Greetings, UESiders!

Carumba!

There’s a lot going on!  (In the best possible way!)

Now –  in addition to the superlative anti-MTS campaign waged by Pledge2Protect and the Residents for Reasonable Development demand that MSK/CUNY humungous facility be sited elsewhere – add newly initiated moves to restore and bring world-class design to the UGS stretch of the East River Esplanade!

Keep that mind as we get down on the totally active week ahead:

Now through November 23rd:  Talking Transition

Talking Transition Tent, Duarte Square between Canal Street and Sixth Avenue

A host of panel discussions and opportunities for you to let our new mayor know how you feel about about long list of subjects:  The proposed MTS… The huge MSK/CUNY complex on 74th Street..  The sell-off of library real estate.  For the schedule of panels and what they’ll be discussing

Now:  “Save the Putnam Nature Trail” Screening 

On Your Computer Screen

Haven’t we all been following the determined uptown folks organized to defend the Putnam Nature Trail.  Now – but for a limited time – watch the

 award-winning short film detailing their efforts –  “Save the Putnam Nature Trail” – can be seen on Vimeo!  Free.  (Thanks to 1000+ Friends for the tip!)  

Saturday, November 16th:  Pledge2Protect Volunteer Meeting

Yorkville Creperie, 1586 York Avenue, between 83rd & 84th, 10-11am

No fooling around, Pledge2Protect continues to roll, getting the word out to New Yorkers wherever they may live…  Adding to the thousands of those who’ve signed the pledge that garbage dumps don’t belong in any residential neighborhood…  And YOU can lend a huge helping hand!  For further details...  

Saturday, November 16th:  Czech Christmas Market

Bohemian National Hall,321 East 73rd Street,  Ballroom, 4th Floor, 11am-8pm

Think hundreds of beautiful hand-blown glass Czech Christmas ornaments!  Event sponsored by Consulate General of the Czech Republic in NY, the Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association, and Czech Center New York.  To RSVP:  newyork@embassy.mzv.cz.

Saturday, November 16th:   82nd Street Greenmarket 

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

Compost & Clothing Collection – 9am – 1pm 

Tabling will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Blue Oyster Mushrooms, as well as Samascott, Gajeski, Feather Ridge, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farm!

And our Master Knife Sharpener will be on hand, too!

(Blue Oyster is promising recipes shortly!)

Last Week’s Recycling Totals: – 57 lbs batteries;  31 lbs Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 4 pair glasses;  28 bags of clothes; 7 1/2 jam-packed compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  1,824 lbs batteries; 1,106 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 155 pairs of eye glasses; 755 bags of clothes; 253 1/2 compost bins.

Can barely lift the bags of recycled batteries these days!

Sunday, November 17th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection 9am-1pm

With us will be Atlantic Seafood, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms, Bread Alone and Meredith’s Bakery!

Yes, as you likely observed Gonzalez Farm’s season is at an end.

Same for the wonderful Stellar Cooks.

BUT, as 92nd Street’s 2013 season winds down…

Stannard’s has fabulousThanksgiving turkeys on hand…  Or for you to order for pick-up next Sunday, the 23rd!!

AND both Bread Alone and Melissa’s have a fantastic array of Thanksgiving pies to choose from and order…  Also for pick-up on November 23rd! 

Last Week’s 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):  202 lbs batteries;  146 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges;  7 pairs eye glasses; 50 1/4 compost bins; 16,530 lbs  shredded paper.

Another 3 1/2 bins!

Wednesdays, November 20th & November 27th:  Smiling Faces, Going Places Dental Care Program

PS198, 1700 Third Avenue between 95th & 96th, 10am-8:30pm

For the past 12 years, the NYU College of Dentistry (NYUCD) Mobile Dental Van, Smiling Faces, Going Places has brought critically-needed dental services, oral health preventive care, and educational programs to New Yorkers  and now it’s coming to our hood.   Children only will be seen during school hours (ending at 2:20pm),  Adults will also be seen thereafter, till 8:30pm.  Free!  For more on the program…  (Don’t look for the PS198 visit…  They haven’t posted it yet!)

Wednesday, November 20th:  Geothermal Primer – Is It For You?

Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, corner of Irving Place, 6:30pm

Sure, we know geothermal’s one of the cheapest and most reliable ways to heat and cool most buildings.  (There are even a couple of geothermal-equipped buildings on the Upper East Side!)  But how about this:  As per The Times,  there’re more geothermal systems installed in NY, NJ and PA than anywhere else in America!  Alex Posner and Brett Miller (respectively, geologist and engineer with the NYC Department of Design & Construction) will detail geothermal case studies in each of the five boroughs, along with system’s challenges.  Free.  For more: 212-348-7183.   (Meanwhile, get yourself over to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s visitor center and check outs its 28 geothermal wells!)

