Monthly Archives: February 2014

Happy Friday Without Inclement Weather, UESiders!

Yes, your memory is correct…  We did considerable ragging on our city’s less than state-of-the-art snow handling last time out.  But trust New Yorkers to step into the breach…  Like Daniel Pincus and the Inwood Shovelers…  Or volunteer student shovelers out on Staten Island

What a city we are!

Meanwhile, last night here, in low East Sixties of Manhattan, a city garbage truck took the corner of York at 62nd, screeched to a stop by a Mt. Everest-size pile of black garbage bags and proceeded to hurl them into the truck.  When a pair of passersby responded with a cheer, two garbage guys replied with a mostly on key rendition of the Rocky theme!

Oh!  Here’s a challenge for the junior detectives among us!  The picture below was snapped with a very expensive camera later found by one of our many, many honest citizens. Identifying the location might help identify the owner.

Lost Camera Picture

Let us know if you recognize the place:  uppergreenside@gmail.com!

So, what of the week ahead:

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, February 21st, 22nd & 23rd:  35th Annual Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair

P.S. 3, 490 Hudson Street

From Nancy Drew to Anais Nin to – maybe but an extreme long a shot – the current primo object of desire, the 19th Century first edition of “The King in Yellow”, partial inspiration of HBO’s new, overtly weird “True Detective”.  3-Day Pass, $12; 2-day Pass, $8; Sunday, $4.  Proceeds benefit P.S. 3.  For more and hours

Saturday, February 22nd:  Holmes Towers MTS Organizing Committee Meeting

1780 First Avenue, Apartment 14C, 2pm

Who would be more opposed to construction of a garbage dump on their doorstep than the people who endured the previous incarnation for 4 decades plus?  All UESiders welcome, of course!  For more, contact Sergio at 917-751-5818.   

Saturday, February 22nd:  82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

As we bask in a 55 degree day wedged in between a month of endless snow, sleet, rain and ice and the arrival of another Arctic vortex, expect a full house of our great purveyors of the freshest and best:  American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Yellowbell, Gajeski, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms and Ballard Honey!

No way, you haven’t noticed the scaffolding in front of St. Stephen…  The collapsed roof on the shed in the churchyard and other sundry destruction due snow/ice  accumulation, right?

And tomorrow there may – underscore may – be some construction to address these various weather-caused problems…

FEAR NOT!

The market may be working around that construction a bit, but it’ll be 100% happening! 

(For other market info, you know you can check www.GrowNYC.org for last minute updates!) 

Meanwhile, last frigid-snowy-windy Saturday, regardless of a truck malfunction and a funeral at the church, UESiders – along with event regulars traveling from Midtown, Hell’s Kitchen and the Upper West Side – shredded up a storm!

Look for our poundage total next week…

Meanwhile…

So what if the weather was a beat and you were hauling all that paper?!  You still racked up 6 1/4 compost bins and 15 bags of clothes!!  (Other recyclable totals to come next week.)

Last week’s recycling totals:  54 lbs batteries;  32 lbs filters, cords, CDs/DVDs, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 4 pairs of eye glasses; 6 1/4 bins of compost; 15 bags of clothes.

Wednesday, February 26th:  “Food Patriots” Online Screening

On Your Computer Screen, 8pm

After a son’s near-deadly brush with contaminated chicken, a Chicago family commits itself to changing what they eat…  The net result:  If you raise it, they will come!  To watch the (fun) trailer and sign up to receive the screening link… 

Down the way:

Saturday, March 1st: Tedx Manhattan Webcast Event – Changing the Way We Eat

Webacast On Your Computer Screen, 10:30am-4:30pm

Or for the lucky first 25 to respond…

Watch at the home of Sierra Club stalwart Bonnie Lane Weber, 1155 Park Avenue

Speakers include  David Binkle, Director of Food Services, Los Angeles Unified School District, Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Restaurant Opportunities Center United, Tom Colicchio, Chef/Owner, Craft Restaurants; Head Judge, “Top Chef” and Myra Goodman, Co-Founder, Earthbound Farm.

For the webcast...

To  RSVP to Ms. Weber:  212-348-7185 or blaneweber@aol.com.

((Ms. Lane will be offering a simple brunch and afternoon snack.  She’ll understand if you can only stay for a few hours.) 

