Greetings, UESiders!

It’s 2013!  We’re back in the newsletter traces and looking forward to the coming year full of ever more bustling  markets and recycling events, continued work on the Esplanade and improvements of every kind in our own Upper East Side life…  Commencing with…

The jam-packed weekend ahead:

Saturday, January 11th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

At their tables will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Gajeski, Feather Ridge and Rising Sun Beef.

And, yes, Dan of Rabbits’ Run returns from his well-deserved vacation with freshly harvested garlic and turnips, newly minted goat cheese, 9-month old clothbound cheddar and other aged raw milk cheeses!

Last three weeks recycling totals:  (12/22) 52, (12/29) 49 and (1/5) 45 lbs batteries; (12/22) 49, (12/29) 39 and (1/5) 54 lbs #5,  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; (12/29) 2 pairs eye glasses;(12/22) 15, (12/29) 5 and (1/5) 10 bags of clothes ;  (12/22) 3, (12/29) 5 and (1/5) 4 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13) Totals:  45 lbs batteries; 54 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 10 bags of clothes; 4 compost bins.

A wow start to the new year!

Saturday, January 12th:   Mulchfest 2013!

Carl Schurz Park, 86th Street & East End Avenue, 10am – 2pm
 
Drop off that Christmas tree and watch it be converted to a new and useful life:  Mulch in UES parks!   (Just make sure you remove all ornaments and lights.  Same if you’re putting that tree out on the curb…  And remove that plastic bag.) 

Saturday, January 12th & Sunday, January 13th:  TreesNY Volunteer Event

Jefferson Park Activity Center, First Avenue at 112th Street, 11am-1pm

Our East Harlem neighbors lent us a hand on our It’s My Park Day last year, so it’d be great if we returned that favor and helped them spread Christmas tree mulch around street trees up their way!  You can RSVP:  sam@treesny.org.   

Saturday, January 12th:  “Goldilocks” Puppet Show

Bohemian Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, 12pm

“Zlatovlaska” in Polish and set  in a kitchen, this Drak Theater production took 2012’s first prize for performance for children at the International Festival of Puppet Theater.  Need we say, totally family-friendly…

On the horizon:

Thursday, January 24th: TreesNY Winter Lecture – AIR

 The Arsenal, Central Park at East 64th Street, 6-8pm

Quill & Trowel Award-winning writer, Times columnist and Botanical Garden faculty member William Logan’s  previous books have brought magic to Dirt and oak trees…  Now he’s turned his ever-curious mind to the stuff we breathe.  Free.

Tuesday, January 29th:  100th Birthday Woolworth Building Tour

233 Broadway between Park Place and Barclay Street, 6:30-8:30pm

Organized by the great Open House, an examination of this beautiful building’s lobby and lower level is followed by a champagne reception.  $75 and $150 tickets.  To purchase

Saturday, February 2nd:  NYCH2O Ashokan Watershed Snowshoe Event

Snowshoe through Rochester Hollow in the Shandaken Wild Forest, along  the headwaters of the Rochester Hollow stream for 2.5 miles…  Then take in the beauty of Esopus Creek and the Ashokan – NYC first resevoir – from a comfy car seat…  All under the tutelege of naturalist Aaron Bennett.  Tour with transportation and snowshoes, $90.  Tour and snowshoes only, $40.  Tour only, $25.  For tickets and more details

Thursday, February 21st:   TreesNY Winter Lecture – Evergreens & the City Lecture

The Arsenal, Central Park at East 64th Street, 6-8pm

If there’s a person who knows more about trees of any and every kind and speaks more vividly about them than  TreesNY’s Sam Bishop, please step forward.  Free.  

And way out there:

Saturday, April 6th:  8th Annual Permiculture Excahnge Seed Celebration

The Old Stone House, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 10am-3pm

Seed swapping, free seed handouts. garden education. information on GM food and seed, whole seed displays and a Guess That Seed Contest…  (Does it get any better in the seed world?!)  To attend:  permie@earthlink.net.

Plenty miscellany and a lot of it around our hood:

Beginning with the present pressing need for platelet donors…  Always at its greatest this time of the year it seems.  Please call 1-800-933-2566, head up to the Blood Center on 67th Street between First and Second or visit www.nybloodcenter.org/platelet to schedule a platelet donation appointment!

Okay:

Community Board 8’s Transportation Committee’s weighed in on the need to re-install a ticket booth on the 86th Street station’s uptown side…  The MTA counters eliminating the booth “removes station clutter and improves station appearance”.   (Oh yeah?  If the look of place is so important how about the station ceilings that haven’t been painted in 50 years?)

Sorry to say that at the same meeting, there were persons  present who objected to DOT installing audible street crossing instructions for the visually impaired!  (You bet they were summarily voted down.)

But even these humanity-deficient individuals take on warmth and fuzziness when compared to the NYC Housing Authority’s attitudes toward any green moves its residents undertake…  

Back on the good foot, at least two mega real estate entities are moving to convert their Times Square signage to digital and energy-saving LED.

Yes and if Sandy had to happen at least it put an end to the NYState/Jones Beach giveaway (a piddling $15 million for a 40-year lease!) to Donald Trump!

You do know that the fiscal cliff bill restored the up to $240 per month tax benefit to those who commute via mass transit?

Unfortunately, the bill’s agricultural provisions were a whole lot less satisfactory

But the FDA has made progress on some new and much needed food safety measures

The year is young but it’s already produced a brilliant, low cost and beautifully designed approach to civilizing the scaffolding afflicting so much of our city…   Public seating!

Meanwhile, wind farms are sprouting up all around us…

In northeast Pennsylvania…   (Pretty inscrutable this, as (1)the area’s one of America’s most fracked regions and (2) the project’ll be built by petroleum giant  and sinner BP!)   

To off-shore Gloucester, Massachusetts

And maybe off our own Long Beach

There’s good news on the conventional power front, too…  As in  intensely polluting coal-fired Danskammer Power Plant in the Mid-Hudson Valley being scheduled for demolition…  Leaving NYS with just 4 surviving coal-burning dinosaurs!

From the great folks at Kitchen Garden International and for those lucky enough to have a plot to plant, first rate online tools/assistance in planning the coming summer’s bounty. 

Per usual, Build It Green is stocked up with great stuff, including a gorgeous white marble fireplace…

Thanks to reader Kateri Dupuy and coming soon to a theater near you “Landfill Harmonic”, a doc detailing a Paraguayan youth orchestra playing instruments made from trash.

Last but not least, cross your fingers for the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s efforts to develop a wetlands ecosystem at East River Park

Yes, for sure, we are needing some animals now: 

National Bird Day may have fallen on last Saturday while yours truly was lazing about, but herewith the lovely slideshow celebrating the event

Still in the avian mode, March will be bringing us the NY Historical Society’s stupendous Audubon show!

Just when you thought there couldn’t be one more weird but touching duo of animal friends…  Along come kitty and lizard BFFs… 

Not content with their Catamy Awards for best cat videos, Friskies has now dreamed up an app enabling you to “catafy” yourself

Then there’s the NY sculptor specializing in pet busts… 

We leave you with the pretty darned amazing dancing dog

May your 2013 be unimaginably green,

UGS

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