Monthly Archives: December 2011

Happy New Year, UESiders!

Going to be on the short and sweet side this time around…

But know that we’re seeing 2011 out with the very good news that  the Roosevelt Island post office has been saved from the ax! 

And the pretty darned fabulous 2011 Greenmarket recycling totals are in…    778 lbs #5 plastic/Britta filters/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/printer cartridges/corks and 1,587 lbs batteries!   

Way more than a ton of stuff, folks!

Every last ounce of it transported from home to the markets by YOU!!

Thank you.  Thank yourselves.

But let us not rest on our laurels…  Last week, Seattle became the 4th U.S. city to ban plastic bags!

On to the coming week:

Saturday, December 31st:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

With the sole exception of Rising Sun Beef, everybody’s back at their tables, including Atlantic Seafood!

DO REMEMBER:  No recycling this week!  (But get ready for Recycle-O-Rama next Saturday.)

Yes, a mere 7 days later:

Saturday, January 7th:   Recycle-O-Rama – It’s 2112 Edition

82nd Street Greenmarket, between First and York, 10am-3pm

Electronics (working/non-working) …   Paper in need of shredding…  Clothes/fabrics/hats/belts/shoes…  All our usual recycleables 9#5, batteries, etc.)…  We’ll be taking them all!

Electronics accepted:

•    Computers (laptops & desktops, servers, mainframes)
•    Monitors
•    Printers, scanners, fax-machines, copiers
•    Network devices (routers, hubs, modems, etc.)
•    Peripherals (keyboards, mice, cables, etc.)
•    Components (hard drives, CD-ROMs, circuit boards, power supplies, etc.)
•    TVs, VCRs, & DVD Players
•    Video-games and audio visual equipment
•    Cell phones, pagers, PDAs
•    Telecommunication (phones, answering machines, etc.)

NO APPLIANCES, please! 

Paper:

Please remove paper clips and spiral bindings.

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS (Yes, to paperbacks.)

Clothes:

Including hats, belt, shoes and fabric…  All in any condition.

Saturday, January 7th and Sunday, January 8th:  Mulchfest at Carl Schurz Park

Christmas Tree Drop-Off at 86th Street and East End Avenue, 10am – 2pm

Last year, citywide, some 17,000 Christmas trees were converted into  nourishing mulch.  (We know we can do much than that!)   All we have to do is remove ornaments and lights and get our trees over to Schurz Park.  Then, should you wish (and we hope you do), you can leave with a biodegradable bag of mulch to pamper the trees on your block! 

Sunday, January 8th:   Cooking with Irene

Clinton Hill/Ft. Greene, 1-4pm

Remember our lovely market manager of 2 years ago, Irene Plax?  Well, in the time since she was with us, she’s moved on to the much esteemed Just Food and is now also conducting her own cooking classes.  This session she’ll take  “students” through preparation of 6 dishes, replete with tips and info on new tools.  $40.   To sign up and get directions:  ireneplax@gmail.com

Coming up fast:

Sunday, January 29th:  Recycle-O-Rama – Pre-Goundhog Day Edition 

First Avenue, between 92nd and 93rd (east side), 10am-3pm

Electronics…  Clothes…  Paper shredding …   All our usuals…  From household batteries to eye glasses…  Bring ’em on.

Electronics accepted:

•    Computers (laptops & desktops, servers, mainframes)
•    Monitors
•    Printers, scanners, fax-machines, copiers
•    Network devices (routers, hubs, modems, etc.)
•    Peripherals (keyboards, mice, cables, etc.)
•    Components (hard drives, CD-ROMs, circuit boards, power supplies, etc.)
•    TVs, VCRs, & DVD Players
•    Video-games and audio visual equipment
•    Cell phones, pagers, PDAs
•    Telecommunication (phones, answering machines, etc.)

Remember:  NO APPLIANCES, please!

As for this week’s miscellany: 

Ever consider becoming a Community Board 8 member?  If so, the City’s conducting info sessions (on qualifications, duties and obligations) and applications are being accepted until January 13th.   For full details

Written those letters opposing fracking in NYState?  If not, our Carnegie Neighbor friends have put together a helpful website complete with sample letters and instruction as to whom they should be sent.

