Monthly Archives: July 2012

Happy hottest summer since they started keeping records, UESiders!

Pretty punishing for all living NYC things, but right now we’re thinking of the particular challenge heat poses for our street trees, especially those planted within the last 3 years.

In Chicago where it’s been even more consistently hot and even more dry, the citizenry’s organized to make sure its trees are adequately watered, as per the following advice:

1. Think 2 gallons a day per tree.
2. Water in the early morning or early in the evening is best. Do not water trees during the middle of the day.
3. Do not water at the base of the trunk to prevent rotting and fungal attacks of stressed trees.
4. If you see anyone grilling, remind them not to dump hot coals near trees.

On to the week ahead:

Saturday,  July 28th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

At their tables will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Gajeski, Fresh Radish, Baghoo, Cherry Lane, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

Knife sharpener extraordinaire Barbara Hess will be with us as well!

There’s been whispering the last month or so about a contest…  A Which-Market’s-Collecting-The-Most-Compost-Over-The-Summer Contest…  And we’re saying our 2 UES markets are the horses to beat!

We’re talking 4 full giant bins at 82nd and 2 1/8 bins at 92nd last week.

Yeah, you other markets…  Eat our dust! 

The top three words for the next 7 days (if not the rest of the summer) are:  tomatoes, corn and peaches.  

Last week’s recycling totals:  43 lbs batteries; 34 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 3 pairs of glasses, 22 bags of clothes and 4 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals: 1,107 lbs batteries; 593 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 68 pairs of glasses;  203 bags of clothes; 39 3/8 compost bins.

Sunday, July 22nd:   92nd Street Greenmarket

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

With us will be American Seafood, Gonzalez Farm, Meredith’s Bakery, Phillips Farm Vegetables, Stannard Farms and Bread Alone. 

So, Norwich Farms.  Always restless, they opted to give the new Flushing Greenmarket a try this past Sunday.  Hard to say if they’ll be back, but if they don’t return there’ll be replaced by another great farmer.

Those of you intent on the organic, be aware that while Gonzalez has yet to spring for the expensive organic certification, the farm is fully organic in practice.

And, of course, we wish Norwich Meadows well.

Meanwhile, you composting crazies…  You racked up an another amazing 2 1/8 giant bins last Sunday…  Making you total contenders in the Which-Market’s-Collecting-The-Most-Compost-Over-The-Summer Contest!

Go for it!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  10 lbs batteries; 12 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 2 1/8 bins of compost. 

YTD (from 6/17/12) totals: 67 lbs batteries; 56 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges;  1 pair eye glasses; 9 1/4 compost bins.

Coming up fast:

Sunday, August 26th:   Urban Terrarium Diorama Workshop

The Observatory, 543 Union Street at Nevins, Brooklyn, 1-4pm

Learn how to make your own self-sustaining mini ecosystem with sculptor, miniaturist and environmentalist Kim Holleman. Create your own curio display for your tiny treasures! A variety of glass, plants, pebbles and tools will be provided.  An Atlas Obscura event.  $60.  For more and tickets

Doesn’t get much more miscellaneous:

Yikes!  Our governor’s got a gentleman who signed a climate change denial petition now running the NYS Division of Mineral Resources.  If you think this appointment is inappropriate

Hard to believe that there’s only the scantest recycling at the NYC Marathon…  A fast and excellent clean-up to be sure, but a truly limp recycling program.  If you think organizer NY Roadrunners and sponsor ING should be making a more concerted effort… 

While the mayor and company try (and will fail) to despoil our stretch of the Esplanade, the Bronx Riverfront’s emerging from a prolonged and justly deserved restoration…  

Be great if we were the only locale so lethargic about preserving its past…  We’re not, of course.  In Italy – and adding to its present, general woe – developers are trying to dismantle the legendary Cinecitta Studios…  Cinecitta!!  Where Fellini filmed, where Visconti filmed, where Roman Holiday, Ben-Hur, (gulp) Cleopatra and innumerable other great pictures were filmed!   Yup, the petition’s in French but, sure, you can handle it:  http://www.lapetition.be/sign_petition.php?petid=11709.

