Happy Day After Halloween, UESiders!!

May your costumes have been the best and your trick-or-treating (or that of your young ones) have involved heavy lifting to get home!

After our tech freak-out and  sloth of last week…

Let’s get right down on what’s coming up:

Saturday, November 2nd:   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.

It’s Cherry Lane’s final 2013 Saturday with us and your last chance to snap up a cauliflower like the amazing 10 pounder purchased by lucky (and strong) shopper Gail Shemin 2 Saturdays ago:

10 lb cauliflower

Then say bye – till spring 2014 –  to the wonderful Lou and Janet!

No question but you’ve got to check out Samascott’s NY 428 apples…  So special and delicious they – and Samascott – made the current issue of New York Magazine!

Happy to say, our Master Knife Sharpener’ll be returning this Saturday!   But it won’t be long now until winter cold has her also decamping till the warmth of spring.  Thus, this advice:  Get those carving knives ready for holiday action sooner than later!

And remember…  Autumn leaves are compostable, too!

Last 2 Weeks’ Recycling Totals:

10/19 – 42 lbs batteries;  28 lbs Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 4 pair glasBe gooses;  25 bags of clothes;   7 1/4 compost bins.

10/26 – 36 lbs batteries;  30 lbs Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 5 pair glasses;  30 bags of clothes;   8 jam-packed compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  1,708 lbs batteries; 1,033 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 150 pairs of eye glasses; 684 bags of clothes; 238 compost bins.

We’re still waiting for last Saturday’s (bound to be great) shredding tally!!

Sunday, November 3rd:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am-3pm

Compost Collection 9am-1pm



Last 2 Weeks Recycling Totals:

10/20:   11 lbs batteries; 3 lbs  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 3 1/4 compost bins.

10/27:  4 lbs batteries; 2 lbs Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 3 1/2 compost bins.

YTD (from 6/23/13):  206 lbs batteries;  145 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges;  7 pairs eye glasses; 50 compost bins; 16,530 lbs  shredded paper.

That’s right, people…  3 1/2 bins!!

Monday, November 4th:  Thomas Nast – The Father of Modern Political Cartoons Lecture 

Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue at 67th Street, 6:30pm

Indeed, there was a time before the Democratic donkey, the Republican elephant and many another classic political caricature were devised by the brilliant Nast.  Scholar/author Fiona Deans Halloran’ll be delivering this Malkin Lecture on the man and his work in the Armory’s beautiful Veterans Room.  General admission: $15. Students & seniors:  $12.  Armory members: $10.

Thursday, November 7th:  The Future of Dairy Farming in the Northeast

International Culinary Center, 462 Broadway, 6:30-8:30pm

Likely you know Chobani’s significantly revitalized the impoverished rural area surrounding Syracuse…  Reopening an erstwhile Kraft yogurt plant, hiring, buying milk from farmers throughout the region.  For the last couple of year Governor Cuomo’s been talking dairy/cheese/yogurt as salvation for much of upstate.  Now, Greenmarkets Educated Eater series provides a broader view.  Free but reservations de rigeur.


Thursday, November 14th:  Make It Thursday at the American Folk Art Museum

2 Lincoln Square, Columbus at 65th Street, 6:30pm

This Thursday’s project:  Creation of an embellished,  ruffled felt wreath devised under the expert guidance of craftsperson Karen Brazeil!  Free to museum members.  Non-members:  $10.  Refreshments included.    For more and tickets

Friday, November 15th:  Free Flu Shots Courtesy of Borough President Scott Stringer and Visiting Nurses of New York

Municipal Building, 1 Centre Street, 10th Floor South, 11am-2pm

Please RSVP to ensure an adequate supply:  212-669-4451 or rsvp@manhattanbp.org.

Wednesday, November 20th:  Free Flu Shots Courtesy of State Senator Jose Serrano and Visiting Nurses of New York

Senator Serrano’s District Office, 157 East 104th Street, Ground Floor, 10am-1pm

The number of flu shots is limited, so you must RSVP and asap.  Contact Juliana at 518- 455-2795 or email at jhernand@nysenate.gov.



No shortage of miscellany:

Or end current, interesting food-related info…

Exhibit A:  Yikes!  The BBC’s saying that – given the lowest production since the 1970’s and exploding world market – we’re on the verge of a world wine shortage!

Exhibit B:  The Times Sunday Magazine’s Food & Drink Issue with its description of 22 hours in the life of restaurant Balthazar

Exhibit C:  New book “Provence, 1970:  M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the
Reinvention of American Taste” by Luke Barr.  Just imagine these folks all in a kitchen together!  The end result:  The roots of America’s culinary awakening.

Exhibit D:  No more frustration that, post the 31st, one’s yet again failed to turn that Halloween jack-o-lantern into tasty soup…   The Times says that big orange squash variety is all wrong and totally unsuited to the task.  (Hello, compost bin!)  It’s the Long Island cha’eese pumpkin we all need!

Exhibit E:  Only took 19 years of dogged determination by the inventor, but Mary’s Marinating Sticks should be on Target’s shelves next month!

