Monthly Archives: September 2012

Happy 10 1/4 giant bins of compost collected last weekend, you incredible UESiders!!

Really, folks…  An 1/8 of a bin increase at 82nd and a 2 bin bump up at 92nd…   Just plain fabulous!!!

Onward to 6!!!

So, let’s get this out of the way:  NYC’s awarded an $181 million  construction contract for the proposed 91st Street MTS to Skanska.   (Yes, that old, bogus $125 million figure has ballooned…  And this $181 is but a PR stepping stone to the real $225-$550 million cost.)

Go ahead, Mr. Mayor and Speaker Quinn.  Ignore October 16th…  The day that oral arguments – in this first of several lawsuits – will be heard in court.

Meanwhile, up in Harlem and with our very own eyes, we spotted 2 beautiful, migrating monarch butterflies.

  Mimulus guttatus

Onward to the mighty fine week ahead:

Saturday, September 29th:  82nd Street Greenmarket 

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

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Gajeski, Fresh Radish, Feather Ridge, Cherry Lane, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

 How about that corn and tomatillo salsa Emma whipped up last week?   No wonder Fresh Radish sold out!  (Emma’ll have more copies of the recipe on hand.)

Last week’s recycling totals:  47 lbs batteries; 20 lbs #5,  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 15 bags of clothes and 5 1/4 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals: 1,289 lbs batteries; 696 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 71 pairs of glasses;  314 bags of clothes; 69 3/8 compost bins.

Complete awesomeness!

Saturday, September 29th:  5th National Drug Take Back Day

Lobby, Lenox Hill Hospital, 100 East 77th Street, 10am-2pm

At last…  The once a year opportunity to divest oneself of those old prescriptions crowding medicine cabinet shelves and in the most environmentally sound way.

Saturday, September 29th:  East 84th Street Neighborhood Association’s Oktoberfest

84th Street between First & Second, 11am-5pm

Bratwurst and potato pancakes (and more) from the hallowed Schaller & Weber…  The Um-Pah Band (complete with lederhosen)…  Great vendors…  The best used book table in town…  And treats from Italianissimo for those requiring a little mozzarella to cut through the sauerkraut.

Sunday, September 30th:   92nd Street Greenmarket

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

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

Bread Alone’s stocking those maple twists again!

Last week’s recycling totals:   41 lbs batteries; 12 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 5 compost bins.

Once again…  A 2 bin increase!  Truly incredible!!

8/26 and 9/2 compost totals:  Still TBA.

YTD (from 6/17/12) totals: 147 lbs batteries; 101 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges;  1 pair eye glasses; 24 5/8 compost bins.

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

One more time:

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.)

Paper:

Please remove paper clips and spiral bindings. 

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

Thank you again, Council Member Lappin, for your shredding grant!

Tuesday, October 2nd:  Shine the Light on Domestic Violence

Military Island, Times Square, Broadway & Seventh Avenue at 44th, 6:30pm

Marking Awareness of Domestic Violence Month, join BP Stringer and Eve Ensler for a lighting ceremony.  And do wear purple.

Thursday, October 4th:  A Day in the Life of the Hudson River

70 Sites from New York Harbor to the mouth of the Mohawk, various times

On this day, thousands of students and educators will study the river on the same day.  To learn who, where and how to participate

Saturday, October 6th:  What’s Swimming in the Hudson?

Beczak Environmental Education Center, Yonkers, 7pm

Join DEC Hudson River Estuary Program naturalist Tom Lake for a look at the 219 species that make up the Hudson River Watershed fish fauna!    

Round the bend:

Saturday, October 20th:  It’s My Park (Volunteer) Day!

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 10am-2pm

Picking up where we left off last fall (we spruced up the 106th Street Pier in May), we’ll be scraping and painting more railing and continuing to plant the ribbon of daffodils along the Esplanade/FDR wall.  Your reward:  Refreshments, a row with the East River Crew and cosmic contentment of good citizenship!!  For more:  uppergreenside@gmail.com.     

