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 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,



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