Happy Monday MLK Day!!
On a lesser but very NYC note… Happy (today) National Bagel Day!!
And, needless to say, there’s plenty more on our upfolding UES dance card…
First and foremost:
*Saturday, January 16th: 82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket
82 Street between First & York Avenues, 9am-2pm
With us will be the great American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck and Samascott, Ole Mother Hubbert, Nolasco, Valley Shepherd, Hawthorne Valley, Walnut Hollow and Gajeski Farms!!
Uber-most Market Manager of Market Managers Margaret adds:
Yes, Tutu’s going to be back this week and taking up her new role as market manager!!
And, yes, and as of right now, we’re expecting 100% of our year round farmers to be at their tables… Along with our winter friends of Nolasco Farm!!
Plus, this week 1857 Vodka – with their locally grown and distilled potato vodka – will be dropping in!!
More kudos still to you great, mask-wearing, socially-distancing shoppers who’re keeping market, farmers and each other safe!!
One last safety ask: To facilitate safe market set-up please avoid parking on the western end of 82nd on Saturdays.
With thanks to all who continue to come out each week to support our local farmers,
Then, coming up live, virtual and soon:
Tuesday, January 26th: AM Seawright’s Virtual Town Hall on COVID Vaccination
On Facebook or by phone, 7pm
Guest speakers include Jeffery Fisher, MD, FACC Clinical Professor of Medicine at New York – Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Medical College- Cornell University, with additional speakers to be announced. To register (a must however you participate)…
Thursday, February 11th: Friends of the East River Esplanade Annual 7th AnnualBenefit – Virtual Live Cooking Demonstration With Chef Charlie Palmer
On Zoom, 6:30-7:30pm
Can’t imagine you haven’t at least heard of brilliant Chef Charlie Palmer and the brilliant meals he serves up at his brilliant Aureole Restaurant… Well, now we – as in old and new supporters of Esplanade Friends – can cook with and learn live from the master courtesy of the Esplanade Friends’ 2021 fundraiser!! Yup, and not only will $150 reserve your place – and those of whatever apron-wearing family members might happen to be in your kitchen on the 11th – but you’ll also receive a signature Palmer cookbook!! Event honoree: Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. Recipe shopping list provided with that donation… See you on Zoom!!
From the week’s diverting diversions file:
NYC Landmarks Commission and the Underground Railroad… Become a forest bird habitat expert… What the great folks at NYC H2O got up to in 2020… Best bird-friendly native plants for the UES… Randall’s Island has a literary program and an upcoming event… NYC’s once-upon-a-time wooden sidewalks… Why our dogs stare at us… And from the NYTimes a debate: Netting Zero: Making 2021 the Year We Break Fossil Fuel Addiction… The world’s most expensive art and on our home turf…Basic birding skills from Hawk Mountain… The 5 young UES science whizzes… Behavior at bird feeders... A NYS “Protect Our Watersheds” poster contest for middle schoolers… Greenest way to deal with kitty litter… “Linear City” designs… NYS encourages ice fishing!!… Top ten 2021 stargazing events… Lichens in our hood (UES’s own Susan Hewitt’s a champion spotter!!)…
A Baby Flying Squirrel
What would 7 days be without a Fish the Week:
1/1 – Hudson River Watershed: Fish-of-the-Week for Week 102 is the sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus), number 185 (of 234) on our watershed list of fishes.
Sheepshead is one of three Sparidae (porgies) species in the estuary. Others are the pinfish and the scup. All three are important recreational and food fishes and sheepshead are the largest, reaching three-feet-long and weighing 20 pounds. They are found along the coast from Cape Cod south along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts where they can venture into bays and up rivers and estuaries into brackish water.
Sheepshead was added to our watershed fish list on September 15, 2004 (as number 211), when Jeremy Frenzel, Chris Mancini, and Scott Wingerter caught what they described as an “oddly proportioned porgy” in one of their fish traps at The River Project off Pier 26 in Manhattan (river mile 1). It was a young-of-year (67 millimeter (mm)) sheepshead.
Sheepshead were once abundant in the lower Hudson River and New York Harbor but have become extremely uncommon. With their well-developed incisor-like teeth, they feed off barnacles, mussels, and oysters encrusted on pilings, piers, and jetties making oysters and sheepshead intimately connected. – Tom Lake
[At this point in the North Atlantic, sheepshead is near the northern edge of its range and a reduced population of fish usually contracts from the edges of its range. I have found at least one account of just how numerous sheepshead were in the Lower Bay and south shore regions in the 1800s. Jamaica Bay area farmers took time during the summer to handline them on offshore mussel banks. This was a source of income while the crops were growing. Their disappearance could be connected to the loss of oyster beds. At one time they were common enough in the New York Bight that Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn may have been named for them. – John WaldmanNow only 97 days till Earth Day 2021, April 22nd…
Let there be enduring peace and greenness among us,
Eco Fact of the Week: Beginning January 1, 2022, no covered food service provider or store (retail or wholesale) will be allowed to sell, offer for sale, or distribute disposable food service containers that contain expanded polystyrene foam in New York State. In addition, no manufacturer or store will be allowed to sell, offer for sale, or distribute polystyrene loose fill packaging (commonly referred to as packing peanuts) in the state!! (Hurrah!!)