Greetings, UGSiders!

Let’s us begin with a brief resume of last Friday’s field trip to the Staten Island (garbage) Transfer Station…  All hulking  2- stories and 79,000 square feet of it (they’re talking 3-stories, each 40,000 square feet at 91st). 

With all due respect to the DOS people charged with making nice with our community and the Citizen’s Advisory Group (of which yours truly is a member), there are just no parallels between  that facility and an even larger version our Mayor and City Council President are attempting to inflict on the UES.

If nothing else, there is zero human habitation within at least a half-mile of the complex and probably farther…   Not a park  or an athletic facility or schools either.    

Others on the tour will have their own personal bete noires…   But near the top of my list (after how gigantic the thing is)   would be how grungy the trucks bringing in their loads were.  Icky even in an essentially exurban situation…  Horrible in a densely urban one and pretty indicative of the overall inappropriateness.

So – and knowing all you’ve done to stop this thing in the past few months – what can you do now?

Three things:

1.   Join forces with the new neighborhood group – Residents for Sane Trash Solutions  which has arisen to lead the charge against the MTS.  (Here’s their site.)

2.  Sign and forward – email or USPS – the excellent RFSTS letter to  Diane Rusanowsky of the National Marine Fisheries Service (which, along with the Army Corps of Engineers will be weighing in on the environmental impact of this proposed MTS).   Then get your neighbors to do the same.   

3.  Donate any amount – there’s no number too small – to make sure  the RFSTS has the wherewithall to get the result we all know is just.  

We’ll have form letters for you to sign at the markets, too!


On to the week ahead:

Saturday, September 24th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Tummies full of stuffed cabbage, cabbage and noodles, and crepes, we return to our great normal with  American Seafood, Bread Alone, Raghoo, Samascott, Rabbits’ Run, Rising Sun Beef , Cherry Lane and Ant Hill Farm.

AND the Mariachi Flor de Teloache will be back for a return musical engagement!!

But no knife sharpening this week.  Maybe next…

Last week’s totals:  22 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 40 pounds batteries. 

YTD (from 3/26):   405 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 927 lbs batteries.  (Excellent!)

As for Recycle-O-Rama:  Early Fall Edition Totals:  4 tons (8,000 pounds) electronics, 1 ton (2,000 pounds) paper shredded , 85 pounds batteries, 54 pounds #5  plastic and Britta filters, 15 giant duffel bags of clothes/fabrics/hats, belts/shoes and 45 pairs of glasses.  (KUDOS!!)

Saturday, September 24th:  Lightsaber Battle NYC

Washington Square Park, 9-11pm

Those wild and crazy folks at NewMindSpace are at it again…  And you don’t have to be all that Star Wars hardcore.  $5.  For details, to reserve your lightsaber and “combat” rules…  

Until  October 30th:  Fall Flowers of Japan

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx

Uniformly rave reviews for this glorious display of Japan’s flowering autumn plants.  For hours and full details… 

Sunday, September 25th:  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 amazing Stellar cooks.

AND…   Returning now that it’s fall is the fabulous Wager’s Cider Mill with their apples, pears, grapes, sweet cider and incredible grape juice!

Last week’s totals:  10 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 4 lbs batteries 

YTD (from 6/19):   79 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 196 lbs batteries.  (Getting up there!)

Coming up soon:

Saturday, October 1st:  First Annual Costume Swap Day!

82nd Street Greenmarkets, 10am – 2pm

Okay, Halloween is basically an orange and black thing,  BUT it can also be downright green!   Yup, just drop off gently-used, clean costumes and/or funky clothing and walk away with great, new-to-you dress-up gear.  To participate, simply sign up at our friendly Market Information Tent this coming Saturday (the 24th) or RSVP to

Saturday, October 1st:  13th Annual Czech Street Festival

73rd Street, between First and Second, 1-7pm

Wonderful Czech foods, music by Skyline, Please the Trees and the Pajtasi Dulcimer Band, a performance by the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater, a raffle for a ticket to Prague and more!    Free.  For more

Saturday, October 1st:  Live Bat Encounter

American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, 11am, 12:15pm and 1:30pm sessions

Get up close and personal with the Halloween icon…  We’re talking bats from around the world.  Family friendly.  $12.  For tickets.    (See you there!)   

