Happy Bill of Rights Day, UESiders!!

December 13th being the day that, in 1952, the Constitution and Declaration of Independence were transferred from storage in the Department of State to an alcove specially constructed for the documents’ display in the National Archives building!!

Check out the Archives’ video on why and how the move was made…

That while contemplating the greatness of each/both… 

And enjoying every minute of the pre-Christmas holiday week ahead:

Saturday, December 15th:  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, Samascott, Ole Mother Hubbert, SunFed Beef, Alewife, Hawthorne Valley, Walnut Hill, Consider Bardwell and Nolasco Farms!!

As you make out this Saturday’s shopping list, Mega Manager Margaret advises:  “In celebration of Grains Week, 82nd Street’ll be hosting both the great Greenmarket Regional Grains Project (add superb supplies for your holiday baking needs to locally grown beans and unique pastas made from heirloom grain varieties) and Springbrook Farm Distillery (primo spirits to get you into the holiday mood – just in case you’re not there yet)!!”

Then adds:  “Unfortunately the unseasonably cold weather upstate has kept the ground frozen preventing Alewife from harvesting the remainder of their crops so they will not be in this week. They are hoping this weekend’s warmer weather will cause enough of a thaw so they can harvest for next week. Stay tuned!”

Last but hardly least, this Margaret wisdom:  “So many gift options at the market this time of year…  Example:  For those folks on your list who have everything  try gifting them some Greenmarket tokens so they can choose for themselves and support our local farmers at the same time!!  Stop by the info tent for details!!” 

Last Week’s Recycling Totals –  85 lbs batteries;  17 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;   2 make-up wands;  11 pairs of eye glasses;  13 compost bins;  40 bags of clothes 

YET ANOTHER 13 BIN WEEK!!

Sunday, December 16th:  119th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count

For the UES:  Central Park

Who wouldn’t want to be part of America’s longest-running citizen science project?  The Central Park count organized/hosted by NYC Audubon.  For more and to volunteer (and scroll down to page 19)…

Tuesday, December 18th:  Holiday Celebration & Concert for Peace

Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Avenue, 7pm

Commemorating the World War I Armistice, the concert features the award-winning and UES favorite Cantori Chorus.   Sponsored by the Office of Assembly Member Seawright.  Free, but do RSVP or 212-288-4607…

Wednesday, December 19th:  CM Powers’ City Hall in Your Borough

Hunter College, West Building, 904 Lexington Avenue, 6:30pm

Start accumulating all those questions you’ve been yearning to pose to the Mayor and members of his administration!!  There’ll be updates on municipal projects, too!!  See you there!!

Get ready for 2019:

Saturday Friday, January 4th to Monday, January 13th:  Mulchfest 2018!!

Citywide!!

Remove ornaments, lights and tinsel and get that tree out and curbside on your usual Sanitation pick-up days…  No wrapping your tree in plastic either!!

OR BETTER STILL… 

Saturday, January 11th to Sunday, January 12th:  Chipping Weekend!!

Carl Schurz Park, East End Avenue at 86th Street, 10am-2pm

Transport that tree up to Schurz Park, watch it be chipped and depart with not only a bag of mulch but the satisfaction of knowing your holiday tree’ll be enriching street and park trees throughout the city throughout the coming year!!

Wednesday, January 9th:  Open Space Dialogues – Healthy Spaces, Active Places Forum

New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, 6:30pm

Representatives of government, nonprofits, and neighborhood groups discuss and enlighten on how to create opportunities for active physical recreation in our parks!!  Free but please RSVP

Friday, February 15th to Monday, February 18th:  Great Backyard Bird Count

Across America

So, okay, backyards are in short supply on the UES…  But have we ever got parks and an Esplanade…  And birds are forever turning up in non-park NYC locations!!  To get yourself into this wonderful loop (and scroll down to page 19!!)…  

In the miscellany/pre-Christmas activism file:

If you think that oil/mineral extraction should be barred from the Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument

If your of the opinion that factory farms shouldn’t be exempt from reporting their toxic air emissions… 

Or – on the local front – that the area south of Union Square is deserving of landmark protection

Seems like the administration stepping back on the quality of school lunches…  

The good and bad news about 7 recently banned food flavorings

Onto the good foot:

A big, life-saving moment for our NYS Forest Rangers last week

And the green good foot:

Why we buy our (fantastic) seafood from American Pride at Greenmarkets

How about Made-in-NYC holiday gifts

How about a NYS New Year’s Day/First Day hike (great for the whole family)…

January 1st Hike

Some 2018 First Day Hikers!!

Or edible Christmas ornaments

What wrapping paper is and isn’t recyclable:

recycling wrapping paper

Continuing down the green Christmas road, how about LED Christmas lights??!

All over the lot:

Come 2019, the Guggenheim’ll be open 7 days a week!!

First there was its amazing waste-to-energy plant…  Now Copenhagen’s home to a ground-breaking solar building facade!!  

Ten examples of great NYC holiday decor… 

An easy way to thread a needle

Ho-ho-ho, you animals:

25 cat facts

This week’s migration update

A vaccine for bees…

Meet the marine mammals of NYC…  (Including the Santa-like – whiskers, belly – harbor seal…)

This week’s Hudson River Almanac installment:

12/5 – Staten Island:  In late morning, on the east side of Brooks Pond in Clove Lakes Park in northern Staten Island, I spotted a varied thrush. It was robin-size with a dark bill, prominent orange eyebrows, an orange breast with a dark band, and its breast feathers were rough, not smooth. I saw it again twice more into mid-afternoon. The area is comprised of lawn with large oaks, sweet gum trees, brushy hedgerows with fruiting bittersweet, and multiflora rose along the pond. – Catherine Barron

varied thrush

That Varied Thrush

[A record such as this one is accorded the description of an “Accidental.” In the parlance of Stan DeOrsey, these are birds that are found far out of their normal range, and while known to wander great distances, were not expected. The varied thrush (Ixoreus naevius) breeds in the evergreen forests of northwestern North America, from Alaska to northern California. While there have been several dozen records of varied thrush state-wide, the last known sighting on Staten Island was in November 1936. – Tom Lake] 

12/5 – Hudson River Estuary: With the cold weather and subsequent cold-water season upon us, Kim Durham (New York State Sea Turtle Coordinator, Atlantic Marine Conservation Society) urges us to be on the lookout for stranded sea turtles. If you come upon a sea turtle, whether you think it’s alive or dead, immediately call the New York State Stranding Hotline at (631) 369-9829. Some sea turtles become paralyzed when “cold stunned,” giving the appearance of death but are actually in dire need of recovery and resuscitation. If you have photos or video, please send them to sightings@amseas.org. – Tom Lake

[Records of sea turtles in the lower estuary have been limited to Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii). Juvenile Kemp’s ridleys (2-3-year-olds) have been documented using Long Island Sound as an intermediate habitat and occasionally, but rarely, we find one in the lower estuary. The most recent Kemp’s ridley occurrence was last July when beach-walkers at Rockaway Peninsula noticed a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle in need of rescuing. The last report in the estuary was August 1995, when Buddy Long, trolling for bluefish, collected a prop-injured sea turtle in the river off Spuyten Duyvil (river mile 14). – Tom Lake]

