Happiness reigns, UESiders!!

Yes, compost collection!  Doesn’t get any better in our eco world!  Congratulations to us!

Congrats, too, to the deserving winner of New Yorkers for Parks’ 2012  Daffodil Photo Contest, Megan Kimmins for the lovely display at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanic Garden she captured:

A great way to head into the coming week:

Saturday, April 14th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

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

And, yes, Ballard Honey is back!!

With spring coming on, we’re encouraging all our vendors to let us know what new they’ll have on offer…  This Saturday,  Rabbits’ Run lists:  “pork chops, boneless cutlets, smaller loin end roasts, tomato basil sausage, green onion sausage, spare ribs, country ribs, salad greens and fresh herbs.”

In case you’re curious as to the origin of their eggs:

BETTER NOT FORGET OUR MONTH-LONG SPECIAL EVENT!!!!!!

PRINT OUT YOUR COUPONS. FOLKS!!!

**82nd STREET APRIL COUPONS**

Last week’s recycling totals:  41 lbs batteries and 15 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals:  555 lbs batteries; 218 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges and 16 pairs of glasses. 

(Amazing.)

Sunday, April 15th:  Walking Tour of Combined Sewage Overflows (CSO) along the East River Blueway

 East River Esplanade below the Brooklyn Bridge, on the water near South and Dover Streets, 1 – 3pm

Yes, you read the title of this outing right…  Led by Lower East Side Ecology’s Dan Tainow, you’ll emerge from the jaunt in full command of the gruesomeness that ensues when NYC gets more than a half-inch of rain.  Free.  To register

Now till fall, Tuesdays,  3- 6pm, First Saturdays of the Month, 10am – 12pm:  Visit the Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project Visit and Work Days

Metro Baptist Church Rooftop, 410 West 40th Street 

Truly, where there’s will and ingenuity there’s a way…  Witness the second year of a garden that’s fed hundreds and planted in small, blue kids’ wading pools.  Needless to say, great for the whole family.  For more

Then it’s Earth Weekend 2012:

Check out four of the fun events in Manhattan… 

Saturday, April 21st:  82nd Street Greenmarket

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

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

AND YOU GUESSED IT…

COMPOST COLLECTION BEGINS!!

Here are the rules for what you can bring:

YES:

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • YES Non-greasy foood scraps (rice, pasta, bread, cereal, etc.)
  • Coffee grounds & filters and tea bags
  • Eggs and nut shells, fruit and vegetable pits
  • Cut and dried flowers, houseplants and potting soil

 NO WAY:

  • NO Meat
  • NO Fish
  • NO Bones
  • NO Greasy food scraps
  • NO Fat or oil
  • NO Dog or cat waste
  • NO Kitty litter, coal or charcoal
  • NO Coconuts
  • NO Diseased or insect-infested houseplants
  • NO Soil
  • NO Compostable plastics

Store in fridge or freezer to reduce/eliminate odors.

Or check out charcoal filter-equiped counter top or floor bins like the ECO… 

Really, folks, we struggled to get this widely, deeply desired service for our market and ONLY by following the rules above will we keep it!

Saturday, April 21st, 10am – 7pm and Sunday, April 22nd, 11am – 6pm:  2012 Green Festival

Javitts Center North, Eleventh Avenue between 39th & 40 Streets

Organic food, live music and, more to the point, a Green Marketplace featuring products and services, DIY green workshops, lectures from environmental notables and much more.  For tickets – from $10 – $49 – and further details

SUNDAY, APRIL 22nd:  EARTH DAY!

One more time, check out four of the fun Earth Day events happening in Manhattan…   Celebrate our planet!!  Get yourself outside and revel in it!!

And then:

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…  Our own slightly delayed UES Earth Day Celebration!

Get those posters/flyers up in your buildings and into friends’ hands!

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.

Eye glasses, too!

And we thank Council Member Lappin for making it all possible!

