Happy Friday, UGSiders!

Big week coming up…

But first a note from Joan Felder for those who’d prefer to make their Hurricane Irene Relief donations to our farmers by check rather than credit card…   Send those checks to:

Grow NYC
“Hurricane Irene Relief Fund”
51 Chambers Street (Suite #228)
New York, NY  10007

GrowNYC will send you a receipt.

Friday, September 16th:  Jane’s Carousel Opens!

Brooklyn Bridge Park, East River near Dock Street, Dumbo, 11am – 7pm, closed Tuesday

As if a  meticulous 27-year restoration – including repair of rickety horses and modernization of the the electrical system to power 1,200 glinting light –  weren’t enough, this 100-year plus old carousel  is housed a square acrylic pavilion designed by star architect Jean Nouvel.  We all owe namesake Jane Walentas a big thank you.   Just $2 per ride.

Friday, September 16th:   NY Skies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th St, between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-9pm

Topic:  Picture this!   Jupiter and his neighbors…  A double-feature session for observing planet Jupiter and catching him  (that’s astronomer talk) and his surrounding stars with simple digital cameras.

Saturday, September 17th:   Annual St. Stephen of Hungary Street Fair & 82nd Street Greenmarket

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

One of the nicest, most neighborly  neighborhood events there is.  We’ve made it clear how we feel about the St. Stephen’s ladies’ signature dish…  Their stuff cabbage (saw the truck delivering hundreds of cabbages last week!)…  And they’ll be making other Hungarian treats, too…  There’ll be music, play equipment for the kids, a raffle, burgers by Ottomanelli…  Plus  you’ll find our Greenmarket farmers – American Seafood, Bread Alone, Raghoo, Samascott, Rabbits’ Run, Rising Sun Beef , Cherry Lane and Ant Hill Farm’s  – positioned on the far east end of the block.

Yes, the fair but we’ll still be collecting the usual (clean and dry) recycleables! 

But no knife sharpening!!

Last week’s totals:  25 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 52 pounds batteries. 

YTD (from 3/26):   383 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 887 lbs batteries.  (Great!)

Stay tuned for the totals from last week’s Recycle-O-Rama:  Early Fall Edition.

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

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

We’re talking electronic recycling and collected will be:

fax machines
cell phones and telephones
DVD or VCR players
TVs and radios
stereo equipment

Plus, all recyclers will get a coupon good for $25 off any Mac at Tekserve and be eligible to enter Tekserve’s contest to win a MacBook Air.

Saturday, September 17th:  New York City Honey Festival

Shore Front Pkwy & Beach 96th Street, Queens, 10am to sundown

We’re talking one whole day of beekeeping classes and demonstrations…  Including a meade-making class!  For the total lowdown 

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 wonderful Stellar cooks.

Bring on those recycleables!

Last week’s totals:  6 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 10 lbs batteries 

YTD (from 6/19):   60 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 197 lbs batteries.  (Yes!)

Tuesday, September 20th:  Electronics Recycling Day

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

Want to recycle electronics but weekends are never convenient…  Your prayer’s been answered by our Carnegie Hill Neighbors and their weekday recycling evemt!  (Flyer attached so please let your neighbors know!)

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 call 212-477-4022.

Thursday, September 22nd:  The 14th Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition

The New York Horticultural Society, 148 West 37th, 13th Floor, Monday – Friday, 12- 6pm

Chosen from a field of 198 submissions, the 41 artworks on display were created by botanical artists from around the world and are really beautiful, folks.  Free.  For more.

And coming up soon:

Saturday, September 24th:  Smithsonian Museum Day

Many Museums Throughout the City

Hosted by Smithsonian magazine, participating museums across the country will be opening their doors to anyone presenting a free Museum Day Ticket.   For more and how to get tickets.

Through Sunday, September 25th:  Mario Batali’s Edible Garden

Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden,  New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard ,  The Bronx

Think daily cooking demonstrations with chefs from Batali’s many restaurants, fun food prep for kids and adults every weekend, aswell as numberous hands-on activities like potting up basil to take home.  Mario himself with be there the final weekend!   For the full schedule.

Tuesday, September 27th:  2nd Annual Art of Farming –  An Auction of Edible Heirlooms

Sotheby’s. 1334 York Avenue at 72nd Street, 7 – 10pm

Just in time for the harvest season, this special evening provides a unique platform for local farmers, purveyors, celebrity chefs, food industry experts and philanthropists to join together for a shared interest in supporting local agriculture and sustainable food options for all New Yorkers. The evening includes a cocktail reception, a family-style dinner of seansonal bounty and a live auction of incredible food and drink experiences presided over by a Sotheby’s auctioneer.   Proceeds benefit the great organization that – among their many activities – makes our markets happen, GrowNYC.  $500.  For more.

Wednesday, September 28th:  Homegrown – Do It yourself Series – Jams, Jellies and Chutneys

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

Remember the delicious preserves at the Beth’s Farm Kitchen table that graced 82nd Street last winter/spring and that at Union Square every week?  Well, Beth herself will be conducting this first of 4 workshops at which you’ll learn to “put up” your own.  Members: $15; non-members, $20.  Register by the 28th for all 4 and save.  For more.  

On the approach:

Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd:  The Gracie Square Art Show

East End Avenue, 84th to 88th Streets and in the Park’s 86th Street Mall, 10am – 5pm

Every year the show’s better with past favorites returning and fresh, new talent ond display.  You can be a part of it, too, if you volunteer…   Just contact info@carlschurzparknyc.org or call 212-459-4455, ext. 5 (operator).

Saturday, October 8th:  NYC H2o Ashokan Resevoir Hike

Olivebridge, New York, via a van from midtown Manhattan, departing at 8 am

Aaron Bennet, naturalist and Catskill region native, will lead  hikers through the forest ringing the Ashokan reservoir. enlightening them on forest make-up, area geology, why this location was included in the NYC watershed and it’s H2) is kept pure.how water is kept pureprotere will explain and more!voir.
The hike will last 3 hours and will be on gently sloped terrain (it could be a little muddy). Participants should bring lunch and –  as fall foliage will be at its peak – a camera!  For more.

Friday, October 14th:  Luncheon Lecture Series – Education in 19th Century New York 

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, between First and York, 12:30pm

How could the schooling of New York children not have been different then and dependent on the young student’s gender and class.  Free with museum admission.  Coffee and tea provided, but you bring your lunch.   For more (scroll down).


Time for some miscellany:

Okay, so it’s a bummer, so let’s get it out of the way…  You know there was an explosion at a French nuclear plant this week, right? 

On the bright side, as per the admirably hard to please Consumer Reports, mercury in CFLs is  reduced 60 to 75%!  (They can also now be recycled at Home Depot, Lowe’s and Ikea.)

And although and as we all know our city innumerable and most boring glass towers inflict injury and death upon poor migratory birds,  the beautiful 9/11 Tribute in Life proved quite safe for our travelling avian friends.

We could ask why it seems we’re always re-inventing the wheel, but it seems that the powers-that-be have finally committed themselves making a Bike-Share program happen in 2012.  (Already well-established in Boston and D.C.)

Think you know how much water it takes to produce the various kinds of energy that powers our homes and businesses?  Take National Geographic’s little test and prepare yourself for some surprises!

How about this for a great green roof?   Or this?

Or would you ever think a lost daVinci sculpture – a giant equestrian statue – would be recreated in Michigan?

I say it’s high time for some animals:

One man’s best friend being…  A duck

Just in case you haven’t yet gotten on board with Willow the Cat saga

It’s autumn but we’re still green,



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