Wednesday, November 20th: Guide to NYC Urban Landscapes – A Book Talk

The Arsenal, Third Floor Gallery, Fifth Avenue at 64th Street, 6:30pm 

Join Civitas for an illustrated lecture on New York landscape design, from 19th Century cemeteries to the Upper East Side’s Conservatory Garden, with stops in-between by authors Robin Lynn and Francis Morrone.  Members: $15.  Non-members: $20.  For tickets

Thursday, November 21st:  Protecting the Waterfront and Revitalizing it for Fun, Recreation, Commerce, and Transportation

Talking Transition Tent, Canal Street & Sixth Avenue, 4:30-6:30pm

The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance invite all of us to join them as they engage newly elected officials in an informed and comprehensive discussion of critical issues affecting our harbor and waterfront, and the importance of maintaining the City’s commitment to the waterfront.  (Natch, foremost on our minds will be our East River Esplanade!)

Then: 

Saturday, November 23rd:  Restore & Reinvent the East River Esplanade 

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 10am-2pm

Riverside Park is already drop-dead gorgeous!  There’re all kinds of fantastic plans afoot for the Esplanade further south!  And no reason on earth why we should settle for the weedy, sink-hole ridden mess that is the Esplanade from  60th to 120th Streets.  So, come on over and share your hopes and dreams for all our Esplanade can and should be…  Ideas the new Conservancy will be putting before the new mayor!   To RSVP… 

Sundays, November 24th & December 15th:  Keeping It Green – For Families

Throughout Central Park

What better way to log in quality parent/kid time than raking leaves and spreading mulch on a beautiful, crisp fall afternoon in glorious Central Park?   All that and with environmental experts on hand!  Free, of course.  For more into and to sign up

Tuesday, December 3rd:  Giving Tuesday

Wherever You Might Be

Designed as an equalizer to the massive consumerism of Black Friday, December 3rd is a day to consider whatever good works will be recipient of our holiday generosity.  One obvious giftee:  GrowNYC, the folks who bring us our Greenmarkets!   For more…  

Wednesday, December 11th:  Homegrown – A Do-It-Yourself Series – Soap!

The Horticultural Society 148 West 37th Street, 13th Floor, 6:30pm

And we quote:  “Learn how to use natural dyes, essential oils, and dried herbs to make soap that looks, smells, and feels wonderful.”  The perfect Christmas gift for so many, of course!  Members:  $15.  Non-members:  $35.   or email:  programs@thehort.org  

Actionable miscellany up first:

Add the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) to the pile of meaningful legislation currently gathering dust in Congress’s to-do box. Founded by the Department of Energy in 1976, WAP reduces national energy demand by the equivalent of 24.1 million barrels of oil, helping thousands of income-eligible families get their homes weatherized each year, which saves 53 metric tons of CO2 emissions per house.  If you’d like urge D.C. into action...
Should you also think the EPA needs to hold the line against coal-fired power plants, amongst our most aggressive polluters…
Really?  GMOs in the classic Ritz Cracker??  Perchance you’d like to communicate with Nabisco on the subject
And why is Gowanus a superfund site?  Check it out
On to the way brighter side:
Out in California, Governor Brown’s signed a bill outlawing the use of lead ammunition…  Thus saving countless birds of prey and carrion-eaters – like the condor – from lead-poisoning.
Then these tidbits:
Might a college student of your acquaintance be interested in a spring internship?  Non-profit Environmental Advocates of New York has openings for 3.  Unpaid, of course, but earning college credit.  For details and to apply

Yikes!  A fire at a Long Island knish bakery – claiming to be the world’s largest – may cause a nationwide knish shortage! 

We’d never forget animals:

WHAT!   Congress passed a bill allowing the slaughter of horses for food?!!!  Worse still, many of the poor creatures have been “treated” with a host of drugs that’ve never been approved for humans or have been established as totally harmful to homo sapiens!  Holy crow.  Should you believe horse meat should be prohibited as a grocery item

Yes, and the House of Representatives has just put together a bill that’d permit a whole lot more logging in national forests!  If you disapprove...

Always cheering to receive announcements like this from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation..  That they’ve  restored yet another native brook trout fishery!  

Oh, and another expert’s adocating oysters to blunt the force of future super-storms… 

So happy to be green,

UGS

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