Greetings, UESiders!

As you may recall, we have till August 24th to submit our letters detailing what we see as the environmental consequences of building that garbage transfer station to the Army Corps of Engineers.

To further underscore local opposition and insistence that the Corps conduct a new, thorough and fair evaluation of the impact of this proposed facility on the river and all that lives in it, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s organizing a rally this coming Saturday, August 20th on the NW corner of 92nd and York at 10:30am.  Flyers attached to the email.  And need we say, be there!

IN THE MEANTIME:

Those (few) of you who haven’t yet taken pen in hand, PLEASE, do so!

Once again, attached to the email, you’ll find a sample letter from which to abstract or take as it is.

OR

Write your own letter, drawing from the sources noted in our August 5th newsletter (just scroll down to it) and/or Congresswoman Maloney’s talking points also attached to the email.   

THEN

Mail your letter to:

Ms. Naomi Handell, Department of the Army Corps of Engineers, New York District,  26 Federal Plaza, Room 1937,  New York, New York 10278

OR…

There’ll be letters to sign at the Saturday rally!

SO…

Why will you not be able to sign letters at the UGS table at 82nd or 92nd Street this week?

Because yours truly will be relaxing at various sites along the scenic Maine Coast till September 3rd!

BUT…

Fear not!

Coming up the next 2 weeks:

Right now:  9/11 Daffodil Bulb Request!

On Your Computer

You have till August 25th to apply!

Saturday, August 20th:  East River Garbage Station Protest

NW corner of 92nd and York, 10:30am

Any and all signs you’d like to make will be welcome!   (And do read Congresswoman Maloney’s letter to Marine Fisheries re the MTS which – along with the rally flyer – attached to the email).

Saturday, August 20th:  Summer Streets!

Lafayette Street/4th Avenue/Park Avenue from the Brooklyn Bridge to 72nd Street, 7am – 1pm

The final Saturday of this wonderful, annual event!  Miles of streets to walk, cycle and recreate in a myriad ways without fear of cars!  Get out there!!   For full details.

Saturday, August 20th:  Fly NY Kite Day

Pier 1 at 70th Street , Riverside Park South, 11am – 3pm

Bring your own kite,r participate in a Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum kite-making workshop and/or learn paper folding techniques from professional origami artists!  And there’ll be live entertainment, too!  Cross fingers for a breezy day!  FREE!

Saturdays, August 20th and August 27th:  82nd Street Greenmarket

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

With us will be American Seafood,  Bread Alone,  Raghoo,  Samascott, Rabbits’ Run, Rising Sun Beef, Cherry Lane and Ant Hill Farm.

PLUS Master Knife Sharpener Extraordinaire Barbara Hess will be back at her table and ready to tend to those poor, dull blades of yours on August 20th!

You may have noticed how early Ant Hill left the market this past Saturday…  Reason being not only had they sold out BUT, in anticipation of the benefit of the heavy rain predicted, they wanted/needed to be get back to the farm to be ready to plant new crops!

Oh!  Hold on to those bottles, folks…  Duncan Dairy will be returning to us in September! 

As for this week’s music:  The Opera Collective will be raising their fabulous voices in the churchyard  this coming Saturday, the 20th!

And the fantastic ladies of Mariachi Floride Toloache will be returning on August 27th!! 

Turning to the subject of our weekly recycling and keeping in mind that your neighbors are handling the items you bring: 

PLEASE, folks, your #5 plastic should be both squeeky clean and dry and sharing the bag you drop off with nothing else (like empty envelopes, used straws, napkins, etc.) ! 

Last week’s totals:  25 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 30 pounds batteries. 

YTD (from 3/26):   338 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 825 lbs batteries.  (Getting way up there!)

Saturday, August 20th:  West Harlem Electronics Recycling Collection

Grant Houses Family Day Block Party. La Salle Street,  between Broadway and Amsterdam (La Salle is between West 123rd and West 125th),  , 10:30am-3:30pm

For those who can’t wait for Recycle-O-Rama on September 10th,  go west with those old computers, TVs, monitors, keyboards, mice and other peripherals, printers, fax machines and scanners, VCRs, DVD players, DVRs, portable digital music players, digital converter boxes, cable or satellite receivers, and video game consoles.  For more info: 212-666-6157.

