Happy Return of Pop-Up Pianos, UESiders!

Yes, the good news just keeps on coming and as of this Saturday, those pianos are back and available to play at 88 locations citywide till June 16th…  At which point, they’ll all be donated to deserving schools!

Thank you, Sing for Hope, for the third year of your delightful project!  (For where the pianos are…_


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As for the week ahead:

Saturday, June 1st:   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, Cherry Lane, Feather Ridge, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

This Saturday, we’ll be featuring a cooking demo by Cchef A.J. Black of Il Tesoro (NE corner of First & 82nd), a frequent Greenmarket shopper.  Chef Black’ll be preparing homemade pasta with Feather Ridge eggs plus a sauce of seasonal ingredients!  Yum!

So sorry…  No Master Knife Sharpener this week.

Last two week’s recycling totals:  51 lbs batteries;  10 lbs  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 12 pairs of eye glasseses; 15 and 28   = 43 bags of clothes;   7 1/8 and 5 1/2 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  916 lbs batteries; 724 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 97 pairs of eye glasses; 288 bags of clothes; 113 1/2 compost bins.

You read that right!  7 1/8 compost bins…  28 bags of clothes!!  A pair of 82nd Street records!!

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

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

Greenmarket farmers (with tables of produce), Pledge2Protect (with pledges to sign),  the East River Crew (you need to get yourself into their wonderful and onto the East River), NYCH2O (great tours coming up), Civitas (always great, new UES and East Harlem-centric projects), Friends of the East River Esplanade (determined to equal Hudson River Park on our UES), , Upper Green Side (of course) and other neighborhood groups and block associations…  Come  get to know your neighbors and go home with rhubarb and strawberries!   

Sunday, June 2nd: Ultimate Science Street Fair

Washington Square, 10am-6pm

One of the easiest ways ever to steep your kids (and yourself!) in the many magic aspects of science – from warthog teeth to computers to mutant worms – by being upclose and personal with the scientists themselves and among them our favorite  astronomer geek, John Pazmino.  Free!  For more

Monday, June 3rd:  Inside the Internet – Tour of the AT&T Long Lines Buildings

32 Avenue of the Americas, 7pm

Another great tour from Open House NY, this time a rare look at the erstwhile site of long distance calling tech, now interconnection point for high capacity data networks!  $25.  For more and tickets…  

Tuesday, June 4th:  NYC Beekeepers June Meeting

Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, 7pm

On the June agenda:  Special speaker and author of “Beekeeping for Dummies” and “Building Beehives for Dummies”, Howland Blackiston.  A must!  Free.  For more

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

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

Atlantic Seafood, Gonzales, Stannart, Norwich Meadows, Troncillito and Glebocki Farms, Bread Alone and Meredith’s Bakery!    Compost collection and our usual battery/DVDs/CDs/jewel cases/cords/ink cartridge/cork recycling.  (The fabulous Stellar Cooks return on July 8th!) 

For a composting refresher, go to this GrowNYC page


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 do take paperbacks.)

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


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Let’s get the serious miscellany out of the way:

For all those who couldn’t attend the mayoral debate on sustainability. it’s now available online.   (Candidates weigh in on the MTS about an hour and 10 minutes in…)

Yet another embarassing moment in Community Board 8’s deliberation of an issue affecting the disabled community…  This time:  Subway elevators…  Deemed by one board member as – no kidding – “an obscenity”!  

Be nice if leadership of the NYS Senate would vote on the fracking moritorium.  If you’d like to urge them on

Maybe the most important reading we’ll be doing this or any other year…  The state of modern produce and – write gigantically large – why we shop Greenmarkets:  Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food

On to the cheery:

And then there’s the peace-of-mind that comes from tending even the smallest bit of ground

Of course there’ve been many voices over recent years  – among them Civitas – who’ve railed against the grimey newsboxes lined up on so many of UES corners and especially along First and Second Aves…  Now it seems the Upper  West Side’s reached the saturation point

Time for interested schools to apply for Solar1’s (in partnership with Department of Education) wonderful Green Design Lab  …  A program focusing on how to green your school!  For details and the application…  

This year’s most effective sun screens are

Seven great places for stargazing?

Why would it occur to anyone to study the effect of olive oil and nuts on human intelligence?  (But we’re glad they did!) 

As we cross fingers for East River ferry service extending ever northward, here’s a short video history on NYC’s most recent flirtation with commuting via water

The humble postcard has a history?  You bet it does!



Yes, animals:

Oh, why shouldn’t there be a birding bucket list?  And why shouldn’t you add your special bird to it?

Interesting pet combination…  Two lizards and a kitten… 

Best hedgehog video compilation (lots of babies!) we’ve seen in months!

And this from the real world of the Hudson River Almanac:

5/23 – Last year was big for small mammals, but the lack of fall food (mostly beech nuts) caused the populations to plummet around October.  Earlier in the week I spent  time with a graduate student from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry who’s been trapping small mammals in the Huntington Wildlife Forest. Three nights of trapping, 168 traps per night, and not a single small mammal was captured.   Looks like a bad summer not only for small mammals, but all critters that eat them…  Coyotes, bobcats, owls, hawks, and weasels.  –  Charlotte Demers

[More than a few Almanac contributors have commented on the near absence of chipmunks and squirrels in the lower Hudson Valley this spring.  – Tom Lake.]

We leave you with a remembrance of Joe Farman, discoverer of the hole in earth’s ozone layer, who passed ten days ago, at age 82.

Doesn’t get greener than 7 1/8 compost bins,


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