Tuesday, October 23rd:  East Side Town Hall Meeting

Lighthouse International, 111 East 59th Street between Park & Lexington, 6-8pm

Organized by BP Stringer along with Council Members Lappin and Garodnick, Congress Member Maloney, State Senator Krueger, Assembly Members Kellner and Quart, Community Board 8  (and many others), this is your chance to speak with and get answers from representatives of government agencies, venture issues and vent concerns.  RSVP required:  212- 669-4451 or RSVP@manhattanbp.org.

 

Callicarpa pilosissima

The miscellaneous moment has arrived:

Think the environment should be among the questions asked during the upcoming presidential debate?  Then you can say so

Or that Wyoming shouldn’t be killing its wolves?

Meanwhile, Governor Cuomo’s postponed his decision on fracking until after the election.

Really like this idea and what an encouragement to spruce things up:  Rating city blocks

Also good:  that Long Island’s coming to grips with its over-burdened highways!

Be interesting to know how the Oklahoma’s Grand River Dam is involved in wind power, but that’s who Google’s just made a deal with to purchase electricity

Whew!  Colorado’s Chimney Rock Archeological Area is now a National Monument!

Can’t imagine any of us enlightened Greenmarket shoppers harbored the belief that it didn’t matter what one ate as long as one was losing weight…  That being thin and healthy were one and the same... BALDERDASH!!

Meanwhile, “Recipe Rehab”, an original web series which asks families to submit their favorite recipes and then provides a “nutritional makeover” courtesy of two professional chefs, will be moving to ABC and a Saturday morning slot on October 6th. 

(That said, wonder if those chefs would be up to the challenge of Aunt Blanche’s Ambrosia…  A sublime combination of canned pineapple, mandarin oranges, Queen Anne cherries, coconut, pecans, marshmallows and sour cream!)

Our berry season is over and done with but, in preparation for next year, here’s how to keep them squeeky clean, unmoldy and mouth-watering.

How about a very functional DYI origami speaker for your iphone?  (Or you can order a designer model.)

For the architectural element junkies among us, this from The Times and the wonderful Christopher Gray

And 7 of the world’s most unspoiled islands are…?

Combining Education Week and the heart-warming, this from the great Story Corps

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Bring on those animals:

From NY Mag:   An 11-year old girl caught a ten-inch pranha in Brooks Pond at Dlose Lakes Park.  The red-belly piranha is native to the Amazon.

Meet the new Guinness Record holder…  The world’s tallest dog!

A great end to a lost-cat-found story… 

What week would be complete without a tidbit from the Hudson River Almanac?

 9/16 – New York Bight: See Life Paulagics ran a 16-hour boat trip on the 100-foot-long Starstream VIII out to the deep waters in the Hudson Canyon.  Among the mammals spotted were two young humpbacked whales, one of which breached for us repeatedly. Common dolphins rode the ship’s wake early in the morning and a small pod of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins were seen working behind a trawler.  We also had a nice showing of bats, including a red bat.  –  Paul A. Guris                    
Yours in enduring greenness,

UGS

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Happy Autumnal Equinox, UESiders!

Can we believe fall is all but upon us?

And how our dance card is so quickly filling up?

For example, the week ahead:

Opening Friday, September 21st: The Return of the Hudson River School

New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 79th Street

They’ve generously been on national tour for months, but now masterworks by the likes of Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt and Jasper F. Cropsey are back under the NYHS’s roof and on display.  Adults $15; seniors and educators $12;  students $10; kids $5,  For hours and more details

Saturday, September 22nd:  82nd Street Greenmarket 

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

One wonderful street fair last week, yes?  Could you believe that group of women in gorgeous national costume, strolling hand-in-hand among the crowd, singing hauntingly acapella?

Wow.

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

Happy to say our Master Knife Sharpener will be present too!

Now, hold on to your hats, folks! 

Last week’s recycling totals:  45 lbs batteries; 25 lbs #5,  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 3 pairs of glasses; 14 bags of clothes and 5 1/8 compost bins.

YOU READ THAT RIGHT:  5 1/8 COMPOST BINS!!!

Double wow.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals: 1,242 lbs batteries; 676 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 71 pairs of glasses;  299 bags of clothes; 64 1/8 compost bins.

Sunday, September 23rd:   92nd Street Greenmarket

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

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

Okra lovers…  Check out Gonzalez Farm!