Glad to say this past Tuesday, Amtrak released a proposal to expand Washington Union Station as part of their Washington – New York – Boston high-speed rail program.  As part of the plan, they are proposing to add a lower level with six new tracks.  (Expansions like this have already occurred at most major stations worldwide.)

Not only that, but Amtrak’s also updated plans for modernizing the Northeast rail corridor…  That while the California legislature – despite the state’s desperate straits – voted to authorize bonds for high speed rail between San Francisco and L.A.

May we live long enough…  

Because NYC’s city-to-suburb transit access is the worst in America…   Double yikes!  Worse even than L.A.

Sigh.

They’re trying it out in Midtown, but we want it on the UES…   Tickets with mandatory bicycle classes for errant riders!

Want to build your own solar powered  USB charger for less than $30?  (We do…  Even more so when we learned it could be housed in an Altoid tin!)  For instructions

So the NY Botanical Garden and Whole Foods have partnered in a contest with prizes of a $500 Whole Foods shopping spree, 4 tickets to a Mario Batali cooking demo at the Garden and a 1-year family membership in the garden.  To enter

Further on the subject of gardens:  How, we wonder, is a treasure like the Untermyer Gardens not only forgotten but allowed to near disintegrate?  But it should, can and likely will be resurrected!  

Yeah, we’ve got greenroofs, rooftop farms and even a green wall or two…  This while some Paris architects propose establishing a banana plantation on a historic building’s facade!

Then there’s The Times rather extraordinary thought piece on the wisdom of preserving nature

Can’t stop DNAInfo’s list of summer fun…  This week including (1) best rock climbing within reach of NYC and (2) our top beer gardens,

Of all diverse projects that’ve been crowd financed by the most excellent Kickstarter, who’d have thought the list would include a Staten Island farm specializing in Mexican produce!

No kidding, somebody’s been stealing a lot of tools from subway storage rooms!  (So that’s why they haven’t painted the ceiling in the Lex and 59th Street station in 40 years…)

Wondering which plastic containers are safe for reuse?

You bet, animals and another week heavy on the winged variety:

Okay, let’s get the distressing stuff out of the way:  It being that at least one and likely two of Pale Male’s 2012 offspring have been sickened by rat poison (a favored hawk food being rat).

Who knew there was a Great Gull Island out there in the Sound and a woman who’s devoted the last 43 of her summers to the birds – more terns than gulls – inhabiting it?

Or that a cockateil (think that what the critter is; correct us if we’re wrong) could speak fluent dog bark?

Or that this is what a black capped vireo looks like:

Just in case you haven’t made the aquaintance of the gopher living under the Baikonur launch pad

Did  we ever doubt that there would be Internet Cat Video Film Festival?  Get your entries in…  

Awwww…  There’s brisk Arctic wind blowing and mother polar bear is utterly aware of human scent as she helps one of her young ones onto the ice pack

Bigger awwwww still for a baby cheetah

From the Hudson River Almanac:

7/15 – Upper Bay, New York Harbor:  The strangest sight was three baby terns –  2-3 weeks old, with downy bodies but well-grown flight feathers – sheltering from the sun in an abandoned old phone booth on the pier. The adults were coming and going with small fish in their bills.  – Gabriel Willow

The greenness is in your charge while we’re away,

UGS

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Happy 4th Heatwave of Summer 2012, UESiders!

Pat  yourself on the back.

However many days of incredible discomfort and bad air…  So many of those days we don’t want to remember exactly how many of them there were…

BUT…

Zero power outages!

STILL…

Fingers crossed for a balmy week ahead:

Saturday,  July 21st:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Tabling will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Gajeski, Fresh Radish, Baghoo, Cherry Lane, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

Plenty of action at Market Manager Emma’s table, too…  This week in the form of a “Guess How Many Cherry Tomatoes in the Jar Contest”.  The prize:  A bag chock full of markets items!

Get that guestimation mojo in gear! 

As you doubtless and happily noticed, Raghoo was, in fact, on hand last Saturday and they’ll be with us this week as well…  We’ll take it week by week from now on, okay?  (Needless to say, they’re so apreciative of everyone’s good wishes and support.)

You have to special order lobsters from Warren in advance, but here’s the James Beard Foundation’s easy-as-pie recipe for lobster rolls!

