Happy Summer Streets 2013, UESiders!

We’re talking 3 Saturdays in a row of car-less urban fun on 7 miles of Gotham streets!  We’re heading straight for the Raphael Lozzano-Hemmer installation in the Park Avenue South tunnel, but there’s so much more!

Meanwhile…

No stopping NYC’s momentum confronting that most pressing of our health challenges now that doctors can, by law, prescribe fruits and vegetables for those struggling with weight!

And yet another fabulous development (the extent of which’s been below even our intensely green radar):  The ascendancy of urban farming of so many kinds…  On roofs of every size, in outdoor plazas, in greenhouses and on NYCHA property (training youth at the same time)…  This Crain’s piece gives a great overview!

What a way to start a week:

Friday, August 2nd:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14 Street,  between Sixth * Sseventh, 6:30pm

Star Master John Pazmino’s topic this time out:   Steady Stars and Shooting Stars in a Soupy Sky…   Examples being Taurus Poniatowski, Caput Cerebi, Lyra’s Parallelogram, Delphinus and Caput Draconis.  Going to be a great summer for the Perseid meteor shower, too!  Free. 

Saturday, August 3rd:   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.

Get your Frequent Shopper Card first thing at the Market Manager’s tent!  

There’ll be great listening, too, what with jazzman Marion Cowings returning.   Don’t know if that fabulously talented young woman will be playing with him but fingers crossed!

And Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess will back at her table!

Last week’s recycling totals:  58 lbs batteries;  12 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 4 pairs glasses;  34 bags of clothes;   6 1/2 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  1,297 lbs batteries; 869 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 125 pairs of eye glasses; 439 bags of clothes; 174 1/2 compost bins.

You read that right!!  34 giant bags of clothes!!

Sunday, August 4th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

 92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am-3pm                                           

                           Compost Collection 9am-1pm

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

Head for Market Manager Pamela’s tent, pick up your Frequent Shopper Card…  Even before you buy those fabulous tomatoes and corn!

(Wonderful, those tiny egg plants at Norwich Meadows…  Gonzales’ beets…  Glebocki’s amazing nectarines!)

We’re waiting for okra…

Last week’s recycling totals:  6 lbs batteries;  6 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges;  3 compost bins. 

YTD (from 6/23/13):  93 lbs batteries;  67 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges;  2 pairs eye glasses; 12 compost bins; 16,530 lbs of shredded paper.

Back in the groove with 3 compost bins!!

Wednesday, August 7th:  Public Hearing on East Midtown Rezoning

Auditorium, National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, 9am

The citizen’s opportunity to express her/himself on the mayor’s plan for the area that surrounding Grand Central which includes construction of many a gigantic building.  (For more on the proposed rezoning…) 

Saturday, August 10th: The Complete Hiker – Fun and Safety in the Wildlands Workshop

Saranac Lake, New York

A one-day crash course taught by BOW – Become an Outdoor Woman – instructors Sonny and Sheila Young.  $30.  To further details and register (lots of choices):  adkfoothills@yahoo.com, 518-359-8194 and www.adkfoothills.com.

Saturday, August 24th:  NYCH2O Schoharie Reservoir Paddle

County Road 7, Prattsville, New York, 11am

If you missed 2012’s Schoharie outing – 2012 being the first year the DEP allowed recreational activity on the reservoir – here’s another opportunity to experience this beautiful, unspoiled source of  much of NYC’s drinking water, guided by Catskill native Craig Apolito.  Tickets from $20-$85.  For details and directions

And in September (Yikes!):

Saturday & Sunday, September 14th & 14th:  Women’s Fly Fishing Seminar

Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, Elbridge,  New York, 8am-1pm

Join instructor Vicky Lane for 2 days of intensive instruction from
beginner to advanced stages of fly fishing including tips, tactics, stream entomology, fly-tying basics, casting, hands-on practice with small stream and creek-style fishing and – amazingly – more.   All especially geared for women.  $50.  For more information and required pre- registration: victorialn63@gmail.com or 315-558-2464.

Saturday, September 21st Italian-American Writers’ Word Feast at the Festival of San Genarro

NYPL Mulberry Street Branch, corner of Mulberry & Prince Streets, 2-4pm

The Italian-American Writers’ Association and the Mulberry Street Library Branch celebrate New York’s Italian heritage and Naples’ patron saint during New York City’s oldest and biggest religious street festival with numerous Italian-American authors of note in attendance.  Free.  For further details

It’s miscellany time…  Commencing with the strange:

Don’t know where we were, but it appears the orange as we know it has been under threat for several years

Pretty shocking that famed international news service Reuters is now in the hands of a climate change denying editor!

Meanwhile, one of the worst ideas ever has resurfaced:  Transporting nuclear waste round about the country via roads and rail

Let’s move on to the cheerful stuff:

In the better late than never department, good that – only a decade after the U.S.’s most massive blackout – they’re finally  getting around to installing the grid tech that’ll keep a similar event from  happening again!

Sit down and prepare yourself for the news…  Seems like New Jersey could be among the best potential producers of green energy

We very much like the sound of this novel idea:   Corporations donating vastly improved efficiency to charities

Another great idea:  Affordable housing for artists who agree to volunteer in the community!

And very happy to note that Italy’ll soon be banning Monsanto’s GMO corn!

Calling all weekend-in-the-country-by-the-swimming-pool habitues!!  You can so easily help obliterate the Asian Longhorned Beetle!

Even when its struggles are chronicled, it’s good to be reminded that NYC is still a gritty, hard-working harbor with barges that’re 2 blocks long!

Reality check:  As horrible as those recent humid 90-100 degree days were, they were fun and games compared to the heat wave of July 1852

Likely you recall the ongoing  contentiousness between  neighbors and the catering company doing business in the Christian Scientist Church at Park and 63rd.  And the latest chapter is

Meanwhile (yes, again), a revolution in NYC building methodology is underway in the form of modular construction

So great we live in a time when epic naturalist John Muir’s favorite but now dying Sequoia tree can and will be cloned

Rock ‘n roll and historic preservation might seem an unlikely mix, but Jack White’s (White Stripes) stepped forward and saved his hometown Detroit’s beautiful, neo-gothic Masonic Temple!

Yet again, we wander way off the reservation with the last minute exchange of telegrams between two deeply flawed monarchs that failed to prevent World War I (which began with Germany declaring war on Russia ninety-nine years ago on August 1, 1914). 

Hey, animals:

Don’t quite understand the ll-month wait but happy to say that NYState will – as of July 1, 2014 – be banning trade in shark fins. 

Up in Maine, Osprey chicks are fledging and you can watch via the Osprey Cam!

Here on the UES, Pale Male’s three chicks are spreading their wings, too!

The talents and devotion of dogs never ceases to amaze…  The canines in this instance being so-called “bomb dogs”

Yes, we do definitely need to know 5 Cool Things About Moths!

There’re have to be more in the dictionary of that secret language known only to cats, so don’t let feelings be hurt if your feline isn’t manifesting these 10 signs that kitty loves you

A quartet of great critter snippets from The Times…  Discovery of a new shrew with a backbone of nigh-on-to steel…  New understanding of the cheetah’s hunting prowess…  Altering mouse memory…  And, most importantly, the role fungicide may be playing in the collapse of the world bee population…

Let’s close with a real-life NYC story related by those who happily lived to tell it

We so believe in green,

UGS

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