Monthly Archives: September 2013

Happy September 29th National Coffee Day, UESiders!

No reason not to avail oneself of the many freebies to be offered by the various java emporiums!  (Many noted here…)  

Then act on this advice:  At the earliest opportunity get yourself over to Brooklyn (but it’s in Long Island City) Grange.

Last Friday, we found ourselves 7 stories up on a former warehouse – a vintage, concrete structure – on Northern Boulevard, surrounded by 2 1/2 acres of organic beets, kale and you name it, looking out on the Manhattan skyline as evening approached and engaged in a honey tasting.

Really.

Yes, the Grange has some 40 bee hives, too.

Turns out because the abundance of linden trees in our city, much of the delicious honey confected by NYC bees has the lightest of minty, linden notes!  

Proud as they are of the pure product, local apiarists are busily gilding the lily, too…  Like curing their honey in wooden barrels that once contained rum with a really great, subtle, non-alcoholic  result!

We’ll say it again:  You need to experience the place…  And the kids will love it!

All righty.  On to the coming week: 

Friday, September 27th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Star Master John Pazmino’s topic this time out:   Cool Nights, Cool Stars.  Cooler air brings drier with stars shining more sharply and clearly…  Autumn stars, emerging winter stars and the still visible Summer Triangle.  Free.

Saturday, September 28th:  Pledge 2Protect Volunteer Strategy Meeting

The Choir Room, Holy Trinity Church, 341 East 87th Street,
10-11am

Mayoral  campaign now underway, Pledge2Protect takes the UESide’s campaign to a new level and there are new jobs/actions/projects to undertake!  See you there!

Then rush over to:

Saturday, September 28th:  Mayoral Candidate Lhota at Asphalt Green

Outside Asphalt Green, 555 East 90th Street, 11pm

The candidate weighs in on our community’s opposition to the city’s controversial plan to build a 10-story waste transfer station at East 91st Street and the East River.

Saturday, September 28th:  National Museum Day

All Around the City

Free admission to a wealth of participating institutions!  (Locally, the wonderful Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden.)  For the complete list

Saturday, September 28th:   82nd Street Greenmarket 

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

Compost & Clothing Collection – 9am – 1pm 

At their tables will be American Seafood, Bread Alone,  Samascott, Gajeski, Cherry Lane, Feather Ridge, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

Atlantic Seafood sells out early these days!

AND…  Happy to say, you’ll find our  Master Knife Sharpener at her table and ready to tend your honing needs!

Last Week’s Recycling Totals:  70 lbs batteries;  32 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 1 pair glasses;  35 bags of clothes;   8 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  1,551 lbs batteries; 931 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 137 pairs of eye glasses; 559 bags of clothes; 209 compost bins.

WOW!  Another record-breaking clothes and compost collecting Saturday!

Sunday, September 29th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection 9am-1pm

With us will be Atlantic Seafood, Gonzales, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms, Bread Alone, Meredith’s Bakery and the wonderful Stellar Cooks!

Don’t miss Norwich Meadows’ tomatoes…

Last week’s recycling totals:  4 lbs batteries; 4 lbs  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 3 compost bins.

Weeks 8/18, 8/25 & 9/1 Compost Totals:  TBA

YTD (from 6/23/13):  132 lbs batteries;  91 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges;  7 pairs eye glasses; 26 compost bins; 16,530 lbs  shredded paper.

Yes, 3 bins but new compost manager Drohan’s a proponent of briskly-tamping-down/compacting-compost-in-the-bin-as-it’s-collected methodology…

Onward to 4 bins!!

Wednesday, October 2nd:  Release of the 2013 Open House New York Event Guide

Online , in Time Out and at locations in all 5 boroughs

Can’t wait to see what they’ve cooked up for us this year!

Then, next week:

Friday, October 4th:  Minetta Brook Walk

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

So glad we’re all getting another chance to trace the route and history of this largely invisible but still extant Greenwich Village waterway with urban explorer Steve Duncan.  Organized by NYC/H2O.  $25.  For more and tickets…  

Fridays Commencing October 4th:  Free Music Fridays

The Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street, 5:30pm

Live and free music of many genres every Friday in the newly revitalized and welcoming museum.   Enjoy a glass of wine as you listen for just $5.  For the schedule of who’ll be playing

Coming up fast:

Sunday, October 20th:  It’s My Park Day – Fall Edition

East River Esplanade and 96th Street, 10am-3pm

You know the drill…  Daffodil planting along the Esplanade wall…  Railing scraping and painting…  Bringing the planter back from near death…  Be there!