No knife sharpening this Saturday.   Those dull blades will have to be patient until at least next Saturday.

Last week’s recycling totals:  46 lbs batteries; 38 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 4 pairs of glasses, 16 bags of clothes and 3 7/8 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals: 1,064 lbs batteries; 579 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 65 pairs of glasses;  181 bags of clothes; 35 3/8 compost bins.

(YES!)

Sunday, July 22nd:   92nd Street Greenmarket

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

With us will be American Seafood, Gonzalez Farm, Meredith’s Bakery, Norwich Meadows Farm, Phillips Farm Vegetables, Stannard Farms and Bread Alone. 

If you haven’t experienced what an incredible year for blueberries it is…  Lettuce, too!  (Yes, lettuce!)

Last week’s recycling totals:  15 lbs batteries; 10 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 2 1/8 bins of compost! 

YTD (from 6/17/12) totals: 57 lbs batteries; 44 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges;  1 pair eye glasses; 7 1/8 compost bins.

(Yet another quantum leap in the compost collected!)

July and August Sundays:  NYC Audubon Summer EcoCruises

Pier 17, South Sea Seaport

Egrets in their thousands…  Islands you never knew existed or have only seen from afar… Amazing skyline views…  You owe it to yourself!  Adults $35.  Children (under 12) $25.  For schedule and tickets

Wednesday, July 25th:  Masterworks – A Series of Talks – Quilts

Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street). 6pm

A walking tour of the museum’s current exhibition, led by independant curator Elizabeth Warren and focusing on the quilt creators and the individuals who collected their inspired work.  Free.  For more information

Wednesday, July 25th:  New NYC Building Code for Exterior Wall Insulation and How To Use It Update

The AIA Center, 536 LaGuardia Place, 6-8pm

Presented by Chris Benedict, R.A. and we proudly quote, “This is the first time a major US city has put energy efficiency in front of zoning considerations and it sets a precedence for other cities to follow.”   Free for AIA members.  Non-members $10.  For more and tickets

Thursday, July  26th:  From Tree to Patient – The Story of Taxol

New York Botanical Garden Midtown Center, 20 West 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth, 7-9pm

Learn how Taxol came into being as a result of a unique mix of botanists, pharmacologists, chemists, oncologists, the National Cancer Institute, pharmaceutical companies, environmentalists and the yew tree.  Members, $13.  Non-members,$15.  For details and tickets

July and August, Wednesdays and Thurdays:  Clearview Cinemas Free Morning Movies for Kids

Clearview First & 62nd Street Cinema, 10:30am

We’re talking a line-up that spans “The Smurfs” to “Happy Feet Two” to “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”.  For the full schedule…  

And then:

Saturday, July 28th:  East Meets Green – A Walking Tour of East Village Community Gardens 

East Village, 12-2pm

Tour four of the East Villages distinct community gardens, including the birthplace of NYC’s community garden movement, the Liz Christy Garden.  Free.  Meet-up location given upon (required) registration. 

Meanwhile, in the miscellany column:

In case we ever wondered why we shop Greenmarkets, check out this sickeningly sobering Times account of how what’s “organic” (quotes intentional) is determined

In that regard, proposed Federal legislation that’d – along with cutting the Food Stamp program – erode or eliminate altogether regulations on GE and GMO foodstuffs, pesticides…  well, you name it… is still in the pipeline.  If you’d like to speak out against this 2012 Farm Bill… 

Okay, so while we contend with (and defeat) a proposal to reopen the 91st MTS, the West Harlem facility (also closed in 1999) is now the object of such grandiose plans as turning it into a floating farm…  

In case you haven’t heard, the debut of NYC’s Bike-Share Program’s been delayed for at least another month.  (Maybe we’ll have some of the kinks ironed out before next tourist season.) 

While we wait, please do take Council Member Lappin’s bike safety survey.

And while our governor prances about the fracking issue, windfarms are pumping billions into the Illinois economy

Will there be a surface in all of NYC devoid of advertising?  Well, there’ll be one less when ads start appearing on the front of our MTA cards!

