Monthly Archives: November 2011

Happy Pre-Thanksgiving, UESiders!

As noted in the email, underscored here and of prime importance is the opportunity for all of us to make sure our neighbors’ Turkey Day is as delicious and tummy-filling as our own…

Thus…

And at both 82nd and 92nd Streets…

Make your way to the UGS and/or the Market Manager’s table where we’ll present you with an official, reuseable  Greenmarket bag which you’ll then fill with market produce – say $7 – $10 or so – that’ll make for a great Thanksgiving meal.

Think:  Apples, pears, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, onions, potatoes, root vegetables and winter squash.  

You’ll then return that nice, fat bag to us (for distribution to deserving folks) and we’ll present you with a Greenmarket bag for yourself in thanks.  

And the thanks couldn’t be more sincere.

Meanwhile, some job opportunities presented themselves this week…  One at the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation…  And two others at Story Corps.

On to the coming week:

Friday, November 18th:  NY Skies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, 6:30 pm

On the agenda this month…  Two films:  futurist and master sci fi author Arthur C. Clarke’s 1965 prediction as to what life in 2000 would be like and – another blast from the past – the 1970 doc detailing Australia’s then brand new Siding Spring Observatory.  Free.  (Bring popcorn to share.)

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

John Jay School of Criminal Justice, 899 Tenth Avenue, between 58th and 59th Streets, 9am – 2pm

Looking into the future of our trains, buses, bikes, roads, tunnels, bridges and traffic patterns will be Borough President Stringer,  Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn and former Port Authority Executive Director Chrisopher Ward.  Free.  To register

Saturday, November 19th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

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

Ask their help with your food donation bag!

Yours truly was away at a family event last week, so the following edition will include one of those always impressive 2-week totals.

YTD (from 3/26):   518 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 1,103 lbs batteries!!   (Wow!)

Saturday, November 19th:  Thanksgiving Produce Bags & Textile Recycling Event 

La Marqueta, 1590 Park Avenue, between 112th and 115th Streets

Can’t stop the Thanksgiving Produce Bags, offered here pre-packed and for $7…  Plus you’ll be able to get rid of clean, dry, unwanted clothing, shoes, bedding, linens, hats, handbags, belts, fabric scraps 36″x36″ or larger and other textiles (but no rugs or carpeting).   PLUS…  Everyone who donates receives a FREE energy-efficient CFL light bulb!

Saturday, November 19th:  My Life as a Turkey

Channel 13, 5pm

When a local farmer left a bowl of eggs on Joe Hutto’s front porch, his life was forever changed.   With a background in the natural sciences and an interest in imprinting young animals, Hutto incubated the eggs and waited for them to hatch. As the chicks emerged from their shells, they locked eyes with an unusual but dedicated mother…  Adventures ensue in this perfect-for-the-season doc.  You can also watch online.

 

 

Saturday, November 19th:  Holiday Train Show Debut

The New York Botanical Garden,  2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, various times

The classic returns with its twinkling lights, model trains and charming replicas of more than 140 New York landmarks…  The centerpiece of a whole host of warm-the-heart displays and activities.  Adults, $20.  Students, $18.  Children 2-12 and seniors, $10.  Members free.   For more and tickets

Saturday, November 19th:  Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival

Poet’s Den Theatre & Gallery, 309 East 108th Street, commencing at noon

Another event brought to us by our friends at East Harlem Presents.  This time some 40 short films by and/or about Puerto Ricans Q&A with directors and panel discussions.  For more:  212-427-1445.  And check out this article in The Daily News.

Sunday, November 20th:  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…  And don’t forget the fantastic Stellar cooks.

Yup, they’ll be happy to help you fill those food donation bags!

Yes, I was absent from 92nd Street last Sunday as well, so look for gihugic totals next week!

YTD (from 6/19):   112 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 232 lbs batteries. 

Friday, November 25th:  Story Corps National Day of Listening

Wherever you might be, at any time this day and open to all ages…

Whether on Facebook (@storycorps)or  Twitter (@storycorps, #thankateacher) or YouTube or recording it yourself, share a memory of your favorite teacher.  For instructions on how to participate

(And do familiarize yourself with the wonderful work Story Corps does.)

