Happy Apple Cider Week, UESiders!!

Ground Zero for celebration:  The Union Square Greenmarket which’ll be staying open late this coming Friday to allow adequate time for us all to revel in autumnal weather, the fall harvest and one wonderful drink!



On to the week ahead:

Through Saturday, November 23rd:  Extraordinary Women in Science & Mathematics – Four Centuries of Achievement 

The Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, Monday through Saturday, 10am-5pm 

Who knew so many achieved prominence in the field!   A must for anyone with a daughter with an interest in math.  (And total tonic after last Sunday’s Times article!)  There’re also a number of symposia and special tours.  Exhibition is free.  For full details… 

Thoughout October & November 1st:  NYS Energy Webinars

On Your Computer

On subjects ranging from upgrading your home’s energy efficiency to empowering communities to develop renewable energy.  For the schedule and to participate

Saturday, October 12th:   82nd Street Greenmarket 

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

Compost & Clothing Collection – 9am – 1pm 

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

No confirmation from our  Master Knife Sharpener yet…  But we’re  betting on the affirmative.

Last Week’s Recycling Totals:  28 lbs batteries;  24 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 1 pair glasses;  20 bags of clothes;   7 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  1,579 lbs batteries; 955 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 137 pairs of eye glasses; 604 bags of clothes; 216 compost bins.

Closing in on a ton of batteries…

Sunday, October 13th:  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 our wonderful Stellar Cooks!

The Wager Cider Mill will be with us, too! 

Last week’s recycling totals:  40 lbs batteries; 8 lbs  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 2 1/2 compost bins.

Weeks 8/18, 8/25 & 9/1 Compost Totals:  TBA.  (Going to throttle Drogan if he doesn’t dig up these missing stats soon!)

YTD (from 6/23/13):  162 lbs batteries;  134 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges;  7 pairs eye glasses; 31 compost bins; 16,530 lbs  shredded paper.

Wednesday, October 16th:  Stuyvesant Cove Evening Stroll

24-20 FDR Drive Service Road East,  6pm

The final tuyvesant Cove Park’s 2013 evening walking tours led by manager Daisy.  The place is a gem, replete with native plants, a designated stop on the Monarch butterfly migration route and exemplar of sustainable gardening principles.  Free.  To reserve a place

Wednesday, October 16th:  “Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot” Lecture

 Sotheby’s, 1334 York Avenue, 6:30pm

And we quote, “Inspired by the historic ginkgo that has thrived in London’s Kew Gardens since the 1760s, Professor Sir Peter Crane will discuss the history of the ginkgo from its mysterious origin through its proliferation, drastic decline, and ultimate resurgence.”   An Andrew Carnegie Lecture, presented by the NY Botanical Garden and hosted by Sotheby’s.  Garden members, $35.  Non-members, $39.    For more and to RSVP… 

Friday, October 18th:  An Autumn Night at Greenmarket

Union Square Greenmarket at 14th Street, 4-8pm

Freshest local fruits and vegs, cheeses, wines, beers, flowers, baked goods, prepared food from neighboring restaurants and – natch – fantastic cider!   For more

Round the bend:

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

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

Daffodil planting along the Esplanade wall…  Railing scraping and painting…  Bringing the planter back from near death with tulip, crocus and, of course, daffodil bulbs…  Your Esplanade wants you!

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

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

And 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.

(Bring those hardcovers to Goodwill.)

Saturday, November 2nd:  Old Brooklyn Waterworks Bike Tour

Meeting Place Accompanies Your Reservation, 11am

Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione fills lucky riders in on the life and times of the now defunct, 19th Century water system that served the once-independent City of Brooklyn.  Organized by NYCH2O.  $25.   For more and reservations… 


Serious miscellany first:

Here’s a new and scary term:  “Climate departure“…  Defined as the point in time when average temperature exceeds historical averages…  That time for NYC now predicted to be 2047.

Hummm…  Seems NYS is being a tad lax on enforcing our water quality laws.  Should you think more rigor is in order… 

Requiring thought, but we’ll see:

Don’t know quite how we feel about the newly passed City Council approach to restaurant inspection

But then:

Can’t beat this for good news:   The Brownfield Clean-up of 676 Third Avenue (at 94th Street) is now complete!  (As we recall it was once the site of a dry cleaner.) 

Or this:  As of October 1, California commenced  regulating the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products

Or this for fun:  The live Heritage Radio/GrowNYC’s report from our own 92nd Greenmarket!

Of course, you know that the legendary Banksy is spending October creating in street art in NYC…  But have you heard his so droll audio guide?  Just call 800-656-4271 , ext. 1. 

From our Master Knife Sharpener, a product that definitely needs to come market:  The Phoneblok…  A near totally durable/customizable/updatable green phone!

Let any who’d assert the UES is lacking in local colorfulness stop by Conte’s Market on 89th and York any given Friday morning!

For those unfamiliar with the great Lewis Lapham – yeah, the big-time intellectual but don’t be put off – he’s now devised the online Lapham’s Quarterly , put up any number of  pretty fabulous podcasts, featuring folks like Simon Winchester and on the gamut of subjects.  Recent favorite:  “The Deadly Sea” re the state of our oceans.  But check the library list out

Sure, one sees MTA vans and buses mysteriously popping up around town every once in a while, but – surprise-surprise – they  have a real, actual schedule!

What’s a week without at least one screwball happening…  As in the guy who biked across the Hudson River!  

How about this for a change of pace:  A bunch of really cute – and free – Halloween printables!

Yes, animals:

Fascinating results from the recent Central Park Bioblitz…  Beginning with a renewed population of the adorable eastern chipmunk…

As well as the presence of many a previously unknown plant, insect, fish, bird, turtle, mollusk and bat!

Over in our hood at Rockefeller U, researchers have determined that NYC cockroaches differ genetically from neighborhood to neighborhood!  (Favorite quote from the article:  “This is a window into cockroach society and it is very much like our own.”)

If you’ve ever had a bird crash into one of your windows (and it’s not unusual in our city when our feather friends are migrating) you don’t want it to happen again…   One preventative step:  Bird Tape developed by the American Bird Conservancy!

Demonstating that stay-at-home dads aren’t just humans…  We give you Mr. Spoon-Billed Sandpiper minding the family nest of fluffy chicks in the wilds of Siberia!

Even more important that NYS starts standing firm on water quality now that baby sturgeon are being released to restore their population in the Genesee River!

As is our wont, we close with a snippet from the Hudson River Almanac:

9/17 –  Queens:  As my Queens College general ecology class walked onto the beach under the Queens side of the Throgs Neck Bridge, the East River was dropping fast and we turned over intertidal rocks, revealing numerous Asian shore crabs, sometimes a dozen under one stone. But the highlight was the many oysters.   One showed a black stripe indicating it may have been the progeny of a cultured oyster, but the rest were surely wild. Not only did they cover all the hard surfaces – boulders, scrap metal, a truck tire and bridge pilings – but even the sand flats had many clumps of  3 to 10, spaced just a few feet apart.  It was easy to see how these could be incipient oyster reefs.  –  John Waldman

Au greenoir,


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