Greetings, Upper East Siders,

HUGE week coming up!

Beginning with Stop the Dump – Rally #2, at 6pm this coming Tuesday, June 28th at Isaacs/Holmes with Council Member Garodnick as our keynote speaker.  

TOTALLY IMPORTANT to turn out because, just hours later, on Wednesday, the City Council will be casting their votes on the budget which includes that $125 million to re-establish this facility in this utterly inappropropriate location.

FYI and to note one of the many ironies accruing to this proposal is that UES garbage presently goes directly to Jersey City or Newark for processing…  Not to some other NYC borough. 

So much for this contorted interpretation of environmental justice.

It really matters, folks!    Be there  on Tuesday!

And there’s yet another opportunity (but of the easy chair kind) to raise you voice...

This time about the great new vision/design to – as much as it’s possible – camouflage the amazing conglomeration of heavy construction equipment now strewn along Second Avenue.    Check out the presentation made to the Community Board 8’s Second Avenue Subway Task Force last night (it’s attached to the email you just linked from) and vote at CB8’s site:

In the meantime, we can all rejoice that, as of today, New York State has an official vegetable…  Sweet corn…  Which beat out the onion in a hotly contested race. 

And now for the next seven days:

Saturday, June 25th:  82nd Greenmarket

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

On hand will be American Seafood, Calkins Creamery, Bread Alone, Gayeski, Samascot, Baghoo, Rabbits’ Run, Rising Sun Beef, Ballard Honey, the K5 Flower Farm AND  Ant Hill Farm.

In preparation for some heavy produce shopping, take a look at Ant Hill’s charming new site.  (Note the kale!)

(Have you ever wrapped your mouth around American Seafood’s scallops?!)

PLUS!    Returning to the kale theme,  UES nutritional health counselor Shelly Zagor will be whipping up her signature, delicious kale smoothies and available for consultations from 10am – 2pm.

PLUS!    Jennifer Paul and her beautiful voice will be providing our live music.    

PLUS!    Master knife sharpener Barbara Hess returns.  Likely we won’t see her for another 2-3 weeks, so bring on those dull knives!

You bet, we’ll be collecting #5 plastic (Wash it totally clean, folks!), 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:  22 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 36 pounds batteries. 

YTD (from 3/26):   219 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 639 lbs batteries!!

Saturday and Sunday, June 25th and 26th:  6th Bi-Annual Jazz Age Summer Lawn Party

Governors Island,  11am – 5pm

Party like it’s 1929 at this daytime fete, where attendees wear period attire, Lindy Hop to live jazz, sip St-Germain cocktails, and play tug-of-war.  $7 (children free).  For more.

Saturday, June 25th:  Solar One 2nd Annual Family Day – Pollinators and Food

 Solar One, 23rd Street and the East River, 10am – 2pm

Expect a visit from some NYC Beekeepers who’ll be bringing their Observation Hive (don’t worry- you won’t get stung!) and some extra special activities to help us all understand the lives of these busy little pollinators and the amazing work they do.   The folks of Solar One will also be making electricity-free ice cream using fruits and plants from Stuyvesant Cove Park!  Your family will be creating bee masks, costumes and puppets!  Free.  RSVP to or daisy@solar1.orgFor more.

Sunday, June 26th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am – 4pm

At the very least, we all owe a collective tip of the to area Market Manager Margaret Hoffman for the magic she’s worked at 92nd Street…  What a line up of vendors and edibles!   

Nature’s Way’s fantastic honey is just the beginning…  They’ve got creamed honey, bee pollen, candles, soaps, hand and body creams, too…  Beyond their pretty vast array of vegs, our friends at Stannart’s have eggs, bacon and beef, along with herb and flowering plants.  Newcomer Phillips Farm’s needs that extra long table given their blueberries, cherries and raspberries, their ton of vegs that include hot house tomatoes, bok choy and collard greens and some great jams and jellies…  And then there’s the  wonderful Gonzalez Farm with their great assortment of lettuces, their melt-in-your-mouth tiny baby carrots and beets, spinach, radishes and more…  Not to mention, Meredith’s Bakery (her oatmeal cookies are addictive)… 

(Located pretty far north in NYState, Norwich Farms will be returning when things get farther along up their way.) 

