Monthly Archives: April 2013

Happy NYState Arbor and World Penguin Day, UESiders!!

Even more importantly, April’s National Donate a Life Month…  The time to consider the gigantic gift of organ and tissue donation.  To learn more…   

(You can also support penguins and Antarctic  sanctuaries to protect them!)

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On to the 7 days coming up:

Friday, April 26th:  “A Fierce Green Fire” Screening

John Haynes Holmes House, in the Gallery
 28 East 35th Street
, 7pm

And we quote: Inspired by the book of the same name , the film chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and a key to the 21st:  Environmental activism.”  Suggested donation:  $5.

Saturday, April 27th:   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.

Samascott with have first ramps of the season, people! 

And, yes, one more time,  our Master Knife Sharpener will be returning!  

Last week’s recycling totals:  51 lbs batteries;  38 lbs #5,  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 10 pair of eye glasses; 15 bags of clothes;  6 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  745 lbs batteries; 675 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 77 pairs of eye glasses; 200 bags of clothes; 80 7/12 compost bins.

REMINDER:  #5 plastic is now recycleable in your very own building’s plastics bin! 

It should just as squeeky clean as that you brought to to UGS at the Greenmarket! 

(Of course, we’ll still be taking batteries, Britta filters, corks, cords, Cds, DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges and eye glasses.)

Saturday, April 27th:  National Drug Take-Back Initiative

Lobby, Lenox Hill Hospital, 100 East 77th Street, 10am-2pm

Lenox Hill is but one of several locations throughout the city, state and nation.   For a complete listing

Saturday, April 27th:  Street Games!

Thomas Jefferson Park, First Avenue & 114th Streeet, 11am-3pm

It’s New York street life as it once was and still is…  Stick ball slaps and street hockey…  A soap box derby and double dutch…  Skateboarding, bike riding, a live performance by Dance Theater of Harlem and more.   Organized by NYC Parks and free for kids of all ages!   

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

Monday, April 29th:  “The Domino Effect” Screening

Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street, 6-8pm

Filmmakers Megan Sperry, Daniel Phelps and Brian Paul dig deep to detail how the Brooklyn’s humungous  “New Domino” development project came to be.   Free but RSVP de rigeur:   ashedd@hdc.org or 212.614.9107.   For more details… 

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And in the new month:  

Saturday, May 4th:  East Harlem Tree Stewardship Workshop

East 120th Street & Paladino Avenue overpass entrance to the East River Esplanade, 11am-1pm

Join Civitas and TreesNY and learn best practice for the care of our heroic street trees…  This while tree beds on 120th, Pleasant Avenue and 119th are mulched, weeded and made tidy for the summer season.  Free but RSVP required:   info@civitasnyc.org or 212-996-0745.  (Rain date:  Sunday, May 5th) 

Saturday, May 4th & Sunday, May 5th:  Sheep Shearing Weekend

The Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th Street in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, 10am-5:30pm 

Yup, time for the zoo’s sheep population to receive their annual hair cut!  There’ll be spinning and wool dying demos, too.  Adults: $8.  Children: $6.  Children under 3:  Free.  For further details and tickets

Tuesday, May 7th:  NYC Beekeepers Monthly Meeting

Seafarers and International House, 123 East 17th Street, 7pm

This month:  Chris and Eileen Kohl (of Sweet Valley, PA), their Warre Hive and laissez-faire approach to fostering fabulous honey.  Free.

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Down the way:

Sunday, May 19th:  It’s My Park Day – Spring 2013 2013

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 10am-3pm

We continue railing scraping/painting (what we’ve done looks so great as do daffodils we planted last fall!), as well as replacing planter shrubs felled by Sandy with beautiful new landscaping.   Everyone welcome, even if you want to just hang out!

