Greetings, UESiders!!

We’ve all seen those tulip, crocus and daffodil tips poking up in tree beds throughout the city…  But blooms?  In February?  Yes, indeed:

(Photo courtesy of Karen Lane.)

(I hesitate to bring that small but bright blue splotch to the right of the blossoms to your attention…  Gum.    Can whoever tossed it there really be thinking it’s compost fodder?  Grrrr….)

Meanwhle, 3 cheers for the NYState Senate and their vote to bring back mass transit tax credits!

Also for Judge Phillip Rumsey of the NYState Supreme Court who ruled that communities can ban fracking within their boundaries!

And El Barrio’s Operation Fightback and Artspace whose extreme persistence has finally achieved the federal tax credit that will turn the old PS 109 on East 99th Street into affordable artists’ housing

AND the two young guys who – a la the High Line – are undertaking to work another NYC miracle with the “Low Line” by converting the old Delancey Street station to a sun-drenched garden underground garden and have embarked on fundraising via Kickstarter.  If you’d like to contribute a dollar to to this fabulous endeavor, just click here…  

Should the MTA choose to investigate the level of sound produced by nighttime blasting along Second Avenue…  Well,  we’ll cheer them too.

On to the week ahead:

Saturday, February 25th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Another great market shopping day, yes…  With heaps of apples, parsnips, seafood, goat cheese, chicken and grass-fed beef…  

Add to all that, this Saturday’s special event:  Official Canine Appreciation and Photo Shoot Day…  Presided over by the one, the only Maddrette, Dog Paw Reader extraordinaire!    See Fido and you there!!

Last week’s totals:  40 lbs batteries and 12 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals:  266 lbs batteries; 132 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges. 

Saturday, February 25th:  Just Food Conference 2012 – Eat.  Grow.  The Movement

Food & Finance High School, 525 Weest 50th Street, 8am – 6pm

The annual gathering of CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture) members from all over the city.  For more and tickets… 

Coming soon:

Saturday, March 3rd through Sunday, April 22nd:  The Orchid Show and Patrick Blanc’s Vertical Gardens 

2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 10am – 6pm

For those unfamiliar with Patrick Blanc (and/orhave shrugged off our previous mentions), he’s a bonafide genius and the Botanical Garden’s the site of his most recent masterwork.   Get yourselves up to the Bronx, folks!  Adults, $20.  Seniors and Students, $18.  Children 2-12, $8.   For tickets, directions and more

Tuesday, March 6th:  Heating Oil & Air Quality Meeting

St. Thomas More Church, 65 East 89th Street, 6pm

Who in their right mind doesn’t want lower heating costs, cleaner air and more knowledge about the city’s new regulations regarding what keeps us warm in our homes?  Presented by Civitas and Carnegie Hill Neighbors.   Free but please RSVP at  info@civitasnyc.org or 212-996-0745.

Ye olde miscellany:

Incredible isn’t really adequate to describe a 21st Century science that manages to regenerate 30,000-year old plant material... 

Of course, there’s an online kitchen garden planning tool…  Courtesy of Kitchen Gardeners International, of course.

Who knew we had a craft emporium/workshop here on the UES?  We do and appropriately named Little Shop of Crafts, 431 East 73rd Street.

The (great) Riverkeeper’s has a new anti-fracking petition out there if you’d care to sign…

Then there the Grand Canyon’s natural sound level…  If you think it should be maintained, here’s where you can express that belief.

Or if you believe Amazon shouldn’t be selling whale meat (yes, whale meat!), tell Mr. Bezos here

Back on our home turf, the Historic District Council’s just created an online archive of applications to the Landmarks Commission by those wishing to effect major changes in landmarked buildings…   The better for us citizens track and express our opinions regarding said changes.

Don’t recall the UES building Christopher Gray refers to in his recent, wonderful piece in Times, but we like to think if it was threatened today, we’d save it…

All one had to do is read how clean Sao Paolo’s subways are to be sure the MTA has plenty to learn from the Brazilian city’s transportation chiefs.

Give the renderings for the new Fulton Street Station a look…  Oh, make that Fulton Street Transit Center

Could our governor really be contemplating a new Tappan Zee Bridge without a public transit component?  Seems he is.  To learn more

Suburbs…  The word’s enough to give one chills.   Still, some interesting thinking’s going on on ways to refashion these permanent fixtures on the American landscape.

Whew…  Animals at last:

Ever hear a ruffled grouse drumming its wings?  You actually feel the throb in your bones in this Cornell Lab recording…

While we’re on the subject of birds:

This beautiful adult snowy owl was seen in late January and early February at Jones Beach.  Photo © David Speiser.

Believe it or not, this week saw the launch of a new cable channel:  DogTV.  (Indeed, you read that right.)  Designed to calm canines stressed out by their humans’ absences.  Check the promo out… 

In need of some cute stuff?   Then try Puppy vs. Broccoli

To be green is happiness,

UGS

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