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.)


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.


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,


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