Happy Positive Outlook Month, UESiders!

Which ought to be our state of mind given that (1) oral arguments in opposition to the 91st Street MTS were made in NYState Court this last Wednesday…   (2) more cases will shortly be filed on the Federal level…  (3) bucking the powers-the-be, Assembly Member Kellner and Council Member Lappin are among the plantiffs in these cases. 

And, this week, after 40 years in the wilderness, our  city’s memorial to President Franklin Roosevelt, Four Freedoms Park was formally dedicated – most appropriately – on Roosevelt Island.

This week saw the landmarking of The Rainbow Room, too!

Plus, just last Thursday, GrowNYC opened our city’s first Nighttime Greenmarket

Not only that, but over this past year and continuing into the present, many of our long-neglected NYState Parks are receiving the infra-structure attention they so need and  deserve.

October’s also National Energy Awareness Month…


There’s a great week ahead:

Saturday, October 20th: It’s My Park Day Volunteer Event

East River Esplanade and 96th Street, 10am – 2pm 

We adults can not possibly allow ourselves to be shamed by the valiant little Girl Scouts who’ll be scraping and painting railings and planting daffodils!!  (Yes, Visiting Nurses will be out there too…  93rd Street Block Association members, Holmes Towers Gardeners and East Harlem Presents members, as well…  BUT the more hands there are, the more we’ll be able to make beautiful!)

Saturday, October 20th:  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.

And, yes, folks, Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess will be back among us!

(Do keep in mind, not only is Thanksgiving carving approaching but, remember, cold weather brings an end to Barbara’s  sharpening-at-the-market season!) 

Last week’s recycling totals:  51 lbs batteries; 22 lbs #5,  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; bags of clothes and  compost bins  – TBA.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals: 1,388 lbs batteries; 736 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.

Sunday, October 21st:   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. 

We’re praying there’ll still be corn this week!

Last week’s recycling totals:   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.

Monday, October 22nd: How Should the Future East  Harlem Look?

Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, 2180 Third Avenue at 119thStreet,  Second Floor Auditorium, 6:30pm

Join CIVITAS, Community Board 11, Insight Associates and George M. Janes & Associates for a presentation and discussion of proposed land use and zoning (think affordable housing, open space, building size and height and more) in East Harlem.  RSVP :  212-996-0745.

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…  Like the 91st Street MTS.  RSVP required:  212- 669-4451 or RSVP@manhattanbp.org.

Wednesday, October 24th:  Big Apple Crunch

Many NYC Locations, all day

What better way to celebrate National Food Day (!) than setting a world record for the number of humankind who’ve eaten apples in 24 hours?  For full details and how to be counted…

And then:

Saturday, October 27th:  Kids Fall Festival at the 82nd Street Greenmarket

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

To our usual gathering of great purveyors of fabulous local produce/fish/chicken/beef, add pumpkin and face painting,  leaf printing, corn husk doll making,  a guess-the-weight-of-the-pumpkin contest and storytime with Natalie Cronin of Tinker Tree Play!  Gonna be great! 

As for miscellany:

Just in time:  A Pumpkin Carving 101 video from the famed Maniac Pumpkin Carvers!

Time again for Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology’s annual Project (winter bird) Feeder Watch to get under way.  (Needless to say, fabulous for kids!)  For details, to sign up and get Project kit… 

Even in the mess that is Greece, they’re devising green roofs

There’s a beauty atop a Chicago youth center, too…

Meanwhile, there’re the ambitious, starchitect, first round plans for the Cornell NYC Tech’s $2 billion campus.

So much for those who’ve perceived  Greenmarkets as a threat to bricks-and-mortar establishments…  Whole Foods will soon be joining Fairway in our hood and setting up shop at 87th and Third

When in living memory did any NYC construction project get out of the blocks as quickly at the Metropolitan Museum’s new plaza?  (There’ll be traffic re-routing will be involved.)

Meanwhile, the Helena, now under construction on West 57th, will include composting for all 600 apartments…  With plans to expand the program to a second, 750 unit structure to be built next door!

Seems like we shouldn’t be letting Greenpoint be getting the jump on us with their just announced marathon reading of “Moby Dick

Consumer Reports rates the best in whole wheat pasta

It’s all dogs all the time in the animal department:

Step aside you cat burglers…    The canine step burgler rules!

But, of course, a dog needs eco canine travel accessories!

Well, almost all dogs:

For those who haven’t seen it, we recommend the wonderful, Emmy-winning doc, “My Life as a Turkey”…

We leave you with these snippets from Hudson River Almanac (and more feathered friends):

Snow came to the High Peaks of the Adirondacks this week. Autumn migration, from songbirds to raptors to fish, continued seaward and south, keeping ahead of winter.

10/14 – Town of Poughkeepsie, HRM 68: A westerly breeze was not helping migratory birds yet flocks of starlings were heading south sheltered from the wind in the lee of the forest at Bowdoin Park. While the starlings were raucous, the next act filled the air with high-pitched “zeeees.” For twenty minutes, a near continuous stream of cedar waxwings came through, stopping to feed in the four tall tamaracks before heading on their way south along the river.     – Tom Lake, T.R. Jackson 

It is good to be back and writing greenly,  


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