Happy National Farmers Market Week, UESiders!

And we’ve got the markets and produce to be celebrating the event!

Corn…  Tomatoes…  Basil…  Breads of every kind…  Clams…  Nectarines…  Okra…  Mint…  Steaks…  Eggs…  Beets…  Radishes…  Peaches…  Whole chickens and any combination of parts…  Blueberries…  Scallops…  Premium cheese danishes…   Eggplants…  Squash…  Peas…  Beans…

Could go on pretty much forever, but let’s get into the week ahead:

Saturday, August 10th:   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.

Given last Saturday’s precip, we gave wonderful jazzman Marion Cowings took a raincheck…  Meaning he’ll be back this week, along with his amazing lady/partner in music-making!

Look for our Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess , too!

And don’t forget:  Get that Frequent Shopper card of yours punched!  (Or get your card…  You still have 11 weeks left to accumulate the requisite 10 punches.)

Last week’s recycling totals:  42 lbs batteries;  15 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 5 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.

Sunday, August 11th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

                           Compost Collection 9am-1pm

With us will be Atlantic Seafood, Gonzales, Stannart and Phillips Farms, Bread Alone, Meredith’s Bakery and those genius Stellar Cooks!

DO NOTE:  Norwich Meadows Farm is taking this Sunday off but will absolutely be returning next week!

Just because you’re busy piling up blueberries, peaches and nectarines, don’t let getting another punch in your Frequent Shopper card slip your mind!

Last week’s recycling totals:  13 lbs batteries;  8 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges;  4 pairs of glasses; 3 1/2 compost bins. 

YTD (from 6/23/13):  106 lbs batteries;  75 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges;  6 pairs eye glasses; 15 1/2 compost bins; 16,530 lbs of shredded paper.

A half-compost bin increase!

Tuesday, August 13th:  Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with Sanitation Workers of New York

Museum of the City of New York, Fifth Avenue and 103th Street, 6:30pm

Robin Nagle, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Urban Studies at NYU, author of “Picking Up” (the book) and – ta-dah – our  Department of Sanitation’s official  anthropologist-in-residence, sheds light on those oft’ derided individuals who deal with our waste and the service they provide!   (And, for MTS purposes, let us know the enemy better!)  Members, $6; Non-members, $12; Seniors & Students, $8.  For more and tickets…   

Thursday, August 15th through Sunday, August 18th:  NYS Woodsmen Field Days

Various Locations in and around Boonville (Oneida County, New York

No kidding…   Burling (log rolling in water), two-man crosscut sawing, ax throwing, speed chopping, chainsaw carving and much more!  Daily admission:  Adults, $10.  Seniors, $7.  Children, $8.   For the full rundown of events

Wednesday, August 21st:  Minetta Brook Walk

Meet at First Presbyterian Church, 12 West 12th Street, 6:30-8:30pm

A date change from the previously scheduled August 6th…  This NYCH2O walk in July had to turn so many away, H2O’s giving us another chance to travel the brook’s buried 1.5 mile bed and absorb the history that goes with it.   Urban explorer Steve Duncan leads the way.  $25.  For more and tickets… 

Sunday, August 25th:  Watchable Wildlife – Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay 

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, 8:30am-5pm

Over 325 bird species –  more than one-third of all bird species found in North America – have been sighted at this gorgeous, critical stop on the Atlantic flyway…  And the Shorebird Festival’s scheduled for the migration’s peak!  Free but reservations required.  For more and to RSVP:   718-318-9344 or donriepe@gmail.com.

Wednesday, August 28th:  Open House New York East River Boat Tour

Pier 16, 6:30-8:30pm

Yours truly was a passenger on last week’s totally enjoyable and informative OHNY Hudson River tour.   No way the   East River companion piece won’t be more of the good same what with Justin Davidson (NY Magazine architecture critic) and Deborah Marton (NY Restoration Project) filling us in on history, architecture old, new and to come, proposals to dull the blows of future hurricanes/super storms and more.  (Not on their agenda:  A river view of  91st Street and our opportunity to boo it  loudly as we pass!)  Members,  $30.  Non-members, $40.  For more and to reserve a place

Saturday, September 14th:  Seining For Fish at Kowawese Unique Area

New Windsor (Orange County), New York, 1pm

Just one of the many possibilities offered by the 14th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble. Join Tom Lake, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program naturalist (and Hudson River Almanac organizer) and haul a seine (a net) in the warm shallows and see who’s living in the river!  Free.  Attire:  Shorts and sneakers.  For more and questions: email Tom Lake:  trlake7@aol.com.

oenothera rhombipetala

oenothera rhombipetala

Sure is a lot of miscellany:

health care insurance subsidies/fees might be via Affordable Health Care, the Kaiser Family Foundation has an online calculator…  




Run your eyes over this most irritating DNAInfo article describing the purported, grievous effect on some of Harlem’s small businesses by a prospective styrofoam ban.  This with not a word from any expert supporting that possible ban…

This while other Harlem residents are establishing the Harlem Solar Cooperative, a network of more than 50 uptown residents, businesses, and community organizations that’ll be using collective ownership to more easily access the benefits of solar energy!

