Happy, International Dog Film Festival Week, UESiders!!

Kind of strange Dog Film Festival Week’s in December when the actual festival happens in October… Next up: October of ’17…   But who cares?!  It’s great there is one and it’ll be in NYC!  And, as forewarned is forearmed, you have 10 long months ahead to conceive, shoot, edit and enter your canine oeuvre

Meanwhile…

Yet another way to easily give:  Amazon Smile!   You sign up, shop and Amazon contributes .05% of your purchase to a non-profit of your choice!  Any number of great organizations participate, even the most local and tiny!  For more…  

Be ready for a busy week:

Friday, December 2nd:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Starmaster John Pasmino examines the world of star atlases throughout history, be those atlases print, digital or both!  Come with your own favorite!  As ever, great and free! 

Saturday, December 3rd:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

A lot of folks in post-Thanksgiving recovery last Saturday, but there’ll be a full house this week… American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Samascott and Gajeski Farms!

And, yes, Consider Bardwell Cheese will be present and making their season debut!

AND, joining us for the first time ever, will be the great Nolasco Farm with their wonderful vegs from from both fields and greenhouse!! 

NEWSFLASH: Cooler weather or no, the Master Knife Sharpener will be present and honing!!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  61 lbs. batteries; 10 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 3 pairs of eye glasses; 10 compost bins; 41 bags of clothes.

Yes, yet again, a big, fat 10 bins!!!

Sunday, December 4th:  Holiday Tree Lighting at Schurz Park

86th Street and East End Avenue, 5-6pm

An Upper East Side family classic  complete with the Cantori Choir, Orbital Brass, candlelight, candy canes, hot chocolate and caroling!  

Tuesday, December 6th:  Council Member Kallos’ Holiday Party!

The CM’s District Office, 244 East 93rd Street, 5-7pm

Seasonal cheer and a prime opportunity to get acquainted with the CM and staff members who so devote themselves to tackling our many UES challenges!

Wednesday, December 7th:  Kill Your TV Book Group Discusses “Dracula”!

Logos Bookstore, 1575 York Avenue, 7pm

The spooky timeless tale gets a workover from fine UESide minds!  Casual, free and attendees get a 20% discount that evening.  (Parents:  Lily’s Story Time for the under-5 set Mondays at 11am is a bonafide neighborhood treasure!) 

Thursday, December 8th:  A Call to Action – From Your House to the White House

High School of Art & Design, 245 East 56th Street at Second Avenue, 6:30pm

And we quote, “Join Council Member Dan Garodnick and local organizations to learn how you can get involved and fight for the values that make New York City great!”  Now and always, you’re needed!   For more…  And to RSVP: dangarodnick.evenbrite.com

Thursday, December 8th:  Zoning at New Heights 

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street, 6:30pm

A forum/lecture/Q&A with a panel of experts deliberating existing NYC zoning laws – in particular, those pertaining to building height – and whether they’re working in 2016…  Hummmm.  An accompaniment to another of the Museum’s new shows:  “Mastering the Metropolis:  Zoning 1916-2016”.  Co-organized by the Municipal Art Society.  Adults, $14.  Seniors & Students, $10. For more and tickets… 

Thursday, December 8th:  Wreath Making at the Green Thumb Workshop

The Arsenal, 830 Fifth Avenue at 64th Street, 6-7:30pm

Learn how to make your very own, personalized, all-natural, uber-holiday wreath…  Plus, take in the Arsenal’s lovely 34th Annual Wreath Expressions exhibit!  All supplies provided, including pine cones and ribbon!  Free but you do need to register

Friday, December 9th:  Eric Sanderson – A Historical Perspective on Water in New York

Hunter College, West Building, Room 615, 7-8:30pm

You know Eric Sanderson…  Scientist/eminent landscape ecologist/visionary/author of the ground-breaking “Mannahatta” who’s now turned his great mind to the rest of NYC with his Welikia Project and, now, our city’s once varied and great streamscape!  You want to be there!  Free but a reservation is advised… 

Saturday, December 10th:  Create a Botanical Mini-Building

Watson Room 101, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 9:30am-4pm

Love the Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show?  Well, with instructor Madeline Yani’s guidance, you can create your own enchanting little structure from pods, bark and branches!  Members, $169.  Non-members, $189.  All materials provided but do bring a lunch and a box to transport your masterpiece home!  For more and to reserve a place

Coming up: 

Wednesday, December 21st:  Winter Telescope Party

Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Natural History, Central Park at 79th Street, 7pm

Steve Beyer, Brian Levine and Ted Williams guide us star-loving amateurs on a journey across the winter sky within the Planetarium and – if weather allows – out on the terrace looking through actual telescopes!!  (It really is unbelievable how much is visible even in our bright NYC skies!)  Members, $12.  Non-members, $15. Non-member Seniors and Students, $13.50. For more and tickets

On to miscellany:

Could be the Indian Point Nuclear Plant will soon be history… 

Last week it was folks wanting to dump waste in the Long Island Sound, this week and way out west,  it’s partially treated sewage in the Puget Sound!  (Should you object…)

Opposed to de-forestation?  There are companies out there turning Third World trees into fabric!  (If you think they shouldn’t

We could have something to learn from the effect of direct action by riders on Atlanta public transit

Not that we’re mean-spirited or stingy but, given our challenges, how come Sao Paulo, Brazil won the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayor’s Challenge?!  (Did NYC even enter?)

Love these indoor farm boxes!!  (You grow produce in them… In your home!)

