Greetings, UESiders!

Some fabulous rally last Friday evening!

2,500 to 3,000 kids and adults!!  Great speakers!!  Great music!!  Great weather!!  Tons of yellow and green t-shirts!!  Food trucks!!    And a tremendous message!!

And we were very happy that so many friends and supporters from the Islamic Center of New York came over to join us!!

Nice things will be a tad less high torque this week:

Saturday,  June 9th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

At their tables will be our friends of American Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard Honey, Raghoo,  Samascott, Gajeski, Cherry Lane, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

Fresh Radish says they’ll have even more vegs and Mexican specialty items this week!

Rabbits’ Run tells us tell they’ll not only be having more of their wonderful micro-green salad mix, but – among their many cheeses – an all-goat Camembert and “Netty”, a mixed cow and goat milk Edam-style cheese.  Plus, there’ll also be pork bones for dogs!

Gajeski has at least 3 different varieties of kale on offer (wound up with 2 of them last week – yum!) and their spinach is great.

And Cherry Lane’s featuring their first-o-f-the-season, freshly-dug potatoes!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  47 lbs batteries; 22 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair eye glasses; 14 bags of clothes;  2 1/2 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals: 792 lbs batteries; 384 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 23 pairs of glasses; 79 bags of clothes; 13 7/8 compost bins. 

(Amazing!)

Tuesday, June 12th and Wednesday, June 13th: Postal Vision

L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Certainly sounds like an oxymoron but, yes, the United States Postal Service is in hot pursuit of how and what it should be to thrive in the 21st Century.  For conference details

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

First Avenue between 92nd and 93rd Street, 9am – 4pm,  Compost collection 9am – 1pm

Only another week now…  Wall-to-wall farmers, bake goods, Stellar cooks and compost collection!!! 

One more time, what we can and can’t compost:

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-NON-VERBOTEN:

  • 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

Bring those food scraps on!!

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

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

Electronics collection!!  Industrial-grade paper shredding!!  No kidding…  82nd Street will be the greenest place in New York on 6/30!

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.)

Saturday, June,  23rd:  Great American Backyard Campout 

Anywhere You Can Safely Pitch a Tent

Talk about family togetherness!  Counting fireflies…  Looking up at the stars…  Snacking on trail mix and s’mores…  Being creeped out by the inevitable snapping of branches in the dead of night!  For more details…  (And maybe donate a small amount to assist the National Wildlife Federation’s efforts to  get more kids into the great out-of-doors…)

Sunday, June 24th:  Walking Tour of Literary Greenwich Village

10am, rain or shine

“Inside the Apple” authors James and Michelle Nevius guide a lucky few to sites that nutured talents from Wharton to Dylan.  Pre 6/17:  $10.  From 6/18:  $15.  Meeting place provided upon reservation.  To reserve:  events@insidetheapple.net.   

Are things ever miscellanous this week:

NYU’s massive expansion plan passed review by the NYC Planning Commission with only modest changes and ignoring 2 modifications negotiated by Borough President Stringer.  Hummmm.   Let’s see how our City Council performs…

Meanwhile, the EPA’s making a run at establishing Carbon Pollution Standard.  If you’d like to supoport them in this attempt

Unfortunately, despite its title “What Does a Truly Modern Subway Look Like?”, the article contains no pictures…  But Seoul’s system sure sounds good.

Just short of rivers running upstream:  Carl Rove and ex-Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs agree that federal tax credits for windpower should be extended!

Not that we’re looking for companions in misery, but the folks in Hell’s Kitchen will be joining us in the Torture by Construction Zone when the City commences its 5-year program to replace the area’s water mains.

Meanwhile, a Brooklyn Assemblyman’s about to file suit to block construction of a MTS in Bensonhurst!

On the up-beat now:

British Columbia’s just become the 7th GE-free – as in genetically engineered free – zone!

How about the 10 most famous American trail hikes?

And the 10 most famous trail hikers?  (Anyone who hasn’t read Bill Bryson’s hysterical “Walk in the Woods”…  Do so with dispatch!)

As if we needed more reasons to eat strawberries…  But here are 9 more of them!

Who knows if it’ll work in NYC but, you computer people, why not give it a shot:  The National Yellow Pages Opt-Out Site

Build It Green’s stocking some amazing salvaged flooring -example: 18th Century parquet from a Venetian palazzo! 

Okay so we know beekeeping spreading like wildfire across NYC…  But how about hives atop the Waldorf-Astoria?!

Further on the subject…  The Times’  – yes, the same Times that supports the MTS – Opinionator column on the wisdom of  greening city roofs

Speaking of greening, there may be NYC gardeners who equal Li Tingpang in making bounty from an unlikely spot,   but none who surpass him…

Animals?  Yes, by all means:

What’s the loudest animal of them all?  (Hint:  Packs a big sound for its size.)

Wonder what inspired this kitty’s method of refrigerator descent?

We say this is the sweetest critter-centric item ever:  Six Ways to Volunteer with Your Pet… 

From the Hudson River Almanac: 

5/26 – Brooklyn, New York City: “We had the delight of trawling aboard the schooner Mystic Whaler on the Bay Ridge Flats, a triangle of shallow water in the Upper Bay of New York Harbor just south of Red Hook.  The prize of the day: two beautiful lined seahorses, four and five inches long. They were healthy and active, and when we released them back into the harbor they immediately righted themselves and cruised for the deep.”  

 – Chris Bowser, Shannon McMulkin, Paige Manos and the crew of the Mystic Whaler

Then there’s the gorgeous bird of the week – :

The Saw-bill Hermit

Only took 2,500 signatures to end England’s  plan to “control” its buzzard (yes, buzzard!) population!

Feeling mighty green,

UGS 

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