Last week’s recycling totals:   15 lbs batteries; 18 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; compost bins – 3 1/8.

So impressive!

Previous 2 week compost totals:  Still TBA.

YTD (from 6/17/12) totals: 106 lbs batteries; 89 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges;  1 pair eye glasses; 19 5/8 compost bins.

Sunday, September 23rd:  National Plug-In Day

Broadway between 41st & 42nd Streets, 11:30am-3pm

A veritable smorgasbord of electric vehicles for New Yorkers to get a close look at, query the makers of and maybe win an ipad.  For more

Monday, September 24th:  Ocean Conservation, The Future of Fish, Sharks and Fishing in America’s Oceans

Seafarers’ International House, 123 East 15th Street, 6:30pm

Jamie Pollack  – NYState Representative for the Pew Environment Group – speaks to the latest in fishery management, how both fishermen and fish are presently being assisted and what we can all can do to protect bluefin, turtles, Atlantic Menhaden and sharks.  Organized by the Sierra Club.  Free, with a quiz, prizes and refreshments served.

Thursday, September 27th:  A Convenient Truth – Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil

The “Gallery” at John Haynes Holmes House, 28 East 35th Street, between Park & Madison, 7pm

Innovations in transportation, recycling, affordable housing and park design have made Curitiba one of the most livable cities in the world.  This 53-minute film includes interviews with world-renowned mayors Jaime Lerner and Cassio Tanigushi, and other city planners whose imagination and foresight have helped transform Curitiba into a model of urban sustainability.  Suggested donation $5.

And then:

Saturday, September 29th:  5th National Drug Take Back Day

Lobby, Lenox Hill Hospital, 100 East 77th Street, 10am-2pm

Wish they’d organizes these events at least twice year, but we’re happy to take advantage of any opportunity to dispose of those old prescriptions in the environmentally soundest way.

Saturday, September 29th & Sunday, September 30th:  World Maker Faire New York 2

New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadow, Queens,  Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-6pm

And we quote from the self-styled “World’s most diverse showcase of creativity and innovation in technology, craft, science, fashion, art, food and more…  Experience the Life-Sized Mousetrap, Coke Zero and Mentos show, Power Racing Series, ITP’s Nerdy Derby, Austin Bike Zoo, the iconic Cupcake Cars and other spectacular surprises.  For details and array of ticket prices… 

Saturday, September 29th:  Design for the East River Esplanade 60th – 125th Streets

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, 9am-12pm

We know what the international design community envisions for this gorgeous expanse of waterfront (you’ve seen the exhibition of those designs at MCNY, yes?)…  Well, now Civitas wants to hear your personal vision for a re-imagined Esplanade.  To RSVP (required):  info@civitasnyc.org or 212-996-0745.

Can’t attend on the 29th?  Then share your thoughts at
http://reimaginethewaterfront-civitas.com/leave-a-comment.

Approaching fast:

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

We are relentless:

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.)

Paper:

Please remove paper clips and spiral bindings. 

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

Thanks, Council Member Lappin, for your shredding grant!

Tuesday, October 9th through November 27th:  Urban Farming at Kingsborough College

KCC Urban Farm, Brooklyn, 5-8pm

NYC’s first high ed institution to offer an agriculture course, now includes a evening school class…  From what to grow to how to grow it to acquiring land to grow it on.  $165 including registration.  For more

Wednesday, October 10th:  7th Annual New Green City Event

Union Square, 10am-5pm

Organized by the great GrowNYC – the folks who bring us our Greenmarkets – this’ll be “a  hands-on, free event full of action and dialogue where participants of all ages can learn how to live a low- impact lifestyle in New York City”.  For the full agenda… 

Saturday, October 13th:  NYCH2O Ashokan Reservoir Hike

Olivebridge, New York, 11anm-2pm

Naturalist and native to the Catskill region Aaron Bennet leads the group through the glorious fall forest surrounding the Ashokan, enlightening participants on reservoir  history and how our city’s water remains so awesomely pure.   Bring your own lunch.  $60 with transportation.  $25 without transport.  For tickets

Tuesday, October 16th:  Free Flu Shot Clinic

St. Stephen of Hungary Church, 414 East 82nd Street between First $ York, 10am – 1pm

Yup, free for all folks over 50, but you must have an appointment.   To schedule, call sponsor Jessica Lappin’s office at 212-980-1808.

