Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Balmy First Day of Spring and Fuzzy International Wildlife Week, UESiders!

You’ve certainly made the world all critters inhabit a bit greener with your prodigious shredding…

Mark your calendars for Shred-A-Thon II, uptownthis time out, with exact date set once we know when the 92nd Street Greenmarket’s opening and scheduled for the following Sunday. 

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As for the next 7 days:

Saturday, March 16th:   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 Rabbits’ Run Farms.

Still two more weeks to participate in Greenmarket’s  latest promotion…  Introduce friends and neighbors to our great market and earn prizes for yourself!   Market Manager Emma has all the details!

AND, till the end of March, Greenmarket’s doubling  WIC Fruit and Vegie 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:  48 lbs batteries;  54 lbs #5,  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 28 pair of eye glasses;  15 bags of clothes;  4 1/2 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  463 lbs batteries; 435 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 35 pairs of eye glasses; 130 bags of clothes; 46 5/6 compost bins.

Records being broken  in the #5/Britta filter/cork/cords/cartridges!  In both weight and volume!

And then:

Saturday, March 23rd:  GrowNYC Stormwater Managment Workshop

Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, Room 550, 11:30am – 12:45pm

A ton of simple things we can do diminish run-offs from our  increasingly heavy rains…  All taught by Open Space Greening assistant director Lenny Librizzi.   For a grand total of $4.10…  Which actually covers an entire day of activities at this year’s Green Thumb Grow Together Conference!   To register… 

Monday, March 25th & Tuesday, March 26th or Monday, March 25th – Friday, March 29th:  Spring Break Science Camp – Living Lab 

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 9am – 4pm

Learn how scientific discoveries are made and plants are cared for, hang out with scientists and gardeners, master  the microscope, build diaramas, explore forest and wetlands…  NYC kid heaven!    Members:  $60 and $225.  Non-members:  &75 & $250.  Register by calling 718-817-8181 or e-mail childed@nybg.org.

On the horizon:

Saturday, April 13th:  Baby Animal Encounters

Linder Theater, Museum of Natural History, 79th Street & Central Park West,  11am, 1pm & 2:30pm

The event title says it all.  For kids 5 and up.  (Lucky parents who get to do the escorting!)  $12.  For tickets

Saturday, April 13th:  NYCH2O Old Croton Aquaduct Bike Tour

Meet at NYPL, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, 12pm 

NYCH2O’s Matt Malina and activist Abby Herhold lead riders along with route of the great aquaduct that once was and impart both historic and eco insight .   $20.  20.   For tickets

Six Consecutive Mondays, April 15th through May 20th: Audubon  Evening Spring Migration Walks in Central Park

Meet at 72nd Street and Central Park West

Witness the spectacle of spring migration as songbirds follow the Atlantic flyway northwards with expert guide Gabriel Willow.  Oreoles, warblers, vireos and more!   Limited to 15 $110.  To sign up: 212-691-7483.

Sunday, April 28th:  Spring 2013 NYC SAFE Disposal Event

Columbia University/Teachers’ College, 120th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam, 10am-4pm

You name it:  Electronics…  Anti-freeze…  Batteries…  Oil and latex paint…  Recycle it all responsibly and free.  For full details and complete (and vast) list…  

Only two months away:

Friday, May 10th:  GrowNYC Annual Plant Sale

College Avenue Garden, 420 College Avenue, between East 170th and 170st  Streets, 12-4pm

Perennial and annual flowering plants, herbs, ground covers, and vegetables from Greenmarket farmers for neighborhood gardens, tree beds, any all neighborhood spaces…  And at wholesale prices!   For more

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Let there be miscellany:

Beginning with Shout Out #1 to – totally amazingly – the NYState Assembly for passing a 2-year moratorium on fracking!

Moving on to Shout Out #2 to the fellow responsible for the  improved tidiness of our Espanade:   Parks Department Operations Employee of the Month, Juan Cortes…

Quoting from the Parks’ annoucement:  “As Supervisor Level 1,  Juan’s responsible for the oversight of the East River Esplanade, stretching all the way from East 36th to East 124th Street.  With a somewhat small crew of 3 full-time staff and a number of JTPs,  he’se has consistently achieved a 100% cleanliness rating for his district and isn’t afraid to get his own hands dirty picking up litter, pulling cans and bottles from garbage, or removing debris.”

We thank you, Juan!

Shout Out #3 goes to Sanitation chief John Doherty who’s – not even a month after a styrofoam ban was floated –  put the future of the contemptable plastic bag in some doubt…  (Three towns just to our north have already done it the deed!)

And Shout Out #4 to the students of The Hewitt School for their Ban the Bag Conference

Last but hardly least, Shout Out #5’s bestowed on Whole Foods for their recent announcement that they’ll soon be labeling  GMO food products carried in their stores.  (Should you want to thank them…) 

Striking a less cheery and more global note:

In case you haven’t heard, throughout the poorest of Third World nations, arable land is being leased by s and private investors intending to export the food grown on it… 

And then, here in the U.S.:

National Geographic paints an unsparing picture of the fracking life of North Dakota’s Bakken shale region..

As for  land matters on our own NYC turf:

For the time being Isaacs and Holmes, the UES’s two NYCHA developments, have been spared but concerns about the future of public housing in our city and the new leasing concept continue to mount…  

Worries, too, about the integrity of the South Street Seaport Historic District…  And a petition you might wish to sign.

And possibly in our own kitchens:

As per Consumer Reports‘, there’re real problems with a Whirlpool brand microwave

Back on the good foot:

Job opportunity at The Youth Farm

U.S. windpower surged in 2012!

In spite of Sandy damage and repairs galore, subway ridership increased…  Same for Metro North and they’re adding trains!

Sure, it might sprinkle some snow on us tomorrow…  Small potatoes compared to the Blizzard of March 11, 1888

Hey, spring and gardening are literally right around the corner…  So, ounce of prevention/looking forward to bounty, herewith the 5 most common gardening mistakes

Love these two architectural observations…  Christopher Grey on New York City brick and Place Matters re The Clock Tower Office Building

Meanwhile, the MTA’s venturing a strategy in reduce our one in ten chances of seeing a rat during a given subway experience…  Yikes…   Rat sterilization!

Time for some nice animals now:

Mind-boggling how incredible nature is…  Witness this Bird of the Week

Meanwhile, some of it’s feathered kin – injured while migrating north through the obstacle course of NYC’s  many, brightly-lit buildings – could use our help.  For details

This while some others have their own TV channel

Seen in the harbor and in the Hudson, yes…  But a dolphin in the East River as far up as 106th Street?!

Then there are those strange calls of the wild one hears…  Well, almost anywhere in 2013.

Identify them, take their picture and enter the Defenders of Wildlife Photo Contest!

Erin go bragh with tiny green shamrocks on top,

UGS

 

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