Greetings to you, UGSiders,

And happy National Hot Dog Month!

Always great when we can begin with some good news…  That being the new children’s roof garden just installed by the residents of 340 East 93rd…  Beautiful, educational, cooling of the building and cleansing of our city air.   As the photos below illustrate, this is a choice idea for any building with young ones living under what could be a green roof of their own making:

And how about this…  The beautiful pavillion designed for the pool at Highbridge Park by the Design Workshop, a group of graduate students from Parsons, and funded by 232 donations made via Kickstart will be built by volunteers on July 26th and in time for the pool to be open for its afternoon swim session at 4pm that day!  Extreme kudos to everyone involved! 

The good news doesn’t stop there…  New York City Economic Development Council announced that work could proceed on the Con Ed-financed $13 million  rehab of the 34,000 square foot East River Waterside Pier between 38th and 41st Street.

(On the downside, our neighbors to the south will be getting a great new multi-community use pier while we get…  You guessed it…  A 77,000-plus square foot garbage transfer station.)

Meanwhile, it’s nice to be able to announce that the insane effort to repeal light bulb energy efficiency totally failed

AND, at long, long last, seems like the cleanup of the infamously polluted Newtown Creek is about to begin!  

Now for the coming week:

Saturday, July 23rd:  82nd Street Greenmarket

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

With us will be American Seafood, Calkins Creamery, Bread Alone, Samascot, Baghoo, Rabbits’ Run, Rising Sun Beef, Ballard Honey, Ant Hill Farm and Duncan Dairy Farm.

Yes, Cherry Lane is back!

As will be master knife sharener Barbara Hess!

Dont worry, K5 will return in a few weeks’ time, when their next crop of flowers matures.

Oh, and the Opera Collective will be making this Saturday’s music.

Last week’s totals:  19 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 22 pounds batteries. 

YTD (from 3/26):   305 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 770 lbs batteries.  (Wow!)

Saturday, July 23rd: Go Fly a Kite / Serious Eats All-Star Sandwich Fesitval 

Governors Island

Loft one of the free kites – courtesy of the Governors Island Alliance – into the air at 11 am, then settle down to the serious business of sampling some of New York’s greatest sandwiches, some of which will be inducted into the Sandwich Hall of Fame, from 12 – 4pm.  For more on free kite flying.   And information and tickets for the Sandwich Festival.

Sunday, July 24th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am–4pm

At their tables will be Nature’s Way Honey, the Stannart, Gonzalez and Phillips Farms, Meredith’s Bakery, American Seafood…  and the great Norwich Farms!

PLUS…  Do stop by the Stellar table where 3 great young people are whipping up really great treats from our market’s produce and – same as at the market manager’s table – many a fabulous recipe! 

Last week’s totals:  2 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges and corks; 25 pounds batteries . 

YTD (from 6/19):   40 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 140 lbs batteries.  (Yes!)

Tuesday, July 26th:  Waterside Pier Design Forum

NYU Langone Medical Center , 550 FIrst Avenue, 9:30am – 4pm

Further on the rehabilitation of the Waterside Pier, the Municipal Art Society and Community Board 6 will be holding a forum at July 26 to solicit design suggestions.

Wednesday,July 27th – Friday, August 5th:  Chefs & Experts in Person at “El Bulli – Cooking in Progress” Screenings

Film Forum, 209 West Hudson, various days and times

Not only do you get a film detailing the how and why of the world’s best restaurant but observations on it by such culinary luminaries as George Mendes (he worked at Bel Bulli) to Colman Andrews (co-founder of Saveur).  For the schedule and personalities.

Way out there:

Sunday, September, 18th:  NYC Century Bike Tour

Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan

Choose Your Route. Ride at Your Own Pace.  Ride all 4 boroughs or just one.  Choose between 15-, 35-, 55-, 75- and 100-mile route options, with fully stocked rest stops and safety marshals throughout the course.  Convenient starting locations in Manhattan’s Central Park and Brooklyn’s Prospect Park make it easier to finish. Beofre July 23rd:  $40 members, $55 non-members.  After July 24th:  $45 members, $60 non-members.  For more and to register.

As to this week’s miscellany:

Not our usual content or tone, but this beautiful and sad portrait of upstate renaissance, unlikely friendship and tragedy just has to be read. 


Further on rooftop gardening…  This time hydroponic tower- style,  we doff our collective hats to restaurant Bell, Book and Candle which – atop its West 10th Street roof – grows an astonishing array of fresh produce which then moves directly to the eatery’s kitchen and tables.

On to green walls…  These on a lucky and beautiful San Francisco residence.

Then there’re the world’s 10 oldest trees

And they’ll grow older still if  the new DuPont herbicide Imprelis is kept away from them. 

Scroll down the great Landmark West blog for great map of Central Park playgrounds!

Further on graphics…  Well, actually we’re talking an info graphic on America’s home gardeners!

All hail that home gardener favorite, the fabulous cucumber and its many uses…  Including a wealth of healing and beauty concoctions

How about a course to help your super and/or building staff go green?

Love that Air FranceKLM will be using cooking oil to power its planes!

You can get your information level on fracking current and up to speed with this article from The Times.

So, why then has our governor inflicted deeper cuts on the DEC –  which, of course,  will be tasked with monitoring all the fracking Cuomo would like to turn lose – than on any other state agency or commission?

And why does one find the titles of books on offer from the esteemed Trout Unlimited group so hysterical?  Well…  Try The Art of the Creel  or, say, Trout and Their Food on for size… 

Familiar with the Inside the Apple site?  If not, check out this fine little history of our Municipal Building.

Okay, it’s taking reuse to a pretty silly extreme but there actually are things to be done with those little silica packets that come with your new shoes…

Getting close to some animal stuff now…  But first let’s  debunk of The Camel’s Hump Is Filled With Water Myth and why it isn’t true:  Few animals can last a week without water, but a camel can survive as long as two weeks. One reason is that a camel can get extra moisture it needs from fat—which is stored in its hump. And “the hump is composed of up to 80 pounds of fat,” says Jack Hanna of the Columbus Zoo in Ohio.

Impossible to categorize this total ridiculousness…  Let’s just say that anyone purchasing a 20-foot long anamatronic triceratops  has too much money for their own good!  (Please note that Hammacher Schlemmer includes a “continue shopping” link once this trinket is placed in your cart!)

We end the week with a new critter and trifecta of cuteness:

BABY SLOTHS…  Funny baby sloth…   Adorable baby sloth (note the tiny squeek)…  And classical baby sloths (including baby sloth bath)!

Greenly yours,


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