Happy Rip-Tide Awareness Week, UESiders!

Lots in the news about the changes Sandy’s wrought in coastal currents, so be aware…  Really, don’t go in the water when lifeguards aren’t around…  Maybe even deploy the new Rip-Tide Ap.

69 years now since D-Day…  And the French’re talking about installing wind turbines off and in view of the Normandy Coast…   (How about out of sight, people?)

But let’s get ready for the 7 days ahead:

Saturday, June 8th:   82nd Street Greenmarket 

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, Cherry Lane, Feather Ridge, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

(Were those Cherry Lane strawberries great or what?!)

He had to cancel last week but this Saturday for sure,    Il Tesoro’s  A.J. Black will be whipping up one great cooking demo…  Likely that homemade pasta with Feather Ridge eggs and sauce of seasonal ingredients…  Yum!

And, YES, indeed…  Our own Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess will be present, accounted for and at her table!

Last week’s recycling totals:  46 lbs batteries;  10 lbs  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair of eye glasseses; 17 bags of clothes;   7 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  962 lbs batteries; 734 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 98 pairs of eye glasses; 305 bags of clothes; 120 1/2 compost bins.

Another week when we hit 7 bins and, sigh, those record-setting 161 donors!!

Onward to 8!!

Saturday, June 8th:  Riverkeeper Kingston Kayak Festival

Kingston Point Beach, 102 Delaware Avenue, Kingston, New York, 10am-4pm

You don’t even have to know how ’cause there’ll be lessons for the uninitiated!  (Kayaking is a beautiful thing.)  $10.  For more and the necessary RSVP… 

Sunday, June 9th:  Governor’s Island Building 877 Implosion!

Watch from the Staten Island Ferry, 7:37am (that precise!)

We’re talking 250 pounds of  precisely placed explosives that’ll level the 11-story building in a slick 25 seconds!  Yes, and the ferry’s the recommended vantage point! 

Sunday, June 9th:  Preserving the Harvest – The Basics of Canning & Lacto-Fermentation

Bowery Culinary Center, Whole Foods, 95 East Houston Street, 10am-3pm

Learn from Just Food’s Master Food Preserver Taireina Gilbert:  Best methods for preserving a wide variety of produce, recipes and detailed handouts!  $75, all proceeds benefitting Just Food.   For tickets

Tuesday, June llth:  Beginner’s Guide to Heirloom Vegetables – A Talk with Marie Ionnotti

The Horticultural Society, 148 East 37th Street, 6:30pm

Think biographies of immigrant vegetables as related by a master gardener…  Vegetables from seeds brought to these shores by generations of new Americans, those best suited to present and easiest to grow!     Free but RSVP to programs@thehort.org.   For further details…  

Saturday, June 15th:   The Poison Caldron of Newtown Creek Tour

Meet at the corner of Kingsland and Norman Avenues, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, 10am

And we quote:  “Join us for a three-hour exploration of the petroleum and waste transfer districts of the Newtown Creek watershed in North Brooklyn.”  Organized by the Obscura Society geniuses.  $25.   Reading the full description of the event is a must…   (Hope they do it again at Halloween!)

Thursday, June 20th:  Williamsbridge Reservoir Oval Walking Tour

Meet at 3301 Bainbridge Avenue, The Bronx, 6:30-8:30pm

We count on NYCH2O to keep us in the know about our city’s water supply past, present and future with prime outings like this.  FYI, “oval” refers to the shape of the erstwhile 41-foot deep natural lake existing at the site and once part of NYC’s water system (converted to a recreational site by – who else? – Robert Moses).  $20.  For directions, map and tickets

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!) 

Get your composting skills back in gear with a visit to this 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 do take paperbacks.)

Take those hardcovers over to Goodwill.

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

Sunday, June 23rd:  Geography of Modern Art Tour

Meeting Place Revealed with Ticket Purchase, 2pm

Architectural historian Francis Morrone sheds light on East 10th Street and surrounds, once home to greats from Pollack to Hopper to de Kooning.  Organized by the Municipal Art Society.  Members $15.  Non-members $20.  For more and tickets

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As for the ever more abundant miscellany:

Okay, let’s get this one out of the way and we quote:  “NY faces the greatest storm surge threat…”

Given that reality, good that NYS will be funding new wiring for gas stations enabling them to pump fuel when that next big storm comes our way… 

Considerably less grim than in recent years is New Yorkers for Parks’ recent report…  (New positions, more maintenance and enforcement… BUT, after Sandy, no stump removal?!) 

