Happy Frederick Law Olmstead’s birthday, UESiders!

How does it feel to be just that much greener – you clothes recycling composter you – than you were last week?

Week #1 saw the accumulation of 6 of those huge duffel bags of clothes and 5/8’s of a massive compost bin filled!!

Truly impressive, folks.

So, now that even those of us who never thought they would are now telling themselves that, yes, they’d be saving up their food scraps too if only there was an attractive, odorless container to store the stuff for 7 days…  Well, guess what? There are several and –  thanks to a Cook’s Illustrated  article spotted by reader Sosi Ermarkaryan – here’re what they are!

Underscoring that desire is this article from The Times  encouraging the use of compost (processed compost not the raw stuff) in our gardening efforts…  This rather than  releasing CO2 in peat moss.  

Do pat yourself on the back.

Then beam with pride that America’s just retaken the lead in clean energy investment!!

Long may we retain a steely grip on that first place.

For sure, we’ve got an intensely green week ahead:

Friday, April 27th:  “Permaculture – The Growing Edge” Film Screening

The Gallery Room, John Haynes Holmes House, 28 East 35th Street btween Madison and Park, 7pm

What’s permaculture, you ask?  Well, it’s a philosophy that combines ecological design with sustainable living and agriculture.   This doc presents some of the movement’s leading lights and their innovations from sheet mulching to cleaning up oil spills with mushrooms.  Suggested $5 donation.  

Saturday, April 28th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

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

Ballard Honey should be back.

AND, yes, our Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess will be on hand, too…  Honing blades and also taking recycling in hand while I’m on duty down with Recycle-O-Rama down at St. Catherine’s Park. 

AND, of course, Coordinator Shayla will present as well, guiding our composting and clothes collecting efforts.

Even so, let’s refresh all our memories as to the rules: 


  • 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 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

CLOTHES (in any condition):

  •  Hats
  •  Belts
  •  Linens
  •  Fabrics of all kinds
  •  Shoes

Last week’s recycling totals:  46 lbs batteries; 16 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 6 bags of clothes; 5/8 compost bin.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals:  544 lbs batteries; 248 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 18 pairs of glasses; 6 bags of clothes; 5/8 compost bin. 

(Truly awesome.)

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…  See you there!!

One last time…  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.

Eye glasses, too!

Thanks again, Council Member Lappin!

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

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

Recycling is us this Saturday.  A quick pass by East 77th and those old pill bottles will be history!  

Farther out:

Thursday, May 10th:  Art and Capitalism Lecture

Brecht Forum, 451 West Street, 7:30pm

UESider Paul Werner , noted author of “Museum, Inc.” (and 82nd Street Greenmarket shopper),  presents his most recent work ,”The Red Museum”,  and discusses the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a prime example of capitalism at work in the art world.  Tickets priced on a sliding scale of $6, $10 and $15, but free for Brecht Forum subscribers.  For more… 

Saturday, May 12 through Sunday, May 13th:  Family Sleep Over at the Bronx Zoo

2300 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx

And we quote, “Pitch your tent on historic Astor Court just steps away from the Sea Lion pool, then make your way to a delicious barbecue dinner, complete with musical entertainment…”  And that’s just for openers!  (Love the marshmallow roast!)  $200 per person all-inclusive.  For tickets and more details

Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th:  Hudson River Festival

The Hudson River from Albany to NYC

Year 3 and there are already 150 events on the festival’s rich and diverse schedule of events.  For the full rundown… 

Sunday, May 20th:  Bronx River Bike Tour

Meet at the Williamsburg Oval, 10 am

Another great outing from NYC H2O’s Matt Malina – this time co-guiding Samelys Lopez.  Explore the 18 mile length, the past and the present of our city’s only true fresh water river.  $20.  Benefitting VeloCity, the youth bicycle program.   For tickets and further details

Tuesday, May 29th – Thursday, May 31st:  Stonehenge Sunset Interval

Anywhere unobstructed on Manhattan Island and looking west…  But you know you shouldn’t ever be gazing directly at the sun, yes? 

As for this week’s miscellany:

On the eve of the eve of Recycle-O-Rama and your contemplation of that old computer you can’t bear to part with on the one in a zillion chance that your new one just might crash, Sharon Lowenstein – AKA the Organizing Goddess – has a solution for you!

Happy to say, our fairly newly-minted Assemblymember Dan Quart’s getting down on the annoying profusion of illegal signage on the UES.  Read all about his initiative to tame visual pollution...  Then send him a photo of an example extant in your hood:  danquart.nyc@gmail.com.

Feet firmly on the soap box now:

If you think the days of polar bear fur rugs should be over and done with, you can express that opinion here

Or that Dow Chemical has some nerve reviving a modified form of Agent Orange

Or that it’s pretty pathetic that Discovery Channel would run a doc on global warming without ever mentioning climate change

Okay, time to calm down:

With some the earth’s most untouched spots

And the Botany Photo of the Day

If you missed Episode 1 of PBS’s “America Revealed: Electric Nation” debut last night, you can watch it (and catch up with the series which will be airing Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10pm) online…  

Got a great fishing-related photo in your album?  Then enter it in Trout Unlimited’s Best Angler Photo Contest!

Meanwhile, the great people at TreesNY have entered themselves in Odwalla’s fruit tree competition (fruit trees to be planted in NYC), so cast your vote if you’d like them to win

Strange that we’d never noticed the sea of black roofs visible north, south and west from the Roosevelt Island Tram…  Good thing that our city’s got its Cool Roofs Program up and running again this year…  Let’s get that free white paint on those suckers!  

Totally off the beaten path is this video of the young Brooklyn native who’s reviving the art of pizza dough throwing

Oh, those animals:

Yes, folks, cats can definitely beat their auto feeders into submission…! 

It was covered in snow from that Nor’easter earlier this week but the soon-to-be hawk parents hung tough on their nest…  Hatching imminent and it’ll be captured by Cornell’s live redtailed hawk stream!

They’ve got a camera on a blue heron nest as well!  (You’ll hear crickets and frogs if you check in after dark…)

Yup, we’re talking bats again…  Pretty darned amazing thermal images of little, furry bats at rest in deep, dark cave

Strange to tell, there are at least 10 famous whales… 

Just when you thought you’d finished voting for things this week…  Hippity-hop to the Bronx Zoo’s site and vote in the Adora-Poll for the cutest zoo baby!

We close with another excerpt from the Hudson River Almanac:

4/17 – Manhattan, HRM 3.5: Things began slowly on this morning’s New York City Audubon Bryant Park Bird Walk. We had the resident gray catbird, a hermit thrush, but not much else.  Then, just after 8am, sparrows started popping out of shrubs and dropping from the trees to hop on the lawn and glean for insects. First two swamp sparrows, then white-throated sparrows, song sparrows, a field sparrow, chipping sparrows, a savannah sparrow, and an eastern towhee. We also had at least two brown thrashers flying back and forth high in the London plane trees, as well as a couple of ruby-crowned kinglets and a yellow-bellied sapsucker.    –     Gabriel Willow

Incredible there’s such an abundance of wildlife at 42nd and Sixth!

In spite of everything, the world just will be green,



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