Coming up fast:

Wednesday, November 30th:  DEC Hearing on High Volume Hydro-Fracturing

Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street, 1-4pm, 6-9pm

The last of four public hearings on the revised draft of the plan which would regulate fracking in New York State.  Comments will be accepted in written and oral format at the hearings.  You may also submit your comment online or by mail at:

Attn: dSGEIS Comments
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-6510

Down the way:

Tuesday, December 6th:  Underwater Worlds 

Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, 6:30pm

National Geographic photographer David Doublet puts his amazing marine photographs up on the big screen and tells how he got some of the most incredible shots ever.  $20.  Benefitting the NRDC.  For tickets and more… 

Wednesday, December 14th:  Local Legends – Celebrating Regional Wines and Cheeses

The Artisanal Premium Cheese Center, 483 Tenth Avenue, 6:30-8:30pm

Award-winning vintners and cheese makers (this session Angela Miler of Consider Bardwell and Charles Massoud from Paumanok Vineyards) lead the way to greater knowledge and appreciation of the fabulous wines and cheese produced in our New York State.  $75.  For tickets and more

Feeling the need for some miscellany?

Chase Bank’s underwriting another round of their Community Giving competition.  Vote for the charities of your choice and help them win a piece of $300,000 in grants!

H2O – the great group who organized this month’s Bronx River bicycle tour – requests your input on their NYC School Recycling Survey… 

When was that last prolonged power outage on the East Coast…?  Two weeks ago?  And, no surprise, more and more folks are asking why – expensive as it is – we don’t just get down to the business of burying  those darned, vulnerable lines and otherwise modernizing our grid (as they did in Europe a couple of decades ago)?  

As if succumbing to the demands of the potato and cheese lobbies and re-installing french fries and pizza (as a vegetable) in school lunches wasn’t enough, it seems Coca Cola badgered the Park Service into once again allowing water in plastic bottles to be sold in Grand Canyon Park! 

Somehow Bridgeport, Connecticut doesn’t automatically equate with greenness, BUT it should…  Impressive what that city’s getting up to… 

This wisdom on rechargeable batteries from Consumer Reports:

“Although AA batteries are still the most widely sold type, using tiny rechargeable batteries is a far greener choice.

The recommended rechargeables were: Kodak Precharged, Duracell Rechargeable, Rayovac Hybrid, Sanyo Eneloop Rechargeable, and Sony Cycle Energy.

The longest-lasting nonrechargeable was the Energizer Advanced Lithium.

The top alkaline battery in the recent tests was Duracell’s Ultra Advanced, which is recommended for use with low-drain devices, such as remote controls.”

A tad off the environmental path, but it seems that about half of working American women receive NO maternity leave

How about some animals?

Okay, so Florida just held its first turn in your Exotic Pet Amnesty Day…  Yikes!!

Got to say that if there was one word – apart from speedy – it would seem unlikely to use in connection with a turtle, that word might be “playful”…  HA!   (And check out the crazy Russian upholstery…)

A surfing dog?  Indeed.  An English surfing dog!

Prepare yourself for the ultimate, down-covered cuteness…  In the form of baby penguins (click on “Papa Penguin”) born right here in our very own backyard…   (This site sure has the perfect name!)

We revel in greenness,

UGS

 

 

 

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Happy Beethoven Appreciation Month and America Recycles Day (on November 15th), UESiders!

And your first challenge of the week…  Should you choose to accept…  Is to identify where in NYC friend Ludwig B. is in the photographs published daily on this link.  (There are prizes and you help WQXR!)

Then proceed to GrowNYC’s site and familiarize yourself with their NYC Recycling Champions Project aimed at developing innovative recycling approaches specifically for schools and funded via Kickstarter with donations as modest as $1.  

And here’s our fact of the week:  Since 2008, the number of people who regularly volunteer at the NYPLibrary has risen more than 30 percent.  In the past year, a record 1,894 volunteers collectively donated more than 90,000 hours of service – or more than 10 year’s worth of time. 

On to the week ahead:

Saturday, November 11th:   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.

PLUS, this week you can roll up your sleeves and show what you’re made of in our doughnut eating contest…  Or stop by the crafts station to make a corn husk doll and commemorate the fall color with a leaf printing…  Or just kick back and relax at your favorite farmers market with candied apples and hot apple cider!

AND then – in anticipation of the fast approaching Turkey Day – have your knives sharpened by cutlery expert Barbara Hess!

Last 2 weeks’ totals:  25 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 41 pounds batteries.

YTD (from 3/26):   518 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 1,103 lbs batteries!!   (We are amazed!)

