Happy International Women’s Day Plus One, UESiders!

Adding to the roll of this week’s good news is the return of the Saw Mill River…  (Always wondered if there was an actual river or whether, way back in the mists of time, in a so-Fifties way, the parkway had just been given a quaint name.)  Well,  it’s back…  Unburied and flowing again, at least in part with more to come…  AND the great  NYCH2O has organized a tour to check it out!   Just scroll down…

Yes, we’re deeply positive as we embark on this new  Shred-a-Thon week:

Saturday, March 9th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothing Collection – 9am – lpm 

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

Speaking of Rabbits’ Run, there’s been a lot of baby goat birthing and calving going on down that way…

Nissa the Newborn  Dutch-Belted Calf

Nissa the Newborn Dutch-Belted Calf

14 Baby Goats!

Farmer Dan says:  “Monday morning when I got up, a doe was in labor and had a set of twins.  As soon as she was through, another doe went into labor.  I moved her into the kidding pen to see that another doe was going into labor, and outside, another doe…  When all was said and done, we had 7 does giving birth to 14 kids on Monday morning, all within 7 hours…” 

Three more weeks to take part in that great Greenmarket  promotion…  Introduce friends and neighbors to market and pile up prizes for yourself!   See Market Manager Emma for details!

AND, till the end of March, Greenmarket’ll doubling WIC Fruit and Vegetable benefits!   Just 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:  46 lbs batteries;  52 lbs #5,  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 2 pair of eye glasses;  15 bags of clothes;  5 1/3 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  415 lbs batteries; 371 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 7 pairs of eye glasses; 115 bags of clothes; 42 1/3 compost bins.


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.)

(Many thanks to Council Member Lappin for her generous grant!)

Saturday, March 9th:  NYH2O Yonkers Sewage Plant Tour

Yonkers Sewage Plant, Yonkers, 10am

Sewage Treatment 101 under the guidance of NYCH2O’s  Matt Malina!  For more details and to reserve a place:   mm1566@nyu.edu.

Wednesday, March 13th:  Terrarium Workshop

Horticultural Society of New York, 148 West 37th, 13th Floor, 6:30pm

Director of Horticulture George Pisenga shares his wealth of knowledge on how to create the most beautiful and thriving garden under glass.  Members:  $70.  Non-members: $95.  For more and to register

Wednesday, March 13th:  NYSkies Astronomy Walk Thru Grand Central Terminal

Meet at 120 Park Avenue, southwest corner of Park and 42nd, 7pm

We did it ourselves last year and what fun…  Who knew there were so many astronomical references in and around the station?  Star-maven John Pazmino, that’s who!  (And don’t miss the fabulous 100th anniversary exhibition in Vanderbilt Hall!)  Free but you must reserve a place:  john.pazmino@ferc.gov.

Coming up soon:

Thursday, March 21st – Sunday, March 24th:  Green Roof Boot Camp

Various Locations, 8:30am-5:00pm

And we quote:  “Join more than 400 accredited Green Roof Professionals and distinguish yourself in the marketplace by adding this green building credential to your professional qualifications.”  $399 with a discount for Horticultural Society members.   For complete details and registration

Sunday, March 24th:  Saw Mill River “Daylight” Tour

Van Der Donck Park, Nepperhan Street, Yonkers, 11am – 2pm

Not only is there a Saw Mill River but it was once integral to the area’s Native American Life!   Mario Caruso –  who’s been integral to the river’s return to life – will serve as guide.  $20. Another NYCH2O event.  Exact meet-up location provided with ticket purchase.  For more and tickets

Saturday, March 25th:  29th Annual Green Thumb Grow Together

Hostos Community College , 500 Grand Concourse, The Bronx, 8:30am-4pm

NYC Department of Parks invites community gardeners and greening professionals one-and-all for a day of workshoops, sharing, networking and greening inspiration.  A truly delightful event.  $3.   For more and to sign up

And then:

Wednesday, April 10th:  NYC & Geothermal Heat Pumps

Cushman & Wakefield, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, 7th Floor, 8-9am

How such systems work, their pluses and minuses, NYC’s unique geology and how the approach might benefit your building.  Organizaed by the Urban Green Council.  Members: $10.  Non-members:  $15.  For more and tickets

Wednesday, May 15 – Friday, May 17th:  Urban Agriculture Conference

A Multitude of Events and Many Locations and Times

We’re talking food and culture, community networks, sustainable urban agriculture, youth engagement, economics, local food sovereignty, policy, and more!  For details and registration



Miscellany…  Commencing with the serious stuff:

If the recent tragic traffic deaths of the Glauber Family incline you to believe NYC would benefit from speed cameras, Transportation Alternatives has organized a petition

Meanwhile, tredding the well-worn path of CityTime, the update of 911 has been exposed as a pitiful $2 billion mess

Sounds like a joke only it isn’t…  The dairy lobby’s actually pressing hard for permission to add artificial sweeteners to milk!   Should you object

Another addition to the Are-They-Kidding-File:  Building a skyscraper – usual, totally banal glass thing – on the presently unspoiled Pallisades ridge.  If you don’t care for the idea

Think there’re a lot of vendors on the UESide?  That impression is accurate as another of Community Board 8’s great new studies of our streetlife reveals…   

For sure they aren’t the most sympathetic of creatures, but the death (via fishing) of 100 million sharks per year can’t be so good for ocean health.  

On the very much brighter side:

America’s now exporting more clean energy products to China than we’re importing!

Three cheers for Lancaster, California and its mayor who’ve made it law that, as of 2014, all, newly constructed, single family homes there must be solar powered!

Far from content for being NYC’s most lauded rooftop farm, the Brooklyn Grange’s added solar-enhanced composting to its good works

And the Green Roof of the Week is in our own NYC…

Plus our mayor’s just signed 3 new green bills!

Not every college competition occurs in a stadium or gymnasium these days…  In fact, the newest venue – where team members go more knife-to-fork than head-to-head – is the cafeteria

Some of us are sufficiently mature that we recall a time when the Fifth Avenue Scribner’s Building contained a bookstore of the same name…  Thank goodness it’s been landmarked outside and (mostly) in.



Yes, indeed.  Bring on the animals:

Scroll down to the video in which the justly famed Grumpy Cat explains why and how he’s been misunderstood

Ever wonder why cardinal males are soooo gorgeously red…?


Or what the 8 best urban chicken coop designs might be?  (Don’t miss #6 – Mozambique!)

Or who the newest Broadway stars are?  (Hint: They’re furry and like tuna!)

Sounds like a winner to us:  Nat Geo WILD spotlights over-the-top animal owners who go to extremes to pamper their pets in the new series “Spoiled Rotten Pets”.  Show debuts Saturday, April 20th at 9pm.

Meanwhile, out in nature and as described in the Hudson River Almanac: 

2/26 – Yonkers, HRM 18: The Groundwork Yonkers Science Barge has been checking an “eel mop” in the mouth of the Saw Mill River for almost two weeks and today they shook out the first glass eel of the season, one perfectly transparent slithering sliver of life, which we cradled briefly on a Yonkers street corner, then slipped back into the chilly Saw Mill.  Here they come!    – Chris Bowser, Bob Walters

And this week, many of our female Hudson Valley bald eagles will be laying eggs. If the eggs are viable and both parents pay close attention to incubation, the eggs will hatch in about 32-35 days.

We’re dreaming in spring green…

And we’re remembering Ron Binaghi, Sr….  One of GrowNYC’s 12 founding farmers…  Who, in July of 1976 at 59th Street and Second Avenue,  presided over a table at the very first Greenmarket.  


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