Yes, happy Easter and Passover!

Let’s celebrate with one wonderful video courtesy of reader Nell Semel…  Moving and clever and pretty much the ultimate in recycling!

So, how does NYC  – for all its greatness – measure up to, say, the recycling part of that trifecta?

Well, since Mayor Bloomberg took office and all-but ended our recycling program on the basis of – as he saw it – cost-ineffectiveness…  Then reinstated it once our landfill expenses began an ever-more precipitious climb…  Our rate has actually declined from 20% of all that’s possible to recycle to just 15% today.


Slovenia recycles at a 37% rate.

Still and even though we’re not the best in Manhattan, the UES is in the mid-20th percentile.  Check us and the competition out…  

Then recall the totals on this week’s email…  Big numbers we Upper Green Siders have recycled in just 3 months!

A moment of well-deserved pride…

Now on to the mighty fine holiday/spring break week ahead:

Saturday, April 7th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

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

Don’t worry!   Silver Thread Vineyard says they’ll be returning later this month.




(Personal recommendations for coupon use:  Rabbits’ Run’s breakfast radishes, salad greens and lavender hand cream, Rising Sun’s steaks and ground beef, Raghoo’s whole chickens,  Bread Alone’s bagettes and oatmeal cookies, any of Samascott’s apples and cider donuts, all of Gajeski’s vegs and anything American Seafood’s caught!) 

And on GrowNYC’s Greenmarket shopping list:

Baby spinach
Horseradish root
Paprika (for deviled eggs)
Short ribs

Last week’s recycling totals:  45 lbs batteries and 7 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges and 6 pairs of glasses .

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals:  514 lbs batteries; 203 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges and 10 pairs of glasses. 

(Could hardly move the bag of batteries!!)

Saturday, April 7th:  Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project Spring Kick-Off

Metro Baptist Church, 410 West 40th Street, 2-4pm

You may recall that last year – Year One of the Project – we participated in bucket-brigading several tons of earth up on Metro Baptist’s roof.  Well, it’s light volunteer work of planting and seeding the HK gardeners are in need of this year.  (Of course, everything they grow goes to local pantries!)  For more

Tuesday, April 10th:  Olmstead and America’s Urban Parks

Horticultural Society of New York, 148 West 37th Street, 6:30 – 8:30pm

A one-hour documentary covering  Olmsted and his work, followed by a panel including biographer Justin Martin, Sara Cedar Miller, official historian and photographer for the Central Park Conservancy, and Charles McKinney, principal urban designer at the New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation.  Free.  For more and to register

So much coming up soon:

Monday, April 16th – Saturday, April 22nd: EARTH WEEK

Events and celebrations throughout NYC, among them..

Thursday, April 19th:  2012 Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Peter J. Sharp Theater at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, 7 – 9pm

Viewed by many as the largest cinema festival of its kind, this year’s event benefits Riverkeeper, that wonderful guardian of our Hudson’s ecological health, and includes live action and animation looks at the natural world.  Tickets in advance:  Adults $10, Children $5.  Day of festival:  $15.  For more and ticket purchase… 

Saturday, April 21st:  Earth Day Recycling

P.S. 87, 77th Street between Columbus & Amsterdam, 12 – 5pm

Another chance for those needing to purge electronics and fabric/clothes before our own Recycle-O-Rama.  And please put your West Side friends in the know.  For more information contact Council Member Gale A. Brewer: 212-873-0282 or at Upper West Side Recycling.

Electronics collected:

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.)

Household batteries –  ONLY WITH TAPED ENDS.


Clothes/Fabrics:  Clothing (wearable. unwearable), shoes, blankets, sheets, towels.  NO CARPETING.

Monday, April 23rd:  Space Shuttle Enterprise Flies Into JFK

And there she’ll remain while her pavillion on the Intrepid is being built, completion slated for the fall 2012.  Follow progress at NYSkies  and at the Intrepid ‘s site

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…  And right on your UES doorstep!

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.)



Please remove paper clips and spiral bindings.

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.  (But we do take paperbacks.)


Including hats, belts, fabric of all kinds and shoes…  All in any condition.

Thanks for making our Recycle-O-Ramas possible, Council Member Lappin!