12/6 – Manhattan:  When 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, we thought our pots and traps were empty. But there it was, our first sand shrimp of the season! – Siddhartha Hayes, Melissa Rex, Toland Kister

sand shrimp

Sand Shrimp

[Sand shrimp (Crangon septemspinosa) are delightful little crustaceans, generally less than 50 mm long. As their common name implies, they are brown, and their camouflage allows them to “dissolve” into sandy bottoms. Along with a few species of Palaemontes, they are colloquially called “grass shrimp,” owing to a preference for the hidden safety and security of aquatic vegetation. (They are the M&M’s of the river for the myriad of predators with which they share the river bottom.) When captured in numbers, they can be very frenetic, bouncing all over. Our students on the beach like to call them “popcorn shrimp.” – Tom Lake]

12/7 – Manhattan:  A birding survey of Central Park today resulted in 40 species. Among the highlights were rusty blackbird, pied-billed grebe, barred owl and northern saw-whet owl. Notables at The Reservoir included Canada Geese (75), northern shoveler (43), gadwall, bufflehead, ruddy duck, and American coot. Raptors included the two owls, an immature Cooper’s hawk, and an American kestrel on The Great Lawn. There were four woodpeckers: red-bellied, male yellow-bellied sapsucker, downy, and a northern flicker. Both red-breasted and white-breasted nuthatches were found, along with brown creeper. Elsewhere in the park, there was a hermit thrush, northern mockingbird, and 40 common grackles in Mugger’s Woods, including a leucistic individual with a white head. – Robert DeCandido

May your Christmas and New Year be stupendously great and green,

UGS

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Happy World Soil Day, UESiders!!

Something we celebrate each of the three (four over summer/fall) days a week we fill UES compost bins!!

Compost that improves soil, sure,  enabling it to not only provide wonderful edibles, but also to also contribute to ever more critical carbon sequestion!!

And there’s so much more to learn about the marvelous security blanket of our earth (including a doc)...   

Soil, we salute you!!

(This past Tuesday was World Wildlife Conservation Day!!)

Ready yourselves for the week ahead:

Now:  Yeti, Set Snow” Winter Show 

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, Central Park 

What happens when a pair of young girls cross paths with a snow-hating Yeti??  Kids of your acquaintance will love finding out!!  Another Marionette Theater classic!!  $8-$12.  For tickets, schedule and more… 

Saturday, December 18th:  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, Samascott, Ole Mother Hubbert, SunFed Beef, Alewife, Hawthorne Valley, Walnut Hill, Consider Bardwell and Nolasco Farms!!

Yes and the Master Knife Sharpener will be present and accounted for, too…  And making her final appearance till Christmas, so bring on that cutlery!! 

Manager of Market Managers Margaret weighs in:  “As I’ll be off this weekend, we’ll have a guest super star manager at 82nd Street…  GrowNYC’s very own assistant director, Liz Carollo will  be in charge!!”  

Then M. adds, “With just 2 more Saturdays till Christmas, time to start thinking about those holiday party menus, traditional meals and Greenmarket gifts! Be sure to check out Walnut Hill’s beautiful dried flower wreaths. Perfect for giving your home or office a festive feel.  See you next week!!”

Last Week’s Recycling Totals –  78 lbs batteries;  21 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;   8 pairs of glasses;  13 compost bins;  42 bags of clothes 

Yes, people!!  AN ALL-TIME, BRILLIANT RECORD 13 BINS!!

Sunday, December 9th:  Christmas Blessing of the Animals

Christ Church, 524 Park Avenue, 2-3pm

No over-estimating total sweetness of this event where, last time we attended, there absolutely was a llama!!  

llama blessing

The service includes a procession of animals to the altar for blessing.   All pets must be accompanied by their owners.  All owners must be accompanied by their pets. Hosted by Cindy Adams, the New York Post and Christ Church. Seating on first come first served basis. Space is limited. No RSVP required.

Monday, December 10th:  End-of-Year Honey Tasting Competiton & Bee B-Movie Night

NYIT, 16 West 61st Street, 11th Floor Auditorium, 6:30pm

Once upon a time and not so long ago, NYC Beekeepers met in secret…  Now they’re legal, holding honey contests, enrolling New Yorkers in  their beekeeping courses and more!!   Free to all bringing honey to compete.  Non-honey bringers/early bird  tickets, $5.  Non-honey bringers/at-the-door tickets, $10.  For more and tickets

Tuesday, December 11th:  Beyond Sims – A Community Informational Session

Touro College, 230 West 125th Street, 6-8pm

Now that the statue of – best case – controversial physician Marion Sims’s been relocated from its Central Park East perch, Manhattanites are now asked to engage on what the replacement should be…  Manhattanites as in all us!!  (Our opinion:  A Kara Walker work!!)  For more

Tuesday, December 11th:  Forgotten Drinks – From Flip and Rattle Skulls to Switchel & Spruce Beer

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

Who knew the cocktail was one of America’s first gastronomic innovations…  With ingredients like honey, vinegar and fruit…  With some being stirred with hot pokers??!!  Author Colin Hirsch enlightens on the evolution of our early mixed drinks and even tastings!!   Presented in conjunction with The Culinary Historians of New York.   Members, $25.  Non-members, $40.  Students, $10.  For more and tickets

Tuesday, December 11th:  East Side Coastal Resiliency Project Meeting

Brookdale Campus, 425 East 25th Street, 6:30pm

The powers-that-be communicate their East Side Coastal Resiliency Project plans. We let them know our analysis of/feelings about those plans.  At stake:  The future of our ES waterfront!!  Be there!!

Thursday, December 13th:  CM Kallos’ Annual Holiday Party

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

Holiday cheer, light refreshments and a chance to convey concerns/hopes for the coming year!!  Please RSVP or 212-860-1950…

Tuesday, December 18th:  Holiday Celebration & Concert for Peace

Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Avenue, 7pm

Commemorating the World War I Armistice, the concert features the award-winning and UES favorite Cantori Chorus.   Sponsored by the Office of Assembly Member Seawright.  Free, but do RSVP or 212-288-4607…

Wednesday, December 19th:  CM Powers’ City Hall in Your Borough

Location TBA, 6:30pm

Start accumulating all those questions you’ve been yearning to pose to the Mayor and members of his administration!!  There’ll be updates on municipal projects, too!!  See you there!!

Then, suddenly, it’s 2019:

Sunday, January 13th:  CM Kallos’ Annual State of the District

Memorial Sloan Kettering Auditorium, 430 East 67th Street, 1pm

And we quote, “Please join me for my annual report to you on the State of the District, recognizing all the work my office and members of our community have done together over the past 5 years and giving a preview of what’s in store for 2019.”  RSVP or 212-860-1950…

On the miscellany beat, commencing with one but meaningful bit of activism:

As in efforts to extend the 42nd Street Library’s hours….

Moving on:

The Color of the Year 2019 is…   

Living Coral

LIVING CORAL!!

(That’s how we like our coral!!)

The Times not only weighs in on climate issues but (scroll down) assuages Christmas tree guilt

Advanced waste-to-energy tech comes to the U.S. by way of – no, not NYC or NYS – West Virginia

12 not-to-be-missed NYC art installations

Great green books to read and/or gift

The erstwhile City Island Bridge has a new, green life/mission

The long-ago West Point egg nog riot

Yes, les animaux:

Prospect Park makes this week’s NYS DEC’s Outdoor DiscoveryWatchable Wildlife list…  (Scroll down!)

chipmunk Prospect Parkk

A Prospect Park Chipmunk

mother hen shields her brood

How to best assist alley cats

Winners of the British Ecological Society’s animal photo competition

Does your dog need winter clothes…??

