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…!



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.



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,


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