Greetings, UESiders!

Let’s get right down on the coming week:

Saturday, January 18th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

On yet another frigid Saturday – likely with some snowfall added in – look for the stalwart American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Yellowbell, Gajeski, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms!

Fingers crossed on Ballard Honey.

Note:  Rabbits’ Run has baby onions!


Last week’s recycling totals:  62 lbs batteries;  23 lbs filters, cords, CDs/DVDs, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair of glasses; 7 bins of compost; 25 bags of clothes.

Okay…  We know 10 bins was – for now – an extraordkinary event.  HOWEVER, let’s get real.  Last week’s 7 bin total has now become our new and amazing normal (as opposed to the 6-pluses we racked up all summer and fall.)

Just incredible!

Saturday, February 1st through Sunday, June 29th:  “Bessie’s Big Shot” Puppet Show

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, Central Park

Bessie dreams of life in the circus…  But could a cow possibly fit in under the big top?  Surely not as trapeze artist or bareback rider or  acrobat.  This charming show – in a charming park building – details one unlikely odyssey to stardom.  Family friendly, needless to say.  Kids under 12:  $7.  Everybody else:  $10.  For more and tickets

Saturday, February 15th:  Shred-A-Thon Post-Valentine’s Day Edition

Curbside at the 82nd Street Greenmarket between First & York, 10am-2pm

And we’ll be shredding:

Paper of any and every kind!  Bring it on!!

But, please, NO cardboard or handled shopping bags.

Please remove paper clips and metal and plastic spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   But falling-apart paperbacks are just fine.

(Take unwanted hardcovers to Goodwill or HousingWorks.)

Let there be miscellany:

Herewith, the committees to which City Council Members have recently been assigned

And this bullet point from Governor Cuomo’s  2014 priorities for the state:  “Protect our state’s greatest resource – our environment – by increasing the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), expanding outdoor recreational opportunities and access to NY-grown agricultural products, and providing a new round of NY Works capital funding for environmental facilities.”

Meanwhile, add to the many righteous battles in which New Yorkers are presently engaged the preservation of our great public library system and the irreplaceable real estate on which its buildings are sited (think Brooklyn, Mid-Manhattan, the Library of Science, Business & Industry to name but a few).  And we do all recall that our new mayor promised to stop this bad music?  So how about we hold him to his pledge?  (We wrote:  “Fulfill your campaign promise.  Prevent the destruction of New York’s great library system.  You promised us, sir.”

Yes, there’s the huge black mark of Park Avenue falling off the To Be Plowed List, but the mayor did earn a partial star this week when he approved Rockaway Ferry service for another 3 months.

Further on the subject of Park Avenue:  We’ve made our admiration for The Times great Christopher Gray abundantly clear, but his recent article on the Park Avenue Historic District…  Well, sir, we take truly deep issue with your tepidness!

You will be impressed by the mind-boggling array of online maps on offer by NYS Department of Environmental Protection…  Everything from Significant Natural Communities to boat launch sites to an inventory of NYS dams to trails designed for the disabled!

Sure are going solar out in Brooklyn…  Now 23 homes and counting in Ditmas Park alone!

Last week’s green-walled Paris building was a beauty and now this…  A most buccolic green roof…  (For more pix…) 

For sure, Manhattan’s lost way too many of the eccentric little shops that used to dot its byways…  But hardly all.  Example:  The Tiny Doll House!

On the subject of the tiny, if only one felt the least little bit better about the mess that is Second Avenue subway construction when comparing with this view of the East River shoreline when the FDR was a-building…  (And, yes, for sure, River House/Club has always been deluxe!) 

Who knew that their was a competition as to where Ulysses Grant would be buried?  And that NYC prevailed over a host of rivals, including Galena, Illinois where the man was born?  For the lowdown

Further on the subject of monuments:  Seems like the majority of the 800 adorning our city deserve an easily accessible biography/histography.  

And now for a U-turn: 

Doesn’t get any better than this beautifully simple solution to an age-old, endemic problem: An Iron Fish in Every Pot…  (Cast iron cookware delivers the same vitmineral to us!)

How about a Maine vacation in a yurt?  (Yes, you’ll be reading it right…  Rates are higher in winter!)

We want animals, too:  

Darned ridiculous that survival of the wonderful, totemic-of-the-American-West sage grouse remains in doubt…  (But should you want to speak out on the beleagured bird’s behalf...) 

Surely the right and left hands are not in contact what with the (so-called) Wildlife Service culling (as in killing) in the neighborhood of 1.5 million endangered animals –  bears, wolves, ferrets – last year.  (If you object to this policy…)

But proud to say NYS is shaping up to protect the Northern Cricket Frog!

He’ll be spending only a couple of years in San Antonio, but we’ll be happy when NY Aquarium’s post-Sandy repairs are complete and Mitik the walrus calf returns to his place in the aquarium’s marine mammal exhibit (hopefully, without a Texas accent)! 

Can’t stop the folks at the helm of Puppy Bowl X who are now asking fans to vote for the MVP…  That being the Most Valuable Puppy! (Plus Keyboard Cat will be performing Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven” at half-time.)

We leave you with penguins and the knowledge that even an arctic creature is challenged by ice… 

Of course, we dream in green,




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2 responses to “

  1. Christopher Gray

    At least you didn’t accuse me of moral tepidtude. –Christopher

    • Holy crow, Mr. Gray…

      Forget the day… That you’ve actually read our newsletter has made our year!

      Moral tepidtude, bah! If you’ve read any of our past newsletters, you know how often we’ve referred readers to your articles while describing the author with all-but reverence!

      No question there’s mounting sensitivity to the ongoing destruction of so many of our city’s vintage structures. Not that just because something’s a certain age should make it inviolate. But as we see it, even though a number of Park Avenue buildings could be more fabulous architecturally, they – like, say, the First Avenue Estates – are a social statement… An ongoing social statement. We’d add that whatever the banality of the worst, they’re better than anything that – except in the rarest instances – would be put up today.

      For all one’s love of our city and Manhattan in particular, it pretty much forces acceptance of how much of it is downright and growing ever more undistinguished.

      Meanwhile, we’ve stumbled across an idea – an amazingly low cost idea – for making our meaningful buildings and their history available via QR tiles. We thought it was original to us, but it’s already been deployed in some Italian and English towns.

      The thought is to test on small square block area on the UES – as that’s Upper Green Side’s focus – and, of course, we’d be enlisting everyone from organizations like Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts and the Historic District Council to electeds, residents… Well, any and everyone with knowledge, skill if not expertise and interest…

      Which would, obviously, include you.

      I do hope you’d permit us to contact you when we’ve gotten the project beyond the great notion form.

      But, surely, we’d respect your wish that we get and stay lost.

      In the meantime, we’ll take that, out-of-the-blue, you’ve written us as a sign…

      FYI, I’m Sarah Gallagher and my email’s

      With very best regards,

      Sarah Woodside Gallagher

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