Happy June 18th Opening Of NYS’s Regular Large & Small Mouth Bass Fishing Season, UESiders!!

“Regular”??

As opposed to…  Non-regular?  Irregular?  Intermittent?

Ah-ha!  Seems there’s a pre-Regular Season that’s catch and release

Shall we talk more recycling?

In previous editions, mention’s been made of the ongoing difficult relationship  between China and America’s recycled plastic and paper…  As in China’s being, at best, extremely picky as to what they will and will not accept, with the distressing effect of more American plastic waste finding its way to landfill.  

Likely the present uncertainties of U.S./China trade policy play a role…  Plus, in recent years, China’s become ever more aware of the pretty extreme challenges posed by its own vast recyclable but unrecycled waste…  

Science to the rescue!!

In the last few months, at least 3 labs have gone public with methodologies for returning recycled plastic to near pure petroleum state with major investors stepping right up.

(If Ron Gonen’s name sounds familiar, you’re spot on.  He’s the guy who brought compost collection to NYC…  And who our present mayor chose not to keep at his desk at Sanitation.)

As summer begins:

Friday, June 15th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Starmaster John Pasmino describes – as only he can – how we went to the moon a hundred years ago…  Or how thought we thought we’d go to the moon a hundred years ago!!  As ever, free and totally unique! 

Saturday, June 16th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

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

Look for the Master Knife Sharpener to be busily honing, as well!! 

Devoured our first real tomatoes of the season last Saturday night…  Pure heaven!!  Thank you, Mother Nature!!  Thank you-thank you-thank you, Cherry Lane!!

Recycling totals 6/9:  78 lbs batteries;  16 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  6 pairs eye glasses;  12 compost bins; 41 bags of clothes      

12 bins!!  Hurrah!!

Sunday, June 17th & Thursday, June 21st: Composting with the Green Park Gardeners

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

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

Tuesday, June 19th:  New York Solar & Storage Summit

Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street, 8am-6pm

Be a part of planting solar’s flag (and our ability to store that energy) ever further!!  There’ll be a host of energy, utility and government people there and they need our eyes on them and our prodding!!   $25-$50.   For more and to register

Tuesday, June 19th:  Summer Garden Concert with The Crickets

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

Summer at its best on the UES…  Music, light refreshments an acapella music in the MVH Museum’s lovely garden!!   Think a choice selection of jazz standards, Broadway hits, doo-wop, barbershop and spirituals!!  Just right for the whole family.  Members free.  Non-members, $15.   Kids under 12, $5. Babies free.  For more and tickets

Thursday, June 21st:  Make Music New York Day

Everywhere in the City

Think 5,000 participating musicians…  Think hundreds of concerts all over NYC…  Including our own Schurz Park where artists Xav A and Lady Z will be performing,  5:45 to 8:30pm!!  (For more…)  Co-sponsored by Borough President Brewer.  Free!!  (For events citywide… )   

 

Saturday, June 23rd:  Paddle the Never Sink Reservoir

Meeting place and time provided with ticket purchase… 

And we quote, “Come paddle on the Neversink Reservoir with NYC H2O! The Neversink Reservoir is the highest in elevation in NYC’s water system with it’s spillway at 1,440 feet in elevation…!”  Organized by the great NYC H2O.   Van transportation from Greenwich Village.  Both kayaks and canoes available.   $25-$100. And you must register (it’s free) with the NYS DEP for watershed access.    For tickets and more…

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

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

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

Completing this perfect market package is this season’s Market Manager…  None other than 82nd’s great Manager G!!

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

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

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

As ever:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take hardcovers to Goodwill or Housing Works.)

Many thanks to AM Seawright and CMs Kallos and Powers for making this and all community shredding possible!!

 

 

Tuesday, June 26th:  Summer Garden Concert with Stout

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

This time out it’s the accoustical duo Stout presenting its masterly rendered, family friendly tavern tunes…  Members free.  Non-members, $15.   Kids under 12, $5. Babies free.  For more and tickets

On the horizon: 

Weekends July 18th to August 24th:  NYS First Time Camper Program

All Around NYState

And we quote, “First-time campers will be provided with a family tent, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, camp chairs, camp stove, lantern, and even firewood. A Camping Ambassador will meet families at the campsite and help them get camp set up with a Camping 101 lesson. To make the weekend getaway even more fun, campers will have an opportunity to learn from experts how to fish, hike, bird watch, paddle and more!!”  FREE!!   For more and to sign up

Pretty miscellaneous miscellany, items of concern up first: 

In favor of BYOB plastic bag legistlation?  Give the governor a call and let him know:  845-943-4749!!

NYState legislators could use a push on a number of fronts…  

As seems to so often be the case, the state’s pressing an unwanted plan – in this case, intrusive highway ramps – on our neighbors up at Hunts Point.   Should you like to give them some much welcome support

Should  you oppose uranium mining in or around the Grand Canyon

Or think that existing chemical plant safety rules should be maintained

Or think fracking should be prohibited on public lands around the Little Colorado River..

Most concerning, the state of NYS dairy farms as this WCBS report describes…  (Thanks to reader Karen Lane for the tip!)

How great that new parks are springing up all over NYC…  (Everywhere but the UES.  Here and decades later, any number of buildings allowed to build higher with promise they’d create public space…  Still haven’t!!) 

Going lighter:

Solar roads?!!  They’ll be contributing to powering the 2020 Tokyo Olympics!! 

The Times’ Climate FWD on the future of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets

(Scroll down further for emerging methods of “vacuuming” CO2 from air…)

The definition of a “bight”…  As in the NY Bight…   (Scroll down for info on the previously unknown (to us) underwater Hudson Canyon!!)  (Scroll further:  Seems like we’ve also got a protected cold water coral zone!!)

Courtesy of the Catskill Mountainkeeper, another great NYS Citizen Science project utilizing smartphones:  Saving our hemlock trees from the depredations of that very bad insect, the Hemlock Wooly Algedid!!   (We’ve got many a hemlock here in NYC!!)

Charcoal vs. coal for best grilling

3-D printed homes… 

Mars/Earth convergance is approaching…  (Mars’ll be looking especially red!!)  

Christopher Columbus named peppers…   Peppers?!

Origin of the don’t-end-a-sentence-with-a-preposition rule… 

How vegetables contribute to filmmaking

In the critter department:

Hummm…  Seems like Jurassic World‘s dinosaurs are kind of last century… 

Dolphins have dolphin names

Name that bird…!!

How some fish wind up in a museum

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

5/30 – Brooklyn, New York City: Our Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy invited our new seasonal park interns out on a hot afternoon for their first seining experience. We netted from a small beach sandwiched between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges in the East River. After several hauls of the seine resulted in only algae and snail shells, we almost called it quits. I convinced a fellow educator to go out with me just once more. This effort paid off. We caught what we initially thought to be an odd-looking tomcod, but soon discovered it to be the first ever pollock 55 millimeters (mm) caught at our park! Salinity was 35.0 parts-per-thousand (ppt) and the water temperature was 75 degrees Fahrenheit (F). –– Christina Tobitsch, Shad Hospon             [Note: one inch = 25.4 millimeters (mm)]

little pollock

That Little Pollock

[Pollack (Pollachius virens) is one of eight “codfishes” (Gadidae) documented for the Hudson River. They are far more common in New England waters than the New York Bight. One of their colloquial names is “Boston Blue.” On rare occasions, pollock make their way into the Hudson River. In 1980, a juvenile pollock (53 mm) was captured at Indian Point (river mile 42). Tom Lake]

(And we now know what a bight is!!)

