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…

Indian Paintbrush

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 for more details and sign up!


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

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.


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!

Kunzea ambigua

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!

Androcymbium rechingeri

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,


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