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

11/15 –- Manhattan: 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 and found an interesting mix of fish and crustaceans. The most impressive were three white perch that ranged in size from 85-240 millimeters (mm.) They are perhaps the signature estuarine fish. The saltwater effect brought us three adorable feather blennies (65-75 mm), and the brackish water estuary brought us two young-of-summer blue crabs (25, 50 mm). – Siddhartha Hayes

Feathered Blenny

A Feather Blenny

[Feather blenny (Hypsoblennius hentz), a seasonally marine resident, is a small, scaleless 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.  – C. Lavett Smith]

11/24 – Manhattan: My family and I were driving north on Manhattan’s West Side Highway in midday when we saw a huge bird gliding along not more than 40 feet above the traffic. It was low tide on the river – a good hunting tide for eagles – and, sure enough, the bird had an American eel in its talons. It was absolutely breathtaking to see this beautiful mysterious creature flying over Manhattan. 
– David Yaffe

11/26 – Orange County: Tom Hall remembers when his dad worked on a farm in the Black Dirt region of Orange County near Pine Island. One day, his dad found an interestingly flaked stone in a furrow and kept it as a curiosity. With a little investigation, Tom now knows its pedigree. The three-inch-long stone tool with a broken tip, is a biface – worked on both sides – and is what archaeologists call a projectile point. In reality, this tool may have served a multitude of practical uses as a spear point, hide scraper or, if hafted onto a wooden handle, a knife. The point was fashioned from a type of stone called chert. While “typing” prehistoric stone tools is an inexact science, certain physical attributes suggested that this one is what archaeologists call a Bare Island point from the Late Archaic Period, named for its type site at Bare Island, on the lower Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. 
– Tom Lake

NYS Projectile

That Projectile

[About 4,000 years ago, the first of us living in the Northeast made a series of small, stone spear or dart points that archaeologists have stylistically-labeled the Narrow-stemmed Tradition, of which the Bare Island was one. These pre-ceramic, pre-bow-and-arrow technology Indians were likely Algonquian-speakers, perhaps ancestral to the people who met the first Europeans more than 2,000 years later. They were mobile hunters, gatherers, fishers and foragers. Other than analyzing their stone tools, we know very little else about them. The dating of stone artifacts is tricky. For projectile points (“arrowheads”) we often rely on the accuracy of radiocarbon dating (C14) of organic material found in association with stone tools to arrive at an approximate date. Discoveries like these of long-ago artifacts help define the great time-depth of the Hudson Valley and put a face on an ancient human occupation. -Tom Lake]

Yours in enduring greenness (and we will survive SantaCon 2018),

UGS

 

 

 

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Happiest Hanukkah, UESiders!!

Happy launch into the Christmas season, too!!

We’ve already survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday and there’re only 27 more days to shop/give and receive fabulous gifts/eat, party and reunite with friends and family to heart’s content!! 

Let’s do it, folks!! 

Commencing with the week ahead:

Saturday, December 1st:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

With us with tables loaded down with Thanksgiving necessities and treats will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Ole Mother Hubbert, SunFed Beef, Alewife, Hawthorne Valley, Walnut Hill and Consider Bardwell Farms!!

Very happy to say, the Master Knife Sharpener will be back with us, too!! 

Manager of Market Managers Margaret adds this:  “After a quiet post Holiday weekend, the full roster of our great farmers/fisherman/bakers are well-rested and ready with your Hanukkah supplies!!  Then there’s this great news:  Nolasco Farm will be back at 82nd this Saturday!! Lovers of greens!! Celebrate!!”

Last Week’s Recycling Totals –  66 lbs batteries;  15 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;   15 pairs of glasses; 1 make-up wand; 11 compost bins;  30 bags of clothes 

Yup, farmer attendance was light and shoppers some fewer than the norm… STILL…  A BIG, FAT 11 COMPOST WERE FILLED!!

(BRING ON THOSE OUT-OF-COMMISSION/DEFUNCT PHONES!!)

Saturday & Sunday, December 1st & 2nd:  Annual Native Art Market

Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, 10am-5:30pm

Think traditional and contemporary works…  Silver and semiprecious jewelry, ceramics, fine  apparel, handwoven baskets, traditional beadwork, dolls, paintings, prints, and sculpture – by some of the finest Native American artists!!  

Saturday, December 1st:  32nd Annual Miracle on Madison Avenue

From 57th to 86th, 10am-5pm

Do your luxury holiday shopping and know that 20% of every purchase at participating businesses will be contributed to the pediatric programs supported by the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center!!  For the list of participants

Saturday, December 1st:  Victorian Christmas at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

421 East 61st Street

A pair of great events on the same evening…  Event 1, 6:30-9pm:  The family friendly “Santa Portrait” featuring tours of the museum’s 19th Century holiday decor and pix with a Victorian Santa!!  Event 2, 8pm-1am:  Grown-up fun at a Grand Victorian Celebration complete with cocktails, plum pudding, dancing in the Museum’s secret ballroom and Victorian portraiture with St. Nick.   (Suggested dress?  You guessed it!!  Victorian!!)   $25-$70.   For more and tickets

Sunday, December 2nd:  Holiday Tree Lighting at Schurz Park

86th Street & East End Avenue, 5 to 6pm

The UES classic complete with hot chocolate, candy canes, cookies, candles and music by the great Cantori New York and Orbital Brass!!

Sunday, December 2nd – Sunday, December 9th:  Lighting of the World’s Largest Menorah

Grand Army Plaza, Fifth Avenue between 58th & 59th Streets, 3:30pm on Fridays, 8pm on Saturdays, 5:30pm Sunday

And, befitting Manhattan, this particular beautiful symbol’s the world’s largest at 32 feet tall and 4,000 pounds!!   Come one, come all, of course!! 

Friday & Saturday, December 7th and 8th:  Candlelight Tours at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

421 East 61st Street, 6:15pm & 7:30pm

Launch into the holiday season as New Yorkers did in centuries past…  Stroll the museum’s  lovely period rooms by candlelight while enjoying refreshments of time gone by and the music of harpist  Sarah Loveland Gill on Friday and PACC Recorder Concert on Saturday.   Members, $10.  Non-members, $20.  Children under 12, $5. 

Saturday, December 8th:  Czech Christmas Festivities at Bohemian National Hall  

321 East 73rd Street, 3-6pm

Think a Christmas market featuring traditional Czech glass ornaments, sweets, cookies, complimentary mulled wine and Christmas photo booth, followed by instruction in traditional Czech Christmas-themed arts, followed by the music of  mezzo-soprano Pavlina Horáková and the Children’s Choir of the Czech and Slovak Community Center in Astoria!!  Organized by the Consulate General of the Czech Republic.  Free but RSVPing must

Breathe deeply, then:

Monday, December 10th:  End-of-Year Honey Tasting Competiton & Bee B-Movie Night

NYIT, 16 West 61st Street, 11th Floor Auditorium, 6:30pm

Once upon a time and not so long ago, NYC Beekeepers met in secret…  Now they’re legal, holding honey contests, enrolling New Yorkers in  their beekeeping courses and more!!   Free to all bringing honey to compete.  Non-honey bringers/early bird  tickets, $5.  Non-honey bringers/at-the-door tickets, $10.  For more and tickets

Tuesday, December 11th:  Beyond Sims – A Community Informational Session

Touro College, 230 West 125th Street, 6-8pm

Now that the statue of – best case – controversial physician Marion Sims’s been relocated from its Central Park East perch, Manhattanites are now asked to engage on what the replacement should be…  Manhattanites as in all us!!  (Our opinion:  A Kara Walker work!!)  For more

Tuesday, December 18th:  Holiday Celebration & Concert for Peace

Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Avenue, 7pm

Commemorating the World War I Armistice, the concert features the award-winning and UES favorite Cantori Chorus.   Sponsored by the Office of Assembly Member Seawright.  Free, but do RSVP or 212-288-4607…

Miscellany, kicking off with some activist opportunities:

Should you object to a planned fracked gas line running from NJ  and under the NYC harbor to the Rockaways… 

If you believe shark fin fishing and sales should be banned

And if you think Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monuments should remain protected

In the interest of well-versed greenness:

The Times interprets last Friday’s Climate Report...

