Happy Children’s Book Week, UESiders!

Very appropriate for us to be celebrating as our own Yorkville Community School –  attended by characters in the children ‘s classic “The House on 88th Street” – has just been designated a Literary Landmark!

Which makes this the fifth stroke of luck bestowed our part of the world these last 7 days…

(It’s also Emerald Ash Borer Week and here’s lowdown on how to spot the tree-killing bug!)  

Shall we fasten our seat belts for the week ahead:  

Fridays Year Round:  Friday Evenings at the Morgan

The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, 7-9pm

Take in the latest exhibition(s) and/or enjoy music performed by Mannes College/New School of Music students.  Free.   (Thank you, reader Kathleen Treat.) 

Friday, May 16th:  Fishblade Design Exhibition

Bohemian National Hall, Czech Center, 321 East 73rd Street, 6:30-8:30pm

NY Design Week brings this one-day presentation of a new collection of pocketknives by students of Prague’s Academy of Art and Design that follows local traditions of the Czech cutlery industry.  Reception following. Free. For more…   (No way we’re missing this!)

Friday, May 16th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-9:30pm 

Starmaster John Pazmino’s topic this time out:  the omega Centauri star cluster! Free.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 16th, 17th & 18th: Annual Ukranian Festival 

East 7th Street between First and Second

Pretty much lost history in 2014, but the East Village was once a Ukrainian bastion. Today – much like St. Stephen of Hungary – decendants of erstwhile residents come in from the suburbs and keep St. George Ukrainian Church lively and its annual street fair first rate. Once you’ve eaten your fill of great Ukrainian food (and it’s great!), listened to music and watched the dancers, consider stopping by the lovely Ukrainian Museum on East 6th (Ukranians past and present really know how to paint).  For more on the festival, including hours And the museum...

Saturday, May 17th:  82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

At their tables will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard Honey, Samascott, Gajeski, Rising Sun Beef, Rabbits’ Run Farms and Garden of Spices Farms!

Last minute newsflash:  Check out Garden of Spices will not be with us this week! 

Last week’s recycling totals:  61 lbs batteries;  10 lbs filters, cords, CDs/DVDs, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair of eye glasses; 8 bins of compost; 37 bags of clothes.

Yup, we’re back in our 8 bin groove!

Sunday, May 18th: Esplanade Friends Public Art Event & UGS It’s My Park Day – Part II 

Base of the Footbridge, East River Esplanade at 103rd Street, 11am-1pm

Yes, friends, it’s two simultaneous Esplanade events!   Head up to 103rd with your kids, let them participate in a child-friendly art project, take in a fantastic group of mariachi dancers, then join the March of Mariachis and follow the music over to Randall’s Island’s 14th Annual FLOW Art & Music Festival!  (For more and to volunteer…)

Meanwhile, to the South:

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 10am-3pm

We’ll be gardening up a storm!  Roses…  Russian sage…  Milkweed to lure Monarch butterflies… More lavendar…  And who knows what else our landscape maestro Banford Weissman will have us planting!  Yes, of course, we’ll be scraping and painting more railings, too!   See you there!

Sunday, May 18th:   Shred Fest!

South Plaza, Union Square & St. Nicholas Park, 135th Street & St. Nicholas Avenue, 10am-4pm at latest

Organizers advise that you arrive early as shredding trucks will depart when they’re full…  Which could be well before the official 4pm closing-down time.  Free!

Tuesday, May 20th:  Community Board 8 Vendor Task for Committee Meeting

Einhorn Auditorium, Lenox Hill Hospital, 131 East 76th Street, 6:30pm

In light of the many complaints by merchants and residents, vendors on 86th…  Well, they make for a lot of congestion and unsightliness… Problems that could be addressed by enforcement of existing regulations. Your negative experiences can only help turn up regulatory heat, so come and share.

Coming up:

Wednesday,  May 28th:  Columbia University Yorkville Community Presentation

St. Jean Baptiste Church, 173 East 76th Street, 6pm

We may not be the Hudson Yards, but no question that development on the UES is back, abundant and potentially imperiling buildings providing flavor and meaning to this place where we live.  Thank goodness Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District’s been hard at work documenting area cultural resources and now, in concert with Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, is ready to share their comprehensive preservation plan.  Free but RSVP… 

Out there:

Sunday, June 22nd:  Audubon “It’s Your Tern” Festival

South Battery Triangle, Governor’s Island, 12-4pm

Fun includes expert bird walks and talks, displays, plus family-friendly hands-on activities like creating oyster-shell jewelry…  PLUS Audubon naturalist Gabriel Willow will be leading boat tours out to the tern colony via the Buttermilk Channel!  Free.  For more

Ah, miscellany:

It’s presently just a big idea, but the recently released plan to decentralize power production in NYState could be our 6th stroke of luck…  To check out the report

Want the $27 million the City Council’s added to Parks’ budget to stay in place? There’s a petition for that

For sure, there’s some parallel between waiting for Godot and the M31… 

Really, too incredible that Kodak’s in bankrupcy…  Still, there’s some consolation in NYState having established a trust fund that’ll guarantee continued monitoring and remediation of company-caused environmental damage in and around Rochester and to the Genesee River.

Last weekend, 1,900 volunteers joined together to remove more than 31 tons of trash and recyclables from the shores of the Hudson estuary and watershed!

rare event for members of the animal kingdom, rarer still for plants, but the flowering Kentucky glade cress now has Endangered Species Act protection!

Three decades after Reagan had solar panels removed from the White House roof, they’re baaaaccckk!

Heard that rumor that European cork trees are suffering from a devastating disease and being cut down in swaths being why we’re seeing plastic replacements capping wine bottles?  Totally, thankfully false!   (Thanks to reader Karen Lane.) 

In fact, there’s now a group of women organized around buying wine sealed with cork and only cork…  Because it’s both produced by nature (as opposed to energy-gobbling plastic) and totally recyclable.  (Ha!  We of the UES’ve been recycling our corks for years now!) 

Be sure to check out the DNA slideshow featuring Yorkville Community School’s impressive new Literary Landmark plaque!

Moving off our eco track:

From our friends at Precinct 19:  Questions you’ll be asked – and expected to answer – should you need to call 911…  (Always good to be prepared.)

Consider the decor of your under 1,000 square foot apartment the epitome of great design?  Apartment Therapy‘s got a contest for you to enter

Always a soft spot for things WWII…  Like this Times piece on an unusual 70th anniversary tribute to the D-Day landing

NYC’s new postermaster is

Given what Friends of the UES Historic District has already done, no way we can’t duplicate this project this project in NYC…  (And do it even better!)

Even more interesting when Christopher Gray lets himself entertain a subject like NYC cobblestones

Prepare yourself for major heart-warming…  Chicago seniors are helping young Brazilians learn English via Skype… 

Light on animals but the 3 are pretty choice:

And the Bird of the Week is…

small but most worthy cause:  A kitty in need of dentistry..

Then there’s getting up close and furry with Tara, the Hero Cat

Yours in greenness,




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