Happy end of a damp September, UESiders!

So, here’s our MTS hit of the week:   A NY1 piece full of the usual factual holes, with one of the usual mouthpieces for purported “environmental justice” doing an on-camera turn,  but also providing a look at the Staten Island facility upon which the proposed 91st installation would be modelled (but increased in square footage by a one third).

Quite the inspiration to make a donation – be it great or small – to the Residents for Sane Trash Solutions

Lightening up…

Lots of TV being shot on the UES…  From ” A Gifted Man” (huge trucks, cables galore, tons of crew in lawn chairs shooting the breeze) to “The Bachelorette” (4 rather forlorn-looking young women sitting on a brownstone stoop in gigantic hair rollers).

But with a couple – make that three – gentle nudges:

There’ll be more detail further down, but please put It’s My Park DaySaturday, October 15th on your calendar.  (We’ll be planting a ribbon of daffodils down our East River Esplanade!)

Do give yourself the pleasure of reading Mark Bittman’s fine article in last Sunday’s Times Review:  “Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?

Meanwhile, elsewhere along the Greenway/Esplanade, good things could be in the offing… 

On to the coming week:

Saturday, October 1st:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

We’re talking one jampacked day!

Yes, American Seafood, Bread Alone, Raghoo, Samascott, Rabbits’ Run, Rising Sun Beef and Ant Hill Farms will all be at their tables…

PLUS…  Taking up the baton from the storm-battered Cherry Lane,  the great people from Gajeski Farm will be rejoining us for the duration!

PLUS…  Our First Annual Halloween Costume Swap makes its debut!   All you folks who’ve signed up to drop-off and/or pick-up gently used costumes, look for Market Manager Caroline at the table/tent.

PLUS…  Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess returns!

PLUS…  The Opera Collective will be providing their usual marvelous music backdrop to it all!

Last week’s totals:  26 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 25 pounds batteries. 

YTD (from 3/26):   431 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 952 lbs batteries.  (Yes!)

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

An Upper East Side classic and the most congenial environment for getting acquainted with – if not acquiring – the work of artists from across America.  The kids won’t be bored either.   MoMa educators will be on hand on Sunday from 10am to 4pm teaching the basics of  drawing and painting.    New this year:  For the lucky first folks who sign up at gracietours@cityhall.nyc.gov, there’re two free tours of Gracie Mansion, also on Sunday, at noon and 1pm.    For more on the show

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

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

Sure, you need something else to do…  Like eating  Czech favorites, hearing music from all over and treating the kids to a performance by the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater.    For more

Saturday, October 1st:  The Haunted Pumpkin Garden Opens

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard,  The Bronx

In honor of Halloween, pumpkin sculptures, spooky scarecrows, sneaky snakes and icky (but icky in a nice way) spiders lurk around every corner in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden.  And that’s just for openers…  There’ll be more creepy-crawly fun as each day until October 30th!  Member, $15.  Non-members, $20.   For the full schedule and tickets.

Sunday, October 2nd:  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, Wager’s Cider and the great Stellar cooks.

Have you noticed how busy the market’s gotten?

Last week’s totals:  As I was sick and in bed with a cold last Sunday, the totals will have to wait to be revealed till next week’s newsletter! 

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

Weekends in October:  Boo at the Zoo

The Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx

Missed the Bat Encouter at the Natural History Museum?  Well, then, you’re in luck!  The Bronx Zoo’s got bats, too…  As well as hayrides, haunted safaris, costume parades and more!  Several ticket pricing levels with discounts online.  For the schedule and ticket info  

Tuesday, October 4th:  50 Years Later: An Interview with Jason Epstein, Editor of Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Hudson Park Branch Library, 66 Leroy Street (off Seventh Avenue South), 6 – 7:30pm

One  of the all-time greatest book editors (old style) speaks about the classic of urbanism by the woman who fought Robert Moses and won.  Free but reservations required:  rsvp@gvshp.org or 212-475-9585 ext. 35.

Tuesday, October 4th:  NYC Beekeepers Monthly Meeting

Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street,  7- 9pm

With guest Michael Leung, Hong Kong’s first urban beekeeper, as well as the founder and creative director of HK Honey – an organisation of Hong Kong beekeepers, artists and designers that aim to communicate the value of bees and benefits of locally produced honey.  (Who would have ever thought…?)

Wednesday, October 5th:   Annual New Green City Event

South Plaza, Union Square, 10am – 6pm

NYC’s biggest, most comprehensive green happening returns…  This year included will be an array of exhibitors from entrepreneurs to non-profits to government agencies to community and  corporate partners.    Environmental writ large and made possible by the same people who bring us our Greenmarkets, GrowNYC.  There’ll be plenty of family friendly activities, too.  For a full schedule of the day.

On the horizon:


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

Yes, not only will we be back scraping and painting more railing and making it look like new, but we’ll be planting a ribbon of daffodils along the Esplanade wall.   Refreshments.  Raffle prizes.  Leaving our Esplanade better than we found it.  Email uppergreenside@gmail.com to volunteer.

Saturday, October 25th:  Bronx River Bike Tour

Meet at the Westchester and Morrison Avenues #6 Train Station,  11 am

Join Bronx native Mike Gupta on this 3-hour exploration of the largely unknown, rich and rife-with-conflict history of that other river to our north.  $20.  $10 for students and educators.  For tickets and more details

Bring on the miscellany:

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum – located on our own UES – wants your vote for – what else? – the year’s most outstanding design.    Choose among a wide assortment of inspired innovation from watches to a new subway map to a sleek braille credit card to – my own personal favorite – The High Line.  Or nominate something yourself!

While industrial agriculture tries stuffing genetically modified vegs down our throats, all across the country Americans are keeping heirloom varieties alive…  Including on the New York State Tuscarora Reservation where Native Americans grow a variety of corn dating back centuries!   Read all about it!

Sorry to say that sewage is still spewing into the Hudson up near Beacon…

But proud to say our City Council’s recently passed a bill prohibiting dumping in city waters!

And happy (and envious) to note that Westchester’s expanded recycling menu – now including plastics #1 -#7 – has resulted in a 15% increase in volume in just 2 months!  Could it be because they’ve invested in machines that facilitate sorting?

So far so good as the windpower project off NYC and Long Island slowly proceeds…  But the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project appears near death.   (Sigh.)

But, thank goodness, plastic bag manufacturer Hilex Poly – whose bag recycling bins one sees in such locations as Gourmet Garage – has agreed to settle its nuisance law suit against reusable bag maker, Chico Bags.  To read more.

Ever hear of Rat Island…?  A hunk of desolate and regularly flooded  rock in the East River to our north…?  Learn all about it…  Even buy it!

How about a short, clever, animated history of how we got ourselves so dependent on fossil fuels?

How about some animals?

Like – holy crow! – the 10 biggest bugs on earth?

Or an Australian kitty that – Monday through Friday, right on time – heads for the train station to wait for his owner – make his human – to come home from work?

Or – if we didn’t have at least one of these a year, we’d miss it – a mother cat that’s adopted a baby squirrel?

Or last and best, these lovely portraits of 4 search and rescue dogs who worked so long and hard at Ground Zero…

Let us be green in all we do,


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