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.


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,

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,



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