Sunday, November 12th:  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,  as well as the fantastic Stellar cooks.

Who knows about Wager’s…  But our fingers are crossed. 

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

YTD (from 6/19):   112 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 232 lbs batteries.  (Yes!)

Tuesday, November 15th:  National America Recycles Day

On 11/15 you’ll be able to read the results of Environmental Action Association’s survey of what and how much New Yorkers know about this very important day at the EAA’s site!

 

Wednesday, November 16th:  Free Flu Shot Clinic

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

 

Flu season’s upon us and we all need to have that preventative annual shot…  Most especially the seniors and individuals with fragile health among us.   Generously sponsored by Assembly Member Micah Kellner.  RSVP at AM’s office:   212-860-4906

 

Wednesday, November 16th:  On the Shores of Jamaica Bay –  BAY – What Three Years of Monitoring Have Shown Us

The Arsenal, Central Park, 5th Avenue at 64th Street, 3rd floor, 6pm

Each spring, tens of thousands of horseshoe crabs repeat an ancient ritual on New York City’s beaches by coming ashore to spawn.  Many shorebird species depend on horseshoe crab eggs to fuel their long migration north.  The NYC Audubon’s been keeping a careful eye on this interaction and, now, John Rowden will share how and why this bay’s so important to both wildlife and humans.  Free.

Coming up:

Saturday, December 10th:  Watershed Relief Map Presentation

Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadows Corona Park,
Queens, 12pm

Too large to be displayed at the 1936 World’s Fair as originally intended, not seen again until 1948 when it was included in NYC’s Golden Anniversary Exposition, it was rediscovered in a dusty corner of the Jerome Avenue Pumping Station by the DEP’s chief architect (and this week’s NYC history hero) and then restored.  Courtesy of H2O’s Matt Malina and Mr. Cetera, you can now see this 32 X 20 foot wonder yourself (and, for sure, takethe kids!)  $5.  For tickets and more

On the miscellany score:

Things are moving quickly now that agreement’s been reached on the new Sutton Place public park what with a prestigious firm already having been chosen to undertake the design

While we’re on the subject of design, let us not forget Civitas’s Reimagining the Waterfront Design-Ideas Competion… 

Happily there’re now stats to back up the wisdom of retrofitting one’s building for energy efficiency…   

More good news:  The Obama administration has named the northern forests of New England and New York – as in our Adirondacks – as one of five new priority conservation areas in the America’s Great Outdoors progress report.

What’s more, NYState’s announced that one of several projects to be funded by DEC (with fines paid by NYC for being so slow about building a water treatment plant) will be a boathouse on the much abused Newtown Creek.  

Meanwhile, our community’s weighing in on what kind of restaurant should be allowed to take over the marvelous and historic Tavern on the Green space…

And there’s discussion as to whether exercise equipment has a place in John Jay Park...

We’re really glad we signed up for the lovely new daily email from the NY Botanical Garden… The Botany Photo of the Day.   (You can submit your own pictures!  And here’s another for good measure…)

Okay, let’s get down on some animals:

You do know that America’s bats are being felled in their thousands by a strange white fungal disease?  So, let’s put our weight behind some scientific investigation/prevention in our country’s 2013 budget!  

So what’s up with the birds of the beautiful Oxfordshire (England) wetlands? 

W e’d all be well-advised to take this kitty along the next time we go to Vegas…  (He/She already knows just how to occupy a bar stool!)

We dream in green,

UGS

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Happy November, UESiders!

Let us begin with two pieces of very nice news…

#1:  Yet another piece of our East River Greenway has fallen into place thanks to an agreement with One Sutton Place South and a $1 million grant secured by Council Member Lappin which will transform the building’s gated garden into a 10,000 square foot public waterfront park!  (To read more…) 

#2:  For those of you unfamiliar with an enduring UES mystery, this resume:  Construction of the Roosevelt Island Tram is underway when it’s discovered there’s not enough air space between the northern-most tram car and the beautiful lamp – one of a pair – ornamenting the (landmarked) Queensboro Bridge at Second Avenue.

In short order the (landmarked) lamp’s taken down and disappears without a trace for the next 13/14 years (details in the Times article a decade ago)…   That is until sometime over the last couple of weeks someone discovers the lamp base in the S.E.M. Street Lights Yard in Woodside, Queens!

