Happy Mother’s Day, UESiders!

May the weather but fine and the tributes be many!

Then…

Come Monday, we can all raise our glasses and salute International Compost Awareness Week!!   

(Are we ever aware on the UES!)

Sure is a lot happening these upcoming, uber- compost-aware 7 days:

Saturday,  May 12th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

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

Queen of the Knife Sharpeners (caps intentional) Barbara Hess will be with us, too!

Silver Thread and Ballard Honey return next Saturday, with Silver Thread being with us every other week thereafter.

Rabbits’ Run had catnip plants last week…  Hopefully, they’ll have more this Saturday, too!

Now beginning to appear at our market tables:

Asparagus
Blackfish
 Chives
 Garlic Scapes
 Lilacs
 Radishes
 Rhubarb
 Sea Trout
 Stinging Nettles
 Strawberries
 Watercress
 
Said it before…  Saying it again…  And it can’t be said enough:  Last Saturday, you doubled April 28th’s compost collection total!!

Shayla, Caroline and we are truly, totally thrilled!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  46 lbs batteries; 23 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 4 pairs of glasses; 10 bags of clothes; 2 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals:  645 lbs batteries; 292 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 22 pairs of glasses; 26 bags of clothes; 3 1/2 compost bins. 

Saturday, May 12th:  Carl Schurz Park Plant Sale

Schurz Park, East End Avenue at 86th Street, 10am – 4pm

Take home a plant – or 2 or 3 or an armloard from the many varieties on offer – and help Schurz Park be beautiful!   Cash, checks or credit card.  For more details

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

City Hall Steps, 12:00pm

Sign up for the free bus (at the Holmes Association Room, 1780 First, Friday or Monday, 7-9pm) or take the Lexington Ave 4/5/6 subway to the City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge stop.  Make signs, folks!  Sane Trash will have “No MTS” t-shirts for all us ralliers!  ESSENTIAL that you have your  photo ID for City Hall Security.  For more, the rally flyer and rally instructions…  Or call 212-759-6895.  For the sake of Yorkville/East Harlem…  Be there!!

Tuesday, May 15th (and every Tuesday thereafter): East River C.R.E.W. Community Row Season Begins

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 5- 6:30pm or dusk, whichever comes first

Can’t really describe the pleasure and wonder of being out on our very own East River in a sturdy, sleek, well-handled craft…  You owe it to yourself.  Free and open to all ages, all abilities and to swimmers and non-swimmers alike, with a signed waiver.   No open-toed (flip-flops, sandals, etc.) or high-heeled footwear.  For more information, email: tgilbert@eastrivercrew.org, mnhawk@eastrivercrew.org or winklemnpr@aol.com.  

Approaching fast:

Saturday, May 19th:   It’s My Park Day – Spring Edition

107th Street Pier, East River Esplanade, 10am – 2pm

We’ll be returning the favor of all the hard work – digging trenches, planting daffodils, scraping and painting a heck of lot of railing – our friends at East Harlem Presents so generously devoted to our stretch of the Esplanade last fall…  Minus the daffodil planting part, of course.  But there’ll be some intense railing scraping/painting!   For a look at the gorgeous “worksite”...  And the offical project description.   Come meet our wonderful neighbors just to the north!! 

Directions to Pier 107:  Enter the Esplanade from 96th or 103rd Street (via the 103rd Street Footbridge) and walk north to 107th Street…  OR access the Esplanade at 111th Street and walk south!

Co-sponsored by the East River C.R.E.W., East Harlem Presents and UGS. 

Sunday, May 20th:  Manhattan Valley Family Days Recycling Event

Amsterdam Avenue at 106th Street, 12-5pm

Accepted:  Electronics…  Household batteries…  Clothes/textiles…  Compact fluorescents…  Small appliances… Paper shredding (3-5pm)… 

No large appliances  i.e. refrigerators, air conditioners, etc.

Wednesday, May 30th – Sunday, June 3rd: World Science Festival

Various NYC Venues

Lectures, films, symposia and more from the likes of Oliver Sachs,  E.O. Wilson…  Well, the list is long…  And on subjects as diverse as neutrinos, coral reefs, exo-planets,  human resilience and Hedy Lamarr.  For full details…  

Round the bend:

Monday, June 11th:  “The Bungalows of Rockaway” Screening

Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at Second Street, 6:30pm

Once there were 16,000.  Now maybe 500 remain.  And this lovely 2010 film celebrates those valiant survivors.  Benefitting the Historic Districts Council.  Friends of the HDC:  $5.  General public:  $10.  For tickets…  

Sunday, June 17th:  92nd Street Greenmarket Re-opens!!