Wednesday, May 29th – Sunday, June 2nd:  World Science Festival 

Many Venues, Various Times

From nano-surgery to infinity and an array of subjects in between, including the family friendly.  (For us grown-ups:  How about a lecture by James Watson?!)  A must to at least check out the programs on offer… 

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Then in June:

Sunday, June 9th:  Bronx River Bike Tour

Meet at the Norwood – 205th Street D Train Station,  280 east 206th Street, The Bronx

NYCH20 and Matt Malina are at again…  This time with the glories of the revived Bronx River…  Our city’s one and only true fresh river.  Think 3 hours and 17 miles of nature and history.   $20.  For further details and tickets… 

Friday, June 21st:  Make Music New York!

All Over The Apple, All Day

Last year,  there were more than a thousand free outdoor concerts of every imaginable musical style and “orchestration”…  This year?  Who knows?  Only that there’ll be even more to be enjoyed!  And if you’d like perform yourself or host musicians, here’s how…   (Applications due by April 29th!)

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Just a bit of miscellany:

Hurrah!  The Genetically Engineered Food Right To Know Bill’s been introduced in both houses of Congress.  Should you support it, too 

Major boo that the USDA is contemplating reducing the its scrutiny of poultry slaughterhouses

Then a huge raspberry aimed at U.S. Fish & Wildlife which is reviewing removing gray wolves from the endangered list!  (If you oppose…)

But excellent that starchitect Robert A.M. Stern’s weighed in on the mayor’s drive – rubber stamped by City Planning – to rezone East Midtown

And thanks to reader Karen Lane, we all can link toNYC’s first certified passive house

On the subject of buildings, here are 4 more of the greenest going…

Very nice, too, that the NYTimes is now giving access to its digital video content that doesn’t count against the ten–article a month content access limit!

Take this minimal but interesting Clinton Foundation environmental quiz and a tree will be planted in Haiti (takes about a minute)…

The City Parks Foundation is gearing up for a wonderful summer of free events in all five boroughs!  To check out all there’ll be to enjoy and where

Of course, you want your kids steeped in a program that’ll turn their school into a energy-efficient, sustainable paradise…  Solar One’s Green Design Lab‘s got that program…   

Have to say, NYState DEC’s drawn up a really nice and diverse list of environmentally responsible things  to consider doing this spring…   (And you can sign up for the updates!) 

One day soon, a radical car design will catch the 9th wave.  Could be this one, given the people who brought it into the world…

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And a dusting of animals:

Are owls adorable or what?  Especially the Buff-fronted Owl

Although not quite so adorable as a baby doll lamb

Never can resist entries in the Hudson River Almanac:

4/14 – Crugers:    When we hung our floral wreath on the front door two weeks ago we never thought that’s where a house finch pair would decide to build their cup-shaped nest.  So we  hung the wreath over the light nearby where it wouldn’t be disturbed by people coming in and out.   Observing the female’s head amid the petals,  wondered if she were perhaps sitting on eggs.   Sure enough, we took a mirror today and spotted five light blue eggs in that little nest.  –  Dorothy and Bob Ferguson

Green with pride.

UGS  

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Greetings, UESiders!

Couldn’t be more earth-centric activities and opprtunities to manifest your greenness in our city this 43rd Earth Day weekend… 

Starting with:

Saturday, April 20th:   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.

Last week’s recycling totals:  48 lbs batteries;  35 lbs #5,  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 20 pair of eye glasses;  10 bags of clothes;  6 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  694 lbs batteries; 637 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 67 pairs of eye glasses; 185 bags of clothes; 74 7/12 compost bins.

Saturday, Sunday & Monday, April 20th, 21st & 22nd:   EARTH DAY Indoors at Grand Central!

Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Station (& Everywhere Else on our Mother Earth), 10am-6pm

Live performances…  Kids’ activities… Sustainability talks…  Interactive displays…  And 100% free!