Saturday, October 26th:  Shred-A-Thon – Ghost & Goblin/Halloween Edition

Curbside at the 82nd Street Greenmarket between First & York, 10am-2pm

What we’ll be shredding:

Paper of any and every kind!  Bring it on!!

But, please, NO cardboard or handled shopping bags.

Please do remove paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But we do take paperbacks.)

Take those hardcovers over to Goodwill.

Moving on to miscellany:

Pretty surprised it wasn’t required long before, but it’s now law that all street events –  including block parties and street fairs – are required to recycle!

The great Catskill Mountain Keeper requests that we sign his new petition asking the president and EPA  to reopen mysteriously closed down fracking investigations in Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming.

While you’re at it, UltraViolet the most recent group to field a protest against cuts to the SNAP program

Okay, so we’ve got tiny, ocean-polluting plastic particles in cosmetic exfoliants…  And, now, chemicals under suspicion in  cancer and endocrine disruption in Revlon and L’Oreal beauty products.  If you think those chemical should be removed

Meanwhile, Alabama’s trying to part with another chunk of its sanity what with the powers-that-be ruling that only injured endangered animals may be saved and rehabilitated!  Should you take issue with this policy

Do not – repeat do not –  click on the slideshow (which brings up an undeletable ad), BUT do check out the one on-screen rendering of the new U.N. office building set for 41st and First.

Another perspective on the proposed building accompanies a piece on the nearby community’s objections to its size, shadow-casting, uninspired design and – as with the proposed MSK/Cuny colossus on East 74th – the partial trade-off of improvements to a distant park

Now for the good news: 

All hail the U.S. Senators who stripped the Monsanto Protection Act (which would have restricted the Department of Agriculture’s regulatory power over GMOs) from their appropriations bill!

Kudos, too, to our City Council which just passed new legislation that’ll significantly enhance NYC’s ability to well weather the next big storm!

Great, as well, that the Federal Court’s of the opinion that the City can regulate where and how many vendors can position themselves in our parks!  (Thanks to reader Karen Lane giving us the word on this.)

Then there’s our city’s impressive progress on the solar energy score with Queens topping installs in the 5 boroughs!

Fabulous also that – at long last – the Ad Council will be turning their minds to public service ads informing Americans – a shockingly mere 38% of whom are regular recyclers – of the benefits of the recycling life!  

Love this:  From a field of many and great contenders with a ton of helpful content, the MTA’s just announced 8 winners in its app competition!   Check ’em out!

Change of pace:

Herewith the question of the week:  Could you pass the American citizenship test?

Change of pace #2:

Should you doubt that New York’s a city of food festivals this October just run your eyes over this long, long NYMag list!

Gardener alert courtesy of reader Kathleen Treat:  The beautiful, new 2013 Whole Seed Catalogue

Just over the border of our hood, but here’s the story on the vintage  brick building at 1782 Third at 99th…  

A pair of compelling obituaries from The Times… Each of a man whose work was dedicated to children, although in vastly different way:   Albert Taylor and John Kennell.

Change of pace #3:

Yikes!  Out there in deepest New Jersey, they’re deep-frying their hotdogs and washing them down with buttermilk!

And the ultimate change of pace:  Furriness…  All  feline this time out:

Great pictures of and article on bobcats in the recent NYS Conservationist… 

Of course, monetization of his celebrity (100,000 Twitter followers) was inevitable and maybe his mood will improve as  Grumpy Cat’s  now signed on to be Friskies’ spokes-kitty. 

Very much like the Met’s new exhibition of Balthus’ work:   ” Cats and Girls”!

Yet again, an excerpt from the Hudson River Almanac:

9/12 – Manhattan:   In the wooded area of Inwood Hill Park the late bloomers were having their day.   At the path up through the Clove, clearweed (Pilea pumila), hardly in view a month ago, now covered substantial patches.  Its attractive leaves, shiny, toothed and prominently veined, hide the tiny flowers.

