Happy Beginning of NYC’s 2017 Fall Season, UESiders!!
Sure looking like a time of beautiful weather, yes?
And seeming to us the most active autumn ever!
Witness the following:
Saturday, September 23rd: 82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket
82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm
Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm
Market Manager Supremo Margaret offers this eloquent fall market wisdom:
“We are at the magical time of year when the markets are still full of summer produce and the fall specialties are starting to show up. Tomatoes, peaches, strawberries and raspberries meet cauliflower, honeynut squash, apples, pears spaghetti squash, pumpkins and more!”
Delivering on that fall promise are American Pride Seafood, Sikking Flowers, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd, Green Pasture, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Alewife, and Gajeski Farms!!
And, you bet, the Master Knife Sharpener will be on hand, too!!
Last week’s recycling totals: 56 lbs. batteries; 24 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 pairs of eye glasses; 11 1/4 compost bins; 42 bags of clothes.
Sunday, September 24th: 92nd Street Greenmarket
92nd Street at First Avenue, 9am-3pm
Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm
BREAKING NEWS: This Sunday Greenmarkets Healthy Eating Punch Out debuts!!
And what might the Healthy Eating Punch Out be, you ask?
Easy!! Buy something from each of the 4 food groups – fruit, vegs, grains and protein – and you get a punch on your Healthy Eating Card. Get 4 punches and you’ll be the recipient of a great Greenmarket mystery prize!!
And so easy to get those punches given 92nd’s great line-up of farmers/bakers/fishermen… American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell, Sun Fed Beef/ Maple Avenue and Norwich Meadows Farms!!
Head to Market Manager Jaime’s table to get your card!!
Last week’s recycling totals: 12 lbs. batteries; 22 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 4 packed-to-the-top compost bins.
Hey, Sanitation! Please leave us dedicated 92nd Street composters another bin!!
Sunday, September 24th: Fall Safe Disposal Event
North Plaza, Union Square, 10am-4pm
Safely dispose of electronics and other potentially harmful household products like batteries, paint, pesticides and medicine at the NYC Department of Sanitation’s NYC SAFE events. (Just keep in mind: Only NYC residential waste will be accepted (no business or institutional waste permitted). For more…
Sunday, September 24th: Tree Care on 78th Street Event
Meet at Second Avenue at 78th Street, 10:30am
Tree Steward (and professional baker) Sara Ansari leads the charge to prune, cultivate and plant bulbs in street tree beds on 78th from Second Ave to York. Even more incentive to lend a hand: Coffee, cider and slices of one of Sara’s signature cakes!
Sunday, September 24th: Letterpress Printing Workshop – 19th Century-Style
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 2-5pm
Inspired by the Museum’s current exhibit, “Democracy in Print”, learn how American newspapers once were printed and produce stationary for yourself via that very same 19th Century letterpress process!! A tour of the museum tops off a great afternoon! Members, $10. Non-members, $15. Reservations required: 212-838-6878.
Thursday, September 28th: 2017 Miss Subways Pagent
The City Reliquary Museum, 370 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, 7pm
And why would such an event be included in these pages…? Could be because a certain Master Knife Sharpener – also distinguished by her sense of humor – is a contender! Think “Hedra” as you pay a visit to the site… Maybe even attend!!
Saturday, September 30th: Lemon Creek Beach Clean-Up
Lemon Creek Park, 175 Johnston Terrace, Staten Island, 10am-12pm
There’s beach cleaning in spring… There’s beach cleaning in fall… Critical at both times of the year for salt marshes like the mouth of Lemon Creek with its hefty wildlife population!! Clean up till noon, then enjoy a seining net adventure led by naturalists Clay and Seth Wollney that’ll reveal some of the creatures you’ve just helped to protect!! Transportation and cleanup gear provided. For more and to sign up…
Take a deep breath:
Saturday, October 14th: Volunteer Days at Schurz Park
East End Avenue & 86th Street, 9:30am-12:30pm
Just right that UES fall volunteer gardening season commences with beautiful Schurz Park! For more and to sign up (really helpful to know volunteer headcount when planning projects)…
Monday, October 2nd: Oktoberfest at Solar One
Stuyvesant Cove, East River Esplanade at 23rd Street, 6:30-10pm
Celebrate fall and support the decade-plus of Solar One’s leading the charge for all things clean NYC power! (There’s a lovely garden in the Cove, too!) $100. For more (including the origin of Oktoberfest) and tickets…
Sunday, October 8th: Shred-A-Thon – Pre-Columbus Day Edition
First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Streets, across from the Greenmarket, 10am-2pm (rain or shine)
It’s all the paper you can carry/roll/drive and it’ll be shredded time again!!
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 to Goodwill or Housing Works.)
As ever, we thank Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for the many years of support and Assembly Member Seawright for her stalwart sponsorshop!!
Sunday, October 8th: Green Park Gardeners’ Monarch Migration Festival
Andrew Haswell Green Park, East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 2-5pm (rain date: October 15th)
Yup, the Upper East Side’s now a recognized stop on the Monarch butterfly migration route and it’s groups like the fabulous Green Park Gardeners who’ve created urban oases of native plants with nectar the beautiful insect loves and that sustain it on its thousands-of-miles journey! What better reason to party down with family fun (including pets)!! We’re talking butterfly info galore, a garden tour, milkweed seed releases, pix of attendees in butterfly wings, (temporary, of course) butterfly tattoos and more! Come one and all!! Free. For more…
Friday, October 13th: Saving the American Ash Summit
Ross Hall, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 10:30am-12:30pm
The magnificent and truly iconic American Ash tree… Prime target of the infamous Emerald Ash Borer. In just 13 years the invasive bug’s spread from Michigan (where it was discovered) and is now menacing Ashes in the American northeast and Canada. The NYBG’s assembled a panel of experts to lay out the history, scope of the challenge and what we can do to slow its advance. Members, $10. Non-members, $20. To register…
Sunday, October 22nd: It’s My Park Day!
East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am – 3pm
Year 4 of Esplanade Friends’ reinvention of the once forlorn planter at 96th with another round of tulip, daff, crocus and grape hyacinth bulbs!! Enjoy great snacks while you plant!! Go home with your own, state-of-the-art trowel!! Then prepare yourself for waves of pride as the planter bursts with beauty come next spring!! (Be great if you’d RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org!)
Wednesday, October 25th: Community Cafe Conversations @ 67th Street Library – Mental Health & Aging
67th Street Branch Library, 328 East 67th Street, 5:30-7:30pm
Haven’t we been saying that great, new things are going on at the 67th Street Branch…? Now, they’re launching a program, drawing on those unequaled local resources, New York-Presbyterian-Cornell and MSK-PDA. Not only will Consersation #1 showcase research being done on mental health and aging and the wisdom of experts, but it’ll also very much incorporate your ideas, experience, and questions. Free. To RSVP (a must)…
Apologies for being late on this, but entries for the 2017 (High School) Energy Reduction Challenge are due on September 29th! Winners of the challenge will be high schools that over a 2 month period reduce their energy consumption by at least 25%, with the top 5 to be awarded $10,000! For more and to enter…
Back on track:
And then there’s what multi-national food companies have gotten up to in Brazil….
As we move on to animals:
Hey, but America’s got the world’s largest bat colony!!
And NYState has fall Freshwater Fishing and Boating News…
Yours in abiding greenness,