Happy Year of the Dragon, UGSiders!

Amazing fact:  1 in 300 Americans is attending public school in NYC!

Alert:  Check the date on your carbon monoxide detector.  If it’s more than 5 years old (the life span of these things), your landlord’s obliged to replace it.  Yes, Mr./Ms. Landlord may levy a one-time charge of up to $25 for the new alarm but, needless to say, the expenditure’s totally worth it.

An anouncement:  On December 8th the NYC Council passed 3 fine, new regulations covering  improved filters for ventilation equipment (less soot),  concrete wastewater from construction sites and the requirement that most new asphalt surfaces contain 30% recycled asphalt! 

And a request:  Comments on the vast amounts of water required for the fracking process are now being accepted by the NYState Department of Environmental Conservation.   To easily make your opinion known, just hit this link

On to the week ahead:

Saturday, January 21st:   82nd Street Greenmarket

82nd Street, between First and York, 9am – 2pm

At their tables will be Bread Alone, Raghoo, Gajeski, Samascott,  Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms, Silver Thread Vineyard, Ballard’s Honey and American Seafood!

(Now that it’s so cold, Rabbits’ Run fantastic lavendar hand cream is  vital!!) 

Okay, let’s talk recycling…  And the insanely great totals  racked up at January 7th’s Recycle-O-Rama are:  3,200 lbs electronics, 9,000 lbs paper shredded, 19 bags of clothing, 23 pairs of glasses, 61 pounds of batteries  and 32 lbs  #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs and corks.

As for last week, how about 38 lbs batteries and 21 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges.

That makes our YTD (from 1/7/12) totals:  99 lbs batteries; 53 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, celllphones and cartridges. 


Saturday, January 22nd through Sunday, February 12th:  Quality of Light Photographic Exhibition

The Octogon Gallery, 888 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, 9am – 9pm daily

If you’re not familiar with photographer (and neighbor) Francine Lange’s work, you should be.  Free.  For a taste and incentive to see the real thing … 

And the week following:

Thursday, January 26th:  “The Greenhorns” Screening

John Haynes Holmes House, 28 East 35th Street, 7:30pm

Three years in production, the film explores the lives of America’s young farming community.  The filmmakers’ hope is that their work will inspire those considering a career in agriculture.  Suggested donation:$5.


First Avenue between 92nd and 93rd Streets (west side of First), 10am – 3pm

Electronics (working/non-working)…  Paper in need of shredding…  Clothes/Fabrics.    We’ll take all of that and more – like batteries, Britta filters, eye glasses, CDs/DVDs and ink cartridges.   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.)



Please remove paper clips and spiral bindings.

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


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

Down the way:

Monday, January 30th:  Residents for Sane Trash Solutions Meeting

Chapin School, 100 East End Avenue, 7pm

Plenty of plans afoot to thwart plans for that garbage transfer station on the river at 91st.  Learn what they are and what you can do to preserve the neighborhood’s environment and quality of life.  See you there!  (Be great if you’d rsvp at info@sanetrash.org.)

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

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

Twelve hours of theory capped by a hands-on experience in April.  And you just have to hop on a crosstown bus!  $150.  For more

Tuesday, February 7th:  Sustainable Landscape Trends

Skanska Offices, Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, 32nd Floor, 6:30-8pm

Organized by the Urban Green Council and presented by Patricia Olmstead, covered will be subjects from native plants, to green and cool roofs and garden facades.  Free for members.  $5 non-members.   For more and tickets… 

This week’s miscellany:

Not affecting the UES but most concerning that once again the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission’s come up short.  That is, while they did designate an East 10th Street Historic District, they didn’t act quickly enough to prevent a developer from obtaining a permit to plop an addition atop an 1847 building on the block.  Rather like what Stahl’s gotten up to with the First/York Avenue Estates and you’d  think the Commission would, at this point, be sufficiently weary of being wrong-footed that they’d be moved to develop a real and effective counteractive strategy. 

Meanwhile, two nights ago, Community Board 8’s full board voted against Stahl’s hardship application which now moves it to consideration by the Landmarks Commission.  Cross your fingers.

On a happier note, Lamartine Place, running from 333 to 359 West 29thStreet and which includes a stop on the Underground Railroad, has been granted Landmark status.

Consumer Report’s just green-rated water filters

You did know that Memorial Sloan-Kettering will be putting up another building, this time an out-patient surgurical facility on the northwest corner of York and 61st Street?  In that regard, DNAinfo published a comprehensive map of the medical facilities existing and planned on our turf. 

Britain’s Passive House Academy’s set a series of courses in our own NYC, including Certified Passive House Designer and Certified Passive House Consultant.  Check the ciriculum out

Audubon New York’s offering a pretty wonderful volunteer opportunity…   Teaching public school kids  grades 2 – 4 about the very real and varied environment here in NYC and in their own neighborhoods via the “For the Birds” program.   For more call Haley Main at 212-979-3064.

And in the realm of do-able Citizen Science, you could help Boston’s Museum of Science, researchers from Tufts University and Fitchburg State College conduct a firefly census this summer…  And you know we have fireflies  on the UES –  at the very least at Isaacs/Holmes and Schurz Park!  For more

The current, lovely Greenroof of the Week is in Queens!

If  you object to Walmart selling genetically engineered sweet corn to customers this summer, you can tell them here

Or believe that the notion of an “interim nuclear storage site” – killed off in the 90’s and which would have had nuclear waste transported all over the U.S. to the seismically challenged Yucca Mountain – should stay dead as a door nail…  

Or are curious as to just what effect regulations have on jobs… 

One last serious note:  Texas – yes, TEXAS –  is about to spend $8.7 billion improving its electrical grid

One decent use for plastic:  Reusuable moving cartons.  Check ’em out

Always so special these photographic projects that study a particular location over time…  In this instance Brooklyn’s Myrtle Avenue.

Who knew that NYState had organized something as lovely as the online Hudson River AlmanacOne can read, subscribe and even contribute.

Or that the Hudson River Greenway has just turned 20 years old and with really impressive achievements?

Your wait for some animal action is now officially over:

What happens when a bunch wild and crazy scientists attach a tiny cam to a collar and put that collar on an Alaskan grizzly bear for a month?  Well

You’ve encountered those kids down at Union Square offering free hugs?  Well, this monkey is moved by the same spirit

No, you certainly haven’t heard the last of those adorable baby sloths



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