Shred-A-Thon’s just 2 days away, UESiders!

This Sunday’s your last chance to divest yourself of all that annoying paper clutter till fall!

But there’s a heck of a lot more going on:


Friday, July 12th:  Happy 114th Birthday to New Yorker Susannah Mushatt Jones!

Being celebrated a few days late as The Times points out, but still…  Incredible!  We send best wishes/thoughts to the third oldest human on earth!

Saturday, July 13th:   82nd Street Greenmarket 

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

Compost & Clothing Collection – 9am – lpm 

We’re back with a full house this week…  American Seafood, Bread Alone,  Samascott, Gajeski, Cherry Lane, Feather Ridge, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

And there’ll be live, elegant jazz to soak up.

Gajeski had its first corn last Saturday…  Lovely, tender, small ears!

And, happily, Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess will be with us as well!

Last week’s recycling totals:  62 lbs batteries;  15 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 2 pairs glasses;  12 bags of clothes;   5 1/2 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  1,136 lbs batteries; 847 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 112 pairs of eye glasses; 372 bags of clothes; 153 1/2 compost bins.

Impressive for a holiday weekend!

Saturday, July 13th:  Holmes Towers Family Day

Plaza, 1780 First Avenue at 92nd Street, 12-4pm

Get out, share and enjoy great food and fun activities for kids with our great neighbors at Holmes!   (We’re praying Sandra makes her classic pork and rice!)

Saturday, July 13th: Free Roosevelt Island Mammogram Screenings

591 Main Street Plaza, Roosevelt Island, 9am-12pm

The Project Renewal Scan Van Program will offering screening to women age 40 and older who haven’t had a mammogram in the past year.   RSVP at 800-564-6868 for an appointment.  (Sponsored by State Senator Jose Serrano.) 

Saturday, July 13th:  Electronics Recycling at Tekserve

119 West 23rd Street between Sixth & Seventh, 10am-4pm

Of couse, the easiest electronics recycling for us UESiders with electronics headed to the happy hunting ground is good old, free Best Buy.  But good there are alternatives.  Tekserve will be taking – and we quote – “pretty much anything that turns on or plugs in.  But NO household appliances (small ones can go in your building’s recycling), NO microwaves, airconditioners, ionazation smoke or carbon monoxide detectors.  

Saturday, July 13th & Sunday, July 14th:  The Solar Impulse at JFK

Saturday – 3:30-7:30pm; Sunday – 11am-7:30pm

The pioneering first solar-powered plane able to fly both day and night has landed at JFK and is on display.   Maybe you can even meet the crew!   Free but  reservations a must for directions and entrance. 

Sunday, July 13th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Lots of truck trouble kept Atlantic, Gonzales and Stannart at home last weekend, but they’ll be back in place this Sunday, along with Bread Alone and Meredith’s Bakery.

Plus Norwich Meadows has returned for the season!

As have the Stellar Cooks with their fabulous demos!   

Troncillito and Glebocki Farms should be rejoining us any time now.

Last week’s recycling totals:  10 lbs batteries;  22 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 1 pair glasses;  2  1/2 compost bins.

A 1/2 coompost bin increase!

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

First Avenue between 92nd and 93rd Streets, 10am-2pm

And we’ll be shredding:

Paper of any and every kind!

But, as you know only too well, NO cardboard or handled shopping bags.

And please do remove paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (Take them to Goodwill.)

But we will shred paperbacks.

(Thank you for your generous grant, Council Member Lappin!)

Tuesdays, July 16th, 23rd & 30th, August 6th & 13th:  Schurz Park Sandbox Series

Carl Schurz Playground at 84th Street, 4-4:30pm

Music and fun for the younger set!  (Weather permitting.)  Free, of course.

Coming up fast:

Saturday, July 20th:  6th Annual City of Water Day Festival

All Around Town, 10am-5pm

Boating of all kinds (cruises, rowing yourself), music, food, a green roof,  a ton of other exhibits and activities, especially on Governor’s Island…  Check it out!  

And look for our own East River Crew to be doing something special on our stretch of the East River at 96th Street!

Saturday, July 20th:  The Second Annual Great Hudson Estuary Fish Count on City of Water Day

Join naturalists at the 3 sites noted below while they – via seine nets, minnow traps, and rods and reels –  capture fish from the Hudson and share amazing details of these river creatures’ hidden, under-the-water existences.  (Fish will then be released to resume their happy lives!)

Catch & Release Fishing Clinic,  East River Park at South  Montgomery Streets,  2:00-4:00pm

Bait and tackle be provided (or bring your own) while you learn fishing basics and explore the estuary.  Free but registration required.

Big City Fishing, Hudson River Park, Pier 25 at North Moore Street,  10:00 a.m.-4:00pm

Catch and release fishing with rods & reels and river education.  Look for the striped bass windsock on pier’s north side.   Free.  For more info email or call 212-627-2020 and ask for the Environment and Education Department.

Seining the Wild, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Main Street under the Manhattan Bridge, 12:00-1:30 pm.  Free but registration required

Waaaaay out there:

Saturday, August 24th:  8th Annual Shore Bird Festival

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, 8am-5pm

For those who’ve never been, the refuge’s pretty much the definition of natural wonder.   And this is your chance to take the first steps in mastering shorebird biology, behavior and identification. Free for members and therefore a good reason to join Audubon!  For details, directions and more

Miscellany to chew on first:

Not easy viewing but really important, folks:  This week’s “Two American Families” on PBS.

Uh-oh.  While we’ve been sweltering in this humid hellscape, an iceberg the size of Chicago’s broken off Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier!

The bad news is that to near universal wonderment, the USDOT’s delayed car backup cameras a 4th time and  another two years till 2015.  The good news is that – in anticipation of the mandate – they’ve become all-but standard equipment on new cars.

As if we needed another reason to question biotech seed:  Corn plants that require even more pesticide use to control root worms

For a short course on rising opposition to the proposed Central Library Plan

Really never thought to be including heat stroke prevention advice even once…  But it’s summer 2013 and Consumer’s Reports wisdom on the subject merits Mention #2,

Striking a lighter note:

Info coming out of our NYS DEC is getting ever more lively, to the point and well-written…  This week offering up 10 solid tips for environmentally sound living

And yet another reason to be proud of our ever more environmentally progressive state:   Governor Cuomo’s awarded a cool $54 million to 79 large-scale solar power projects!

Here’s a question:  Are you as smart as an 8th grader in 1912?  Take the test those living in Kentucky’s Bullitt County did and see!

Always great when an artist shows you another side…  In this case, Tom Waits moving from the musical to the visual!

Bring on those animals:

Promising experiment going on up in Croton-on-Hudson:  Control of the town’s burgoning deer population via immunocontraception!

Who says cats can’t learn to do tricks?

Okay, it’s well off our beaten path, but for those who haven’t sampled the SyFy Channel’s Saturday movies…  Genius programmer Karen O’Hara’s knows how to endlessly mix up her fun shark stories…  As such gems as “Jersey Shark Attack” attest.   This Saturday night at 9’s entry:  “Sharknado!”

And the Hudson River Almanac never fails:

6/30 – Town of Wappinger, HRM 67:  There’s been a profusion of fireflies this month.  Perhaps the incredible rainfall has had a positive effect?  The display this evening was straight out of my childhood, a sight I hadn’t seen in a very long time.  – Tom Lake

Green, greener, greenest,


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