Moving on to the positive:

NYS has new and more informative dry cleaning regulations

And NYC, a promising new delivery vehicle

Future use for malls 

NYS tips to making our holidays more sustainable

More great tips still from our own GrowNYC

Brighter still:

Where Native Americans once lived in NYC

A ton accomplished this year by the Hudson River Estuary Program!! 

Library of Congress writing contest for young readers, grades 4-12

The origin of Teflon is…

The Statue of Liberty’s torch on the move

Non-singers keeping the Met Opera running smoothly

All about deer this week for our NYS Conservation Officers

Other kinds of busy for our NYS Forest Rangers…

Way off the reservation:

Fascination with “Frankenstein” runs long and deep…  As in the Smithsonian’s just restored the earliest (1910 and made by the Edison Company) “Frankenstein” film

Bring on those animals:

The week’s bird migration update… 

And the Bird of the Week

Pine Siskin

The Pine Siskin

Bees upclose and beautiful…  (Who knew there were so many kinds?  Enough even experts struggle to keep them straight!!)

Most popular UES (and all NYC) male and female dog names are

Think we know a lot about turkeys??  Think again!! 

Eight things to know about wombats!!

Winners of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards!!

Unlikely defenders of prarie birds

Never more green than at holiday time,

UGS 

  

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Happy Upcoming Turkey Day, UESiders!!

Today’s also America and NY Recycles Day!! 

Happy upcoming Shred-A-Thon: Thanksgiving 2018 Edition, too!!

And a not so Happy First Snowfall…  All those moisture-laden flakes falling on trees that still have  leaves…  Limbs sagging under the weight…  Branches breaking…  Trees toppling…  Yikes!!

Not the only cause for arborial carnage, but surely one reason…  NYC’s infrequent  pruning.  Parks doesn’t commit themselves on how often our trees are trimmed, but assorted local legends have it as variously 9, 11 and 17 years.  Yikes!!

One answer:   TreesNY’s fabulous Citizen Tree Pruner/Urban Arborist course…  From which one graduates not only with a wealth of tree knowledge and tree care skill, but official certification to prune!!  

Get a taste of the usefulness and fun at this Saturday’s TreesNY stewardship event  on West 79th!! 

As for the week following:

Saturday, November 17th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

With us with tables loaded down with Thanksgiving necessities and treats will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Samascott,  Ole Mother Hubbert, SunFed Beef,  Ale Wife, Hawthorne Valley and Walnut Hill Farms!!

Happy to say, the Master Knife Sharpener will be present and honing, too!! 

Uber Market Manager Suprema Margaret adds this:  “Weather permitting Annabelle will be making potato latkes in advance of Hanukkah which is right around the corner!  (FYI, they’re great for any holiday meal!!)

Recycling totals 11/10 –  33 lbs batteries;  16 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;   8 compost bins;  35 bags of clothes     11//3  –  76 lbs. batteries;  11 lbs. cords, cellphones and cartridges; 3 pair eye glasses; 12 compost bins; 32 bags of clothes

Sunday, November 18th:  The 92nd Street Greenmarket – Season Finale

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

With us on this last day of the 92nd season – 92nd best, most-shopped yet –  will be American Pride Seafood,   Ole Mother Hubbert, Consider Bardwell, Meredith’s Bakery, Phillips and SunFed Beef Farms!!  

AND, so happy to say, our one-and-only Master Knife Sharpener will be on hand, too!!

Manager-of-Managers Margaret sez:  “On this final day of 92nd’s great 2018 season and after that farm-pounding snow storm, the market’ll  be a tad smaller, but brimming with all the holiday essentials!!   Last but hardly least, thanks to you, all our loyal shoppers for a wonderful 5-month…  And, of course, shred on!!” 

Until next June…”  

Recycling totals:  10/27 –  14 lbs batteries;  22 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  1 mascara wand;  3 pairs of eyeglasses; 6 compost bins    

Yet another 6 bin Sunday!!  

Sunday, November 18th:  Shred-A-Thon – Thanksgiving 2018 Edition

92nd Street Greenmarket, First Avenue between 92nd & 3rd Streets, 10am-2pm

Do recall:

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.)

Major thanks to AM Seawright and CMs Kallos and Powers for their unwavering support!!

Sunday, November 18th:  Concert at Julia Richmond   

Julia Richmond Educational Complex, 317 East 67th Street, 3pm

The New York Classical Arts Ensemble – led by Erik Kramer and featuring cellist Sophie Shao – perform Elgar, Dvorak and Nielsen.  Suggested donation, $15.

Sunday, November 18th:  86th Street Volunteer Clean Team Event 

CANCELLED!!

But with this message from Clean Team organizers:  “We thank everyone that has expressed interest and RSVP’d for Sunday’s event. Unfortunately, the event will be canceled due to weather and a number of our regulars preparing for the holiday.
We’ll be inspecting the East 86th Street trees for damage and weakness after the big storm. Fortunately, our generous members recently funded tree pruning in the area to promote the growth and health of our trees. Little things like pruning go a long way to increase safety and prevent storm damage.  Stay tuned for more volunteer opportunities.  Thanks to all and Happy Thanksgiving!”

(Tree Pruning!!  YES!!)

Sunday, November 18th:  Roosevelt Island Stop ‘N’ Swap  

Manhattan Park Theater Club Community Room, 8 River Road, 12-3pm

Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, electronics,
books & toys that you no longer need.

Take home something new-to-you, FREE!  (And you don’t have to bring something to take something!!)

(Please DO NOT bring: furniture, large items, expired or open food, unsealed personal care products, medicine, dirty or ripped clothing, fabric scraps, incomplete toys and games, non-working electronics, tube TVs, magazines, or sharp objects!!)  Organized by Roosevelt Island’s own I Dig to Learn!!

Then it’s December:

Saturday & Sunday, December 1st & 2nd:  Annual Native Art Market

Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, 10am-5:30pm

Think traditional and contemporary works…  Silver and semiprecious jewelry, ceramics, fine  apparel, handwoven baskets, traditional beadwork, dolls, paintings, prints, and sculpture – by some of the finest Native American artists!!  