 The abundance of flowering jewelweed was hard to describe. Bushes many feet high were filled with bright, light orange flowers – a delight to the bumblebees.  –  Thomas Shoesmith

Yours in greenitude,

UGS

 

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Happy 217th Anniversary of George Washington’s Farewell Address, UESiders!

Among the many points relevant to 2013 included in this 32-page, handwritten  document is the father of our country’s insistence that we Americans avoid excessive partisanship!

Oh, and guess what?  The final draft – Hamilton kept suggesting revisions – resides in the New York Public Library!

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townsendia-condensata

And now for the upcoming week:

Saturday, September 21st:   82nd Street Greenmarket 

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

Compost & Clothing Collection – 9am – 1pm 

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone,  Samascott, Gajeski, Cherry Lane, Feather Ridge, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

Indeed and as hoped, our  Master Knife Sharpener will be back at her table and eager to hone!

Last Week’s Recycling Totals:  64 lbs batteries;  22 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 5 pair glasses;  20 bags of clothes;   8 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  1,481 lbs batteries; 899 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 136 pairs of eye glasses; 524 bags of clothes; 201 compost bins.

Can’t say it enough…  8/two times four/four times two/EIGHT COMPOST BINS!!

Saturday, September 21st: Harbor Tour on the Tug Pegasus

Leaving from and returning to Hudson River Park’s Pier 25, at the foot of North Moore Street, Lower Manhattan, 2:30pm

Doesn’t get any better than 2 hours out on our gorgeous harbor on this wonderfully restored working vessel with its expert woman captain!  $125.  For more and to reserve a place

Sunday, September 15th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection 9am-1pm

Look for Atlantic Seafood, Gonzales, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms, Bread Alone, Meredith’s Bakery and those fabulous Stellar Cooks!

Phillips’ nectarines and peaches are a bit of heaven…

Last week’s recycling totals:  5 lbs batteries; 4 lbs  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 3 1/2 compost bins.

Weeks 8/18, 8/25 & 9/1 Compost Totals:  TBA

YTD (from 6/23/13):  132 lbs batteries;  91 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges;  7 pairs eye glasses; 26 compost bins; 16,530 lbs  shredded paper.

Let’s go for 4 bins this week!

Tuesday, September 24th:  Sierra Club Adventure Film Festival

Sunshine Cinema, 143 East Houston Street, 7pm

 Wish the organizers had described the  films, BUT they’ll be shorts with an outdoor adventure theme and – most importantly – benefitting the Club’s Inner City Outing Program which provides urban youth and adults to opportunities explore, enjoy and protect the natural world.  For details and tickets… 

Tuesdays, September 24th – Thursday,  October 31st:  City Parks Senior Fitness Program

John Jay Park,  East 77th Street & Cherokee Place and Carl Schurz Park, East 86th Street & East End Avenue

Yoga:  Tuesdays  and Thursdays at Carl Schurz at 9am and at John Jay at 10:30am.

Walking:  Tuesdays and Thursdays at Carl Schurz at  10am.

Thursday, September 26th: Healthcare/New York Forum – What the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Will Mean for Us 

Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88 Street, 7-9pm

Organized by the East Side Democratic Club, discussed will be  provisions of the Affordable Care Act with speakers also addressing  other health care resources available to New Yorkers.  Free, of course.

And then:

Monday, September 30th:  “The Sky Is Not the Limit” Lecture by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Founders Hall, St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, 12:30pm

The star astronomer – you’ve seen him on PBS, you’ve seen him on Jon Stewart – elaborates on his book of the same name.  Free.  For reservations contact Judy Ricciardo on 718-489-5405 or jrcciardo@sfc.edu.

Tuesday, October 1st – Thursday, October 3rd:  Farmyard Bootcamp

Via Webcast Wherever You Are

Seems like every generation of Americans produces those with a back-to-the-land yearning, often with zero knowledge…  But no more!  Learn the ropes from a select group of extraordinary farmers, homesteaders, activists, and practitioners as they explain the secrets of their success and how to avoid the most common pitfalls.   Free.  To sign up for the webcast

Down the month:

Sunday, October 20th:  It’s My Park Day – Fall Edition

East River Esplanade and 96th Street, 10am-3pm

We’ll be adding to the ribbon of daffodils along the FDR wall…  Scraping and painting railing…  Addressing the disaster that is the planter with a revised plan and plenty of bulbs…  Be there!