5/31 – Brooklyn, New York City: As a part of our after-school program, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy educators led 25 middle school students into the East River for an afternoon of seining at the beach at Pier 4. The students were very quick to pick up the skills and techniques of using a seine net as evident by their impressive catch. We ended the day with four northern pipefish, a winter flounder, a green crab, nine YOY Atlantic tomcod (40-60 mm), and shore shrimp galore.  It had rained a lot in the morning so the salinity was low at 24.0 ppt and the water temperature was 67 F. – Christina Tobitsch, Haley McClannahan

Happiness is greenness,

UGS

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Happy World Ocean Day, UESiders!!

What better time to set aside a few hours for a beach clean-up…  Support the Billion Oyster Project and its dedication to the restoration/health of our magnificent harbor  (just eating an oyster at a partner restaurant is a donation form!)…  Sign up to do some citizen science for NYS’s Blue Crab Recreational Study…  Get up to speed on (and scroll down to) Boyan Slat’s remarkable, crowd-funded Ocean Cleanup that’ll soon be deployed in the plastic-riddled North Pacific…  

Closest to home?  A late Tuesday afternoon outing in one of the great East River  Crew‘s wonderful boats on the Esplanade at 96th …  Row yourself or just ride and savor being out on the amazing Atlantic Ocean estuary that our East River is!!  

Saturday’s also NYS Outdoors Day!!  (Check out the Outdoors Day event at the Mount Loretto Unique Area on Staten Island!!) 

We say it’s World Ocean and Outdoors Day all week…  Make that all year long:

Saturday, June 9th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

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

Our Master Knife Sharpener will be on tap, too!! 

Now that it’s June, what wonderful coming-into-season fruit and vegs will be appearing on our farmers tables…??

Recycling totals 5/19:   73 lbs batteries;  18 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  6 pairs eye glasses;  11 compost bins; 34 bags of clothes      

Longing to get back in the 12 bin mode…

Saturday, June 9th:  The Great Randall’s Island Treasure Hunt  

Randall’s Island Park, Field 80, 10am-2pm

Join Alliance guides for an adventure unlocking Island secrets, searching for treasure and exploring the Park!  Plus…  Learn how to use map and compass while navigating a fun course…  Check out the Alliance’s Gallery of Maps…  The larger-than-life musical puppet show…  The ton of prizes, too!!  Free.  Just right for ages 5 and above.  For more

Monday, June 11th:  “Albatross –  A Love Story for Our Time from the Heart of the Pacific” Screening

GrowNYC’s Project Farmhouse, 76 East 13th, 6-9pm

The NYS Association for Reduction, Reuse & Recycling, Project Farmhouse and GrowNYC present Chris Jordan’s moving film detailing the effects of plastic pollution on the Midway Atoll and its avian population.   Free.   For more (and the trailer)

Tuesday, June 12th:   40th Annual Museum Mile Festival

Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th Street, 6-9pm (rain or shine)

Six of the world’s great museums, their fantastic collections and current fabulous shows open and free to all!!  For the complete rundown

Coming up soon:

Thursday, June 21st:  Make Music New York Day

Everywhere in the City

Think 5,000 participating musicians…  Think hundreds of concerts all over New York…  Including our own Schurz Park where artists Xav A and Lady Z will be performing,  5:45 to 8:30pm!!  (For more…)  Co-sponsored by Borough President Brewer.  Free!!  (For events citywide… )   

Tuesday, June 19th:  New York Solar & Storage Summit

Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street, 8am-6pm

Be a part of planting solar’s flag (and our ability to store that energy) ever further!!  There’ll be a host of energy, utility and government people there and they need our eyes on them and our prodding!!   $25-$50.   For more and to register

Saturday, June 23rd:  Paddle the Never Sink Reservoir

Meeting place and time provided with ticket purchase… 

And we quote, “Come paddle on the Neversink Reservoir with NYC H2O! The Neversink Reservoir is the highest in elevation in NYC’s water system with it’s spillway at 1,440 feet in elevation…!”  Organized by the great NYC H2O.   Van transportation from Greenwich Village.  Both kayaks and canoes available.   $25-$100. And you must register (it’s free) with the NYS DEP for watershed access.    For tickets and more…

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

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

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

Rumor has it that this season’s Market Manager might be somebody we know and love…!!

Only 3 weeks now!!

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

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

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

Just 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.)

We thank CMs Kallos and Powers and AM Seawright for their staunch support!!

Tuesday, June 26th:  Tenement Chic – An Upper East Side Walking Tour

Meeting place provided with registration, 5pm

Seems – given the prevelance of  beautiful and ornate stonework – UES walk-ups have been designated “tenement chic”!!   So says no less than Friends of the Upper Side Historic Districts and the Lower East Side Jewish Consdervancy!!  Urban historian Barry Feldman leads the tour.   Members and seniors, $18.  Non-members, $22.  For more and to sign up

 

And then it’s July:

Tuesday, July 10th  Zoning Greener Solar – Facilitating Solar Adoption

The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, 6-8pm

Laurie Kerr of the Urban Green Council and NYS Solar Ombundsman Deric Meister weigh in on how NYC needs to update its building code to promote expansion of solar!!  $10.  To RSVP…  

Time for miscellany and activism:

As in if you think Lyme Disease research should be funded

Or if you oppose clear-cut logging of Alaska’s Tongass Forest

If you take issue with a Farm Bill containing major exemptions to the  

Or believe wolves should retain their Endangered Species protection

Or object to the dumping of partially treated sewage into the nation’s river, lakes and coastal waters… 

Believe that adequate funding is an absolute necessity for our underfunded, unstaffed NYC Parks

On the sobering statics score:

Pretty horrible but not surprising that the UES could be doing better on the rodent prevalence/density score…  (Worthwhile taking a look at the recent, exhaustive NYC rat study…)

An Armageddon on our insect life…  

No wonder we purchase our meat at Greenmarkets…!!

NYC air as art…?

Let’s lighten up:

Streetcars making a comeback in America…??

Public art in the Russian hinterlands

Consumer Reports on organizing one’s passwords

Europe’s oldest tree…  (And we’re talking old!)

Never dull moment for NYS Conservation Officers 

How to pick the perfect watermelon…!!

As for our animal pals:

Love the title of this from The Times:  “The Hudson Isn’t Dirty.  It’s Alive“!!

More than 3 cheers!!  Mountain gorilla population is on the rise!!  (Thanks to reader Carol Rinzler for the tip!)