Saturday, April 21st & Sunday, April 22nd:  New York City Green Festival

Javits Center North, Eleventh Avenue at 39th Street, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

And we quote the organizers:  “Featuring an organic, vegetarian and vegan food court, the Sierra Club Green Cinema, eco-fashion exhibits, hands-on DIY workshops, live music and inspiring keynote presentations.”  Tickets:  $10-$32.  For more details

Monday, April 22nd:  Eco House Tour

Foley Square (between Lafayette, Centre and Duane Streets), 2-5pm

See how the systems of that apartment of yours works to keep you out of the elements and how it could do it so much better!  (We’re talking see-thru walls!)  Free.  For details

Sunday, April 21st:  Earth Day Celebration at Union Square

Union Square (duh!), 10am-6pm

Yes, live performances…  The green-vehicle runway… Exhibition,  exhibits and displays by local and national environmental organizations, local businesses, and corporate partners!   And absolutely free! 

Sunday, April 21st:  Upper West Side Electronics Recycling

Amsterdam Avenue between 74th & 75th, 10am-4pm

Accepted will be:  Working/Non-Working Computers (Laptops, Desktops, Servers), Monitors, Printers, Scanners, Faxes, Keyboards, Mice, Cords, Wires, TVs, Stereo Equipment, VCRs, Audio Visual Equipment,Cell and Wall Phones, Household Batteries.

NO Appliances, Clothes or Textiles!          

Tuesday, April 23rd:   “Empowered” Screening

Seafarers and International House, 123 .East 15th Street at Irving Place, 6pm

Filmmakers Shira Evergreen and Suzanne McMannis’s cheery (and well-reviewed) doc tells how cloudy, snowy, Ithaca has become a center of renewable energy in New York State.  Suggested donation:  $3-$10.

Thursday, April 25th:  Community Board 8 Open Space Forum

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue and  81st Street, 6:30pm

Don’t we all know how little open space we have on the UES (the Mayor and Sanitation would subtract some with their proposed MTS), so there’s plenty for us residents to comment about…  Including POPs, those 70-some  privately owned public spaces (which allowed highrises to go higher still), a minute percentage of which are available to the public or have even the most basic amenities.  Be there.

Followed by:

Saturday, April 27th & Saturday, May 11th:  Family Fishing Day

Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg Dutchess County, 1-4pm

Family-friendly, all ages, free use of rods and reels.  Wheelchair accessible.  Free.  For full details: 845-889-4745 x109.

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… 

Tuesday, April 30th:  Cornell-Technion Public Hearing

250 Broadway, 14th Floor, 9:30am

With rezoning already approved by Borough President Stringer and Community Board 8, the next step is for City Council Members to affix their stamp of approval or not.  One pressing issue:  Transporting construction materials on to Roosevelt Island by barge, in lieu of overtaxing its single bridge and few, narrow streets.

Saturday, May 4th:  East Harlem Tree Stewardship Workshop

East 120th Street & Paladino Avenue overpass entrance to the East River Esplanade, 11am-1pm

Join Civitas and TreesNY and learn best practice for the care of our heroic street trees…  This while tree beds on 120th, Pleasant Avenue and 119th are mulched, weeded and made tidy for the summer season.  Free but RSVP required:   info@civitasnyc.org or 212-996-0745.  (Rain date:  Sunday, May 5th) 

In that miscellaneous groove:

Really?  Madison Square Garden’s been property tax free since 1982?

Really??  Public libraries emulating the questionable policy of building schools into residential building (result:  they can never get bigger)!! 

Same path Little Italy’s Italian American Museum seems to be heading down

Really??!  The MTA hasn’t anything better to do than get in the way of a young idealist trying to provide Metro cards to the needy?

Really??!!  A serving of Quaker Apple Oatmeal contains more sugar than a Pop Tart?

Really???!!  They’ve been using antibiotics in apple and pear orchards (and can continue to do so until 2014)!  (The government still hasn’t acted act on lead and arsenic in fruit juices either.)  

Really???!!!  International crime with a Russian motif at the art gallery in the Carlyle Hotel?! 

Let us not allow the Feds to weasel out of a thorough clean-up of the Gowanus Canal…  Let us email  Christos Tsiamis, Remedial Project Manager at GowanusCanalComments.Region2@epa.gov.