Sunday, October 2nd:  Fall Migration on Randall’s Island

Meet on the northwest corner of 102nd Street and the FDR Drive, 9am

A walk across the foot bridge to Randall’s Island and you’re at a prime spot for viewing birds as the wind their way south and with NYC Audubon experts as your guides.   Members, $18.  Non-members, $20.  To register.

Wednesday, October 5th:   Annual New Green City Event

South Plaza, Union Square, 10am – 6pm

New York’s largest, most comprehensive, annual green happening returns …  This year’s featuring an array of family-friendly activities and showcasing  the many government agencies, non-profits, entrepreneurs, community and  corporate partners at the forefront of environmental movement.    All made possible by our friends, GrowNYC.  For a full schedule of the day.


Meet at the 96th Street on the East River Esplanade, 10am – 3pm

Picking up where we left off on IMPD in May, we’ll be scraping and painting more railing (we got to 93rd Street last time) and, for all you gardeners, planting a ribbon of daffodils along the Esplanade wall.   Refreshments.  Raffle prizes.  A feeling of utmost satisfaction.  Be there!  Email to list yourself as an official volunteer!

Yes, we’re ready for some miscellany, too:

Yes, it’s creepy but it also needs to be noted:   There’re some extremely dangerous pesticides – many 60 times more potent than allowed by law – on the shelves of NYC stores.  Just to be safe, please inform yourself re the regrettable facts.  

More creepiness in the two slick mailers we received from an entity calling itself  “NY Area” and advocating for nuclear power in our state.  Let us just say this…  The most unambitious google of yhe group’s chairman, an ex-NYS legislator named Arthur Kremer, reveals him to be a lobbyist willing “to take advantage of the influence and connections he developed in his 23 year career as a New York State Assemblyman” .

Think you know your climate change science?  Take the Union of Concerned Scientists’  test and know for sure…  AND get a sticker proclaiming what a big science brain you have! 

While we’re on the science beat, how about a short, first-rate mystery story involving Canadian Club and mycology (AKA mushrooms, fungi and mold)…

Of course, you want to know all the whys and wherefores that many believe make LED bulbs the light-provider of not just the future but the fast approaching present!

(The second the Switch bulbs hit the shelves, we’ll be trying one out!)

Then there the absolutely fascinating report of how India’s attempting to provide its poorest of poor with an enabling biometric ID.

We all know that earthworms are not native to American soil, yes?  And one effect of their taking up residence on these shores…  (Spoiler alert:  Fungi are involved here, too!)

Or – you budding lab rats – how about DIY equipment to conduct your own DNA research

You know where you are immediately even though it’s 70 years ago…  New York – mostly downtown – as it was in 1941-2, captured on fabulous Kodachrome by the masterful Charles Cushman.

Just in case you haven’t heard and you’re sick and tired of finding out – only once you’re on the platform – that the N,R, Q, A, B, D or whatever train you need to take is undergoing yet another Saturday/Sunday “service diversion”, the MTA is finally trying  to get its act together with a new online alert:   “Weekender”.  

Can’t stop the bad news raining down on Netflix  (not that they don’t deserve it…!)   But now they’re being sued by environmentalists who consider the company’s new headquarters to be out-of-scale (as in way too big) and that too many trees will need to be cut down to build it!

There are green walls and then there are the green walls  created by genius Patrick Blanc whose work includes the most beautiful, acclaimed and photographed green wall project in the world:   The Musée du quai Branly.

Meanwhile, the Upper East Side has a brand new bonafide green roof (as opposed to a roof with a greenhouse on it) to boast about…    The roof on Regis High School…  Which has also had solar panels in place for more than 5 years! 

And then there’s what’s going on Chicago…   The city’s first net-zero energy home!

Isn’t it time for some animals?

Well, a faux animal to begin…  As in Hammacher Schlemmer’s latest uber-inflatable, a 2-story tall blow-up reindeer!  (And only $349.95, not including shipping!)

Who knew India was such a hotbed for amphibians?    Well, it is and underscoring its status in that regard are the 12 new species of frogs – all of them night frogs! – recently discovered in the Western Ghats mountain range.  

(You have seen the amazingly colorful frogs in the Central Park Zoo, yes?)

Ever considered that your cat might be right or left pawed or ambidextrous?   For this and several other interesting cat fact, proceed to…

And when was the last time you saw a dog play volleyball?   A puppy whistle?   (We’ve all seen the dog playing the piano, yes?)  




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