Happy Post-Memorial Day Weekend, Upper East Siders!

Let’s begin with an item of paramount importance…  The Monday, June 6th, 6:30pm meeting at the Isaacs Community Center, 415 East 93rd re the proposed garbage transfer station at 91st Street.   Learn where things stand legally…   Speak your mind to power in the form of a representative from the Department of Sanitation.   WNBC – and likely other news outlets – will be covering the event so you could wind up on camera, too.  Headcount is all important, so PLEASE BE THERE.

On an infinitely less fraught note:

We’ve mentioned the NYPL exhbition celebrating the main library building’s 100th birthday but, now, having had the pleasure of seeing it…  Well, between now and December when it closes,  you just have to take a couple of  hours’ time and head down to to 42nd and Fifth.   There just aren’t adequate superlatives for the breadth and depth of our library’s collections!

Further on the good news front:

Of course, folks all over our City are doing great things to improve their neighborhoods…  Things that remain unknown to the rest of us unless we should make a turn down a given block.  Case and point:  The 93rd Street Block and Neighborhood Association‘s newly minted beautification programRead all about what they’re up to and be inspired!  

And, please, let us know about your neighborhood improvement projects so we can share them!

Meanwhile things are looking brighter for the wonderful but endangered buildings of Admiral’s Row at the Brooklyn Navy Yard now that several electeds – including Senators Schumer and Gillibrand – have called for their preservation. For more.

Master knife sharpener Barbara Hess will be back for another Saturday at 82nd Street.

How about a summer internship opportunity:

FoodieLink is looking for a self-starting business development and marketing intern whose responsibilities would include managing and developing its relationships with merchants (e.g. restaurants, grocers, artisan shops), Grow NYC/city green markets and media entities such as Edible magazine.  For more:  info@foodielink.com.

On to the coming week:

Friday, June 3rd: From  the City to the Stars

Brooklyn Bridge Park, 8:30pm – 12am

Join professional and amateur astronomers for a free evening of urban stargazing and outdoor partying beneath the twinkling canvas of the heavens.  BYOT…  Translation:   “Bring your telescope” (if you have one) or use one of the dozens the organizers will have on hand.  Free. For more.  

Saturday, June 4th:  82nd Greenmarket

St. Stephen of Hungary Churchyard, 82nd Street between First and York, 9 am – 3 pm 

With us will be American Seafood, Calkins Creamery, Bread Alone, Gayeski, Samascot, Baghoo, Rabbits’ Run, Rising Sun Beef, Ballard Honey and the K5 Flower Farm…  And, yes,  the doyenne of knife sharpeners, Ms. Barbara Hess.

As always, we’ll be collecting #5 plastic (well-washed, folks…  recently some have been slacking on this score), corks, cellphones, printer cartridges (if you can’t get to Staples), household batteries, tech cords, Britta filters, DVD/CDs  and jewel cases.

Last week’s totals:  27 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 36 pounds batteries. 

YTD (from 3/26):   147 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 529 lbs batteries! 

Sunday, June 5th:  Holmes Towers June Flea  Market

The Plaza in front of 1780 First Avenue, between 92nd and 93rd,  noon to 6pm

Clothes, small furniture items,  games, bric-a-brac…  You name it – well, maybe no Rembrandts, but otherwise –  somebody’s going to be selling it…

Sunday, June 5th:  World Science Street Festival

Washington Square Park, 10am – 6pm

Don’t miss our friends at New York Skies’ incredible  astronomy exhibit of 20 giant  photos of deepest space.  Free.

Monday, June 6th:  Marine Transfer Station Meeting

Stanley Isaacs Community Center Dining Room, 415 East 93rd Street, 6:30pm

How do you feel about the Department of Sanitation reopening the long-shuttered Marine Transfer Station at 91st Street and, in this time of draconian cuts to a host of services, spending $125 million to rebuild the thing?   Oh, yes, and driving a couple hundred garbage trucks and a zillion of tons of waste a day through the heart of Asphalt Green, en route to said proposed facility?   Let your voice be heard!  

Wednesday, June 8th:  Greenwich Village – Past, Present, and Future

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, 6:30pm

Needless to say, we’re not our city’s only besieged area.  Over the centuries, the Village’s been transformed from farmland to row houses to tenements to luxury condominiums.  Join historians, planners, and community leaders for an evening of discussion of  what its future might hold.   $12 Non-Members, $8 Seniors and Students, $6 MCNY Members.  Reservations required

Thursday, June 9th:  Ribbon Cutting at John Jay Park

John Jay Park Playground, Wast 77th Street and Cherokee Place, 10:30am

Join City Council Member Jessica Lappin and Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe at the ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the park’s newly renovated playground!  To RSVP call 212-408-0111 or specialevents@parks.nyc.gov

Thursday, June 9th:   Future Visions Film Series – “Pick Axe”

The Gallery, John Haynes Holmes House, The Community Church of New York, 28 East 35th Street, 7pm

For once (much as we love even the most distressing examples of the form) a happy documentary in which Oregon activists take on the logging industry with time-honored non-violent tactics and save a beloved old growth forest.   Suggested donation: $5.  

Looming on the horizon:

Thursday, June 16th:  Reconstructing Historical Royal Kitchens

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street (First & York), 6:30pm

Marc Meltonville, Food Historian, Hampton Court Palace, England leads this fully illustrated talk looking at the work being done in the Tudor Kitchens of Henry VIII and offering a peek into the newly discovered, early 19th century Kitchens of George III.  In conjunction with The Culinary Historians of NY.  $40 Adults, $25 for Members, $22 for Senior & Student Members.  For reservations and more, call 212-838-6878.   