And if you think Amazon should move to 100% renewable power for its servers… 

The 11 National Parks Americans most want to visit

Understanding your radiators

And the week in animals:

An abiding mystery:  Just why do cats love knocking things over…?

L.A.’s just added another hefty piece of real estate to its wildlife corridor

Meanwhile, the embattled sage grouse could use more of our help

Good gravy!  Just in case we’d forgotten the diversity of NYState, some New Yorkers need their wildlife pelts “sealed”…! 

Yup, there is a Bat Conservation International!!  (Check out the board of directors!)

A retirement home for whales

Doesn’t get any sweeter than “Parenting Help in ‘Kitten Season'”

The Hudson River Almanac never fails:

11/12/16 -11/18/16 – 11/17 – Hudson River Watershed: The season has arrived when we need to give thought to our wildlife viewing and photography habits. Cold weather can be especially challenging for birds. They run on a strict energy budget, balancing calories-in with calories-out, instinctively adhering to a conservation of energy. Every time we flush a winter bird by trying to get closer, the calories needed to escape deplete their reservoir. If they are near evening roost time, they will need to replenish to keep their “furnace” stoked all night. “Getting closer” should be much more a function of our optics than our legs.  – Tom Lake

Yours in contented greenness,

UGS

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Happy Better Than Black Friday/Cat Friday, UESiders!

And we semi-quote, “The best Black Friday deal in all NYC has fur and 4 paws!”

Yes,  the ASPCA has a bunch of lovable felines –  from kittens to mature –  in need of forever homes!!  There’re wonderful puppies and dogs, too!! 

So many ways to spread holiday good:

Now to December 31st:  Christmas Mittens, Gloves, Scarves & Socks Drive

Terrence Cardinal Cook Cathedral Library, 560 Lexington Avenue at 50th Street, Monday-Thursday: 10am-6pm, Friday, 10am-5pm

The women of the nearby New Providence Women’s Shelter will so appreciate the gift of gently worn scarves, gloves and mittens and pairs of brand new socks.  (The scarves, gloves and mitten could be new as well!)   Drop off whenever the library’s open!  For more or 212-752-3824. 

Now Through the Winter Months:  NYCares Coat Drive

Many Drop-Off Sites Across the City

If it’s winter, we want all New Yorkers wearing warm coats!  Donate your own gently worn item or contribute $20 via the NYCares site!  For the drop-off location map (including our own Precinct 19 and Manhattan Mini-Storage on 62nd)… 

Now to December 30th:  Three Bears Holiday Bash

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, Central Park

Family holiday fun with roots in  Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas tales as rendered by the ever charming Marionette Theater!  Adults, $10.  Children, $7.  For tickets, directions and more… 

Friday, November 26th:  Sixth Annual Cat Friday

ASPCA Adoption Center, 424 East 92nd Street between First & York, 11am-7pm

Cats of every age, color and size, from sleek to fluffy…  Dogs running the gamut of breeds both pure and mixed… Whether feline or canine, all spayed/neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped!   All fees waived for adoption of cats a year and older, plus a free kitty carrier while supplies last!!  For more…  

Saturday, November 26th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm      (Every Saturday, Year Round) 

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm  (Every Saturday, Year Round)

With us will be Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Samascott Orchards, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert and Gajeski Farms!

American Pride Seafood’s giving themselves a well-deserved, post-Thanksgiving Saturday off, but they’ll be back next week…

Same for our Master Knife Sharpener…  She honed like a crazy woman last week!

MEANWHILE… 

Much as we’ll miss Valley Shepherd, Consider Bardwell and their fabulous cheeses return this Saturday!!

Tried Mother Hubbert’s egg nog and butter yet??!

Duck bacon, people!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  77 lbs. batteries; 15 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 pairs of eye glasses; 10 compost bins; 41 bags of clothes.

Ten – contents totally jammed/pounded down – bins!!   (Moises is asking for more!!)

And last week’s recycling totals from 92nd Street:  7 lbs. batteries; 4 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 21 pairs of eye glasses; 5 compost bins!!

That makes 4 consecutive weeks of 5 bins!! 

Tuesday, November 29th:  NYGives Day 2016

The Non-Profit/Profits of Your Choice

The 24-hour statewide New York-giving challenge!!   So many deserving causes…  So many of our fellow/sister New Yorkers in need…  Open that wallet!!  Swipe that credit card!!  For participating non-profits… (But choose your own good cause/causes!)

And then:

Sunday, December 18th:  117th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count

South Pump Station of the Reservoir, 85th Street & Fifth Avenue, 8am 

Be a part of American’s the longest running citizen science bird project, ever more essential to measuring of avian health!  And what’s better than citizen science followed by partying down with great treats at the Central Park Arsenal?!!  For the total rundown (including counts in all 5 boroughs)

Miscellany: 

Many a volunteer opportunity in NY Parks throughout the city this long holiday weekend… 

Seems like the FDA might be leaning towards allowing the dumping of treated sewage in the Long Island Sound! (If you disagree…)

Not quite our hood, but last week saw the designation of 11 new Midtown East Landmarks!!

Great, too, that land’s finally assembled for Bushwick Inlet Park!

Amsterdam, Holland’s answer to natural gas

The California Democratic party now refuses contributions from Big Oil…

More on the rare pumpkin ash tree…   Previously discovered in Central Park and now…  The Bronx! 

Off the reservation:

Ummm…  Crystal formation is so beautiful

Back on:

“The New Shapes of New York” quiz…

And while you digest:

A Thanksgiving food quiz!

