Happy Super Moon Weekend, UESiders!

Yes, at 11:35pm on Saturday, May 5th, not only does the moon become full, but since this month’s full moon coincides with the moon’s perigee — its closest approach to Earth — it will also be the year’s biggest

A worthy tribute to the last weekend’s stellar recycling effort at St. Catherine’s Park…   Yes, folks, we’re talking 2 1/2 tons of electronics, 3,600 pounds of shredded paper, 21 giant duffel bags of clothes and 26 pairs of glasses!! 

Meanwhile, up at 82nd Street, you recycling maniacs racked 7/8 of a giant composting bin, 10 bags of clothes, 45 lbs of batteries, 21 pounds of #5, Britta filters, CD/DVDs, corks and cartridges!

Totally wild!!

Deep breath. 

And now for your May gardening tip:  Dead head your daffodils…  Accomplished by running your hand down the flowering stem to the base of the daffodil and snapping if off with your thumb and forefinger. Leave leaves intact to wither.

On to the coming week:

Friday, May 4th:  NYSkies Bi-Monthly Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street, between Sixth and Seventh, 6:30pm

The subject:  The upcoming Transit of Venus, the passing of the planet Venus across the face of the sun!  Free.

Friday, May 4th: Dance Your Values

Stuyvesant Cove Park, East River Esplanade between 21st and 22nd Street, 6-11pm

And we quote:  “Come to first outdoor dance party of the season!   Solar One is host to the Dance Your Values Party…  The only FREE, outdoor, solar-powered dance party where you can make a pledge to live your values AND have a beer AND dance by the East River!”  For more details

Saturday,  May 5th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

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

Fingers crossed Ballard Honey returns.

Of course, we’ll be collecting compost and clothes as well, under the expert guidance of Coordinator Shayla.

Still – but for the last time – this reminder: 


  • 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:  45 lbs batteries; 21 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 10 bags of clothes; 7/8 compost bin.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals:  599 lbs batteries; 269 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 18 pairs of glasses; 16 bags of clothes; 1 1/2 compost bins. 

Tuesday, May 8th:  New York City Beekeepers Association Monthly Meeting

Seafearers and International House, 123 East 15th Street, 7 – 9pm

This month’s speaker:  Frederique Keller, President of the American Apitherapy Society, who’ll hold forth on the health-nuturing aspects of honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly and bee venom.  For more…  (And check out how the NYCBA signs their communications!)

Saturday, May 12th:  Carnegie Hill Historic District – A Walking Tour

Meet on the NW corner of Fifth Avenue and 86th Street, 1pm

With Bernie Cohen as your guide, explore the UESide’s second largest historic district, replete with architectural gems and varied topography.  Organiz by Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District.  Members:  $10;  Non-members: $15.  For tickets and more

Tuesday, May 15th:  May NY Audubon Member Walk in Central Park

Meet at Central Park West and 72nd Street, 8 – 9:30am

Join NYC Audubon Board Member Harry Maas for a walk through Central Park’s best birding spots during the height of spring migration. Look for warblers, vireos, tanagers, and more. Limited to and free for 20 Audubon members (more reason to join up).  For membership/reservations, call Adriana Palmer at 212-691-7483. 

(Magnolia Warbler)

Tuesday, May 15th:  Residents for Sane Trash Solutions Rally

City Hall Steps, 12:00pm

The powers-that-be expect passion to peak and the neighborhood to just lie down and accept the – they say – inevitable garbage dump…  Fat chance!!    Be there and with a sign!!

Miscellany, you say?

The U.S. Department of Energy enacted a rule last year   requiring all new furnaces installed in 30 Northern states to be high-efficiency models.  A great idea, yes?  Not according to the Philadelphia Gas Works.  (Kerosine as an alternate fuel?  In 2012?  Really?!)  For the very annoying details

Why should we have to sign a petition to know if there’s sewage in NYState waters and, if so, which ones?

Meanwhile, herewith the Riverkeeper’s latest report on the state of the Hudson…

On the plus side, now that its wild Vegas partying days have come to screeching halt, the GSA’s taking the high road, opting for responsible recycling of its old electronics and will no longer allow them to be landfilled!

Speaking of Vegas, the Atlantis Casino is now recycling its worn-out plastic poker chips!

Meanwhile, there’s a company now making structural – as in bridges – building materials out of recycled plastic!

Back in the day, cities everywhere soured on planting female trees because of resulting seed debris cluttering sidewalks.  The result:  A male tree mono-culture and the pollen fest we enjoy today…  

On the subject of much smaller plants…  Here’s the lowdown on the new “it” vegetable…  The ramp.

For those intent on growing edibles themselves – be it on a windowsill, roof or community garden – there’s a great new site:  Kitchen Gardeners International!   

Continuing on the theme, the New York Botanical Garden’s got innumerable great courses on offer from gardening to horticultural therapy to garden photography and many at its Midtown Education Center at 20 West 44th Street…

The tally and construction/rental/purchase allure of NYC buildings with  rooftop farms just keeping growing and now includes  Serviam Gardens, an affordable development for seniors at 323 East 198th Street in the Bronx.

Ever more green, they’re also harvesting rainwater up there in the Bronx!

That while a Bronx couple’s established a fish farm in plastic trash and recycling containers!

More miscellaneous still:     

Fingers crossed we never need them, but why not have instructions on how to survive a night in the NYState wilderness on mental file…

Nature and its contradictions…  As in the creepiness of most fungi – apart from mushrooms, of course – and the beauty of some others:


Ever hear of the Friends of Terra Cotta?  Check out their site

Bring on the animals:

Pretty darned epic is the only way to described NYState’s efforts stocking 3,000 miles of its coldwater streams with baby trout!

And banding our peregrine falcon population… All of which specialize in nest-building in the most inaccessible places…

And how great that we have an official Bobcat Management Plan!  (What a gorgeous creature!)

Meanwhile, one stressed-out house cat find relief in a massage

Some wild and crazy biologists have equipped an osprey nesting out at Jamaica Bay with GPS!

Lots of bird action in Manhattan excerpts from the Hudson River Almanac:

 4/21– Central Park, HRM 7.5-5.5: There was clearly a good push of neotropical migrants overnight with some rather early-birds, such as a female prothonotary warbler(Neotropical migrants winter far to the south, some in the Caribbean, Central America, and even South America.)  – Tom Fiore

 4/23 – Manhattan, HRM 3.5: Matthew Rymkiewicz reported a prothonotary warbler in mid-day at the southeast section of Bryant Park. The bird was seen moving in trees behind the New York Public Library’s main branch building.     – Tom Fiore

We close with adorableness…  In the form of baby horned owls… 

One can never be too green,


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