Also seems like meat producers are attempting to decapitate mandatory country-of-origin labeling and, guess what?  This info was barely out when USDA’s comment period closed!   Stay tuned.. 

Meanwhile, there is something we can do to protect our ten most endangered American rivers

As well as lend beautiful hummingbirds a hand

Then pat yourself on the back, New Yorkers, we’ve decreased our reliance on coal (for electricity) 3% (to 12%) in the last 5 years!

BUT Cleveland – in lieu of landfill and marine transfer stations – is looking to upgrade its solid waste handling with waste-to-energy…  (scroll down and note 4th Bin’s E-Stewards certification en route) ..

Scroll down further for news of the American Chemistry Council’s desperation move to get in the way of NYC banning styrofoam!

This while even China’s getting picky about the plastics it imports…  A policy they call China’s “Green Fence“!

We were good for 10 (we knew) out of “14 Vegetables You’ve Never Heard Of”  How about you?

We totally LOVE this:  CB8’s demand that street vendors be required to have standardize street furniture and signage.  (Usual protestations by expensively-dressed, full-time vendor lobbiest, Sean Basinksi.) 

Who knew there was a competition to address our deteriorating piers?  Or would guess the winners would employ a 3D printer and oysters?!

Just as NYC subway use is spiking, same is true of Amtrak Amtrak! 

Hard to believe it was only two years ago we helped raise several tons of soil to the roof of Metropolitan Baptist Church in service of one of the cleverest urban farming concepts ever… 

Devised with commercial intent but a big thank you to real estate firm Town Residential for their homage to NYC architectural detail:  Look Up New York.

Wish we’d receive the benefit of some of the creative thinking that went into this soon-to-be 41st Street makeover in our neck of the woods (instead we have the pier at 107th Street falling apart)…

So who’s responsible for those wonderful trails we love to hike in our fabulous national parks?

For non-NYMagazine subscribers, the (Mr. Omnivore’s Dilemma) Michael Pollan-Adam Platt conversation in this week’s issue.

And the last dinner served on the Titanic was…  Obviously the not the repast of those in steerage.

Sort of off the map but seems Erector Sets played a role in constructing the GWB!  

Truly beyond the reservation, but kinda en route to our furry friends, remnants of ancient European folkways still alive in bemusing animal costumes… 

Time for the real animal kingdom:

Awwwww…  Therapy llamas

And a baby giraffe’s (named in honor of Sandy Hook) first steps

Eeeeuww…  Electric eels threatening NYC subway service!

Double awwww…  “Lil Bub & Friendz”, much awaited doc showing at the Tribeca Festival is also available in the comfort of your own home from On Demand!

Is this one beautiful bird or what?

 We close with more birds and another extract from the Hudson River Almanc:  

4/11 – Queens, New York:  Seen at Jamaica Bay Wildlife refuge while doing some barn owl box maintenance:   green-winged teals (14), snowy egrets (23), great egrets (13), black-crowned night-herons (43), northern shoveler (37), and laughing gulls (4), great egrets (7), greater yellowlegs (3) and palm warblers (3).

With love of our earth,

UGS

     – Andrew Baksh

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Greetings, UESiders!

A crazy amount of activity coming up  in the weeks ahead, so let’s get right down on the details…

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The next 7 days:

Thursday, April 11th – Sunday, April 14th:  ASDA Spring Postage Stamp Show

New Yorker Hotel, 481 Eighth Avenue, Second Floor, 10am-5pm

For the OCD types among us, it doesn’t get any better than affixing little pieces of paper onto matching squares and rectangles.   Better still,  this year’s show’s designed with special appeal for the young.  

Saturday, April 13th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothing Collection – 9am – lpm 

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

Last week’s recycling totals:  51 lbs batteries;  32 lbs #5,  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 2 pair of eye glasses;  15 bags of clothes;  7 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  646 lbs batteries; 602 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 47 pairs of eye glasses; 175 bags of clothes; 68 7/12 compost bins.

Bears repeating yet again:  7 COMPST BINS!!