Check out the gorgeous subway station they’ve almost finished down at Fulton Street!  

And 18 of the world’s most beautiful tree houses!

Meanwhile, an Italian company is laying cable under the Hudson so we can sip from the well of New Jersey’s spare electric power…  (And why is it we’re not acting like grown-ups and turning our unrecycleable waste into clean power on our own turf?)

Yes, it’s true…  Every American state is first in something!

From out of the past and courtesy of reader Jill Light Sklar…  Priceless, vintage footage on how Brooklyn bagels are made!

Bizarre fact of the week:  Catherine the Great invented the roller coaster.  (Yes.  You read that right.)

Now for the final animals of 2011:

Cornell’s just completed the enormous task of getting their amazing library of bird sounds (the ife’s work of the great Ted Parker) up and online.   (My current favorite:  the dulcet tones of the ferruginous pygmy-owl.)

Okay, we all know baby rhinos are really cute.  But just wait till you hear the sounds they make…   (Major “awwww” quotient.)

And then there’re baby monkeys…  Well, actually, this is a short and lovely video featuring a whole lot of monkeys – young and mature – and human self-discovery.

And on that note…

On to 2012!

May it be a good year for one and all.

UGS

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Happiest holidays, UESiders,

Made more joyful bystill more good news:

#1 – The EPA’s announcement of its the Mercury and Air Toxins Standards…  A real milestone we breathers of NYC air can especially appreciate and that puts dirty coal-burning power plants  on particular notice.   But do  read more about it!

#2 –  The FDA’s new draft guidance which would require increasing women’s participation in clinical trials for medical devices,   (You do recall all those years spent figuring out why knee replacements weren’t working for women…  Because they’d been designed for and only tested on men!)   For more

#3 – And hardly least, some 200 new animal species have been discovered in the Greater Mekong area of Southeast Asia!

As for the coming week:

Saturday, December 24th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

As noted last week, most of our farmers will be spending Christmas Eve at home.

BUT not Bread Alone and Raghoo Farm.  Look for them on 82nd, just outside the churchyard.

AND  REMEMBER, NO RECYCLING COLLECTION THIS WEEK OR NEXT!

The third record-breaking week in a row!  We’re talking  35 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 55 pounds batteries. 

YTD (from 3/26):   650 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 1,301 lbs batteries!!

Monday, December 26th – Friday, December 30th:  Salute to Wildlife Ice Carving Week

The Dancing Crane Pavillion, Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 11am-4pm

What could be better than watching master carvers turn ice into life-sized, crystaline animals?  Free with zoo admission.  For more details…   

Monday, December 26th – Friday, December 30th:  Winter Break  at the New York Historical Society

New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, various times

A whole host of family-friendly activities scheduled over the week:   A history scavenger hunt…   A family history quiz…  A costume contest…  And more.  Free with museum admission.  For more… 

As the New Year begins:

Thursday, January 19th:  NYC School Recycling Forum

Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue,  6pm

Utilizing results of their recent survey (in which you likely participated), H20’s now looking to determine what recycling practices do and don’t work in our public schools.  And, of course, they’re looking for your input, too.   For more and to RSVP

Saturday, January 7th:   Recycle-O-Rama – It’s 2112 Edition

82nd Street Greenmarket, between First and York, 10am-3pm

Electronics whether it works or not …   Paper in need of shredding…  Clothes/fabrics/hats/belts/shoes…  All our usual recycleables 9#5, batteries, etc.)…  Bring ’em on!

Electronics accepted:

•    Computers (laptops & desktops, servers, mainframes)
•    Monitors
•    Printers, scanners, fax-machines, copiers
•    Network devices (routers, hubs, modems, etc.)
•    Peripherals (keyboards, mice, cables, etc.)
•    Components (hard drives, CD-ROMs, circuit boards, power supplies, etc.)
•    TVs, VCRs, & DVD Players
•    Video-games and audio visual equipment
•    Cell phones, pagers, PDAs
•    Telecommunication (phones, answering machines, etc.)

