Happy Long 4th of July Weekend,  UESiders!

For those who missed the president’s address detailing his Climate Action Plan, here’s a resume…  And for the speech itself 

Strikes us that as pertains to  resume Points #1, 3, 4 and 8, NYC has a lot to gain.

A propos of Point #1:  Heading into Manhattan via the 59th Street Bridge last week, for the first time our eyes settle on the clear but rippling, unfriendly  gaseous something-er-other being pumped out of a Con Ed stack.

So much for the present Clean Air Act!    Yikes!!

As a city that’s now famously moved on to the greater glory of rigid plastic recycling and expanding compost collection (National Geographic noticed), no way we’ll settle for less than optimal air.



Ready yourselves for the next 7 days: 

Saturday, June 29th:   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,  Samascott, Gajeski, Cherry Lane, Feather Ridge, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

Check out Cherry Lane’s fantastic tiny new potatoes!

And sheeeeee’s baaaack!  Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess will be at her table,too, and eager to hone!

Last week’s recycling totals:  61 lbs batteries;  11 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridge; 5 pairs glasses;  12 bags of clothes;   6 1/2 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  1,077 lbs batteries; 757 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 105 pairs of eye glasses; 343 bags of clothes; 141 compost bins.

So impressive.

Sunday, June 30th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

With us will be  Atlantic Seafood, Gonzales, Stannart, Norwich Meadows, Troncillito and Glebocki Farms, Bread Alone and Meredith’s Bakery!    

Got so absorbed in the shredding drama, we’ll be totalling up other recycling taken in this coming Sunday…  Stay tuned!

BUT…  We shredded 5,320 lbs of paper in a little more than 2 hours!!


Sunday, June 30th:  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!

Monday, July 1st – Wednesday, July 3rd:  Foundations of Freedom at the NYPL

Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street

For just three days, the Declaration of Independence (written in Jefferson’s own hand) and one of the few remaining original copies of the Bill of Rights will be on display.  Believe it or not, this is the first time these two foundational American documents have been shown together paired.  Free.  For details, hours and the names of the sterling individuals who’ve made this exhibition possible


Tuesday, July 2nd:  Czech That Film Summer Rooftop Film Series

The Czech Center, 321 East 73rd Street, 7pm

A series of Czech films – with English subtitles – commencing with “Cigan” (“Gypsy”).   The Czechs have been making great films since the beginning of cinema and the center’s roof is delightful and complete with refreshment stand.   Tickets $10.  For details and ticket purchase

And then:

Monday, July 8th: “Gasland II” Screening on HBO

Time Warner Channel 201, 8pm

Filmmaker Josh Fox turns his camera to what he deems as another a layer contamination – beyond that of tap water you can set on fire:  “Not the water, not the air, but our government.”

Wednesday, July 10th:  Rockefeller University Building Plan Presentation to Community Board 8

New York Blood Center, 310 East 67th Street, 6:30pm

In the works:  a two-story research building with rooftop pavilions,  a one- story conference center in air space over the FDR and a one-story recreation building in the northwest corner of the campus.   Don’t look for CB8 to even remotely stand in the way but, for sure, residents of the area should receive some benefit…  But we’ll have to press!

Sunday, July 14th:  Shred-A-Thon – Semi Instant Replay 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.

(Thanks to American Security Shredding for their apology to our community and this gesture of good will.)

