Happy Father’s Day, UESiders!

That the reopening of the 92nd Street Greenmarket – complete with compost collection – is also set for Sunday augers an all but perfect day!!

Meanwhile, today wasn’t so shabby either what with the Australians designating the world’s largest marine park and California completing its grand design of marine preserves extending from Oregon to Mexican waters.

Closer to home, there’s a milestone of river restoration what with what work beginning to free Maine’s Penobscot – once one of America’s top ten most endangered rivers – from its two lower. totally out-dated dams…  This – thanks to improvements in local hydropower generation – while maintaining the energy supply. 

Closer still and most happily, the Yorkville Bank’s now a NYC Landmark

And thanks to all who voted for TreesNY…  Thus pushing them to over the top to win the Odwalla Fruit Tree Contest

On to the mega 7 days ahead:   

Saturday,  June 16th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am – 2pm                          Compost Collection – 9am – 1pm

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard Honey, Raghoo,  Samascott, Gajeski, Cherry Lane, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

Market Manager Emma says, “Our farmers’ll have beautiful salad greens, scapes, cilantro, radishes, beets, swiss chard, carrots, potatoes, and peas – shelling (aka English), sugar snap, and snow peas.  And our regular line of protein and bread.  Fresh Radish says they’ll have even more vegs and Mexican specialty items this week!”

AND Emma’s doing a special Father’s Day grilling demo this week!  

Last week’s recycling totals:  45 lbs batteries; 23 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges;; (waiting for clothes and compost totals).

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals: 837 lbs batteries; 407 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 23 pairs of glasses; (as of 6/8/12 79 bags of clothes; 13 7/8 compost bins). 

Sunday, June 17th:   92nd STREET GREENMARKET RE-OPENS!!

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

At last!  With us will be old friends

American Seafood, Suffolk County, NY – Wild-caught seafood
Gonzalez Farm, Orange County, NY – Vegetable, Mexican specialty products and, this
week, strawberries 

Meredith’s Bakery, Ulster County, NY – Breads, pastries, quiches and more
Norwich Meadows Farm, Chenago County, NY –  Certified organic vegetables
Phillips Farm Vegetables, Hunterdon County, N.J. – Huge assortment of fruits, vegetables and herbs
Stannard Farms, Washington County, NY – Orchard fruit, vegetables, meat and plants  

And newcomer:                                                                       

Bread Alone, Ulster County, NY  – Artisan breads (most certified Organic) and pastries  

The Stellar Cooks and their fabulous cooking demos will be back with us just after July 4th!

Remember:  EBT/Food Stamps, Debit/Credit and WIC & Senior FMNP are all and gladly accepted!

And what would a newsletter be without the what’s compostable and what’s not list:


  • 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 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

Wednesday, June 20th: Old is Green – An Informational Seminar

Historic Districts Council, 232 East 11th Street, 8:30am – 1pm

In 2012, no earthly reason why a building can’t be historic and environmentally progressive.  Experts William Neeley, Christa Waring, Jean Parker Phifer and Barbara Campagna will tell you how.  Members:  $100.  Non-member, $125.  Breakfast included.  For more…  

Wednesday, June 20th – Sunday, October 7th:  Compass – Folk Art in Four Directions

South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton Street , between Fulton & Water Streets

Drawing on its mind-bogglingly wonderful collection, the American Folk Art Museum celebrates the romanticism and gritty realism of the seaport district with artwork displayed in the 6 historic Schermerhorn houses. $10.  For full details

Thursday, June 21st:  Can We Save Jamaica Bay?

Seafarer’s International House, 123 east 15th Street, 7pm

A 30-year photographic perspective on issues, actions, and wildlife management of this 13,000 acre preserve in New York City by  Don Riepe,  Jamaica Bay Guardian and former  refuge manager.   Free.  Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, June 21st:  I’d Still Be Puerto Rican If Born on the Moon –  Puerto Rican Migration through the Arts Exhibition

Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center,
107 Suffolk Street, Open daily, 3:30 – 7pm

And we quote:  “Through the lens of expressive culture, this exhibit tells the story of the Puerto Rican diaspora during the 20th century and into the 21st.”  Free.  For further details


Fast approaching:


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

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

Electronics collection!!  Industrial-grade paper shredding!!  Compost and clothes collection!  Batteries, Britta filters, #5 plastic, corks, CDs/DVDs!   We’re talking green nirvanna!

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…  Remember:  NO APPLIANCES.


Please remove paper clips and spiral bindings.

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.  (But we’ll take paperbacks.)