Same for Chad and their elephant conservation success!!

Among the youngest Manhattanites, count as-yet-to- be-named baby hawks born to feathered parents Christo and Amelia!!

Australia’s cat-proof fence and the reason why it exists

An avocado-loving NYC squirrel

NYC’s baby pigeons

Why dogs dig holes

Tick myths debunked

Animals who especially favor summer

Roman cats with an appreciation of ancient ruins

Hope for coral!!

Not forgetting the Hudson Rier Almanac:

5/22 – Norrie Point: Two classes of 5th graders from Wappinger Junior High helped us sample the river life in the cove at Norrie Point. We caught the local fish species including American eels, banded killifish, tessellated darters, and pumpkinseed sunfish. There was also a puzzler, a small dark crab the size of a dime. A closer look under a hand lens revealed it to be a white-fingered mud crab. The water temperature was 63 degrees. – Tom Lake  

Little crab

That White-Fingered Mud Crab

5/20 – Brooklyn – The pinxterbloom azalea ((Rhododendron periclymenoides), a spectacular pink-and-white confection, bloomed today.  The common name is dereived from the Dutch name for Pentecost, one of the 3 great feast of the Christian year.  It comes 50 days after Easter (actually 49, since it’s always on a Sunday) and the Dutch, for whom it was a major holiday, brought it to New York.  BY the early 19th Century, it had become primarily a holiday for both enslvaed and free African-Americans in the Hudson Valley, a day off to meet relatives and friends.  — Thomas Shoesmith

Rhododendron periclymenoides

Rhododendron Periclymenoides

5/23 – Yonkers – A second grade class from the Bank Street School in Manhattan arrived at Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban Riber with much anticipation.  We hauled our seine and caught five kinds of fish including American eel, bay anchovy, Atlantic tomcod, mummichog, northern pipefish, 20 crabs and 18 shrimp! – Gabby Carmine  

Evergreenedly yours,

UGS

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Happy 199th Birthday to that great and nature-loving New Yorker, Walt Whitman,  UESiders!!

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars,
And the pismire is equally perfect, and a grain of sand, and the 
                                     egg of the wren,
And the tree-toad is a chef-d’oeuvre for the highest,
And the running blackberry would adorn the parlors of heaven,
And the narrowest hinge in my hand puts to scorn all machinery,
And the cow crunching with depress’d head surpasses any statue,
And a mouse is miracle enough to stagger sextillions of infidels.

(How ’bout we send W.W. our good wishes with a Twitter like?)

Happy Past Week of Dueling Manhattanhenges, as well!!  A week that included not only a 3-day weekend and 4 days of Air Quality Alerts, but 2 consecutive days without rain!!

Meanwhile, people, Saturday’s both National Trails and National Smile Day!!

As you ready that smile for the Greenmarket, check out the coming week:

Saturday, June 2nd:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

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

Count on the Master Knife Sharpener being with us, as well!! 

Last but hardly least, Market Manager Supreme Margaret sez:  “Cherry Lane’ll be coming back, which most likely means there’ll be luscious strawberries, too…  Along with farmer Lou Dare’s smiling face…  Both well worth waiting for!!😊”

Recycling totals 5/19:   67 lbs batteries;  15 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  15 pairs eye glasses;  11 compost bins; 34 bags of clothes      

We’re on a eye glasses roll!!

Saturday, June 2nd:  National Trails Day at Riverdale Park AND Willow Lake

Riverdale Park, The Bronx, 9am-12pm
Willow Lake, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, 10am-2pm

Celebrate National Parks Day with the great Parks’ Stewardship Team and the Natural Areas Conservancy folks learning how to identify and safely remove invasive plants along trails!! Time permitting,  volunteers will also be trained in erosion control!!  For details, directions and to sign up for Riverdale Park or  Willow Lake…  

Saturday, June 2nd:  Jamaica Bay Cleanup

Canarsie Pier, Gateway National Recreational Area, Brooklyn, 10am-12pm

A whole host of great New Yorkers – from United By Blue, the National Park Service, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, and Natural Areas Conservancy – will be gathering for the critical spring cleanup of the Pier area…  And saving a huge accumulation of winter debris from winding up in our Atlantic!!  Every hand needed!!  For the lowdown and to register

Saturday, June 2nd:  Celebrate at the Alice Aycock Pavilion

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

Primo weekend pleasure with great music (and totally dance-able), kid-friendly fun, ice cream treats and the company of great New York neighbors from the UES and beyond!!  And let’s not forget that that ever wonderful, soothing river view…  Free!!  Organized by Esplanade Friends!!  Spread the word!!

Sunday, June 3rd:  Grand Acquisitors – A Walking Tour

Meeting location provided with registration/ticket purchase, 10:30am

Walk the blocks and know the gorgeous UES buildings where many of America’s – and the world’s – foremost art collectors resided and enjoyed their masterpieces!!  Organized by Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts and led by architectural historian Matt Postal!  Members, $10.  Non-members, $20.  

Wednesday, June 6th: Manhattan Solid Waste Board Spring Fundraiser

Starret-Lehigh Building, 601 West 26th Street, 6-8pm

Love composting ?  Want to connect with some really great people who love it, too?  People who like you want it to spread to every presently compost-unfriendly nook and cranny of our great city?  Want to hear how that might happen from the likes of  Ron Gonen, the guy who introduced compost collection in NYC?  Here’s your chance!!  There’ll be great food and drinks, too!!  General admission, $45.  Student/Non-profit/Government, $30.   For tickets

Wednesday, June 6th:  How Tall Is Too Tall Conference

Einhorn Auditorium, Lenox Hill Hospital, 131 East 76th Street, 7pm

In reponse to the ever more sky-scraping buildings going up across NYC and, in particular, the UES, Civitas and urban planner Frank Fish present their height proposal…  To which representatives of the CB8,  the Real Estate Board and the Regional Planning Association will respond!!  Needless to say, hugely important to UES quality of life!  Free but RSVP required!!     

Thereafter:

Saturday, June 9th:  Big Apple Knitting Guild’s Share the Talent Meeting

NY Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th, 1-4pm

Learn the techniques that distinguish the just okay knitter from someone really adept with those needles…  Like the fabulous knitters of BAKG!!  Choose from a host of great workshops…  Then sign up (it’s required)!!  Free!!

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

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

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

Rumor has it that this season’s Market Manager might be somebody we know and love…!!

The countdown has begun!!

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

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

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

Just 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.)

Many thanks to AM Seawright and CMs Kallos and Powers for their enduring support of  Shred-A-Thons!!

Miscellany, commencing with some alerts:

Commencing with NYS tips on how to be/stay tick free…

The issue came up a few years ago with who knows what result, but it’s back on the front burner again:  What’s going on in our building water towers and what’s being done to monitor their internal condition?  City/State‘s been investigating and  Channel 13’s “Metro Focus’s” covering that investigation… 

Things we all need to add to our emergency kits

Then items to ponder:

The Times weighs on American Public Health

And the NHL in very warm cities

greener future for food trucks… ?  Can’t wait!!