(Check last week’s newsletter for State Senator Kreuger’s October 11th Free Flu Clinic event!)

Wednesday, October 17th and Wednesday, November 14th:  Knit at the Museum 

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

For those of you who’ve never participated in an evening knitting circle, this gentle pleasure is timeless and unique.   Beginners will be instructed.  Old hands will get right down to turning out creating gifts for the Christmas at Sea program for mariners who’ll be far from home over the (upcoming!) holidays.  All supplies provided.  $25 for each session.  To reserve your space call 212-838-6878.    

(So cool that such projects – for “mariners” – exist in 2012.)  

As for miscellany:

Good news:  Thanks to Riverkeeper’s doggedness, Poughkeepsie will soon be graced by additional Hudson River waterfront and parkland.

And now you – if you so wish – can lend  a hand in renewing yet another stretch of the Hudson, where it meets the water-quality-impaired Esophus Creek.  To sign the petition to restore the Esophus

Of course, we wouldn’t be surprised to find solar panels on the roof of an Ikea…  But Walgreens?  Kohl’s?  Costco?  Walmart??  (Ikea’s got at least one outlet with a thermal exchange system!  We’ve personally set eyes on a Walmart with a wind turbine!!)

We noted the rumor that an ex-McDonald’s exec was pioneering healthy, sustainable fast food last week…  More than rumor, friends.  Check out Mike Roberts and the new Lyfe Kitchen… 

New to us is India’s Barefoot College…  Where rural Third World women become solar engineers!

Hungry for more foreigns films on TV?  CUNY (Channel 75 on Time Warner) runs one weekly on Saturday (12am) and Sunday (9pm0, usually with a theme a month.  For the October schedule and to sign up for their newsletter

Somehow this slipped through the cracks in May, but actually it’s kind of evergreen…  Wired Magazine ‘s instructions on how to be a Geek Dad – complete with great projects!

News flash for hikers!   Sullivan County’s got a great new site detailing all its trails and is called…  What else?  Sullivan County Trailkeeper.

Rhodanthe chlorocephala

Then, of course:

A newly released study suggests the dread BPA plays a role in childhood obesity

 Matelea reticulata

Why, yes, you’re right, we do need some animals:

Remember the classic Animal Planet “Ani-Mail” segments with dogs poised to rip whatever came through the family mail slot to shreds?  Well, now there’s now a more feline-like, secretive installment… 

Making the rounds again, from the old Johnny Carson Show, the classic James Stewart reading his poem in memory of a beloved dog.

The hit video of the week:  Hero pig saves baby goat!

We leave you with the usual excerpts from the Hudson River Almanac:

The fall migration of southward-bound birds and butterflies was fully underway. There are several hawk watches on promontories in the Hudson watershed where birders spend many hours counting the species diversity of the autumn migration. 

Lawrence’s Goldfinch

9/15 – Brooklyn:  Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy staff conducted a seining program in the East River directly under the Manhattan Bridge.  Invertebrates among our catch included blue crabs, shore shrimp, hermit crabs, comb jellies, Asian shore crabs, and sea squirts.  Fish included northern stargazer, skilletfish, a small porgy either a scup or pinfish; identification pending, and an oyster toadfish that was hiding in a tire we pulled out of the East River.   – Cynthia Fowx

Our river/estuary is ever greener,

UGS

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Happy Second Avenue Subway blasting recommencing, UESiders!

We’re told if there’s another “incident” the contractor will be fired…  Very confidence inspiring, yes?  

Meanwhile, down in the  60’s, we have our hats off to Jimmy Sarantopolis, proprietor of the Ritz and East River Diners, who brought the tangle of 4-foot weeds and rubbish adorning the new First Avenue traffic islands to the attention of Fox5.  The next day DOT thoroughly cleaned each and every one.

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Kind of crazy how much great stuff is coming up:

Saturday, September 15th:  82nd Street Greenmarket 

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

What a fine Saturday it’s going to be…  Not only the Greenmarket but the annual St. Stephen of Hungary Street Fair, as well!

