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!



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.



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,



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