool of what archaeologists believe were the first of us, called Paleoindians, to enter the Hudson Valley. The Wallkill River Valley was a seasonal passageway for these hunter-gatherers from southwestern Ontario, through the Mohawk River Valley, then south along the Hudson River, stopping at stone quarries along the way, and following game herds into northern New Jersey. – Tom Lake]

6/19 – Manhattan: The resident pair of peregrine falcons put on quite a show today in Hell’s Kitchen. From the roof of my building I noticed a falcon calling out from the ledge of the building across the street. It was soon joined by its mate that had prey clasped in its talons. They sat there for a few minutes calling to each other, before bird number one took off, followed a moment later by bird number two. They soared directly overhead, doing three complete turns, before alighting on the apartment building on the opposite block. It made for a great morning! – Sean Gannon

peregrine falcon

A Peregrine Falcon

[Hell’s Kitchen is a neighborhood on the West Side of Midtown Manhattan, bordered by 34th Street to the south, 59th Street to the north, Eighth Avenue to the east, and the Hudson River to the west. The name first appeared in September 1881 when a New York Times reporter went to the West 30s with a police guide to get details of a multiple murder. He referred to a particularly infamous tenement at 39th Street and Tenth Avenue as “Hell’s Kitchen” and said that the entire section was “probably the lowest and filthiest in the city.” Thus 39th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues became known as Hell’s Kitchen and the name was later expanded to the surrounding streets.) – Mary Clark

May even our fireworks be green,

UGS

 

 

 

 

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Happy Pollinator Week, UESiders!!

cirsium-discolor

Ah, yes!!  Those wonderful butterflies, bees, birds, bats and bugs making possible one out of three bites of nourishment we humans consume each day!!  

Live, be well and multiply, you invaluable creatures!!

And a most happy beginning of summer to all us humans!!

Going to be some weekend and upcoming week:

Friday, June 22nd:  Skate Night on the Upper East Side

Stanley Isaacs Playground, First Avenue at 96th Street, Family Session – 5-6:30, Adult Session – 7-9pm

Skate or just make your best dance moves to a live DJ’s playlist!!  Bring your own skates or avail yourself of those provided!!  Sponsored by CM Kallos and NYC Parks.  Totally free, but registering is a must…   

Saturday, June 23rd:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

With us will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey,  Sikking Flowers, Samascott, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski,  Ale Wife, Hawthorne and Cherry Lane Farms!!

NEWS FLASH!!  The Master Knife Sharpener’s has just confirmed she’ll be at the market!!

Then there’s this from Uber Market Manager Margaret:  “For those of you missing Consider Bardwell’s delicious cheese not to worry ’cause they’ll now be with us at the Sunday 92nd Street Greenmarket!! 

Recycling totals 6/9:  64 lbs batteries;  10 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  6 pairs eye glasses;  10 compost bins; 50 bags of clothes!!

You folks are definitely cleaning closets!!

Saturday, June 23rd:  Trash Talk – Local Poets Respond to Stuff We Throw Away

Bloomingdale Library Branch, 150 West 100th Street, 2:30-4:30pm

Poet and all-around solid waste activist Jacqueline Ottman and friends read their own works on the subject and hope you bring and share your own!!  Free.  For more

Sunday, June 24th:  The 92nd Street Greenmarket Re-Opens!!

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

Returning with the market will be the great American Pride Seafood,  Back to the Future Farm/Ole Mother Hubbert Milk, Central Bakery, Consider Bardwell, Meredith’s Bakery, Norwich Meadows Farm,  Phillips Farm Vegetables, Sun Fed Beef / Maple Avenue Farms and NS Wager’s Cider Mill!!

An already fantastic line-up, all the more so by the addition of Sikking Farms and their stunning flowers!!

So great that 82nd Street Manager G’ll have things running smooth and food demos delicious at 92nd Street, too!! 