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

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

En route to Recycle-O-Rama or on the way home, get rid of those ancient prescriptions you’d never, ever flush away or rinse down a drain!  

Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th:  New Amsterdam Bike Show

275 Hudson Street, Manhattan, 10am – 7pm

And we quote, “The best of roadbikes, dutch bikes, sweetbikes”…  Yes, feed your bike lust.  $15 for a ticket good for both days and enters you to win 2 tickets to Amsterdam, Holland.  For more and to buy those tickets

On the horizon:

Saturday, June 2nd:  Riverkeeper Hudson River Sweep

Length of the Hudson River

Since 1978, volunteers power at this annual event have removed some 400 tons of debris from our great Hudson’s banks from Albany to NYC…  And that’s just one of the many projects included in this wonderful event.  For further details

Whew.  Now for some miscellany:

As residents of the city that’s given the world the High Line, who’d know better than we what enjoyment the Tappan Zee Bridge could/should provide once its replacement is built, so submit those big ideas!

On the action score, if you think BP shouldn’t be able to deduct their oil spill expenditures from their taxes

Or that pesticides shouldn’t be excluded from clean water legislation

Or that our city’s Department of Environmental Protection should follow through on its promise to build a pedestrian bridge linking the two parts of the Croton Aqueduct Trail presently bisected by the Major Deegan!

As if we didn’t already know that New Jersey Governor Christie’s cancellation of a new Hudson River tunnel wasn’t a retrogressive move, now it also seems to have been considerably motivated by a desire/political need to feed the state’s near bankrupt transportation fund and keep its gas tax low (it’s second lowest in the U.S.A.).  Hummmmm…. 

Meanwhile, energy’s building out there for a revival of the Fulton Street Fish Market

But let’s talk a fantastic development in the present… i.e. A huge, 100,000 square foot roof top farm abuilding at the Brooklyn Navy Yard…  Joining the 6 commerical roof top farms already in existence throughout the city…  With more to come!

Totally exciting, too, is the move to rooftop gardens on residential buildings…  One of the pioneers being Upper East Side resident and East 93rd Street Association principal, Tara Reddi!!  

In honor of Earth Day, Place Matters’ choice for their “Place of the Month” is Inwood Park which among its many attributes contains remnants of the original forest that covered Manhattan!  For more of Inwood’s history and fabulous features… 

One more reason to want to travel to France…  The Domaine de Chaumont-sur Loire, the first art center devoted to the relationship between artistic creation and nature

more warm and fuzzy than striking Botany Picture of the Day…  With some pretty unbotanical (but funny) commentary below.

We know quinoa tastes good and is good for us and here’s just how good

Totally off the beaten track, but for those with kids entertaining a medical career, the NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation has a new, interesting scholarship plan

Even further afield, a cinema serving beer is opening on the Upper West Side

Yes, folks we know the world’s moving in a green direction when Williams-Sonoma starts featuring chicken coops – and very nice chicken coops they are – in their catalogue! 

On to the subject animals proper:

Happily none near us, but the interactive map from Zero Extinction  helps pinpoint where animals need defending…

Like – down Texas way – the imperiled feline, the Gulf Coast Jaguarundi.  (We say it’s cute, too!)

But here on the UES, sad to note that rat poison is felling some of our fabulous red-tailed hawks

Courtesy of Cornell’s great Bird Cam, Mother and Father Blue Heron land and preen on their nest… 

And the amazing video of the week:  “The Beauty of Pollination”…    (The companion TED lecture is excellent as well.)

Getting to be a bit of habit including observations from the Hudson River Almanac…  But some habits are really good:

3/29 – Manhattan, HRN- 7-5.   This will have to be among the more interesting winters for which to try and sort out what and how many birds that normally don’t successfully winter in our region did this time or at least made it into February.         – Tom Fiore

Could be the tiniest kitten ever

But, this week, returning to things French, we close with Henri Deux, existential cat, star of Paw de Deux… 

Our UES trees are greener every day,

UGS

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