Ah,animals:

Ah, happiness is humans helping out animals

This week’s Migration Update

White-tailed deer…  Bobcats…  The diamond-backed terrapin and more…  The NYS DEC wants your opinion on wildlife issues!!

That would a week be without the Hudson River Almanac:

11/11 – Inwood Hill Park, HRM 13.5: It was 62 degrees at midday and very windy. We were seeing a very low tide just a few days before the upcoming so-called “Super Moon” (11/14).  The inlet of Spuyten Duyvil Creek was a mud flat. Four Canada geese, the first I had seen here in a few weeks, flew off as I arrived; the great egret I’ve seen all summer wasn’t here today. A flock of blackbirds – eighty at least, mainly brown-headed cowbirds – was foraging busily in the grass, moving constantly. Nearly all the flowers in the park had finished, but yam-leaved clematis still had a few blossoms along with its weird little fruits. – Thomas Shoesmith

yam-leaved clematis

yam-leaved clematis

We like our weekends long and green,

UGS 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving, UESiders!!

Happy National Buffalo Day and National Take A Hike Day, too!

No need to leave NYC to celebrate any of the above, people!

The Museum of the American Indian‘ll be partying down on our national mammal all Saturday and NYC Parks has a ton of hiking opportunities happening right here in our 5 boroughs!

And there’s no better place to celebrate Thanksgiving than our big-hearted city! 

Meanwhile… 

As we hit the trails, purge our lives of unwanted paper and prepare for major turkey gluttony, let’s keep in mind that this Sunday’s also World Remembrance Day for Traffic Victims…  And we’ve sure had our share of them on the UES this year…

Don’t forget the NYCares Coat Drive:

Friday, November 18th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Starmaster John Pasmino details the wonders of bare-eye (amazing what the naked eye can take in even in bright NYC) and binocular star-gazing, focusing on the Pleiades, the Hyades, the Rosette, the Orion/Orion nebulae and “asterisms”.  As ever, great and free!  

Saturday, November 19th:   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, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Cherry Lane, Samascott and Gajeski Farms!

Last day for Valley Shepherd and Cherry Lane till next summer!!

But great they and the rest of our great farmers/fishermen/beekeepers/bakers will be with us this Saturday and ready to take care of our many Thanksgiving needs with freshest, highest quality, most delicious stuff going! 

AND…

Our irreplaceable Master Knife Sharpener will be returning and – with your Turkey Day honing in mind – look for her to be 82nd Street by 9:30am!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  54 lbs. batteries; 14 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 3 pairs of eye glasses; 10 compost bins; 36 bags of clothes.

Happiness is 10 full-to-the-top compost bins!!

Saturday, November 18th to Sunday, November 19th:  Gotham Groove!

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, 10am Saturday to 6pm Sunday

Pretty fabulous way to launch “New York at Its Core”, the Museum’s much-heralded new show…  Think 32 hours of non-stop fun and surprises, live music, spoken word performances, movies, dance and interactive activities for the whole family.  Tickets from $8-$20.  Advance purchase very much advised

Sunday, November 20th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

The Market’s last day till next June…

Before we know it the great folks at American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Wager’s Cider Mill, Ole Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Norwich Meadows and Stannart Farms will return!

And this Sunday they’ve got what you need for that perfect Thanksgiving spread!!

Last week’s recycling totals: 5 lbs. batteries, 2 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 5 compost bins.

YES!!  Another proud 5 bin day, you brilliant composters!!

No stopping till collection at 92nd Street is year round!!  

Sunday, November 20th:  Shred-A-Thon –  Pre-Turkey Day Edition

Opposite the 92nd Street Greenmarket, West Side of First Avenue between 92nd Street, 10am-2pm

RAIN OR SHINE!!

Will we or will we not fill the shredding truck to the brim again?  (The Shredding Force seems to be with us!) 

Will we average more than a Shredee every 30 seconds?  (Smart money’s says we will!!)

What’s 100% certain is we’ll have daffodil bulbs – as long as they last – for one and all willing to plant them around their street trees!!

Meanwhile, do recall:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Donate your hardcovers at Goodwill or Housing Works.)

As always our thanks to Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for their many years of generous grants and Assembly Member Seawright for sponsoring the event! 

Just below the horizon:

Tuesday, November 29th:  NYGives Day 2016

The Non-Profit/Profits of Your Choice

The 24-hour New York-giving challenge that’s well on its way to becoming a holiday season tradition!   So many deserving causes…  So many of our fellow/sister New Yorkers in need…  Open that wallet!!  Swipe that credit card!!

Saturday, December 3rd:  Family Folk Art Gallery Tour & Silhouette Portraits

American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, 1-2:30pm

Specially designed for the 4-12-year old set to acquaint them with the artistic expression closest to their own… Folk art…  Topped off with participants sitting for their very own silhouette portrait by noted paper cut artist Jenny Lee Fowler!  Free to members.  (You’ll want to join!)  For more

Then:

Sunday, December 18th:  117th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count

South Pump Station of the Reservoir, 85th Street & Fifth Avenue, 8am 

Be a part of American’s the longest running citizen science bird project, ever more essential to measuring of avian health!  And what’s better than citizen science followed by partying down with great treats at Central Park Arsenal?!!  For the total rundown (including counts in all 5 boroughs)…

On to miscellany:

Virtually never bring up an issue that involve a phone call, but here’s an exception:  The geo-thermal heating/cooling tax credit bill passed by both houses and presently sitting on the Governor’s desk.  Should you think he should sign it…  (Takes about 5 seconds!)

