Happy National Train Day, UESiders!

Saw many a foot in a flip-flop today…  Lots of bare arms and shorts…  Could it be that spring is really here?!

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We are tired of gazing upon tulips and blooming cherry trees in our parkas, so it darned well better be!

We’ve got too much to do around town this week:

Saturday, May 11th:   82nd Street Greenmarket – Mother’s Day Edition!

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

Compost & Clothing Collection – 9am – lpm 

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

Farmers are telling us they’ll have asparagus, ramps, rhubarb, and garlic scapes!

In case you haven’t experienced Feather Ridge Farm’s amazing eggs…  Available in large, extra large, (really big) jumbo and omega large.  Omega large are produced by hens eating flax seeds to increase the omega 3 in their eggs!

Meanwhile, whatever other great things you’ve gotten mom,  a sprouted seed necklace made by her offspring’s loving hands will totally make her day!  Just go to Market Manager Emma’s tent for all you’ll need to create your market-inspired gift!

Yes, and  volunteer/chef extraordinaire Weston will be cooking up a special Mother’s Day treat!

PLUS our genius knife sharpener Barbara Hess will be at her table , too!

Last week’s recycling totals:  52 lbs batteries;  15 lbs  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 4 pair of eye glasses; 15 bags of clothes;   7 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  819 lbs batteries; 702 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 84 pairs of eye glasses; 230 bags of clothes; 93 7/12 compost bins.

Once again, 7 compost bins, people!! 

Saturday, May 11th:  Take Home a Plant & Help Carl Schurz Park

East End Avenue at East 86th Street, 9:30am-4:30pm

Choose from among hundreds of highest quality plants for your home, terrace, garden, or office from Beds and Borders, Long Island’s premier nursery and most for just a $5 donation (that benefits the beautiful park)!

Tuesday, May 14th:  Lung Cancer & New York City Kitchens

Great Hall, Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, between Third & Fourth Avenues, 7-9:30pm 

Would categorize this as a science fiction forum if it  wasn’t organized by the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design and other respected environmental and health groups.  The crux:   Planned changes in natural gas sources that could result in higher radon levels in the gas used in our homes.  Free but reservations required

Monday, May 13th: Midtown Upzoning Public Hearing

Lighthouse International, 111 East 59th Street, 6pm

If you haven’t gotten yourself into the loop of yet another of the mayor’s grandiose, race-to-the-finish plans,  check  newsletter miscellany of the two previous weeks.  Then turn out to express your feelings as to the wisdom  of dwarfing Grand Central and other lovely, venerable buildings in the area. 

Monday, May 13th:  “The Bicycle Thief” Screening

Matthews-Palmer Playground, 46th Street between Ninth & Tenth Avenues, 8pm

In celebration of Bike Month, the 45th Street Block Association presents the DeSica masterpiece, “The Bicycle Thief”.  Doesn’t get any better than a watching a fabulous film outdoors on a warm night!  Free but do bring something comfy to sit on.

Wednesday, May 15th:  Greening New York’s Historic Buildings – Green Row House Manual Program

Municipal Art Society, 111 W 57th Street
16th Floor, 9-11am

Learn how and why the manual – the first of its kind in the city – was created along with specific advice on how the energy efficiency of your rowhouse can be enhanced without compromising what makes it historic.    Free but registration required

Thursday, May 16th – Friday, May 31st:  Bohemia Fashion Exhibition

Czech Center, 321 East 73rd Street,

Got to say, fashionistas, items on the Center’s site look really beautiful…  And it isn’t like great style hasn’t always been international!  For Center hours and show details… 

And then:

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

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

More railing scraping/painting (what we’ve done looks so great!) and new landscaping for the planter in lieu of greenery killed by Sandy.  Think native flowers, roses and grasses.   Come one!  Come all!

Saturday & Sunday, May 25th & May 26th and Saturday, June 2nd:   Marsh Restoration Event

Jamaica Bay

Volunteers will be ferried to Ruler’s Bar Marsh where they’ll take a big bite out of the 88,000 plugs of Spartina alterniflora ( Salt Marsh grass) that’ll one day soon recreate the original marshscape.  An American Littoral Society project.  For more information or  donriepe@gmail.com.

Monday, May 27th:  Citi Bike Launch

Closest stations to us are pretty far south in the UES but check them out…    (Looks like one’s on the east side of the Bloomberg Building!)

Thursday, June 20th:  Four Freedoms Park Tour

Four Freedoms Park, Roosevelt Island, 5:45pm

Much to learned about the design and rocky, decades-long road that brought the city’s newest park into existence.  Tour led by urbanist and Island resident, Sharon Pope.  Suggested donation:  $10.  RSVP required:  info@civitasnyc.org or 212-996-0745.

Sunday, June 23rd:  92nd Street Greenmarket Re-Opens

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

Complete roster of farmers/bakers/vendors TBA.   But count on old favorites, new friends,  compost collection, battery/DVDs/CDs/jewel cases/cords/ink cartridge/cork recycling and the fabulous Stellar Cooks! 

Use the 6 weeks till to bring yourself back up to compost speed with this handy GrowNYC page

 AND

Sunday, June 23rd:  Shred-A-Thon – Very Early Summer  Edition

First Avenue between 92nd and 93rd Streets, 10am-2pm

What we’ll be taking:

Paper of any and every kind!

But please NO cardboard or handled shopping bags.

And please do remove paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.  (But we’ll take your paperbacks.)

(Many thanks to Council Member Garodnick for his generous grant!)

Strangely light on miscellany this time out:

Always a pleasure to include a job opportunity…  This time for one with experience in the PR/vommunity outreach realm and environmental enthusiasm…

In the Decline of Western Civilization Department, this week’s winner is:  The mammoth, two- story 7-11 recently opened in the Flatiron District 

Whoa!  We’ve got a DEC Brownfields site on the UES!  Located on the SW corner of First and 70th, likely an erstwhile dry cleaner and, much earlier, auto shop are responsible for the ground water contamination that now exists.

But small potatoes in comparison to the U.S. being the only industrialized nation not signatory to the Basel Convention which makes it illegal to export toxic ewaste! 

Really?  Really, in 2013, there’re still lead and cadmium in many of the biggest brand lipsticks, ladies…

Yes, we’ll lighten up:

Any number of wonderful boating experiences to be had in our unequaled harbor and one of our favorites is the South Street Seaport’s Pioneer…   (They often let you help raise the sails!) 

Of course, we already knew about L.A. urban farmer Ron Finley from his TED talk but nice to read about him . too! 

Most enthusiastically recommend NYS DEC’s brilliant Outdoor Discovery Newsletter…  Our state’s just overflowing with great things to do out in nature! 

Oh, animals:

Alrighty…  Not exactly furry or cute, but how about 12 great theme dinosaur parks?!

Very much alive and needing our help is the smallish and more pointy-nosed Louisiana Black Bear

 So we live in the ultimate metropolis…  No reason we can’t have our own personal Certified Wildlife Habitats

And there won’t be a bit of rigid plastic anywhere near ’em, 

UGS

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