NO APPLIANCES, please

Saturday, January 7th and Sunday, January 8th:  Mulchfest at Carl Schurz Park

Christmas Tree Drop-Off at 86th Street and East End Avenue, 10am – 2pm

This year’s gorgeous Christmas tree can nuture growing things on the UES all next year…  Fun, too, to watch the chipper turn branches and trunks into mulch!

On the horizon:

Saturday, January 21st:   Battery Park City Green Tour

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House, 1 Bowling Green, 12-2pm

Get up close and personal with one of the densest concentrations of LEED uildings in the whole U.S., including a behind the scenes look at the Riverhouse, LEED certified gold!   Organized by Open House New York.  $25.  For tickets

Sunday, January 29th:  Recycle-O-Rama – Pre-Goundhog Day Edition 

First Avenue, between 92nd and 93rd (east side), 10am-3pm

Electronics…  Clothes…  Paper shredding…   All our usuals…  From household batteries to eye glasses…  82nd or 92nd?  Who’ll recycle more?  

Electronics accepted:

•    Computers (laptops & desktops, servers, mainframes)
•    Monitors
•    Printers, scanners, fax-machines, copiers
•    Network devices (routers, hubs, modems, etc.)
•    Peripherals (keyboards, mice, cables, etc.)
•    Components (hard drives, CD-ROMs, circuit boards, power supplies, etc.)
•    TVs, VCRs, & DVD Players
•    Video-games and audio visual equipment
•    Cell phones, pagers, PDAs
•    Telecommunication (phones, answering machines, etc.)

NO APPLIANCES, please! 

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

2011 Totals (from 6/19):   128 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 256 lbs batteries.

Can’t tell you great this is, folks!  CONGRATULATIONS!!

On to miscellany:

Underscoring the strangeness of NYC’s pitifully limited plastics recycling effort is news of a company that’ll soon be converting mixed scrap plastics of many grades into crude oil!

We earn much higher marks on what we feed our school kids, HOWEVER Chicago now serves its young students chicken raised without antibiotics!

Only in NYC would there be a thriving business in parts for analog devices

82nd’s own pioneering Bread Alone deservedly gets a mention in NYMagazine‘s recent article on – you guessed it! – bread! 

If you’re not familiar with the life and work of E. O. Wilson – known to some of us as “the ant man” – you need to be.

And in case you missed the NYTimes’ on new thinking  in the environmental movement.

Haven’t we all looked with a jaundiced eye at the many uninviting public spaces “created” by developers in exchange for being able to build higher…  

Rabbits’ Run Farm included lovely juniper in its evergreen bouquets last weekend… 

And the animals of this holiday week are:

A lady cheetah letting us in on her love call

But most of all the baby harbor seal spotted taking its ease on a East River rock at 91st Street…  (Thanks to Katherine Winkleman!)

May all your Christmases be white and green,

UGS

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Holiday Greetings, UGSiders,

Once again, we’re so lucky as to begin with some good news…

#1 – Earlier this week, the Department of City Planning unveiled Zone Green, proposed changes in code that’ll remove impediments to green building, enable greater use of solar and wind energy, green roofs and greenhouses, sun control devices, and added insulation to existing buildings.  All good stuff.   To read more

#2 Word from Council Member Lappin that there’s been another and most welcome delay in the attempt to foist a garbage transfer station on the UES.  But let Ms. Lappin explain… 

And now for the next 7 days:

Friday, November 18th:  NY Skies Astronomy Seminar

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

This week’s topic:  Stairs to the Stars – Distances in the Universe.  How the heck do they compute those mind-boggling light years between planets, stars and galaxies?  Free.  

Saturday, December 17th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Raghoo, Gajeski, Samascott,  Rising Sun Beef, Rabbits’ Run Farms, Silver Thread Vineyard and Ballard’s Honey.

AND, commencing around 11am, the Opera Collective will be serenading us with holiday tunes!

How could I have forgotten to mention last week that Raghoo’s now – in addition to chicken and rabbit – stocking elk meat?!  (And they sold a lot of it!)