We like these 3 just released 2011-12 statistics from industry journal  Recycling Today The many billions earned from recycled and repurposed electronics, (scroll down) that we’re now recovering 65.1% of domestically produced paper (keep scrolling) and that recycling of rigid plastics increased by 13%.   (Now that NYC’s in the rigid plastics game, the sky’s the limit!)  

Also glad to say there’s a move afoot to make mercury-packed thermostat recycling mandatory.  Should you agree that’s wise

Meanwhile, Americans are only composting  3% of 34 million tons of food waste we generate…  BUT (as UESiders well know) that’s beginning to change!

Meanwhile,  first in line to compost would be these 6 most inflamatory foods

Be totally inspired to get roof gardening going in your building when you see what our neighbors are up to atop 340 East 93rd!   (Over in Hell’s Kitchen, they’re rooftop farming in kids’ plastic wading pools. )

As companion-piece, there’s Apartment Therapy’s 10 Best Gardens to Visit Across the U.S

Moving on to National Forests, nice to hear that Facebook’s Sean Parker will be coughing up $10 million and more for the brainless “improvements” to a redwood sanctuary on Big Sur!  (The Grist article link is pretty hilarious but do mind the language.)

Really a good idea to sign up for the NYState’s monthly Outdoor Discovery Newsletter!   Kind of stunning (and how lucky we are), all that’s going on…

You might recall our mention of a Community Board 8 study of 70-plus POPS – Privately Owned Public Spaces – on the UES some weeks ago?    Most happy Michael Kimmelman’s weighed in on the possibilities for public areas of all kinds and, as regards POPS,  how we citizens have been pretty much ripped off.  (So what’re you going to do, CB8?)

While we wait…

Got a spot that’s crying out for a new, good-looking City Bench?  Here’s where to apply and guidelines

Thanks to the multiple readers who alerted us to this remarkable archival color footage shot all around the NYC of 1939!

Then there’re these haunting pix of pre-restoration Ellis Island…  (No question, we could have lost the whole thing to decomposition.)

Amazing what great things folks can do with even the tiniest, non-custom-designed apartment spaces… 

Then there’s Christopher Gray’s most recent contemplation of the grandeur others have created

(No way – no matter how well-intentioned – these imaginings for a new Penn Station are hardly in the same league…) 

(Same for the Fifties-ish notion that mirrored poles and glass circles can substitute for for real life trees!

Totally off the reservation, but do consider seeing at least one of the beautiful films included in Film Forum’s Ozu retrospective

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melaleuca-quinquenervia

 Animals:

We love you even more, DEP, FDNY and NYPD, when you save a family of little ducklings

A particularly beautiful Bird of the Week… 

Meanwhile, how modern is actor Patrick Stewart that he tweeted asking for bird-care advice when he found a baby quail in his Park Slope backyard?!

News to us that cat can suffer from high blood pressure…  (Seems there’re even feline pressure-measuring cuffs!)  Here’re the possible signs that kitty’s needing treatment…

There’s a whole new world of animal cams out there in 2013…  Current favorite:   Explore’s  Plains Bison and Prairie Dog Cam and Audubon’s  Hog Island Osprey Nest where two new baby birds have just hatched with one more egg on deck)!

good match with this from the Hudson River Almanac:

“Not long ago, a third-grader asked me: “What do eagles say to each other?  Do they give each other names?”  Well, of course, we don’t know.  Still, there’re a wide range of eagle vocalizations.  Most are squeaks, chirps, and chortles.  The tone, selection and pitch seem to vary depending on who’s calling and who’s listening.   A nestling calling mama in the midst of a midnight nor’easter differs from a fledgling demanding to be fed. The calls of adults communicating around their watches at the nest differ from the calls that accompany mid-winter mating.  It’s a beautiful mystery.  – Tom Lake

A beautiful green mystery,

UGS

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