For a look at newest developments in how waste can best be sorted and reused (but isn’t in NYC), check out these two articles from our new favorite periodical, Recycling Today:  Optical Infusion and Clean Fractions.

Also courtesy of Recycling Today:  Rerouting which details effects of the widened Panama Canal on our East Coast ports and recycleables we may or may not be able to ship to Asia.

At the same and better time:

This week saw the launch of a modest but seemingly well- thought out anti-obesity campaign in the Bronx

The Mayor also announced that more than a million people have ridden the East River ferries over the last year…  More than double the projected 409,000 riders!

Meanwhile, our neighbors in Community Board 11 are actively agitating for ferry service to be extended to 96th Street and other points north!  (We should be putting our shoulders behind this wheel, too!)  

Were we ever shocked to learn that ferries operated up and down the East River till at least the late Fifties! 

Borough President Stringer’s come out against adding a tower atop the Chelsea Market.  (He should only be as brave on the subject of the MTS.)  

Meanwhile, the EU’s just banned bottom trawling!

And in India, wind turbines now produce cheaper power than coal!

Can’t stop the exponential growth of beautiful green walls in cities around the world…  This one in Barcelona.

And even Country Music institutions are embracing greenroofs!

From The Times: a plethora of great and quirky gardening gear

No question, present-day humans turn even the most everyday foodstuff into something uber and rarified…  Even – as per this Smithsonian piece – salt

Love the attitude of Eymond Diegel’s approach to NYC’s environmental problems:  Do it yourself!

Meanwhile, voila: 3 simple methods of eliminating that bane of summer, the fuit fly.

DNA produced two more summer best of lists… Their New Yorker’s Guide to Surfing and Public Beaches.

Meanwhile, how great that Roosevelt Island will be getting a new library!  (Thank you, Council Member Lappin.)

Heavy on the avians this time out:

Amazingly beautiful Bird of the Week…  The Honduran Emerald.

Further on the subject of feathered friends, there’s now a Puffin Cam

And the NYC Audubon’s just released results of it’s 2012 Harbor Heron Nest Survey

For those who missed the Monday premier of the HBO doc on Central Park’s dedicated Birders, here’re other opportunities to catch it…  (Click on “Schedule” at the bottom of the page.)

Yes, how do horses travel overseas to, say, the London Olympics?

Watering our street trees will keep them alive and green,

UGS

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Happy Bastille Day, UESiders!!

And congratulations on your voice being heard:   This week President Obama directed federal officers to offer seasonal firefighters the option to purchase federal health insurance!

PLUS,  some welcome news on the MTS score and we quote from Our Town:

“While the lawsuit against Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council is still pending, Assembly Member Micah Kellner is touting a temporary win in the fight against building a new marine waste transfer station (MTS) at East 91st Street. Attorney Michael Cardozo, serving as corporation counsel for the city, signed a stipulation last week that prevents the city from doing any construction at the MTS site, where a defunct station and a community recreation facility, Asphalt Green, currently sit, while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deliberates whether or  not to grant permits needed to start the project.”

We like it!!

On to the week ahead:

Present – September 3rd: Wild Forest – A Lego Safari

Bronx Zoo, 2300 South Boulevard, The Bronx

Lego animal displays…  A Lego build zone…  The Lego Family Challenge…  It’s all Legos all the time!  For hours and more details… 

Saturday,  July 14th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Presiding over their tables will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Gajeski, Fresh Radish, Cherry Lane, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

Field-ripened tomatoes have arrived!

A special offer this week:  Spend $20 at any table and receive an official green GrowNYC reusable shopping bag!

Meanwhile, Marion Cowings’ great jazz combo will be providing this week’s musical pleasure!

Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess will be with us, too.

So, we imagine you’ve noticed that Raghoo’s missing from this week’s farmer roster.  Details aren’t at all clear, but it seems they’ve lost ownership of their land up in the Mohawk River Valley.  Terribly sad.  Let’s all hope this lovely couple/farmers find new acreage, better fortune and then return to us.

Last week’s recycling totals:  48 lbs batteries; 36 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 6 pairs of eyeglasses; 16 bags of clothes and 3 3/4 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals: 1,018 lbs batteries; 541 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 61 pairs of glasses;  165 bags of clothes; 31 1/2 compost bins.