Glad we are that the NYC DEC is demanding further and more rigorous testing of Hudson River areas contaminated by GE

And now for some tree-love:

Lest anyone doubt the benefits of city trees

Or tree beauty… 

Or that tree grief is real

Lighter now:

Just the moment for a Presidential Facial Hair Contest!

Snapped a particularly fabulous pic of one of our NYC parks?  Enter it in the 2016 It’s My Park Photo Contest!! (Scroll down…)

The accidental birth of the Cheeto!

Time for critters:

Seven sounds that kitties make and what they mean

This week’s Bird Migration Update

guinea pig/parsley eating contest!

As ever, we close with a borrow from the Hudson River Almanac:

11/3 – Manhattan, HRM 0.5: The yellow-breasted chat at the Trinity Church (adjacent to Wall Street) was seen today from late morning through late afternoon, showing itself for at least six birders. The chat was found in the smallest shrubs along the north border of cemetery. We have had only two yellow-breasted chats at Trinity Church in more than 200 checklists so they are pretty rare both at the church and in general. – Ben Cacace & Philip Ribolow

[The Trinity Episcopal Church in lower Manhattan (the third Trinity Church at that location) was built in 1846. When completed, it was the tallest structure (the spire at 281 feet) in New York City. Tom Lake.]

We are ever so thankful and green, 

UGS

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Enjoy your Veteran’s Day, UESiders!

Can’t have enough 3-day weekends…

Most useful for sorting through papers in need of shredding, yes?

Only 9 days till, but first:

Saturday, November 12th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

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

No, no more Green Pastures mushrooms till next summer…

And a Saturday – the first in a long time – without our Master Knife Sharpener…  BUT she’ll be back next Saturday and at her table at a freakishly early 9am to tend to your Thanksgiving cutlery needs!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  71 lbs. batteries; 22 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 pairs of eyeglasses; 10 compost bins; 35 bags of clothes.

A 10-bin-filled to-overflowing week!!

MOISES IS ASKING FOR AN 11th BIN FOR THIS SATURDAY!!

Sunday, November 13th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

Post-Marathon and back at their tables will be American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Wager’s Cider Mill, Ole Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Norwich Meadows and Stannart Farms!

Everything you need for your perfect Thanksgiving spread and more!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  No collection on Marathon Day but back big time this Sunday!

And may this be yet another 5 bin market day!! 

Wednesday, November 16th:  From the Field Lecture

Wallach Orientation Center, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 77th Street Entrance, 7pm

What’s it like to hunt for tribolite fossils north of the Arctic Circle…?  To research leech digestive tracts in the wild of Cambodia…?  Learn all about it from the dedicated museum curators who lived it!  Free.  For more and tickets..

Friday, November 18th:  Rightful Heritage – Franklin D. Roosevelt &  the Land of America

Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, 6:30pm

Historian Douglas Brinkley expounds on FDR’s lesser known efforts to expand, protect and preserve the nation’s public lands. Armory members, $10.  Non-members, $15.  Seniors & students, $12.

And then:

Sunday, November 20th:  Shred-A-Thon –  Pre-Turkey Day Edition

Opposite the 92nd Street Greenmarket, West Side of First Avenue between 92nd Street, 10am-2pm

Nine days and counting till you bring on the paper, people!

But remember:

NO cardboard or plastic handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take those hardcovers over to Goodwill or Housing Works.)

Major thanks to Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for their grants and Assembly Member Seawright for sponsoring the event!) 

Coming up fast:

Tuesday, November 29th:  NYGives Day 2016

The Non-Profit/Profits of Your Choice

The 24-hour New York giving challenge that’s well on its way to becoming a holiday season tradition!   So many deserving causes…  So many of our fellow/sister New Yorkers in need…  Get out that wallet/credit card!!

Friday, December 2nd & Saturday, December 3rd:  Native American Art Market

Museum of the American Indian, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House, 1 Bowling Green, 

From pottery to basketry to beading to masks and so much more!  Just in time for Christmas!  Free.  For full details

Thursday, December 15th:  Beneath the Battlefield Archival Exploration

New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street, 6pm

Explore the Battle of Gettysburg – America’s bloodiest – as experienced by the ordinary soldier and via original documents lodged in the unequaled Gilder Lehrman Collection!  Downright incredible, right?!  Organized by Atlas Obscura.  $35.  For more and tickets...

A light dose of miscellany this time out:

Lucky as we’re being with First Avenue Estates, be nice to give East Village preservationists a hand in saving a group of 175-year-old homes on 7th Street!

Wow!!  Get out the smelling salts!!  The NYC Department of Sanitation now has a really impressive/info-packed site AND newsletter!! 

NYS DEC’s no slouch either…  Witness their new, online I FISH NY Beginners Guide!

(For those hunting bear and/or deer in NYS this fall, the DEC’s asking that you participate in a voluntary program studying diseases – like Lyme – common in and the general health of big game…)  

DEC’s also asking for our help in locating black bear dens!

Yikes!!  Seems Arby’s doing real business with its venison sandwiches

Interested in how NY voted neighborhood-by-neighborhood…?

Thanks to The Times’ F.Y.I. column for laying out the basics of street tree pruning responsibility

Always animals:

Humans teaching a pelican to…  Be a pelican!