Monday, October 21st:  Wooden Houses of Greenwich Village Lecture

Washington Square Institute, 41-51 East 11th Street, 4th Floor, 6:30pm

So evocative wherever in the city you come across a one of these relics of style and material.   Historian Elizabeth Finkelstein and preservation architect Michael Devonshire detail the history of those in the Village and what’s required to preserve them.   Organized by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.  Free but you need to RSVP:  212-475-9585, ext. 35 or rsvp@gvshp.org.

Thursday, October 24th:   SAVE THE DAY for the Big Apple Crunch!!

Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket, 12pm

Join GrowNYC, Food Day, countless schools, businesses, nonprofits, Greenmarket shoppers and New Yorkers from every corner of our city as we break the world record for number of apple bites!  Stay tuned… 

Saturday, October 26th:  Shred-A-Thon – Ghost & Goblin/Halloween Edition

Curbside at the 82nd Street Greenmarket between First & York, 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.

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dierama-erectum

Onward to miscellany:

Let’s get the one regrettable item out of the way…

As in it appears that the mayor’s designated “Taxi of Tomorrow” not only doesn’t accomodate those in wheelchairs but gets poorer mileage than existing hybrids

On the other hand, his honor’s moving to direct food scraps produced by hospitals, hotels, universities and other large-scale producers to be composted or converted to energy!

Steady on the good foot:

How about this for a great idea…  Instead of building trails on old rail routes, building trails for those on foot and bikes alongside a functioning railroad…  A Smart Pathway?!

The National Science Foundation’s come up with one heck of a defining project…  Commencing in 2017, observing every aspect of the American environment from 60 stations judiciously sited across the country

Scroll a bit down to get the latest on Sanitation’s plans for residential recycling of electronics

However Sims is sorting our NYC plastics, let’s hope it approaches the sophistication of this U.K. plant

Of course (and we always knew), one can be green and chic, but thanks to our Master Knife Sharpener and FIT grad some additional proof…  i.e. her alma mater’s reduced their carbon emmissions by an impressive 43%!  (Click to Page 11!)

Got a favorite newly constructed building in your neighborhood?  The Historic Districts Council wants to know what it is and why you like it!  And we quote, “Email hdc@hdc.org with a high resolution image of the building and a brief description (no more than 200 words) on why you think this project is a good example of contemporary design integrated with historic resources. The building or project may include new building design within historic neighborhoods as well as additions to and alterations of historic buildings. Projects do not have to be located in historic districts to be considered and there is no set date range to be considered a new building.”

GrowNYC’s got some great new info for us on bioswales, green roofs and rain garden planting via their Green Infrastructure Manual.

Totally off the reservation, but if you didn’t catch this in the Sunday Times“The Boy Genius of Ulan Bator”.   Ah, the human mind.

Oh, animals:

How about a little love for 5 of the ugliest and least appreciated animals…!

Another week, another animal quiz…  This time, identify them by only their eyes!

Really…?   A 12,000-year old mastodon was excavated in Hyde Park, New York in 2000?  Yes, really!

9/4 – Town of Poughkeepsie, HRM 68.5: We followed a monarch for a quarter-mile as it slowly moved south along the base of a dolomite ridgeline. With a northerly breeze at its back it seemed in no hurry.  – Tom Lake

With greenery,

UGS

 

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Happy Mannahatta Day (and Healthy Aging Month), UESiders!

If you’re unfamiliar with Eric Sanderson’s wonderful “Mannahatta” book with its painstakingly researched vision of our island at that first moment of its “discovery” when Henry Hudson and crew first made landfall here 400-plus years ago…  Get acquainted!

Mr. Sanderson’s now broadened his study to all New York City as it was in 1609 under the banner of the Welikia Project…  Welikia being the Lenape – the Native American  inhabitants – name for NYC and meaning “my good home”.

