Greetings, UESiders!

And we quote master star guy, John Pazmino:

“On May 17th, a meteoroid crashed into the moon’sn the Mare Imbrium producing an explosion visible to the naked eye on Earth!

Unfortunately, if you blinked you missed it as it lasted about 1 second.

Still, the meteor smashed into the moon’s surface at 56,000 mph with the force of 5 tons of TNT, producing a crater 20 meters in diameter.”  (For video...)

Hard for the coming week to top that, but we can hope:

Saturday, May 18th:   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, Ballard Honey, Samascott, Gajeski, Feather Ridge, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

Very happy to say, Cherry Lane Farms rejoins the market this Saturday…  And they’ll have strawberries!!

And look for Market Manager Emma’s grilling demo commencing around 11am.

Last but hardly least…  Yes, Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess is with us and raring the hone!

YTD (from 1/5/13 to 5/18/13):  865 lbs batteries; 714 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 85 pairs of eye glasses; 245 bags of clothes; 100 7/12 compost bins.

As we were out of commission last week, look for this and this week’s totals next week!

Saturday, May 25th:  Jamaica Bay Sunset Ecology Cruise

 Pier 4, Sheepshead Bay (Emmons & Bedford Avenues), Brooklyn, 4:30pm

We’re talking a 3-hour narrated tour aboard the Golden Sunshine” with sightings of nesting peregrine falcons, osprey, herons, egrets, ibis, shorebirds and water owls. Guided by Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe.  Wine, cheese and fruit,  too!  $55.  For more:  917- 371-8577 or  donriepe@gmail.com.

Saturday, May 25th & Sunday, May 26th:  Jamaica Bay Marsh Planting

Jamaica Bay (duh!),  11am-3pm Saturday, 12-4pm Sunday

Governor Cuomo deems this, “a model approach for resiliency investments that will help protect communities” from storms like Hurricane Sandy.”    Help take a bite out 30 acres of planting!  Wear knee high boots or shoes you don’t care about getting wet.   For further details:   donriepe@gmail.com…  And sign up

Coming up fast:

Saturday, June 1st:  The Green Block at the Third Avenue Fair

Third Avenue between 82nd & 83rd, 12-5pm

Looks for us under the arch of green balloons…  Greenmarket farmers (with tables of produce),  UGS (with a ton of recycling info),  Pledge2Protect (with pledges to sign), NYCH2O (great tours coming up), Civitas (always great, new UES and East Harlem-centric projects), neighborhood groups and block associations…  Come  and get acquainted with your neighbors and go home with baby spring salad greens and spring onions!   

And then:

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 and our usual battery/DVDs/CDs/jewel cases/cords/ink cartridge/cork recycling.  (The fabulous Stellar Cooks return on July 8th!) 

Get your composting licks back up to speed with this handy GrowNYC page

AND ON THE VERY SAME DAY ACROSS THE STREET:

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

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

What we’ll be shredding:

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 will take paperbacks.)

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

Just a couple of snippets of miscellany:

Always fun reading when Christopher Gray profiles one of our UES structures

And great that the drum on a NYC ban of plastic bags keeps on banging

Nothing warm and furry in this Hudson River Alamanac entry…  Quite the opposite:

one big cicada

one big cicada

5/11 – Beacon, HRM 61: I was hiking along Clove Creek and found numerous half-inch diameter holes under planks and pieces of bark. They were occupied by 17-ear cicada nymphs working their way to the surface to emerge shortly. It’s going to get loud around here in a couple of weeks. –  Steve Seymour

Okay, we can’t help ourselves…  Awww, a picture of the real:

Christopher Robin and Pooh

Christopher Robin and Pooh

It’s My Park Day really was just great:

It's My Park Day Spring 2013

victory over world class weed

victory over world class weed

Our best,

UGS

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