Farewell, holiday revelry!!   Hello, 2012!!

Let’s get serious.

Considerable drama at Wednesday’s Community Board 8 Transportation Committee meeting.  Agenda item #1: Installation of elevators at the 68th & Lex subway station to comply with the MTA’s agreement to provide such elevators at 100 stations and thus comply with Americans with Disabilities Act.  This is a $53 million/36 month  project that – as the MTA sees it – necessitates construction of 2  additional station entrances which they’d like to site on either side of  Lex at 69th Street.

Yes,  you remember correctly.  69th Street between Park and Third are especially lovely residential blocks.   So, of course, residents have banded together, retained counsel and will be pressing the MTA to devise a more enlightened approach.

Item #2 concerned the DOT – for reasons they seem unwilling to reveal – mysteriously changing signs regulating the time M86 and M31 buses can layover on East 92nd from round the clock to…  Well, we think we recall it being from 7am to 7pm.   MTA has since negotiated a compromise allowing layovers from 7am to midnight.  But questions remain:  Why was the change in signs made?  Who at DOT made it?  And how come DOT won’t tell anyone why?  Kind of haughty, yes?  

#3:  Bike share.  Coming soon to the Community Board 8’s internet site (we’ll let you know when) will be a map noting a myriad of potential UES sites where bike share kiosks could be located…  Sites on which the CB8 Transportation Committee will be seeking your feedback.  Already out there is a request for stations positioned nearer to John Jay Park and the Esplanade. 

Meanwhile, for an update on the proposed 91st Street garbage transfer station, the recent court decision (not great for the UES but far from the end) and what you can do defeat this exercise in environmental injustice, do check out the Residents for Sane Trash Solutions site

On the far brighter side, some fine new environmental regulations have just gone into effect…  including several benefitting schools!  

Enough!

On to week –  and major recycling weekend – ahead:

Saturday, January 7th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

With the full compliment of our vendors present…  They being Bread Alone, Raghoo, Gajeski, Samascott,  Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms, Silver Thread Vineyard, Ballard’s Honey and American Seafood!

PLUS

The Greenmarket Winter Challenge 2012
Sure, you’re at the market every week, love the food and how great you feel eating it…  Well, now you can go home with Greenmarket swag, too!

Just sign up at Market Manager Caroline’s table this or next Saturday.  Then, beginning Saturday, January 21st, check in with Caroline every Saturday you shop over the next 12 weeks.

Folks who shop 3 Saturdays get a great-looking Greenmarket tote.  Shop 6 Saturdays and collect a beautiful Greenmarket print by artist Claudia Pearson.  Shop all 12 weeks and win a magical mystery grand prize and serious bragging rights!

This Saturday also begins our recycling year and it’ll be starting strong with Reycle-O-Rama:  It’s 2012 Edition.   We’ll have our 2012 debut poundage numbers next week!

Saturday, January 7th:  Recycle-O-Rama – It’s 2012 Edition

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

You know the drill…  Electronics (working/non-working)…  Paper Shredding…  Clothes/Fabrics.  All the stuff we collect every week…  We’re waiting with open arms! 

And thanks to Council Member Jessica Lappin for the generous grant that’s making this event possible!

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 (like electric toothbrushes, mixers, blenders, etc.)

Paper:

Do remove paper clips and spiral bindings.

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.  (But, yes, paperbacks.)

Clothes:

Including hats, belts, fabrics of all kinds and shoes…  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

Remove ornaments and lights and get that tree over to Schurz Park.  Claim your biodegradable bag of mulch to pamper the trees on your block and head home glowing with ecological turpitude! 

Sunday, January 8th:  The Wooden Circus Marionette Theater

The Czech Center, Bohemian Hall, 321 East 73rd, 3pm

Puppetry’s enjoyed an amazing renaissance these last 2 decades with the artists of the Wooden Circus dedicating themselves to the classical (and gorgeous) European tradition.  Totally family friendly.  $5 suggested donation.

Monday, January 9th:  CB8 Landmarks Committee Meeting – First Avenue Estate

Marymount Manhattan College, 221 East 71st Street, Regina Peruggi Room, 2nd floor, 6:30pm

Surely you’ve observed the willful damage done to the York Avenue facade of this landmarked complex.   Now, having added long-term scaffolding to the mix and warehousing apartments, owner Stahl Real Estate – determined to replace the eastern third of the Estate with a high rise apartment building – is claiming financial hardship and is asking for de-landmarking.  Do turn out and speak in defense of UES history!  (To read more…)

Down the way:

Friday, January 20th:  Asphalt Orchestra Marches Through the Met

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, 4,6 and 8pm

Be kind of incredible to march behind a finely-honed brass band, commencing at the Met’s Egyptian Wing and the Temple of Dendur and ending up at the Charles Englehard Court!  Free with museum admission.  For more 

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

Electronics (working/non-working)…  Paper Shredding…  Clothes/Fabrics.    We’ll take ’em!

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.

Paper:

Please remove paper clips and spiral bindings.

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.  (But we’ll take paperbacks.)

Clothes:

Including hats, belts, fabric of all kinds and shoes…  All in any condition.

Sundays, February 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th:  Basic Beekeeping 

York Prep, 40 West 68th Street, 11am- 2pm

Walk in a novice.  Emerge ready to set up and tend to your very own hive!  $150.  For more and to enroll.  (There’s a March course, too.)

And do we ever mean miscellany:  

Been considering working in the non-profit sector?  Well then, the New York League of Conservation Voters is looking for a new director of corporate and foundation giving.  For the lowdown

Yes, there’s now a machine that’ll let you print your own primo quality, beautifully bound book!

Just in time for Super Bowl,  LG Electronics is introducing a new 84-inch 3D TV, boasting over 8 million pixels,  3D depth control and  1,200 apps!  Egad!

Have a previously unknown bit of history tucked away, say, in the back of a closet  or in an old  trunk ?  That’s the question National Geographic’s asking and they’ll remunerate anyone with a sufficiently worthy artifact with $10,000 for the priviledge of displaying it in a year-long exhibition entitled “America’s Treasures”.    For details and how to submit your treasure

Truly our public library system is a thing of incredible beauty and usefulness… 

Kudos, too, the the great people at Solar One who’re doing yeoman’s work in helping NYC schools to go greener!

Not only did we not know what hawthorn looks like, but who knew it was so beautiful?

And what of animals this week?

We may have done baby sloths before and they were pretty darned cute…  But these little guys?  Doesn’t get any cuter than tiny, swaddled sloths.

2012 = way greener,

UGS

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