Greetings, UESiders!

No kidding, last Saturday’s It’s My Park Day was packed with accomplishment…  A lot of it thanks to a bunch of amazingly hardworking Girl Scouts – a few pictured below – who made made those 4 hours on the Esplanade so productive and fun!  (You girls are mean daffodil planting machines!) 


Thanks, too, to Hunter Armstrong of Civitas, Valerie Rifkin of the 93rd Street Block Association, Florence Davis of the Holmes Towers Gardeners,  Kate Gluzberg of Partnership for Parks, the Visiting Nurse Association and the ever-fantastic East River Crew who rewarded volunteers with a refreshing river boat ride on a perfect autumn afternoon.

On the subject of daffodils, we’ve just learned this:  Back in 2001, when the offer of memorial flower bulbs was first made, it was for 500,00 tulip bulbs.  Probably seemed like bureacratic foot-dragging when someone in city government saw fit to do some research.  The result:  Turns out that tulip bulbs are a favorite food of squirrels and RATS!  The  request was then made for daffodil bulbs…  Which both rodent species despise. 

Can you imagine…?   

Meanwhile, all hail the 92nd Street Greenmarket where, last Sunday, folks broke yet another composting record with a total of 6 1/3 giant bins!

In your court now, 82nd Street…

What will this coming week bring?

Friday, October 26th & Saturday, October 27th:  A Halloween Who-Done-It at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

421 East 61st Street, between First & York, 6:30 & 7:30pm

Explore the museum by candlelight and collect clues to unravel the mystery of who was killed…  Who did the deed and how and why…  A perfect game for adults and  children ages 8 and up.  Adult Museum members, $15.   Non-members, $25.  Children under 12, $10.  For reservations:  212-838-6878.  

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

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

Not only the great American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Gajeski, Fresh Radish, Feather Ridge, Cherry Lane, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms, And not only a ton of special stuff for kids like pumpkin and face painting,  leaf printing, corn husk doll making and storytime with Natalie Cronin of Tinker Tree Play…  BUT a Guess-the-Weight-of-the-Pumpkin Contest for you grown-ups! 

Last week’s recycling totals:  46 lbs batteries; 25 lbs #5,  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 3 pairs of eye glasses; clothes and compost – TBA.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals: 1,434 lbs batteries; 761 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 77 pairs of glasses;  339 bags of clothes; 72 7/8 compost bins.

Saturday, October 27th:  Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Opening Day Celebration

American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street

On this, TR’s 154th birthday, the MNH launches a year of programs celebrating the great man’s (and Museum founder) love of the natural world, complete with live falcons, hawks and owls!   For more details of the ongoing festivities, tickets and hours… 

Sunday, October 28th:   92nd Street Greenmarket

First Avenue between 92nd and 93rd Street, 9am – 4pm                                  Compost collection 9am – 1pm

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Gonzalez Farm,  Meredith’s Bakery, Phillips Farm Vegetables, Norwich Meadows and Stannard Farms. 

You’ve got to get there early to land one of the big pumpkins!!

Last week’s recycling totals:   22 lbs batteries; 12lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 6 3/8 compost bins.

Let us repeat that last again:  6 3/8 compost bins!!

YTD (from 6/17/12) totals: 181 lbs batteries; 127 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges;  1 pair eye glasses; 37 compost bins.

Wednesday, October 31st:  Haunted Halloween in Stuyvesant Cove Park

20th Street & the FDR Drive, 5-7pm

It’s Stuyvesant Cove Park like you’ve never seen it before, covered in cobwebs and dark magic and packed with  scarecrows, ghouls, witches, spiders, sea creatures and lots of spooky scary (but kid-friendly) fun!  Free.

Friday, November 2nd:   A Practical Approach to the Business, Science and Policy Issues – Hydraulic Fracturing Discussion 

Marriott Residence Inn, 1033 Sixth Avenue, 6-7:30pm with cocktails following

Eminent panelists from the legal, financial, enviromental and academic sectors discuss the impact and wisdom of fracking.  To RSVP: 


Saturday, November 3rd:  NYCH2O Old Croton Aqueduct Bike Tour

Meet at NYPL 42nd Street & Fifth Avenue Branch, 12-3:30pm

Led by born-and-bred New Yoker Matt Malina, travel the route of the historic engineering feat that once brought fresh, potable water to our city, a ride that terminates at Highbridge.  $20.  For tickets… 

And down the way:

Saturday, November 17th:  Columbus-Amsterdam BID/West Side Recycling Event

Amsterdam Avenue at 110th Street, 12-5pm

Yes, bring on the electronic devices (computers, peripherals, cords, TVs, VHSs, stereos, etc.), but they’ll also be taking household batteries, small appliances, CFL bulbs and clothes/textiles/shoes/belts/hats as well.

NO large appliances or long fluorescent bulbs, please! 

For more detailed information:  212-666-9714 or


On to miscellany…  One short, serious item first:

A little encouragement never hurt especially when it applies to the Food Bill which Congress – lo’ these many months later – has yet to pass.  To urge them on

On the other hand, our cup does runneth over with good news: 

Ikea’s just pledged to power all its stores with wind and sun by 2020!

And the UES has a new landmark!

Then there’s John Paulson’s astonishing $100 million gift to Central Park!

Deep breath:

And the best places to see northern lights are… 

And 5 under-appreciated green vegetables would be

As the greenroof movement spreads, this new and particularly pretty example in Poland

From reader Jack Donaghy, this lovely Times piece on autumn leaves

Doesn’t get more miscellaneous than 15 surprising uses for hydrogen peroxide!


As for our animal friends:

Don’t get too comfortable with these adorable newborn kittens being bottle fed

Because – as the 31st looms – next up is the Audubon Society’s designated Most Mysterious Bird

Humm…  Even the Hudson River Almanac’s inclining Halloween-ish:

 10/16 – Palisades, HRM 23:  A single, fairly large bat flew by my office window at dusk.  I was happy to see it as bat sightings have become quite rare around here amd ot was a rather cool autumn evening.     – Linda Pistolesi

[Bats will be out and flying as long as they are healthy and there are insects to be eaten.   There’re several bat species in our area:  the big brown and little brown bats, Indiana, eastern red and hoary bats. While these are all quite small, ones that might be considered relatively large include the eastern red and hoary bats with total length nearing five inches.    -Tom Lake.] 

B00 be green!


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  1. jrr

    Thanks for your tip about the new recycling poster. I just viewed the new poster and requested copies for my building here: That’s great news about the ton of batteries–think we’ll get to half a ton of #5s by the end of the year?

    Thanks for all you do!

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