Greetings, UESiders!

Watch for more miscellany to be added over the weekend but, given the jam-packed 7 days of activities ahead, it’s time to get this darned newsletter out!  

Really…   Some kind of week ahead:

Friday, October 18th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14 Street,  between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30pm

Prepare yourself for NYC’s upcoming sunrise solar eclipse e on November 3rd!   Nobody better to provide that preparation than Star Man Supreme, John Pazmino.  Free.

Friday, October 18th – Thursday, October 24th:  8th Annual Forum Film Festival

Time Warner Center & Fordham Law in Lincoln Center

Each festival night features a film exploring the themes of justice and injustice and how they inspire artistic expression.  Post-screening discussion guests include Susan Sarandon, Larry King, and Mario Cuomo.   For films, locations, times and to purchase tickets

Saturday, October 19th:   Autumn Nature Walk with Leslie Day

Meet at Kayaking on the Hudson, 72nd Street and Hudson River. 9-10:30am

Leslie Day – eminent naturalist, author of Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City and Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City – enlightens participants on the abundant and varied trees, grasses, flowers and bird life of Riverside Park South.   No fee quoted so must be free!

Saturday, October 19th:  Annual Harvest Festival at Carl Schurz Park

Throughout the Park, 11am-1pm

A hayride on John Finley Walk…  Pumpkin picking and decoration on the Mayor’s Lawn…  Amazing Mario the Magician on the playground!  Suggested donation per child, $10.   For more and locations in the Park

Saturday, October 19th:  Aboard the “Peking” at the South Street Seaport

Pier 16, Fulton Street & the East River, 11am-4pm

Can hardly be too praising of the experience of setting foot on this marvelous ship…  Add building your own boat model…  Learning to tie seaman’s knots…  Special tours…  Watching a woodcarver at work and more.  Suggested admission:  $5.   An additional $5 for boat building supplies.  For further details:  info@seany.org or call 212-748-8600.

Saturday, October 19th:   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.

And, yes, our  Master Knife Sharpener will be back from Kansas City and eager to hone!

Do bring your leaves to add to our compost bins!

Last Week’s Recycling Totals:  51 lbs batteries;  20 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 4 pair glasses;  25 bags of clothes;   7 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  1,630 lbs batteries; 975 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 141 pairs of eye glasses; 629 bags of clothes; 223 compost bins.

Wow!!

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

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

Preparing for an ever more beautiful spring:  Daffodil planting along the Esplanade wall…  Railing scraping and painting…  Bringing that mess of  planter back from near death with tulip, crocus and, of course, daffodil bulbs…  Refreshments on hand!   Gonna be great!

Sunday, October 20th:  Halloween Howl at Schurz Park

Large Dog Run, Registration beginning promptly at 11am

Jester-Pugs!   Pumpkin-Bichons!  Scarecrow-Scotties!  So 2012…  So,  how will your canine best friend by costumed this Halloween?  And what prizes might he/she win?  (There’s a Healthy Hound Fair, too!)  For full details

Sunday, October 20th:  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!

Not sure about Wager Cider Mill…  They were absent last week…  But we’ve been dreaming about those incredible concord grapes! 

Last week’s recycling totals:  24 lbs batteries; 6 lbs  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 3 1/4 compost bins.

AT LAST!

Weeks 8/18, 8/25 & 9/1 Compost Totals: 3 bins each of the 2 weeks!

YTD (from 6/23/13):  186 lbs batteries;  140 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges;  7 pairs eye glasses; 43 1/4 compost bins; 16,530 lbs  shredded paper.

3 1/4 bins…  This year’s best!!

Tuesday, October 22nd:  Secret Lives Tour – United Palace Theater

Meeting location for tour provided with registration, 6pm

Once known as 1930 Loew’s 175th Street, the United Palace was the last of the “Wonder Theatres” built in New York/New Jersey.  A wonderous combo of Indian/Cambodian/Moorish/Byzantine/Art Deco style.  Organized by the Historic Districts Council.  Members $30.  Non-members $50.  For more and tickets

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.

(Transport those hardcovers to Goodwill.)

Tuesday, October 29th:  Roving Body Parts and Restless Dead

Acme Studios, 63 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn,

And we quote: “The famous deceased have been stolen, burned, sold, pickled, frozen, stuffed, impersonated and een filed away in a lawyer’s office.”  Get the lowdown from of “Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses” Beth Lovejoy.  Another winner from Obscura Society New York!   Advance tickets only:  $15. 

Thursday, October 31st:  Creepy Creatures of the Hudson

 Pier 40, Houston Street & the Hudson River, 2-5pm
What could be better than Halloween at The River Project’s Wetlab…  Complete with native riverine creatures (fish, crabs and even a seahorse!) you can reach out and touch and even – like the fellow just below –  hold!  Totally family friendly with costumes are encouraged and those wearing them entered in spooky raffle!   Co-sponsored by the great folks NYCH2O.  Free but you must RSVP… 

spider crab!!

spider crab!!

Then next month:

Sunday, November 10th:  Rockefeller University Walking Tour

Meet at the main entrance of Rockefeller University, 66th Street & York Avenue, 1pm
Indeed, what does lie beyond those stone walls and towering trees?  Organized by Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District.  Members $10.  Non-members $15.  For details and tickets
Thursday, November 14th:  Advancing Solar Power with NY-Sun” Webinar
On Your Computer, 10:30am-12pm
NYState intends to spend $800 to expand solar by 2015 so why not get some assistance in upgrading your building or business?  This webinar provides the basics of how!  For more
Miscellany (with more to come):

Beginning with a food alert:  Seems more than just Foster Farms chicken is tainted with salmonella…  Added “farm” labels to avoid include Kirkland, Costco’s house brand.

Incredible that The NY Times should find itself on a list of climate change denying periodicals…  Although, by our lights, The Times would be better categorized as a climate change omitter.  In any event, if  you take issue with the Paper of Record’s approach

From the beginning  so-called pellet stoves deployed for home heating felt wrong and now we know why:   Swathes of forest are being felled to provide those neat little pellets.  Should you also object

Then there’s the situation with of Cheerios…  Really, why on earth is General Mills still making their cereals with GMO grains?  Should you think a change is in order

And more good stuff, too:
First available opportunity, get yourself over to the the Park Avenue Armory and take in the newly restored and insanely beautiful Board of Officers Room!

As ever, Build It Green – AKA BIG – leads the charge, now milling NYC waste wood into useful lumber while training the disadvanged in the skilled work!

Reminder:  Those autumn leaves can be composted at both the 82nd and 92nd Street Greenmarkets!!

Very nice graphics laying out the basics/virtues of the esteemed apple… 

Could it be Home Ec classes are ripe for a comeback and that – in this era of fast food and obesity of all ages – they’re a great idea?!

Of course, there’s an easy way to track Banksy unfolding body of NYC work… 

Ah, animals:

And how about this for a gorgeous bird…  The Rufous-headed Chachalaca!
Get out your Cute-O-Meter before viewing a lucky baby being soothed by kindly kitty
Debated where to place this next…  The re-opening of the Museum of Natural History’s Butterfly Conservatory this Saturday…  (Animals won out.)   Every child…  Every person should experience this beauty… 
It is so good to be green,
UGS
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