Greetings with ice cycles, UESiders!!

Herewith, yet another reycling stat to warm your hearts…

The same 25 Greenmarkets – some seasonal, some year round – that accumulated more than a million pounds of compost from mid-June to end December 2012 ALSO recycled a grand total of 1.7 million pounds of clothes/fabrics/hats/shoes/belts!!

Kudos, you wild, crazy and committed environmental stewards!

As for the chilly 7 days to come:

Saturday, January 26th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

With us will be American Seafood, Ballard Honey, Bread Alone, Samascott, Gajeski, Feather Ridge and Rising Sun Beef Farms.

Last week’s recycling totals:  56 lbs batteries;  41 #5,  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 15 bags of clothes ;  5 1/2 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  156 lbs batteries; 133 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 40 bags of clothes; 15 compost bins.

Know we’re going to have a 6-compost-bin-Saturday soon!

Monday, January 28th:  Superstorm Sandy –Preservation, Prevention, & Progress

Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, 6:30-8pm

Join the Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation, New York Landmarks Conservancy and a panel of architectural experts for an exploration of methods to preserve our city’s irreplaceable heritage.  Free but reservations required:  rsvp@gvshp.org or 212-475-9585 ext. 35.   For further details

And coming soon:

Sundays, February 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th:  Urban Beekeeping 101

York Prep, 40 West 68th Street, 11am – 2pm

Offered by the ground-breaking New York City Beekeeper Association,  absolute beginners learn the basics, from the theoretical  to practical application in 4 sessions.   $200.  For more and to enroll

In the distance: 

Saturday, April 6th:  8th Annual Pillow Fight Day

Union Square, 3 – 6pm

Arm yourself with a foam pillow (NO feathers) and wale to your heart’s content!  Free but even tiny donations to organizers NewMindSpace are welcome.  For more

Okay.  On to miscellany…   Serious stuff up first:

Was pretty much an embarassment confined to the UES, but CB8’s icky footdragging re adding audible crossing signals to assist the sight-impaired  went plenty wider via the January 28th issue of NY Magazine

If you take issue with this position, you can express that opinion by writing the CB8 Transportation Committee at info@cb8m.com.  

Of course, the restaurant industry (some City Council members, too!) oppose including Health Department letter grades in Yelp and Zagat reviews

For those few who haven’t been to the SaneTrash site and seen the coverage of the recent Children’s March To Save Asphalt Green...

Meanwhile, our neighbors to the South are organizing to combat the plague of 7-11’s

Good to be informed about USTA and Parks Department plans to expand the USTA complex  – at what some see as the expense of Corona Park…

How, where and what to build post-Sandy will be before New Yorkers for months – if not years –  ahead…  But here’re how similarly afflicted communities have approached the problem

BUT what we do know is that the proposed, Flood Zone A-sited 91st Street MTS should be cancelled forthwith.

On the other hand:

Build It Green has several job openings

Wind now provides 6% of U.S. power, folks!  (Likely would be even more if Congress would make the incentives more than a year’s duration.) 

Love the title of this Urban Green piece on the micro apartment building soon to be under construction:  “Is That A Dish Towel or Wall-to-Wall Carpeting?”

For additional info on how this project so quickly came to be and its financials

Be nice if this new building includes the compost collection capability and green roofs the Durst Organization now includes in its projects…  (Thanks for tipping us off to this, reader Karen Lane!)

Still more green – in the form of penthouse plots to farm – down at Union Square…

And we thought we were so darned clever takiing a metal sculpture course to handcraft our neighborhood’s tree guards…  HA!  Pale, pale, pale in comparison to the gorgeous creations now gracing Myrtle Avenue’s trees…  

You can give our friends at GreenThumb a hand (yes, it’s a Parks Department endeavor and totally worthy) and this while equipping your garden with highest quality seeds ordered from the Hudson Valley Seed Library.  For more on the Library and Green Thumb

Sure, you can compost all that pulp produced by your juicer…  Or you can whip up delicious pulp fritters!

As if we weren’t already addicted to the deliciousness of beets…  Check out all they deliver to our healthiness!

Our newest enthusiasm?  Videos on tThe New York Times’ site…   A sampling:  Secrets of Grand Central… 

Animals?  Indeed:

Commencing with a test of your Animal IQ

But we’re otherwise a bit feline-heavy this time out:

Further on subject of unlikely animal pals…  Cat and the bird who grooms his/her whiskers!

 Ever wake up and find your kitty staring into your eyes?…

Or dream of your cat out and strutting his/her stuff on the streets of New York on a leash(Another Times video gem!)

Or how about this from the Hudson River Almanac:

1/18 – Westchester County, HRM 44: Driving home after dark tonight in North Salem, a really big cat crossed the road right in front of me, ran up the hill and into the woods.  Wow!  It was a really large, muscular cat, yellowish in color with a short tail.   A bobcat!  – Irene Marks

But far be it from us to leave canines entirely out of the mix:

1/20 – Town of Wappinger – I was awakened at 4:00am by the shrill cries of coyotes in stereo. In the still and frigid air, even through closed windows, it sounded as though they were everywhere.  In reality, it was likely a small group of four or five – family, extended family, a clan – and they were on the prowl. – Tom Lake

Yours in frosty but abiding greenness,

UGS

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