Do check Rabbits’ Runs’ table which will be heaped with primo stocking stuffers/Hannukah gifts…  As in winter-themed beeswax candles, lavender sachets, a wide choice of goats milk soaps (some with sparkles), their signature lip balms and lavender moisturizing creams , fancy honeys spiked with pecans, walnuts, cinnamon or hot peppers, and 100% pure maple syrup. 

Another record-breaking week, you wild and crazy ace recyclers!   34 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 53 pounds batteries. 

YTD (from 3/26):   615 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 1,256 lbs batteries!!   (Amazing!)

Sunday, December 11th:  92nd Street Greenmarket 

92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am–4pm

On this,  92nd’s last 2011 day, say your goodbyes (till May/June 2012) to our friends at Stannart and Gonzalez Farms, Meredith’s Bakery and Nature’s Way Honey.

The Opera Collective will be with us too…  A sure bet to put everyone in a fabulous musical, holiday mood!  (They’ll be arriving around noon.)

Last weeks’ totals:  3 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 6 pounds batteries.

YTD (from 6/19):   124 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 252 lbs batteries.  (Impressive!)

Sunday, December 18th:  A Gathering of Fishes

South Street Seaport, South Street between Beekman Street and Peck Slip, 11am-4pm

Deja vu all over again when – for one day and one day only – a dozen East Coast fisheries and seaweed farms recreate the Fulton Street Fish Market.  We’re talking New England clams, Wellfleet Oysters, blackfish, striped bass and eel.   (Doesn’t it seem like way more than 5 years since the fish market relocated to the Bronx?)

Looking forward to Christmas week:

Saturday, December 24th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

No surprise that many of our farmers will be giving themselves Christmas Eve….  Many but not all!

As of this writing, Bread Alone and Raghoo will on hand, likely located outside the churchyard, on 82nd.

AND  your faithful recycling wrangler will be away, too.  So, PLEASE, hold on to those batteries, Britta filters, batteries, etc.!

Because, as 2012 begins:

Saturday, January 7th:   Recycle-O-Rama – It’s 2112 Edition

82nd Street Greenmarket, between First and York, 10am-3pm

Electronic recycling…  Paper shredding…  Clothes collection…  All our regular recycleables…  And anything else we can find a way to responsibly dispose of!!

Detailed lists of what will and won’t be accepted will appear in next week’s newsletter.

In the meantime, get those posters up in your buildings and flyers into the hands of family, friends and fellow UESiders. 

Couldn’t be a better way to begin the New Year!! 

Saturday, January 7th and Sunday, January 8th:  Mulchfest at Carl Schurz Park

Christmas Tree Drop-Off at 86th Street and East End Avenue, 10am – 2pm

Turn that beautiful balsam or blue spruce into nourishing mulch that’ll beautify growing things throughout the UES…  For sure, the perfect environmental companion piece event  to Recycle-O-Rama.  

Sunday, January 8th:  Jimmy’s No. 43 Cassoulet Cook Off

Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th Street,   , 1-4 p.m.

Amateur and professional chefs face off in the 4th Annual Cassoulet Cook Off.  Enter with your own dish (prepared with beans and meat from your neighborhood Greenmarket, of course!) by contacting Danielle Seidita at dseidita@gmail.com or just come sample the deliciousness prepared by others.   $20 and benefitting GrowNYC/Greenmarket.

And coming soon thereafter:

Sunday, January 29th:  Recycle-O-Rama – Pre-Goundhog Day Edition 

First Avenue, between 92nd and 93rd (east side), 10am-3pm

Those out-of-date electronics…  Mountains of paper…  Giant bags of clothes, shoes, hats and belts…  BRING THEM ON!

We’ll be collecting every bit…  PLUS tried and true #5, eye glasses, Britta filters, corks, batteries and more!

Look for the complete list in next week’s newsletter. 

Now for some miscellany:

Beginning with a job opportunity…  That being instructing contractors and architects about NY State’s new energy code.   For details and to apply

Confession…  Green as we are, who’d want to contemplate a world utterly devoid of paper towels?  Thus.  if we are to be using them (sigh), then  let them be the best…  As determined by Consumer Reports… 

Check out this fine short history of MAS’s Place of the Week:  The Hayden Planetarium.

Ever wonder how the expression “23 Skidoo” arose?  (Us neither, but it’s funny and very New York!)