At their tables and in their usual market spots in St. Stephen’s churchyard/parking lot will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Gajeski, Fresh Radish, Feather Ridge, Cherry Lane, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

Lucky us, Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess will be present and accounted for, too.  (FYI, she’s now tending to cutlery for the likes of a chef at one of Daniel Bouilly’s establishments!)

Last week’s recycling totals:  44 lbs batteries; 20 lbs #5,  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 16 bags of clothes and 4 1/8 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals: 1,197 lbs batteries; 651 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 68 pairs of glasses;  285 bags of clothes; 59 compost bins.

Saturday, September 15th:  Annual St. Stephen of Hungary Street Fair  

82nd Street between First and York, 10am-6pm

For those who missed last year’s event, we have 2 words for you:  stuffed cabbage as prepared by the St. Stephen church ladies.  Add to that great vendors, music, plenty of fun for kids and a raffle.

FYI, if you missed The Times’  August piece on the St. Stephen School, catch up now

Saturday, September 15th:  Second Annual Honey Festival

Rockaway Boardwalk, Brooklyn, 10am

Meet our city’s “beeks”!  (It’s what NY beekeepers and honey fanciers are calling themselves now.)  Sample and buy their delicious honey!  Applaud the winner of the honey tasting contest!  Last year, more than 1,000 attended and that was with cancelled subway service and questionable weather.  For more info: chase@brooklyngrangefarm.com.

Sunday, September 16th:   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, Norwich Meadows and Stannard Farms and Bread Alone. 

You read that right!  Norwich Meadows Farm has abandoned Flushing  Meadows and returned to their rightful place with us on First Avenue!   

Last week’s combined 2 week recycling totals:   12 lbs batteries; 17 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; compost bins – still TBA.

(As you’ve doubtless noticed, compost manager Laura has been absent the last two Sundays.  She’ll be back this week and we’ll get our past 3 week compost totals then.) 

YTD (from 6/17/12) totals: 91 lbs batteries; 18 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges;  1 pair eye glasses; 16 1/2 compost bins.

Thursday, September 20th:  Sane Trash Community Meeting

Asphalt Green Aquatic Center, 91st Street & York Avenue, 630pm

Come hear the latest lowdown and the many ways in which – contrary to what our city wants us to believe – the fight against the 91st Street Garbage Dump is way, way far from over.    

Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd:  Gracie Square Art Show

East End Avenue at 85th Street, 10am-5pm

Real, contemporary art of every description – paintings, photographs, and sculpture – combined with hands-on activities for kids and a cafe in the lovely Schurz Park.     As ever, the proceeds go to maintaining and improving the park.

And then:

Saturday and Sunday, September 22nd and 23rd and September 29th and 30th:  Otter Awareness Weekends

New York Aquarium, Surf Avenue & West 8th Street,  Brooklyn, 10am – 4pm

A host of otter-related activities to be sure, but let’s cut to the chase:  Sea otter feeding and training demos…  During which resident otters Jacob and Tazo – assisted by their much less talented human keepers – give us a big taste of their athletic prowess.  Adult, $19.95;  Seniors, $16.95; Children under 12, $15.95.  For tickets, directions and more

Saturday, September 29th:  5th National Drug Take Back Day

Lobby, Lenox Hill Hospital, 100 East 77th Street, 10am-2pm

Yes, the moment’s fast approaching when you can send those old prescriptions on a final journey in the greenest possible way…

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

Bears repeating…

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.)

Paper:

Please remove paper clips and spiral bindings. 

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

Thanks, Council Member Lappin, for the grant making more shredding possible!

Wednesday, October 3rd:  Park Avenue in Context: Film Clips and a Discussion of the Midtown Rezoning

Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th, between Second & Third Avenues, 6pm

Via photographs and film, John Kriskiewicz details how Midtown’s Park Avenue – within the decade following World War II – was transformed into an office district of Modernist glass towers.  Members of the Historic Districts Council, $5.  Non-members, $10.  For tickets or call 212-614-9107.

Coming up soon:

Thursday, October 11th:  Free Flu Shot Clinic

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Senior Center at St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, 10am – 1pm

Sponsored by State Senator Liz Kreuger with services donated by the Visiting Nurses, you’ll need to make an appointment with the Senator Kreuger’s office:  212-490-9535. 

