Happy soon-to-be Halloween, UESiders!

Costumes ready?  Caramel apples?  Candy corn?  Snickers?  M&Ms?  Reese’s?  Alka-Selzer?

You will be ready for some major face-painting at the 92nd Street Market this Sunday, yes?

Meanwhile, some of your neighbors prepared for 31st by burying – No, not bodies!  Not skeletons! – a couple of hundred daffodils in the Holmes Tower Plaza garden…


Thank you, Glendora, Joy and Frances! 

Let’s get down on the ghostly upcoming week:

Friday, October 28th:  The Statue of Liberty’s 125th Birthday!

And the fireworks will begin at – a gift to our city from Macy’s – begins at 7:45pm.  Be on that Lower Manhattan waterfront!!  (And for a short,  fun history, try this from Inside the Apple.)

Friday, October 28th & Saturday October 29th:  Halloween at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 East 61st Street, between First & York Avenues, 6:30 and 7:30pm

Who was that (fictional) skeleton found under the Museum’s floorboards and how did he/she/it get there?  A perfect mystery for families with kids 8 and above to solve!  Adult, $25.  Museum members, $15.  Children, $10.  For reservations:   info@mvhm.org. 

Saturday, October 29th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

82nd Street, between First and York, 9am – 3pm

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

AND back for a return engagement is local health coach extraordinaire Shelly Zagor  (she of the famous kale smoothie).  Kick off your Halloween weekend with some sauteed veggies guaranteed to be ghoul-icious!

Last 2 weeks’ totals:  22 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 46 pounds batteries.

YTD (from 3/26):   493 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 1,062 lbs batteries!!   (So impressive!)

Saturday, October 29th:  Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade

Parade starts at the Blackwell House on Main Street, Roosevelt Island, 12-3pm

Come in costume or not.   March or just watch.  Have the best time either way!   For more information contact Doryne Isley 212-838-4747.

Sunday, October 30th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am–4pm

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

Yes, of course, Wager’s wound up not showing last week (they sold out everything at whatever market they’re at on Saturday) and Stannart was absent, too, due to a “truck issue”.

Rest assured, Stannart will be back this Sunday and Wager’s…  Well, we’ll just have to wait and see…

MEANWHILE, Market Manager Allison will commence face-painting at 11am.  Be there!!

Last week’s totals:  4 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 6 pounds batteries.

YTD (from 6/19):   108 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 228 lbs batteries.  (Excellent!)

Coming soon:

Saturday, November 5th:  Ulster County Trail Conference

The Terrace at SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, New York, 9am-4pm

We have our Esplanade, upstate has its marvelous Hudson River Valley Greenway to which – fingers crossed – we might someday/somehow be connected.   Learn more about this fabulous New York State resource/amenity/glory and plans for its expansion.  $20.  For more and to register

Sunday, November 6th:  Herbs and Food for Winter Health & Ailments

Jimmy’s # 43, 43 East 7th Street, between First & Second, 12-4pm

Herbalist Claudia Keel leads two, two-hour workshops on the usefulness and preparation of herbal remedies.  $20 for each workshop, $37 for both.  For more information and/or to register:  claudia@wprice-nyc.org.

Thursday, November 10th:  New York City Beekeepers Association & Brooklyn Beekepers Club 4th Annual Honey Tasting 

Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th Street, 7-10pm (or later)

Partake of more than 50 different types of honey –  local and from around the world – and maybe you’ll also wind up with one of  the 30 door prizes, too!  $10.  $5 for those who bring an 8 ounce (or larger) bottle of honey to share.