Yes, we’re ready for animals, too:

It may be Christmas, but tell that to the folks in Wyoming who are doing their best to reinstate shooting wolves on sight.  Should you wish to speak up for this iconic western animal

Meanwhile, how about the 10 most popular dog names of 2011?

Didn’t we always know that cats were zen?  But yoga enthusiasts as well?

We leave you with the strange, little adorableness that is this baby bat...   (No, really!)

We’re dreaming of a green Christmas,

UGS 

 

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Hello, UGSiders!

These days, what is a week without good NYC news?

Beginning with the 3 new green codes passed by our City Council and covering air, wastewater and use of recycled asphalt! 

Not only that but LEED has just included migratory bird safety into their criteria for certification…  Meaning that you – Mr. Architect and Mr. Developer – have taken measures in facade design and lighting that prevent flocks of poor brids from crashing into your building!  (For more…)

On an  even more local  note- actually it doesn’t get more local – we are pleased to announce two dates for upcoming Recycle-O-Rama events:  Saturday, January 7th, 2112 at 82nd Street and Sunday, January 29th on First between 92nd and 93rd Streets!!

On the menu will be electronics recycling, paper shredding, clothes collection, plus all our usuals.  

We’ll be including detailed lists of items accepted in each category commencing with next week’s newsletter.   

But how about this week? 

Saturday, December 10th:   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, Rabbits’ Run Farms, Silver Thread Vinyard and Ballard’s Honey.

Speaking of Ballard’s Honey…  This just in from Market Manager Caroline:  “Keep those pesky winter bugs at bay with some tea and honey!  Saturday at 82nd Street you’ll be able to sample several varieties of fortifying sweet nectar from Ballard’s Honey with piping hot herbal tea.   Stop by my table for a cup to keep you warm while you shop and let me fill you in on the  incredible health benefits of pure, local honey. 11am to 1 pm.”

Hold your heads high, folks…  So last week, you broke all previous non-Recycle-O-Rama records with 33 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 52 ( had to drag the bag to the green taxi!) pounds batteries. 

YTD (from 3/26):   581 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 1,203 lbs batteries!!   (Be very proud!)

Sunday, December 11th:  92nd Street Greenmarket 

92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am–4pm

With us will be the Stannart and Gonzalez Farms, Meredith’s Bakery, American Seafood and Nature’s Way Honey.

Yes, the market season’s winding down, but these last two weeks are going to be just great… 

Great as in this week Market Manager Allison’s cooking demo featuring breakfast treats…  And next week’s holiday music performed bythe fantastic Opera Collective!

Totals for the previous two weeks are:  4 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 9 pounds batteries.

YTD (from 6/19):   121 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 246 lbs batteries.  (Getting up there!)

Lots of potential holiday good works in this week’s miscellany:

As in Jan Hus Prebyterian Church’s Annual toy drive for kids up to 15 years in age.   Drop off at 351 East 74th between First and Second or for pick-ups and/or more information, call  Liz Nellis at 917- 720-9710.

ESNA will also be collecting toys and books for children up to 11 year old at their annual holiday sing, this year at the TD Bank rotunda, NE corner of 64th and Third Avenue on Tuesday, December 13th, 6pm.  

Don’t forget New York Cares annual coat drive with its many UES drop-off points including Precinct 19 and Janovic Paint.  For a complete list

Still looking for that right-for-you volunteer opportunity, do take a look at the multi-faceted ReServe.

Off the seasonal track, but so important it’s appeared in all our electeds most recent newsletters:

“Join Your Community Board                                                                             Do you want to:  Make changes in your community?
Be a community decision-maker? Advise your elected officials on the issues you care about?   If so, join Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer for an Informational Meeting on Manhattan’s Community Boards either on Wednesday, December 14th, 6:30 – 8pm at 163 West 125th Street, Room 8C or Thursday, January 5th, 6:30-8pm, Municipal Building, 1 Centre Street, 19th floor.  RSVP at 212.669.4465 or conference@manhattanbp.org.”  