Wednesday, July 19th:   Summer Nights at Greenmarkets

Union Square Park, Union Square West at 17th Street, 4-8pm

Celebrate the day 37 years ago when the first NYC Greenmarket ever  opened for business…   Natch, the usual great produce, meats and cheeses, along with live music and offerings from a “curated roster of restaurants”!   Free but registering gets you $1 off each dish

Thursday, July 18th:  “You Can’t Dump That Here!” – A History of Sanitation Lecture

Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy Street, 6:30-8:30pm

Dr. Robin Nagle – the Sanitation Department’s Antropologist-in-Residence! – lectures on the colorful past of Greenwich Village’s garbage!  Free but reservations required (scroll down)…  

Way out there: 

Saturday, August 12th:  Smokey the Bear Birthday Bash

Mount Loretto Unique Area, 6450 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, 1-3pm

NYS Forest Rangers, wild land fire fighting equipment, fire safety demonstrations AND a visit from the legendary birthday critter himself!  Free.  For details and directions



Hitting the miscellany trail:

Hallelulah!  Out of the blue, the USDA’s issued new guidelines for snacks allowed to be sold at schools!  (Farewell, over-the-top sugar, salt and fat!)

And this just in:  The NYS legislature’s extended and improved the NYC green roof tax abatement (which had expired March 15, 2013)!  The abatement’s maximum value will be doubled, allowing property owners to save as much as $200,000 per project.  The abatement also will allow rooftop farming and encourage the use of biodiverse plants!!

But really sad that California’s also experiencing mega pressure to let frackers run wild

But who thought we’d see the day Dunkin announced they’d be moving to paper cups (in lieu of styrofoam) and adding gluten-free donuts!

Lesser but pretty fantastic that renovation of the abysmal Port Authority recently surfaced as a possibility!

Check out New York4Parks’  2013 recommendations that’re to be put before the mayor.   Should you agree with the NYP agenda, there’s a petition you can sign

Moving on to mayoral and borough president wannabes…  Here’s how the candidates shake out on the MTS

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered List got folks organized to defend JFK’s Worldport Terminal which, last weekend, Delta began to demolish!  If you object

Meanwhile, check out these lovely and liveable historic properties that’re up for sale

The Riverkeeper’s just issued his May/June water quality report…  (Can it really be that the EPA’s lowered its standards?!) 

Meanwhile, we just discovered a great companion site packed with even more river info:  HERCOS – Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing Systems!

One of the more charming grassroots efforts to get books into everyone’s hands – Little Free Library – has a new outpost just to our north in Hudson’s Heights’ Bennett Park.

Likely it’ll be ages till we get some up our way, but what a great community asset this new WalkNYC Wayfinding street signage is!

Just what we’ve been needing:  How to parse the meaning of and difference between whole grains/12-grain/high fiber/ stoneground, etc.

That and lightning safety tips!  (Have to check into why cement is such a hazard in this regard…)

Many a surprise in J.I. Rodale’s visionary list of 11 (the new 10) healthiest foods…

How’s this for recycling?   Scottish whisky distilleries turning their waste into biofuels?!

Bet you’ve been wondering where to go dancing in NYC this summer!  Well, wonder no more!

Even after this temperatures we’ve racked up lately, we’re pathetic pikers compared to these 10 of the hottest places on earth… 

But thanks to The Times (and reader Jack Donaghy for the tip), for the reminder that NYC is the greatest melting pot



 Sort of serious animal stuff this time out:

Most wonderful news that  the National Institute of Health will be “retiring” more than 90% of the long-suffering chimpanzees it uses for testing! 

And how do the new retirees react to life outside  cages…?  (Have a tissue near at hand.)

A merciful rarity but should you encounter a stranded dolphin, whale or other marine mammal, here’s how to best help

Interesting,  these 5 ways – 3 of which involve recycling – of encouraging dog owners to clean up pooh… 

Wouldn’t life be the poorer without the Hudson River Almanac:

6/10 – Manhattan, HRM 5:  While up on the much-used 34th floor terrace of our large apartment building in midtown, we’ve seen a pair of northern mockingbirds, always with tidbits in their bills, flying back and forth into a small but dense tree in a pot by the railing.  Unlikely spot though it is, we suspected that the birds had built a nest there and decided to check.  Sure enough, a nest’s what we found, with three hungry fledglings eager to be fed.  – David Finkelstein and Evelyn Letfuss

We’re seeing red, white, blue and green,



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