Greetings, UESiders! 

Lean and mean and trans-fat free this week after the previous big, fat edition…

But not so skin and bones that we won’t make s special, crazy-fun plea for newsletter friend Karen O’Hara who just happens to be the wild and crazy mind behind SyFy Channel’s “Sharknado” movie (sharks picked up by a tornado then rain down on L.A. and bite lots of people) that’s just been nominated for a People’s Choice Award in the TV Movie/Mini-Series category.

We’re people!  They want us to choose!  So why not “Sharknado”?!!  

To vote for this little masterpiece of science fiction kitsch… 

And now for the week ahead: 

Saturday, November 9thB:   82nd Street Greenmarket 

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

Compost & Clothing Collection – 9am – 1pm 

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

Hope you stopped by the new, fabulous addition to our market ranks…  Blue Oyster Mushrooms! 

What with this line-up, no wonder farmers are near selling out! 

The only down note this week:  NO Master Knife Sharpener… 

Last Week’s Recycling Totals: – 59 lbs batteries;  42 lbs Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 1 pair glasses;  43 bags of clothes; (an,804other) 8 jam-packed compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  1,767 lbs batteries; 1,075 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 151 pairs of eye glasses; 727 bags of clothes; 246 compost bins.

Believe it!!  You folks have composted 55,804 lbs these last 3 months!!

Saturday, November 9th:  Jazz & Colors

Throughout Central Park, 12-4pm

Thirty bands!  Thirty locations!  Check out the map for who’s going to be where and when! 

Sunday, November 10th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection 9am-1pm

Happy to be back after Marathon Sunday are Atlantic Seafood, Gonzales, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms, Bread Alone, Meredith’s Bakery and the great Stellar Cooks!

Phillips’ pears are truly sensational!  Same for Gonzale’s beets and Norwich Meadows’ baby eggplants!

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

YTD (from 6/23/13):  196 lbs batteries;  144 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges;  7 pairs eye glasses; 46 3/4 compost bins; 16,530 lbs  shredded paper.

Holy crow!!…  You’ve composted  18,047 lbs over the last 3 months!!

And coming up:

Thursday, November 21st:  American Mirror – The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell

Roosevelt House, 47-49 East 65th Street, 5:30pm

Biographer and art critic Deborah Solomon discusses her long-awaited and now much publicized book.  Free but you must RSVP or 212-396-7919,  (Who knew Rockwell was married 3 times!)

As for miscellany:

First and foremost, this alert from the folks who bring us our Greenmarkets:

“Greenmarket is passing along a message from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and other organizations advocating for small farms throughout the U.S.  I’s highly important that farmers and consumers raise their voices in support of the critical Food Modernization and Safety Act.”  (“Consumers” means us, folks!  Hit that link!)

Question:  Does NYState need development in – as established by Sandy – flood-prone areas…  Or legislation that would permit it?  If you say no, then

Enough seriousness:

Funny how often we know just the broad strokes about things right in our midst..  In this case, Gracie Mansion!  (Suggestion:  Book yourself in for a tour in the next 50-plus days…  After which – given a resident mayor – much of could be off-limits.) 

Or that it takes traveling far afield to change perceptions of what we experience every day…  In this instance, a couple’s perspective on what they eat… 

Two really interesting books reviewed by New York-o-phile Sam Roberts:  “The New York Nobody Knows:  Walking 6,000 Miles in the City” and “The Routes Not Taken:  A Trip Through New York City’s Unbuilt Subway System”!  (Sure, walk?  But 6,000 miles?)

We’ve got a new, local celebrity:  Dancing Traffic Enforcement Agent Mentoria Hutchinson!

How about one of these for our Esplanade…  A beautiful, floating Harvest Dome

Ah, yes, animals:

Pretty darned sad-making this news about the resiliency of the white-nose fungus laying waste America’s bats

Meanwhile, why are we not surprised that cat purr vibrations – 20-140 HZ – are within a range of sound recognized to be medically therapeutic!  (Thank you, Fluffy!)

Trust The Times great Christopher Gray to provide a quick history of the horse in NYC along with a guide to the surviving fountains where the they and other animals – humans included – once drank!

And lovely for N.Y.C. Nature columnist Dave Taft to state:  “Though hawks can be observed in the skies above any of the five boroughs, there are several New York City locations that rival the best national observatories in sheer numbers of birds and surrounding beauty… 

Of course, there are!

Our greenest,

UGS

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