Greetings, UESiders!

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



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   

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, 


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