Happy Eve of the Dump the Dump Rally, UESiders!

A two-hour period during which we will exorcise the little black but fleeting cloud created by Monday’s Times editorial…  And those of you who haven’t read it should.  Bottomline:  No mention of Isaacs/Holmes…  No mention of Asphalt Green…  No mention of the schools or day care or senior centers.  (Willful ignorance?  Poor reporting?)

A brush-off line from an old gangster film comes to mind:  “It’s only just so much velvet.”

And we are undeterred.

Let’s wallow in some good news, yes?

1.  Recycle-O-Rama:  Early Summer Edition is set for Saturday, June 30th at the 82nd Street Greenmarket.  Add the electronics we’ll be collecting and paper shredding happening that day, we’re talking 5 hours of recycling paradise!

2. In the Does-The-Right-Hand-Know-What-The-Left-Hand’s-Doing Department, this article from Bloomberg BusinessWeek detailing hero Captain Sullenberger’s objections to siting a MTS next to LaGuardia.   

3.  We totalled 2 7/8 giant bins of compost last week!!  (And more #5 and batteries than ever before!!!)

4.  Botany Picture of the Day #1:

 toxicoscordion-venenosum1

On to the amazing week ahead:

FRIDAY, JUNE 1st:  “DUMP THE DUMP” FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT

Asphalt Green Field, York Avenue at 90th Street, 5 – 7pm

Headlined by Caroline Sunshine (of Disney’s “Shake It Up”) and Upper West!!  A ton of local talent, too, including area school kids!  Gates open at 4:30pm.  We did say FREE!  There’ll be FREE T-SHIRTS for the first 1,000 attendees, too!  We want  huge head count, people!!   We’re letting them know how much dumps don’t belong in any residential neighborhood!! 

Now to Friday, August 3rd:  Phantoms of the Clark Expedition

The Explorers Club, 46 East 70th

Two thrills wrapped up in a single visit!  For sure, the exhibit chronicling 1908 expedition to China.  Then there’s the extraordinary Explorers Club itself.  Not often a chance for non-members to enter these hallowed precincts.  Free.  For says, hours and details…  

Friday, June 1st – Sunday, June 3rd:  Green Screens – Cinema Planeta

Lincoln Center Film Society, 144 West 65th Street

This collaboration with Mexico’s Cinema Planeta includes 12 films ranging from threatened traditional cultures to the consumerist society.  All tickets $8.  For the line-up, schedule and more

Saturday,  June 2nd:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

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

Market manager Emma says, “Peas are coming in and there’ll be a lots and lots of strawberries!”

Ballard Honey returns!

Sad to say, Silver Thread Vineyard is jilting us and won’t be back. 

BUT, lucky us, Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess is back to tend to our cutleries’ imperfect edges!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  52 lbs batteries; 26 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 9 bags of clothes;  2 7/8 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals: 745 lbs batteries; 362 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 22 pairs of glasses; 65 bags of clothes; 11 3/8 compost bins. 

(You wild and crazy recycling maniacs!)

Monday, June 4th:  Civitas Air Quality and Heating Oil Workshop

The Chapin School, 100 East End Avenue, between 84th & 85th, 6pm

Special consultant to the Mayor’s Clean Heat Program Ken Camilleri and a panel of other experts lead this second discussion of what Con Ed requires to deliver natural gas to your building.  Following the presentation, the panel will answer questions…  And maybe this time out there’ll be a response to queries about our city’s commitment to natural gas and the plague of fracking.  Free but you must RSVP to attend:  info@civitasnyc.org or 212- 996-0745.      

Tuesday, June 5th: Transit of Venus Viewing with NYSkies

Intrepid Museum Pier, Hudson River at 45th Street, 5pm

Take in this literal once-in-our-lifetimes astronomical event   with the great John Pazmino and fellow experts of NYSkies.   The actual Transit commences at 6:04pm.  (No looking directly at the sun!)   For more…  And still more

Wednesday, June 6th:  Intelligent Infrastructure – Designing Smart Buildings for NYC

The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC, 44 Charlton Street, 7-9pn

Experts Ariella Maron (Deputy Commissioner for Energy of New York City) and Constantine Kontacosta (founding director of the NYU Schack Institute’s Center for the Built Environment) fill us in on the future of analytics in the building space$25.  $10 for students.  For further details

Coming up fast:

Tuesday, June 12th:  Summer Garden Concert – 19th Century Balladeer Linda Russell

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st, 6pm

The first in this year’s always delightful summer series.  Free to members.  $20 for non-members.  $5 for children under 12.  For details, tickets and the rest of the schedule

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

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

More farmers!   The great Bread Alone bakery!!  The Stellar Cooks!!   Compost collection!!   Better get another reusuable shopping bag!! 

Yet again, your composting instructions:

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

 NO-NEVER-NEVER:

  • 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

And then:

Saturday, June 30th:  Recycle-O-Rama – Early Summer Edition

82nd Street Greenmarket,  between First and York, 10am – 3pm

Electronics collection!!  Industrial-grade paper shredding!!  82nd Street will be the greenest place in all of NYC on 6/30!

As for miscellany:

On May 29th, NYC’s Department of Transportation introduced a (not perfect yet but a start) Searchable Parking Map

Botany Picture of the Day #2:

Meconopsis integrifolia

Hard to believe but there’s a move afoot to cut Parks’ maitenance budget even further!  If you’d like to express disagreement

Get yourself up to speed on the proposed new rules governing sugary beverages…   (Worth a try, we think.)

Yes, there’s now actually a PBS kids’ show that includes a fast food commercial.  If you object… 

If it’s June, it’s time to apply for GrowNYC’s annual School Recycling Champions  Program!  For info and to apply

Lest we forget a good man…  In this case, Everett Ortner who was one of the leaders of the charge to restore Brooklyn brownstones.

How about this for a radically beautiful wind energy proposal?

Botany Picture of the Day #3 (we’re liking long, graceful stalks this week):

Krigia virginica

Animals at last:

Fantastic how organized and gentle these people are as they save stranded dolphins

Remember those baby sloths?  (Who could forget them!)

See you at Asphalt Green tomorrow!

In deep greenness,

UGS

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