This week’s Bird Migration Update

petition to legalize bodega cats

From the Hudson River Almanac as we close:

10/7 – Manhattan: We checked the killifish traps at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25 and found a juvenile butterfish (Peprilus triacanthus). Butterfish are rather small (less than 10 inches long, rhombus-shaped (formerly in the genus Rhombus) and recognizable by their lack of pelvic fins. While they are known to be prime forage for predators like bluefish and striped bass, the Gulf of Maine Institute describes them as “… one of our best table fish, fat, oily, and of delicious flavor.” – Elisa Caref

American Butterfish

American Butterfish

Pelvic fins??!!

Sincerely green,

UGS

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Happy New York Marathon, UESiders!!

Let’s cross fingers the weather’s perfect for running and that even the slowest makes it to the finish line with a personal best!!

(Hey, Sunday’s also Origami Day, too!!  And today’s brilliant photographer Walker Evans – you know his classic images even if you don’t know his name – birthday!!)

Yup, one full week ahead:

Friday, November 4th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

This meeting’s topic:   Skyscape photography with simple digital cameras!!  All under the tutelage of Starmaster John Pazmino.  Free!  

Saturday, November 5th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

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

Yup, sadly this past Saturday was the last till spring for Sikking Farms and their beautiful, grown-outdoors flowers!

We’ll console ourselves with another week of our Master Knife Sharpener!!  (Look for her around 11!)

And that tomatoes are still really tasty!!

(Market Manager Emeritus Andrei will be filling in for Guramrit!) 

Last week’s recycling totals:  66 lbs. batteries; 17 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 10 compost bins; 39 bags of clothes.

ANOTHER 10 BIN WEEK!!

Sunday, November 6th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

CLOSED ON MARATHON SUNDAY!!

(THE MARKET RETURNS NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13th!!)

Saturday, November 5th & Sunday, November 6th:  2nd Annual Mini Maker Faire at Barnes & Noble

Every Barnes & Noble Store, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm & 5 pm

Think tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, engineers, science club members, students, entrepreneurs, hobbyists and makers of all kinds of interesting things gathering to learn from experts and each other, work on projects or just observe!  (Who knew there was a 1st Annual Mini Maker Faire?!)  For more

Sunday, November 6th:  Origami Day at the Museum of Natural History

NHM’s Grand Gallery, Central Park at 79th Street, 12-4pm

Speaking for ourselves, we’ve always want to fold a square of paper into a – say – triceratops!!  Museum origami experts will be enabling the likes of us to devise dinosaurs and more with our own two hands!  Free with Museum admission.  For more

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH:  ELECTION DAY!

At Your Polling Place

VOTE!!

Friday, November 11th to Wednesday, November 30th:  FIDE World Chess Championship 2016

Fulton Market Building, South Street Seaport Building, 11 Fulton Street

Reigning champion, 25-year-old Magnus Carlsen takes on 26-year-old Sergey Karjakin in a 12-round chess epic and we ordinary mortals can get closer – in person or via virtual reality broadcast – than ever in history!  Tickets, $75-$3,000 or watch via online VR!  (May the best mind win!!)

And then:

Thursday, November 17th:  Hudson Tunnel Open House

Sky Top Ballroom, Hotel Pennsylvania, 18th Floor, 4-7pm

Familiarize yourself with plans for the proposed, desperately needed new rail tunnel linking NY and NJ! Project personnel will be tabling and eager to answer questions!!  (Can’t break ground soon enough!!)  Free and open!!

Sunday, November 20th:  Shred-A-Thon –  Pre-Turkey Day Edition

Opposite the 92nd Street Greenmarket, West Side of First Avenue between 92nd Street, 10am-2pm

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

But, as always, do keep in mind:

NO cardboard or plastic handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take those hardcovers over to Goodwill or Housing Works.)

As ever, thank you, Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for your many years of so generous grants and Assembly Member Seawright for sponsoring the event!) 

How ’bout some miscellany:

Fans of GMO…  Read it and weep in The NYTimes

No kidding India and countries with like climates are challenged by the new HFC agreement…  

In the Good But Not Great Category:  Con Ed’s plan to reduce needy persons’ power bills via solar panels on Con Ed building roofs…  A reduction of maybe a welcome but puny $5 a month for some 6,000 customers.

Oh, really?  No street lights at 72nd & Second?!

Remember this this next time you drop a yogurt container into a recycling bin:  The Association of Plastics Recyclers reports demand for recycled PP/#5 plastic is approaching 300 million pounds a year!!

Long Island-distilled premium vodka…!

Now NYS law (Senate 4268/Assembly 7763) that we slow down before passing waste and recycling collection trucks…  This to better protect waste and recycling workers!

Best Halloween Costumes: Subway Edition…  

Secret talents of our NYC doormen

Of course, the Gingerbread Museum’s in Poland!

Special Treat:  Guramrit’s Aloo Gobi Recipe (her insanely delicious demo of 2 Saturdays ago)!!

