Greetings, UESiders!!

Rather a lot of precipitation these last few days, but it’s good to be back in NYC and on the verge of that time of the year during which what we’ll be reading, watching, pondering, discussing  and wearing over the next few months surfaces and gels.

Good, too, to be here on the upcoming supremely important anniversary.

And to be able to let those many of you who inquired how they might assist our many farmers so badly affected by Irene that there are things that can be done and, no surprise, organized by GrowNYC.

And to launch the autumn season with the first of our two – count ‘em – RECYCLE-O-RAMA events…  This time at Saturday’s Third Avenue Fair!!  Poster and flyers attached so you can spread the word.  Just scroll down for more details..   See you on Third between 83rd and 84th on September 10th!!

Now for the coming week:     

Saturday, September 10th:  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,  Bread Alone,  Raghoo,  Samascott, Rabbits’ Run, Rising Sun Beef  and Ant Hill Farms.

Fingers crossed that the heavily flooded Fresh Radish Farm will have enough produce to justify traveling down to us, too. 

In much better shape but still needing at least another week to recover, Cherry Lane Farm hopes to back in place for the St. Stephen’s Street Fair on September 17th.

Meanwhile, what we do have this week is one very special guest…   With us from 9:30am to noon will be UES-ite, food journalist and author of 11`cookbooks, Dana Jacobi!  Sample some BBQ bean soup, learn how to make apple ratatouille and have  Dana sign your copy of her latest work, “The Essential Best Foods Cookbook”.

And, yes, our own master knife sharpener, the one and only Barbara Hess, will be at her table, too!

On the recycling front, ONCE AGAIN, folks, your #5 plastic (check those little triangles to make sure it is #5) should be both squeeky clean and dry and sharing the bag you drop off with nothing else (like empty envelopes, used straws, napkins, etc.) ! 

And, of course, it would be fabulous if, this week, you brought your recycleables to our temporary outpost at the Third Avenue Fair, between 83rd and 84th.

Last week’s totals:  20 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 10 pounds batteries. 

YTD (from 3/26):   358 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 835 lbs batteries.  (Could be we’ll crack a 1,000 pounds after the Recycle-O-Rama!)

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

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

Long-at-the-tooth electronics…  Paper just begging to be shredded…  All those clothes you haven’t worn for a couple of years…  Plus #5 plastic, Britta filters, eye glasses, corks, ink cartridges, CDs/DVDs and jewel cases…  Bring ’em all on!!

And by electronics, we mean:

    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.)

REMEMBER…  NO APPLIANCES!

Many thanks to Council Members Lappin and Garodnick for their generous grants. 

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

Saturday, September 10th:   Bessie’s Big Shot

Carl Schurz Park, East End Avenue and 84th Street, 1 pm

The Carl Schurz Park Conservancy welcomes back the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater which this year presents the tale of Bessie the cow who dreams of joining the circus.  Free.

Sunday, September 11th:  A Sunrise Gathering Overlooking the East River

By the John Finley iron signpost, top of East 86th Street staircase, 6:15am

The Schurz Park Conservancy invites one and all to a commemorative program commencing at dawn of 9/11’s  tenth anniversary…  6:32am.  Conservancy and New York community members as well as NYPD and NYFD representatives will be in attendance to mark the day. 

Sunday, September 11th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am–4pm

With us will be Nature’s Way Honey, the Stannart, Norwich and Phillips Farms, Meredith’s Bakery, American Seafood and the amazingy Stellar cooks.

Please keep your fingers crossed for the folks of Gonzales Farm whose fields were also much harmed by Irene.  May they be back on First Avenue soon!

Last week’s totals:  15 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 5 lbs batteries 

YTD (from 6/19):   69 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 192 lbs batteries.  (Great!)

Coming up:

Saturday, September 17th:   Annual St. Stephen of Hungary Street Fair

East 82nd Street, between First and York, 10am – 6pm

Better than the really good tribute band…  Better than all the fun stuff for kids…   Better even than Ottomanelli burgers…  We’re talking the crazy brilliant stuffed cabbage as prepared by the Hungarian ladies in St. Stephen’s kitchen. 

