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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