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.  



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   

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: or 212-614-9107.  For more…    (And to read a Crain’s editorial on the subject…)

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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. 



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,


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