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…


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,





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