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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  1. Moira voss

    Have a lovely and well deserved vacation!
    Look forward to the newsletter when you return.

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