On the good foot:

CM Kallos’s just announced the 2018 Participatory Budgeting winners…   (Scroll down).

The governor’s just announced $250M to expand the number of EV charging stations in NYS!!

How great that the first – and massive – piece of the erstwhile Tappan Zee Bridge’s been put in place to shore up Hampton Bay’s Shinnecock Reef!!  (To see it drop…!!)

Always more interesting refinements to what should and shouldn’t be recycled

Rescues…  Fires…   Our NYS Forest Rangers have had a challenging week!! 

Let there be animals:

UES neighbor’s been fostering this lovely kitty awaiting a forever home…

France has its own invasive species…  A giant worm!!

homemade hummingbird nectar recipe

Always something great in/from the Hudson River Almanac:

5/14 – Manhattan  This morning, from the Baylander IX-514 that’s docked at the West Harlem Piers, Brian O’Hara, who works on the vessel, spotted a “pod” of what he believed to be dolphins swimming upriver.  They were too far away to get a reasonable phto with his cellphone camera, but he was able to make out that there were three of them.

ship

The Baylander

The Baylander is a Vietnam-era, decommissioned U.S. Navy ship that was used to train helicopter pilots to land at sea.  It’s moored at the West Harlem Piers Park at 125th Street in Manhattan and has become a makeshift museum-by-the-river as well as a community gathering space and educational resource for the West Harlem community. – Ira Gershenhorn

(These were likely bottlenose dollphins (Tursiops truncatus), occasional visitor to the Hudson River.  Bottlenose dolphins, as well as humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangeliae), have been sighted 20 miles downriver in the Lower Bay of New York Harbor, outside the Verrazano Narrows.

If you see a live and apparently healthy marine mammal or sea turtle in the Hudson River, please let the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society know.  If you have photos or video, please send them to sightings@amseas.org  

If you see a sick or injured marine mammal or sea turtle, please call the New York State Stranding Hotline (Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation) immediately:  631-369-9829 and ask for Kimberly Durham.

In contented greenness,

UGS

 

 

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Happy World Turtle Day, UESiders!!

Strange and wonderful critters deserving of our respect and caring…  Especially in spring when they’re doing crazy stuff – like crossing roads –  in search of other, eligible turtles and/or nest/lay eggs!!   ( Therefore, turtle crossings!!)  (And check out what NYC DEC’s doing – including tech – to help our threatened terrapins!!) 

This’s also National Tire Safety Week…  With summer driving that commences with Memorial Day…  UESiders with cars?  Get those tires checked!! 

Meanwhile…  How about this for a verge of summer thought:  A 12-month study of 2,600 children shows regular exposure to natural vegetation and the outdoors  improves a child’s cognitive development.  

We are not surprised, are we?

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thymus-serpyllum

So much happening this holiday weekend and beyond:

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

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

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

Happy to say, the Master Knife Sharpener will be there and honing like crazy, too!! 

Then there’s this from Market Manager G:  “It may be a long weekend and the last one in May, but don’t forget to pickup your favorite spring things from our great 82nd Street Market!!  Weather permitting, we will be grilling up something green and extra scrumptious…  (Let your imagination run as to just what the scrumptiousness might be!)  And come say farewell to Nolasco until the winter and get prepared for the long-awaited return of our favorite South Jersey farmer, Lou from Cherry Lane. He’ll be back next weekend!”

Recycling totals 5/19:   71 lbs batteries;  14 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  11 1/4 compost bins; 40 bags of clothes      

Way to go, people!!  And on a ridiculously soggy day!!

Sunday, May 27th:  Green Park GardenersNYC Spring Volunteer Day!!

Andrew Haswell Green Park, East River Esplanade at 60th Street, bottom of the ramp, 2-5pm

So much for the rain that never came and last week’s cancellation.  The GPG’s will be out and bringing beauty to our Esplanade.  So come along…  Dig holes, plant, braid daffodils, mark and mulch paths and plenty more, plus learning from those who know!!   BYO gloves and trowels…  Clippers and shovels, too, if you have ’em…  And let the GPG know you’re coming so they can plan:  greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com!

Sunday, May 27th:  Victorian Gardens Opening

Wollman Rink, Central Park

Eighteen rides, games and attractions, all totally family friendly!!   For attractions, ticket prices, hours, directions and more

Tuesday, May 29th to Monday, June 4th:  11th Annual World Science Festival 

Venues throughout NYC 

An amazing array of talks/lectures and hand-on experiences for folks of all ages and science proficiency ranging from robotics to a fish count in NYC’s waters!!  Really, not to be missed!!  For details (and are there plenty) and tickets…  (And then there’re the programs designed just for kids…)

Wednesday, May 30th:  Proving the Market for Energy Retrofits Live Stream

Under Your Own Roof, 7pm

So how’re we New Yorkers going to achieve our ambitious – but achievable- 80% energy reduction by 2050…?   Just click here next Wednesday at 7

Thursday, May 31st to Friday, June 22nd  Alfons Mucha – Shaping the Czech Identity Exhibition

Czech Center, 321 East 73rd Street

Even if the name’s not familiar, you ‘ll likely be familiar with the brilliant images created by this art nouveau greats.  But the Czech patriot also produced gorgeous banknotes, stamps, posters and a series of epic paintings celebrating the land of birth.    On physical display at Center or via slide show presentation.  Free  For more… 

Holy crow!  It’s June:

Saturday, June 2nd:  Celebrate at the Alice Aycock Pavilion

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

Primo long weekend fun with great music (and totally dance-able music), kid activities, ice cream treats and the company of plenty of our great New York neighbors from the UES and beyond!!  Then there’s that wonderful, soothing river view…  Free!!  Organized by Esplanade Friends!!  Spread the word!!

Saturday, June 9th:  The Great Randall’s Island Treasure Hunt  

Location to be announced, 10am-2pm

Join Alliance guides for an adventure unlocking Island secrets, searching for treasure and exploring the Park!  Plus…  Learn how to use map and compass while navigating a fun course…  Check out the Alliance’s Gallery of Maps…  The larger-than-life musical puppet show…  The ton of prizes, too!!  Free.  Just right for ages 5 and above.  For more (and there’s plenty)

Tuesday, June 19th:  New York Solar & Storage Summit

Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street, 8am-6pm

Be a part of planting solar’s flag (and our ability to store that energy) ever further!!  There’ll be a host of energy, utility and government people there and they need our eyes on them and our prodding!!   $25-$50.   For more and to register

Saturday, June 23rd:  Paddle the Never Sink Reservoir

Meeting place and time provided with ticket purchase… 

And we quote, “Come paddle on the Neversink Reservoir with NYC H2O! The Neversink Reservoir is the highest in elevation in NYC’s water system with it’s spillway at 1,440 feet in elevation…!”  Organized by the great NYC H2O.   Van transportation from the Village.  Both kayaks and canoes available.   $25-$100. And you must register (it’s free) with the NYS DEP for watershed access  For tickets and more…

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Bring on the miscellany:

For the first time in a decade, NYC’s not America’s fastest growing city…  What?!! But there’re still more of us in the 5 boroughs than anywhere in the US!!  (Check out the stats…) 

Last winter’s weather cost NYC what…??