Okay, okay!  Let’s lighten up: 

Want to feel like an intellectual pygmy in a really a good way?  Check out 20-year old inventor Katherine Bomkamp

Back (briefly) on a serious note, our crazy weather is feeding fears for the Adirondacks’ unique ecology.   

Meanwhile, yet another rich archeological find downtown leads one to wonder what of our past has been ground to dust by the contractors entrusted with building the Second Avenue Subway?

On the other hand, the magnificent Beekman Towers at First and 49th Street survives…

Know somebody who’s stood fast in preserving the architectural fabric of our Upper East Side?  Then nominate that person to receive the recognition they deserve from the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District!

Ever wonder what’s in spray snow?

Of course you knew Santa is a New Yorker!

Is this or is this not the perfect flower for a freezing day?

Plastic bottles vs. aluminum cans…  Which triumphs in a head-to-head recycling duel?

At last!  A map of NYC’s wonderful mews

Just one animal this week…

Pusuke, the reigning world’s oldest dog…  All of 26 years and 8 months…  As in 187 (rounding off) human years…  Has passed away

We will be green and greener,

UGS

 

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Greetings, UGSiders!

May your Thanksgivings all have been wonderful ones!

Good news:  In light of the huge turnout (more than 6,000 people) at 4 statewide hearings and 10,600 letters and emails, our Governor and the DEC  extended the period during which we the public may comment on the NYS’s hydro-fracking proposal by a month, until January 11. 2012.

If you haven’t yet made your feelings known, PLEASE do so now.

Glad local tidings as well:  With nary a whisper about the imagined threat to bricks-and-mortar establishments, Community Board 8’s Street Fairs Committee re-approved 82nd Street  for year round operation in 2012!

A giant thank you to all of the very many who contacted CB8 on the market’s behalf.

AND some 30  adults cats were adopted on the ASPCA’s Cat Friday last week!

With that, herewith:

Friday, December 2nd through Thursday December 8th:  “The Big Fix” Screenings

AMC Loews Village 7, 66 Third Avene  at 11th Street, 12:30 and 6pm
 
Mix journalism with deep trolling of arhives and you get the eco-horror story that was/is the sinking of the Deep Water Horizon.  An official selection at Cannes.  To view the trailer… 

Saturday, December 3rd:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

With us be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Raghoo, Gajeski, Samascott,  Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

PLUS  some  old and new friends be added to the mix…   Ballard’s Honey (with us all last winter, you’ll recall) returns with golden deliciousnes produced by NY bees…  AND  the Silver Thread Vineyard of Lodi, NY –  vintners of wine produced via sustainable practices –  makes their 82nd Street debut !

Not only that BUT Market manager Caroline’s celebrating the day with the gift of one of those fabulous reusuable Greenmarket shopping bags when you spend $20 at any one farm stand!

Yes, I was absent from NYC last week, but here’s the previous 2 weeks’ pretty amazing accumulation:   30 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 48 pounds batteries.

YTD (from 3/26):   548 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 1,151 lbs batteries!!   (Believe it!)

Sunday, December 4th:  92nd Street Greenmarket 

92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am–4pm

With us will be the Stannart and Phillips Farms, Meredith’s Bakery and American Seafood.

Sadly, the Stellar Cooks’ season has come to end (everywhere in the city, not just at 92nd),  but and happily they’re all but dead certain to return to us next summer.

And, as you’re doubtless aware, the market’s last day – till reopening next June – will be December 18th.

We’ll be commemorating the day and celebrating 92nd’s most successful season yet with fantastic holiday music from the Opera Collective!!  

So,, yes, I was missing from 92nd Street last Sunday as well, but the totals from the previous two weeks are:  5 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 5 pounds batteries

YTD (from 6/19):   117 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 237 lbs batteries.  (Excellent!)

Sunday, December 4th:  Carl Schurz Park  HolidayTree Lighting

East End Avenue at 86th Street, 5pm

With music by Cantori New York and the Orbital Brass Quintet.  There’ll be community caroling, too…  Not to mention hot chocolate and candy canes for one and all!  Be there, folks!

(Giant Minorah Lighting’s set for December 25th, 5:30pm on the 86th Promenade.)