Sunday, August 21th and Sunday, August 28th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am–4pm

At their tables will be Nature’s Way Honey, the Stannart, Gonzalez , Norwich and Phillips Farms, Meredith’s Bakery, American Seafood and the truly Stellar cooks who – with great regret – were totally rained out last Sunday.

Last week’s totals:  10 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 25 lbs batteries 

YTD (from 6/19):   54 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 187 lbs batteries.  (Yes!)

Monday, August 22nd:  NYC Solar Decathalon Team Exhibition

The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, 6-8pm

See the amazingly green and innovative home dreamed up by some of NYC’s most ambitious and creative students and soon to move to the Mall in Washington D.C. where it’ll complete  against the designs of  a host of other college teams.  Free to members.  $10 for the rest of us.

And just around the corner:

Saturday, September 10th:  Recycle-O-Rama – Fall Edition

Third Avenue Fair, Between 83rd and 84th, 10am – 4pm

What do WeRecyle (electronics), ProShred (paper shredding), Wearable Collections (clothes),  Friends of the Esplanade, Solar One, BEAM and UGS (and likely more) add up to?  The Third Avenue Fair’s first Green Block, that’s what!  Could even be the first Green Block at any street fair!

And thanks to the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce for their  invitation.

As always, we’ll also be accepting batteries, #5 plastic, cords, DC/DVDs, eye glasses, corks and Britta filters.

Remember, we define electronics as:

    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.)

And NO appliances, please!  

Sunday, September 11th:  Tribute in Light

Many vantage points around the City

The remarkable and moving evocation of the once Twin Towers created by 7,000-watt blue xenon light bulbs and reaching 4,000 feet into the sky.   We all owe the Municipal Arts Society a debt of gratitude.  For more details and to donate.       

Miscellany…  Miscellany…

Just to prove how miscellaneous we can be – yet again – how about a debate on the worthiness of granite for kitchen counters?!

O6 of the world’s most remote vacation spots?

Oh, let’s get serious…

After we note that Brooklyn actually is the site of an Ice Cream Club

Seriously…  And we mean it this time:

If you’d like to support the efforts of the great Story Corps to record and preserve memories of those we lost on 9/11 , proceed to

And then…

Why are we not surprised – given our great Greenmarkets and necessity of walking places – that New Yorkers live longer than most Americans?

Not that the Minnesota courts aren’t doing their part keeping us all organic and healthy by deciding that pesticides borne on the wind equate to tresspassing!

New York Schools get a pat on the back, too, for their program that’s cut energy consumption 11% since 2008!

And congrats to the NBC Experience Store for their gorgeous green wall!

Totally agree that purchasing just the right light bulb is a challenge these days, but The Times has an approach to suggest.

You likely recall the two young people from that new City initiative Change By Us who tabled at 82nd a month ago, soliciting suggestions from all of us on how to improve and make greener our collective quality of life…  Well, now the groups’s website is up and a place where you can not only go public with your own great ideas but read those of other New Yorkers…  Check it out!  (But  will any of these ideas be acted upon?)

The recent North River Water Treatment Plant debacle didn’t help, but for all the progress made in cleansing the Hudson these last few years, it’s still no place to be swimming for considerable stretches.   To wit.

Which makes it good but also kind of odd to hear the City’s now planning on a $100 million upgrade for the 4 water  treatment plants that discharge into Jamaica Bay.  For more

While we’re on the subject of infrastructure, check out these striking pix chronicling the construction of the Hoover Dam Bridge.

Last we heard the program was to debut this fall, but now it seems NYC’s Bike Share adventure is scheduled for 2012.

We’ve been hearing rumors about a new, blue tomato for the last couple of years…   A tomato that’s not only blue in color but reputedly with the antioxidant power of blueberries.  Well,  guess, what?  There actually is such a thing, recently developed by Oregon State University and available – in plant form – from Amazon!

Calling all aspiring food photographers!   Food & Wine Magazine runs frequent food photo contests…  The current being a “Beautiful Party Dessert” contest with the winner receiving a Panasonic Lumix camera.  For more

On the subject of animals…  None all that cute:

Chicken-inspired art, anyone?

Who would have though the words Asian Carp and ironic would ever wind up in the same sentence…  But it’s absolutely  ironic  that we’re now exporting tons of these invading, giant, predatory fish back to the lands from whence they came!

Be well these next two weeks!

Yours in greenness,

UGS

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