Happy International Polar Bear Day, UESiders!

Gather up all that paper and get it in boxes and bags!!

As Shred-A-Thon approaches…

We give you the week ahead:

Friday, March 1st:  NYSkies Astronomy Lecture – Asteroids Far And (Hopefully, Not Too) Near!

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

Asteroids’ smaller first cousins – meteors – are covered, too!  NYSkies president John Pazmino holds forth on the historical role of both in home astronomy and our (since the Russian incident) justly renewed interest.  Free.

Tuesday, March 5th:  New York City Beekeepers Association Monthly Meeting

International & Seafarers House, 123 East 15th Street at Second, 7pm 

Got to be great hearing/seeing Bees Without Borders’ report on their 2012 trip to Kenya to assist with hive protection…  A mission to which many of you contributed!  Free.

Saturday, March 2nd:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothing Collection – 9am – lpm 

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Gajeski, Feather Ridge, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbit’s Run Farms.

One more month to take advantage of Greenmarket’s kinda fabulous promotion…  Bring friends and neighbors to who’re new to the  market and earn prizes for yourself!   See Market Manager Emma for details!


Also through the end of March, Greenmarket doubles WIC Fruit and Vegetable benefits!   And is it ever easy!  Spend a $6, $10, or $15 check and receive an equal amount in FREE Greenmarket Bucks to spend on market fruits and vegetables. 

Last week’s recycling totals:  52 lbs batteries;  49 lbs #5,  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair of eye glasses;  10 bags of clothes;  4 1/4 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  369 lbs batteries; 319 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 5 pairs of eye glasses; 100 bags of clothes; 37 compost bins.

100 bags of clothes!!  Whoa!

Saturday. March 2nd – Monday, April 22nd:  N11th Annual NYBG Annual Orchid Show

New York Botanical Garden, 2300 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx

We don’t know a darned thing about orchids, but we do know gorgeous when we see it and last year’s show was that and more.  Bask in the beauty of thousands of brilliantly colored orchidae…  Learn how to care for them…  Do a cocktail or two on Orchid Evenings…   For hours, events and tickets...


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

What we’ll be accepting:

Paper of any and every kind!

But please NO cardboard or handled shopping bags.

And please do remove paper clips and spiral bindings

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

(Thank you, Council Member Lappin, for the great grant!)

On the horizon:

Saturday, April 28th:  An Afternoon at the New York Marble Cemetery

Marble Cemetery, 41 1/2 Second Avenue, 12 – 2pm

Continuing on their 2013 burial ground theme, the Obscura Society now offers rare entree to one NYC oldest burial grounds.  Historical details provided by the Society’s resident necropolis expert.  (Yup.  They’ve got one.)  $12, with a portion going to support the Cemetery.  For more and tickets



On to things miscellaneous…  Commencing with news flashes from foreign shores:

Sorry to say and can’t imagine why this hasn’t been front page news…  But the roof on that Chernobyl reactor has collapsed

Still roaming abroad, why wouldn’t the Mafia be making a run at alternate energy…  As in windpower in Sicily!  (This while 30 of a local chapter get charged with old-fashioned naughtiness in connection Westchester’s garbage collection!)

Meanwhile, Coke’s doing its best to undermine recycling in Australia!  (And you can object…)

Here on American soil:

Looks like Shell’s backing off drilling in Alaska for at least this year!

It’s old news that in Manhattan there’s nowhere to go up…  Up that’ll soon be some higher on Park Avenue The Times tells us

From the rarified to the…  not so rarified environs of NYCHA.  Can we permit such conditions in our great city in 2013?

More than usual interest in Christopher Gray’s last Sunday piece on the wonderful, erstwhile New York Life Insurance Building, now owned by the City, only by virtue of public embarassment barely maintained and now up for sale…  As are several Upper West Side school properties.   (City buildings on Chambers Street are already sold.)

Once gone, it’s forever…  And schools in new structures can never get any bigger no matter how much NYC grows…

Meanwhile, the neighborhood just to our north is undergoing yet more change

Couldn’t be busier in the Fairway empire:  Expanding to Chelsea…  Reopening the Red Hook store…  All while they ready their IPO…  (Amazing they’ve got a penny of debt given the swarms in the 86th Street store!)

You’ve read about NYCBeekeeper Association’s meetings and classes in these pages…  Well, now, this groundbreaking (they’re responsible for the legalization of beekeeping in New York) group’s offering a Beekeeping Apprenticeship Program!!  For full details and how to apply…  (Applications must be in by March 6th!) 

No need to ever be wondering where the nearest NYC park/green/public space is and what its amentities are when you can just click on new site Oasis!    (Thank you, Jackie Forrestal and Carol Rinzler.)

Or for that matter, where to find the nearest mailbox

Yes, a bright idea…  We say the brightest idea of least the month…  Gravity-generated electric light!

Close runner up:  A library where one can take out both books and seeds

You did know that there’s a Green Roof Tax Abatement and it’s about to be renewed?  Hope that’s inspiration and that you’ll find even more in the great S.W.I.M. Coalition’s (1) analysis of the legislation’s effects and (2) description of green roof benefits

Scroll down the link to the review of Light on the Prarie, bio of great photographer Solomon Butcher whose subject was America’s Great Plains of the late 19th Century and includes marvelous images.   A Y.A. book that works for all ages. 

Inside the Apple turns its attention to historic NY armories this week, including our own Seventh Armory!  



Animal heavy:

Think it’s safe to say, we’re second to none in our love of furry/feathered/scaley friends…  But a $500,000 dog run – even if privately funded –  in a time of massive childhood food insecurity? 

Of course, we’re for wind power, but we’re for eagles, too, and measuring the collisions between turbines and our national bird.  Should you agree 

And animal light:

Amazing!  Dolphins not only communicate with each other, they have names!

Do hope we’d be as composed as these pugs if a zombie turned up in our apartment

Not even light green yet, but trees are budding,


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