Monthly Archives: August 2012

Happy Julia Child’s 100th year and one day birthday, UESiders!

An abrievated edition this week…  With another 2 week hiatus following.  (Green and dedicated we may be, but we have our slacker moments, too.)

But first some observations on our time in the Midwest.

Very dry in Ohio, although reasonably moist when compared to states further west.   Miles of corn and soy bean fields there, all but a few clearly marked – as growers must – as GMO crops…  Products of the usual suspects…  Monsanto and Dow.

Winter was so mild in Michigan – even in the northern lower peninsula – the legendary dark sweet cherry orchards bloomed early, then froze, devasting the entire season’s bounty.  This is the first such occurance in the region’s history.

As for the urban landscapes…  Well, think threadbare.  Even Michigan State’s campus – a university founded as a Land Grant agricultural school – was serre and unkempt.

Pennsylvania was a comparitive, well-watered Eden.

BUT the vast Chevy plant at Lordsburg, Ohio was bustling…  As opposed to its near empty parking lot of 3 years ago!

How about our neck of the woods  and the coming week:

Saturday,  August 18th:   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, Feather Ridge, Cherry Lane, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

Market Manager Emma’s treating us to a particularly fabulous cooking demo this week…  She’ll be showing us how to can/preserve summer’s bounty!

As you’ve doubtlessly already learned, our new friends at Feather Ridge Farm’s chickens and eggs are wonderful!  (Check them out…)

And, yes, knife sharpener extraordinaire Barbara Hess will at her table as well!

So nobody at DOS’s talking about the compost contest…  But for sure we have to be in contention in the medium sized market category what with 4 bins (3 1/2 at 92nd)collected on August 4th and the 3 1/2 (3 7/8 at 92nd Street) last Saturday!!

Last two week’s combined recycling totals:  46 lbs batteries; 38 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 3 pairs of glasses, 38 bags of clothes and 7 1/2 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals: 1,153 lbs batteries; 631 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 68 pairs of glasses;  241 bags of clothes; 46 7/8 compost bins.

Sunday, August 19th:   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. 

Reminder:   Gonzalez isn’t formally certified organic, but it is organic in its every farming practice. 

As for compost…  92nd Street People!  Last week you outdid 82nd Street’s total!!


Last week’s combined 2 week recycling totals:  12 lbs batteries; 15 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 7 1/4 bins of compost. 

YTD (from 6/17/12) totals: 79 lbs batteries; 71 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges;  1 pair eye glasses; 16 1/2 compost bins.

And before we know it:

Saturday, September 29th:  National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Sites TBA (but Lenox Hill Hospital likely), 10am – 2pm

Last time out, Americans turned in an amazing 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 take-back sites in all 50 states and U.S. territories.  No way we won’t be breaking that record!

Tuesday, October 2nd:  Church of the Heavenly Rest, Carnegie Hill/Yorkville CSA and Carnegie Hill Neighbors Recycling Event

Fifth Avenue and 91st Street,  Electronic Recycling: 11am – 7pm, Paper Shredding:  2pm – 7pm

You know the drill…

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.


Please remove paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.  (But we’ll take your paperbacks.)

Thank you, Council Member Lappin, for the generous grant to Upper Green Side that’s made yet more UES shredding possible!


Actually, we’ll be sticking to just one subject this week:  Vendors/Newstands.

A totally informative Community Board 8 July meeting on what’s both a convenience and blight.  (If you think there’re a lot of vendors, you couldn’t be more right…  As in 853 general vendors, 374 licensed to disabled veterans, 1304 licensed to veterans not disabled, 3,000 food vendors and 600 vendors in NYC parks.)

Regulation cart size is 5 feet high by 8 feet long by 3 feet deep. (HA!)

Carts are prohibited from siting themselves less than 10 feet from the entrance of an exclusively residential building and no less than 20 feet from other building entrances.  (Double HA!)

Violations are tied to whomever is manning the cart at the moment (rarely the licensee). 

These purportedly humble, struggling capitalists are sufficiently afflluent to have a full time lobbiest who spent his time at the CB8 meeting checking iphone and laptop.

Their professional organization holds regular meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 123 William Street, 16th floor.

You’ve likely guessed that carts “staffed” 24/7 are about keeping possession of profitable locations.

The relationship between food carts (not trucks) and cleanliness (a Health Department rep was present) struck us as fleeting.  Nobody seems to be monitoring use of intrusive signage or generators.

On the newstand front…  Yes, they’re proliferating, too, and with what strikes us as with no rational plan (think the stand less than 10 feet away from Home Depot’s doors)…  BUT, proud to say, UESiders have beaten back attempts to site 3 more in our ‘hood

Stay tuned…

Oh, what would a week be without animals:

As in the 10 rarest breeds of cats

And this feline expert in scalp massage

And studies revealing how birds see each other and the world

We close with this from the Hudson River Almanac:

8/6 – Brooklyn:  Over the weekend, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy seining programs caught five bay anchovies, 60 Atlantic silversides, 2 blue crabs (adults mating), 60 ctenophores (comb jellies), 13 European green crabs, one striped bass, one Asian shore crab, a black sea bass (six inches long), three hydromedusae, and three small juvenile fishes (species still to be determined). The water temperature throughout the weekend averaged at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.  – Giulia Morrone

In contented late summer greenness,


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