March, April & May:  Municipal Art Society Tours

Throughout the City

So interesting…  So many that our humble newsletter would run on for pages so, friends, head directly to the MAS site!

Saturday, March 8th:  Chelsea Gardeners Pre-Season Planting Meeting

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, 356 West 18th Sreet between Eighth & Ninth, 2:30pm

Unreal what the Chelsea Gardeners have done with their bike islands… Beautiful, hardy, dog-discouraging.  So let us go mine their 3-years experience and turn the weed patches blighting First Avenue between 60th and 96th into something wonderfully lush and durable!  (No, no way Parks can do more than get trees installed.)

Tuesday, April 22nd:  Earth Day!

Worldwide

Mark your calendars!!

All righty then, miscellaneous activism first on deck:

You recall that our new mayor promised to short circuit proposed, horrendous alterations to the 42nd Street Library, along with the sale of Mid-Manhattan and Brooklyn branches?  Should you feel that promise should be kept… 

FYI, Mayor DeB’s just reappointed Emily Lloyd Department of Environmental Protection head.  (She served 4 years in the Bloomberg administration.) 

Turns out Coca-Cola’s one of those companies leading the charge to defeat legislation requiring GMO labeling…  With folks in support of labeling responding with a boycott of the drink!  (Kind of easy to give up when one can’t recall the last time one had a Coke.) 

Very tiresome, the USDA’s endlessly limp submission to the biotech industry, most recently proposing voluntary measures to control contamination of conventionally and organically farmed plants by genetically engineered crops.  (If you believe precautions should be mandatory…)  

It also seems the EPA needs our encouragement to turn proposed carbon pollution standards into law.  (This while Germans are in a wrath that the country’s begun burning more coal for power!)

ton of interesting – if not startling – reading in SWIM’s (Stormwater Infrastructure Matters) most recent newsletter…  Closest to home, NYC has 3 years to come up methodology to control storm/waste H2O that flows directly from sewers into our rivers, bays and harbor…This while our existing water treatment plants remain incredibly vulnerable to inevitable, future storms.

Just in case the looming threat to the beautiful Rizzoli Bookstore slipped our minds, The Times’ Christopher Gray provides a poignant reminder:  Two more beautiful buildings lost in the Sixties..  That decade of insane demolition surmounted by the destruction of Penn Station.

Ye olde raspberry to Harlem’s Community Board 11 which just approved a diminished affordable housing component in a 32 (!)-story tower set for 125th Street and Park, this in favor of a unspecified type and number of jobs.    (Keep reading till you get East River Plaza’s performance on their promise of employment of locals.)  

Farther afield:

Get this:  Giant amounts of recyclables being shipped into California have compelled the state to establish maximum amounts per person per day that can be redeemed…  As in 100 pounds of aluminum or plastic containers!

(Here in NYC, we’ve got squads mining our bags of residential recyclables/corner trash baskets and redeeming the accumulation in New Jersey!) 

And on the just plain, basic, unadorned news score:

Earlier this week, Assembly Member Kellner announced he would not eek re-election.

Let’s get happy now:

Heaps of praise on Justin Riney for coming up with such a beautiful, Mark Twainian way of bringing folks together to care for their waterways/ shorelines..  

Do something with that Olympic fever/soon-to-be hangover!  There’re a ton of places near-at-hand to try Olympic sports!

Then there’re these 10 fun things to do at the tail end of the Presidents’ Week school break… 

While we’re on the subject of things presidential:  Always a twinge when we pass 123 Lexington...  Once home of Chester A. Arthur and site of his inauguration following the assassination of President Garfield.  And the building today?  A walk-up with an Indian grocery on the ground floor and a hard-to-spot, smallish bronze plaque.   (No, not a notable POTUS, but still…) 

Back in our fun mode:

Last week’s great Green Roof:  A Massachusetts Whole Foods with produce farmed up top

This week’s great Green Wall couldn’t be more international:  A restaurant a couple of hundred miles from Sochi and in the city Pavlov conducted his famous dog experiments…  Rostov-on-Don

Moving on to a much higher altitude, how about 10 things on earth that can be seen from space!

And now for something(s) different:

Crain’s has an interesting take on how to revivify the making-of-clothes-in-NYC-part of NYC’s peerless garment industry

Love this way of keeping fresh herbs…  Fresh!