Sunday, June 24th:  Shred-A-Thon – Welcome Back 92nd Greenmarket 

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Streets, 10am-2pm

The best way we know to celebrate 92nd Street’s 2018  return!! 

As ever:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take hardcovers to Goodwill or Housing Works.)

As ever, giant thanks to CMs Powers and Kallos and AM Seawright for their unflagging support of Shred-A-Thons!!

Sunday, June 24th & Thursday, June 28th: Composting with the Green Park Gardeners

East River Esplanade at 62nd Street, Sunday: 10am-12pm, Thursday: 2-4pm

The calm of the river… The gorgeous Green Park Garden an arm’s length away… The righteous pleasure of turning humble vegetable scraps into the black gold of compost!!  Novices and old hands…  All welcome…  Just wear comfortable clothes you won’t mind getting dirty!!  For more, give Composter Supremo Marise a call:  212-688-1632…

Tuesday, June 26th:  Summer Garden Concert with Stout

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 6-8pm

Another lovely evening in the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum garden, this time with accoustical duo Stout providing the music…  Beautifully rendered, family friendly tavern tunes!!  Members free.  Non-members, $15.   Kids under 12, $5. Babies free.  For more and tickets

Wednesday, June 27th:  The Second Annual UES Garden Party

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 6-8pm

A celebration honoring all those green-thumbed volunteers who devote their time, energy and dollars to making our Upper East Side bloom!!  Free, but you must RSVP (and do tell us where you garden):  uppergreenside@gmail.com

On the horizon:

Sunday. July 1st:  Monteverdi & Bartok – A Classical Recital

Hungarian House, 213 East 83rd Street, 5pm

Think 4 singers (featuring Kinga Cserjési), 2 violins, cello, and piano,  a guest appearance by members of the Choral Society of the Hamptons…  All making the beautiful music!!  Perfect for a late Sunday afternoon!!  $10 in advance.  $20 at the door.  For more and tickets…  

Monday, July 9th:  Sims Municipal Recycling Facility Tour 

424 Second Avenue, Sunset Park, Booklyn, 5-6:30pm

Whether it’s truly state-of-the-art as claimed, this is the place where our recyclables are sorted, baled and shipped to manufacturers who use them to make new things. Got to be fascinating!!  Free.  For more and how to get there

Tuesday, July 17th:  What To Do With All That Stuff Forum

Draesal Hall, Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street, 6-8pm

Experts explain hoarding disorders and how they can be addressed, what the available resources are and more!!   Sponsored by Assembly Member Krueger.  Free.  To sign up call 212-288-4607 or  go to

As for this week in miscellany and activism:

Back on the subject of pollinators:   Here’s what NYS’s doing… And not (like pesticide bans) to protect them…  (And, guess what?  Ozone/air quality’s an issue for bees, too!) 

Should you believe the new Congressional Farm Bill should provide adequate funds for nutritional programs… 

If you think protections for migratory birds should be maintained

Going brighter:

Another way to advance NYC composting…  GrowNYC’s Crazy for Compost Program and volunteers lending a hand to Greenmarket Compost Coordinators like 82nd Street’s great Moyses!!  Check it out… 

Say what?   Comparitively small $, but the U.S. Department of Energy is funding anything solar…?  

The Central Park Summer Guide

Trouble-shooting common air conditioner problems

Seems even a volcano eruption has a bright side

Don’t think any UES subway stations are quite in this state of delapidation, but check these elsewhere out 

No surprise, NYS Forest Rangers had a busy last 7 days

Green cleaning at home

Five must-see sights from the 1807 NYC Guide Book…!!

