Bon soir, Upper Green Siders,

Happy what’s left of Bastille Day!

How about some good news?

The first bit being that DOT is reviewing their bike lane plan for that troublesome First Avenue and 48th and 49th Street stretch.

Number 2…  That the UES may soon be home to its 127th individually landmarked structure…   The Barbizon Hotel.  And you can, if you wish, offer your support.

Third…  Master knife sharpener Barbara Hess will be with us again this Saturday at the 82nd Street Greenmarket so bring on those dull blades!

And now for the coming week:

Friday, July 15th:  NY Skies Astronomy Bi-Monthly Seminar 

McBurney House,  125 West 14th Street (Sixth and Seventh), 6:30-9pm

Stars come in a zillion sizes, temperatures, masses and physical behavior.  So did it become possible to organize them into groups convenient for study?  The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram ( or HRD), that’s how…  The genius solution of a home astronomer!    Learn all about it and how you can use it yourself.   Free.  

Saturday, July 16th:  82nd Street 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, Samascot, Baghoo, Rabbits’ Run, Rising Sun Beef, Ballard Honey, K5 Flower Farm, Ant Hill Farm and Duncan Dairy Farm.

Could be that Cherry Lane returns this week…

Meanwhile, have you tried Duncan Dairy’s tremendous chocolate milk?

Or Ant Hill’s weirdly-named  but great, leafy green, the “lamb quarter”?   Well, reputedly it’s the most densely nutrient-rich plant on planet earth! 

Last week’s totals:  25 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 36 pounds batteries. 

YTD (from 3/26):   286 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 748 lbs batteries.  (Really!)

Saturday, July 16th:  City of Water Day Festival

Throughout the city.

A ton of great things to do on our very own fabulous waterfront!  Our recommendation for those who haven’t been?  Get yourself out to Governor’s Island!   For the full schedule of activities.

Saturday, July 16th:  Seize the Day Electronic Recycling

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

Could be the summer’s last chance to rid yourself of old tech.  For details and a list of what Tekserve’s accepting

Sunday, July 17th:  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…  AND Norwich Farms has returned!

PLUS…  New this year…  Check out the wonderful folks from the education wing of the Health Department.  They’ll be  with us the rest of the summer and cooking up great recipes using our market produce!  

Last week’s totals:  8 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges and corks; 11 pounds batteries . 

YTD (from 6/19):   38 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 115 lbs batteries.

Monday, July 18th:  JazzMobile at Solar One

Stuyvesant Cove Park , 23rd Street at the East River, 6:30pm 

The Stuyvesant Cove Park Association brings back the artists of Jazzmobile –  one of the city’s oldest and most venerable jazz organizations – this year featuring vocalist Cynthia Holiday, accompanied by piano, bass and drums. Free and open to the public, suitable for all ages!  Free.  For more and directions.

Tuesday, July 19th:  Colonial Revival – Then and Now Lecture

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street,  6:30pm

Architects Gil Schafer and Peter Pennoyer expound on great examples of the Colonial Revival style found in NYC (think the Knickerbocker Club, for one), its continuing influence and the design lessons to be gleaned.  Members $6; Non-members $12; Seniors and students $8.  Reservations required.

Wednesday, July 20th:  Fairway Market Opening

240 East 86th Street (Second and Third)

As Union Square’s proved, there’s always room for new, great places to buy wonderful food .  We’re talking synergy and no more trekking across town.  Welcome, Fairway!  

Wednesday, July 20th:  Word for Word Civil War Lecture

Bryant Park Reading Room, 42nd Street side of Bryant Park (Fifth and Sixth),  7 pm

Not the best title for a great series of talks commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War…  This one by Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson who’ll discuss his book, “Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief”, a riveting account of how Lincoln invented the role of commander-in-chief as we know it.   Free.  For more.

Coming up:

Wednesday, July 27th:    Green Screen Film Series – “Urban Roots”

The Horticultural Society of New York, 148 West 37th Street, 13th Floor , 6:30pm

Detroit’s America’s best known urban wreck…   But now, against all odds in the empty lots, in the old factory yards, and abadnoned housing, a group of dedicated citizens, allied with environmental and academic groups, have launched an  environmental movement with the potential to transform not just a city after its collapse, but also post-industial America…  Urban farming.  Free.  RSVP at .  For more.

And way out there:

Thursday, August 18th-Saturday, August 21st:  32nd Annual Community Gardening Association National Conference

Lerner Hall, Columbia University, 2920 Broadway

Connect with other community garden and open space advocates to share information, wisdom and fun through workshops, seminars, tours and informal discussions.  $300.   For more. the schedule and times.

How ’bout some miscellany:

Given all the rebates and tax advantages, what’s up with NYC residents being so lethargic about getting our solar act together?  Read all about it and be sure to check the map for your building’s solar potential.  

Last week it was the permiculture building methodology, this week it’s a very attractive $28,000 “tiny house”. 

Courtesy of Carol Rinzler, we give you 3-Way Street…  A student project that may…  Well, let’s just say you’ve never seen 28th Street and Madison Ave in quite this way... 

And thanks to Kateri Dupuy, here’s the Vegetable Orchestra!

On the fruit end of the edible spectrum, The Times advises us that wild blackberries are now in season.

Reason #1,308,419 to shop Greenmarkets?   How about American food manufacturers adding wood to their products?  You heard it right.   Wood.

Been wondering  just what probiotics are and how they work?  Here’s the lowdown from Consumer Reports.

We’ve noted the city’s soliciting us citizens for New York-centric aps…  Well, here’s a great one:  WhatWasThere which, as the name indicates, lets us see what was once – and might even still be in  an altered form – at locations citywide.  You can even submit your own historic photos and info. 

We’ll close with this lovely UES/animal-inspired tidbit from The Times’ Metropolitan Diary:

Dear Diary:

A preoccupied walk in May in the East 60s in Manhattan; stressful times looking for some relief. I turn the corner of East 65th and Second Avenue and come face to face with a vulturing crowd filled with cameramen, television trucks and reporters with microphones.

There is a rumor that Dominique Strauss-Kahn may be staying in a suite at the Bristol Plaza once he is released on bail from Rikers. They are anticipating an arrival that will never come, yet the feeding frenzy is obvious.

I continue down the block, where suddenly a cab stops in the middle of the street, causing an immediate backup.

The cabby bends down in front of his cab and gently picks up a newborn bird that has fallen from its nest. He returns the bird to the nest, on a ledge above the sidewalk, and jumps back into the cab as if this were a normal occurrence.

No car horns beeped or voices yelled, but everyone seemed to look on with appreciation. Maybe there was still hope for the rest of the day.  Mike Sampson

We dream of green,


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