Happy National Strawberry Sundae Day, UESiders,

(Believe it!)

Not only that but on this day in 1885,  Louis Pasteur successfully tested his anti-rabies vaccine. The child used in the test later became the director of the Pasteur Institute.

But let’s get serious for a moment with a  Marine Transfer Station-related note…  That being a misconception by some in our community that the Schurz Park Conservancy and its director David Williams are in favor of the MTS.  Not true and it never has been.  

Always good when neighborhood groups communicate and, this week, we heard from the folks of the Turtle Bay Association (located in Community Board 6).  On their minds:  the DOT’s design for extending the First and Second Avenue bike lanes – sometimes dedicated, sometimes shared with with cars –  northwards from 34th to 57th Street  and the safety of cyclists and pedestrians at a number of choke points along the route, particularly at First and 48th and 49th Streets.   Just introducing this subject with more to come when we’ve achieved a better understanding ourselves.  In the meantime, do check out DOT’s plan which is attached to the email.  After all, our turf will be next and we’ll be just as insistent on a solid design and  safety!

And now for the week ahead:

Saturday, July 9th:  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, K5 Flower Farm , Ant Hill Farm AND a most welcome newcomer, Duncan Dairy Farm.

Yes, K5 took last week off.  They’ll be back this Saturday. 

And as if we needed another reason to thank our lucky stars  for American Seafood…  Check this out.

Last week’s totals:  20 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 35 pounds batteries. 

YTD (from 3/26):   261 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 712 lbs batteries.  (Incredible!)

Sunday, July 1oth:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

With us will be Nature’s Way Honey, the Stannart, Gonzalez and Phillips Farms, Meredith’s Bakery, American Seafood…  We’re talking end-to-end fabulous foodstuffs!  And Norwich Farms will be back on hand shortly.

Last week’s totals:  5 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges and corks; 9 pounds batteries . 

YTD (from 6/19):   30 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 104 lbs batteries.

Monday, July 11th – Sunday, July 24th:  Restaurant Week

All over town and really more like nearly 2 weeks!

Three 3-course, prix fix packages of deliciousness served up  at 300 of the city’s best eateries.  $24.07 for lunch.  $35.00 for dinner.   For participating restaurants and more.

Friday, July 15th:  Sing To Me O Muse Greek Poetry Festival

Federation of Hellenic Societies, Stathakion Center, 22-51 29th Street, Astoria (N, Q to Astoria-Ditmars Blvd), 8 – 10pm 

New York’s Greek Community will be honoring its poetic heritage and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Greece’s Nobel Laureate Odysseas Elytis with a visit by the POEMobile, the “traveling cinema of words”.    Think projections of poems on Hell’s Gate Bridge, poems read by emerging poets and great music.  Free but a RSVP required.  Call 212-529-1955, x 308 or email cfletcher@citylore.org.

Saturday, July 16th:  City of Water Day Festival

Throughout the city.

One of the summer’s most fun events and what site could be better than any place on our glorious waterfront.  Free boat tours, kayaking, rowing,  fishing, biking,  arts & crafts and more, plus a ton of great food!   For the full schedule of activities.

Saturday, July 16th:  Seize the Day Electronic Recycling

Tekserve, 119 East 23rd (between Sixth and Seventh). 10am – 4pm

Before you head off for City of Water festivities, get rid of that last bit of old tech you couldn’t cram into the cart and bring to 92nd Street two Sundays ago…  You might even win a prize.  For details and a list of what Tekserve’s accepting

Oh, let’s get down on some miscellany:

Actually,  the city’s various ferries make for a kind of endless City of Water Festival…   For NYMagazine’s guide to what they are and where they go…

NYMag’s  put together a guide to sumer fun for children, too.

And leaving no stone unturned, how about their take on NYC’s best ice cream.

But leave it to the NRDC (National Resource Defense Council) to rate America’s best and worst beaches.

And Care2 to let us know the worst of the worst-of-the-worst-for-you amusement park food

Got some time on your hands?  Why not build your own permaculture home from clay, sand and straw?  There’s a dedicated permaculture group and even books on subject!  For more.

Who knew that each of our city firehouses – and the great men who staff them – had their own slogans and patches?

Another lovely but uncategorizable story  from  The Times concerns a change purse and some determined sleuthing. 

And now for the most unlikely job opportunity ever…  To wit:   The History Channel and the producers of Top Shot and The Ultimate Fighter seek tough and brave people for its new competition series, “Full Metal Jousting”.  If you are a skilled horseback rider and possess the bravery of a warrior, the show is looking for you.  The show will teach you how to joust and the best jouster has the chance to win $100,000.  To apply, send an email by the July 20, 2011 deadline to: FullMetalJousting@gmail.com and include your name, phone number, a recent photo and a brief description of why you think you can be History’s Full-Metal Jouster.  (Good luck!)

Ready for some animals?

For you wildlife photographers – and we know you’re out there – you still have a few days to get your entries in to Wildlife Federation’s annual contest.

Baby badgers, anyone?  Baby English badgers?

The loudest animal for its size?  You’ll never guess…!

Doesn’t get any more touching or inspirational than a paralyzed kitty learning how to walk via swimming…  Be prepared to shed a tear…

It is so good to be green,

UGS

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