(Even on the hottest of days, you recyclers rule!  That and we break though the 1,000 lb. battery barrier!)

Saturday, July 14th:  Holmes Towers Family Day

1780 First Avenue Plaza, 12 – 8pm

Food (as in Sandra Perez’s classic pork, pigeon peas and rice), music, raffles and community togetherness!   Come one and all UESiders!

Sunday, July 15th:   92nd Street Greenmarket

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

With us will be American Seafood, Gonzalez Farm, Meredith’s Bakery, Norwich Meadows Farm, Phillips Farm Vegetables, Stannard Farms and Bread Alone. 

So great to have Stellar Cooks back with us and was that ever a fabulous salad they whipped up last Sunday!

May we recommend Gonzalez’s beets?  Norwich Meadows’ squash?  Phillips’ corn?  Stannard’s blueberries and eggs?  

Need we add…  Tomatoes

Last week’s recycling totals:  11 lbs batteries; 12 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair eye glasses; 1 1/2 bins of compost! 

YTD (from 6/17/12) totals: 42 lbs batteries; 34 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges;  1 pair eye glasses; 5 compost bins.

Yes, a bit lower compost total, but collected from 53 people, as opposed to last week’s 35!  

Go, 92nd Street!

Sunday, July 15th: Guthrie Family Reunion Celebrating Woody’s 100th

Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 7-10pm

Sons and daughters and a grandson – Arlo, Annie, Cathy, Sarah Lee and Abe – gather together and make the great Woody’s music on his centennial.  Free.  For more

And soon:

Sunday, July 22nd:  Hudson River Day 

The Length and Breadth of the River

And offering countless river and riverfront community events from New York City to Albany.  For complete details...

Wednesday, July 25th:  Community Board 8 Vendor Task Force Committee Meeting

Marymount Manhattan College, 221 East 71st Street, Regina Peruggi Room, 6:30pm
 
For sure the fill a need but how do they get to be where they are and could they be more unsightly?  The Mayor’s Director of Special Projects, Lolita Jackson, will be present to deliver an “informational talk” and – she better – take questions.

Wednesday, July 25th:  Schurz Park Summer Sounds ’12

John Finley Walk, above the 86th Street mall staircase, 7-8:30pm.

Steve Shaiman and the Swingtime Big Band!  Limited seating available so get there in good time.   In rain’s threatened call 212-459-4455 for updates.  To get a taste of the band’s sound

Friday, July 27th and Friday, August 3rd:  Lower East Side Ecology Center’s Fishing Clinics

July 27th:  Stuyvesant Park, East River at East 20th Street, 5-7pm.

August 3rd:  East River Park Fireboat House at Grand Street, 5-7pm

Catch and release, of course.  Bait and tackle provided or bring your own.  Learn about our fabulous estuary, too.  Kids under 15 must be accompanied by a grown-up.  An East River Blue Way project.   Free but registration recommended.  To register and for more dates

Friday, July 27:  Stargazing at Schurz Park

John Finley Walk, above the 86th Street mall staircase, sunset, 8:16pm

Hosted by the Amateur Astronomers Association and you’ll be amazed at what you can see even with a low-power telescope or even the naked eye!  For more details

Saturday, July 28th:  Tekserve Electronics Recycling Event

119 West 23rd Street, between Sixth & Seventh, 10am-4pm

For those who can’t wait till UGS’s next (late September) event (and we totally understand)!  For what’s accepted (scroll down)… 

Tuesday, August 7th:  National Night Out Against Crime

Carl Schurz Park, 86th Street & East End Avenue, 5 – 8 pm  (Weather permitting.  No rain date.)
 
Presented by the 19th Precinct Community Council, this is one great opportunity to meet with police officers to talk crine preventions, issues in your neighborhood…  Listen to some good music…  Or get your face painted!  Food treats by Many’s On 2nd, Butterfield Market, Pintaile’s on York, Maz Mescal, Le Pain Quotidien and Shake Shack.   For more:  212-452-0613.