Exhibit F:  Fashion great Norma Kamali’s passion for all things olive

Exhibit G:  A plunge into despair when we heard the – historic to us if nobody else – Essex Street Market would be demolished for yet another high rise…   Then happiness that the city has not only guaranteed continuous operation during construction but to double the market’s space in the new – massive – structure and with no increase in rent!  (We’ll still miss the vintage market building.)

Also a trio of interesting items in one of our favorite publications, Recycling Today (All on the same web page; just keep scrolling down)

1.  A 4 million plus fine levied against Sims – the same folks recycling NYC plastic/glass/metal – by San Francisco and Contra Costa County, California for not vetting the sources of recycled metals.

2.  A grant from paper mill Pratt Industries to the Downtown (Manhattan) Alliance to provide 16  Big Belly Solar Compactors dedicated to collecting waste paper streetside.

3.  The manufacturer of AstroTurf now incorporates recycled plastic turf in new product!

Believe it or not, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s 2012/2013 Remediation Report is pretty interesting reading!

We designate this the Feel-Good Site of the Week:  HungryforMusic.com which makes it possible for us to donate used musical instruments to deserving  kids!

And Dr. Sara Josephine Baker as the most inspiring – albeit forgotten – New Yorker of this or any other year!  (We’d be well-served to revive any number of her innovations.)

Then there’s Cassandra Lin who, at age 10, forged a partnership between restaurants desirous of disposing of used cooking oil in an environmentally friendly way and members of her community in need of heat. 

Just no end to what at any given moment is transpiring in Central Park…  Up to and including the making of large-scale fine art

Next time you’re downtown, check out the Picasso sculpture University Village/Silver Towers complex:


Lovely to see tons of flowers – in lieu of the usual, very serviceable sedum – on the Green Roof of the Week!

Thanks to The Conservationist – another favorite publication – for this profile of our native easterm white pine tree and what it meant to Native Americans

Believe this is the second bridge we’ve heard about that’s been constructed from recycled plastic!  (Scroll way, way down!)

Like to think some of these are in our city’s future:  Trucks designed to collect both recyclables and waste!



And now for some changes of pace:

Yes, there actually is a champion knitting marathoner…  (Come to New York City, PLEASE, Mr. Babcock!)

Calling all artists with a botany/landscape/environmental bent:  The Horticultural Society has just put out an open call to exhibit in its Project Space.  For details… 

Those sleek brushed steel benches that’re popping up on city streets here and there?  Here’s the DOT link to apply for one!

Survivors of apartment renovations and those planning them should be in the know about Bolster, a new company offering renovation insurance!

For those of us with classic radiator-provided heat:  What’s with all the clanging when steam starts rising?  Well,  MUG says:

“The cause of the banging is water in the line. As the steam rises, some condenses inside of the pipes. It’s supposed to fall back down into the boiler, but if the pipe is pitched the wrong way it can’t drop and pools in the pipe. When the steam begins to come up the next time, it needs to get past the water. What you hear is the steam pushing against the trapped water.”

Who knew that Charles Atlas – skinny wimp turned bodybuilder extraordinaire after famously getting sand kicked in his face – was not only a New Yorker but reputedly the model for many of our monuments?!



We’re not forgetting those animals:

Ha!   Humans and their Halloween costumes worn for a few hours once a year…  There’re a host of critters out there deploying Batesian mimicry 365 days a year 24/7!

Love that Good – magazine and site dedicated to  good works of many kinds – has partnered with Purina to collect stories of and award prizes to pets who’ve distinguished themselves by acts of heroism!  To share/enter the story of your hero pet…  

Ever on the warpath to protect our beleaguered bees from chemical attack, herewith a petition to Bayer that’s gathering considerable steam

This while those same chemicals – in abundant use along their western U.S. migration route – are bound to affect Monarch butterflies, too.

Meanwhile, America’s wolves remain under threat.  Should you believe their endangered species pr0tection should remain in place… 

On the flip side, praise to Washington State’s Fish & Wildlife Department for its smart compromise on where the still abundant giant octopus can be harvested

Meanwhile, the future of that great Halloween icon, the bat, remains in doubt…  Nope, they’re not cuddly creatures, but we’ve viewed them affectionately since we got up close at a last year’s Museum of Natural History event…  An experience which made Dave Taft’s recollection all the more affecting…

Amazing – and a tad worrying, too – how some doc makers really do live in long-term harmony with their wild subjects…  In this case cheetahs

Rent-a-Chicken?  Yes!!

Thanks to Hudson River Almanac for their usual grace note:

10/11 – Manhattan, HRM 3.5:  I walk through Bryant Park daily and while I frequently see pigeons and house sparrows, yesterday I noticed something different. Turned out to be a male common yellowthroat hopping among the flowering begonias, eating insects. Today I went back and saw a small flock of them, two males and six females…  Add to that several dark-eyed juncos, four white-throated sparrows and a house wren, all in one small corner of the park!  –  Caroline McDonald

(No reason not to share your own observations of NYC nature in all its very real wonder!  Just email to trlake7@aol.com!)



Onward in greenness,


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