Saturday, April 28th: National Drug Take-Back Initiative Day 

Lenox Hill Hospital Lobby, 100 East 77th Street, 10am – 2pm

Know you’ve been yearning to clear out those ancient prescriptions you’re way too environmentally hip to ever flush away or rinse down a drain!  

Saturday, April 28th:  Old Croton Aqueduct Bike Tour

Beginning at the 42nd Street Library, 1pm

Can’t get too much of a good thing so as on this past April 1st, bike  a manageable portion of the erstwhile route of the Croton Aquaduct – the aquaduct that once supplied Manhattan’s water – from the 42nd Street Library to Highbridge, under the leadership of NYC/H2O’s Matt Malina and Hannah Riseley-White.  $20.  For more and tickets

Saturday, April 28th:  Camera Obsura Day

All over NYC

What is Camera Obscura Day?  The answer and we quote:  “Camera Obscura Day is an international celebration of unusual places, full of expeditions, back room tours and explorations of the hidden wonders in your own hometown.”  We’re favoring the scavenger hunt at the Met.  For events and details… 

Way, way out there, but so great:

Opening Friday May 25th:  Beer Here – Brewing New York’s History

New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street

Once Yorkville and beer were synonymous…  Now, one would have to be of a certain age to connect the name Ruppert with that once fabled brewery.  Nothing like an exhibition that’s all about the UES!  For museum days, hours and ticket prices…  

Miscellany…  And let’s get the icky stuff out of the way:

Two excellent opportunities to weigh in on the MTS:

1.  A request for comment on Vision 2020: NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan.  (Tell me again why it’s a good idea putting garbage facilities on that same waterfront?)

#2. The Army Corps of Engineers granted Congresswoman Maloney’s request for an extended MTS comment period.  Obviously, if you haven’t already written, PLEASE do so now.   Council Member Lappin’s newsletter gives where and what to write…

Hate (loathe/despise/excoriate/regard with contempt) the astonishingly filthy newracks defacing so many of our city’s streets?  Then help CIVITAS – long-time activists on this score – turn the spotlight on this blight

Think Mark Zuckerberg should have at least one woman on Facebook’s board? 

Or that budget cuts shouldn’t have the USDA firing 1,000 people inspecting the chicken we eat?

Or that Borough President Stringer and the City Council should reign in NYU’s expansion plans

You did hear about the explosion at a  natural gas compressor station – compressing gas produced by fracking – in Pennsylvania?

On the upswing now:

In case you missed this last Sunday’s Times’ article on the participatory budgeting experiment in 4 of NYC’s  Council Districts…  Really interesting.

Then scroll to the bottom right of Page 2 of Odwalla’s Plant a Tree contest and vote for our very own FruiTrees/Trees New York! 

So our markets are moving into their 6th year now…  The blink of an eye when one considers, say, the Turin Market…  Going strong since the Middle Ages!

Two amazing Flowers of the Day from this past week…  A Hawaiian hibiscus…  And California native, Triteleia Lilacina.

Add to that a pretty gorgeous Green Roof of the Week

Meanwhile, in whose universe are waste-to-energy plants “controversial“?  And if the process found favor with our mayor, why is he so insistent on building this MTS?

So much for the renewable energy nay-sayers…  Snow-bound Minnesota is moving toward providing 100% of their energy needs with wind and solar!

Meanwhile, on a not so grand scale, a combo solar/wind/tidal demonstration project will be built on Randall’s Island.

From Yogi Berra to artisans…  There’s some great new reading on, about and by New Yorkers

Bring on the critters:

Yes, we know…  We know…  We do have a thing about bats.  And, yes, you’re busy, but you do have time to ask for research monies needed to end the deadly White-Nose Syndome that’s killing so many of these useful creatures.

Why does it make perfect sense that Norway’s just knighted a penguin?

A genius kitten

Eat your hearts out, folks, but yours truly has held a baby pygmy hippo just like this one in her very own arms! 

We close with another entry from the Hudson River Almanac:

3/24 – Manhattan, HRM 3-1: Walking south in the Hudson River Park I once again spotted brant geese. The first group of nearly 20 was enjoying eating the algae growing on the old pilings just south of Pier 57. Another 10 were happily eating algae from the rocks of the rip-rap on the south side of Pier 52. I saw three more eating algae from the pilings by the air shaft for the Holland Tunnel…   – Caleb Davison

Better have been green algae,


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