A study in vagueness from beginning to happy end…  BUT we shouldn’t rest our lamp – or at least its base – is returned to its rightful, original, historic place/home on Second Avenue! 

And how about some tangible, public thanks to the person who ID’d this long lost treasure!

On to the coming week:      

Friday, November 3rd:  Green Fire Screening

Orchard House Cafe, 1064 First Avenue at 59th, 8pm

At last, a doc detailing the life and work of the great Aldo Leopold – conservationist icon, author of the classic “Sand Hill Diary”.  It’s also in hi def.  Free

Saturday, November 4th:   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 providing this week’s beautiful music – our last till the holidays – will be cellist Erik Robert Jacobson, a fellow whom some of your may have heard playing on the High Line.

So I wimped out during last week’s snowstorm…  So we’ll have a two week total next week!

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

Sunday, November 6th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

NO MARKET THIS SUNDAY…  MARATHON DAY!!

All your favorites – Stannart, Norwich and Phillips Farms, Meredith’s Bakery and American Seafood AND the Stellar cooks – will be returning next week!

Last week’s totals:  3 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 4 pounds batteries.

YTD (from 6/19):   111 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 232 lbs batteries.  (Let’s try for 500 by Christmas!)

Sunday, November 6th:  Bronx River Bike Tour

Meet at Westchester  & Morrison Avenues, The Bronx, 12 – 2:30pm

Believe it or not, pre the Croton Resevoir, the Bronx River supplied New York City’s water.    Guide Jeff Gupta elaborates on this and more of the river’s up-and-down fortunes over the past 2 centuries…  Plus you get to cycle 6 miles while soaking up that history.  $20.   For sign-up and details…        

Down the way:

Saturdays, November 12th & 19th, December 3rd & 10th:  Cardboard Furniture Making 101 

3rd Ward, 195 Morgan Avenue at Stagg Street, Bushwick

Transform your barren flat into a cozy DIY den of corrugated fiberboard wonders using leftover moving boxes  in a four-session workshop and under the tuteledge of furniture artist and former Harvard instructor Yoav Liberman.   $225.  To enroll: 718-715-4961 or 3rdward.com.

Wednesday, November 30th:  DEC Hearing on High Volume Hydro-Fracturing

Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street, 1-4pm, 6-9pm

The last of four public hearings on the revised draft of the plan which would regulate fracking in New York State.  Comments will be accepted in written and oral format at the hearings.  You may also submit your comment online or by mail at:

Attn: dSGEIS Comments
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-6510

Time for some miscellany:

No question, our neighbors in the East 90’s are beseiged these days what with the MTS and now the possible loss of the Ruppert Playground…  A matter which should concern all of us residing on the greenspace-starved UES.  

And water quality along the UES stretch of the East River leaves something to be desired, as well.

On the literal bright side of things is this just published solar map detailing that our city has the available roofspace to provide half hour power needs during times of peak use.

We could easily up that percentage by getting panels up on poles as they’ve done in – yes! – New Jersey.

Astonishing that with all its troubles, California is determined to see its high speed rail plans through

And how could it be that drill-happy Texas is busily building massive wind power projects and the transmission lines to go with them…  While we..,? 

Meanwhile, green construction stats are on the rise!

And how impressive is it that NYC has  a its own native plant center?

If – due to technical ineptitude – photos of the Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project weren’t readable in last week’s issue, check this out.

Meanwhile – and somehow this slipped through the net last week – NYC could be doing a whole more recycling…  

(Let’s collect a ton of batteries in 2012!)

Cross your fingers that one of our many great museums schedules the Smithsonian’s touring exhibition of WPA art in which NYC figures so prominently.

See The Times article about UES institution  Day & Meyer?

Think Care2 went a bit overboard on recommending cleaning your sterling with toothpaste, but we’re kind of dying to try it as an oven cleaner!

Lots of ideas for making our fabulous market apples even more mouth-watering…  As in Mario Batali’s baked apples with gorgonzola and figs or a dozen – baked, as fritters,  with brussel sprouts, crusted, as tempura – recipes from  Mark Bittman

Oh, let’s have some animals:

Like wild parrots in Flatbush?  Wild parrots in Flatbush!!   (A lot of them, too!) 

Or a baby tapir!  (Note camouflage markings which allow the little creature to hide in underbrush in the wild.)

And there’s – deservedly – more on last week’s baby wombat!

Yours in perpetual greenness,

UGS

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