In the market for a new sleeper sofa?  Well then, Apartment Therapy has suggestions for you!

We hear you…  And you’re saying “Animals”:

Please hold out your wing….  Er, hand and greet the gorgeous Mr./Ms. Hawk who briefly visited readers Steve and Barbara Dwork…

Mr.-Ms. Hawk

Reason one gazillion and four to protect our polar bears:  Their fur appears to hold the secret of super-thin insulation!

Yes, it’s the Abraham Lincoln as recalled by business partner William Herndon:

“If exhausted from severe and long-continued thought, he had to touch the earth again to renew his strength.  When this weariness set in he would stop thought, and get down with a little dog or kitten to recover.” 

“House of Cards” and furry cuteness seem an unlikely mix?  Not since Cashew became a recurring cast member!

There’re the cats who’re ever so helpful in the conduct of our business lives

How could we not want to help save a bird called the yellow-billed cuckoo?! (Really cute, too!)

And in the uber cuteness category, we have…  Staten Island Zoo’s own baby anteater (MJ, son of mother DJ and dad EJ!)…  

We’ll close on a quiet note from the ever fabulous Hudson River Almanac: 

2/9 – New York Harbor, Upper Bay:  Today’s NYC Audubon Winter Eco-cruise yielded great sightings!  In Buttermilk Channel, next to Governor’s Island: several hundred greater scaup, as well as bufflehead, red-breasted mergansers, black ducks, and double-crested cormorants.

In Erie Basin:  An American coot, more black ducks, a horned grebe and a few American wigeon.

Off Red Hook, we spotted a number of red-throated loons and a pair of red-necked grebes.

Elsewhere around the harbor:  Several more red-throated and common loons, a charming gang of harbor seals loafing on the rocks (at least a dozen, including several small yearling pups) and – at Swinburne Island, just outside the Narrows – a ruddy turnstone!  – Gabriel Willow

harbor seals

harbor seals

Green is the new every other color,

UGS  

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Happy Valentine’s Day, UESiders!

Happy Winter Olympics, too!

Can we believe NYC’s been colder than Sochi?  Had more snow since the games began?!  That it’s only another 5 weeks till spring?

Doesn’t it seem like somewhere out there there’s a greener, more efficient snow management methodology than what we’ve got going?

Be nice if the new mayor was contemplating improvements in that regard as we await a new dusting…

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calycanthus-floridus-athens

Bring it on:

Thursday, February 13th through Sunday, June 8th:  “Masters of Fire –  Copper Age Art from Israel” Exhbition

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 15 East 84th Street  

The world’s oldest crown (could be as much as 6,000 years old!)… Just one of the 157 amazing archeological discoveries unearthed in Israel over the last 80 years!  Free.  For more and hours

Saturday, February 15th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes/Fabric Collection – 9am – 1pm 

Yes, another day of weather uncertainty, but given accumulation in the 2-inch range, look for the full compliment of our friends at their tables…  American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Yellowbell, Gajeski, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms and Ballard Honey!

But, of course, check www.GrowNYC.org for the last minute updates! 

As for last frigid Saturday…

Another 8 compost bins!!   Another 25 bags of clothes!!

Unreal. 

Last week’s recycling totals:  54 lbs batteries;  32 lbs filters, cords, CDs/DVDs, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 4 pairs of eye glasses; 8 bins of compost; 25 bags of clothes.

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

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

We’ll be shredding:

Paper of any and every kind, you brave recyclers!!

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 those unwanted hardcovers to Goodwill or HousingWorks!)

(Thanks to Council Member Dan Garodnick for his most the generous grant!) 

Saturday, February 15th:  Rats!  A Workshop for Urban Gardeners & Community Composters

Watson Education Building, Rooom 102, New York Botanical Garden,
2900 Southern Blvd, The Bronx, 1-3pm  
   
Featuring pest-control expert Caroline Bragdon from the NYC Department of Health, this rat-abatement training focuses on the biology, behavior, and habitat of rodents and how urban gardeners and composters can prevent, detect, and respond to infestations. (We love it!) Registration required: email compost@nybg.org or call 718-817-8543.

