Greetings, UESiders!

It’s a week for unequivocable motivation, activism and feisty, dogged, unflinching defense of our ‘hood… 

As you may have heard (or not as the powers-that-be are endeavoring to place a tightly sealed cone of silence over the issue),  last Monday’s meeting re the proposed (environmentally ridiculous) reopening of a garbage transfer station at 91st Street and the East River drew an energized crowd of 250 plus.

Although, embarassingly, neither Council President Quinn, Borough President Stringer, nor representatives of the Mayor or Sanitation or Council Member Letitia James (of Brooklyn and whose big idea this is) deigned to join us and WNBC-TV cameras were barred from NYCHA’s premises.

But Council Member Lappin was present and delivered one of her signature eloquent, rallying speeches.   Community liasson persons from Council Member Garodnick and Assembly Member Kellner’s office were there, too.

The bottomline of the evening:  That along with the legal team’s efforts, residents would embark on a massive signature gathering/email sending blitz.

Thus, your mission this week is to:

1.  Sign the Garbage Dump Does Not Belong petition: https://www.change.org:443/petitions/a-garbage-dump-does-not-belong-in-a-residential-neighborhood 

2.  Forward an email to Council President Quinn and Council Member Recchia ( chair of the Council’s Finance Committee).  Following are addresses and suggested copy which you may, of course, edit in any way you wish: 

 
Re:  Opposition to the 91st Street Marine Transfer Station
 
Dear Council President Quinn and Council Member Recchia: 
 
The proposed siting of a Marine Transfer Station in a densely populated residential neighborhood in which numerous schools are also located; which would be within 2 blocks of NYCHA housing which endured a previous incarnation of the MTS for many decades; the egress to which would cut through the heart of Asphalt Green, a facility serving upwards of 45,000 residents of all races and economic levels; and in an area which already suffers from the worst air quality in the City is truly outrageous and unconscionable.
 
As you must know, there are several, much more suitable and ecologically sound locations for such a facility in Manhattan.
 
In these hard times, when teachers, senior citizen centers, fire stations and food programs are on the block, the allocation of $125 million to a 19th Century waste management methodology is positively appalling.
 
We expect you, our elected officials, to respect the tens of thousands whose health and welfare is at risk and to avert this needless disaster. 
 
Sincerely,
 
3.  For purposes of gathering still more more support, please get the attached flyer (directing folks to the petition site) up  in your building or placed at the doorman’s desk

4.  And please forward this newsletter to any friends, neighbors or other interested parties.

Let’s bury these forces of darkness in signatures!

And just in case we need more incentive to bar hundreds of idling garbage trucks from our streets, 3 days this week were subject to air quality – as in bad air quality – alerts!

For sure, we now need  a change of pace…  As in this, the best garage roof ever

Oh, and now that they’ve completed the renovation of the plaza on the NW corner of 92nd and First, the 93rd Street Block and Neighborhood Association has pair of lovely weathered teak benches and 2 Central Park lumianaries they’d like to move on to a new home (that submits a respectable offer to http://www.east93blockassoc.org):

 

On to the coming week:

Friday, June 10th:  The Last Mountain

Landmark Sunshine Cinema, 143 East Houston Street 

The people of West Virginia’s Coal River Valley – descendants of generations of miners – take a stand against rapacious Big Coal’s move to blow  a treasured mountain.  (A documentary, natch.) For show times.  

(Coal companies are so bold, you can see the moonscape they’re making of West Virginia from the I-77.)

Saturday, June 4th:  82nd Greenmarket

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

At their tables will be American Seafood, Calkins Creamery, Bread Alone, Gayeski, Samascot, Baghoo, Rabbits’ Run, Rising Sun Beef, Ballard Honey and the K5 Flower Farm.

AND,  I’m pretty sure next week, a new dairy will be joining us…  With milk, yogurt and ICE CREAM among their offerings!!!

As ever, we’ll be taking #5 plastic (well-washed, folks…  Your neighbors are handling these items), 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:  30 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 35 pounds batteries. 

YTD (from 3/26):   177 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 564 lbs batteries.

(This is so impressive!)

Saturday, June 11th:   Taste of Latin Caribbean – Bronx Urban Farms Tour

Meet at the New York Visitors and Convention Bureau,
810 Seventh Avenue at 52nd Street, 9:30am (return at 3),  $30

All aboard for a narrated group tour of some of the borough’s most amazing working farms, where community farmers tend to their plots of land, micro-entrepreneurs harvest honey, and chickens roam freely.  For reservations and more:   718-817-8026 or bronxfoodsummit@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 11th & Sunday, June 12th:  Big Apple Barbeque Block Party

Madison Square Park, Madison Avenue  between 23rd & 26th, 11am – 6pm

Mow down Western Tennessee-style whole hog, Texas salt and pepper beef ribs and other ’cue creations from sixteen of the nation’s top pit masters.  $8 per plate.  For more.

Tuesday, June 14th:  The 33rd Annual Museum Mile Festival

Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th Street, 6 -9pm

No ribs but a legitimate claim to be New York’s biggest block party, this wonderful evening offers 23 car-free blocks of entertainment and free entry to many of our City’s greatest museums.  For more.

Tuesday, June 14th:  An East River View

Departs Skyport Marina, 23rd  & FDR Drive, 5:30pm

Join Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District aboard the gorgeous, vintage Lexington for an Upper East Side tour from the vantage of the East River and with the insight of architectural historian and guide great Francis Morrone.  Plus cocktails,  hors d’oervres and a buffet dinner.  $150 members;  $175 non-members.  For reservations and more.

Coming up:

Saturday, June 18th: Architecture and History of the Bohemian National Hall

Czech Center New York, 321 East 73rd, 3pm

Explore this marvelous, largely undiscovered gem of a building, its fabulous renovation and the exceptionallly tasteful repurposing of its interior.  Free but RSVP required: info@czechcenter.com
 

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. 

… Composting…

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!

We thank Council Member Dan Garodnick for the generous grant that’s making this event possible. 

Out there:

Sunday, July 10th:  Tour de Queens

Meet at Flushing Meadow, Coronna, 8 am.

Now in its 4th year, 2,000 riders of all ages will cycle a 20-mile route from  Coronna to Jackson Heights at a leisurely pace.  To register and more

Yes, we know…  We could do with some miscellany, too:

So let’s get these two tidbits out of the way…

For a list of  UES restaurants that’ve earned Department of Health violations

And hard on the heels of yet another station departing the PBS system (in January,  L.A.’s KCET which was unable to pay annual $7 million dues and now, this month, the outlet in  Orlando, Florida and the entire New Jersey Public TV system),  it’s looking like Public TV’s going to be inserting 2 minutes of commercials every 15 minutes during their programming.  What can one say.

Except…

Who would think that on the very same page as the debut article on the Weiner debacle would be the lovely tale of two fellows who spent 2 1/2 years mapping 19,993 of trees that grace Central Park.  (Only 2 1/2 years?!)  A wonderful project and read.  

So did you know there’s a City Chicken Project?

We love gadgets just as much as the next person, but here’s our nominee for the most ridiculous of this or any year…  

Let’s do some animals:

As in the 8 bravest dogs in history

We’ve now got 9 baby falcons in nests on our City’s bridges…

And how quickly they grow up

Get those petitions signed, letters written and posters up!

Our best,

UGS

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