Happy World Water Day, UESiders!!

Grateful as we all are for the rain we’ve enjoyed this last year, it’s great news that the City’s now offering $125 vouchers as incentive to replace the estimated, remaining 800,000 old-style, water-intensive toilets still in place in our 5 boroughs. 

The result:  Trimming our water consumption by 30 million of the 1 billion gallons of water we use each day!

The NYC Department of Environmental Conservation’s also committed itself to responsible recycling of all that out-of-date porcelain…  Maybe refashioning it into tile, other bathroom fixtures, foundation for road beds, construction fill or drainage material!

Thank you, NYC!

Meanwhile, if you haven’t already heard, there’s some new little New Yorkers living among us…  In the form of the recently discovered “leopard” frog (no fancy, official name yet):


Pretty handsome, yes?

Let’s get down on the week to come:

Saturday, March 24th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

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

Can’t tell you how great our Rising Sun steak was last week!

Last week’s recycling totals:  33 lbs batteries and 12 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges and 6 pairs of glasses .

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals:  419 lbs batteries; 182 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges and 10 pairs of glasses. 

(This in less than 3 months!)

Sunday, March 25th:  Cooking with Irene

Clinton Hill/Ft. Greene, 1 – 4pm

Many of you will remember our wonderful market manager of 2 years ago, Irene Plax.  Now working with the great folks at JustFood, as in 2011, she’ll be sharing her expertise in this one day class in which participants will learn to prepare 6 delicious dishes, what’re the latest gadgets and a host of useful tips.  $40.  To sign up and for exact address:  ireneplax@gmail.com.

Saturday, March 31st:  28th Annual Green Thumb Grow Together

Hostos Community College, 500 Grand Concourse, The Bronx, 8:30am – 4pm

Again we quote:  “Join a thousand community gardeners and greening professionals from all over New York City for a day of learning, sharing, networking and greening inspiration.”  $3 in advance.  $5 day of event.  For more…  

Coming up fast:

Tuesday, April 3rd:  NYC Beekeepers Assocation Monthly Meeting

Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, 7-9pm

This month:   A Swarm Prevention Workshop!   And we quote:  “Measures explained, and many swarms including on mailboxes, traffic signals, and trees will be shared, as both warnings and entertainment”!    Free.  For more on this and NYCBA’s beekeeping apprentice program…  

Tuesday, April 3rd – Wednesday, May 2nd:  New York Chapter of American Landscape Architects Design Award Exhibit

Horticultural Society of New York, 148 West 37th Street, 13th Floor, Monday – Friday, 12 – 6pm

From the master plan that’ll be greening Hartford, CT to an eco-dock in Pittsburgh, PA to a community garden in our own Harlem…  It’s the best of the best of landscape design and a perfect celebration of Landscape Architects Month.  Free. 

Saturday, April 7th:  NYC’s 7th Annual Pillow Fight Day

Washington Square Park, 3pm

Those wild and crazy folks at Newmindspace are at it again.  Come with your foam rubber pillow and be prepared to lightly flail a multitude of other participants.  (We caught a bit of it at Union Square last year and it was totally hilarious!)  Free.  For more details

Saturday, April 14th:  Harlem – From Warrior to Grandeur

Poet’s Den Gallery & Theater, 309 East 108th Street, 6 – 10pm

An evening of music, tapas, libations accompanied by an art exhibit and short film screening…  All to benefit the upcoming East Harlem International Film Festival, June 1st – 8th.  For more, contact Jill Zdanow at 717 253 4354 / jillzdanow@aol.com.

As for miscellany…  A bit of it on the cranky side:

Want to help select a conservation project that’ll get funded?  Then cast your vote here… 

Or if you’d like to speak out against the horrendous water  – you bet, water again! – pollution caused by gold mining

One last water note…  That being the world’s 9 most majestic rivers…  All in some state of peril.

Closer to home:

Our Mayor’s proposing to cut some 20.5%/$75 million from Park’s budget this coming year…

And first we hear of his administration’s proposal for the waste-to-energy and wind/solar farm approach…  (So, tell us again why Manhattan’s unrecycleables shouldn’t be going to Newark/Jersey City waste-to-energy plants?)

Still, in just the first two months of 2012, our neighbors in New Jersey installed more solar than New York State has in its entire history…  And other states are passing us, too

On the other hand, on March 13th, after years of pressure by the Riverkeeper and S.W.I.M., New York City and State agreed to invest $2.4 billion to reduce sewage pollution in the Hudson River, Newtown Creek, Gowanus Canal and other waterways!  For more details

So much for industry claims that minimal amounts of chemicals are used in fracking…  How about tons?

Just in case you’re not familiar with “pink slime” which is  presently an ingredient in NYC public school lunches… 

It’s good you’re already sitting down as you check out NYState’s biggest polluters…  With some of the more egregious (thanks so very much, Con Ed!) right in our own backyard…

Still, NYC air has improved since 1943:

 

Last – we promise – on this subject, seems workers on the Second Ave subway have been inadequately protected from silica produced from blasting…  (Now what about those of us above ground?)

Moving on to:

The Green Roof of the Week…  Affixed to The Watershed House, winner of 2011’s U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.     (Indeed, water yet again.)

This past Monday, 21 environmental groups delivered a letter asking NYS Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens to enforce a nearly 40-year-old law requiring disclosure of household cleaning products’ ingredients!

And Governor Cuomo’s just announced the “Buy Green, Save Green NYS High-Efficiency Appliance Rebate Program” which will provide rebates of $350 to folks who buy high-efficiency, Energy Star refrigerators and $250 for high-efficiency clothes washers!  For more details

DNAInfo did a lovely piece on the historic Yorkville purveyor of German food, Schaller & Weber…  More than survivor of subway construction and the advent of Fairway.  In fact, they see Union Square-style synergy in all the great new food sources on the UES!

Can’t wait for the Cooper-Hewitt’s renovation to be complete and the museum to reopen…  In the meantime, this Christopher Gray Times article on the historic structure, once Andrew Carnegie’s home.

Check out the first designs submitted for the High Line at the Rail Yards extension

And here’s what’s going on at the soon-to-be Four Freedoms Park on the tip of Roosevelt Island…

Hardly green, but while we’re speaking of design, some of the choicest ever is on display at Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee exhibition…  (Her grandmother Queen Mary bought up virtually all Romanov jewelry that Stalin put up for sale.)

Calling all nature photographers!  The National Wildlife Fund’s just launched their annual Wildlife Photo Contest

And now for the week/month/year’s most contradictory and marginally weird entry …  Featuring the above-mentioned silica, but this time in those little packets that accompany everything from new shoes to vitamins.  Seems they’ve got  further uses.  (Do ignore #1 which suggests packing them in one’s “ammo cans and gun cases”!)

And now for some animals:

There are happy dogs…  And then there’re 8 REALLY happy dogs...   (A couple of which we’ve seen before, but they hold up.)

Why shouldn’t the Jungle World have its own Facebook page?

Once again courtesy of reader Jack Donaghy, we give you the 1961 casting call for the title role in “The Black Cat”!

We do dream in green,

UGS

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