Wednesday, April 17th:  Poetry Idol Competition Semifinals 

Poet’s Den Theater, 309 East 108th Street, 7pm

The theme of poetry this round:  “Under My Skin.  For more, tickets and a video of the quarterfinals…  (Subject: “Artification”!)  

And then:

Sunday, April 21st:  Upper West Side Electronics Recycling

Amsterdam Avenue between 74th & 75th, 10am-4pm

Accepted will be:  Working/Non-Working Computers (Laptops, Desktops, Servers), Monitors, Printers, Scanners, Faxes, Keyboards, Mice, Cords, Wires, TVs, Stereo Equipment, VCRs, Audio Visual Equipment,Cell and Wall Phones, Household Batteries.

NO Appliances, Clothes or Textiles!           

Monday, April 22nd:  Mayoral Forum on Sustainability

The Great Hall, The Foundation Building at Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, 6-8pm

Find out where the candidates stand on critical issues like parks, clean air, stormwater management, traffic congestion and climate change.  Free but reservations required.

Monday, April 22nd:   EARTH DAY!

Everywhere on our Mother Earth

Be at Grand Central Station or Union Square for the earthiest experience…  But there’ll be great stuff going on all around town!

Monday, April 22nd:  Air Quality, Heating Oil and Recycling Environmental Workshop

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70 Street, 6pm

And we quote:  ”Join CIVITAS and the NYC Clean Heat program for an educational workshop to help improve air quality in the neighborhood.”  A brief discussion re:  the Apartment Building Recycling Initiative follows.  Free but reservations required:  212- 996-0745 or info@civitasnyc.org.   

Tuesday, April 23rd:  Tablescapes – A Public Viewing with Designers

The Altman Building,  135 West 18th Street, 3-5pm

You don’t have to attend the Horticultural Soceity’s dinner dance to see the incredible floral arrangements created for the event by NYC’s finest floral, fashion, and interior designers.  Free to members.  Non-members:  $10.  To register… 

Saturday, April 27th:  National Drug Take-Back Initiative

Lobby, Lenox Hill Hospital, 100 East 77th Street, 10am-2pm

Lenox Hill is but one of may locations throughout the area, state and nation.   For a complete listing

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… 

Next month:

Saturday, May 11th:  2nd Annual Riverkeeper Sweep 

70 Sites Along the Hudson

Clean the shoreline of debris!  Plant trees!  Last year and pre-Sandy, folks gathered up at 30 points along our majestic river and cleared away 7 tons of yuck.   In 2013, there’ll be 70 focal points and a record to be broken…  For more and to sign up

Saturday, May 11th:  Battle of the Boroughs Tennis Challenge

All 5 Boroughs (Riverside Park in Manhattan), 12pm

Men and women’s singles, men and women’s doubles, mixed doubles…  Just be 19 and come up with the $20 registration fee.  Benefitting youth tennis programs throughout the city!  For full details

Sunday, May 19th:  It’s My Park Day – Spring 2013 2013

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 10am-3pm

We continue railing scraping/painting (what we’ve done looks so great!) and we’ll replacing planter shrubs felled by Sandy with beautiful new landscaping.   Everyone welcome, even if you want to just hang out!

Then, in June:

Sunday, June 23rd:  92nd Street Greenmarket ReOpens

92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am-4pm                                                        Compost Collection 9am-1pm

Complete roster of farmers/bakers/vendors to come.   Suffice to say, old favorites, new friends,  compost collection, battery/$5 plastic/DVDs/CDs/jewel cases/cords/ink cartridge/cork recycling and Stellar Cooks! 

Trees in Chirripo-National Park, Costa Rica

Trees in Chirripo-National Park, Costa Rica

Really, one jumble of miscellany:

Always a pleasure to open with a job opportunity…  In this case for a full-time, year-round gardener  at the great Solar One’s headquarters at Stuyvesant Cove.                      For more

As for the inventors among you, GE’s just announced that it’ll be licensing thousands of its patents to NYC start-up Quirky so that members of the public can collaborate on bringing new products to market!  Wow, yes?!