Tuesday, October 16th:  “A Rich Spot of Earth” Lecture

Sotheby’s, 1334 York Avenue at 72nd Street, 6:30pm

Peter J. Hatch, retired director of the gardens at Monticello, describes Jefferson’s innovative approach to the gorgeous grounds of his even more gorgeous Virginia home.  $35 for members; $39 non-members.  Register online or call 800-322-6924.

November 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th:  NYBG Fall Forest Weekends

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx,, 11am-4pm

Explore the Thain Family Forest, the largest remaining tract of old-growth trees in all of New York City.  Tree-climbing demonstrations, tours and more!  Adults $20;  Seniors and Students $18;  Children 2-12 $8;  Children under 2 free.  For tickets and  more on the forest…

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And we do mean miscellaneous:

Okay, so there was this week’s unattractive dust-up over whether State or City would be providing that annual $20 million for the 9/11 Memorial Museum…  Even more unattractively set in motion by Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn’s blocking federal funding.  If you’d like to let him know how you feel about that move…  

And if, as a Metro card-carrying/mass transit traveling New Yorker, you support a commuter transit benefit

Hard as it is to believe there’re still people out there hunting polar bears for their pelts.  Should you object… 

In the neutral zone:

While the mayor and council president attempt to foist a garbage dump upon us, the Sanitation garage on 73rd Street is soon to be replaced by medical facilities.  

And yet another argument – in the form of rising seas – against said dump.

Seems like one last stab – albeit symbolic – at limiting access to the new Sutton Place park will be foiled.

On the far brighter side:

Okay, sit down and have smelling salts near at hand…  Food Emporiums are up for sale AND…  Trader Joe just might be interested in the 59th Street Bridgemart location.  Yes.  YES!!   

 Happy to say revised plans for the new Tappan Zee Bridge include mass transit lanes!

And the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail has just been designated a National Water Trail!

Good news closer to home…  They’ll soon be manufacturing electric buses up in the Bronx!!!

Then there’s the the newly founded, innovative Brownsville Student Farm.

Recall the Illinois 7th grader whose petition opposing a law which would ban local regulations against plastic bags we all signed?  Guess what?  She prevailed.  The governor vetoed the bill! 

As of August, Vermont has a universal, mandatory solid waste and composting law which will phased in over next decade. 

Valvoline now offers a motor oil that contains 50% recycled oil!

The average U.S. wind farm creates HOW MANY JOBS?

Curious about what exactly’s in that cleaning product you love?

If you haven’t already aquainted yourself with GrowNYC’s first-rate (monthly) newsletter, check it out…  

Same for updates from our neighbors up at East Harlem Presents

Hard reading for us vittle lovers, but The Times is good on “Debunking the Hunter-Gatherer Workout”.  

Couldn’t be a lovelier fall adventure than following in the footsteps of the artists of the Hudson River school

Of course, we’ll be putting in bulbs in this fall, but they’re also flowering plants we can get into the ground to brighten our late fall/winter

Passed by 2 on Midwestern backroads and we’re betting the drive-in is due for a renaissance

A come-back that’s already underway for the classic NYC stoop

Programming recommend:  The doc series “America ReFramed” debuts on PBS World (Time Warner channel 164)  this Sunday at 8pm.  Comprised of 26 independent films, each chronicles the challenging lives of ordinary Americans.

Under the We’re Not An Island of Foodies for Nothing heading:  A local production company is looking for “fun, intense and highly involved parents who think their kids are the Next Food Stars of America.”  Think your young one has what it takes to be the next Rachael Ray or Bobby Flay?  Then email: mykidsafoodstar@gmail.com to have him/her considered for this food competition show.

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You bet, we got a ton of animals this week:

Of course your kitty has star power, too, but is he/she also possessed of an incredibly, to-date incurably naughty side?   If so, Animal Planet is now casting felines for another season of “My Cat From Hell” during which the multi-tattooed but feline-savvy Jackson Galaxy will get many a Fluffy on his/her good paw.  To apply, email HELLCATSCASTING@GMAIL.COM with (your) name, age, city, phone, your significant other(s), describing the cat-in-question’s behavior and effect on your home life in its every horrid detail.  Oh, yeah, include the cat in question’s name, age, breed, how he/she came into your life and attach  photos of yourself,  family members and that bad cat.

