Happy 92nd Greenmarket 2012 Renewal,UESiders!

(Deep, joyous sigh of relief.)

And happy Annual Earth Hour, too!

Yes, it’s that time of the year again when folks around the world will demonstrate concern for Planet Earth by turning out off all unnecessary lights…  This coming Saturday, March 31st,  from 8:30 to 9:30 pm.  To learn more and sign up…  

It is, after all, our one and only Mother Earth and home…

Then, Facebook people, head for the Residents for Sane Trash Solutions page and “like” the group.   (They are leading the charge against the MTS/garbage dump!)

Then click on this Times’ article describing all the clean energy Europe’s making from their waste…  THEN ask yourself why our City and Mayor are investing zillions in out-dated endeavors such as the MTS…

THEN ask why we don’t just finance advanced, 21st Century scrubbers for the Jersey City and Newark waste-to-energy plants to which Manhattan’s non-recycleables are presently shipped…  Likely for a fraction of the rumored, true $245 million cost of the proposed MTS…  Why indeed.

And now for the crazy-busy week ahead:

Saturday, March 31st:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

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

And our wonderful Market Manager Caroline’s organized the loveliest family-friendly event for this Saturday at 11am…  Making  seed spout necklaces with seeds from our own Gajeski Farm…  Seed necklaces that – helped by our human body heat – spout, can then be planted and ultimately produce things you can eat!   

Be there!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  40 lbs batteries and 14 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges and 6 pairs of glasses .

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals:  459 lbs batteries; 196 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges and 10 pairs of glasses. 

Now through Saturday, April 28th:  Torn in Two – The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

The Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, 10am – 5pm. Monday through Saturday

Maps, broadsides, photographs, and documents of the period assembled by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center of the Boston Public Library and first exhibited there.  Totally brilliant, folks, and packed with the unexpected.  Free.  For more

Sunday, April 1st:  Carl Schurz Park Easter Egg Hunt (Rescheduled from Saturday, March 21st)

Enter the Park at 87th Street just east of East End Avenue

Egg decorating…  Face painting by Sheila J…  The Carl Schurz Easter Bunny…  Moey’s Music Party…  Plus 3 egg hunt times so kids can search at their own pace…  12 noon, 12:20 and 12:40pm!   Free.

Saturday, March 31st:  Tekserve/Lower East Side Ecology Center Electronic Recycling Event

Tekserve, 119 West 23rd Street, between Sixth & Seventh Avenues, north side of 23rd, 10am – 4pm

Can’t wait till April 28th’s Recycle-O-Rama’s to divest yourself of that closet of old electronics?   Head down to this LES/Tekserve event.  (No shredding, no clothes and scroll down to the list of tech accepted under the Recycle-O-Rama entry below.)

Saturday, March 31st:  Out with Old, In with the New De-Cluttering Conference

35 West 31st Street, 10th floor, Suite 1001, 12:30 – 2:30pm

Once you’ve cleared out all that moribund tech, separate the wheat from the chaff in the rest of your existence with Certified Professional Organizer Sharon Lowenheim (AKA: the Oganizing Goddess) and feng shui expert Julie Anna Alvarez.  Members of the Mt. Holyoke Club, $15  Non-members:  $20.  For tickets

Sunday, April 1st:  Herb and Weed Study Group

The Garden of Union, Union Street, between 4th & 5th Avenues, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 12 – 3pm

Primetime for herbal and folk remedy enthusiasts eager to  share their wisdom and learn from experts Laura Sheinkopf and Claudia Joseph.  Free.  For details

On the horizon:

Saturday, April 28th:  Recycle-O-Rama – Aprez Tax Edition

St. Catherine’s Park, First Avenue between 67th and 68th, 10am – 3pm

Electronics recycling …  Paper shredding…  Clothes collection…  Just in time for that spring cleaning sweep!

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.

Saturday, April 28th:  The 17th Annual Big Swim

Asphalt Green, 1750 York Avenue at 91st Street.  

And we quote:  “A swimsational day of FREE fun swim races for children ages 6–12!   Meet Olympic and elite swimmers! Get fun FREE stuff! ”  And most of all support Asphalt Green’s wonderful Waterproofing program which, since 1993, has taught thousands of public school students how to swim  free of charge.  For times, tickets and more

Way, way out there:

Thursday, May 17th – Tuesday, May 22nd:  International Human Rights Film Festival

East Harlem Presents, Poet’s Den Theater, 309 E 108th Street, between First & Second

Set simultaneously in Barcelona, Paris and New York, fiction, documentary and animated films exploring questions of human rights, social justice and equality will be competing for coveted jury and special awards.  Yet another great event from our neighbors just to the north.  For more details

It’s back-on-the-soap-box time:

Can we believe that some 40 years later, Dow Chemical still hasn’t cleaned up their Bhopal plant, site/cause of the greatest industrial disaster in history?   If you think this sin of omission should disqualify them from being a London Olympics sponsor, express yourself here… 

Or, in our own backyard, that a new Tappan Zee Bridge might actually be built without mass transit lanes?   (Comment here…) 

Meanwhile, on the upside:

The distinguished, erstwhile Yorkville Bank Building at 85th and Third is a candidate for landmarking!   Express your support to Landmark Commission Chairman Tierney at info@lpc.nyc.gov with the simple statement:

“I urge the Commission extend landmark protection to the  1905 Yorkville Bank Building located at 1511 Third Avenue, an elegant Italian Renaissance Revival-style structure designed by architect Robert Maynicke.”

Really happy as well that the Department of the Interior’s decided against allowing uranium mining in the Grand Canyon!  (Whew!)

Don’t know what to feel about Con Ed’s conversion of its highly polluting/#6 oil burning Manhattan plants to natural gas…  Would this insure more fracking?   What do you think? 

Spotted on a West Village corner:

Ever think about starting your own radio station?  Thanks to the Local Community Radio Act and this week’s FCC dismissal of various corporate roadblocks to Low Power FM transmission, you could make that dream real.  For resources

The Coke vs. Pepsi war now extends to the greenness of their respective bottles…  A best kind of rivalry, we say!

And then there’s this especially nice Botany Photo of the Day

Animals, you say?

There’s  a month-old lamb at the Central Park Zoo and her name is Babydoll… 

Some truly amazing bird pix from National Geographic…

And trust the Cornell Ornithology LaB to come up with spring warbler identification tips!

Proud to note there’re at least two Monarch Butterfly Migration Waystations in Manhattan:  Battery Park and Stuyvesant Park…  And no way, one day soon, we can’t make one happen on our own East River Esplanade, too!   Check out the requirements

We close with this excerpt from The Hudson River Almanac:

3/9 – Manhattan: While waiting outside a building near the Battery I saw a herring gull fly high over the sidewalk and drop an object to try and crack it open. This is typical gull behavior for breaking open mussels and clams and I wondered what kind of bivalve it could have obtained in an area with a shoreline of vertical sea walls. I walked over to the busy traffic island between the Customs House and a subway entrance and saw it wasn’t a bivalve; a clever urbanized gull can perform this behavior with chicken bones too. And it worked; the thick femur was cracked and the bird had extracted marrow.     – John Waldman

Yours in abiding greenness,

UGS

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