Wednesday, February 19th:  NYC Laws & Recycling Its Food Waste Panel

Seafarers & International House,  123 East 15th Street ,  2nd floor, 6:30pm

Deputy Sanitation Commissioner Ron Gonen on the new residential compost collection program, Mayor’s Office Senior Policy Advisor Elizabeth Balkan on new laws governing commercial food waste and other experts in the field fill us in on the many ways the city’s stepping up to deal with the zillions of pounds of food scraps we citizens produce. Organized by the Sierra Club.  Suggested donation, $6.  Students, $3.  

Coming up:  

Saturdays, February 25th, March 15th, April 27th & May 24th: Family Programming at the Park Avenue Armory

Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue at 67th Street, 10am-12pm

Shakespeare’s fun witches…  Learning how one of the Armory’s most beautiful rooms was restored while a young one creates his/her own visual art…  A history-of-the-armory scavenger hunt and more…  All taught by distinguished teaching artists.  Ages 6-13.  Armory members, $4.  Non-members, $6.

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dionaea-muscipula

Upon us soon:

Thursday, March 6th through Saturday, April 12th and Thursday, May 22nd through Sunday, June 15th: Charles Ives Studio Exhibit

American Academy of Arts and Letters, Audubon Terrace, Broadway between 155th & 156th Streets, 1-4pm

Always fascinating to see the environments in which  great creators worked…  In this case American modernist composer Ives.  Nice to take in Audubon Terrace and Academy, too.  Free.  For more and directions… 

Saturday, March 15th:  Yonkers Sewage Plant Tour

The Yonkers Sewage Plant, 10am

Yes,  NYCH20’s at it again…  Another great outing, this time shedding light on the rebirth of water that…  Well, you know…  For more and to reserve a place

Miscellaneous venting first:

Okay, what’s up with the rightly admired Central Park Conservancy turning erstwhile public facilities into offices, storage and a parking lot? (If you take issue…)

Do we want heavy crude oil transported by barge on the Hudson River? (Should you object…)

Just in case you haven’t heard:  Our exorbitantly expensive cable provider Time Warner would like to be the valentine of/be acquired by giant Comcast…  Will the marriage pass regulatory tests?  What would it bode for programming and rates?  Hummm…

Enough of that:

Not quite the Academy Awards, but you can vote for the excellent films included in Real Food’s Media Contest

Always something to learn about our city’s past…  i.e. before it came to rest in Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera was set to move from Broadway to Rockefeller Center!  (We’ve asked the Inside the Apple people about that church on the southwest corner.)

A bit of tree lore:  The beautiful live oak earned its place in American history when live oak wood was used to build the USS Constitution…  AKA “Old Ironsides”…    A vessel with a hull so hard British cannonballs bounced off it!

Live Oak

Live Oak

We went back and forth on where it was best to note the Proteus Fixers Collective…  An astonishing group that gathers on the third Thursday of each month to consider and hopefully repair broken items brought by…  well…  anyone who’s got something broken.  Check the Fixers out!  

No reason to seek their assistance with glass and china repairs, however…  Not when we have master craftsman Augustine Jochec’s Glass Restoration on York and 84th.  

Changing pace: 

Job Opportunity:  Field Assistant, BIG!Compost and the New York City Compost Project seek an enthusiastic individual with composting operations experience to join BIG!Compost as a part-time Field Assistant for NYC Compost Project’s Local Organics Recovery Program, a program of DSNY’s Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling.  For full details...

PLUS…

Urban Green’s looking to fill 2 positions:  If you’re a great writer and seasoned project manager there’s a Communications Manager opening. They’re also looking for tech-savvy, creative individual to manage their websites and social media as Digital Communications Coordinator 

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helleborus-royal-heritage

Definitely time for some animals:

Glad to say NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is moving to update its understanding of the once much-abused Lake Ontario and its fisheries…  

Even happier to note that the poor abandoned turtle found by a Times reporter outside the storefront occupied by that horrendous cockfighting operation last week is to be given a great new home at/by The New York Turtle and Tortoise Society!

He/she’s lacking only one thing now…  A name.  The Times asks for suggestions…  Either in the comments section of their daily blog  or via Twitter  with #nytoday. 

turtle without a name

turtle without a name

Last but hardly least…

Extreme cuteness alert:  Wally the Squirrel does his best to bury a nut in a canine friend’s fur!