SUNDAY, JUNE 19th:  92nd GREENMARKET RETURNS!!

92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am – 5pm 

American Seafood, Stannard Farms, Meredith’s Bakery, Norwich Meadows, the Gonzales and Phillips Farms will all be with us this season. 

Humm….   Composting…

Saturday, June 25th and Saturday, August 20th:  Calkins Creamery Farm Tours

Calkins Creamery/Highland Farm, 288 Calkins Road, Honesdale, PA , 8 am- 12pm

See where the fabulous cheeses you buy every week come from when you tour the Calkins’ Highland Farm, its milking barn, pastures, beehives, pigs and the caves where their fantastic cheeses mature.  $40.  For reservations and more details.

SUNDAY, JUNE 26th: RECYCLE-O-RAMA – SUMMER EDITION

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Streets (west side of First)

Electronics…  Paper shredding…  Clothes collection and the recycleables we collect every week…  Bring it all on! 

And just in case you need reminding:

“Clothing” is defined as wearing apparel, hats, belts, shoes, fabric – whether wearable or totally worn out.

On the paper shredding score, do remove paper clips and spiral binders.  Paperback books will be accepted but not hardcovers.

Electronics accepted will be:

•    Computers (laptops & desktops, servers, mainframes)
•    Monitors
•    Printers, scanners, fax-machines, copiers
•    Network devices (routers, hubs, modems, etc.)
•    Peripherals (keyboards, mice, cables, etc.)
•    Components (hard drives, CD-ROMs, circuit boards, power supplies, etc.)
•    TVs, VCRs, & DVD Players
•    Audio-visual equipment
•    Cell phones, pagers, PDAs
•    Telecommunication (phones, answering machines, etc.)

No appliances, please!

Many thanks to Council Member Dan Garodnick for the generous grant that’s making this event possible. 

Coming up:

Starting Wednesday, July 6th/Thursday, July 7th – Wednesday, August 24th/Thursday, August 25th:  Clearview Cinemas Kid’s Club

Clearview Cinema, 400 East 62nd Street, 10:30am

Eight weeks of “great”,  contemporary, TOTALLY FREE  family films (“Shrek”, “Despicable Me” “Cats & Dogs”, etc.   Check the Clearview site  for the full schedule.  Did I say the whole things totally free…  Even for Mom and Dad?!

Sunday, July 24th:  From Beekman Place to Mount Vernon

Meeting place furnished with RSVP, 2 – 5pm

Once upon a time, Beekman Place was home to theater folk and well-to-do bohemians, while Sutton Place was settled by society women who established new roles and rules for females of their class.  Each had a particular architectural style, too.   Learn the history and more on a tour lead by one of the thirteen best guides in the world, architectural historian Francis Morrone.  $20 Municipal Art Society members; $25 non-members.  To RSVP or call 212-935-2075.

As for this week’s miscellany:

Won’t be news to residents of the area, but Hunter College’s just released a report describing the epic mess that is  Second Avenue Subway construction and making obvious recommendations…  Obvious to all but the MTA…

Oh and Riverkeeper’s published it’s May report on Hudson River water quality.   (With all the rain and runoff, not so good.) 

Why are we not surprised that science is now indicating that the purportedly much cleaner natural gas produced from hydrofracking is more polluting than oil or coal?  

Enough sturm and drang:

For those mature enough to have heard about the Cold War kitchen confrontation between Richard Nixon and Nikita Krushchev in which the Soviet leader refused  to believe a modest Fifties ranch house situated in Comack, Long Island was typical of the American lifestyle, here’s a look at that home some 51 years later.

Was this included previously?  Even if so, Alec Appelbaum’s “Manhattan’s Green Grid” is worthy of another look.

From the National Geographic, an amazing,  not so crazily futuristic piece on replacement organs grown from one’s own cells!

Check out the wonderful overpass – one of 2 – Wyoming’s building to give its migrating wildlife save passage across highways.

The hippocampus of a middle-aged adult grew 2% when those adults took  just three, 40-minute walks a week for a year.  (Normally the hippocampus gets smaller when folks hit their mid-50’s, leading to memory loss.)

Who knew zinnias are native to Mexico?

Did we know that there’re national and state registries honoring the nation’s/state’s biggest trees?   Read all about them and how to make a nomination.  (And check out the rest of the marvelous New York State Conservationist Magazine.)

Think it’s impossible for a family of 3 to live comfortably and happily in 320 square feet?  Think again.  (The Tiny House /Extreme Downsizing Movement is picking up pace.)

A couple of weeks ago it was Gristede’s selling garlic from China.  Could be they’ll soon be stocking exploding Chinese watermelons!

Classic Jon Stewart when he interviewed EPA Secretary Lisa Jackson.

Further on the great what’s-the-right-way-to-pronounce-Van-Wyck debate

High time for some animals:

One more fascinating item from National Georgraphic on designing the perfect pet in”Taming the Wild“.   (I’d kind of love a little, tame fox!)

And now for the world’s 8 largest mammals

The temperature was maintained on a constant 40 degrees on the set of new the Jim Carey vehicle, Mr. Popper’s Penguins…  Necessary to keeping the film’s six Antarctic pensuin stars comfortable.  

How well do you know New York’s wild side…  In this case the critters in our great zoos and aquariums?  Take their test and see

Hard to say which is cuter…    Sleeping kitten having a nightmare… Or baby meerkats

If you’d like to speak up for presently unfunded protections for migratory songbirds

We will ever be green,

UGS

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