Could be East River Ferry service is on the verge of further expansion…   Albeit not on our side.

They’re presently on exhibit at Staten Island’s Alice Austin’s Museum, but you can see 12 of Ms. Austin’s amazing 1890 pix of working New Yorkers included on line…  (Are we crazy or do the streets look pretty darned clean?)

When two solar compactors were installed a couple of weeks ago, things seemed to be looking up for  poor Tramway Park  (subjected to the worst ever  renovation five/six years ago).  But no.    Further undeserved punishment’s been inflicted by the “art” selected for the site…  i.e.  “Hosea” .     (Yes, the prayer booth three back was even worse…  Can’t wait for November for this latest to be gone.)

This while – hurrah! –  the Historic Districts Council’s applied for landmark status for 12 rooms in the 42nd Street Library!

Happy also to say that premier climate scientist James Hansen won’t be leaving public life when he retires from NASA but moving on to active involvement in pollution lawsuits

Meanwhile, we citizens need to press for a NYState thermostat recycling program!  (Mercury in those darned things, too!)  (In the meantime, we’re considering mailing ours to Maine’s DEP, 17 State House Station,
28 Tyson Drive, Augusta, Maine 04333-0017.)

So, not only have ever more agressive herbicides given us super weeds, but GMO corn is laying the groundwork for super worms!

Can’t get enough of great places stuff?  This week we bring you “Gorgeous Places to Kayak”!

And now for things furred, feathered, woolly and finned:

Now that your National Wildlife Photo Contest entry’s in, time to vote for yourself!

Then ponder your design for Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center and the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society’s For the BIRDShouse Competition!

Sierra Club’s been on our bad list ever since their icky support of the MTS (Yes!  They do!)…  But somebody in the group does have a sense of humor…  Witness pairing eco info as “Cat Facts” during April Fool’s Week.

 How about a dog training app?

As per the Hudson River Almanac,  how about goldfish as an invasive species:

“In the Hudson River watershed, “wild” goldfish (actually, goldfish are minnow family members)  derive from domestic stock and are not native to the estuary. Their presence can be traced to bait fish introduction or, more likely, parents dumping the occupants of their children’s unattended goldfish bowls.”  – Tom Lake

hat would a week be without a dollop of cuteness?  This week in the form of alpaca babies, teenagers and fuzzy adults?

Not exactly adept at hanging ten, but alpacas aren’t just producing wool these days…  They’re surfing…..

Can’t wait for those green leaves, 

UGS

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Greetings, UESiders!

Sooner or later (it’s already later!), there’ll have to be more than a day of sustained good (defined here as above 49 degrees) weather…  And now that Michael Strahan’s seen to mowing the Sheep Meadow, we’re completely ready!

Took a long walk up the Esplanade today and guess what?  Amazingly, in spite of Sandy and with ravaged plantings all around, the daffodils planted on last fall’s It’s My Park Day at 96th Street are 5 inches tall and on their way to blooming! 

Forget the weather…   Spring has come.  

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On the agenda this week:

Saturday, April 6th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothing Collection – 9am – lpm 

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

Last week’s recycling totals:  42 lbs batteries;  51 lbs #5,  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 2 pair of eye glasses;  10 bags of clothes;  6 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  595 lbs batteries; 570 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 45 pairs of eye glasses; 160 bags of clothes; 61 7/12 compost bins.

Every Saturday, April Through September:  NYRP’s Club Fit’s Outdoor Yoga

415-417 East 117th Street, between First Pleasant Avenues, 10am

Classes conducted by the Harlem Yoga Studio.  Free.

Friday, April 12th – Sunday, April 14th:  53rd Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair

Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street

Let’s put it this way:  “60 Minutes” deems this opportunity to check out rare books, manuscripts and books as the world’s best!  Tickets: $20 and up.  For further details…  

Coming up soon:

Wednesday, April 1th:  “American Meat” Screening

Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street, between Fifth Avenue and University Place, 7pm 

Can’t be enough films documenting why we buy our beef, chicken, pork…  you name it…  at Greenmarkets.  Screening followed by a panel discussion that includes  Greenmarket leader, Michael Hurwitz!   (To check out the film’s trailer…) 

Monday, April 22nd:   EARTH DAY!