We always need animals:

pair of local kittens up for adoption

Then there’re these 4 mountain lion kittens

For all it’s pollinator week, it’s also fawning season

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It’s Great Fish Count all the time across every borough in this week’s Hudson River Almanac:

6/2 – Manhattan, HRM 13.5: Students from Dinorah Hudson’s Advanced Placement science class helped us seine at Inwood Park for the Great Fish Count. In addition to many blue crabs of all sizes, were six species of fish, including Atlantic silverside, bay anchovy, summer flounder, winter flounder, mummichogs, and white perch, including one that was a foot-long!   – Rebecca Houser, Aidan Mabey. Dan Tainow

Great Little Fish Counter

Little Great Fish Counter

6/2 – Manhattan, HRM 1: For the Great Fish Count, we checked our research sampling gear in Hudson River Park at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25. Our catch was impressively large and diverse! In addition to two amazing (68, 85 mm) lined sea horses (Hippocampus erectus), we caught two tautog (185, 295 mm), and a large oyster toadfish (250 mm). – Siddhartha Hayes, Lauren Negron

6/2 – Manhattan, New York City: Randall’s Island, situated at the intersection of the Harlem River and the East River, hosted the Great Fish Count along with 50 participants. Our seine captured YOY Atlantic tomcod and bluefish, northern pipefish, a bay anchovy, and a new species to the Great Fish Count, a YOY Atlantic herring (50 mm). Salinity was 23.0 ppt and the water temperature was 63 F. – Chris Girgenti

[Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) are one of eight members of the herring family (Clupeidae) that includes, among others, American shad, blueback herring, alewife, and Atlantic menhaden. C. Lavett Smith’s Inland Fishes (1980) cites their occurrence in the estuary as very much a sometimes event having been found on occasion as far upriver as Indian Point. Tom Lake]

6/2 – Brooklyn, New York City: Bush Terminal, a reclaimed industrial site in a fairly urban area, provided the forum for today’s Great Fish Count. The seining team, with 79 onlookers, pulled in a net full of fish. Among them were mummichogs, YOY winter flounder, Atlantic silverside, northern pipefish, and a new fish to the Great Fish Count, a feathered blenny. The salinity was 20 ppt and the water temperature was a warm 79 F. 
– Mike McCann

[Feather blenny (Hypsoblennius hentz), a seasonally marine resident, is a small, scale-less fish with fleshy cirri “feathers” on their head. Their lower jaw has a row of small, close-set teeth like those of a comb, thus their family name, combtooth blennies (Blenniidae). Blennies are benthic dwellers where they often burrow in the soft bottom or find refuge in old mollusk shells. The first documented feather blenny for the Hudson River list was caught by the Manhattan River Project in 1994.  C. Lavett Smith]

6/2 – Queens, New York City: Fort Totten was a new site for the 2018 Great Fish Count and hosted nearly 200 attendees. Our seine collected eight species of fish, among them YOY Atlantic tomcod, a lined seahorse, northern pipefish, a summer flounder, YOY Atlantic herring (43 mm), and a new species to the Great Fish Count, a YOY spot. The salinity was a salty 24 ppt and the water temperature was 69 F. 
– Peter Park, Steve Stanne, Martice Smith

[Spot (Leiostomus xanthurus) are a sporadic visitor to the Hudson estuary. Their colloquial name, “Lafayette,” honors France’s Marquis de Lafayette. His visit to New York City in 1824, to be honored for his role in the American Revolution on behalf of the American Colonies, coincided with unusually large numbers of these palm-sized fish in New York Harbor. Spot are a member of the drum family of fishes that also includes freshwater drum, black drum, northern kingfish, croakers, weakfish, and silver perch. Most of them have highly specialized swim bladders that serve as sound-producing organs. This has led to the colloquial family name of “drum.” Tom Lake]

6/2 – Queens, New York City: Frank Charles Park, one of the most southern sites for our Great Fish Count, routinely produces large numbers of salt-loving striped killifish (Fundulus majalis). This year’s seining did not disappoint our 38 participants as we captured 216 striped killifish, by far the most prominent fish in our net. Among the other fishes were mummichogs, Atlantic silverside, and summer flounder. 

With greenest of summer wishes, 

UGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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