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 uppergreenside@gmail.com 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.   

Coming soon:

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 articleWorld 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

GrowNYC is happy to announce that compost collections at select Greenmarketshave been extended through December 31, 2011. Our 4-month pilot program, which began in March, was a huge success – New Yorkers contributed 116,265 pounds of carrot tops, coffee grounds, apple cores, and more.   Keep those scraps coming!
 
How about they include us in that “select Greenmarket” group in 2012?!!!
 
Who knew there was store with the name like City Quilter in NYC?   Indeed, there is and it stocks 4,000 fabric designs, gives courses, holds exhibitions…  There’s a Manhattan Quilters Guild, too!  And Empire Quilters group!
 
 
Kind of a hard offer not to explore:   Be the one who gets your building of 75 units or more to put a Wearable Collections clothing bin in place – in the laundry room or somewhere else discreet  – and you’ll get a $150 credit in eco laundry, dry and/or home cleaning services from the very green people at SlateFor more.  
 
(FYI, when that bin is full of unwanted clothes,  fabrics, belts, hats and shoes, your super just calls Wearable Collections,  WC comes and gets it and leaves a fresh, empty bin.)
    
You do know that NYC makes money from its paper recycling, yes?    And that the prices for most types of paper stock are going up?   (Tell us again, Department of Sanitation…  Why are we not sorting the stuff placed in our street corner baskets?)
 
And then there’s this eco-data:   Every three seconds a baby is born and 140 aluminun cans are made.  Energy from one of those cans – when recycled – can power a television for three hours. 
 
But let’s introduce some relativity into this discussion…  In the form of Bolton, Massachusetts, a Boston suburb.   Last year Bolton, population 4,000, recycled   500 tons of everything from electronics to plastic to paper, metal and glass but excluding clothes.
 
In 2010, NYC with its 8,175,133 people tallied just 1,769.7 tons or 3,538,400 pounds of paper, metal and glass…  Which is to say, 2043 times as many NYC people recyled only 3 times as much stuff as little Bolton did.
 
Okay, not included in our NYC total are #5 plastics, electronics, Britta filters, etcetera.   BUT, folks…  Even if our 1,769.7 ton total was doubled by those commodities, that would still have a thousand times more of us recyling only three times as much as those 4,000 Bolton-ites…
 
(Please, Department of Sanitation, we want to recyle more and more things!) 
 
Meanwhile, even the Blue Angels are going green
 
Ready for some animals…?
 
Well, just one critter this week…
 
Believe it or not – well, you probably would believe it – yours truly was in attendance at last Saturday’s Live Bat Encounter at the Museum of Natural History.
 
Why, you ask?  Because of a perceived ick factor attributed to the critters.  So, guess what?  Bats live for 20-40 years even in the wild.  They recognize and respond to a name they’re given!  They have personalities!  They’re furry in a nice way!  They like melon!  Their wings – seen up close – are like China silk…  Expensive China Silk!   

 

(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,

UGS

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