Always a struggle to find the right balance…  Case and point, a suit filed by environmental groups concerned about increased run-off and water pollution from larger NYS dairy herds

Been some quiet but constant muttering as to how environmentally friendly a LEED designation makes a buiding…  Not very in some instances, as this New Republic piece points out

Okay, so while LEED’s pulling its certification act together, more than 200 residential projects with LEED aspirations are planned for our 5 boroughs!

Maybe some of those projects will adopt the super energy-efficient (but affordable) strategy that this Habitat for Humanity project in D.C. did

No reason we can’t meet or even exceed the new Tucson, AZ benchmark:  Green infrastructure  is now mandated in all publicly funded roadway development and redevelopment projects!   (Green infrastructure which must capture a half inch of rain and incorporate a 25 percent tree canopy cover with a 25 percent shrub and grass cover!)

Of course, we in NYC are far from slackers:  As of late July, the city began dredging Queens’ Springfield Lake, a project that’ll have the effect of doubling the lake’s depth, improving its water quality and discouraging algae blooms.  The Lake’ll also serve as part of a new network of nearly 10 acres of Bluebelt wetlands that’ll absorb – through a newly built sewer system –  storm water from neighborhood streets, sidewalks, and roofs, and filter it before it’s released into Jamaica Bay!

(So where’re the beginnings of an up-dated sewer system in Manhattan?)

While we wait…  Holy crow!  Why’s NYS not enforcing our Sewage Right to Know Law?

Just in case you’ve haven’t seen the many articles in praise of our vastly improved recycling program!  (Although we’re definitely playing catch-up for the mayor’s historic lack of enthusiasm…)

Before the memories of our vast power needs during July’s horrible heat wave fade, consider these 5 gizmos that trim vampire energy use

Volunteer opportunities don’t get any better than this:  Scuba diving to clean the inside of the NY Aquarium’s tanks!

Thanks to reader Terry Lamb we know the Real Estate Board of New York’s up to something nice for their 5th Annual Donation Drive:  Collecting emergency battery-operated or crank radios for New Dorp, Staten Island seniors, a community hard-hit by Sandy.   Open to all to contribute.  For more and where/when to drop off…    

Turn a couple of workman loose with spades downtown and inevitably something incredible will be dug up…  This time, some 200 liquor bottles dating from the 18th Century!

Far rather be noting the date of her birth than death, but this Inside the Apple Edith Wharton tribute and link to her first published story “Mrs. Manstey’s View” are lovely and apt…   (Surprise:  Ubiquitous ailanthus trees were growing intra-block in 1891!)

You’re on notice, UES market fashionistas!    THE Bill Cunningham could well pay a visit  – as he did recently at the Union Square – to chronicle our 82nd/92nd Street fashion-forward-even-when-buying-tomatoes-and-corn look!

Of course, it’d be a rare-to-never event, but should you ever purchase meat at Trader Joe’s you’d want to be antibiotic-free, yes?  So print out this TJ Flyer and hand it to the manager next you’re near one of the TJ stores…   

We’ll let this picture do the talking for the NYState Hike of the Month at the Minnewaska State Park Preserve:

Hike of the Month

(30 miles of carriageways, 25 miles of trails, public environmental education programs, interpretive hikes, wildlife tracking, wild edibles, cultural history of the park and more!)

One can take thrift to an extreme, but kinda love a guy who’ll pilot his bike/car from NC to MA to avoid a delivery fee

Last but hardly least, hats off to the NYC hospitals and chefs who’re making  meals for the ailing so much more palatable and healthy

lilium distichum

lilium distichum

And in this week’s animal file folder:

What can we do for animals when we want to?  Things like  removing a pair of swans from harm’s way

Or relocating oysters from the path of Tappan Zee Bridge construction!

Happily remaining under water thanks to the Hudson River Almanac:

7/18 – Saugerties, HRM 102: Ulster County Deputy Sheriff Joe Steyer took photos of adult Atlantic needlefish in the tidewater Esopus Creek.  – Thomas P. Baudanza

needlefish in the Esopus

needlefish in the Esopus

[Sightings of Atlantic needlefish in the estuary have been occurring for the last forty years or so. In the 1970’s and 80’s, anglers reported catching adults about 11-18 inches long, especially around the warm water outflow of power generating facilities.  Experts characterized needlefish as strictly temperate marine strays and did not recognize them as estuarine spawners in the Hudson. The fact that we were seeing no young-of-the-year [YOY] supported that position. Come the year 2000, beach seines began to catch post-larval, YOY, yearling, and juvenile needlefish in abundance…  Some caught at a time, at a size, and in locations that provided solid evidence that some Atlantic needlefish were spawning in the freshwater Hudson.  – Tom Lake.]



Yours in perpetual greenness,


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