Greetings, UESiders,

Happy Day That Edison Parented the Light Bulb in 1880!

You recall that there’s a Residents for Sane Trash Solutions meeting this coming Monday the 30th,  yes?  (Details below.)

It’s a key element in the great, jam-packed coming week: 

Saturday, January 28th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Better be NO SNOW!

But even if there is the stalwarts of  Bread Alone, Raghoo, Gajeski, Samascott,  Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms, Silver Thread Vineyard, Ballard’s Honey and American Seafood will be at their tables!

As  your Recycling Wrangler was not last week.  (A visiting friend’s flight was delayed and the welcoming party had to wait.)

But this week?  Bring on all that #5, Britta filters, et cetera you’ve been hoarding these last 7 days!

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29th:  RECYCLE-O-RAMA – PRE-GROUNDHOG DAY EDITION 

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

Upon us at last…

Electronics (working/non-working)…  Paper for shredding…  Clothes/Fabrics.    We’ll take every bit – plus  batteries, Britta filters, eye glasses, CDs/DVDs and ink cartridges.   Be there!

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 do take paperbacks.)

Clothes:

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

Going to be great, folks!

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.)

Down the way:

Thursday, February 23rd:  Lace Knitting – Make It Thursday at the Folk Art Museum

2 Lincoln Square (at 66th Street), 6pm

Seems that every couple of decades a new generation rediscovers/ falls head over heels for the needle arts… One of the loveliest of which is lace knitting.  (Really, it’s not hard and you can make such pretty things!)  Free for members.  $10 non-members.  For more and to sign up…  

Way, WAY out there:

Saturday, April 7th:  5th Annual Pillowfight – Bunny Edition

Union Square, 3pm

And we quote, “Pillows fly and bunnies ears soar”…  Well, we’ll all have earned a bit of spring madness and this one is particularly amusing.  We commend the fertile brains at Newmindspace!  Free but you’re responsible for bringing your own pillow and bunny ears.   For details and look at last year’s hilarious event… 

A whole lot of miscellany this time round:

Remember those experimental underwater turbines they planted in the East River off Roosevelt Island a few years ago?  (They’re there on your UGS Eco-Map!)   Happy to say, they’ll soon be joined by 24 more and produce enough energy to power 1,000 homes! 

While we’re on the subject of green energy, on October 6th, 2011, Xcel Energy set a new world record for producing windpower and provided energy for more than half a million homes! 

On the flip side, we’re still only controlling 70% of sewage run-off during/after heavy –  defined by NYC as more than a half inch – but now our DEP’s deploying a new weapon…   inflatable dams

On the other hand, on January 8th, the NYC Department of Transportation announced it will be installing pedestrian signals at all crosswalks at 96th Street and the FDR!  (Stunning and Transportation Alternatives deserves some thanks for their activism in this regard.)

Assembly Member Kellner wants to know what’s on your mind…  A survey that takes not even a couple of minutes…  One for Upper East Siders…  Another for you Roosevelt Islanders.

Calling all New Yorkers who’ve been working to improve their building’s – be it apartment or townhouse –  performance!  There’s a now a prize just for you…  The EBie ( as in Existing Building) Award and you should absolutely enter yourself in the competition

Once we’ve polished off the lace knitting session, we want a chance to build our own solar panels and lanterns like these NYC high school kids!

Love this Botany Photo of the Day…   Dryopteris marginalis.

Love this new, ultra New York-centric book

Amazing that there were once actual milestones in NYC…  And a few still remain.

You might have surfed Long Island (saw a couple emerge from the Union Square subway station with boards last summer) BUT…  Well, check out this truly incredible footage

And then there’re these shots of the recent northern lights

Meanwhile, there’s a guy in the Bronx raising tilapia in – very clean – trashcans!

Pretty sure we included another design last year but, hey, the world can always use another approach to constructing an igloo.

Kinda debated where a tip on a sweet way to organize pet toys (from Organizing Goddess Sharon Lowenstein) belonged…  Hummm…  Animal related but no fuzziness or whiskers…  So it winds up as a prelude to…

The real, furry thing:

How about some pure joy in canine form

And then there’s Izzy, canine detective

Okay, we’re always saying that this or that critter rewrites the book on cuteness.  So, that’s just how it is, folks.  If only interest compounded the way cuteness does in the form of…   A bunny nibbling a banana 

A bird waking up its snoozing kitty friend

Or – get ready – a newborn fawn!

Green is the ultimate cool,

UGS

 

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