Out there:

Saturday, August 18th:  Atlas Obscura Event – The Fall of the American Movie Palaces

Observatory, 543 Union Street at Nevins, Brooklyn, 7:30-9:30pm

Achitectural photographer Matt Lambros shares his fruit of decade long documentation of what remains of once glorious interiors.  $12.  For more and reservations

As for miscellany:

So, okay, with the sugary drinks, but how about beefing up the paltry time NYC kids spend in gym classes?

Then – while strollers clog our sidewalks and we face annual shortages of kindergarten slots –  there’s the mayor’s vision of micro-apartments so small they qualify as enhanced closets…

Given the sorry state of much of our park design (Tram Plaza, anyone?), Governors’ Island is an especial wonderment.  To learn how it evolved…  (and cross fingers those sizeable “development zones” remain untouched!)

The debate over major alterations in the NYPL 42nd Street Branch rages on…  And rightly so.  (How can selling off irreplaceable real estate – as with the Gilbert Stuart George Washington portrait – be anything but the shortest term gain?)

In fact, seems like libraries are embattled all over the world…  Even in bookish Britain.

Yet another reason to wean ourselves off of coal:  Black lung disease is making a comeback among even those working in surface mines. 

Yes, folks, even the Ukraine (it’ll always be the Ukraine to us) is moving to waste-to-energy facilities in its cities and is giving itself 2 years to have the program operational!

This while Russia lets IKEA cut down its 600-year old trees!  Should you object, you can tell IKEA

But on the plus side:

Windpower development is surging here in the northeastern U.S.!

And Congress managed to pass the RESTORE Act, ensuring that 80% of damages paid by BP go the Gulf recovery restoration.  (Why only 80%?)

Patrick Blanc’s such a genius, of course he’d have immitators…  In this case, a very good one who created this beautiful green wall in Bogota

And then:

So this was 57th and Fifth…  Pre-Vuiton…  Pre- Manufacturers Hanover Trust…  Even pre-Tiffany…

DNAInfo adds to their round-ups of summer fun with (1) Best Pools for Lap Swimming in New York City, (2)  Top NYC Getaways By Boat and (3) Best Getaways for New Yorkers Without Cars

In the course of devising their green roof, the Nature Conservancy came up with a useful game plan for others wishing to follow suit… 

Sorry not to have stumbled across this in time for July 4th and for those of you not familiar with Story Corps work, herewith, in brief, a vet who’s returning lost Purple Hearts to the families of the men who earned them.

How about this for a Botany Photo of the Day:

Amerorchis rotundifolia

And this:

cypripideum arietinum

Ah…  Animals:

Just saying we’re glad that Tiarajudens eccentricus – a hefty sabertooth vegetarian lizard – inhabited earth 265 million years ago!  

Just in case you’ve been wondering how to walk your cat on a leash...

Baby polar bears at play?  (Love Mother Bear popping her head out of the den, keeping an eye on the romping!)

And an ultra-baby cheetah montage

Another close with a NYC entry from the Hudson River Almanac:

7/3 – Bronx, New York City, HRM 13: My neighbor has lived in Riverdale, not far from the river, for more than 60 years. He tells me that he has never seen a wild turkey in Riverdale. Yet, yesterday on Sigma Place, in all its glory, was a wonderful specimen that has since visited on several occasions. We have no idea where the turkey lives; it struts off, flies a bit, and then disappears in the dense brush up Sigma Place. I write to inquire whether there is something wise to do to protect or encourage the bird.    – B. Volpe

A wild turkey within New York!

Our city is so determinedly green,

UGS

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May your July 4th have been a great one, UESiders!

Our personal holiday continues with the result that this week’s edition not only late but considerably less voluminous than usual, but we’ll be back at fighting weight and with a vengence next Thursday.

Meanwhile:   The nation’s birthday…  A young swimmer who trained at Asphalt Green makes the Olympic Team…  Recycling…  Shredding…  Composting…   All in all, it’s been a fine last few days.

Interesting, the ebb and flow of recycling and how it’s changing over time.   

For one thing, last Saturday’s accumulation of electronics  left no doubt:  the era of divesting oneself of a humungous TV is nearing its end.  Oh, sure, there were 4 or 5 that found their way onto WeRecycle’s pallets, but nothing like the mountains of a even a year ago.

