Happy Upcoming It’s My Park Day, UESiders!

Looking forward to seeing you and for all of us to meet the fabulous volunteers from East Harlem Presents who’ll be heading down our way this Saturday and pitching in with the scraping, painting and daffodil planting!

Just in case we were wondering what all these improvements to and greening of our Esplanade will bring about, let us contemplate this one possibility:   All across the city – in the Bronx, Brooklyn, along the West Side – migrating monarch butterflies are pausing to refresh themselves before heading further south!   May there be reason for some of their number to pause on the Upper East Side next year!  

And what week would be complete without further reflection on the ridiculousness of the proposed 91st Street MTS…?  When presented with the same problem, rather than constructing a gigantic metal box on its waterfront, Copenhagen will be building a clean-burning, energy-producing facility that is also a functioning ski run!

On to the week ahead:


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

Scrape and paint railings!!  Plant daffodils!  Get acqainted with a whole lot of our East Harlem neighbors who’re coming down to help!   Feel the glow of moral righteousness only a volunteer can know!   PLUS refreshments and raffle prizes.  See you there!

Saturday, October 15th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

At their tables will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Raghoo, Gajeski, Samascott, Rabbits’ Run, Rising Sun Beef and Ant Hill Farms.

And, yes, master knife sharpener Barbara Hess returns!

As does the Opera Collective!

Last week’s totals:  18 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 43 pounds batteries. 

YTD (from 3/26):   471 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 1,016 lbs batteries.  (MORE THAN A THOUSAND POUNDS, FOLKS!)

Sunday, October 16th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am–4pm

With us will be Stannart, Norwich and Phillips Farms, Meredith’s Bakery, American Seafood and Wager’s Cider, along with the great Stellar cooks.

As of last week, 92nd Street is officially described as “bustling”!

YTD (from 6/19):   10 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 5 lbs batteries.  (Great!)

YTD (from 6/19):   104 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 222 lbs batteries.  (Getting up there!)

Tuesday, October 18th:  Bear Islands Screening

Czech Center New York, 321 East 73rd Street, 7pm

Every country has a great nature documentary filmmaker, but Czech director Martin Rysavy’s specialty isn’t his native flora and fauna but the Russian far north…    The legendarily remote Nizhnekolymsky Ulus.   FreeQ&A with Mr. Rysavy following the film.   For more

Thursday, October 20th:  Free Flu Shots for Seniors

St. Stephen of Hungary Parrish, 414 East 82nd Street, 10am – 1pm

Sponsored by Council Member Jessica Lappin and intended for folks over 50.  Reservations required but just contact  Taina Prado at 212-980-1808 or  tprado@council.nyc.gov.

Coming up soon:

Saturdays, October 22nd and 29th:  The Haunted Pumpkin Garden

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, 6 – 7:30pm

Flashlight in hand, creep along the highways and byways of the fantastic Adventure Garden!  Trick or treat!  Carve a pumpkin to take home!  Perfect for the whole family!  For details and more

Saturday, October 22nd:  Restoring, Redesigning, and Reviving New York’s Landmark Interiors

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, 9:301m-1pm

This half-day symposium details the hows, whys and thorny decisions that’ve gone into some of our city’s most meaningful restoration projects…  From the Beacon Theater to the currently controversial Manufacturers Hanover Trust building at Fifth and 44th.   $25 for members.  $35 for non-members.  For tickets and more

Wednesday, October 26th:  Reimagining  the Waterfront

Veterans Room, Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue (between 66th-67th), 7pm

Complimenting their  Reimagining the Waterfront Ideas Competition for the East River Esplanade (60th to 125th Street), CIVITAS is sponsoring a lecture by Phillip Lopate, award-winning author of Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan.   (For those who haven’t been in the Veterans Room, it’s totally beautiful!)   $10.  RSVP to info@civitasnyc.org or 212-996-0745.

Down the way:

Saturday, November 5th:  Four Freedoms Park Walking Tour

Roosevelt Island, 11am

Near fourty years in the making, the park originally championed by Mayor John Lindsay and designed by the revered Louis Kahn is nearing completion.  Led by Gina Pollara, executive director of the park.  Suggested donation, $20.  For tickets, meeting place and more details:   mm1566@nyu.edu.   

Mondays, November 7th & 14th (classes):  Saturdays,  November 12th & 19th (field trips):   Beginning Birdwatching

71 West 23rd Street, 6:30-8:30pm (classes); Jamaica Bay & Central Park (field trips)

Think you’ll never be able to tell the difference between chickadees and scarlet taningers?  Oh, yes, you will once New York Audubon gets done with you!  $85.  For more

Saturday, November 19th:  Green Thumb Seed Swap

United Community Centers, 613 New Lots Ave 11207 , Brooklyn, 10am – 12pm

You have seeds from a fabulous tomato you grew…  Someone else has seeds from what they think is the world’s best squash…  Why not share, diversify and strengthen what you’ll both be growing next year?  For details… 

Let’s get down on some miscellany:

First, some heaviness…  As in we all know food prices around the world are rising and fast and National Geographic has a great explanation as to why.  (And don’t forget to click on the Photo Gallery on the left sidebar.)


Check out this year’s nominees – from Economy Candy on Rivington Street to a classic tenement on Washington Street –  for the New York City Place Matters Award.

Wondering how Con Ed avoided visiting a blackout upon us back during that insanely hot patch of weather we had back in July?

Or all the disgusting stuff that’s inside rechargeable batteries (and that compells you to bring them to us for recycling every Saturday)?

On the other hand, it’s seeming like fear of the contents of CFLs has been considerably over-blown.

Speaking of light bulbs, it will be pricey, but check out this new LED model.

Bike riders!  You can be safe and totally fashion forward at the same time…  To wit:  This cutting edge vest!

Still on the subject of bikes…  You can suggest where one of the 600 sites for our city’se new bike sharing program should be

Ever wonder what those  rectangular, red metal, post-like things one sees on some street corners are

Yes, weather forecasting has improved (though it’s become rather inclined to hype) but now, with the increasing importance of wind power, there’s a demand for our meteorologists to get their wind forecasting up to speed.

This particular Green Roof of the Week is especially pretty… 

Meanwhile, the folks at Environmental Action Association would like your opinons on the subject of recycling.

Let there be animals!

No, dear reader, I am not becoming a bat-o-phile, but here’re yet more reasons to value this most helpful creature.

Seems like the State of Montana’s had the good idea of moving buffalo herds to tribal lands where they can roam free.  If you’re in support of that notion

How about a Conservationist article celebrating fishing in NYC waters?

From the people who bring us the Puppy Bowl, what else but  a Puppies vs. Babies – Who’s the Cutest Contest!  (With a $5,000 prize!)

And if that isn’t strange enough for you, then try Soft Paws – colorful claw covers for kitties inclined to shred furniture!   There’re even glitter models.  Truly…  What next?

Yours in perpetual greenness,


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