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


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,


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