Sunday, June 26th:  Holmes Towers Flea Market 

Plaza, 1780 First Avenue, between 92nd and 93rd Streets

Drop off you electronics and old clothes, get your paper shredded, do your grocery shopping, then – American that you are – head for the flea market tables – heaped with all kinds of good stuff and where the Holmes Residents Association is already raising money for next fall and winter’s children’s programs!


First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Streets (west side of First), 10am – 4pm

Electronics…  Paper shredding…  Clothes collection and the recycleables we collect every week…  We waiting with open arms! 


“Clothing” is defined as wearing apparel, hats, belts, shoes, fabric – whether wearable or a bundled of rags.

On the paper shredding front, try to 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.)

Remember:  No appliances!

And, as we do every week, we’ll be takingl be collecting #5 plastic (Wash it totally clean, folks!), corks, cellphones, printer cartridges (if you can’t get to Staples), household batteries, tech cords, Britta filters, DVD/CDs  and jewel cases, too.

Last week’s totals:  12 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 5 pounds batteries. 

Thank you, Council Member  Garodnick,  for making yet another Recycle-O-Rama possible. 


Isaacs/Holmes Plaza (enter at First and 93rd and follow the arrows), 6pm

And they think UESiders turn out for a rally and then throw in the towel…  HA!

We’ll have the last laugh! 

Tuesday, June 28th through Summer Months:  Carl Schurz Park Summer Festival Schedule Begins

One of the loveliest spots to hear music or watch a great film (they’re showing “Harold and Maude” this year!)  For the schedule.

And now…  Ye Olde Miscellany:

And it doesn’t get much more miscellaneous than the possible ingredients composing your shower curtain:  polyvinyl chloride, or PVCs which include 100 volatile organic compounds (VOCs which pollute the air in your home by off-gassing and releasing toxic phthalates and organotins).  Yikes!

Always something new to learn about this place we live…  Case and point, The Times’ piece concerning the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and the woman who once owned it…  An early light of the American crafts movement.

Meanwhile, our Parks Department has just fielded a survey querying New Yorkers’ feelings about city beaches.  Tell them

Meanwhile the Straphangers Campaign wants your vote for the best and worst transit scenes as portrayed in their 2011 Photo Contest. 

Holy crow, everybody wants to know your opinion!  This time the Urban Green Building Council surveying us re sustainable housing.

So happy to note that among the many specialized NYC high schools is the High School for Public Service which, among its many activites, includes a Youth Farm.  Read all about it!

Less impressive than one would expect, but herewith NY Mag‘s list of volumes in Elaine’s library.

Miscellany which, this week, includes some programming/media notes:

#1 – Discovery is betting that inquiring minds what to explore deeper issues on their new website,,  companion to their new TV series that aggregates wisdom from some of most gifted people in their professions. Contributors include Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist Vinton Cerf and  Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel (who discusses human rights, forgiveness and the power of the media).

#2Cnet’s got a new website, too…  This one being a wild , crazy and – most of all – easily understandable compendium of  do-it-yourself tech/web instruction/advice.  Really.  You can do this stuff.    

#3 – Even NYC is well on the bandwagon and is now offering six aps… ! Among them a 311 ap and they’re hoping the public will develop many more utilizing the treasure trove of city data…   To read more.

#4 – The L.A. school system’s put Jamie Oliver through the tortures of hell, sufficiently so that after just one outing of his “Food Revolution”  show, it totally disappeared from ABC for several weeks.  Now he’s back on Friday at 9.  To view the introductory episode.

Ready for some animals?

Oh, why not?  I’ve heard beekeepers chat about it, but now there seems to be some scientific proof…  Yes, bees appear to have an emotional life.

Baby armadillo, anyone?

As per New York Magazine, a muskrat was seen swimming in the Gowanus Canal on or about May 30th!  

And the winner this week is: “While You Were Sleeping:  Feline Edition“!

See you at the rally!

Our best,


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