Happy National Pollinators Week & Wild American Rivers Month, UESiders!!

We’re happy, too, that  Second Avenue will soon – “soon” in MTA parlance meaning 2-12 months – to be liberated from those towering, hideous “muck house” structures…  Beginning with 72nd Street first, then 68th Street and,  finally, 83rd and 86th!!

Happiness #3:  The NYS Assembly’s just passed thermostat recycling legislation which now moves to the State Senate! 

We’re smiling as we forge on and into the coming week:

Wednesday, June 12th – Tuesday, June 25th:  “More Than Honey” Screenings

Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street

Marcus Imhoof’s much admired film , designated “The Citizen Kane of bee documentaries”, complete with appearances by Imhoof and honey tastings.  Sponsored by the Honeybee Conservancy.   For schedule, trailer and tickets… 

Saturday, June 15th:   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.

If you haven’t sample any of Gajeski’s greens, you’re missing something great!

And, lucky us, Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess will be at her table for a second week in a row…  But on the early shift this week from 9am-12pm!

Last week’s recycling totals:  battery/Britta fillter/cord/cork/CD/DVD/jewel case/cellphones/ cartridge/glasses totals TBA;  11 bags of clothes;   7 1/2 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; 316 bags of clothes; 128 compost bins.

Another record week, people!!   7 1/2 compost bins and an incredible 176 donors!!

Saturday, June 15th:  Street Tree Stewardship Event

Boys Club of New York, Elbridge T. Gerry, Jr. Clubhouse, 321 East 111th Street, 10am-12pm

Join Boys Club members and the experts of TreesNY as they pull weeds, clean, cultivate, plant flowers, water and  mulch…  Then partake of a thank-you cookout back at the Clubhouse…   Then take the arborial  care you’ve learned to your own neighborhood trees! 

Tuesday, June 18th:   Audubon Twilight Bat Walk

Meet at Central Park West and 103rd Street,  7:45-9:15pm

Get to know our own NYC bat species as they soar and swoop, clearing our evening skies of pesky insects and hear their calls via echolocator…  Believe us, so fascinating!    Adults, $25.  Children under 12, $15.  For reservations… 

And then:   

Saturday, June 22nd:  NYC DOT Bike Helmet Giveaway

Bandshell Area, Central Park at 72nd Street, 11am-4pm

A whole host of activities at this Adventures NYC event – rock climbing, kayaking and paddling, mountain biking, etc.   But get there early and snag one of those free helmets!   

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

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

What a fabulous line-up…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 great Stellar Cooks will be back with us on July 8th!) 

Get your composting skills back in gear with a visit 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.)

Take those hardcovers over to Goodwill.

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


Sunday, June 23rd:  Annual Holmes Residents’ Flea Market

Holmes Towers Plaza, 1780 First Avenue, 10am-4pm

A gorgeous, over-sized birdcage…  Golden era Latin music on classic vinyl…  Fitness equipment…  Heaps more…   All to benefit Holmes Towers Family Day!

And out there:

Tuesday, July 11th:  Pepacton Resevoir Paddle

Route 28, near Margretville, New York,   11am

This time NYCH2O’s exploring the resevoir containing the largest amount of NYC water.  Catskillian (!) and adventure guide Carl Apolito will be leading paddlers in 2-person  canoes and single-person kayaks.  For transportation and canoe, $85.   Without transportation but with canoe, $40.  For more options, info and tickets

How about a great job opportunity from our friends at the Gowanus Conservancy before we engage with coming events…  To wit:

In partnership with the The Mission Continues,  the Conservancy is proud to offer a Fellow position to a post-9/11 veteran!  Fellowship entails 20 hours per week over 26 weeks and involves meaningful work assisting in community organizing and environmental stewardship.  Application deadline:  August 5th.   Please encourage veterans in your circle of friends to consider applying.  For further details or info@gowanuscanalconservancy.org

Let’s get topical miscellany out of the way: 

Needless to say, the chemical industry is doing its best to derail the proposed NYC/Sanitation/Mayor’s styrofoam ban with the usual bogus claims that small businesses will be hurt.  But if you’d like to see the uncompostable, unrecyclable stuff gone from our cityscape, do let Mayor B. know…   As well as Council Members Lappin and Garodnick…

Also good that our mayor’s been so engaged with the challenge posed by rising sea levels and future storms and it behooves us all to get familiar with his detailed report/plan…   

Could say it’s inequality writ large, these recently floated designs for luxury housing sited on Housing Authority land

For those of us who haven’t read the great Ada Louise Huxtable on proposed alterations in the NYPL’s 42nd Street Branch

Meanwhile, should you believe that not just the 42nd Street but many libraries throughout the boroughs are under threat/siege….

No kidding, now they – the petroleum industry – are pressing to frack in our National Forests!   Should you take issue with that desire

Same for federal lands!  (If you object…)

On the sunnier side:

Expensive they’ll be, but these pretty radical building designs do come with a huge solar component… 

Yet another Manhattan greenroof!  (There are others, even though NY1 says Lenox Hill Neighborhood House’s the first…  It is, however, the biggest!)

Can’t have enough programs like Harlem Hothouse that’s got local moms growing produce for school meals!

Check out the 2013 winners of Green America’s People & Planet Awards…  Individuals responsible for 400 rooftop gardens, establishing composting in D.C.  and a seed bank preserving 1,800 varieties of chili peppers!   

 Then there’s Build It Green’s pretty fabulous roster of DIY classes…  From mosaics to rainwater harvesting to  upholstery! 

Of course, we’re all familiar with the “you’ve got 5 seconds to safely pick food up from the  floor”…    Not so, people!

A couple of weeks ago we had vintage  film footage of NYC in ’39.  Now, tipped by our Master Knife Sharpener, a raft of astonishing period photos from the NYPL collection

Bring on those animals:

So how’d we let Mexico get the comedy jump on us with the nomination of a cat for mayor of the city of Xalapa with the campaign promising “Xalapa without rats”! 

In honor of National Pollinator Week (love it!), the Center for Food Safety’s fielding a photo contest…  Snap the pollinator of your choice – including (but not limited to) bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and beetles – and the picture will be featured on the CFS website!

(Should photography not be your thing, you can still celebrate National Pollinator Week by taking the Bee Protective Pledge!)

Couldn’t be farther from the warm and fuzzy ken, but key to the marine foodchain and given charm by blogger Kelly Rypkema…  Really…  Horseshoe Crabs!  

Always a new way of looking at our fellow creatures…   Especially so in slow motion

May our coming summer be ever so green,


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