Okay, so they’ve now trained dogs to sniff out even the most deviously secreted gun in prisons…  Now canines are tracking whales with an eye/nose to preserving them!

Want to help our struggling bee population?  Voila…  Instructions for constructing your own honey bee haven!

Three ways any one of us can help NYC’s animals in need:  fostering, volunteering at Animal Care & Control and – of course – adoption!   (They’ve got bunnies, too!)

So here’s one critter we totally abhor…  The emerald ash borer, destroyer of 70 million American trees since 2002.  Read all about him and why nobody should be transporting wood cut in the Catskills. 

Meanwhile, our Fish and Wildlife Service has finally proposed protecting 838,232 acres — an area larger than the state of Rhode Island — as “critical habitat” for endangered jaguars in southern Arizona and New Mexico.

The 10 rarest cat breeds are…?

Just how does a baby koala learn to eat eucalyptus leaves?

You do know there’re are baby tigers up at the Bronx Zoo?

Yet again, we close with an excerpt from the great Hudson River Almanac:

9/2 – North Germantown HRM 109. A stiff southerly breeze raised small whitecaps on the river this morning. I noticed a few monarch butterflies headed south, doing their best against the headwind. Later, I happened to walk in the lee of a small group of pines where I discovered dozens of monarchs taking shelter from the wind. Later in the day, after the wind had died down, I revisited the site and found, as expected, that the monarchs had resumed their flight.  – Kaare Christian

Monarch butterflies bred in the Hudson River watershed migrate south as much as 2,700 miles to a wintering location in a mountain forest near Mexico City. They return in large numbers to the same roosts, often to the same, exact trees. The length of the journey far exceeds the lifetime of a single monarch, which is less than two months for butterflies born in early summer. The last generation of the summer lives up to seven months, during which time it migrates to the wintering location. This generation does not reproduce until it leaves the following spring.  How monarchs manage to return to the same wintering locale over a span of several generations is a mystery. It is their children’s grandchildren that return south the following fall. – Tom Lake.

In abiding greenness,

UGS

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Greetings, UESiders!

Back from the land of lobster pots and rolls!

But as always, as you well know, even the best vacations pale in comparison with everyday life in our New York!

Apologies but, as we’re really just returned, this edition will lean towards the brief…

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This week:

Saturday,  September 8th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Gajeski, Fresh Radish, Feather Ridge, Cherry Lane, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

This week’s special event:  A canning demo by Market Manager Emma and canning expert Robin Puskas, commencing around 10am.   So be there, draw up a chair and learn from the pros! 

AND, yes, our own Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess will be on hand as well.

Last two week’s combined recycling totals:  Batteries/#5,  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges – TBA; BUT 28 bags of clothes and 8 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;  269 bags of clothes; 54 7/8 compost bins.

Sunday, September 9th:   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. 

And we remind you yet again:   Gonzalez isn’t formally certified organic, but it is organic in its every practice. 

Last week’s combined 2 week recycling totals:  TBA.

(But we expect the totals to be awesome!)

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.

Saturday, September 8th:  Annual Harvest Fair

El Batey Borincano Community Garden, 15 Eagle Avenue between East 158th and 159th Streets, 1-5pm

Join Bronx Green-Up and GreenThumb for their annual celebration  honoring community gardeners for their work during the season and providing them with the opportunity to show off their harvests! Activities include hands-on gardening and cooking demonstrations, music, food, domino tournament and fun for children.  Free.  For more details

Sunday, September 9th:  35th Annual MCC Third Avenue Fair

Third Avenue from 66th to 86th Streets, 12 – 5PM

You bet, tube socks and funnel cakes galore…  And for UES/anti-MTS purposes a prime opportunity for all those who haven’t to sign the SaneTrash petition and participate in the Isaacs/Holmes postcard project!  Look for our table between 8oth and 81st!  Buttonhole friends and family and bring them along to sign, too!