Monday, December 10th:  End-of-Year Honey Tasting Competiton & Bee B-Movie Night

NYIT, 16 West 61st Street, 11th Floor Auditorium, 6:30pm

Once upon a time and not so long ago, NYC Beekeepers met in secret…  Now they’re legal, holding honey contests, enrolling New Yorkers in  their beekeeping courses and more!!   Free to all bringing honey to compete.  Non-honey bringers/early bird  tickets, $5.  Non-honey bringers/at-the-door tickets, $10.  For more and tickets

Friday & Saturday, December 7th and 8th:  Candlelight Tours at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

421 East 61st Street, 6:15pm & 7:30pm

Launch into the holiday season as New Yorkers did in centuries past…  Stroll the museum’s  lovely period rooms by candlelight while enjoying refreshments of time gone by and the music of harpist  Sarah Loveland Gill on Friday and PACC Recorder Concert on Saturday.   Members, $10.  Non-members, $20.  Children under 12, $5. 

Hello, miscellany:

Thanks to the Municipal Art Society, there’s now a map of the many acres of NYC Privately-Owned Public Spaces (quite a number pretty much disguised)…  Now MAS could use some help from us…  As in photographing the 70 new, soon-to-open POPS and forwarding those pix on to them!!  (96th & Lex is the first POP listed and plenty more in our hood follow!!  Pretty nice to get a photographer credit!!)  For the total rundown

There’s now the Guestimator to assist calculating how much food we need for the Thanksgiving meal and beyond… 

Why not encourage guests to bring their own containers to take home those T-Giving leftovers? 

Origin of some NYS young trees and spread of an invasive bug

Here’re the basics of the more stuff being made from recycled materials!!

Never a dull week for our NYS Conservation Officers

Effects of the midterm election on recycling…    (Hint-hint:  Infrastructure’s a big deal!)

And conservation measures… 

Meanwhile, Sanitation continues moving towards commercial waste zones… 

Amazing  – attempting to control rampaging algae in NYS waters  – it’s against NYS law to apply lawn fertilizers the 5 months between December 1st and April 1st!!  For more on the subject… 

NJ’s producing electricity from cafeteria grease and bug digestion…  (Thanks to the Master Knife Sharpener for the tip!)

What do you get when you mix huge rocks,  simple soil, seed and water…?  Check it out!!

Animals:

Want to listen to orcas…?

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, bunnies and turtles break bread

The past week in raptor migration

Lucky critters equipped with prosthetics...

Count midterms a success for many a critter in CA and FL!! 

The Squirrel Census checks in with some philosphical musings

Urban angling NYC-style

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

11/2 – Manhattan, HRM 1: With dropping water temperatures, our expectations were limited when 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. While we caught only a single fish, it was a good one, a young-of-year striped bass (75 mm).  – Siddhartha Hayes

striped bass

That Young Striped Bass

A very warm, green Thanksgiving to one and all,

UGS

 

 

 

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Happy NY Marathon Weekend, UESiders!!

And thanks to an unlikely source – the Billion Oyster Project – there’s this short form guide connecting the Marathon route with  NYC history and – what else? – oysters!!   (Be sure to read right to the end!!)

You go, runners!!

And you, too, oysters!!

(REMEMBER:  BECAUSE OF MARATHON, THERE’LL BE NO 92nd STREET MARKET THIS SUNDAY!!)

Moving on to the coming week:

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

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

Back at their tables will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Samascott,  Old Mother Hubbert, Maple Avenue/Sun Fed Beef,  Ale Wife, Hawthorne and Walnut Hill Farms!!

Market Manager Suprema Margaret observes:   “Looking forward to a much better day on Saturday after last week’s wash out. First the good news: We will have a guest producer this week, 1857 Spirits  will be dropping by with their Potato Vodka, distilled from potatoes grown on their farm. Be sure to stop by and try a sample!!  

Then MMSM adds:  “On a sadder note…  The intense weather we had adversely impacted all of our farmers and, unfortunately, last week’s rain wiped out the remainder of Cherry Lane’s crops so they’re finished for the season…” 

Recycling totals 10/26   TBA   

Saturday, November 3rd to Sunday, November 18th:  Kiku – Spotlight on Tradition

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx

Again we quote, “The chrysanthemum—kiku in Japanese—is the most celebrated of all Japanese fall-flowering plants.  For 11 months of each year, NYBG horticulturists use traditional Japanese techniques to nurture and train these chrysanthemums into both modern and ancient styles, including the striking, sculpted designs of plants in the bonsai style; the tumbling flowers of Kengai(“Cascade”); and the monumental Ozukuri (“Thousand Bloom”) form.”  Not to be missed, people!!  Non-member adults, $15.  Seniors & Students, $7.  Children, 2-14, $4.  Members, free.  For more.. 

Sunday, November 4th:  The 92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

NO MARKET THIS MARATHON SUNDAY!! 

SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!!

Sunday, November 4th:  5th Annual GreenParkGardener NYC Pumpkin Smash!!

East River Esplanade via the the 63rd & York Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, 1-4pm

Only heroic Marathon stragglers left plodding up First…  So grab that soon-to-be-moldy Halloween jack-o-lantern and head down to the Esplanade for the Great Smashing of Pumpkins…  That’ll thereafter become compost gold!!  Family friendly in the extreme!!  After-Smash treats for one and all!!  Doesn’t get more fun or green!!  

Recycling totals 10/27:  TBA  

Wednesday, November 7th:  “Shaped by Immigrants  A History of Yorkville”  Book Launch

National Socidety of Colonial Dames of America, 215 East 71st Street, 6:30pm

And we quote:  “This illustrated history of Yorkville’s development and immigrant roots was researched and written by FRIENDS of the Upper East Side, and tells the comprehensive story of Yorkville for the first time in print.  The book launch will include celebration, celebration, discussion and the screening of an original documentary mini-series produced by FRIENDS.”   Free but registration required… 

Thursday, November 8th:  Climate Smart Communities Webinar

On Your Computer Screen, 10:30am-12pm

This time out:  NYS DEC weighs in on resiliency:  What it is…  How to achieve it…  And – yes – how to finance it!!   Free.   To register

Coming up soon:

Sunday, November 10th:  Michael Miscione on Andrew Haswell Green Talk

Alice Aycock Pavillion, East River Esplanade at 60th, 2pm

Manhattan Borough Historian Miscione speaks on the life  and many good works of the distinguished UES gentleman for whom our Andrew Haswell Green Park was named.  Free.

Sunday, November 10th:  In Pursuit of the Porcelain Berry at the Ridgewood Reservoir 

Ridgewood Reservoir, Vermont Place, Brooklyn, 7-9pm

Daniel Atha, botanist at the New York Botanical Garden, leads a tour focusing, yes, on the invasive porcelain berry plant, an invasive species found around the Ridgewood Reservoir, but also on the successful campaign to have the reservoir designated as an official NYS wetland!!  Free.  Co-sponsored by the great NYC H2O and the NY Botanical Garden.  For tickets directions and more

Tuesday, November 13th:  Plastic Free Waters Partnership Meeting    

U.S Environmental Protection Agency, 290 Broadway, Room 27A, 9:30am-3pm

Under discussion – by panels and workgroup breakout sessions  will be product design, design innovation and the circular economy.  Attend in person or online.  Free.  To RSVP

Sunday, November 18th:  Shred-A-Thon – Thanksgiving 2018 Edition

92nd Street Greenmarket, First Avenue between 92nd & 3rd Streets, 10am-2pm

Endlessly repeated but:

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.)

So great AM Seawright and CMs Kallos and Powers support these Shred-A-Thons!!

