Greetings, UESiders!

Ah…  Our Saturday market life returns to its usual rhythm…  Fish…  Scones…  Steak…  Chicken…  Goat Cheese…  Honey…  Apples and Cider…  Salad Greens, Onions and Winter Squash…  Compost collection…  Recycling…  Cooking Demos…


May your Valentine’s Day have been all you wished…



A wonderful week lies ahead:

Saturday, February 16th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothing Collection – 9am – lpm 

Back at their tables will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Gajeski, Feather Ridge, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbit’s Run Farms.

Just in case it slipped your mind, there’s the new market promotion…  Introduce/refer a friend/friends to the market shopping experience and there’ll be prizes for you!   Market Manager Emma has all the details!

AND…  This Saturday through the end of March, Greenmarket will double the value of WIC Fruit and Vegetable benefits!   Folks who spend a $6, $10, or $15 check will receive an equal amount in FREE Greenmarket Bucks to spend on fruits and veggies (at the market, of course!). 

Last week’s recycling totals:  BLIZZARD-ED OUT!!

YTD (from 1/5/13):  262 lbs batteries; 224 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 4 pairs of eye glasses; 74 bags of clothes; 26 compost bins.

(Can’t imagine how much compost there’ll be this week!) 

Friday, February 15th through Monday, February 18th:  Audubon’s Great Background Bird Count

The Comfort Of Your Own Home

Calling citizen scientists everywhere…  Be you budding or veteran and taking as little as 15 minutes of your day!  Amazing how much the combined efforts of folks across the world will add to our knowledge of wonderful birds!  For full details and to participate…  

Tuesday, February 19th:  Adventures of the Urban Birder

The Arsenal, Fifth Avenue at 64th Street, 6pm

The Urban Birder being one David Lindo – author, founder of the Tower 42 Bird Study Group and the first dedicated migration watch situated atop a skyscraper, BBC bird expert and regular on the network –  who’s wandered the world’s cities in search of not-so-hidden birdlife.   Free.

Thursday, February 21st: Winterthur – The Last Wild Garden

Ross Hall, New York Botanical Garden, 2300 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 10am-12pm

Chris Strand, director of Winterthur’s museum and grounds,  fills us in on what it takes to keep the legendary garden…  well… legendary.   Members $35.  Non-members, $31.  For more and to reserve a seat

Tuesday, February 26th:  Post-Sandy Threats to Hudson River Estuary

Sea Farers International House, 123 East 15th Street, 6:30pm

Westway activist Marcy Benstock leads a briefing on attempts to amend the Hudson River Park Act, alterations that could harm marine habitats and the beloved greenway by allowing building out into the water.   (No solace that elsewhere in our city, waterfront and neighborhoods are also under threat.)   Free.

Saturday, March 2nd:  Remembering Ada Louise Huxtable in Midtown, Part I

Meeting place revealed with ticket purchase, 11am

Architectural Historian Matt Postal retraces one of the tours described in pre-eminent architectural critic Ada Louise Huxtable’s classic book, “Four Walking Tours of Modern Architecture in New York City” and includes residential and office buildings around Grand Central Terminal as well as Turtle Bay.  Organized by the Municipal Art Society.  Members, $15.  Non-members, $20.  For more and to reserve a place

Sunday, March 3rd:  Notable Women of Uptown Trinity Church Cemetery Tour

Meeting place revealed with ticket purchase, 11am 

Yes, Hizzoner Ed Koch was laid to rest here just days ago…  But there’re any number of astonishing ladies also interred in our city’s only cemetery honored as a National Register of Historic Place.  Another Municipal Art Society walking tour, this one led by historian and author Eric K. Washington.  Members, $15.  Non-member, $20.  For more and tickets

Friday, March 8th:  Audubon’s Aviary – Part I of the Complete Flock

 New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th

And we quote, “The first of a sweeping three-part series that, over three years, will feature all 474 stunning avian watercolors by John James Audubon from the permanent collection, alongside engaging state-of-the-art media installations that will provide a deeper understanding of the connection between art and nature.”  Can’t wait!   Adults, $15.  Seniors, $12.  Students, $10.  Children 5-12, $5.  Children under 5 enter free.  For more… 

Saturday, March 9th:  SHRED-A-THON – Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Curbside, St. Stephen of Hungary Church, 82nd Street between First & York, 10am – 2pm

Memory refresher…

Paper of any and every kind…

Although we discourage handled shopping bags.

Please remove paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.  (But we’ll take your paperbacks.)

Thank you, Council Member Lappin, for the generous grant to Upper Green Side that’s made yet more UES shredding possible!