That broadening includes an upcoming TEDx talk, particpation in MakerFaire, a study of hurricane impacts and more.  For further info…  AND a look at your block 4 centuries ago…!

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ipomoea-pileata

Ready for the week ahead:

Saturday, September 14th:   82nd Street Greenmarket 

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

Compost & Clothing Collection – 9am – 1pm 

At their tables will be American Seafood, Bread Alone,  Samascott, Gajeski, Cherry Lane, Feather Ridge, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

Yes, absolutely, American Seafood will be in place!   (Warren took a weekend off to attend a wedding.)

But, no, the  Master Knife Sharpener’s place under the tree will be empty this Saturday…  Hopefully Ms. Hess will  return to us on the 21st…  Stay tuned.

Complete August 17th,  24th & 31st and September 7th totals:   96 lbs batteries;  25 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 15 pair glasses;  20 & 30 bags of clothes;   7 & 6 1/4  compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  1,417 lbs batteries; 877 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 131 pairs of eye glasses; 504 bags of clothes; 193 compost bins.

30 bags of clothes last Saturday!!  Holy crow!!

Sunday, September 15th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection 9am-1pm

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

As noted above, after a weekend off, Warren and Atlantic’s fabulous seafood will returns!  (Yeah, we’ll let Warren have just that tiny bit of personal time!)

Last week’s recycling totals:  16 lbs batteries; 7 lbs  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 3 1/2 compost bins.

Weeks 8/18, 8/25 & 9/1 Compost Totals:  TBA

YTD (from 6/23/13):  127 lbs batteries;  87 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges;  7 pairs eye glasses; 22 1/2 compost bins; 16,530 lbs of shredded paper.

Weekly compost averages are up a 1/2 bin over 2012!

And then:

Friday, September 20th:  Rooftop Honey Tasting at the Brooklyn Grange

Brooklyn Grange,  37-18 Northern Boulevard, Long Island City, 5-6pm

Can’t stop the good stuff coming from Atlas Obscura!   Varietal honeys as chosen by a Grange apiarist…  A hive demonstration…  Experiencing one of our city’s greenest and most cutting edge environments as evening falls…  Wow.  $35.  For more and tickets

Saturday, September 21st:  Block Party Printing Workshop

Browne Printers, 209 Water Street, 11am-1:30pm

Things are happening down South Street Seaport Museum way…  Starting with a host of Saturday activities.  Our favorite:  How to carve and print from linoleum blocks under the masterful guidance of Ali Osborne.  Museum members, $45.   Non-members, $50.   For more and to make required reservations...

Saturday, September 21st:   13 Steps Around Dutch Kills Tour

Meet at Albert E. Short Triangle Park, Jackson Avenue & 23rd Street, Long Island City, 11am-2:30pm

And we quote, “Join the Obscura Society and Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman as we explore in 13 steps the past and present of the infamous Dutch Kills.  We’ll be covering 3 miles of Brooklyn and Queens as we trace the history of the actual site of the industrial revolution.”  $20.  For more

Saturday, September 21st thru Thursday, October 31st:  The Haunted Pumpkin Garden Returns

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd,  The Bronx

Creepy creature encounters…  Spooky Nighttime Adventures Trail…  The Pumpkin Puppet Theater…  Master Carver Ray Villafane and team turning the world’s largest pumpkins into carnivorous plants and unearthly creatures!  So much fun, it’s scary!  For times, dates and tickets

 

Sunday, September 22nd:  Carl Schurz Health & Fitness Fair

Schurz Park Hockey Rink, York Avenue & 84th Street, 2-5pm

Yoga (standard and chair), pilates, jazzercise, body composition assessments, games and give aways and more…  All with a special emphasis on the challenges of childhood obesity.  Instructors/trainers courtesy of the brand new, local Regenerate Fitness NYC.  Free!

Tuesday, September 24th:  National Voter Registration Day

Upper Terrace, Bryant Park, Sixth Avenue and 42nd Street,  11am-3pm

Need to register?  Need to update your voter information?  The League of Women Voter will walk you through – in both cases – the easy process…  Present you with vote-theme giveaways…  And enter you in a raffle to win a snazzy Google Chromebook!  Free to one and all!