Thursday, December 8th  Make A Holiday Yeti

American Museum of Folk Art, 2 Lincoln Square, 6pm

Always wanted to stitch together your own little Abominal Snowman?  Here’s your chance and under the tuteledge of Diana Schoenbrun, crafter, puppert builder and author.  Free for members; $10 for non-members.   For more and tickets 

Friday, December 9th and Saturday, December 10th:  Holiday Candlelight Tours

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum,  various times both evenings 

Experience Christmas as it would have been on East 61st Street in 1830, complete with “drinking” chocolate and period candies.   Adults $20.  Members $10.  Children under 12 $5.  For times, details and reservations

Saturday, December 10th:  Watershed Relief Map Presentation

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

Way too big to be displayed at the 1939 World’s Fair as originally intended, not seen again until 1948 when it was included in NYC’s Golden Anniversary Exposition, this stunning map was rediscovered in a dusty corner of the Jerome Avenue Pumping Station and fully restored by our own DEP.  You can now see this 32 X 20 foot wonder yourself (and it couldn’t be more kid-friendly),  $5.  For tickets and more

On the horizon:

Saturday, January 7th and Sunday, January 8th:  Mulchfest at Carl Schurz Park

Christmas Tree Drop-Off at 86th Street and East End Avenue, 10am – 2pm

Why should that beautiful balsam or blue spruce end up in landfill when it can be turned into mulch that’ll make the park just that much more gorgeous…  Why indeed!  

On to miscellany:

A good thing happened to the roof of the Free Library of Philadelphia, a building of the same vintage as our magnificent 42nd Street branch.

And then there’s this gorgeous (and inspiring) Brooklyn green wall

But to return to green roofs…  They don’t just shoulder a lot of burden of rain run-off (especially in places like NYC with archaic systems), as per a Fordham U study:

“Up to three times as many species were found to utilize green as compared to traditional roofs; species found exclusively on green roofs included common raven, peregrine falcon, ruby-throated hummingbird, willow flycatcher, carolina wren, wood thrush, cedar waxwing, and field sparrow.  The quality of the habitats can be judged in part by the amount of prey available, and on green roofs arthropods (insects) were 11 times more abundant than on traditonal surfaces. “

For some additional reading on the real-life effects of fracking in our mid-Atlantic region,  especially Pennsylvania where the practice has reached its fullest flower…

Okay, so we’re beating the subject into pulp, but it is important for us all to be fully informed…  Thus, in case you missed the Times Sunday Magazine piece on – you guessed it – fracking in PA.

The results of H2O’s School Recycling Survey are in…  Interesting stuff…  With – no surprise – custodians needing to be taken in hand.

Familiar with “backhouses”?  We surely weren’t until this article on  GVSHP’s great “Off the Grid”

Trust the brilliant Christopher Gray to ruminate brilliantly on what it is to be a New York pedestrian past and presently

A 30-year side-by-side trial of conventional and organic farming methods at Pennsylvania’s Rodale Institutes shows that organic farming outperforms conventional farming in every measure.  HA!   Read all about it!

Long Island’s green profile is…  Well…  Getting greener by the day.  Now they’re building affordable homes while training folks for/creating green collar jobs.

Yes, the High Line but now there’s an equally innovative park proposal for the old Delancey Street Station

The Culinary Trusts just announced a grant program for culinary professionals to help implement Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools initiative.  Grants may be used for gardens, curriculum, cooking classes, cafeteria and more and are intended to encourage culinary professionals to volunteer at Title I schools throughout the country.  For more details.

How about a 1940 NYC Restaurant Guide

Give this cardamon tea a try.   It’s great!

Time for some animals:

A black bear never looked more adorable

Yes, Virginia, humans are not alone in celebrating Thanksgiving…  Lemurs get down on feasting, too!

It’d been 29 years since our official insect was last seen in NYState, but participants in the Lost Ladybug Project refused to give up, finally hitting pay dirt in Amagansett.   Congratulations and welcome back home, nine-spotted ladybug!

Got to be the premiere animal video of the week…  We’re talking kitty as living turban!

And taking top honors in the Cuteness Category…  We give you Sleeping Puppy

Not for nothing is one of the Christmas colors green,

UGS

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