Feeling so green,

UGS

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Happy Upcoming Alligators in the Sewers Day, UESiders!

Plenty of time to get the champagne on ice as the official date is Sunday the 9th.

One of the great urban myths, needless to say, harking back to 1935 when – or so it’s said –  a sad, little, discarded souvenir-of-Florida gator was discovered in a manhole and promptly beaten to death!

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marshmallowhra

And on that cheerful note, let us proceed to what’s up this week:

Now through Sunday, April 27th:  The Little Prince – A New York Story Exhibition

The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue

Caught us by surprise that the classic was written in NYC… Just before Saint-Exupéry returned to a Europe engulfed in WWII.  On display are original pages, drawings and an array of printed editions from the Morgan’s collection.  Museum admission:  Members free.  Adults, $18.  Seniors, students and children, $12.  For more

Friday, February 7th:  Last Day of NYCares Annual Coat Drive

Many drop-off locations

No question, this weather is all the more encouragement to get that seldom if ever worn winterwear out of the closet and onto the person of someone in need!

Friday, February 7th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30pm

The subject:  Supernova SN2014J in Galazy M82!  As if you didn’t know there’d been a supernova eruption in Galaxy M82 (near the Big Dipper) and presently visible in the sky above us!  Star man extraordinaire John Pazmino has the lowdown.  Free. 

Saturday, February 8th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes/Fabric Collection – 9am – 1pm 

Who knows what the heck the weather will be up to but if snow holds off till Saturday night, American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Yellowbell, Gajeski, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms and Ballard Honey will all be at their tables!

But should snow/sleet/temperature plummet occur and you’re wondering who may or may not have had to hunker down on the farm, check GrowNYC’s site for latest – likely even later than UGS’s – details: www.GrowNYC.org

As for last Saturday…

Eight (8) compost bins, people!!   Twenty-five (25) bags of clothes!!

Astonishing. 

Last week’s recycling totals:  61 lbs batteries;  27 lbs filters, cords, CDs/DVDs, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair of eye glasses; 8 bins of compost; 25 bags of clothes.

Truly astonishing.

Wednesday, February 12th:  Pledge2Protect Community Update Meeting

Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 E 88th Street between First & Second, 6:30pm

It’s a new year with a new mayor, new allies and avenues to bring the powers-that-be to their senses!  Come hear all  about it!  Come lend a hand in making sure this health-hazardous/retrograde/fiscally insane facility bites the dust!  For more and to RSVP… 

You’ve been waiting and now it’s here:

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 those unwanted hardcovers to Goodwill or HousingWorks!)

(Thanks to Council Member Dan Garodnick for the generous grant that’s funding the event!) 

And then:

Tuesday, February 18th:  “The Rise and Fall of Penn Station” Screening 

The Loft at Professor Thom’s Bar & Restaurant, 219 Second Avenue between 13th & 14th, Short Program at 8:30pm, Screening at 9:00pm

If you didn’t catch the film on PBS’s “American Experience”, it’s a first- rate account of all-too short life of one of NYC’s most glorious buildings.  (We say rebuild it line-for-line!)  Free but reservations required:  212-228-2781 or info@neighborhoodpreservationcenter.org.  For further details (scroll down)…

Thursday, February 20th:  Sculpting the Land Lecture

Ross Hall, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, The Bronx, 10am-12pm

Doesn’t get more gorgeous than what landscape architect Kim Wilkie does with moving bits of earth and adding swaths of grass.  The gentleman’s noted for his work on grand British estates, but it’s applicable to small and urban turf. Members, $31.  Non-members, $35. For more and to reserve a place

Saturday, March 1st:  Silver Lake Reservoir Talk

Noble Maritime Museum, Snug Harbor, Staten Island, 2pm

We count on NYCH2O for the most curious and vital info on our city’s water supply…  This time out, the subject’s the 19th Century reservoir that’s the end point of the Catskill  Water System!   Presented by historian and author Patricia M. Salmon.  (Her most recent book is Murder and Mayhem on Staten Island!) Suggested museum donation, $5.  For more, tickets and directions

Saturday, March 1st & Sunday, March 2nd:  New York Vegetarian Food Festival

Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 15th Street, 11am-6pm

The first NYC event of its kind (or so we’re told) with demos, samples, speakers and a chance to meet a host of vendors in what’s no longer a niche!  One day pass, $30,  Two-day pass, $50 if purchased online in advance.  For tickets and more… 

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oxalis-triangularis-papilionacea

And now…  Miscellaneous bad:

First up:  This disturbing Times piece on the state of our Parks Department

And – as if we weren’t already plenty steamed about threats to the Rizzoli Bookstore and doubt as to landmarking of Park Avenue – there’s the USPS’s latest uber stupidity:  Sale of the beautiful FDR-era Bronx General Post Office Building!

