Happy Air Quality Index Level 101, UESiders…

Yikes!

A state of air affairs in which, “Active children and adults and people with lung disease (like asthma) should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors”.

Yes, and that index’s  going up – as in getting worse – to 108 tomorrow.

Stay in and cool, folks, and keep yourself hydrated please!

Relief’s promised in the coming week:

Now – Wednesday, August 21st:  The Art of Hair Work: Love & Memory in the 19th Century

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 11am-4pm

Admittedly, does sound a tad strange, but those Victorians just did make beauty out virtually everything…  In this instance, exquisite jewelry.   Free to members and children under 12.  $8 for non-member adults and  $7 for non-member students.  

Saturday, July 20th:   82nd Street Greenmarket & Mini City of Water Festival 

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

Compost & Clothing Collection – 9am – lpm 

All the usual, mighty-fine suspects will be at the tables gathered around our ceremonial City of Water Festival Wading Pool…  American Seafood, Bread Alone,  Samascott, Gajeski, Cherry Lane, Feather Ridge, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

Local folk musicians Lily and David will be providing sthis week’s (occasionally water-related) music.

Right on theme, look for Market Manager Sara to be concocting a refreshing cooler – the kind of thing one’d enjoy imbibing on one’s yacht –  for this week’s demo!

Pretty sure, Sara’s devising a contest too…  Likely involving some yellow duckies you’ll spot in the wading pool.

AND, of course, water’s vital to the magic  Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess will be available to work on your cutlery.

Last week’s recycling totals:  49 lbs batteries;  12 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 4 pairs glasses;  18 bags of clothes;   6 1/2 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  1,178 lbs batteries; 847 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 116 pairs of eye glasses; 390 bags of clothes; 160 compost bins.

You have noticed how big those clothes bags are, right?

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 education@hrpt.ny.gov 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

Sunday, July 20th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

At their tables will be Atlantic Seafood, Gonzales, Stannart, Glebocki and Norwich Meadows Farms, Bread Alone and Meredith’s Bakery.

 The Stellar Cooks’ carrot salad of last week was so delicious…  No telling what tasty thing they’ll be whipping up this Sunday!   

Last week’s recycling totals:  25 lbs batteries;  19 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges;  3 compost bins; 11,200 lbs of paper.

Another 1/2 compost bin increase!

Then there’s the shredding…  All 11,200 pounds of it!

And then:

Thursday, August 1st:  Sasaki Garden Tour

Meeting place provided with reservation, 6:30-8pm

Lovely, mature, the sole surviving mid-Century garden and now under threat of demolition by the ever-rapacious NYU.    There’s much more to learn from garden expert Barbara Jouret- Epstein.  Free but you must reserve (scroll down).

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Pretty darned upbeat miscellany this time out:

Great to open with a lovely bit of news:  Though not yet entirely out of the woods (but we can help it emerge), the wonderful South Street Seaport is alive and functioning!

Wonderfulness #2:   Kickstarter crowd-sourcing donations surpassed the goal needed to finance a floating pool off Brooklyn Bridge Park!

Good Thing #3:  Tappan Zee Bridge builders now have a sturgeon-protecting strategy!

#4:  This short interview with GrowNYC’s recycling maven Christina Salvi!

One more cause and we’ll move on:  Should you like to add your good energy to the latest push for genetically enginnered food labeling

Oops!  One more…  This to reduce the allowable radiactivity (Yup!  We got it!) in our food

Been making the rounds on the web and it’d be so great if it’s for real…   A machine that converts plastic back into oil…  Fingers crossed, yes? 

Just in case any of you community gardeners out there are feeling weighed down by the emphasis on data, be re-inspired by this video made by fellow NYC gardeners… 

Truly no reason one can’t be growing things virtually anywhere now that we have Ultimate Container Gardening!

There’re buildings with green roofs and/or walls and then there’re buildings like Singapore’s Park Royal Hotel with waterfalls, reflecting pools and 160,000 square feet of plantings and gardens!

As for NYC architecture, yet again as so often in the past, real estate interests are complaining that landmarking is making our real estate too pricey.  (Yes, guys, people really do like old, beautiful buildings.)  

Meanwhile, post-Sandy restoration of dunes has resulted in a…  Believe it…  Beach-grass shortage

Remaining in the great out-of-doors, there’re the World’s Best Hikes

Last summer Asphalt Green gave us an Olympic champion…  This year, they’ve produced an All-American

(Making the proposed MTS all the the more ridiculous.)

Really like this idea that turns a tree injury into street art

Somewhat off-the-wall, but these great looking tea towels are sooooo easy to make

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Protea cynaroides

Bring on the animals:

Prepare yourselves…  They couldn’t be more than a few hours old…  Newborn, twin baby pandas!

Definitely ducks on the brain this week…  Cutest of all this loyal, persistent, little feathered friend

Really, how the heck did this Houdini octopus escape through such an amazingly small aperture?

Dreaming of cool green breezes,

UGS

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