Total time: 30-40 minutes, Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sized cauliflower (this is the gobi), chopped roughly or into small florets
  • 2 medium sized potatoes (aloo), diced into 1″ cubes
  • 1 medium sized sweet potato, diced into 1″ cubes
  • 1 medium to large onion, finely diced
  • 2 large ripe red tomatoes, chopped OR 1 14oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 inch ginger, chopped finely
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1-2 tablespoons tandoori spice (adjust depending on your desired spice level) or combine: Coriander, Cumin, Nutmeg, Red Pepper, Garlic, Paprika and Onion.
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon garam masala (these days, even McCormick’s includes it in their line)
  • 4 tablespoons cultured butter or 4 tablespoons coconut oil/olive oil (whatever you have is okay)
  • salt to taste
  • cilantro to garnish
  • squeeze of lemon to garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a large saute pan, melt butter or warm your oil of choice over medium heat.
  2. Add garam masala and tandoori spices. Toast until fragrant,
  3. Stir in onions, ginger and garlic. Saute until golden and soft. Wait until soft before adding in your salt.
  4. Toss in tomatoes. Let tomatoes reduce. If the sauce is too thick add in a splash or two of water.
  5. Add in potatoes and cover. Cook for about 10 minutes or until potatoes and sweet potatoes are slightly softened.
  6. Add cauliflower to the tomato potato mixture. Add more water if desired and adjust seasoning as you see fit.
  7. Stir and simmer aloo gobi curry for 10-15 minutes without the lid.
  8. Cover and remove from heat. Let sit for 5 minutes to cool.
  9. Garnish the aloo gobi with chopped cilantro, a squeeze of lemon, maybe a little more butter. Don’t forget the naan😉
Happy Eating :) 

Hello, animals:

Can’t have too many adorable rescue squirrels…  (Tufted ears makes us think this is an English rescue squirrel!)

Or books of incredibly cute kitten pix!

Love the fishing jargon in this piece of How To Catch Walleye advice!

This week’s Bird Migration Update… 

Audubon relics discovered at the New York Botanical Garden!

With its population down to record lows, the bluefin tuna could use our help… 

What happens when you dress up as your dog’s favorite toy…?

Or when a rescue pig and kitten make friends…?

It’s an urban survivor of our NYC water quality bad and good…  The American eel

And the Bird of the Week is…  The (pretty cute) Common Potoo!

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How to train bumblebees

A new, custom-designed  home for evicted Utah bats

Last but hardly least, as winter approaches, the NYS DEC reminds us to avoid the not-so swanky caves and mines where most bats spend their winters!

Living and loving the green life,

UGS 

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Happy Bat Week, UESiders!!

The perfect compliment to a Happy Halloween!!

Perhaps you’ve noticed the excellent H’ween costuming of street trees on 73rd Street between First and Second?

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Spooky decor happening on your block?? Send those pix along!! 

And bat enthusiasts?  There’s this…  And this…!!

(Oh yes, tomatoes were once accused of being werewolf fellow travelers!) 

On to the scary-it’s-so-green, boo-filled week ahead:

Saturday, October 29th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

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

You bet our Master Knife Sharpener will be present and honing, too!!  (Look for her around 11!)

PLUS…

Calling all kids!!  Natalie Cronin, mom, Greenmarket regular and Tinker Tree’s chief play artist will be joining us for singing, story reading and more with a Halloween theme!  (There’ll even be pumpkins full of compost worms!!)

Last week’s recycling totals:  56 lbs. batteries; 15 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 10 compost bins; 41 bags of clothes.

Love those 10 bin weeks!!

Sunday, October 30th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

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

Bring on the cauliflowers…  The cabbages…  The spaghetti squashes…  The Brussel sprouts!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  43 lbs. batteries; 8 lbs.cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 5 compost bins

All hail those 5 compost bins!! 

Monday, October 31st:  Houdini Seance/Channeling

Sojourn Restaurant, 224 East 79th Street, 12pm

Who knew that 224 East 79th was the place the magician of legend called home?  Who knew that the man died on Halloween?  Who knew that not only is there a Society of American Magicians, but they’ll be marking the 90th year since Houdini’s passing by gathering at 224 and attempting to contact the gentleman in the netherworld?  Gotta be there!!  (A plaque honoring Houdini will be unveiled at 224 on Wednesday, November 2nd!)  For full details

Wednesday, November 2nd:  UES NYS Senate & Assembly Candidate Debates

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

As we approach election day, nothing more important than real knowledge of candidates for each and every office!  Free but do reserve a place

Thursday, November 3rd:  Pier 90 Ribbon Cutting!

Pier 90, East River Esplanade at 90th Street, 9:30

This is a moment, people…  Esplanade Friends leader Jennifer Ratner not only relentlessly reasoned with/argued with/cajoled/made the case that this bare-bones but lovely riverside space should be open to New Yorkers daily and year round…  AND she – along with every one of you who signed a petition, made a call or just paused at the Pier while on a weekend stroll – prevailed!!  So come celebrate the moment we and the NYC Parks Department officially give this wonderful gift to ourselves!!   Just, please, RSVP: special.events@parks.nyc.gov or 212.408.0111!  

Thursday, November 3rd:  Buried Lives in Washington Square Park  Lecture

Judson Memorial Church, 239 Thompson Street, 6:30-8pm

The recent reconstruction of Washington Square Park revealed…  Well, let’s start with centuries old brick burial vaults!  Joan Geismar who served as the reconstruction’s archaeological consultant has many a tale to share about those vaults and a ton more history uncovered in one of our city’s very old places.  Free but reservations required, 212-475-9585 x35 or rsvp@gvshp.org.

Monday, November 7th:  Food Waste in the City – Waste Not, Want Not Forum

Milbank Chapel, Tisch Food Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street – Milbank Chapel, 6-8pm

Here’re a couple of less bandied about food statistics:  #1 – Uneaten food is the single largest component of U.S. municipal solid waste and, #2:  Each year, about 40 percent of all food in the United States goes uneaten.  Horrible, but what to do?  Experts from an array of food-related disciplines have some great and do-able ideas!  Free but reservations required…     

Down the way:

Friday, December 2nd & Saturday, December 3rd:  Native American Art Market

Museum of the American Indian, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House, 1 Bowling Green, 

From pottery to basketry to beading to masks and so much more!  Just in time for Christmas!  Free.  For full details

Architecture-centric miscellany gets the ball rolling this week:

THREE LOUD CHEERS for the NYC Council and its expanding energy regs to mid-sized buildings!