That giant building planned for First and 79th?  Maybe it’ll be even bigger

A brief detour into the activist zone:

Eeek!!  No glory for McDonald’s shareholders who just voted down a plastic straw ban!!

Think Amazon should steer clear of selling GMO apples?

Or that the mayor should appoint an actual preservationist to head up Landmarks Preservation?   (Same for the Council!!)

Tech Proficients:  A solar bill working its way through the NY Assembly could use your help with a phone call and a tweet

If you think Kroger – America’s biggest supermarket chain – should stop selling food grown with bee-killing pesticides

BPA’s still coating so many of our receipts

The headline calls out Verizon for energy inefficiency, but none of the bigtime carriers is exactly stellar… 

On the upswing:

How about this for a lovely take on gardening, patience and buttterflies…  (Thanks to  reader Shwetha Shetty for the tip!)

Good on The Times for covering the Oakland, CA program that puts prison/post-prison people into gardens where very many heal…  A program pioneered by the great James Jiler (then of the Horticultural Society of New York) on Rikers Island…  Where some of the vegetable gardens are edged with extra Belgian blocks from UES tree beds !!  (Check out James’ TedX Talk…) 

Our city’s offering a ton of FREE summer sports programs for young ‘uns ages 6-17

Harry and Meghan’s  green, emissionless honeymoon car

Boat safety compliance inspections…  A record setting crappie catch…  Illegal turkey hunters…  Lots on NYState Conservation Officers’ hands of late…

NYS  likes its firewood (and firewood regulations) local, too… (aimed at keeping invasive tree-killers like long-horned beetles contained)…

Free tickets to NYC summer concerts… 

As for the feathered, finned, scaled and furry:

The kestrel nest cam

The osprey nest cam (recently visited by an owl!)…

Vocalizing fish

Our deer and moose are threatened by a chronic wasting disease

The virtues of bees

Five facts about wolves

Any number of great Nature docs on PBS this week, but “The World’s Most Wanted Animal” (i.e. the pangolin) is a total standout…

As ever, from the great Hudson River Alamanac:

5/7 – Staten Island: We took a quick walk on the beach this evening, overlooking the Lower Bay of New York Harbor, and came across a nesting killdeer. The female picked a tough spot for the nest right next to the trail that leads to the beach. She was so close to the trail that she immediately went into her “injured” display to distract us. Hopefully, her eggs will hatch soon and she and her brood will be on their way.   – Sean Gannon

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A Killdeer

5/10 – Bronx, New York City: The lilacs at the Bronx Botanical Garden were starting to bloom. The Cherry Esplanade was glorious, as were the crabapples in the Osborne Garden.  In the Native Flora garden, some oaks and pitch pines were flowering. The moss pink (Phlox subulata) was stunning and the wild geranium and columbine were suddenly wonderful. In the woodlands, thanks to heart-leaved groundsel (Packera aurea), the beds were paved with gold.   – Thomas Shoesmith

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[Lilacs (Syringa sp.) are a part of Hudson River lore. When commercial shad fishermen plied their gill nets on the Hudson, they noticed that the shad migration upriver from the sea came in a measured progression. Beginning in early April, the ratio of male or buck shad, to female or roe shad, was 2:1. By late April into early May, the ratio shifted to 1:1. By mid-May, the lilacs were in bloom and it again changed to 2:1 roe shad. This would be the last of the run, the season was ending, and the big roe shad were dubbed “lilac shad.” – Tom Lake]

With every greenness,

UGS

 

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Happy Infrastructure Week, UESiders!!

We know…  We know…  But let’s look forward to the time we have some worthy of the name and our city…  And may it come soon…  And at that happy time, may the subway part of that great new infrastructre be as beautiful and CLEAN as (all but one of) these!!

Meanwhile, who knew that Dell’s manufacturing its tech with ocean-bound, recycled plastic?!  (“Ocean bound” defined as plastic collected from beaches, waterways and coastal areas!!)  (Other companies are getting onboard, too!!)

Wonderful, too, that rubble from the old Tappan Zee Bridge will be deployed to revive NYState’s Artificial Reef Program in the Long Island Sound, Great South Bay and  Atlantic Ocean!! 

Meanwhile, no question but we (as in UGS) gave International Compost Week short shrift…  Especially since reader Ellen Diamond  had sent along this lovely essay by her cousin Judy Eron on –  and don’t we know it! – the joys of compost/ composting!!  (Scroll down to page 24!) 

National Wildflower Week (the first full week in May) slipped by us, too… 

But today’s NYS Green Commute and Fishing Heritage Day!!

Then there’s the jam-packed week ahead:

Saturday, May 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,  Sikking Flowers, Samascott, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski,  Ale Wife, Hawthorne and Nolasco Farms!!

The Master Knife Sharpener will be at her table, too!! 

Recycling totals 5/5:   65 lbs batteries;  21 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 6 pairs of eye glasses; 12 compost bins; 35 bags of clothes       5/12:   77 lbs batteries; 17 lbs cords, corks cellphones and cartridges;  11 compost bins; 41 bags of clothes.

Brilliant, folks!!

Saturday, May 19th:  Plumb Beach Cleanup!

Plumb Beach, Gateway National Recreation Area, Brooklyn, 10am-2pm

The annual spring cleaning of this extraordinarily rich and unique marine environment.  Naturalists Clay and Seth Wollney’ll  also – once the cleanup’s done – lead volunteers in a seining experience!!  Bus transportation from Union Square and lunch provided!  Co-sponsored by the great NYC H2O, the National Park Service and the NY City Council!  For more and to rsvp… 

Saturday & Sunday, May 19th & 20th:  Annual Children’s Festival Celebrating imagiNations

National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, 11am-5pm

Learn how to kayak Eskimo-style…  Rope-weaving that made those incredible Inca bridges possible…   Pow-wow sweat dancing…  Mayan math…  Native North and South American culture at their most interesting and fun and for the young!!  Free.  

 

Saturday, May 19th:  Georgia O’Keeffe – Visions of Hawai’i Show Opens

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx

O’Keeffe’s gorgeous paintings…  The beautiful landscapes and plants that provided the her inspiration…  An opening weekend complete with hula, lei making, ukelele playing and plenty more!!   Adults, $15.  Seniors and students, $7.  Children 2-12, $4.  Members and children under 2, free!  For more and tickets… 

Sunday, May 20th:  DSNY Spring Safe Disposal Event

120th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenues, 10am-4pm

Bring on those mouldering cans of transmission fluid and shellac, unwanted medicines and cosmetics, pesticides, electronics and more.  For the complete list, how recyclables should be safely packaged and how to get to the event

Sunday, May 20th:  High Bridge Walking Tour

Meet at the High Bridge, 2301 Amsterdam Avenue at 172nd Street, 12pm

Our city’s oldest bridge (think 1848) has been through plenty in its 180 years, including signature NYC neglect and vandalism.  But thanks to the 2012-2015 renovation, its once again a public pleasure, engineering marvel and NYC icon!!  Renovation project manager Bryan Diffley leads yet another great NYC H2O outing!!  $30.  For tickets and more

Sunday, May 20th:  Green Park GardenersNYC Spring Volunteer Day!

POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN!!  RESET FOR MAY 27th!!

Andrew Haswell Green Park, East River Esplanade at 60th Street, bottom of the ramp, 2-5pm

Dig holes, plant, braid daffodils, mark and mulch paths and plenty more, plus  learning from those who know!! Yes, come help prepare the UESide’s beautiful native plant garden for its summer glory!!   BYO gloves and trowels…  Clippers and shovels, too, if you have ’em…  And do let the GPG know you’re coming so they can plan:  greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com!

Tuesday, May 22nd;  Thursday, May 24th, Tuesday, May 29th, Thursday, May 31st:  Panorama Europe 2018 Film Festival

Rooftop, Czech Center New York, 321 East 73rd, 7pm 

With an exceedingly fine line-up of dramas and docs!!  And watching films way up high and under the stars, all the while sipping cocktails (yup, there’s a bar!) on balmy late spring evenings…  Yes!!   Films are free but you should RSVP

 

Tuesday, May 29th to Monday, June 4th:  11th Annual World Science Festival 

Venues throughout NYC 

An amazing array of talks/lectures and hand-on experiences for folks of all ages and science proficiency ranging from robotics to a fish count in NYC’s waters!!  Really, not to be missed!!  For details (and are there plenty) and tickets…  (And then there’re the programs designed just for kids…)

Another month begins:

Saturday, June 2nd:  Celebrate at the Alice Aycock Pavilion

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

A second fabulous afternoon under Alice Aycock’s marvelous sculpture, alongside our own East River!!  Live music, fun activities for the kids, delicious Meltbakery ice cream sandwiches and plenty more…  Yet another great Esplanade Friends event!!  (But rain cancels as it did last Saturday…) 

Sunday, June 3rd:  Grand Acquisitors – A Walking Tour

Meeting location provided with registration/ticket purchase, 10:30am

Walk the blocks and know the gorgeous UES buildings where many of America’s – and the world’s – foremost art collectors resided and enjoyed their masterpieces!!  Organized by Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts and led by architectural historian Matt Postal!  Members, $10.  Non-members, $20.    

Saturday, June 9th:  Big Apple Knitting Guild’s Share the Talent Meeting

NY Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th, 1-4pm

Learn the techniques that distinguish the okay knitter from one who’s great from the amazingly skilled women – yes, women – of the BAKG!!  There’re a ton of workshops to choose from…   But you do need to sign up!  Free.

The week’s miscellany, with a life-saving opportunity up first:

As in the FDNY’ll be offering free CPR training the rest of 2018!! 

Then for a few issues of note:

As in, should you believe that clean water and air ought to be basic NYState resident rights… 

Or that you oppose offshore drilling along our East Coast

Or think America’s groundwater protections should remain strong

Or that regulations prohibiting use of lead bullets in National Wildlife Refuges should be reinstated

NYC’s far from alone in its housing shortage and expense and up-tick in homelessness…  We’ve got a host of likely (San Francisco) and unlikely (Boise, ID!) places for company…  (For The Times’ perspective on the subject…)

Seems that yet another – and far from “affordable” – highrise’ll be going up on the UES...  

(But NYC’s cheapest apartment was…)

The latest on Arctic ice

U. S. export of scrap (plastic, paper and more) to China continues down a rocky road… 

Lighter and brighter:

Meanwhile, Chinese scientists have devised a fire-detecting wallpaper that sets off alarms!!

Don’t we all love rich, nutrient-laden, chemical-free soil?  But how great that it might be on the front lines of reducing the world’s CO2 problem… 

(Meanwhile, of course, Elon Musk’ll be doing something great with dirt excavated from tunnels for his subterranean railroad…)

Three cheers for California’s legislating solar for all new homes by 2020!!  

Why are American barns red…?

What did NYS’s Conservation Officers deal with this week…?

How to pack for that camping trip sustainably!!

America’s best food trucks…  (Five of NYC’s made the cut!)

So why does the DEC want us walking through mud and water when we’re on Adirondack trails…?

Driving north in NYState?  Here’re Edible NY’s eaterie recommendations

Thirteen NYC sidewalk art (or art-ish) installations

An arrest for making moonshine in NYC…?

Let’s have some animals:

beautiful and once near-extinct Kirtland’s Warbler was spotted in Central Park last week!!

And there’re baby hawks in a nest in the West Village with a baby hawk cam

Still our state’s  two most endangered critters are

Meanwhile, the DEC’s asking  us to keep eyes peeled for the beautiful but invasive/destructive spotted lanternfly (they eat tree leaves) and report sightings

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A Spotted Lanternfly

(Non-radioative) Chernobyl puppies are headed our way for adoption

So, what’s the speed of a peregrine falcon when it’s diving for prey?  (Click for your answer and plenty more fun critter lore…)

What would a week be without a few words from the great Hudson River Almanac:

4/28 – Manhattan: Eighteen enthusiastic high school students from across NYC’s five boroughs gathered at Randall’s Island for training for the World Science Festival’s 4th annual Great Fish Count on June 2. We sampled the Harlem River with our seine and had to make do with a meager but interesting catch, including two Atlantic silversides, a small striped bass, and several handfuls of shrimp. But the highlight was a dozen palm-sized and larger lion’s mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata). We measured the Harlem River at 10.0 parts-per-thousand (ppt) salinity, a little less than 10% seawater. –  Margie Turrin, Laurel Zaima, Chris Bowser, Rebecca Houser, Chris Girgenti

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A Lion’s Mane Jellyfish

Here’s to a happy and green royal wedding,

UGS

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Happy Conpost Awareness Week, UESiders!!

As the dwindling poundage of UES waste attests, are we ever aware!!

It’s Teachers Appreciation Week, as well!! 

And this is Art in the Garden Month!!

Diving right into a very dense May:

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

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

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

But and so sorry to say, Hudson Valley Duck has departed  our market…  Hopefully not forever if Market Manager Supremo Margaret has her way…

The great good news is that, yes, our own Master Knife Sharpener and Ale Wife Farm will be returning to the 82nd Street fold!! 

And Market Manager G adds:  “Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with a farmers market fiesta!! We’ll be celebrating not just the return of our great knife sharpener, but  Ale Wife Farm , too!!  Come for the tacos, but stay for your weekly dose of delicious seasonal Food!!” 

Last week’s recycling totals:   77 lbs batteries;  16 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 3 pairs of eye glasses; 12 compost bins; 40 bags of clothes. 

And the shredding total was/is…  An all-time record-setting 10480 lbs!!!

