Happy International Happiness Day, UESiders!

And giant congratulations to Los Angeles which will be announcing at 2pm our time today – Friday – that it will have entirely ended its reliance on coal by 2020…  The first U.S. city to make that commitment!   (Watch the announcement live!)

This while NYState Comptroller DiNapoli announced that Dunkin Donuts – encouraged by a looming shareholder resolution that the company address environmental concerns – will set a date when all the palm oil it uses will be from sustainable sources!   (Seems that NYState pension funds hold plenty of Dunkin stock.)  

And then our mayor revealed that Times Square will soon be equipped with 30 solar powered recycling stations and that our greater city will have 1,000 new recycling bins on the streets of all 5 boroughs by the end of 2013!  

But biggest kudos of all are reserved for the London Underground which celebrated its 150th birthday on Wednesday and describes itself as in the best condition in its long history!  

(Yes, MTA, it can be done!)  

eriophyllum-lanosum

eriophyllum-lanosum

Ready for the week ahead:

Saturday, March 23rd:   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.

One week and counting to participate in Greenmarket’s  great promotion…  Introduce your friends and neighbors to our great market and win prizes for yourself!   Market Manager Emma will fill you in!

AND, yes, till the end of March, Greenmarket will be doubling  WIC Fresh Produce benefits!   Spend a $6, $10, or $15 check and receive an equal amount in FREE Greenmarket Bucks to spend on fruits and vegetables at the market. 

Last week’s recycling totals:  50 lbs batteries;  41 lbs #5,  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 4 pair of eye glasses;  10 bags of clothes;  4 1/2 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  513 lbs batteries; 476 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 39 pairs of eye glasses; 140 bags of clothes; 51 1/4 compost bins.

Way ahead of last year!

Saturday, March 23th:  Carl Schurz Park BIG EGG  HUNT!

Mayor’s Lawn, East 87th Street and East End Park Entrance,  Hunts at 11:15, 11:30 or 11:45am

Not one…  Not two…  But three Easter Egg Hunts!   Egg bag decorating, face painting, the Schurz bunny hopping about and available for photo ops and music by the Funkytown Playground Band!  Free.  For full details and schedules for all events

Saturday, March 23rd:  Plovgh Global Kitchen Tour

American Museum of Natural  History, Central Park West & 79th Street, 10am – 2:30pm

Organized by the great folks at Plovgh, a tour of Museum of Natural History new show “Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture“,   followed by discussion and eats at nearby Jimmy’s No. 43!  Tickets priced in increments:  $10-$30.  For more and those tickets

Now through Sunday, July 14th:  The Woolworth Building @ 100 

Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place at West Street

Amazing how many big  birthdays there’ve been and continue to be…   Now it’s the Woolworth Building’s turn…  Once the world’s tallest and still one of its most beautifully designed.    (And the museum itself’s a treat!)  Free to members.  Non-members:  $19.  Seniors/Students:  $5.  For more

Yikes!  April’s just around the corner:

Wednesday, April 17th:  The Olive Route – A Talk and Olive Oil Tasting with Carol Drinkwater

The Horticultural Society of New York | 148 West 37th Street, 13th Floor, 6pm

Actress and, latterly, olive oil impressaria Drinkwater sheds light on the colorful history olive cultivation, followed by an olive oil tasting.  Members:  $25.  Non-members:  $35.  For more and tickets

Tuesday, April 23rd:  Secret Lives Tour: The Art and Murals of Hildreth Meière – Uptown Tour

Meeting place provided with ticket purchase, 1pm

Join the Historic Districts Council for the first of a two-part examination of the renowned Art Deco muralist’s New York work as found in mosaics at Temple Emanu-El,  St. Bartholomew’s and more.  Members:  $100.  Non-members: $125.    For further details:  ashedd@hdc.org or  212-614-9107.   And for tickets…   

Saturday, April 27th:  Family Fishing Day

Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg, Dutchess County, 1pm

Family-friendly, all ages, free use of rods, reels and bait; wheelchair accessible!  For more: 845-889-4745 x109.

Dutch tulip fields

Dutch tulip fields

Miscellany, you say?  Let’s get the steam-coming-out-of-ears-ranting out of the way first:

For crying out loud, what’s going on…?  Over these last 11 years during which our city’s finances were supposedly so beautifully managed, the library system wracked up $230 million in deferred repairs?  And the answer is to sell irreplaceable land on which said libraries are located?   Then tear down said libraries, including a Carnegie branch?

And those two wonderful city-owned buildings on Chambers Street we mentioned a couple of weeks ago?  On the block, too.

Further on the planned Public Property Sale/Lease of Century Blow-Out:  Part III –  NYCHA Edition…   (No kidding it’s controversial!)

Recall when the NYPL sold its (ours, really) irreplaceable Gilbert Stuart portrait of G. Washington to the Walmart heiress?  A horrible example now being emulated by the Seward Museum upstate

Meanwhile, it’s alleged that a fuel oil company’s been adding toxic car engine oil to the heating oil it sold to  commercial and residental buildings!

Always better when there’s something immediate and positive to be done:

Like demanding that stores identify whether the seafood they sell is genetically engineered or not.   Should you agree

Like keeping protections in place for the indispensible New England groundfish

Like preserving Alaska’s pristine, old-growth Tongass Forest

Like offering moral support to the fellow New Yorkers fighting against fracking wells in their community

Moving to cheer:

Interesting art project getting underway downtown…  Where they can’t begin to have the blocks of chain link fence blighting our Second Avenue…

Lots of points of interest in New Yorkers For Parks just released report card on our city’s large parks…   

Trust Consumer Reports to deliver the latest  lowdown on the many incarnations of edible fat 

Scroll down this intriguing Smithsonian article on bio art to Giuliano Mauri’s Cattedrale Vegetale, an example of organic architecture…

No need to hike downtown to see the new doc on persistent hunger in the U.S.A.,   “A Place at the Table”.   It’s available any old time On Demand…

eurya-japonica

eurya-japonica

Animals…?  Indeed and heavy on citizen science…  Beginning with this excerpt from the Hudson River Almanac:

3/9 – Orange County, HRM 49:  Saw an estimated 2,000 geese and three tundra swans here today.   One of the geese, a greater snow goose, had a yellow neck collar:  TC85. I reported the code to the bird banding lab and received the following information:

“Female, snow goose, female, banded on the South Plain of Bylot Island, Nunavut, Canada on August 15, 2011″…  Nearly nineteen months ago.   –  Jesse Jaycox 

Then there’s this easy challenge for you and yours:

Tom Evans of Syracuse U is fielding a survey of sea lampry in Hudson River tributaries during summer months.   To learn more and/or report sightings:  tevans03@syr.edu.

National Geographic’s got other fascinating projects…  Like stalking the nine-spotted lady bug! 

Don’t know why, but there’s been a dearth of cute animal videos of late…  But we say baby hedgehogs more than make up for the long, dry spell…

It is so good to be green,

UGS

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