Doesn’t get more miscelleous:

BP Brewer’s in search of civic-minded teens (ages 14-18) with an interest in community problem-solving and able to dedicate 8 hours a month to being a Young Leader of Manhattan!!   (Has to look great on a college application!)    For more and to apply

Why it’s so great that UESiders are so committed to Drug Take Back events… 

Moving into the activist groove:

Should you oppose the Keystone Pipeline…  (Absolutely, the fight continues!!)

Then there’s the fracked gas pipeline proposed for NYState

On to renewable energy:

CUNY’s going all in tackling NYC’s labrynthian energy storage permitting process…  So far in, they’re even offering assistance to permit applicants!!   And that’s just for openers!!  For more on the University’s wide-ranging efforts on behalf of renewables…   

And with a sigh:

Makes a weird kind of sense that bits of Penn Station are in the Brooklyn Museum…   (There’re Penn Station tours of elements that still remain…)

Brighter now:

And the NYS Hike of the Month is…  On the gorgeous trails of Thatcher State Park!!

Have a brilliant recycling/waste reduction notion that needs funding??  How ’bout making a pitch at the Talk Trash City competion!!  For the lowdown 

How baseball bats are recycled in Japan… 

As ever, NYS Conservation officers have had a demanding week… 

Then kind of crazy: 

Believe it…  Extreme ironing is – for some – a sport!!

Animal life:

That beautiful, rare duck that mysteriously appeared in Central Park

Mandarin Duck

That Mandarin Duck!

This week’s raptor migration update

Seals around New York City? You bet!!  Any time from November through May, you could get a glimpse of harbor and grey seals basking on sand bars, rocks and remote beaches off the shores and along Long Island. What to look for? Harbor seals have rounded bodies and spotted silver-gray, black or dark brown coats. Males average 5-5½ feet long and weigh 200-250 pounds, while females are slightly smaller. Harbor seals have fan-shaped flippers, and their average dive lasts three minutes, but they can remain submerged for up to 30 minutes! Some of the best places to watch them are:

Harbor Seal
A Harbor Seal

Tracking the movements of airborne gray bats… 

NYC rescue kitties are in need of foster homes… 

And from the ever-amazing Hudson River Alamanac:

10/21 – Hyde Park:  Nineteen years ago, today, Cornell University paleontologists discovered long bones (humerus and ulna) of a mastodon (Mammut americanum) buried in the matrix adjacent to the Fall Kill. Radiocarbon analysis of the tusks of this now-extinct form of elephant would later return a radiocarbon date of 11,500 years ago, just past the dawn of human presence in the Hudson Valley.

mastodon excavation

That Mastodon Excavation

The dominant mammal in the Hudson Valley today is Homosapiens. At 13,000 years ago, the dominant mammal, in terms of sheer biomass, were the several species of extinct elephants (mastodons and mammoths), some of which stood ten feet at the shoulder and weighed 10,000 pounds. – Tom Lake

[An exact replica cast of the nearly 12,000-year-old Hyde Park mastodon is on permanent display at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum in Poughkeepsie. The original animal stood ten-feet-high at the shoulder and weighed 10,000 pounds. The 1999-2000 excavation was not unlike entering a time machine, and the museum display gives us a great appreciation of the tremendous time-depth of our Hudson Valley region. – Tom Lake] 

Mastodon Replica

The Mastodon Replica

[To be, or not to be: Extant means populations that are still found in a specific area, such as black bears and bobcats. Extirpated means a species that is no longer found in a specific area but does exist elsewhere, for example the gray wolf. Extinct means they no longer exist, gone forever, like the American mastodon, woolly mammoth, and the passenger pigeon. – Tom Lake]

10/22 – Manhattan: 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 where we found our collection pots and traps quite full. The overnight catch included a 140-millimeter (mm) point-to-point blue crab, two oyster toadfish (45, 55 mm), four adult tautog (230-240 mm), and a gorgeous lined seahorse (150 mm)! [Note: one inch = 25.4 millimeters (mm)] – Siddhartha Hayes

lined seahorse

A Lined Seahorse

Even our ballots are green,

UGS

 

 

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Happy National Bat Week, UESiders!!

Not that NYC abounds in caves, but for those speelunkers among us, NYState’s asking that we humans steer clear of places favored by the 10% of bats that’ve survived the deadly white-nose syndrome and that’re especially susceptable to disturbance during their winter hibernation!!  

F&WL Reg5  Barton Hill Iron Mine  Mineville  Bats wildlife survey

And a most Happy Halloween Day and Week to one and all!!

Saturday’s also National Prescription Drug Takeback Day:

Saturday, October 27th:  National Prescription Drug Takeback Day

Lenox Hill Hospital, 100 East 77th Street, 10am-2pm

And don’t forget that we UESiders can drop off unwanted/out-of-date prescriptions year round at several locations just blocks away…  

That’s just for openers…  Then:

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

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

10/27, 1am UPDATE from MM Margaret:  “Sadly the forcasted storm and its potentially heavy rain and high winds have caused a few more of our favorite 82nd Street farmers to cancel.   Still planning to attend as of now, Samascott Orchard, Hawthorne Valley, Maple Ave/ Sunfed Beef, Walnut Hill, Ole Mother Hubbert and Valley Shepherd Creamery.”

Mega Manager Margaret adds:  “Despite the bad weather forecast,the 82nd Street Market will be OPEN!!  Plus, Annabel will be back and all set to feature winter squash, a food group that includes ye olde pumpkins and could hardly be more seasonal!!”

Recycling totals 10/19   64 lbs batteries;  14 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  12 compost bins;  35 bags of clothes.   

Saturday, October 27th:  More Celebrating of Autumn at the Alice Aycock Pavillion

Sorry to say, CANCELLED DUE TO STORMY WEATHER!!

Saturday, October 27th:  Park Painting and Wetland Cleanup

132nd to 145th Streets on the Harlem River Greenway, 9:30am-12:30pm

Join our just-to-the-north neighbors in a thorough-going fall cleanup/improvement project on our wonderful, shared East River!!  Organized by CIVITAS.  For more and to RSVP… 

Sunday, October 28th:  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, Consider Bardwell, Meredith’s Bakery, Phillips and Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue Farms!!

Check out Norwich Meadow’s tiny, crunchy, delicious Mexican cucumbers!!

Alta Manager Margaret’s wisdom of the week:  “For all those who didn’t venture out Saturday, 92nd’s the A-Plus option to stock up on seasonal cooking and decor items!!  Happy Halloween, Greenmarketeers!!”

Recycling totals:  10/13 –  15 lbs batteries;  12 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  6 compost bins     10//20 – 17 lbs batteries;  16 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 9 pairs of eye glasses;  6 compost bins

Two 6 bin weeks in a row!!  

Launching into November: 

Thursday, November 1st:  World Science Festival Evening with Richard Dawkins & Brian Greene

Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, 8pm

Two pre-eminent minds – one ethologist/evolutionary biologist, the other mathematician//theoretical physicist , both great science communicators –  talk science and engage in Q&A!!  $55 and up.  For more and tickets 

Sunday, November 4th:  5th Annual GreenParkGardener NYC Pumpkin Smash!!

East River Esplanade via the the 63rd & York Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, 1-4pm

Only heroic Marathon stragglers left plodding up First…  So grab that soon-to-be-moldy Halloween jack-olantern and head down to the Esplanade for the Great Smashing of Pumpkins…  That’ll thereafter become compost gold!!  After-Smash treats for one and all!!  Doesn’t get more fun or green!!  

