Happy briefly dry weather, UESiders!
How about some REALLY good news for a change?
Like the acquisition of that last, 20-block piece of waterfront – presently a gaping hole in the East River Greenway- moving one, big step closer to reality…
Or – and apologies for being so late to call this splendid development to your attention – the great package of food-centric legislation passed by our City Council in late July.
Or that, due to abysmal ratings, NBC cancelled “The Playboy Club” as of yesterday!
Or how about whomever that wild and crazy individual was who shelled out $160,00 to purchase Rat Island!
But let no week pass without a beat-of-the-drum on garbage dump opposition: Should you feel moved to support up for the threatened menhaden, that little known but vital fish and favorite food of the striped bass whose endangered but recovering status may well scuttle the MTS plan… Speak up now!
On to the coming week:
Saturday, October 8th: 82nd Street Greenmarket
East 82nd Street, between First and York, 10am – 6pm
With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Raghoo, Gajeski, Samascott, Rabbits’ Run, Rising Sun Beef and Ant Hill Farms.
No knife sharpening this week (but hopefully next).
Last week’s totals: 22 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellhones and corks; 21 pounds batteries.
YTD (from 3/26): 453 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 973 lbs batteries. (As we approach the one thousand mark!)
Tuesday, October 11th: Perfect Harvest Moon View
Solar One, Stuyvesant Cove, East River Esplanade just south of 23rd Street, 5:52pm
And where best to take in the beautiful Harvest Moon – defined as the full moon occuring closest to the autumnal equinox? Solar One would be a contender what with its great vantage point on the Brooklyn and Queens skylines above which the often yellow-to-orange moon – this from low atmosphere particles – will rise. But, wherever you are, look up in wonder that night!
Thursday, October 13th: Intro to Green for Co-ops & Condos
Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th at Central Park West, 7-9pm
So, once your building’s gotten rid of the #6 heating oil, what else can you do be even greener? This 2-hour workshop organized by the great people at SolarOne and the New York Council of Cooperatives and Condominiums will get you on the right path. Free to residents of non-CNYC buildings. $30 for residents of non-member buildings. Pre-registration reqluired. For more or call 212-785-0734.
Sunday, October 9th: 92nd Street Greenmarket
92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am–4pm
At their tables will be the folks from Stannart, Norwich and Phillips Farms, Meredith’s Bakery, American Seafood and Wager’s Cider, along with the great Stellar cooks.
No question but that the market’s busier and busier!
(Did you get any of Stellar’s marvelous apple sauce last week?)
YTD (from 6/19): 15 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 21 lbs batteries. (Great!)
YTD (from 6/19): 94 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 217 lbs batteries. (Getting up there!)
Friday, October 14th: Behind-the-Scenes Artisan Tour
Gowanus, Brooklyn, 3pm
Stained glass and woodcarving of the highest quality still exist within NYC’s boundaries and the Historic District Council has arranged for us to visit the remarkable studios where these crafts are pursued. $30 for members. $40 for non-members. Directions will be given when you RSVP.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15th: IT’S MY PARK DAY – FALL
Meet at the 96th Street on the East River Esplanade, 10am – 3pm
Where scraping and painting railing meets daffodill planting… And all on our own Esplanade! Refreshments. Raffle prizes. The question now is how many blocks of daffs can we get in the ground? (GOing to look fabulous next April/May!) Email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Thursday, October 20th: Unanswered Questions About New York’s Fracking Review
Vanderbilt Hall, NYU School of Law, 40 Washington Square South, Room 213, 6:30-8:30
Answering those questions will be the Catskill Mountainkeeper and representatives of Environmental Advocates of New York, Earth Justice and the Natural Resources Council. Free but please RSVP.
Saturday, October 22nd: The New Nordic Cookout – A Taste of Denmark
Union Square Pavillion, North Plaza, Union Square, 11:30-2pm
Denmark’s most celebrated chefs – including Rene Redzepi of the famed Noma – are your entree to the newest in Sandinavian cuisine prepared with our own unequalled local ingredients. Hob-nob with royalty, too… i.e. the Danish Crown Couple will be in attendance! Yikes! Free.
Wednesday, November 2: An Elegant Wilderness – Great Camps and Great Lodges of the Adirondacks – 1855-1955
Horticultural Society of New York, 148 West 37th, 13th Floor, 6:30pm
Gladys Montgomery – who’s literally written the book on the above subject – sheds further light on how the rich “roughed it” upstate from the Gilded Age and beyond. $10 for members. $15 for non-members. For more and tickets… (You have to scroll down.)
Monday, November 7th: Much Ado About Noshing
Does it get any better than the combination of Calvin Trillin, Russ and Daughters, a discussion of food, history and community AND appetizers? To benefit the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. $250. For tickets and more.
Get ready for a ton of miscellany:
For those of us – count me as one – with a less than otpimally precise understanding of the effects of CO2, National Geographic has our back with their superb and eminently readable article “World Without Ice“. (Consider clicking on “photo gallery” even before you read.)
Want to know how far behind the eight-ball we – we’re talking the whole world – are on our recycling of the 60 most-used metals? In some categories it’s less than 1%!
The result: Today, it takes 3 times more material -earth, rock, whatever – needs to be excavated to obtain the same amount of ore as it did a century ago… Adding up to a whole lot more environmental damage.
Meanwhile, if you think NYState should be obliged to tell us when there are sewer spills in our waterways, you’ll be interested in the Riverkeeper’s new initiative to make sure we’re told.
Check out San Mateo, California… Which by deploying something called the CartSMART system – which includes compost collection – increased their recycling rate by a third in a single quarter!
Speaking of composting, this from a GrowNYC email last week:
“Compost Collection Extended
(Bat eyes – like humans’ – just photograph red. The Museum bat expert is wearing gloves so as not to hurt shy, little “Radar”.)
I’m not saying I love bats, but they are nice.
Next stop: A NYC Audubon Bat Walk in Central Park.
It is good to live and learn and be green even when the Yankees lose,