Happy National Vodka Day, UESiders!!

No kidding, there’s a day/week/month/year for everything!

Here on the UES, we go bigger and greener in all things…  As in, for the last 5 days, it’s been 92nd-STREET-RACKED-UP-6-GIANT-COMPOST- BINS-ON-SUNDAY WEEK!!  (Still got 2 days to bask in the glory of that achievement, too!)

Yes, the gauntlet has been thrown down, 82nd Street folks.

Meanwhile, despite incessant rain, determined UESiders – and a dozen West Siders as well – recycled 3,800 lbs of paper last Tuesday!!

Just amazing.

And a great vamp to the next 7 days:

Saturday, October 6th:  82nd Street Greenmarket 

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

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

PLUS our Master Knife Sharpener returns!

FYI, we’re still tasting the fantastic apple sauce Emma whipped up!

Last week’s recycling totals:  48 lbs batteries; 18 lbs #5,  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 3 pairs of eye glasses; 25 bags of clothes and 3 1/2 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals: 1,337 lbs batteries; 714 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 74 pairs of glasses;  339 bags of clothes; 72 7/8 compost bins.

We’re approaching 3/4 of a ton of batteries!!

Saturday, October 6th:  14th Annual Czech Street Festival

73rd Street, between First and Second, 12-5pm

Where else could you experience the Geisslers Hofcomoedianten (a baroque theater on stilts!), traditional folk music by the Pajtasi Dulcimer Band and children from the Czech and Slovak School in Astoria, a raffle, and – of course! – Czech food!  For more

Saturday, October 6th: Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project Open House

410 West 40th Street, between Ninth and Tenth

A year and a half ago, we helped raise 2 tons of earth up to the 5th floor roof of the Metro Baptist Church where what has to be the most original, productive and cost-wise gardens anywhere was soon established…  A model easily adapted to other NYC locations.  If you can’t visit in person, do check out the Project’s site

Saturday, October 6th through Wednesday, October 31st:  Halloween at the NYBG

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx

A 3 1/2 week Halloween and pumpkin-a-thon featuring the Haunted Pumpkin Garden.  But let us not forget the Pumpkin Puppet Theater, the Spooktacular Pumpkin Party, and Giant Pumpkin Carving Weekend (led by resident carving artiste Michael Natiello).  Oh and, yes, the Giant Flying Fox Bat of Malaysia – the world’s biggest – will be on hand at the Spooktacular.  For days, times and tickets

Sunday, October 7th:   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. 

Gonzalez’s little eggplants are wonderful!!

Last week’s recycling totals:   12 lbs batteries; 14 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 6 compost bins.

CAN’T SAY IT ENOUGH…  6 COMPOST BINS!!!!!

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

YTD (from 6/17/12) totals: 159 lbs batteries; 115 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges;  1 pair eye glasses; 30 5/8 compost bins.

Now to Sunday, November 19th:  Discovering Columbus

Columbus Circle, 10am-4pm

Artist Tatzu Nishi re-imagines the colossal 13-foot-tall statue of Columbus standing in a fully furnished, modern living room. Featuring tables, chairs, couch, rug, and flat-screen television, the décor reflects the artist’s interpretation of contemporary New York style.  Gotta be strange and great!  Free but advance tickets required.

Now to Sunday, January 6th:  Bernini –  Sculpting in Clay

Metropolitan Museum, Fifth Avenue at 82nd

Of course, the great sculptor’s completed sculptures are magnificent, but the small terra cotta models are…  Well, you’ll be doing yourself a favor seeing them.  For details and hours

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”.    In particular, we’re looking forward to”Recyclarium” with its up-close info on what happens to the stuff – glass, paper, etc. – we recycle.  For the full agenda… 

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.

And then:

Tuesday, October 16th:  Free Flu Shot Clinic

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

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

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.  A great opportunity to express yourself on the subject of the 91st Street MTS, beginning with wearing your Dump the Dump/SaneTrash t-shirt.  RSVP required:  212- 669-4451 or RSVP@manhattanbp.org.

Thursday, November 1st and 8th and Wednesday, November 14th:  Across New York Film Series

Tribeca Film Center, 375 Greenwich Street, 6pm 

A series of three totally NYC history-centric docs presented by the Historic Districts Council:  “At Home in Utopia” (the Bronx apartment “Coop”), “Florient, Queen of the Meatmarket” (the famed 24-hour diner) and “Coney Island”.  $5 for members, seniors, and students; $10 for everyone else.  For more and tickets

On to miscellany…  Commencing with a few new outrages:

Such as the money being made by banks – like JP Morgan-Chase – handling the EBT cards used by food stamp participants.

Or – in addition to issues of safety, a schedule that deals in year and more to make even small repairs, etc. – what appears to be the intention to totally dismantle public housing

Okay, there’s our own besieged Asphalt Green.  But it’s no consolation that two other city Parks are also under threat:  Flushing Meadows-Corona and  Ferry Point Park in the Bronx.

Moving into the “Twilight Zone”:

The MTA is now engaged in a talent hunt.  Yes, friends, they’re wanting 2 local voices – one male, one female – to narrate a planned exhibition on their Second Avenue Subway Project.  Oh, and they’re not paying one red cent.  Honest.  Really.  For real.  (Interested parties click here…)  

But happily:

Last week saw the opening of the much-needed Harlem Hospital Center Mural Pavillion, a 195,000 square foot, six-story facility providing outpatient visits, intensive care, women’s imaging and bariatric procedures. 

And back from the ashes, construction of a third and essential under-the-Hudson rail tunnel is being championed by Senator Schumer who’s talking about breaking ground in 2013!  To read more

There are excellent Green Walls of the Week and then there are over-the-moon green walls like this one in San Diego… 

For the next spring file:  Container gardening tips.  

Courtesy of Norton/Symantic, 5 solid tips to avoid problems with/resulting from WiFi hotspots.

New York Magazine did a full court press on oatmeal last week…  Definitions, categories, inventive new takes on the grain by notable chefs…  (Don’t skip the slide show.)

Who knew – a stone’s throw away on 118th Street – The Mariachi Academy of New York existed and has been helping kids to master the instruments and technique of this great musical idiom for a decade now?   Here’s some video too…(We’ve got to invite them to play for us!)

(For a taste of masters of the form and what Academy students are aspiring to, give the fabulous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan a listen…)

Just two animal tidbits but:

You’ve got just 3 weeks to whip up a totally clever pet costume for Schurz Park’s Halloween Howl.  For inspiration we offer this…   (No way you can’t do better!)

We sign off with the most truly, totally world class. furry cuteness we’ve experienced in many a moon:  Belarus soldier and squirrel

With greenest good wishes,

UGS

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