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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