And then there NYState…  Instead of West Chelsea’s erstwhile Seaman’s YMCA/Bayview Correctional Facility being converted into affordable apartments, Empire State Development’s offering it up for sale to the usual suspects/developers of luxury housing

We all have heard there’s a concern about a chemical used to color colas, right?

And Subway’s been including plastic foam used in yoga mats in their bread?!!  (Presumably to preserve its signature creepy soft squishiness!)

Miscellaneous much better:

Forkgate fun continues with our mayor’s appearance on Monday’s Jon Stewart show…  (And some serious talk, too.) 

D.C.’s just announced its Water Green Infrastructure Challenge Design Phase Winners.  Plenty of interesting ideas!    (How about bike lanes with a permeable  surface?) 

Wish we’d had this pre-Polar Vortex…  Wish we didn’t still need it now:  The Science of Stay Warm

In the let’s hope the wave’s moving further south department:  Following in Maine and Connecticut’a (Connecticut?!) footsteps, Rhode Island’s just introduced a GMO labeling bill... 

And isn’t it great that the windpower industry’s doing so well in spite of the federal tax exemption having expired?

Can these two giant sculptures be as beautiful as they are in pix…?  We hope so and can’t wait to see them up close!

There’s a Museum of the American Gangster on St. Mark’s Place?  Indeed there is…  And it’s #27 on a Manhattan User’s Guide’s list of off-beat museums scattered across our five boroughs

Program Note #1: Can’t stop the “Monuments Men” promotions and tie-ins… One of the best being National Geographic Channel’s docHunting Hitler’s Stolen Treasures: The Monuments Men” , the story of two middle-aged art scholar/rescuers of priceless Nazi-looted art.

Program Note #2:  Check out “American Promise”,  Sundance Festival doc stand-out, included in Channel 13 Black History Month presentations and set in considerable part in UES’s Dalton School. 

Program Note #3:  Two members of Pussy Riot guested on Stephen Colbert this past Wednesday and are those Russian girls super-smart and funny on top of being super-brave!

Yes, we cast our net wide…  As in instructions on how to best clean your cast iron pans!  (And we add our own hint:  A razor blade paint scraper for quick and clean dislodging of the most stubborn residue.)

Holy crow!  Who would have thought such a person existed in NYC?  A leather/vinyl furniture repairman who does the work in your apartment!

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crocus-tommasinianus-cultivar

 

Onward to animals:

Might we be coining a/the term “animal tourism”?  If critters in their natural settings are what inspires a individual’s travel plans (and why not!), here’re are gems to add to that person’s list

Been a while since we’ve come across new unlikely animal pals like kitty and ferrets

Did Keyboard Cat’s look a tad stiff/arthritic during his Puppy Bowl performance (So what!  We love him!)

Yes, of course, there are people out there studying mole locomotion and we’re glad that they are! 

That while architects design custom housing for NYC feral cats!

We close with the usual tidbit of NYC’s natural world from the Hudson River Almanac:

1/26 – New York Harbor (Upper Bay-Lower Bay): Out on New York City Audubon Winter Birds and Seals Eco-Cruise today saw several large rafts of scaup sheltering along Governor’s Island and the Red Hook shore, totaling about 400 birds.  Also dozens of bufflehead, red-breasted and  hooded mergansers.

Beyond the Verrazano Narrows into the Lower Bay, near Swinburne and Hoffman Islands, many long-tailed ducks, common golden eyes, a common loon, a horned grebe and a half-dozen, unusually acrobatic harbor seals,, splashing with their flippers and “porpoising” clear of the water. – Gabriel Willow

We’d be green even if it was 40 below,

UGS

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