Greetings, UESiders,

Another week…  Another rousing rally with stirring words from Council Members Garodnick and Lappin, community leader Jennifer Ratner and Isaacs Residents Association President Rose Bergin… 

Really, we have some great speakers among us!

And, for once, there was some fairly decent coverage by local TV.

So, then,yes, the very next day, our City Council approved a budget which included the MTS/dump…  BUT that is hardly the end.

Stay tuned.

And now for much needed lighter fare…  Well, almost but not quite…

You do know that Governor Cuomo – with the notable exception of NYC and Syracuse watersheds –  seems to be leaning towards okaying fracking in our state?   If you  believe that all of New York waters should be protected, you can say so here.  

Alright, enough with the issues.

We know her as our master knife sharpener, but that is but one  Barbara Hess’s personnae.  When she’s wearing her animal advocacy hat…  Make that turban…  She’s Madrette, reader of pet paws.    Check it out!   (And consider adding a “like” to her canine lullaby.) 

On to the coming week:

Friday, July 1st:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 W 14 St (between Sixth and Seventh), 6:30 – 9pm

Driven by recent news of the discovery of two new chemical elements,  NYSkies welcomes elements #114 and #116 to the  Periodic Table and details just how nuclear reactions contributed to their formation.  Free.

(What’s going on with #115?)

Friday, July 1st – Monday, July 4th:  Dance.Here.Now.Festival  

Governor’s Island

And I quote, “The Dance.Here.Now. Festival takes over Governor’s Island for an unforgettable four days and nights of epic parties with the world’s top DJs, with a sonic and visual onslaught by festival specialists AG Light & Sound.”  For more.

Saturday, July 2nd:  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.

(No end to what can be done with all the fabulous lettuce that’s beginning to find its way on market tables…  Witness Mark Bittman’s piece in last Sunday’s Times Magazine.)

(Rising Sun’s ground beef makes the best burgers ever!)

Last week’s totals:  22 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 38 pounds batteries. 

YTD (from 3/26):   241 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 677 lbs batteries.  (Unreal!)

Sunday, July 3rd:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Nature’s Way Honey, Stannart, Gonzalez and Phillips Farms, Meredith’s Bakery, American Seafood…  What a line-up!  And Norwich Farms will be back with us soon.

And now for the insanely great results of last week’s Recycle-O-Rama…  Results that totally throw down the gauntlet for all future events…

41 Bags of Clothes Collected…  8,000 Pounds of Paper Shredded…  7,000 Pounds of Electronics Recycled!!


25 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges and corks; 95 pounds batteries and 31 pairs of glasses. 


Wednesday, July 6th:  “The End of Suburbia”

Orchard House Cafe, 1064 1st Avenue at E 58 Street, 7pm

As global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply, how will American life adapt and change?  Scientists and policy makers visions clash in this nicely reviewed documentary.   Discussion follows.  Free.

Thursday, July 7th:  No National Dish – The History of American Food Writing

Stephen A. Schwartzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, 1:15pm

How could one not want hear what Megan Elias –  author of Stir it Up: Home Economics in American Culture and the forthcoming Barbecue: A Global History – has to say about what our nation’s put on its plates over two centuries.  Free.  First come, first seated.

Looking forward:

Tuesday, July 12th:  “Revenge of the Electric Car”

Central Park Band Shell,  south of Bethesda Fountain at 71st Street, 8:30 – 10pm

They sold us out on the MTS, but it’s nice that the Sierra Club’s co-sponsoring a free screening of this well-received documentary, as well as an electric vehicle display.  The director, Chris Paine, will introduce the film.

Sunday, July 10th:  Brooklyn Navy Yard Bicycle Tour

Brooklyn Navy Yard (duh!), 10:30 am

Opened in 1801, this installation – the longest continually operating military base in the US until it was shuttered in 1966 –  reached its heyday in WWII with 70,000 people working on site round the clock.     Explore with with partners NYC H20 and Urban Oyster and visit historic sections not open to the public, like the landmarked Naval Hospital built in 1838.  Tickets $24.  Reservations required.

Additional dates in August, September and October.   There’ll be a bus tour coming in August.

Wednesdays, July 13th through August 31st:  “Songs and Stories”

St. Catherine’s Park, First Avenue and 67th Street, 10:30 – 11am

Hosted by the 67th Street Library, children aged six and under are invited to relax on mats provided by the library while Peggy, the Senior Children’s librarian, reads to the audience.  Will be cancelled in the event of rain.  For more, please call the 67th Street Library at 212-734-1717 or visit.

Saturday, July 16th:  City of Water Day Festival

Throughout the city.

Celebrate our glorious waterfront with free boat tours, kayaking, rowing,  fishing, biking plus arts & crafts anda ton of great food!   For the full schedule of activities.

As for this week’s miscellany:

Wondering why your Con Ed bill seemed to spike not long after you got that new HD cable box?  Wonder no more.

But it’s possible to maybe get a fraction of it back by reducing the brightness on your high-definition TV. Many are shipped from the factory set at a “retail mode” of screen brightness that displays optimum picture clarity in a showroom. Go to your TV’s setup menu and look for “home mode” or some other way to dial down the brightness. This reduces electricity consumption and could possibly save you $50 a year.

Some Oregonians have come up with a lovely and effective way of stocking their food banks with fresh produce (53,000 pounds of it last year) which they call the Salem Harvest.

For those who haven’t yet become acquainted with “The Conservationist”, the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Magazine, check out 3 recent articles on the Upper Hudson River Highlands and our friends the horseshoe crab and the dragonfly

Of course, they have yet to let Assembly Member Kellner’s Bill A919 come to vote (no MTS within 800 feet of public housing) but, so far, the state legislature’s environmental mark has improved from last year’s pitiful C to a B.

There’s Hell’s Kitchen, of course, but there’re plenty more NYC place names that include h-e-l-l.  

In the market for some vintage theater seats?  Build It Green’s got them!

No surprise, our city’s parks are prodigious users of artificial turf and, happily, New Yorkers for Parks’ recent report card on the plastic green is far from all doom and gloom.

Here’s something to put on our UES wish list…  A rain garden.  (They’ve got one only 30 or so blocks away at Columbia!)

No critters this week, but we leave you with a recent heartening development in the nation’s capital:  As a result of a 5-cent charge per bag, in one month alone (January, 2010), plastic bag distribution in Washington, D.C. dropped from an average of 22.5 million bags a month to 3 million.  The $150,000 derived from the plastic bag charge was used to fund the clean up of the Anacostia River!

Here’s to a happy and green July 4th,


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