Friday, May 4th to Sunday, May 6th:  Frieze Art Fair

Randall’s Island Park

The annual uber fair with some of the world’s most exciting new talents combined with iconic names in modern and contemporary art on view!!   Yes, it’s eat, drink, make take in world class art and right in our own backyard!!  Tickets, $18-$108.  Kids under 12, free.   For more

Monday, May 7th:  5th Annual Friends of the Esplanade Spring Benefit!!

Bar Felice, 1591 First Avenue, 6:30-8:30pm

Such a great community endeavor!!  Such great food!!  Such good company!!   The best raffle prizes ever!!   Be a part of our Esplanade’s rebirth!!  For details

Thursday, May 10th & Monday, May 14th:  Macbeth at the Beekman Theater

1271 Second Avenue, 7:30pm

Love that the Beekman’s taken to bringing such special stuff as this on UES screens:   London National Theater Live’s  production of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”!!   $20.  For more and tickets

Saturday, May 12th:  Schurz Park’s 2018 Plant Sale!

East End Avenue at 86th Street, 9:30am-4:30pm

So many gorgeous, healthy plants just begging to beautify our streets, parks, gardens and homes…  Every penny benefiting that UES jewel… Carl Schurz Park!!  For full details… 

Saturday, May 19th: Fun with Fungi

Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, 10:30am-12:30pm

Next step/further refinement to our superior compost collection…  Cultivating beneficial fungi (AKA mushrooms)!  $6.   For more and tickets

Sunday, May 20th:  High Bridge Walking Tour

Meet at the High Bridge, 2301 Amsterdam Avenue at 172nd Street, 12pm

Our city’s oldest bridge (think 1848) has been through plenty in its 180 years, including signature NYC neglect and vandalism.  But thanks to the 2012-2015 renovation, its once again a public pleasure, engineering marvel and NYC icon!!  Renovation project manager Bryan Diffley leads yet another great NYC H2O outing!!  $30.  For tickets and more

Tuesday, May 29th to Monday, June 4th:  11th Annual World Science Festival

Venues throughout NYC 

An amazing array of talks/lectures and hand-on experiences for folks of all ages and science proficiency ranging from robotics to a fish count in NYC’s waters!!  Really, not to be missed!!  For details (and are there plenty) and tickets…  (And then there’re the programs designed for kids…)

Hello, June:

Saturday, June 2nd:   New World of the Number 7 Train Walking Tour

Meeting place TBA with reservation, 10am-5:30am

NYC walking tour pioneer Dr. Jack Eichenbaum revives and updates one of his classics ranging over Number 7 terrain from Hudson Yards,  Long Island City, Woodside Queen and beyond!!  $49 with space limited to 25!  For more and reservations…   

Miscellany, commencing with some carping:

No surprise given past performance of NYC’s (so-called) Landmarks Preservation, that they’ve okayed construction of a 9-story hotel threatening the stability of  that NYC treasure, the 1832 Merchant’s House Museum at 24 East 4th.  The moderately good news is opposition being led by the great Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.  To read up on the situation and send a letter of support…  

So, how come we get affordable/senior housing with the look of bunkers, located in the coils of a bridge ramps, when folks in Brooklyn get…   The work of world class architects…?

When the editor of “Waste Today”  (yup, we read it!) weighs in on the U.S.A.’s food waste problem, no qeustion, it’s ultra real…

An then the NYC Waste Characterization Study…  ((We’re doing great but can do better!!)

What’s involved when a scrap yard undertakes a renovation

Calculate your personal  plastic footprint

The Times” chronicle of the whirlwind of grant that took down many, including the chief of Precinct 19…!! 

The NYC connection to fabulous  Kentucky Derby headwear

Of course, you can have that violin repaired here in NYC

shelving system made from recycled fabric

Light on animals this time out, BUT these item pretty much take up the slack:

NYC’s first Cat Camp…!!

America’s only marsupial is…??

And our weekly treats from the Hudson River Almanac:

4/27 – Troy: We were on the Poestenkill today to remove a trial glass eel fyke net we had installed. After nine days, our total was five elvers and one glass eel (we were so excited to see that one glass eel!). While removing the net, we noticed glittery flashes of herring scales in the water. Bending down to look at them closer, I realized that the bottom of the stream wasn’t covered in granular sand, but in billions of herring eggs. There were herring eggs everywhere, from the damp rocks we were standing on, to the rip-rap up the bank where high tide has reached. Sinking our fingers into a quiet pool, we found several inches of eggs. The source of the eggs became apparent when the stream would break into a flurry of action, and the herring tails, probably alewives, would surface, flitting back and forth in the current. Two weeks ago, these herring were just arriving from the sea. Despite the drizzly spring day, we were reminded of how rich this estuary is, in terms of life and beauty.– Gracie Ballou, Aiden Mabey

Some of those herring                  eggs

4/21 – Manhattan: A scrubby slope, along Payson Avenue at Inwood Hill Park, was covered with leaves of Star-of-Bethlehem; it seemed to have spread tenfold in a couple of years, but no flowers yet. A Yoshino cherry was full of white blossoms, but the nearby crabapples, that have blossomed at about the same time in past years, were not yet budding. A red maple and a pink weeping cherry were full-blown and lovely.

On the path, up through the Clove, mats of lesser celandine had a few flowers, and little blossoms of spicebush were all through the woods. There were a few cotyledons of jewelweed and several big patches of Dutchman’s-breeches, with a few flowers beginning to open. I think this is the only place they grow on Manhattan. Up on the ridge, forsythia was blooming, and periwinkles were glowing in all the sunny places. The leaves of day-lily were now about a foot high; it had spread explosively since last year. Leaves of true celandine and herb-robert were plentiful. On my way down from the ridge, I passed a single budding hawthorne; the contrast between the pink buds and fierce thorns was striking. – Thomas Shoesmith

Star of Bethlehem

(Star-of-Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum) grows from little bulbs that look like cocktail onions. On this slope, winter rains have washed much of the soil away, especially near the bottom, leaving many bulbs exposed on the surface. Since it began putting out leaves a couple of weeks ago, contractile roots have pulled the bulbs into the soil, so now none are to be seen! – Thomas Shoesmith]

4/24 – Staten Island, New York City: While letting out my chickens for the day, I heard the call of a common loon. I looked up and there it was, flying overhead, standing out beautifully, against the clear blue sky. This was an adult in full breeding colors, calling all the way, as it headed southeast toward the Lower Bay of New York Harbor. I was immediately transferred back to my youth and vacations spent at lakes in the Adirondacks. – Sean Gannon

A Common Loon

[Sean heard the tremolo call of the common loon. The call sounds like a quavering laugh, and it is the only one of their four distinct calls that it gives while flying. – Tom Lake]

In ultra green happiness,

UGS

 

 

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It’s the International Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare, UESiders…

So, given recent events, let’s keep that in mind…

And how about – if you haven’t already expressed your disatisfaction with the Parks Department using child and all-human-unfriendly pesticides in our NYC parks – send Commissioner Silver an email to that effect?!  (Sample message:  Please stop using all pesticides in NYC Parks!!)

Keeping with the protection of Parks’ spirit…  It’s National Parks Week, too!! 