Saturday, March 9th:  NYH2O Yonkers Sewage Plant Tour

Yonkers Sewage Plant, Yonkers, 10am

Once again,  we quote:  “Ever wonder what happens to water after it leaves your house? Here is your opportunity to find out…  Come along as we “follow the flow” of sewage as it gets treated in the plant and find out what happens to the end product.   Yes, water enthusiast Matt Malina is at it again!  For more details and to reserve a place:


Wednesday, March 13th:  Passive House, Row House, Geothermal, Oh MY!

The Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street,  9am – 1:30pm

No reason that wonderful, historic building of yours  can’t be green as all get out and the Historic District’s ready to get you on that righteous path!   Members, $100.  Non-members, $125.   Reservations required: or 212-614-9107.



Out of the box, a truly miscellaneous tip (courtesy of reader Kerin Ferallo):

Amazing this is the first we hear of non-profit Film Biz Recycling out in Gowanus…  The gist of which is:   Films and TV shows donate production materiel which Film Biz either passes on to charities or sells in its own shop.  We’re talking an amazing mix of any and everything to be found in or around sets…  From cactuses to electric chairs!   For a taste… 

On a more serious note:

For those not familiar with the mayor’s newly minted plan to refashion the area around Grand Central (subject of March 2nd’s Municipal Art Society walking tour), herewith The Times editorial. 

Along with a survey fielded by Council Member Dan Garodnick that lets us weigh in on that plan

The 14th’s come and gone, but go ahead…  Take the Straphangers Campaign’ s Valentine Survey anyway!

Be great if you’d stand up for threatened Alaskan salmon, too

Mighty fine news that GE’s now the world leader in wind turbine manufacture!

And that worldwide wind power grew 20% in 2012!

Here at home, the 55 schools participating in Solar One’s Green Design Lab Energy Competition reduced electricity consumption by an average 8% and they’ve still got 2 months till the finish line!  (Some schools reduced their power consumption by 20%!)

Okay, so Madison Square Garden’s looking to put up 77- foot LED signs on the building.  On the plus side, at least a little bit of the place’s horrendous architecture would be obscured.  On the negative…  Well, they want to put up 77 foot signs.   

This while the owner Dolans are looking for an indefinite extension of their permit to operate an arena at the site and Community Board 5 presses for just 10 more years!  For the lowdown

No way bicycle lanes wouldn’t be a bone of contention in  upcoming (Ha!  It’s well underway!) mayoral race

Reason 4 zillion and 2 why we’re glad we eat fresh, local and organic…  New evidence pointing to exagerated yields from GMO crops!  (Supposedly, their raison d’etre.)

Reason 4 zillion and 3:  Our meat industry consumes 80% of all U.S. antibiotics!

4 zillion and 4:  Nearly half of American farms are now afflicted with superweeds

4 zillion and 5:  Mercifully, we’re total bystanders as a giant horsemeat scandal roils much of Europe.

Meanwhile, the effect agricultural corporations are having on our seed diversity is profound…  And not in a good way.  

All the more reason to put the brakes on the FDA’s seeming intention to allow genetically engineered fish to be sold in our grocery stores!

Who knew there are surviving, visable elements of the once Central Park Yorkville Resevoir!  (The Times’ Christopher Gray, that’s who!)

Just the right title for this Times piece on Ron Shiffman (“the man who saved more New York neighborhoods than Robert Moses destroyed”)…  “Because Green Goes With Everything”.  



One humungous animal week:

With an unquestionable super star:  Banana Joe, Best in the Westminister Dog Show! 

(Thank goodness there’s a canine spa to ease those grueling, show ring tensions!)   

The UES non-profit  Search and Care has to be the sweetest volunteer opportunity ever…  Could it get any better and more neighborly than helping  area seniors care for their pets? 

And the Bird of the Week (and Columbian native) is:

Dusky Starfrontlet Hummingbird

Dusky Starfrontlet Hummingbird

Always something to move one in the Hudson River Almanac:

1/30 – Manhattan, HRM 13.5: At least fifty Canada geese were making their way across the football field near the inlet of Spuyten Duyvil Creek, foraging in the grass at Inwood Hill Park. On the water were three dozen mallards. Starting up the trail through the Clove, I startled a pair of mourning doves and watched one black-capped chickadee peck at a little mesh feeder hung from a branch, gray squirrels and a mockingbird which’d found a few red berries.  In the woods were moss and ground cover, small carpets of garlic mustard and ivy punctuated by tufts of wild chives, and one small holly which, as always, “groweth green.”     – Thomas Shoesmith

Indeed, everything does go with green,


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