Friday, November 9th:  New York City’s Water System: 
A Talk by Adam Bosch  

Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, 7-9pm

Director of Public Affairs of NYC Department of Environmental Protection Patrick Bosch enlightens uf all on  the NYC DEP operates, maintains and protects the largest municipal water supply in the USA!!  Another great NYC H2O program!!  $20.  For more and tickets

Tuesday, November 13th:  “Yeti, Set Snow” Winter Show 

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, Central Park 

What happens when a young girl named and her friend cross paths with a snow-hating Yeti?  Kids of your acquaintance will love finding out!!  Another Marionette Theater classic!!  $8-$12.  For tickets and more… 

Wednesday, November 14th:  Coastal Resilliance – How to Improve It Forum

Seafarers and International House, 123 East 15th Street, 6:30pm

Experts Judith Weis (Professor of Biological Sciences, Rutgers), Kate Boicourt (Director of Resilience, Waterfront Alliance) and Noah Chesnin (NY Aquarium/Wildlife Conservation Society) weigh in on this all important subject!!  Organized by the Sierra Club of New York.  Free but contributions always welcome…

Sunday, November 18th:  Wastewater & Nature Tour – A Walking Tour 

Hunters Point Avenue Station, Long Island City, 1-3pm

From Newtown Creek to a storm water mitigation program to the digester eggs to the Newtown Creek Nature Walk…  All this in honor of – ahem – World Toilet Day!!  Organized by NYC H2O, FLUSH and the Newtown Creek Alliance.  Free but donations welcome.  To RSVP (a must)…

Sunday, November 18th:  Shred-A-Thon – Thanksgiving 2018 Edition

92nd Street Greenmarket, First Avenue between 92nd & 3rd Streets, 10am-2pm

Reminder:

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 always, we thank AM Seawright and CMs Kallos and Powers for their enduring support of Shred-A-Thons!!

Miscellany…  Some activism front and center:

If you oppose fracking in New York State in general, the Delaware River Basin in particiular and think our governor should, too… 

Or should you support the (endangered) Endangered Species Act

Believe that Congress should act to protect/update America’s water supply… 

Or – going local – think hours at the 42nd Street Library should be expanded

On the middle ground:

Far from ignoring its many sins, Dow’s ponying up grants exploring how to recycle the presently unrecyclable chip bags,  standup pouches, candy wrappers and juice pouches.

Moving to bright:

Cheers for Suburu and their zero-waste factory!!

Rockefeller U’s 2018-19 concert series… 

A storm-resillient park on the Queens waterfront

A garden job opportunity!!  To wit:

Company: Poetic Landscapes Inc, in Manhattan.
Needed immediately a P/T gardener from now till end of Dec with an opportunity to resume the job in the spring.  Current tasks include: mass planting of tulips and kale, mulching, fall clean up of gardens and later on winter and holiday decorations.  Salary contingent upon experience and qualifications. Average 20 – 24 hrs a week (the more experienced and reliable you are, the more responsibilities you could assume).  Schedule somewhat flexible but must be available at least 2-3 days a week. Must have a good temperament, listen well to instructions, have strong work ethics, be physically fit with physical stamina.  Resume and a cover letter preferable.  Again, please reply to poeticlandscapes@verizon.net

Sigh:

Interior elements that once graced Glaser’s 116-year old bakery are now up for sale…    

Bring on those animals:

Tiny puppies in equally tiny Halloween costumes

The past week in bird migration…  (How gorgeous is a purple finch?!!)

No surprise, advanced tech’s now saving elephants from poachers!! 

Five critters we should endeavor to avoid 

The Central Park Squirrel Census and downright colorful history of squirrels in America/NYC…  (October seems to be Squirrel Awareness Month!!)

Big-beaked toucans defending their turf

Baby turtles departing the Rockaway Peninsula

And the Bird of the (Halloween) Week is – most appropriately –  the barn owl!!  (Hear one very gently hoot!!)

One last tip of the hat to the Animal of the Week…  A friendly, 3-flavored bat sandwich!!  (Who knew they hang – literally – out together?!)

Never forgetting the Hudson River Almanac:

10/13 – Manhattan: Battery Park City Parks hosted a public catch-and-release “Go Fish” program in Wagner Park in Battery Park City. Using bloodworms and sandworms, the catch of an estimated 400 anglers reflected the complex makeup of the fishes of the Upper Bay of New York Harbor. Most were residents, either permanent or seasonal, such as oyster toadfish, summer flounder, cunner, tautog, black sea bass, and striped bass. Certain year-classes of striped bass winter among the piers on the west side of Manhattan. The bluefish we caught was biding its time in the estuary until winter drives it out to sea. High hook among the fishes was black sea bass (10). – Craig Hudon, Peter J. Park

black sea bass

A Black Sea Bass

10/16 – Manhattan: The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater hosted a sail this afternoon out of the 79th Street Boat Basin for the United Nations International School. We set our 8-foot otter trawl in 25-30 feet of water on the west side of the river between 90th and 95th streets. With a 125-foot-long head-rope, we towed the net for eight minutes. Our catch was rather remarkable and featured hogchokers as well as young-of-year northern kingfish, striped bass, alewives, a 40 (mm) Atlantic croaker, and twenty blue crabs.  – Krista Norris

atlantic croaker

That Atlantic Croaker

[Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulates) is a member of the drum family of fishes that also includes freshwater drum, black drum, northern kingfish, spot, weakfish, and silver perch. Most of them have a highly specialized swim bladder that serve as sound-producing organ. This has led to the colloquial family name of “drum.” C. Lavett Smith]

10/16 – The Bronx:  Our Day-in-the-Life of the Hudson and Harbor program was held at Ferry Point Park in the Bronx where Westchester Creek meets the East River. We hosted 70 high school students from Renaissance High and West Bronx Academy as well as 89 fourth-graders from Barreto Park. After five hauls of our seine, we had collected seven fish species, including Atlantic silverside (high count with 200), striped killifish, mummichogs, and northern pipefish, as well as young-of-year black sea bass, winter flounder, and striped bass. Blue crabs were numerous as were a mix of sand shrimp and shore shrimp. – Chris Bowser, Laura Heady, Emma Clemente

[When those of my generation were in elementary school, the Hudson River Valley was never on the education menu. We learned of the Nile, the Ganges, the Yangtze, and maybe the Mississippi. Mentions of Native Americans included only the Iroquoian, never Algonquian speakers, the real Hudson River Indians. As for wildlife, native Hudson Valley species were substituted with bison, grizzly bears, New World Monkeys, and fauna of the Serengeti. It is heartening now to read of the intense teaching of this generation by a river-long and watershed-wide cadre of talented educators. –  Tom Lake]

We like our ghosts green,

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Happy National Seafood Month, 46th Anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and National Repair Saturday, UESiders!!

Perfect way to celebrate the edible creatures of of the sea??  A meal heavy on any of the marine deliciousness American Seafood has on offer!!

PLUS…

Consider downing some oysters at the great NYC restaurants supporting the restoration of our NYC harbor via the One Billion Oyster Project!! 

(Yes, we’re inquiring how we all might contribute shells from eaten-at-home oysters to that good work!!)

(And, no, oysters aren’t mammals!!)

THEN…

Position yourself in front of the TV and tune in the new series “Consumer Reports TV”...  Debuting this Saturday with an episode instructing us how to repair smashed cellphone glass!!

