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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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…
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 email@example.com 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.
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