Happy Day After Groundhog Day, UESiders,

You know, of course, that Staten Island Chuck and  Punxsutawney Phil totally disagreed about this winter’s duration.  Well, we shall see…  In the meantime, how about a short contemplation of things groundhog?  And some  groundhog trivia

What’s sure is that there was one great Recycle-O-Rama last Sunday at 92nd Street!   As in 4,000 lbs of electronics,  6,600 lbs of paper, 16 giant duffel bags of clothes and 225 lbs of batteries (that’s right), 25 lbs of #5, ink cartridges, Britta filters and corks and 21 pairs of eye glasses!!

Totally fantastic.

Add to that good news the 2 new historic districts designated this week:  the Grand Concourse Historic District, and the (Brooklyn) Borough Hall Skyscraper District.

As for the next 7 mighty fine days: 

Saturday, February 4th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

The vamp to the Superbowl and we’ll be celebrating with free, perfect-for-the-ocassion recipe packets featuring ingredients from the market…  Plus Market Manager Caroline will  cooking up sweet potato chips for your delectation.

At their tables and well-stocked with those choice ingredients will be our friends Bread Alone, Raghoo, Gajeski, Samascott,  Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms, Silver Thread Vineyard  and American Seafood.


Go 82nd Street recyclers, too!   Last week you racked up 43 lbs batteries and 25 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals:  142 lbs batteries; 78 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, celllphones and cartridges. 

Now till Sunday, February 26th:  Caribbean Garden Show

New York Botanical Garden,  2900 Southern Boulevard, The  Bronx

Whatever it’s doing outside, it’s pure tropics in the Enid Haupt Conservatory.  You can even learn to salsa.  Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm.  Members free.  Non-member adults, $20; Seniors/Students, $18; Children 2 – 12, $8.  For more info and tickets

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… 

Coming up soon:

Monday, February 12th:  Finding Bigfoot 

Animal Planet (Time Warner Channel 88), 2pm

Crank up the DVR…  There’ve been reports of Big Foot/Sasquash sightings in our very own Catskills and the Bigfoot Research Team’s in hot pursuit!

Thursday, February 23rd to Saturday, March 3rd:  “Same River” Multi-Media Performance 

Irondale Center,  85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn

Fresh from their acclaimed production of “10 Brecht Poems”, the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble now tackles hydrofracking and its effects on the New York’s watershed via improv, music, dance and video.  Tickets: $20-$40.  For schedule and details

Saturday, February 25th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

A great market shopping day, yes…  You bet!

But it also will be Official Canine Appreciation and Photo Shoot Day at the Market…  Presided over by the one and only Maddrette the Dog Paw Reader!   Be there!!

On to this week’s miscellany:

So let’s get the serious stuff out of the way…  Beginning with Manhattan areas – exclusively in the vicinities of public housing – with the highest incidence of child pedestrians injured by cars.

If you’re opposed to allowing fracking in Catskill Park, you can click here and  let our governor know…  (Wonder if the frackers have heard about those Bigfoot sightings?!)

Or if you think there should be tax parity between transit and parking benefits, then click here

Or if you support continuing the Historic Preservation Tax Credit, you can click here

Meanwhile, the CIA’s being urged to release its presently top secret report on climate change and its relevance to national security!

No, there really is no end to the relentless craziness going on in our capital.   Witness the proposal of an Alaskan Senator – payback for protecting wild lands in his state – to make Central Park a national park!

Why does that disembodied voice tell us not to lean on subway doors…?

Definitely time to lighten up:

Who knew the U.S.S. Monitor was built in the Brooklyn Navy Yard or that the Yard itself dates back to 1761?

Quite a number of job opportunities at the Botanical Garden and not all of them requiring a background in botany or horticulture.

We’re all familiar with the Lu Esther Mertz Foundation’s sponsorship of PBS programming, but who knew she also accumulated a library devoted to subjects botanical, including a 12th-century manuscript known as the Circa instans, a catalog of commonly used medicinal plants which is viewed as the first advance made in Western science since the fall of the Roman Empire.  Well, our own Horticultural Society not only has the oldest known copy, but it’s now online!

So, California’s now getting 5% of its energy from wind power!

And despite austerity in every other economic sector, the British are expanding their high speed rail

But we in NYC can report our  potholes on line!

And we’ve got our very own synchronized skating team!

Plus the Vudu Lounge is no more…

Not only that, but the State Liquor Authority’s made it a bit easier to see what bar is where and how many there are in a given area with their new online map.

Green wall/roof genius Patrick Blanc is at it again…  This time with an entire green house!   

At last, animals and heavy on the feline this time ’round:

Okay, the guy’s trained and experienced and the mother lion obviously loves him, but…  Well, you’ll see

And this kitten…  We’re talking a real sense of theater…

Tips of tulips were poking up in tree beds on 92nd Street last week,


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