Keeping with the over-riding subject LIFE,  it’s also National Donate Life Week…  (Incredible that a single donor can save 8 lives and heal so many others!)  To sign up to become a donor… 

Now fasten seatbelts for the upcoming seven days: 

Friday, April 27th:  Electronics Recycling Collection

Schurz Park, East End Avenue between 84th & 85th, 10am-4pm

If it’s tech, bring it on!!  But no appliances, fridges or microwaves, please!!  Free…  For the full list of what’ll be acccepted and not… 

Saturday, April 28th:  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,  Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski, Hawthorne and Nolasco Farms!!

Market Manager-in-Chief Margareet is most happy to announce:  “Sikking Flowers returns to 82nd Street this weekend!!  A true sign of spring!!”

Last week’s recycling totals:   51 lbs batteries;  23 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 39 pairs of eye glasses; 12 compost bins; 35 bags of clothes. 

We should have the shredding poundage next week!!

 

Saturday, April 28th:  National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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

Whew!!  Been ages since the DEA’s designated a UES a drug drop-off site…  And not for want of Lenox Hill Hospital trying hard!!  So come shed those unwanted and/ or ridiculously out-of-date medicine bottles and contents!!

Saturday, April 28th:  Asphalt Green’s Big Swim, Big Kick

Asphalt Green, 1750 York at 91st Street, 11am-4:30pm

Swim…  Play soccer…  Or do both!!  Free!!  (But you can donate to promote fitness of our fellow New Yorkers through sports!!)  For more

Saturday, April 28th:  NYC Parks 11th Annual Street Games

Thomas Jefferson Park, First Avenue at 111th Street, 11am-3pm

Four solid hours of retro play!!  Think pogo sticks, hula hoops, yo-yo’s and plenty more (like wheelchair basketball)!!  Free!!  Prizes!!  For the total rundown

Saturday, April 28th:  What’s in NYC’s Trash Talk

67th Street Branch Library, 328 East 67th Street, 2:30-4:30pm

Uber recycling expert (and UESider) weighs in on what we’re tossing and how we – who’ve reduced our waste by that stunning 40% –  can whittle it down even further!!  Free!!

Sunday, April 29th:  Alice Aycock Pavilion Re-Opening Celebration

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

Been many a year of restoration, but now this extraordinary Esplanade structure and space is ready for the enjoyment of all!!  Think art talk (the Pavilion being a work of art), music, ice cream treats and all kinds of other fun for kids!!   Free, of course!!

And then it’s May:

Monday, May 7th:  5th Annual Friends of the Esplanade Spring Benefit

Bar Felice, 1591 First Avenue, 6:30-8:30pm

Such a great community endeavor!!  Such great food!!  Such good company!!   The best raffle prizes ever!!   Be a part of our Esplanade’s rebirth!!  For details

Friday, May 11th:  The Sociology of Horseshoe Crabs Lecture

Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, 7-9pm

How many ways have these weird-looking creatures been deployed for human betterment…  From fertilizer to medicine!  More than  time we learned something about them, too, and Professor Lisa Jean Moore is the person to fill in that missing info!   It’s another great NYC H2O lecture, folks!!   Free but a donation suggested.  For complete details

Sunday, May 20th:  High Bridge Walking Tour

Meet at the High Bridge, 2301 Amsterdam Avenue at 172nd Street, 12pm

Our city’s oldest bridge (think 1848) has been through plenty in its 180 years, including signature NYC neglect and vandalism.  But thanks to the 2012-2015 renovation, its once again a public pleasure, engineering marvel and NYC icon!!  Renovation project manager Bryan Diffley leads yet another great NYC H2O outing!!  $30.  For tickets and more

Tuesday, May 29th to Monday, June 4th:  11th Annual World Science Festival

Venues throughout NYC 

An amazing array of talks/lectures and hand-on experiences for folks of all ages and science proficiency ranging from robotics to a fish count in NYC’s waters!!  Really, not to be missed!!  For details (and are there plenty) and tickets

Coming up: 

Sunday, July 15th to Thursday, July 19th:  Watershed Institute for Teachers

Cold Spring, New York

How about this for a wonderful deal, you grown-ups:  Five days in a at “summer camp” exploring forests, waters, science, history, the NYC Watershed and its water supply system…  Going on field trips…  Getting the gist of some 20 hands-on activities like timber milling…  With nights spent in charming cabins??!!  Ending on Day 5 with your earning 24 credit hours if you’re a teacher or non-formal educator!!  And all 100% free!!  For more and to sign up (by May 15th)… 

7  Summer  2018 Weekends:  NYS First Time Camper Program

All Around NYState

And we quote, “First-time campers will be provided with a family tent, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, camp chairs, camp stove, lantern, and even firewood. A Camping Ambassador will meet families at the campsite and help them get camp set up with a Camping 101 lesson. To make the weekend getaway even more fun, campers will have an opportunity to learn from experts how to fish, hike, bird watch, paddle and more!!”  For more and to sign up

 

Earth Day 1970

Young Marchers, First Earth Day, April 22, 1970

In the miscellany file:

Plenty of great-sounding summer programs for kids grades 3-12  at the Center for Architecture…  (Get ’em designing green at a tender age!)

Very much enjoyed NYS DEC’s comment on a water quality application filed in connection with a proposed gas line project… 

Rooftop solar right next door in East Harlem now…  (When on our UES??!!)

Most annoying the UWSide’s getting a second Trader Joe’s while we have yet to have one…

Volunteer opportunties don’t get any more lovely and important than this one

Pause for some activism:

If you think constructing a technologically dated, highly polluting incinerator upstate New York is a poor idea…  (Check out “the proposal”)

Or that another attempt to open up pristine Bristol Bay to toxic metals’ mining should be allowed… 

Or that rules for disposal of toxic coal ash should be relaxed

Or that zoning for NYC building heights is already high enough

In a more zen mode:

Who knew Sanitation fielded their first micro-grant ($2,000)  competition with winners devising the most innovative organic waste management strategies?!!  And the winners and strategies are…  

brief history of state dinners

Hello, animals:

Inexplicable in the current environment, but  fish heading up 4 American rivers will soon be having an easier “passage”… 

The red-cockaded woodpecker rebounds

seal in the Gowanus…  (Guide the poor thing to cleaner waters!!)

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

4/13 – Rockland County:  The warm weather had wildlife out and moving.  I came upon a large snapping turtle waiting for a chance to cross the path into Congers Lake.  I gingerly measured the turtle’s carapace (18-inches long by 12-inches wide) – Chris Galligan

snapping turle

That Snapping Turtle

4/13 – Manhattan:  We checked our collection gear at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25 four days this week.  While our traps and pots did not catch a si ngle fish, we did catch an incredible number of invertebrates that, collectively, support fishes as prey.  Included were no fewer than 100 shore shrimp (Palaemonetes   sp.), a dozen sand shrimp (Crangon septemspinosa), isopods and a few mud crabs (Panopeidae). –  Siddhartha Hayes

sand shrimp

A Sand Shrimp in the Sand

In everlasting greenness,

UGS

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