Thursday, September 26th – January 26th, 2014:  Tweet Exhibition

Children’s Museum of Art, 103 Charlton Street

NYC Audubon and Children’s Museum are partnering to present delightful visions birds as rendered by young humans.  (There’ll be bird call workshops, too!)  Adults and children, age 1 and above, $11.  Infants and seniors, free.  For further details… 

Saturday, October 5th:  15th Annual Czech Street Festival

Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, 12pm – whenever

Live music, Czech food, children’s performances, workshops, souvenirs and plenty more!  For further details...

Next up:

Sunday, October 6th:  National Geographic Mastering Travel Photography Seminar

Lighthouse International,  Executive Conference Center, 111 East 59th Street, 9am-4pm

Learn the ropes and fine points from Nat Geo masters Ralph Lee Hopkins and Bob Krist!  $195 and includes lunch.  For more and reservations

Sunday, October 20th:  It’s My Park Day – Fall Edition

East River Esplanade and 96th Street, 10am-3pm

We’ll be extending the ribbon of daffodils south…  Scraping and painting railing…  Fine tuning the planter and adding bulbs to the roses and grasses we put in last spring…  The setting’s so lovely, it’s like a mini-vacation!

Monday, November 4th:  Governors Island at a Crossroads – A Peek at Plans for the Island’s Future

Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street, 8:30-10am

The Historic Districts Council resumes their Monday Morning Coffee Talks with a get-together with Leslie Koch, President of the Trust for Governors Island.  Free but RSVP required:  Barbara Zay at bzay@hdc.org or 212-614-9107.

Sooner than we think:

Monday, December 9th:  What’s next for the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission in the New Administration

Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street, 8:30-10am

Be interesting to hear the wisdom of Simeon Bankoff, Executive Director of the Historic Districts Council  on this subject.  (Be hard to equal the dismal peformance of the present commission members.)   Free but RSVP required:  Barbara Zay at bzay@hdc.org or 212-614-9107.

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sedum-divergens

Moving on to miscellany…    Commencing with the Eco Outrage of the week:

Can we believe that California’s just getting around to banning the trapping of bobcats in places like state parks?!  (Seems like there’ll still be plenty of places in the state where trappers are good to go…)

Or – earning a second newsletter demerit/mention – that Gerber might use GMO fruit in their baby apple sauce!  (Should you take issue…)

But on the good/better farming practice score…  How about a methodology that cuts the need for agri-chemicals?

This just in:   Developer Extell is looking to replace the Park Avenue Christian Church’s parish house with a gigantic 16-story high rise to be cantilevered over the church, its 70-foot spire and Tiffany stained-glass windows.  Yes,  we’ve  lost 5 historic buildings between 79th and 96th Street over the last 5 years.   Yes, it’d be good if you’re so moved to contact the Landmarks Commission:  rtierney@lpc.nyc.gov

Once again on the brighter side, up north in our state, inmates are rebuilding their lives via an organic farming program!   (Thanks to reader Matt Malina for this link!)

And then and also earning partial forgiveness for last year’s nixing of a new NY/NJ rail tunnel, Governor Christie’s given his blessing to extending PATH to Newark

The Botanical Garden’s offering a particularly rich assortment of classes this fall/winter and at locations all around town… 

More wonderful talks, workshops and tours from the Horticultural Society, too…

Interesting and fun how Chase Emmons, the Brooklyn Grange’s apiary director, spends his Sundays

Looking for a really extreme career change?    The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s giving a 3-day – only 3 days! – on waste water treatment plant operation!! 

More mainstream would be employment with the lovely Catskill Merino Farm folks down at Union Square…  They say, “We need people to work at the stand at the Union Square Greenmarket on Saturday. Email us if you think it’s right for you; we’ll agree on a time to meet and talk about what we do there.”

Amazing how often Upper East Side buildings are the subject of NYTimes’ Streetscapes columns…  Most recently,  before, during, decline and rebirth of the Marquand.

Planning a renovation?  Got stuff left over and gathering dust from a completed re-do?  Consider availing yourself of Build It Green’s couldn’t-be-more-eco-friendly deconstruction services!

Can always depend on Inside the Apple for choice bits of long lost NYC…  In this case a missing monument to valiant General James Wolfe.