Everywhere on our Mother Earth

As in the most of the 42 years past, the focus of Manhattan activities will be at in and around Grand Central Station and down at Union Square…  But there’ll be great stuff going on all around town.  To get in the know

Monday, April 22nd:  Air Quality, Heating Oil and Recycling Environmental Workshop

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70 Street, 6pm

And we quote:  “Join CIVITAS and the NYC Clean Heat program for an educational workshop to help improve air quality in the neighborhood.”  A brief discussion re:  the Apartment Building Recycling Initiative follows.  Free but reservations required:  212- 996-0745 or info@civitasnyc.org.   

Saturday, April 27th:  National Drug Take-Back Initiative

Lobby, Lenox Hill Hospital, 100 East 77th Street, 10am-2pm

Lenox Hill is but one of may locations throughout the area, state and nation.   For a complete listing

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… 

Monday, April 29th:  “The Domino Effect”  Screening and Discussion

Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Sttreet. 6-8pm

Get an upclose look at the plan afoot for the erstwhile Domino Sugar Factory and how said plans have come into being.   Discussion with filmmaker Megan Sperry follows.  Presented by the Historic Districts Council,.  $5.  Reservation required:    ashedd@hdc.org or 212-614-9107.  For more…    (And to read a Crain’s editorial on the subject…)

lilium hansonii

lilium hansonii

Caught in this week’s net of miscellany:

Only took them 60 some-odd years but, finally and happily, Alcoa and Reynolds are facing up to their sins against the St. Lawrence River and have agree to the $20 million to remediate the damage!   

Then there’s Governor Cuomo’s just announcemt of a d a $46 million award to create large solar power installations in our state!  Go New York!

Wonderful, too, that new renderings for the restoration/overhaul of landmarked Pier A have have just been released and they’re improved!   (Click on “see more photos”.)

Nice also to contemplate that a recent Gallup Poll reveals that some 75% of Americans support boosting green energy!

Disputing the long-held belief that quality fresh produce was prohibitively more expensive than the dreck found in most supermarkets is this new U.S.D.A. study!

Results of NYCH2O’s School Recycling Survey are in…  Per usual, the question arises:  If NYC’s a communication capital, in what cosmic darkness of information re other communities operating? 

There are limits to our bike friendliness and one is DOT’s incredibly stupid decision to replace Brooklyn cobblestones with smoother, artificially aged models!  (Let them get off of their bikes and walk a few blocks…  But a huge yes for smoother crosswalks for folks with diasabilities.)

However…  Very much share the mayor’s wrath directed at the two state senators who barred the way for speed cameras…  Fingers crossed, it’s only a temporary delay.

FYI, at the intersection of schools and styrofoam”  Only 2 NYC schools are equipped with dishwashers.    

Back on the good news foot, NYS legislation against shark finning has been re-introduced.   Should you like to communicate your support

MSK’s asking our help in naming their new patient-pleasing smoothie.    For a description and to weigh in…

Guess where some of our compost is going?  Out to  the great green group Composting Gowanus where they’re using the wind row method!

Totally new to us, but DOT offers a Slow Zone Program which aims to reduce speed in residential neighborhoods from 30 (ha!) to 20mph.

From the Sierra Club: 9 of the world’s best canyons

From the National Park Service:  The History of Cherry Trees…  Those fabulous cherry trees in Washington, D.C. 

fritillaria-recurva

fritillaria-recurva

Hello, animals:

Yes, you’re reading this right…    This summer it will be possible for you to go on a Bunny Retreat!  (and maybe come back with an angora sweater!) 

Of course, bees learn from each other!

Love this!  Adorable homemade cookie cutter bird feeders

Last and lovingly, The Times tribute to Pattycake, the first gorilla born in New York… 

Ever green,

UGS

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