Happy St. Patrick’s Day, UESiders!

While we’re eating corned beef and cabbage and chugging green beer, the Paris will offering free travel for 3 days!

No, not for easier partying, but a desperation move…  The city’s air is presently so polluted, they’re hoping to get drivers out of the cars!   

Meanwhile, Inside the Apple postcard mystery solved!  

Beidler Forest

Beidler Forest

Erin Go Bragh big-time, people!

And happy National Reading Month, too:

Saturday, March 15th:  82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard Honey, Samascott, Yellowbell, Gajeski, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms!  

You have had burgers made with Rising Sun’s ground beef?!

Last week’s recycling totals:  56 lbs batteries;  24 lbs filters, cords, CDs/DVDs, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair of eye glasses; 8 1/2 bins of compost; 15 bags of clothes.

Yes, indeedy.  Another mind-boggling 8 1/2 bins!!

Saturday, March 15th & Sunday, March 16th:  Four Freedoms Park Open House

FDR Four Freedoms Park, Roosevelt Island, 10am-2pm

If you haven’t yet a paid a visit to the UESide’s beautiful and newest Park, get yourself over to Roosevelt Island’s southern tip, meet Conservancy members and maybe even be inspired to become a volunteer park Greeter! For more… (Thanks to 1,000+ Friends for the tip!)

Thursday, March 20th:  “Water  Blues Green Solutions” Screening

The Arsenal, Fifth Avenue at 64th Street, 6:30pm

NYCH2O’s at it again, this time with a doc that details the ways real people solve their water problems in impressively green ways…  Including our Bronx neighbors and the Bronx River!  Co-presented with the Bronx River Alliance and Penn State Public Media.  Light refreshments.  $5 donation. For more and to RSVP

Friday, March 28th:  The Lock Picking Party

The John Mossman Lock Collection of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 20 West 44th Street, 7pm

And we quote:  “Learn how to pick locks with one of the world’s very best while indulging in classic cocktails, live music and 19th century splendor. Calling the crafty and the curious; everyone leaves with their very own lock picking kit!” Organized by the Obscura Society, of course.  $75.  Open bar so you have to be 21!  For more and to sign up

Wednesday, April 16th:  Daylighting the Saw Mill River Forum

Hansgrohe – AXOR Design Studio, 29 Ninth Avenue, 6:30-8pm

The poor Saw Mill River…  Buried for decades but back again, at least in part. Speakers hail from the many entities that’ve restored the river to life in downtown Yonkers.  Free.  For more on the project... 

crassula morgan's beauty

crassula morgan’s beauty

As for miscellany:

Let us commence with the Are They Kidding Department…  As in the folks at our State Department of Environmental Conservation are intending to cut water quality testing!!!  Read and if you object

Be interesting to hear – from the man himself – why Governor Christie’s closed down Tesla car sales in NJ

Thanks to reader Jackie Raven for this on the mega tons of road salt used these last few months.  Lucky that NYC water’s supplied by isolated, pristine reservoirs.  Not so our Jersey neighbors, much of whose H2O comes from rivers contiguous to roads and highways. 

But on the good foot:

We’ll have to keep fingers crossed and surely industry will appeal, but it could be energy companies will have to reveal contents of the fracking chemical cocktail!

Then there’s the soon-to-be Brooklyn start-up incubator – a partnership between New York City Economic Development Corp. and the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering – with a focus on ” sustainable infrastructure, energy efficiency and climate adaption”!

Mostly approve of this year’s Historic District Council Award winners (being in the Ederle Center addition just does feel tomb-like)…  May there be ever higher standards for our city’s architecture! 

Pretty darned fabulous that the European Union has just passed a universal charger (for electronic devices) bill to take effect in 3 years!!  

On the good side of our NYS DEC – and, natch, they do have a very good side – is their annual Annual Garlic Mustard Challenge!  

Yes, NYC’s made sufficient strides in its compost collection that we’ve been profiled by no less than BioCycle.net!

(We on the UES need our own commuter compost drop off site!!)

Think we need to have these great people pay our market a visit some Saturday!

Veering over to screwball:

The Flatiron Building the place to be for ogling men?  You bet, a hundred plus years ago!

zinnia grandiflora

zinnia grandiflora

Animals, at last:

Inscrutable that Yellowstone’s bisons get themselves shot if they wander off park land…  And they do wander in winter in search of more grass. Should you take issue with this approach to wildlife management

Can you name this bird:

mystery bird

mystery bird

And the answer is

What would a week be without a snippet from the Hudson River Almanac? 

3/3 – Manhattan:   Near the river shore, along the Hudson at Riverside Park South late in the day:  Found two females…  A common goldeneye and red-breasted merganser.  And in the park itself…  Robins, common grackles, a brown-headed cowbird and red-winged blackbirds.  – Tom Fiore

phacelia fimbriata

phacelia fimbriata

We’ll be seeing green and 4-leaf clovers all Monday,


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