Happy Official Happiest Day of the Year, UESiders!

And happy first day of summer 2013!

Have to say it’s shaping up as one of lushest  ever…  As this excerpt from the Hudson River Almanac attests:

“Fruiting trees are making up for last year.  Apple, crab apple, choke cherry, black cherry, rhododendrons, azaleas, lilacs and even the invasive honeysuckle have  a wealth of blossoms.  I’ve never seen more flowers on apple trees…  There are more blossoms than leaves.”  

This after our cold, long spring.

Wonderful!

melastoma-malabathricum

melastoma-malabathricum

And there’s fine week ahead:

Friday, June 21st:  Fuzzy Lemons at Carl Schurz Park

Schurz Park Playground, East End Avenue at 84th Street, 4-4:45pm

And we quote, ” Every kid’s favorite rockin’ band rolls  onto the playground at Carl Schurz Park, this time as part of the city-wide annual pop up music festival, Make Music New York!”  Free.

Saturday, June 22nd:   82nd Street Greenmarket 

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

Compost & Clothing Collection – 9am – lpm 

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

Can’t tell you how great Atlantic’s scalloops were last week!

And to be eating real tomatoes again!!

And for yet a third weekend, Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess will be present and ready to hone your knives!

Last week’s recycling totals:  54 lbs batteries;  12 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridge; 2 pairs glasses;  15 bags of clothes;   6 1/2 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  1,016 lbs batteries; 746 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 100 pairs of eye glasses; 331 bags of clothes; 134 1/2 compost bins.

Wow!!  More than a thousand pounds of batteries!!

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

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

At last!!  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.    BE THERE!!

(Don’t worry!  The great Stellar Cooks return on July 8th!) 

For a short composting refresher,  go to this GrowNYC page

BUT WAIT… 

THERE’S MORE AND RIGHT 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 yet another generous grant!)

Wednesday, June 26th:  Climate Change & Health Webinar

7:30pm

Organized by Nobel Prize Winner,  Physicians for Social Responsibility, and covering the gamut of what results from excessive heat.   For more and to sign up

Friday, June 28th:  “Last Call at the Oasis” Screening

John Haynes Holmes House, 28 East 35th Street, 7pm

A film that responds to all the many reasons why we could run out of water with what needs to done to make sure don’t.  Suggested donation:  $5.

Sunday, June 30th:  Annual Holmes Residents’ Flea Market

(Rescheduled from Sunday, June23rd)

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 then:

Thursday, July 11th:   NYCH2O Minetta Brook Walk

Meeting place disclosed with ticket purchase, 6:30pm

Who knew – well, maybe you did – that not only was there was a Minetta Lane but a body of water with which it shared a name?  Travel its once 1.5 mile course (still can see vestages through manhole covers and ventilation grates) with ace urban explorer Steve Duncan of Undercity,org.  $25.  For more and tickets…    (Pretty fascinating, yes?)

iris-wilsonii

iris-wilsonii

A small mountain of miscellany this time out:

Finally, the Office of Emergency’s gone public with the new/improved/updated NYC Evacuation Map …   (Yikes!)

Then there’s the NYTimes article elaborating on said map

And the Cornell/Rutgers report on the role that melting Arctic ice played in making Sandy and storms like it that much worse

In the  “If Only This Mayoral Candidate Was As Uniformly Enlightened When An Issue Bearing On Her Constituency Wasn’t Involved” category, this week’s winner would be Ms. Quinn who’s taken the position that MSGarden should receive a just a 10-year lease.

Great response by SaneTrash to the same Ms. Quinn’s claim/more-like-fib that the she’s welcoming of a MTS to her hood

Crazy-making but important to note, America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places which includes the Pan Am/Delta Terminal at JFK

That list doesn’t include the grounds of Jefferson’s Monticello but – as per  its long-time director of gardens -seems like it should.

But great that President Obama is now leaning on massively polluting coal-fired power plants across the U.S.A. to shape up!

And that one of the U.S.’s most polluting of those plants is soon to close!

And fantastic that the USDA now requires mechanically tenderized meat (eeek!) to be labeled as such!

On the other hand there’s this:

Arsenic-based feed additives are routinely added to animal feed (most often for broiler chickens) to increase weight gain, improve feed efficiency, change meat coloring, and hide the illnesses endemic at factory farms.  Independent testing by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy revealed that 55% of chicken sold at supermarkets and 100% of “fast food” chicken contains detectable levels of arsenic. 

BUT our chicken comes from 100% real farmers at Greenmarkets!!

Amazing that  in 2013 some in Congress want to be slashing mass transit funding!    Should you disapprove

Still, even though the present mayor’s enthusiasm is low, it’s good that there are those out there keeping the 42nd Street light rail notion alive

Back in the amazing mode:  The NYState Assembly’s just passed a bill prohibiting smoking on hospital and health care facility grounds…   (At this late date, it’s still been allowed?!)

Equally gob-smacking:  That Staten Island’s got a  growing number of public schools equipped with salad bars with ShopRite to thank for many of them!

Wow!  Not only does NYS have an Angler Achievement Program…  We’ve also got FOSSILS…  A lot of them …  Upstate!

Oh!  These two items just in:  

(1)  The NYS Assembly’s just past the New York State Sun Act of 2013 establishing a solar incentive and financing program!   (Fingers crossed the State Senate gets itself in gear.)

(2)  Bison have prevailed over Montana ranchers in court and are now free to roam outside Yellowstone’s boundaries!

Whoa!  More amazement…  Albeit in a whole other realm:  Not only is the Sotheby’s building at 72nd and York up for sale but, back in 1925,  the thing was constructed as a cigar factory which then, in 1949, became a Kodak warehouse!

We say P&G should be bragging more…  45 of its facilities have now achieved zero-waste status!  To read more (scroll way down)…

A good intro to yet another bunch of great vintage NYC pictures paired with (in some cases, appprox) the same waterside locations today and entitled “From Cargo to Kayaks”…  

And Christopher Gray on two buildings we’re betting we’ve all walked past many a time without a second look

Apartment Therapy’s just out with their 2013 LED Bulb Buyers Guide…  (We’re upgrading from CFLs to LED-Land these days.)

Mosaics…  Embroidery…  Rainwater harvesting…  Bookbinding and more…  As ever, folks,  Build It Green’s got a great line-up/mix of DIY courses… 

In case you’ve never seen the wonderful Viele Map of the Manhattan of 1865

And, yes, Virginia, there is a Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association!

luna moth

luna moth

And the animals of the week are:

Very happy to say a NYC canine hero – injured in the line of duty – is getting damaged teeth capped

Best bird photo of the week?  The bright red-eyed, orange tufted come-on for the Audubon Society’s annual photo contest!

So good to have a new source of cuteness…  Welcome, little Squiggle the Tanzanian Baby Mongoose!

Some other pretty darned cute new friends got themselves included in Mother Earth Network’s 12 Cutest Tree-Dwelling Animals list

Love this bit more from the Hudson River Almanac:

6/1 – Newcomb, HRM 302:   In one of our bluebird boxes and packed full of grasses, we discovered a red squirrel nest. We could see three baby squirrels inside, about two inches long with their eyes still closed.   –  Charlotte Demers

In ever greenness,

UGS

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