Fast approaching:

Saturday, June 30th:  Sabor Flamenco at Poet’s Den Theater

Poet’s Den Gallery & Theater, 309 East 108th Street, 7:30pm

Described by UES friend and East Harlem Presents impressario Raphael Benavides as, “An electrifying night of Flamenco Dance and music with a special performance by Sabor Flamenco’s Junior Company.”   $20 which includes wine and tapas.  To purchase tickets

Around the corner:

Thursday, July 12th:  Jerome Park Reservoir Walking Tour

Meet at the Bedford Park 4 Station, 6:30pm

Another of NYC/H2O’s great outings…  In the course of which you’ll learn what the Jerome Park Reservoir, the Belmont Stakes and Winston Churchill have in common.  $20.  For details and tickets

First up, downright serious miscellany:

Okay, folks, so Governor Cuomo’s entertaining the notion of permitting fracking in 5 so-called “lower tier” counties, amongst the State’s poorest, and bordering Pennsylvania’s fracking disaster zone.  Should you think this is ill-advised

Yet another scandal surfaced in Albany this week…  This time involving Brownfields Clean-up Program.  Seems  our state’s handed out $1 billion in tax credits for remediation of a mere 68 sites.  This while thousands of others remain contaminated.  

Meanwhile, in spite of the fact that a similar program’s been beyond a debacle in Chicago, our city’s administration is contemplating of privatizing our parking meters

Meanwhile, surely before NYC commits itself so completely to heating with natural gas – and thus wedding itself and us citizens to fracking of the radon-rich gas of the Marcellus shale – makes sense that the City Council should review the potential health impacts.  Should you agree

Despite financial troubles that make ours look puny, California’s pushing ahead with L.A.-San Francisco high-speed rail while our modest rail link to Stewart Airport remains on the drawing board…  

Further on arguments against the MTS, the World Health Organization – citing compelling scientific information – has just deemed diesel fumes to be carcinogenic.

Winning this week’s uncontested first prize with oak leaf clusters  in the “Are These People Crazy or What?” category are the scientists who’ve approved Japanese prime minister Noda’s wish to restart two of the country’s nuclear reactors

Reminder:  Some fruits and vegs are more inclined to aborb pesticides than others so, given the choice and when not shopping our fabulous Greenmarkets, which are we best advised to buy when they’re organic… 

Of course there’s no FDA regulation on labeling of bottled water…   

And as was inevitable another of Monsanto’s GMO crops has gotten loose…  This time in Switzerland. 

And now for a sharp turn to the brighter side:

You’ve earned this Botany Photo of the Day:

 Mitella diphylla L.

Calling all aspiring citizen scientists!!  The Hudson River wants you!!  How great would to play a part in improving  water quality just that much more?  Check it out

Can be a bit hard to wrap one’s mind around all in which our city’s two  remarkable botanical gardens are engaged, so we’re grateful for this recent piece in the wonderful New York State Conservationist

That’s followed by the best encouragement we’ve seen on why and how we should be out hiking NYState’s gorgeous mountains…   

Best protection from summer’s gauntlet of poison ivy and insect life...

If you aren’t yet following discussion of the Library’s sweeping new plans for the 42nd Street Branch, time to get into the loop:  From The Times…   And The NY Review of Books

Kudos to the obsessive individual who assembled this armchair tour of NYC residential architecture 1821 to present day...

Courtesy of the James Beard Foundation:  14 Great Reads for Food Lovers.

Courtesy of Care2:  5 Screened Porches for Summer Living.

Animals you say:

Commencing with airborne critters as observed in The Hudson River Almanac:

6/7 – Manhattan, HRM 3.5:   A young peregrine falcon was visible in the nest box on the south side of the Met Life Building near Grand Central Terminal. It was flexing and flapping its wings while standing in place.     – Ben Cacace

 6/7 – Manhattan, HRM 1: In mid-afternoon, one of the adult red-tailed hawks that have a nest atop the New York University library at Washington Square Park was perched on a lamppost near the south end of the park (actually on a cast-iron bird that decorates the lamp). It was the female, Rosie, and she looked truly majestic, every bit a hawk!     – Thomas Shoesmith

Cuteness quotient upgrade…  In the form of baby porcupines: 

Cuteness quotient downgrade:  Why we should love earthworms and find them beautiful.

Cuteness quotient rebound:  A kitten with hiccups.

And a baby pig with a passion for oatmeal

How about this for a sweet idea:  Rent-A-Dog-to-Walk to raise funds for animal charities? 

What better way to end than with Top Ten Animal Dads!

Our Dads are proud we’re relentlessly green,


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  1. Moira voss

    Thanks, as always, for the best weekly roundup of all things fascinating and important to me as a New Yorker. Truly appreciate your work.
    Gratefully, Moira Voss

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