Happy Turkey Day, UESiders!

Our plan?  To eat mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing – chased with Samascott cider and pumpkin pie – till we totally explode!

We are Americans are we not?  Therefore we eat, right?!

May you all be sharing the meal and day with those you love…

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And have a wonderful days before and after a perfect Thanksgiving:

Saturday, November 23th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothing Collection – 9am – 1pm 

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Blue Oyster Mushrooms, along with the great Samascott, Gajeski, Feather Ridge, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farm!

Are we ever happy our Master Knife Sharpener will be present and ready to get those knives of yours in turkey carving readiness!

(Fingers crossed Manager Sarah will be able to replenish her supply of great mushroom recipes..  And hope your donations to St. Stephen’s Pantry will be heaped high at her table!)

Last Week’s Recycling Totals: – 61 lbs batteries; 24 lbs Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 3 pair glasses;  25 bags of clothes; 7 1/2 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  1,885 lbs batteries; 1,130 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 158 pairs of eye glasses; 755 bags of clothes; 261 compost bins.

Totally amazing.

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

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

You’re UESiders, so we know you’ve got a ton on your minds about quality-of-life issues and the Friends of the Esplanade want to know what they are on the subject of our much-neglected Esplanade from  60th to 120th…  Thoughts that’ll then be shared with our mayor-to-be, too!  See you at 96th Street!  To RSVP… 

Sunday, November 24th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection 9am-1pm

The final Sunday market of 2013

At their tables heaped with the makings of great Thanksgiving meals will be Atlantic Seafood, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms, Bread Alone and Meredith’s Bakery!

Don’t forget Stannard’s going to have fantastic turkeys on hand…  Meredith’s and Bread Alone, an incredible array of baked treats…  Stannart, Phillips and Norwich Meadows their always premier produce for turning into mouth-watering sides…  And American Seafood…  Well, it doesn’t get any  bettter, does it?

And we know you won’t forget to purchase something extra to insure our neighbors can celebrate Thanksgiving, too! 

Last Week’s Recycling Totals:  6 lbs batteries; 4 lbs Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 4 compost bins.

YTD (from 6/23/13):  208 lbs batteries;  150 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges;  7 pairs eye glasses; 54 1/4 compost bins; 16,530 lbs  s30thhredded paper!

4 bins, people! 

Saturday, November 30th:  Small Business Saturday

Throughout the City but think Second Avenue

Surely you’ve seen the American Express TV ads…  And what better, more deserving bunch of neighborhood merchants are there than the stalwart, survivor shopkeepers on Second Avenue?! 

Monday, December 2nd:  Project Renewal Scan Van Free Mammograms

Look for the van at First Avenue between 16th and 17th Streets, 1:30-4:30pm

Mammograms will be entirely free to uninsured women 40.  All insurance plans are accepted and co-payments are waived for insured women over 40 who haven’t had a mammogram in more than a year.  Co-sponsored by Council Member Garodnick.   For more information and to make the required appointment call  800-564-6868.

Monday, December 2nd:  “William Helmreich’s “The New York Nobody Knows” Lecture

Acme Studios, 63 North 3d Street, Brooklyn, 8:30pm

Unreal that any person would devote 4 years and walk 6,000 miles to obtain greater – maybe even ultimate knowledge – of this or any city, but that’s what Helmreich’s done.  Got to be one amazing talk.  Brought to us by the Obscura Society.  $20.  For details and tickets

Monday, December 23rd:  “Great New York Buildings Few Guide Books Will Ever Mention” Lecture

190 Underhill Avenue, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, 6:30pm

Need we say more… Except to note that it’s another great event devised by the Brooklyn Brainery!  For directions and to reserve a place

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And the miscellany is:

In the world-gone-mad department:  Our Coast Guard is saying it’s okay to transport fracking waste on any and all American waterways…  Without even an environmental review!  Should you disagree

On the a-lot’s-right-with-world-score, Pope Francis’s taken a stand against fracking!

Not so great that last week our governor vetoed a bill that would have placed revenues derived from public transit in a lockbox and not used for other, non-transit purposes…

Okay, so now the wild and crazies of the GMO food industry have come up with apples that don’t brown/discolor when sliced up.  Really!  If you think the natural signal of decay is an “improvement” the fruit doesn’t need

And another bunch of demented folks are pushing the very terrible idea of GMO trees... 

For sure, any number of young UESiders would be potential candidates for a summer 2014 White House internship!  For program details and to apply…. 

On the subject of applications…  The Board of Ed’s moved the date for kindergarten applications from March 1st to February 14th.

Meanwhile, Google’s offering a host of generous scholarships for the computer science-inclined:  under-grad, grad, for veterans, for folks with disabilities.  For the full picture...

There’s something for the artistic fifth graders among us, too:  The NYS Arbor Day Poster Contest!  For details

Wow!  Mission accomplished!  A cool million apple enthusiasts across the state bit into NY apples on October 24th…  Could lead to a Guinness record!

Moving off the reservation:

To an interesting new wrinkle in the Manhattan real estate market… 

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Ah, yes, animals:

Cubs, cubs and more cubs all born in NYC…  Just scroll down the New York Zoo site for a generous hit of furry cuteness

And another hit of baby twin snow leopards!

California scores again for moving to protect rare frogs from extinction by pesticide!

Just in case you haven’t heard about Ming the (deceased) 507-year old mollusk

Closing with this bit of fun from the HudsonRiIver Almanac…

11/9 – New York Harbor, Lower Bay: Even after so many years on the water, I experienced an unexpected first this morning. Traveling from Rhode Island to Florida aboard my Island Packet SP Cruiser, I was about a half-mile north of the Verrazano Bridge when I encountered a well-antlered white-tailed deer swimming from Brooklyn to Staten Island and making good time…  That is, until he was about 150 feet from my boat at which point, he turned around and headed straight for my cruiser’s bow.  Needless to say, I had to take evasive action! – Captain Bruce Gregory

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Wishing you one green Thanksgiving,

UGS

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