Not so many fax machines either as we move to scan-and-send.  Fat monitors and towers are also few and far between.  

Yes, dead printers remain very much in the recycling mix, but it’s laptops and handhelds of every description that are beginning to predominate…  At our events and everyone else’s, too.

Which means, sure, we’ll  still be tallying poundage, but at future events we’ll be counting how many individual items are collected as well. 

Meanwhile, tah-dah,  Recycle-O-Rama: Early Summer Edition totals are:  4,000 pounds of electronics, 4,400 pounds of paper shredded, 28 pairs of eye glasses, 47 pounds of batteries and 36 pounds #5, Britta filters, corks and cartridges…  Plus 3 7/8 bins of compost and 22 bags of clothes!

We will resist the understandable impulse to be totally full of ourselves.

On to the week ahead:

Saturday,  July 7th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Presiding over their tables will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Raghoo, Samascott, Gajeski, Fresh Radish, Cherry Lane, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

Think corn, tomatoes and peaches, folks!

And, yes, live music returns to 82nd Street in the form of our old friends, the fabulous Opera Collective!!

Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess will be sharpening up a storm, too!

Last week’s recycling totals:  47 lbs batteries; 36 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 28 pairs of eyeglasses; 22 bags of clothes and 3 7/8 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals: 970 lbs batteries; 505 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 55 pairs of glasses;  149 bags of clothes; 27 3/4 compost bins.

(Yikes!!  We’re sure to pass a half ton of batteries this coming week!)

Sunday, July 8th:   92nd Street Greenmarket

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

With us will be American Seafood, Gonzalez Farm, Meredith’s Bakery, Norwich Meadows Farm, Phillips Farm Vegetables, Stannard Farms and Bread Alone.  

You’ve waited all the long winter…  Your tastebuds have pined…  And now your patience gets its reward…  That’s right!  This Sunday, the Steller Cooks return!!

Meanwhile, a reminder about Health Bucks…  They’re available for all food stamp recipients at all markets and are they ever a good deal!  For every $5 spent using an EBT card,  shoppers receive an additional $2 in Health Bucks!

Gonzalez Farm has purslain, folks!

And guess what?  Compost collected doubled again from week 2 to week 3!

Last week’s recycling totals:  5 lbs batteries; 11 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 2 bins of compost! 

YTD (from 6/17/12) totals: 31 lbs batteries; 22 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges;  3 1/2 compost bins.

So fantastic!!

Only a bit of miscellany but pertinent items all:

As in possible actions to take should you see a dog locked in a hot car

The best swimming pools in NYC

Plus best hikes for New Yorkers who don’t have cars

As per the lawsuit filed against the proposed 91st Street MTS last week, here’s the SaneTrash press release

Thanks to reader Suzanne McElfresh for noting this excellent Times Op-Ed on yet another reason why Greenmarkets are so essential to our health…

New Jersey Governor Christie may have killed the ARC tunnel, but it’s looking like minds with a finer grasp of the future are incubating a new and more sweeping vision…  

Herewith the NYC budget for Fiscal Year 2013

While some leaders drag their feet, we humble folks could well be turning the rays beating down on us into energy for as little as 300 bucks…   (Scroll down.)

Meanwhile, Vienna’s busily constructing a carbon netural neighborhood

Meantime, today and despite its crushing economic problems, the California Senate voted heavily in favor of the state’s high speed rail project.

Meanwhile, the NYS DEC is launching a community air quality teting program at sites across the state…  (Come on over the the UESide!)

Meanwhile, could be Long Island will be on the energy receiving end of a proposed offshore Rhode Island windfarm!

If you think that the firefighters at it so many days out in Colorado ought to have health insurance

We end on a lyrical animal note culled from the Hudson River Almanac:

6/22 – Bronx, New York City, HRM 13: I watched a flock of nine mute swans paddling north and steadily up the Hudson this morning, past the train trestle at Spuyten Duyvil where the Harlem River meets the Hudson. A few minutes later, they took to the air and made a quick pass back past my windows before making a graceful arc westward, across the river.  I can’t remember seeing as many as nine at a time.  – Jennifer Scarlott

America the Beautiful is red, white, blue and green,

UGS

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