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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  1. We at UGS remember and it does take an act of will to separate that big bad from other good they do. So let’s take and send them those darned pix!

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