Happy Grand Central Station’s 100th Birthday, UESiders!

Herewith the recipe for the Campbell Apartment Cocktail especially devised in honor of the event! 

Lots of wonderful programming to comemorate the event,  including surprising good stuff on NY1.  The channel will be covering the celebration live today (February 1st), too.

And do pay a visit to the station’s own site.

Can it really be that this superb building came so close to demolition?

May we stand in permanent defense of our city’s fabulous, surviving, historic structures!

On to the week ahead:

Saturday, January 26th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

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

Fingers crossed that Dan of Rabbits’ Run will have recovered from the flu – a pretty bad case –  and be back with us!

Last week’s recycling totals:  51 lbs batteries;  42 lbs #5,  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 3 pair eye glasses; 17 bags of clothes ;  6 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  207 lbs batteries; 175 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 3 pairs of eye glasses; 57 bags of clothes; 21 compost bins.

Yes, we just had that 6-compost-bin-Saturday!

Wednesday, February 6th and 13th: Materials of Medieval Art Tour

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, 1:30pm

Why and how did artists of so many centuries ago work on wood panels,  vellum and paper?  And how were these materials produced?  UES resident and expert Paul Werner has the answers.  $50 or what is affordable for you.  For more and to reserve a place

Happening soon:

Monday, February 11th: Restoration & Conservation with Evergreene Architectural Arts – A Studio Tour and Talk

Evergreene Architectural Arts, 450 West 31st Street, #7, 6-7:30pm

It isn’t often Evergreene offers a look at  the extraordinary decorative techniques of which it’s  past master.   Benefitting the Greenwich Village  Society for Historic Preservation, for members only and a superb reason to join up.   Call 212-475-9585.

Thursday,  February 21st:  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 but you need to RSVP:  info@treesny.org.

Further on:

Saturday, March 9th:  Rats!

The New York Botanical Garden, Watson Education Building, Room 302, 2300 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 12-2pm

Yup, rats!   How could one resist?!  Pest-control expert Caroline Bragdon of NYC Department of Health gives the lowdown on how the urban gardeners and composters among us can detect and prevent dread rodent infestations.    Free but registration required:  compost@nybg.org or call 718-817-8543. 

On the miscellany score:

Once again, friends, America’s honeybees are calling upon us for assistance…  This time for help in banning clothianidin, a chemical that causes with hive collapse.

Worth reading at least a few pages of Civil/Environmental Engineer Dr. Franco Montalto’s testimony on how – post Sandy – we should be guarding New York’s ecosystem delivered to the NYS Assembly’s Environmental Committee.

Meanwhile, the Smithsonian’s Environmental Research Center in Maryland’s conducting a decades’ long experiment to determine the effect of climate change on wetlands. 

Are we or are we not all appalled by the heaps of disorderly black garbage bags slung onto our sidewalks 3 nights a week?   Could be a bell is beginning to toll…  

Out there to our west, wind power soon will be saving Ohio State University $1 million in power costs a year.

In fact, given fewer American wind turbine manufacturers, increased world demand and U.S. tariffs on imports, we may well be facing a turbine shortage!

But the Steel Recycling Institute just announced that the U.S. steel recycling rate hit a record 92% in 2011, with more than 85 million tons of steel scrap consumed, this up nearly 10 million tons from 2010!

And our new NYS budget includes boosts to environmental and transportation spending!

Kind of an amazing collection of vintage and contemporary cabinets, fixtures, hardware and more available from Build It Green and all removed from a BIG deconstructed Gold Coast Long Island mansion.

Believe it or not but there’re people who – even in this weather – commute 40 miles to NYC by bicycle!  

But let’s put our winter bellyaching in perspective…  One could be living in Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor (where  extreme weather phenomena includes frequent snows in June)! 

Congrats to our Park Service for the fantastic wildlife crossings they’ve constructed in Glacier National Park… Safe passages even for turtles…  And a blueprint for other parks! 

Further on parks, there’s a move afoot to incorporate the Gettysburg Railroad Station – where Lincoln arrived preparatory to delivering the Address – into the National Park System.  (Pretty weird it isn’t already, yes?)

So nice that it’s a Brooklyn photographer’s project to photograph the oldest living things on earth

As for fauna:

Audubon’s outdone itself with its newest slideshow of glorious bird pix... Winners of the society’s 2012 photography awards.

Fasten your cuteness seatbelt and acquaint yourself with the pygmy jeroba, miniature adorableness that’s new to us and pretty much makes a visit to its native turf in Kazakhstan a must…  (Do note tiny tuft at the end of tiny tail!)

Back on the unlikely animal friends track…  Mouse and kitty take a nap!

Just in case you missed this classic of cat videodom the first time around… 

And, no…  No way we’d be forgetting that essential of Super Bowl Sunday…  Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl (Channel 86 on Time Warner)!  

Sometimes Grand Central’s ceiling looks rather green to us,

UGS

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