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,


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