Wow!  Seems that ungentrified NYC areas were considerably less affected by Sandy devastation!

Some new interesting architecture happening round about NYC but not so much on the UES…  (Think the agressively ungreen metal shed that is the MTS…)

In the One-More-Time Department:  The Frick’s engaged yet another architect to devise what’ll hopefully be a contexturally seamless expansion…

Further on the subject:  The storefront for Art & Architecture’s “Letters to the Developer” project, “Please make our city less crappy..”

NYC secret rooms…  (Including one at the Frick!)

And, yes, you’re totally right…  NYC construction and expenditure on it is breaking records

The net widens:

A combined bus and subway map app…  Bring it on?!!

Another great NYC program, this one making it still easier to recycle our superfluous stuff – and don’t we all have it? –  while making sure it goes to those most in need: DonateNYC!  

On our 2017 to-do list:  Attending the Library of Congress’s twice-a-year Open House!

Cast your vote for the most environmentally unfriendly American executive/elected official!

An airline happy to ship elephant heads!  (Should you disapprove…)

Got keep our eyes peeled for Oak Wilt Disease that’s now appeared in a third NYS location

Coming soon:  Solar panels in colors and assorted finishes!

Okay, so now a Round-Up ingredient’s showing up in our food…  (If you disapprove…) 

No end to human weirdness, i.e.:  New research from Hulu says that so many people are so eager to join the conversation about TV shows they fib about having watched them.  According to the study, 46% of 18-49-year olds admitted to lying about watching a show, with the number jumping to 55% for 18-34-year olds. Men are the champion fibbers with 62% in the 18-49 demo admitting to being less than truthful versus 32% of women!!

For the truly entertainment world-addicted, there’s the “I Was There Too” podcast!

Kudos to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for their fun online pumpkin-carving designs!   (For design stencils…)

Ah, animals:

THREE MORE CHEERS!!  Five years of negotiation and the Antarctic Ross Sea’s just been declared a protected marine park!!  The world’s largest by far!! 

YES!  Federal court’s ruled that future effects of global warming are sufficient to earn an animal endangered status in the present!!  (Three cheers for the bearded seal!!)

Of course, we needed “A Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City”!!

Seven other animals that purr

Singing mice

Nine creepy cat movies (complete with great clip of cat-watching-creepy-cat-horror-movie)!! 

The latest Hawk Mountain migration update

Halloween for Hudson River Almanac, too:

10/10 – Ulster County, HRM 72: Twice I spotted what looked like an albino turkey vulture flying around with other vultures and wondered what it was until they all landed and I could see it in the company of the other birds. It was an albino vulture. Later it left with the flock and headed toward Tillson Lake. I have many vultures here in what Heinz Meng once described as an “established roost that may be decades old.” –  Carol O’Byrne

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[In my opinion the photos of the bird appear to show an albino black vulture based on the rather short tail and its association with a number of other black vultures. Albinism is rare in raptorial birds but – given that caveat – is more likely in turkey vultures and red-tailed hawks than any other North American raptor. It is very rare in black vultures –  Scott Crocoll.]

Our H’ween will be orange, black and green,

UGS

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Happy Final Phase of the South Village Historic District, UESiders!!

Gigantic congrats to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and its relentless leader, Andrew Berman.

Don’t we all know how much it takes to bring pause to the great wheel of real estate development!

If ever there was a candidate for a MacArthur Genius Award.

How wonderful for our city and its much stressed historic fabric!  

We say let’s have more feel-goodness this week:

October 21st:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Starmaster John Pazmino’s examines the motion and position of planets…  In our own solar system and beyond!!  Free.

Saturday, October 22nd:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

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

And, lucky us, there’s our Master Knife Sharpener!!  (Look for her around 11!)

Get some of those Green Pastures’ mushrooms on your Rising Sun steak!!

Spaghetti squash, people!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  78 lbs. batteries; 12 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 4 pairs of eye glasses; 10 compost bins; 36 bags of clothes.

Back in the 10 bin groove, people!!

Saturday, October 22nd:  Drug Take Back at Precinct 19!!

153 East 67th Street, 10am-2pm

Bring on those little, orange, dust-covered bottles of prescriptions untaken and long, long out-of-date and hand them over to the DEA for disposal!  Been an eon since we’ve had this opportunity to clear out medicine cabinets safely and uber greenly.   Free!!  (For other NYPD Precincts participating…)

Saturday, October 22nd & Sunday, October 23rd:  Giant Pumpkin Weekend at the Botanical Garden

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx

Monstrous pumpkins – as in weighing an actual ton – from all around the U.S!  Just look…  Take a ton of pix of the kids or selfies…  Meet the growers and learn how they do it…  Halloween perfection!!  Arranged in collaboration with the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth.  Adults, $22.  Seniors and students, $18.  Children 2-12, $8.  Kids under 2, free.  For  more and tickets…  (And check out “Scarecrow Nights” for the 10 and older crowd!)

Sunday, October 23rd:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

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

Beautiful apples…  Beautiful squashes of every kind…  Sweet potatoes…  Beets…  Getting that Thanksgiving feeling!!   