Down the way:

Tuesday, November 15th:  The New Energy Efficient Building Toolkit

School of Engineering & Computing Sciences, 16 West 61st Street, 11th Floor, 6-8pm 

Want to know what it takes to make green, high performance building into the new normal?   Once again the great people at the Sallan Foundation have assembled experts who’ll point the way to management, financial, legal, and technical innovations that’ll make energy efficiency the new normal.   To reserve a place

Wednesday, November 16th:  Free Flu Shot Clinic

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street, between First & Second Avenues, 3rd floor, 10am-1pm

Recommended for everyone but most especially for seniors and individuals with fragile health, getting an annual flu shot is an essential fall ritual.   Generously sponsored by Assembly Member Micah Kellner, you’ll need to RSVP by November 9th at AM’s office:   212-860-4906.

Friday, November 18th:  Transportation 2030 – A 5- Borough Blueprint

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 899 Tenth Avenue, between 58th & 59th, 8:30am- 3pm

Find out how transportation experts see as transportation challenges across the five boroughs and the what the most innovative and greenest solutions might be.  Free but please pre-register.

We give “miscellany” new meaning this week: 

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a tremendous shortage of platelets and need for donation.   To make an online appointment at the New York Blood Center or call 800-933-2566…  (And you get all the Oreos you can eat afterward!)

There’s a huge need for bone marrow donors, too, and all it takes is answering questions, a swab of your cheek and a registration form.  Register in person, or request a kit be sent to you.  For more information

AND Council Member Jessica Lappin wants your ideas…  Each month on a different area of our civic life…  This month that being education.  For more details and to make your voice heard!

Then if you’re so moved, consider signing the Riverkeeper’s new petition which would require that the public be informed whenever and wherever there’s a sewage contaminates the waterways in our state.

Now relax, lean back and let the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation entertain you with their fine new blog My Favorite Things“, detailing all things Village past and present. 

Turning to matters green:

Can it really be that NYState is rated the #3  Energy Efficient State?   Surpassing Oregon!?   Seem so…  Although there’s a Grand Canyon-sized distance between us and #1 Massachusetts and #2 California.  Still…  Here’s the lowdown/analysis.

Plus, earlier in the week Governor Cuomo cut the budget for bottled water at state offices and events. 

Our fantastic and innovative GrowNYC has just inaugerated the first of in its Green Bodegas Program…  The Lenox Finest Food Market on West 116th Street which – as opposed to being the typical food desert grocery store – now carries an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable prices.  To read more

(Meanwhile, who would have thought there’d be statistics on the world’s most frequently shoplifted food?)

Check out this Philadelphia greenroof…  Not the prettiest  but notable for its extra light-weight growing medium that’ll make it possible to green many more structures at lower cost!

On the “Have They Entirely Lost Their Minds?” front:

Our ever-loving MTA’s new cost conscious strategy is to remove station trash cans so they won’t have to pay their garbage guys to empty them…   The thinking being that if there’re no bins, riders will hold on to refuse or dispose of it before entering a given station.   Sure.  They call it counter-intuitive.  Others would call it…    But do read more

While we’re on the subject of the MTA, reporting on the recent Building the Future Conference at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, The Times included any number of astonishing facts, statistics and possibilites…  Such as maybe manufacturing at least some of our buses and subway cars on NYC soil again.   

And on the “What Will They Try And Tear Down Next” score:

Okay, she only lived there some five years at the beginning of her life, but…  The “her” is Dorothy Parker and the building in question is a nice old thing on West 72nd   (Who knew there’s a Dorothy Parker Society!)

But they’re building some really interesting stuff out there elsewhere in the world

Okay!  Okay!  We hear you…  Here’re those animals:

Thinking you’ll start raising chickens?  Here’s some help in choosing just the right breed!

Of course kittens have a natural aptitude for playing basketball… 

And dogs for riding bicycles…  (We thank reader Joy Tutivien

And, you bet, birds are inclined to share with their canine pals…  Especially  pasta!

Wombat lovers…  Did you know that cute little black critter also comes in albino white

As if we needed proof that almost every baby is adorable:   We give you the baby porcupine

May all your ghosts, ghouls and goblins be ectoplasmically green,


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