Meanwhile, there’s the 7 days ahead:

Saturday, October 19th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

At their tables will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott,  Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski,  Ale Wife, Hawthorne, Walnut Hill and Cherry Lane Farms!!

Pretty unlikely the Master Knife Sharpener will be honing away…  But then we want her fit as a fiddle and ready to deal with our turkey-carving cutlery!!

Mega Market Manager Margaret words of the week for us grown-up shoppers are:  “Head for the Market Info Tent and take your best shot at guessing the weight of The Great Greenmarket Pumpkin (and acting like a kid if you like!) while posing for photos with the giant gourd!!  For actual little ones, grab a tasty Halloween treat featuring Greenmarket Grains, get creative with some coloring, then cozy up for  a special storytime with our favorite UES witch (the great Natalie Cronin) from 10am to noon!!” 

Last but hardly least, MMM Margaret reveals:  “Emeritus 82nd Manager G will be making a guest appearance at 82nd Street this Saturday!!”

Recycling totals 10/5:   52 lbs batteries;  11 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  2 pairs of eye glasses; 3 makeup brushes; 12 compost bins;  40 bags of clothes.   Paper shredded:  7620!!

Three tons plus shredded paper!!  (Bring on those make-up brushes!!)

Saturdays, October 20th & 27th:  More Celebrating of Autumn at the Alice Aycock Pavillion

East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 1-4pm

On tap this Sunday the 20th:  Music by Gene Casey & the Lone Sharks, face and mini-pumpkin painting and ever delicious treats by the ice cream geniuses of Melt!!  Entirely free and welcoming to one and all!!  A Friends of the East River Esplanade program!!  For more and rain dates…  

Saturday, October 27th:  Park Painting and Wetland Cleanup

132nd to 145th Streets on the Harlem River Greenway, 93am1230pm

Join our just-to-the-north neighbors in a thorough-going fall cleanup/improvement project on our wonderful, shared East River!!  Organized by CIVITAS.  For more and to RSVP… 

Sunday, October 20th:  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, Consider Bardwell, Meredith’s Bakery, Phillips and Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue Farms!!

Made lamb burgers from Sun Fed last week…  Lip-smacking!!

Alta Manager Margaret’s has this wisdom of the week:  “We’ll be whipping up a classic, warming turmeric beverage long believed to ease seasonal ailments but, for sure, adding a little heat to the chilly weekend!”

Recycling totals 10/13:  TBA 

Saturday, October 21st, Friday & Saturday, October 26th & 27th:  The Murder Mystery at the Mount Vernon Hotel

421 East 61st Street, 6:15pm & 7:30pm  

Holy crow!!  A skeleton’s been found at the previously peaceful and unblemished Mount Vernon Hotel (Museum)!!  Not only that, but the likes of us are asked to sus out the guilty parties and by candlelight no less!!  Best for those 10 years old and up…  And adults, of course!!  Children under 12, $15.  Adults, $25.  For more and reservations (a must)

Saturday & Sunday, October  29thSunday, October 21st:  The Schurz Park Halloween Howl & Healthy Hound Fair

Schurz Park Hockey Court, East End Avenue at 87th Street,  11am-3pm

The UES classic, amazingly creative canine costume competition now melded with the latest in pet wellness info and products!!   Doesn’t get more family friendly!! Howl registration ($10 to benefit the Park Conservancy), 11am-1pm.  Hound Health Fair, 1-3pm.  Howl competition, 1-3pm. 

Monday, October 22nd:  East 86th Street Annual Meeting   

Church of the Advent of Hope, 111 East 87th Street, 6:30pm

Plenty of issues to discuss as this essential UES thoroughfare undergoes yet another wave of change.  Looks for many if not all our electeds to be in attendance, too!! 

Fast approaching:

Sunday, November 4th:  5th Annual GreenParkGardener NYC Pumpkin Smash!!

East River Esplanade via the the 63rd & York Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, 1-4pm

Only heroic Marathon stragglers left on First…  So grab that soon-to-be-moldy Halloween jack-olantern and head down to the Esplanade for the Great Smashing of Pumpkins…  That’ll thereafter become compost gold!!  After-Smash treats for one and all!!  Doesn’t get more fun or green!!

Friday, November 9th:  New York City’s Water System: 
A Talk by Adam Bosch  

Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, 7-9pm

Director of Public Affairs of NYC Department of Environmental Protection Patrick Bosch enlightens uf all on  the NYC DEP operates, maintains and protects the largest municipal water supply in the USA!!  Another great NYC H2O program!!  $20.  For more and tickets

Miscellany, kicking off with one item of activism:

Great that heat’s being put on supermarket chains across the U.S. to disengage from plastic bags…  Albertsons now!!

And possible activism:

Looks like the NYC public’ll be required to stand in defense of Governors Island

Meanwhile, our neighbors in Hell’s Kitchen prevailed and converted an erstwhile parking lot into Canoe Plaza Park!!  (Thanks to Hell’s Kitchen reader Kathleen Treat for the tip!)

Yes, you can get your very own daily air quality alert from NYState!

What our NYS Conservation Officers were contending with the last 7 days… 

Whoa!!  The weather we’ve been having is affecting the barley crop…  And therefore, possibly, beer production!!

Double whoa!!  The horrible invasive spotted lantern fly’s been spotted in Suffolk County

Wow!  The  Sunday Times’ special section with a map of every building in the U.S.A.!!

Then there’s the New Yorker voter turnout block-by-block map… 

No question, we need this guide to e-bikes

NYC  buildings that – as per New York Magazine – “stand out like sore thumbs

Of course, we’ve got wild apple trees in NYC!!

Seed Saving 101 (from NYState via Oregon)…

And tips on preserving this year’s harvest

Black pepper once had competition

Meanwhile, one of the world’s largest organisms – the aspen trees of the Pando  – is in deep trouble…

Wandering well off the reservation:

Another Viking boat found!!  (A Viking ship of more modern vintage is soon to be visiting NYC and welcoming visitors aboard!) 

TIme for the furry and finned:

Great pix from Cathedral of St. John the Divine’s 34th annual blessing of the animals…

Whew!!  Kitten saved from subway tracks…  With comment by the rescuer!!

Miniature horses as service animals

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

10/5 – Brooklyn:  A team of NYSDEC educators joined us at the Pier 4 beach in Brooklyn Bridge Park for a morning seine. Included among the fishes we caught were northern pipefish, Atlantic silverside, skilletfish, and bay anchovies (it had been more than a year since we last caught anchovies). The fishes of the day were two little silver perch 35 and 40 millimeters. Other life in the seine included blue crabs, hermit crabs, moon jellyfish, comb jellies, mud snails, and shore shrimp. The salinity in the East River was 24 parts-per-thousand.  (one inch = 25.4 millimeters) – Christina Tobitsch, Haley McClanahan, Shad Hopson, Chris Bowser

bay anchovy

A Bay Anchovy

10/12 – Manhattan, HRM 13.5: From Inwood Hill Park this afternoon, I counted four large skeins of brant heading down the river to the southwest. My best guess was that there were at least 250 birds. – Nathan O’Reilly

Brandt Goose

A Brandt Goose

[Legendary ecologist Dery Bennett used to mark the seasons by noting how brant, a small species of goose, would return to Sandy Hook (NJ) each autumn around Columbus Day to spend the winter. They would then leave Sandy Hook in late May the next year, “shoving off for the Canadian Arctic where they breed and fledge young.” Tom Lake]

Evergreenly, 

UGS

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