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.)


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

Hakea victoria

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,


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