On the one in a million chance you missed the press re the Canadian family that’s decided to live as if it’s 1986…  Complete with  mullets!

And the world’s happiest country is…  (Sigh…  We’re #17.)

But this moving Story Corps tale makes us proud of our countrymen…

Indeed, it’s time for some animals:

There’s a new, pretty darned cute  little snow leopard to admire up at the Bronx Zoo…  (Check the tail!)

How’s this for an idea:  Chickens-to-Rent for folks wanting to test the waters of full-time poultry parenting!

Love that crowdsourcing is proving such a great tool in charting bird migration

Yes, there’s such a thing as “gullspeak”… 

Among all the many memories 9/11 elicits, nice to recall one of the wonderful dogs who so devotedly searched the rubble… 

Your animal knowledge in order?  Try this quiz and find out!

We’ll sign off with this totally warm and furry classic BBC/David Attenborough video

We will be green in all we do,

UGS

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Happy 50th Anniversary of America’s Wilderness Act, UESiders!

(For more on this national milestone…)

So glad to be back on NYC turf!

But there’s sure plenty going on to our north:  Many a solar panel array in Boston suburbs…  Lots of wind turbines, too…  Big Belly Solar Compactors on any number of street corners in both MA and ME…  Renzo Piano’s addition to the Gardener with a gorgeous re-imagining of museum’s greenhouse and discreet solar panels… 

Very satisfying in such surroundings to be able to drop news of all the plastic, clothing/fabric and compost we’re collecting and note how far ahead of the pack we are in the compost/clothing/fabric departments!

So much for a fine summer…

On to September, a month downright fraught with recyling opportunities: 

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On-going:  Civitas Apartment Building Recycling Initiative – A City Program Tailor Made for the Green Apartment Dweller

Your Building

Care about the environment?  (We know you do!)  Want your building/neighbors to do a better job of recycling its/their trash?  (Don’t we all?!)  Well, then, the Sanitation Department has a program for you:  The Apartment Building Recycling Initiative (ABRI) and CIVITAS is happy to help you and your building’s ABRI in motion.  For more…  And you can reach out to Civitas:   info@civitasnyc.org or 212-996-0745.

Saturday, September 7th:   82nd Street Greenmarket 

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

Compost & Clothing Collection – 9am – 1pm 

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone,  Samascott, Gajeski, Cherry Lane, Feather Ridge, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

Plus!   Yes!  Our own Master Knife Sharpener will also be on hand! 

Let me at those tomatoes, basil, scallops, chicken livers and goat cheese!!

Partial August 17th & 24th recycling totals:  24 lbs batteries;  8 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 1 pair glasses;  23 & 26 bags of clothes;   7 & 6 1/4  compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  1,321 lbs batteries; 877 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 126 pairs of eye glasses; 454 bags of clothes; 179 3/4 compost bins.

A new record on 8/24 with 160 individuals contributing compost!!

Sunday, September 8th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection 9am-1pm

As ever, with us will be Atlantic Seafood, Gonzales, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms, Bread Alone, Meredith’s Bakery and those fabulous Stellar Cooks!

Corn!   Eggplants!  Peppers!  Oatmeal cookies!  Bring ’em on!!

8/18, 8/25 & 9/1 Recycling Totals:  TBA

YTD (from 6/23/13):  111 lbs batteries;  80 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges;  7 pairs eye glasses; 19 compost bins; 16,530 lbs of shredded paper.

Sunday, September 8th & 15th:  Columbus-Amsterdam Avenue BID Textile Recycling Days

Amsterdam Avenue, east side, between 108th & 109th Streets, 11am-5pm

Accepted will be:

  • Clothing  (wearable/unwearable)
  • Shoes (wearable/unwearable)
  • Blankets
  • Linens
  • Curtains
  • Fabric

NO CARPETING!

For more details:  212-666-9774.

