Happy Be Well and Walk Week, UESiders!!

(Not so hard for us New Yorkers who cover an average 2-3 miles a day on foot and do it faster (1.75mph) than most of the world’s population!)

As for the 7 days just past, of especial note is the host of awards and commendations accorded Jon Candelaria – the great, young guy who risked his life to save that of a cab driver trapped in a taxi on the flooded FDR – at the Isaacs Residents monthly meeting.

(Awards and commendations presented by just about everyone holding elective office but our mayor…!)

Your Upper East Side neighbors thank you, too,  Jon.

On to the week ahead:

Friday, November 16th:  New York Skies Astronomy Lecture

McBurney House, 125 West 14 Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30pm

The subject this time out:  Our new neighboring planet, alpha Centuri B b.  (That’s its name, not a typo!)  Free to all.

Saturday, November November 17th:  82nd Street Greenmarket

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

REMEMBERNO COMPOST COLLECTION!

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

Keep in mind, this is the last Saturday you have to make certain your knives are up to snuff for Thanksgiving turkey carving thanks to our own Master Knife Sharpener extraordinaire!

Last weeks’ recycling totals:  44 lbs batteries; 42 lbs #5,  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 15 pairs of eye glasses;  20 bags of clothes.

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals: 1,567 lbs batteries; 844 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges; 95 pairs of glasses;  376 bags of clothes; 77 7/8 compost bins.

Sunday, November 18th:   92nd Street Greenmarket

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

One more time:  NO COMPOST COLLECTION! 

At their tables will be  Bread Alone, Meredith’s Bakery, Phillips Farm Vegetables, Norwich Meadows and Stannard Farms…  Fingers crossed, Gonzalez Farm and American Seafood make it back, too! 

Last weeks’ recycling totals:   12 lbs batteries; 12 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges.

YTD (from 6/17/12) totals: 224 lbs batteries; 144 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges;  40 1/2 compost bins.

Friday, November 16th & Monday, November 19th:  Painting Vegetables, Warts and All

The Horticultural Society of New York,  148 West 37th,  13th Floor, 10am-5pm

Nobody has to tell us how beautiful – even given bumps and odd shapes – the vegetables that we eat can be!  Happily, artist Asuka Hishiki’s classes offer instruction on how to render the not-so-commonplace into art.  Members $150; Non-members $185.  For more and to register or call 212-757-0915 x100.

Friday, November 23rd:  The National Day of Listening

Across America

We’re still pondering the possibility of recording your Sandy experiences at the Sunday, November 25th Greenmarket.  We’ll know one way or the other by next week’s edition, so do stay tuned! 

Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th:  Holiday Candlelight Tours at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

421 East 61st Street, between First & York, 6:30. & 7:30 and 8:30pm on the 7th; 5pm, 6pm & 7pm on the 8th

Experience Christmas as it would have been in 1830…  By candlelight, with period, holiday music provided by the PACC Recorder Consrot and delicious, traditional confections. Members $10; Adults $20; Children under 12 $5.  For more and tickets:  212-838-6878.

As for miscellany:

Just when we think we’ve got a grip on the extent of Sandy’s destructiveness, there’s something new to add to the list…  Like the damage done to the South Street Seaport Museum

But:

Real and hard thinking’s happening as to what we need before the next big one hits us

And if you’re moved to join the army of volunteers who’re aiding folks in need all across our city…  There’re all kinds of opportunities, many quite short term.  (Thank you for forwarding this comprehensive resource, Nansi Barrie.)

And farther afield:

Pakistan’s announced plans to open special schools for poor children, naming them after the schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, shot and gravely wounded by the Taliban and now recovering in Britain.  

Infinitely more minor, still:

One of America’s great architects – James Renwick and with many of his finest buildings here in NYC – was born on either November 1st or 11th 194 years ago…

Meanwhile, another UES structure was the subject of Christopher Gray’s last Sunday “Streetscapes“…

Continuing with Christopher Gray, we liked that – contrary to developers’ frequently voiced claims – a landmarked Civil War-era cast-iron building is valued only $10,000 less than the modern replacement for its demolished twin!   

Okay, despite Toyota recalling Priuses over the last couple of days, there’s one storm-affected guy in New Jersey who’s darned happy he owns one… 

But why weren’t our cars electric in the first place?

Courtesy of the USDA, check out holiday food safety tips online or order print versions

Believe it or not, but Consumer Reports tests of name-brand blueberry products found many contain everything but

Three cheers for the young Orlando, Florida couple who gained the right to have a vegetable garden in the suburban front yard!!

We do need animals now:

Kudos to Los Angeles which, this week, passed an ordinance banning the retail sale of animals born in puppy, kitten and bunny mills!  In future, L.A. pet stores will be offering rescue animals! 

What happens to birds during big storms?  (For sure, the pigeons who, given rain, huddle under the 5th floor cornice of the building across the street  were missing at the height of Sandy, but back shortly thereafter.)

Seems now that there’s a market for rarified honeys, there’s also a need for a pollen detective!

Who’d have thought a great big, beautiful St. Bernard would be frightened by…  stairs?!  (Be patient; let it play!)

We sign off with a pretty darned fabulous demonstration of a human/animal trust/bond, the adorable, bicycle riding cat

Cross green fingers composting returns Thanksgiving weekend,

UGS 

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