Happy Valentine’s Day, UESiders!

Instead of candy or flowers,  we at UES would be thrilled if you’d sign and send those letters to the Army Corps of Engineers and our electeds attached the email body…  Please…  (We’re such a cheap date…)

And then pay a visit to the Residents for Sane Trash Solutions’ site, and get yourself up to date on the MTS, okay? 

All righty, on to the week ahead:

Friday, February 10th:  New York Solid Waste Management Plan

Pratt Manhattan, 144 West 14th Street, 6 – 7:30pm

The “wisdom” of a panel comprised of Gavin Kearney of NY Lawyers for the Public Interest, Eric Goldstein of Natural Resources Defense Council and Brian Mahanna of the Mayor’s Office.   Needless to say, these individuals need to hear from those who have in the past lived and that they would have in the future co-exist with a garbage dump on their doorstep.  Free but RSVP required:  prattpspd@gmail.com.

Saturday, February 11th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Can’t stop the 82nd Street events…

This Saturday’s being devoted to – of course! –  Farmer Valentines…  Complete with a Valentine Photo Booth and an apple cider French toast cooking demo prepared by Market Manager Caroline!

Hey, let’s show our farmers/vendors the love they deserve…   American Seafood, Bread Alone, Raghoo, Gajeski, Samascott,  Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms and Silver Thread Vineyard!! 

Last week’s impressive totals:  41 lbs batteries and 26 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges.

(Now it takes 2 IKEA bags to get the #5 to its destination!)

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals:  183 lbs batteries; 104 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, celllphones and cartridges. 

Coming up soon:

Friday, February 17th to Monday, February 20th:  The Great Backyard Bird Count

Your New York City Neighborhood

Calling one and all and of every age to participate in some citizen science…  Identify and tally up the birds you see over this 4-day period and submit your report to the Cornell  Lab of Ornithology.  A beautiful thing.  For details

Sunday, February 19th:  Traditional Herb and Food Swap

All Saint Ukranian Church, 206 East  11th Street, between Second & Third Avenues

Bring that extra stew, soup, kombucha, kefir or herbal cream you make and swap it for another’s sauerkraut, liver pate, sprouted granola or herbal tincture.   The swaps are as varied as the foods & herbs you imagine and prepare!  A truly beautiful way for community members to get to know each other and other cultures!   Free but registration required.  For more and traditional food guidelines:   claudia@wprice-nyc.org…  And for some of this interesting church’s history

Sunday, February 19th:  Washngton’s Birthday Ball

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 1 – 3pm

Celebrate Honest Abe’s birthday 19th Century-style with period music and dances…  And you doing those dances to that music!  $15 non-members; $10 members and children under 12.  Reservations recommended: 212-838-6878.

Sunday, February 19th:  Wind and Water Turbines – What Is Their Potenital For New York City?

Cathedral House of St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Avenue at 110th Street, 12:15-2:45pm

Rooftop wind? Water turbines in the East River?  What are some of the new technologies being developed now?
How much electricity could they supply to the city power grid?  What are the pros and cons of these turbines, and what are some appropriate installation sites?   You’ll emerge from this forum with an overview of key issues.  A suggested $5-$10 donation.

Any Day or Time You Want:  “Raccoon Nation”

Saturday, February 11th, 5pm and  Online

The latest installment of the PBS’s Nature series…  Fascinating furrinesses that are ever more living close among us urbanites (remember the raccoon who briefly resided in our high 80s (before being hit by a car)?  Lots of baby raccoons on screen, too…  But – through no fault of its own – a tragically invassive species in places like Japan and Germany…

Thursday, February 23rd:   Markets of Greenwich Village – A Lecture by Karen Seiger

Hudson Park Library Branch, 66 Leroy Street, off  Seventh Avenue South, 6:30-8pm

Actually Ms. Seiger’s reach – and the book she’s presently promoting “Markets of New York” – extends to all the city and views its markets from perspectives ranging from their particular specialties  to their impact on neighborhood economies.  Free but reservations required: rsvp@gvshp.org or 212- 475-9585 ext. 35.  

Wednesday, February 29th:  Intro to Green for Co-ops & Condos

New York Society for Ethical Culture,  2 West 64th, 7-9pm

A crash two-hour workshop on NYC’s new codes, how to boost your building’s energy efficiency, trim costs and make it all-around greener.  Co-sponsored  by Solar One and  the Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums.  Free to CNYCC members.  $30 non-members.  Pre-registration required

And on the horizon:

Thursday, March 8th:   Kleindeutschland: the Lower East Side’s Forgotten Past – A Lecture by Peter Conolly Smith

Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, between Bleecker and Houston Streets, 6-730pm

News to us that the LES had a German history…  Complete with beerhalls and anarchist clubs!  Another great Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation program.  Free  but you’ll need to RSVP:  RSVP to rsvp@gvshp.org or (212) 475-9585 ext. 35. 

Sunday, May 19th to Wednesday, May 23rd:  NYC to DC Climate Ride

From Manhattan  to – 300 miles later – the steps of the Capitol Building in 5 challenging but do-able laps…  All in support of a variety of environmental objectives/improvements with moneys you raise from folks who sponsor your ride.  $75 to register, then you raise $2,400 and ride.  For more

All too miscellaneous miscellany:

Great news – given our swelling population of young – that the UESide’s got a new elementary school (P.S. 527, on the site of the former Our Lady of Good Counsel School, 323 East 91st), but it also means new district lines will be drawn.     Check them out

And that the CDC’s advisory committee is now proposing a lower limit to qualify as lead poisoning in children

So, Germany just passed laws prohibiting genetically modified foods from its marketplace.

If you think U.S. food companies should at least inform us on  labels when contents include genetically engineered fruit and/or vegetables, here one place to raise your voice

Or that we shouldn’t be growing “Agent Orange” corn in America, just click…  

Or if you think the U.S. can and should increase its auto fuel efficiency to 54.5 by 2025 (13 years away, for crying out loud!), make your voice heard here

Or if you’d like to support teen farmers organized by GrowNYC in the Bronx by purchasing the great-looking calendar they’ve designed…

For those rejecting the notion of climate change, here’s the newly issued USDA plant growing zone map… 

At last, considering the 100,000 New Yorkers who perished from the disease, an AIDS memorial in the form of a small park in the Village and with a lovely design…  

So Walmart’s going pretty green in China…  (How about coughing up some more green dollars for female employes in the U.S.A.?

Kind of dense and taking some navigation, but Johns Hopkins has done a masterful job of analyzing and visualizing where our U.S. Farm Bill moneys go

We’ve noted the wonderful Hudson River Almanac a newsletter or two ago…  Check out the latest entries and get hooked (in the nicest possible way)…

How about the 20 most beautiful bookstores in the world?

Or the oldest living thing on our earth?

Or the haunting Botany Picture of the Day?

At last, animals:

As in the gorgeous Bird of the Week…   The black-rosy finch

And a pair of cutest baby slow lorises

With green valentines galore,


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