Greetings, UESiders!

Very good to be back with you as we begin a new year with a new mayor (soon to be living among us), a new City Council Member (Ben Kallos, 244 East 93rd Street, 212-860-1950) and new resolve to improve our already stellar greenness! 

Beginning with the 7 days ahead:

Saturday, January 11th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothing Collection – 9am – 1pm 

At their tables will be the freeze-resistant troopers of American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Gajeski, Feather Ridge, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farm!

Given higher temps, look for Ballard Honey (they braved the Arctic chill last week) and Blue Oyster Mushrooms!

It is happiness to be re-approved…

2014 Recycling Totals will commence next week!

Saturday, January 11th:  Stop & Swap

MS 167 (Robert F. Wagner), 220 East 76th Street, 12-3pm

Bring your clean, portable anything to pass on to others and see what others have brought for the taking…  All for free.  You don’t even need to have brought something to take something.  But, please, no furniture or other big items. Organized by the great people at O.R.O.E. ( NYC’s Office of Recycling Outreach and Education) and the first Stop & Swap sited on the UES!  

Saturday, January 11th & Sunday, January 12th: Mulchfest!

Carl Schurz Park, East End Avenue & 86th Street, 10am-2pm

Remove decorations and lights and watch as your tree takes on new life as nourishing, protective mulch for the gorgeous landscaping of Schurz Park!

Wednesday, January 15th:  “More Than Honey – The True Value of Bees” Screening

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

Doesn’t get any better than a great doc folllowed by NYC Beekeepers sharing their experience with NYC bees and providing delicious samples of those bees’ handiwork!  The first in the NYC Sierra Club’s 2014 Sustainability Series. Suggested donation:  $10. (To see the trailer...)
Down the way:

Tuesday, February 11th:  Landmarks Hearing on the Park Avenue Historic District

Municipal Building, 1 Centre Street, 9th Floor, 4pm

Altogether possible that beautiful but unprotected Park Ave from 79th to 96th could catch glass tower disease…  Especially as, since 2010, 5 historic buildings along that stretch have come down.  If you can’t attend, an email in support would be just great…  (If Greenwich Village preservationists can prevail, so can we!)

Pretty darned miscellaneous miscellany this time out…  Kicking off with our usual rant:

Kinda like there’s a Second Avenue Subway contractor contest to come up with ever more – understatement – annoyances…  As in, “Now that we’re done blasting, how about evicting some residents?”

It’s not just us noticing that – even discounting the mess that snow causes – things around the UES are looking even less tidy than usual…  i.e. Mr. Steinberg’s observations on the environs of John Jay Park… 

Fabulous that the powers-that-be are contemplating more East River Ferry stops. Something less than fabulous that those envisioned stops don’t include 96th Street…  (Couldn’t be because of the proposed MTS, could it?)

Okay, New Yorkers, let’s give ourselves one big pat on the back!! Of the top 1p0 things Care2 says mindfully green folks should be recycling we’re recycling all 10!!

Meanwhile, our NYS neighbors to the north are celebrating the disposal of 138,000 pounds of toxic waste!

Congratulations to Gerber, too, for responding to those many petitions and removing GMO apples from its baby food!

Hopefully, Chobani answers the many asking that the company discontinue purchasing milk from dairies feeding their cattle GMO grain and sugar beets. (Should you agree…)

On the subject of GMOs, this piece from last Sunday’s Times is a must for the well-informed.   (For sure, there’s  a ton we don’t know but – given the consequences – proceeding with extreme caution is a must.) 

Lightening up:

Wow!  Thoroughly modern Community Board 8 is now a YouTube presence in the form of a half hour interview show “CB8 Speaks”.  Check it and area players out

Great that lovely Gracie Mansion’s having a star turn of late… And nice that Curbed‘s provided this short bio of the historic structure…  (Although they did miss its early 1900s service as a school for impoverished city youth.)

Who knows what this crazy winter has in store, so best to have NYC’s Best Sledding Spots on file!

Bar the pheasant hunting, plenty of winter family fun out there in NYState, too

Check out the really great retro result of the New Deal National Park Poster Project

We’ve spoken before of our notion that the new Penn Station should be the rebuilt old Penn Station, yes?  Well, minorly but in that regard, they’re now mulling over plans to reassemble the London’s Euston (Station) Arch… 

Take heart, binge watchers (and we quote from a show biz trade):  “Just released results of a study said binge-watching doesn’t keep viewers on the couch – it can actually get them to the gym. Forty-five percent of respondents said they would be more motivated to exercise if they could watch their favorite shows on-demand, commercial-free. Favorite genre to jog to? Thirty-six percent of respondents said sitcoms.”

Our favorite of The Times’ diverse end-of-year portraits/obits of meaningful individuals was that of Red Burns…   

Moving on to the strange:

They’re not plastic!  They’re not orange, but they are covered with reflective tape!  They rake in millions of dollars!  They are…  Human cones!

Is it peculiar or what that most NYC Christmas trees are trucked in from North Carolina?!

Then there’s the Twilight Zone of the MTA’s lost-and-found!

Yes, bring on those animals:

Commencing with some activism on behalf of dolphins being poisoned by agricultural run-off…  If you think the state of Florida should rein nitrogen over-use in

Our ocean ecosystem could use your assistance too...

More Christmas fodder but so what?  It’s the classic electric eel powering Christmas tree lights!

Two words for you, folks…  Baby pandas!!

We close with a couple of gems from the Hudson River Almanac:

12/24 – Brooklyn: I’m getting used to seeing once rate snowy owls on Floyd Bennett Field’s runways. I passed a nice female bird this morning, sitting in the middle of one of the open grasslands. With the snow melted and nothing but grass exposed, spotting her wasn’t much of a challenge, but she showed no signs of disturbance, almost as if she felt her camouflage was still working.

12/22 – Brooklyn: It was unseasonably warm in downtown Brooklyn as I watched a gray bird of prey maneuver in the windy, pigeon-free skies over Borough Hall. With angular wings it flew north over Columbus Park, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and – after two attempts – landed on louvres of an office building across from Cadman Plaza Post Office. All area pigeons took to the skies, immediately acknowledging the presence of the peregrine falcon. – David Diehl



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