First Avenue between 92nd and 93rd Street, 9am – 4pm

We’ll be collecting composting, too!!  At both our markets!!  And here’s what and what not:

YES:

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • 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

ABSOLUTELY NOT:

  • NO Meat or 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

To be included in this program is such an honor, folks!!

Monday, June 18th:  Grow to Learn NYC Benefit 

Gotham Bar & Grill, 12 East 12th street, 6 – 10pm

Celebrate GrowNYC’s great school gardens initiative, Grow to Learn NYC, with an evening that includes  cocktail reception, dinner by Chef Alfred Portale and  friends Dan Kluger of ABC Kitchen, Bill Telepan of Telepan restaurant, and Adam Longworth of The Common Man Restaurant.  Got to be fabulous.  Tickets begin at $500. 

Wednesday, June 27th:  Annual Patrons Lecture – Monet:  Painter, Gardener, Poet, Patriot

Sotheby’s 1334 York Avenue, 7:30

Presented by Doctor Paul Hayes Tucker, curator of the NYBotanical Garden’s upcoming Monet’s Garden exhibition.  Free to patrons.  Member: $35.  Non-members: $39.  To register  or call 800-322-6924.

This week’s miscellany launches with an offer hard to refuse:

It being  that the 92nd Street Y’s CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture group) still has shares available.  For details and a link to the farm providing the produce

Now for some soap box time:

We ‘ve been there and done that with the 59th Street lantern that went missing for 4-decades…  The soon-to-be-homeless object in question this time out?  Of all things, the “Sphere” that survived the WTC collapse.  

No end of the shenanigans attempted by frackers…  If you object to their siphoning  off millions of gallons of Susquehanna River water to shatter more shale

Just in case you’re not up-to-date with the “dispute” concerning the choice of a new taxi design and that City Hall’s choice isn’t handicapped accessibile, read and catch up

An appeal from our Brooklyn Speaks neighbors who’re resisting the latest envelope-pushing desire of the Barclays Center…  This time to have to no cut-off time for the Center’s 18,000-seat bar!  Should you wish to sign the Brooklyn Speaks petition

Meanwhile, up in the Bronx and Van Cortlandt Park, the Parks Department is about to make major changes in the much-loved Putnam Trail, widening it from 8 to 15 feet,  cutting down 1.5 acres of trees and natural brush and then paving the trail with asphalt.  Locals very much object.   To read more and support them if you wish…  

Should swimmers be required to wear bathing caps in City pools?  Read, then weigh in!

Holy crow, the House of Representatives has voted to allow hunting in our national parks!  They call it the Sportmen’s Heritage Act. (Congresswoman Maloney voted “no”.)

Mercifully, however, the Sewage Right to Know Act passsed the NYState Assembly.   (Pat on the back to all who signed that petition!)

Speaking of sewage (yes, we must), for an easily understandable demonstration – the famous “Sewer in a Suitcase” – why combined sewer systems like NYC’s are such disasters, we once again turn to The Times…  

Moving on to the bright side and staying there:

For all they’re rust belt as can be, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan are exploring high-speed rail

Down in Florida, they’re turning old tennis courts into community gardens

What with all our crazy weather, no surprise the U.S. D.A. Plant Hardiness Map has been revised…

Ever wonder who devised the classic Mason jar?  Well, wonder no more…

But we digress…

The new Coast Guard Headquarters complex will have one of the expansive greenroof designs to date

Only makes sense in California, of course, and we could question why it took until 2012, but all 51 schools of the Contra Costa District are now equipped solar panels and  getting 90% of their power from them!

Ready for a computer printable house?

Or the discovery that sugar creates fear in fish?

But let’s talk NYC:

How about we produce electricity from our water pressure

Then there’re the Brooklyn pioneers who’re turning vacant lots in mini-Edens

Another fine NYTimes account, this time of the lovely, lively woman who’s lived for at least 100 years on East 84th Street…

And yet another:  Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was this underdog’s unlikely triumph

 At last, animals:

Scroll down to page 2 to view the glorious North American bird migration flyways

Pretty lovely that amongst the last people you’d think are helping troubled cats become adoptable

We bid farewell with two snippets from the Hudson River Almanac:

4/26 – Manhattan, HRM 12.5:  Bluebells were blooming as well as wild columbine.  In an hour of walking I saw one butterfly, a new one for me, sulfur-yellow with brown spots – just beautiful.      –   Thomas Shoesmith

4/28 –  Manhattan, NY62 :   Saw Mama egret with a “pink” fish…  A ten-inch-long goldfish.   Goldfish, a minnow, are not native to the East River estuary. Their presence can be traced to baitfish introduction or, more likely, parents emptying the occupants of children’s sorely unattended aquaria into the river.  – Tom Lake 

This is also NYC Wildflower Week!

Yours in enduring greenness,

UGS

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