Sunday, September 9th:  Cooking  with Irene

A home kitchen in Chinatown, 4-7pm

Our great market manager of two years passed (one of a procession of great managers), Irene Plax instructs on how to achieve salty/savory flavored foods without little to no salt, a spice and spice mx making lesson, as well as a “herb exploration” and recipes. Partake of some wine, create and eat a full meal and take some home along with your information packet.  $50.  Email ireneplax@gmail.com for more details and sign up!

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Coming up soon:

Saturday, September 15th:  Coastal Cleanup at East River Park 

Meet at East River Park Track House, near the E.  6th Street footbridge, 11-1pm

A lot of stuff winds up in the nooks and crannies of the craggy portions of our waterfront and Partnership for Parks and the Lower East Side Ecology Center would sure appreciate some help cleaning just a bit of it up!  Wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable work clothes.  Be slathered down with sun screen and bring along some water.  A RSVP would be appreciated so call Beth Bingham at 917-297-8088. 

Saturday, September 22nd:  Pepacton Reservoir Paddle

Pepacton Reservoir, 11am

Another great event from NYH2O, this time on the water of this glorious Catskill body of water and NYC water source just recently opened up for recreation…  All under the guidance of Catskill native and adventure guide Craig Apolito.  $20 (provide your own transport and permitted boat); $40 (provide your own transport but use NYH2O canoe; $80 (for transportation and canoe).  For more and tickets

Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd:  Gracie Square Art Show

East End Avenue at 85th Street, 10am-5pm

We’re talking one-of-a-kind paintings, photographs, and sculptures for your home and/or office, hands-on activities for kids and a cafe in our own treasured UES park.   Needless to say, all proceeds go to ensuring the park’s continued health and beauty.

Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd:  Regeneratative Urban Sustainability Training

Radix Center and the Albany Free School, Albany, New York

And we quote:  “an intensive weekend workshop of skills for building ecologically resilient communities in today’s cities” and taught by Scott Kellogg, author of “Toolbox for Sustainable City Living”.  Topics include: aquaponics –  fish & plant integration, microlivestock – chickens and rabbits, kitchen culture – apartment-scale sustainability and plenty more.  $150-$350, pay what you can on that sliding scale.  For more

Thursday, September 27th:  An Evening of Shopping to Benefit Kids’ Programs at Asphalt Green

CWonder Columbus Circle, Shops at Columbus Circle, 6-8pm

Kids programs at Asphalt Green get 10% of what we buy and we get a 20% discount!   To participate, just email events@cwonder.com.

Saturday, September 29th:  5th National Drug Take Back Day

Lobby, Lenox Hill Hospital, 100 East 77th Street, 10am-2pm

Know you’ve been holding on to those old prescriptions for months now rather than flush them away…  And now your reward is at near hand…  The safest, most secure and discrete, kind-to-the-environment way to dispose of those unneeded drugs!

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

Just reminding you…

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.

Paper:

Please remove paper clips and spiral bindings. 

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

Thanks, Council Member Lappin, for your UGS grant making yet another shredding event possible!

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Just a few tidbits of miscellany this time out:

Do we or do we not know what it’s like to have our residential neighborhoods inundated with bars?  Indeed, we do which is why you might be moved to assist Manhattanites living near University Place valiantly resisting a similar “development”.  If so, go to… 

Check out how beautiful clean energy installations can be

How about an edible landscape… 

Meanwhile, congratulations to the 8 Student Conservation Association who were honored for their service as environmental educators on August 24th.   These great young people introduced over 2,000 visitors to the diverse wildlife found in the Hudson River Park during summer 2012!

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And these animal highlights:

A refrigerator-scaling cat!

Really, how do birds keep cool?

What would a newsletter be without an excerpt from the Hudson River Almanac:

8/29 – Brooklyn:  While fishing in Jamaica Bay near the Canarsie Pier, Kaheem Evans hooked and landed a loggerhead turtle. The immature sea turtle was about two feet long and had a silver tag on its front flipper indicating that it had been tagged and released by the National Park Service in Florida. Kaheem contacted the Riverhead Foundation, a marine mammal and sea turtle rescue organization; they came and rescued the sea turtle for rehabilitation and a return to the bay.  – Bill Hutchinson

Down in Florida, they’re beginning to mine old landfills,

UGS

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