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,


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