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…



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!!


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.



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...


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 



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,


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