Thursday, September 12th:  Solar-Powered Film Festival

Solar One, 24-20 FDR Service Road East, 8-11pm

Year Two of this first-rate festival of environmental shorts and features commences with “The City Dark”, Ian Cheney’s consideration of our night sky.  Free but registration required.     And for more films in the series

Sunday, September 15th:  Columbus-Amsterdam Avenue BID Electronics Recycling Day

Amsterdam Avenue, west side, between 109th & 110th Streets, 10am-4pm

Accepted will be:

  • Working/non-working computers (laptops, desktops, servers)
  • Peripherals (monitors, printers, faxes, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables and wries
  • TV, stero equipment, VCRs, DVD players, audio/visual equipment
  • Cell and wall phones

NO APPLIANCES (including microwaves, air conditioners and white goods).

For more:  212-666-9774 or 212-477-4022.

(Do recall:  Best Buy accepts most electronics at its stores.)

Tuesday, September 17th:  Carnegie Hill Neighbors Electronics Recycling Day

Church of Heavenly Rest, Fifth Avenue & 90th Street, 11am-7pm

The UES’s – maybe NYC’s – only weekday electronic recycling event!  And you know what you can bring:

  • Computers (laptops, desktops, servers, mainframes)
  • Monitors, printers, scanners, copiers, fax machines
  • Network devices (routers, hubs, modems, etc.)
  • Peripherals (keyboards, mice, cables, etc.)
  • Cellphones, pagers, PDAs
  • Components (hard drives, circuit boards, etc.)
  • TVs, VCR, DVD players, audio-visual equipment
  • Phone equipment (phones, answering machines, etc.)

Way out there:

Saturday, November 16th:  How To Build and Manage Seed Libraries

Weeksville Heritage Center, 1698 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, 10am-1pm

Our chance to learn a timeless skill and preserve precious plant genetic material.  Instructor:  Eric-Michael Rodriguez, Curator of Living Cultivations and Farm Manager of the Heritage Center.  Free but you need to RSVP:  eric@weeksvillesociety.org or 718-756-5250. 

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In our miscellany file:

At last, albeit they’re voluntary, the FDA’s issued rules governing gluten-free labeling!

Incredible that this same agency is pressing for self-inspection of factory poultry farms!  (If you disagree…)

Even more bizarre is that planes still fly on leaded fuel!

Okay, ladies.  Those exfoliating facial scrubs we love so much?  Seems that they’re packed with tiny bits of plastic that’re winding up in bodies of water…  

Really like a proposal to link good land stewardship to farmers’ crop insurance rates…  

Yes, the wheels of our city do move slowly…  But, really!  Can it possibly take till fall 2015 for the new park adjacent to 1 Sutton Place to be functioning?

Still, tree-planting – the first of 1,500 – has commenced on Governor’s Island!

And after months of renovation, the 96th library branch will soon – in weeks they say – re-open!

This while the mayor – despite intense lobbying – held the line on charging manufacturers for the cost of disposing of refrigerators!

Happily, the Lowline campaign is alive and well…  And now has its own signature, fund-raising cocktails!

Fantastic suggestion:  Give hurricanes the names of climate-denying politicians!

Can’t wait to visit this tiny, eccentric and oh-so-NYC museum

Just in time for fall cleaning:  Green tips for getting and keeping one’s carpets clean

And readying yourself for the new season of Masterpiece Theater:  English country dance classes.

Test your tree IQ with this Sierra Club quiz

Then partake of this lovely essay on determining the size of a sycamore tree which may or may not qualify as a New York State Big Tree.

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delosperma-jewel-of-desert

Verging on animals:

Wondering how to best combat annoying and omni-present fruit flies?   (Here’re are at least 10!)

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adansonia-rubrostipa

Animals proper:

If you’d like to help western buffalo to roam freely (without harassment)…

222 golden retrievers in one place?    Yes, 222 golden retrievers gathered at a Scottish castle to celebrate the birthplace of their breed!!

Awwww…  This kitten will try/endure a whole lot to wake his sleeping friend

You may have to re-tool your definition of cute after you scroll down to the pix of baby panda, Yuan Zai.

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

8/24 – Westchester County, HRM 44: I saw the first marsh mallow in bloom today in the tide marsh by Camp Smith at Annsville Bay.   – Zshawn Sullivan

[Marsh mallow (Althaea officinalis) is native to Africa and has become, over time, naturalized in the Hudson Valley.  A type of candy made from its roots in Africa has evolved into our campfire treats of today.  – Tom Lake.]

Voting is the greenest of acts,

UGS

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