Last week’s recycling totals:  26 lbs. batteries; 4 lbs.cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 5 compost bins  

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

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

Think 9/11 daffodils, blue Tulip Vincent Van Gogh, white-and-red-striped Tulip Expression, blue and white grape hyacinth/muscari…  Could be you planting them East Riverside and admiring your own handiwork when they burst into bloom next spring!  Tools, treats, great company and gorgeous river views all part of the package!!   Be there, folks!!

Sunday, October 23rd:  Celebrate Pier 90 – 10/23 Edition

90th Street & the East River Esplanade, 1-4pm

This week’s amazing, riverside treat:  The amazing music of John Putnam & Used Blues!!   Music, the view,  free refreshments and more!  We UESiders are making Pier 90 ours and our gift to all New Yorkers!

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

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

The Green Park Gardeners will be putting in bulbs down at 62nd Street, too, among their fantastic display of native plants in the Esplanade’s most beautiful garden…  One and all welcome to get down, dirty and learn from the best!! (Green Park Gardeners are master composters, too!!)  To RSVP: greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 26th:  Homage to Leos Janacek at the Czech Center

Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, 7pm

Czech opera sensations Adam Plachetka, Kateřina Kněžíková, and Petr Nekoranec perform selected works from Janáček masterpieces in the Bohemian Hall’s gorgeous ballroom!   Organized by the Czech Center New York in collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera and presented under the auspices of the Consulate General of the Czech Republic New York.  FREE!   For more…  And reserve (free) tickets… 

And then:

Saturday, Octobe 29th:  Brew at the Zoo!

The Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard, 7-11pm

And we sort of quote, “Beer vendors and 100 varieties of beers to sample, numerous food trucks, live music, and an abundance of DJ’s for a unique, 21-and-over evening..”  Plus multitudinous animals!!?  Spring for a VIP ticket and get access to the zoo’s Glow in the Dark Party, plus a VIP area with premium beer and hors d’oeuvres!  And there a costume contest!! Designated driver required.  Wow.  For more and tickets

Sunday, October 30th:  Celebrate Pier 90 – 10/30/Pre-Halloween Edition

90th Street & the East River Esplanade, 1-4pm

You loved them last summer…  You’ll love this fall…  Grupo Gataca and their fabulous Latin music!  A perfect meld with an afternoon by Music, the view,  free refreshments and more!  We UESiders are making Pier 90 ours and our gift to all New Yorkers!

Sunday, October 30th:  East River Vistas:  Architecture and Changing Lifestyles in Yorkville

Meeting place revealed with registration, 2pm

Farms of the 19th Century gave way to tenements and industry…  And now?  Schurz Park, walk-ups and luxury apartments (like the “universe’s biggest white brick highrise”), newcomers and life-long residents, national brand merchants and enduring neighborhood storekeepers and so much more.  Organized by Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District.  Members, $10.  Non-members, $20.  For more and tickets

And then it’s November:

Thursday, November 3rd:  Making Politics Palatable – Food and Partisanship in the Early Republic 

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 East 61st Street, 6:30pm

Explore how food from Federal Cakes to Jackson Jumbles contributed to early American Political and women’s history!!  Attendees get to sample the political edibles, too!  Co-organized with the Culinary Historians of New York.  embers, $25.  Senior Members, $22.  Non-members, $40.  Students, $10. For more and  reservations (required), 212-838-6878.  

Miscellany…  First and foremost:

NYC Parks line-up of great Halloween events

Getting serious:

Didn’t we think the issue of NYC buildings ending use of dirty heating oil was a done deal?  Turns out NO!  The City Council’s passed the bill moving us on the cleaner bio diesel, but the mayor’s yet to sign it.  Should you like to encourage him

Double the number of NYC street vendors…?!!!!

The left turn on 79th and York is no more

In the Why Are We Not Surpised File:  Internal documents reveal that both Syngento and Bayer are and have fully aware that their products kill bees!

California’s about the shut down its last functioning nuclear plant!  (Scroll over to page 5!)

And in the Well Away From the MTS Department, next fall’s opening at 7 East 96th of the Wetherby-Pembridge School, alma mater of Princes William and Harry… 

The UES gets its first co-working space

Hey, why shouldn’t it be mandatory that school lunch chicken be antibiotic free?!  (If you’re of the same mind…)

Yikes!!  Here’s a real life mystery…NYS/DEC Forest Rangers have now asked the public’s help in locating a hunter last seen in Hunter County and missing since November 2015!

Energy’s rising to ban seaweed extract carrageenan from organic-labeled food…  

Brighter:

A vodka pizza?!  A little neck clam pizza?!  Just 2 of 8 great new NYC pies!!

Yearning to organize a family nature club??  There’s funding available

Rent Londoners pay to royals that we’d all love to pay…  (805 years of it!) 

There’s a new accessible canoe and kayak launch site on Staten Island!  (Constructed with oil spill money!)

Then there’s camping at Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field!

Let there be animals:

Newsflash from our National Parks:  Parks’ etiquette!!

Wolverines could use our help

As could essential-link-in-the-ocean-foodchain, the menhaden…  (We gave ’em a boost last year!) 

possible Tasmanian Devil milk-based superbug killer…?! 

Yes, test your pollinator prowess

Daniel, the emotional support duck, takes flight…  In a plane!

A surfing pig…  (Complete with action footage!)

Of course, porcupines express their gratitude

Think the purple martin should be renamed the People Martin…?

Let’s dream in green, 

UGS

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