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?


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.


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

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.)


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,


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