Happy Three-in-a-Row Air Quality Alert Day!!

Think about pouring some water – make that a lot – into your tree beds, would you?

And be inspired by the most admirable Shake Shack and Occitane who’ve joined forces to plant and maintain the tree beds on south side of 86th Street between Lexington and Third! 

Bring on week ahead and its much cooler weather:                       

Saturday,  June 23th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

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

No more Ballard Honey till winter!

Get there early for the Samascott’s blueberries and raspeberries and Gajeski’s cherry tomatoes that’re just starting to come in!

And Bread Alone has something new for our delectation:  their Local Maple Twist Danish!  In keeping with their commitment to supporting area farmers, the maple syrups used in the Maple Twist Danish are from the Spruceton Valley Maple located just 30 minutes from Bread Alone’s bakery.

Market Manager Emma describes this Saturday’s cooking demo: “I’ll be featuring garlic scapes, delicious both raw and cooked!  We’ll decide which way to go based on the heat and other items available at the market.”

Last week’s recycling totals:  46 lbs batteries; 40 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 4 pairs of eyeglasses; 6/9 – 10 bags of clothes and 3 compost bins; 6/16 – 13 bags of clothes and 4 compost bins!

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals: 883 lbs batteries; 447 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 27 pairs of glasses;  102 bags of clothes; 20 7/8 compost bins.

Sunday, June 24th:   92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Okay, so last week got complicated by things like truck breakdowns…  But this week – barring catastrophe – the full compliment of our farmers will present and accounted for:

American Seafood, Gonzalez Farm, Meredith’s Bakery, Norwich Meadows Farm, Phillips Farm Vegetables, Stannard Farms and – new on our block –  Bread Alone.  

Market manager Nicole says:  “This week I’ll be demo-ing a raw zucchini, shallot, and basil salad.  I tried it out at the New York Botanical Garden and it was a HUGE hit.  Great during the crazy heat when no one wants to cook.”

Last week’s recycling totals:  12 lbs batteries; 10 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 1/2 bin of compost! 

Great!!

Tuesday, June 26th:  Free Salsa Dance Lesson

Herald Square, Broadway between 34th and 35th, 5:30-6:30pm

This and every Tuesday till August 28th.  Free!

One week later:

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

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

Pile up those caput electronics!! Bag and box up those decades of tax forms and receipts!!  We’ll be collecting all of our weeklies too…Compost, clothes collection, batteries, Britta filters, #5 plastic, corks, CDs/DVDs!   Tell the world!!

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.

Paper:

Please remove paper clips and spiral bindings.

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.  (But we do take paperbacks.)

Only a few weeks away: 

Thursday, July 11th:  Summer Sounds ’12 at Carl Schurz Park

On the John Finley Walk, above the 86th Street Mall Staircase, 7-8:30pm

Doesn’t get any better than sitting out under the stars a stone’s throw from the river and listening to great music like that made by soul singer Martha Redbone and her band.  Free!  For a tuneful sample and the park’s full summer concert schedule

Farther out there:

Sunday, July 22nd:  Obscura Society Adventure – The Abandoned Ruins of Bannerman Island 

Meet at the Beacon, New York Ferry Dock, 1:30pm

Maybe you’ve seen it from the train…  A crumbling, evocative castle built by a turn-of-the-last-century munitions dealer on an small, now overgrown island in the Hudson…  Now you can check it out up close and personal.   $50.  For tickets and further details… 

Wednesday, July 25th:  Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

SummerStages, Central Park, 8-10pm

Featuring Met stars Danielle de Niese (soprano), Dimitri Pittas (tenor), and John Del Carlo (bass-baritone), accompanied by pianist Dan Saunders in a program of favorite arias and duets. Rain or shine.  Free.  For directions

Miscellany, you say?  Miscellany you got:

Can we please just drive a stake through this wretched, so-called Sportsmen’s Heritage Act which – among its many horrors – would allow hunting in our national parks!

Maybe more than you’d like to know about tar sands and fracking and the various shenanigans going on here and in Canada about them…  But here’s stuff you should know.

Improvement in this May’s Hudson River Quality Report but not entirely attributable to how NYC’s handling its waste water…  

But maybe an enticement for commuting by kayak from New Jersey.

Not that things haven’t vastly improved in NYC over the decades…  Witness this chronicle of bygone environmental nadirs that one can even tour…  Yikes!!

Still we could use a twin of this Baltimore barge that’s filtering invasive species out of freighters’ ballast water

Go figure…  The warm winter just passed made for earlier starts in construction projects which not only increased the demand for building materials containing plastics but the price of said plastics…

From Urban Farm, plans to construct your own raised planting bed

Wouldn’t it be great if there were more plexiglass watertowers like this ornamenting our skyline?

Just what the world needs…  A burrito-making robot!  (Turn this young inventor loose on global warming!)

But it would be nice to have restaurant ratings that reflect the healthiness and sustainability of what is served

Kind of odd to be having an exhibition of bicycling-inspired art in Venice, but the paintings are great… 

And then there’re the 10 oldest living trees on earth

And the Botany Photo of the Day:

Ah, animals…

From out of the past, a giant wombat!

In the present, a dolphin swimming around in the Hudson!

Take one big, beautiful, zen white dog.  Add 3 little goats.  Awww….

Best watched in daytime, volume turned up for sounds of the Maine coast, clock mom’s odd housekeeping regimen (a lot of tugging at sticks) and look for the babies at the bottom of the Osprey Cam frame…

We wish you green,

UGS

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