Saturday, September 17th:  Think of the Future – Recycle the Past at Tekserve

119 West 23rd Street, just west of Sixth, 10 am – 4pm

Fantastic that there’s yet another opportunity to get rid of that old tech!  

Electronics they’ll be taking are:

•    computers
•    monitors
•    printers
•    copiers
•    fax machines
•    cell phones and telephones
•    DVD or VCR players
•    TVs and radios
•    stereo equipment
•    cameras

But no appliances or air conditioners, please!

Tuesday, September 13th:   Special Election Day

Your Polling Place

Residents of the 73rd NY State Assembly District (formerly represented by Jonathan Bing)…  GET OUT AND CAST YOUR VOTE!

Wednesday, September 14th:  “The Pipe” Screening

“The Gallery” at John Haynes Holmes House, 28 East 35th Street, 7pm

We have fracking and County Mayo, Ireland has Shell Oil wanting to insert a massive pipeline across a pristine landscape where a traditional way of life still endures.  $5 suggested donation.

Saturday, September 19th to Saturday, September 26th: Climate Week NYC

Locations Around the City

The annual summit this year encompassing subjects as diverse as the energy-water nexus and clean revolution, but including some light stuff too…  Like a green drinks cocktail party.   Varying ticket prices; student rates available.  To learn more.

Tuesday, September 20th:  Electronics Recycling Day

The Church of the Heavenly Rest, Fifth Avenue at 90th Street, 11am – 7pm

Wonderful that our Carnegie Hill Neighbors have organized one of the city’s very few weekday recycling opportunities!

They’ll be collecting:

•    computers (laptops, desk tops, mainframes, servers)  
•    monitors, printers, scanners, faxes, copiers
•    network devices (routers, hubs, modems, etc.)
 
•    cell phones, telephones, pagers and PDAs
•    Components (hard drives, circuit boards, CD-ROMs, etc.) 
•    TVs, DVD and VCR players and radios
•    cameras, audio visual and stereo equipment
•    peripherals (mice, keyboards, etc.) 

For more…  Or call 212-477-4022.

Thanks to Tekserve for their sponsorship of the event and the Church of the Heavenly Rest for giving the use of their space.

Looming on the horizon:

Saturday, October 14th:   Safari Sleepover at the Bronx Zoo

2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, 4:30pm Saturday to 10am Sunday

Ever wondered what happens when the gates close and the lights go off at the magnificent Bronx Zoo?  This is your chance to find out with a  tent pitched just steps away from the Sea Lion Pool and late night visits by flashlight to special exhibits.  Barbecue dinner and breakfast included.   $200.  For more.

And now, we give you some very choice miscellany:

Likely you’ve heard about Governor Cuomo’s answer to the many challenges left in Irene’s wake:  The Labor for Your Neighbor volunteer program.   Well, here’s where you can go to learn more and sign up.

Not that Irene hasn’t already brought out much good in New Yorkers…  Witness this bit of news from Greenwich Village. 

Scroll down this Build It Green page and take a look at these fabulous and fabulously inexpensive planters.

You’ve been wondering and now you’ll know just what foods are best for your teeth!

Oh!  If you’ve always liked cilantro, you’ll really love it after reading this!   (Plus you’ll feel ever so erudite knowing what distinguishes it from coriander!)

Just sent a young one off to college?  Well, at least now you won’t have to worry if there’s a source of local food  nearby Harvard or UCLA (to occasionally break the monotony of popcorn and s’mores.)

Meanwhile, in Japan, one can purchase watermelons shaped like pyramids!

Meanwhile, among U.S. jurisdictions to have banned styrofoam are San Francisco (natch!), Freeport, Maine and Suffolk County, New York (yes!) .

Three weeks later, are you ready for some animals…?

If you’ve never read Beth Lenz’s lovely observations on Central Park and its feathered denizens, do yourself that favor. 

It won’t entirely resolve the extreme over-population, but the new deer contraceptive will help!

Finally, this excerpt from the Bolton, Massachusetts Commons:

“A Bolton resident reported that three raccoons were fighting on Sugar Road.  Police responded, but the reccoons ignored them and continued fighting.  (Animal Control also responded and determined that the animals did not appear to be sick.)”

It’s not all that hard to be green, Kermit!

UGS

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