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…


Zero power outages!


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.


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,


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