Happy Memorial Day Weekend, UESiders!

Now that Mother Nature’s finally bestowed some rain on all – and it was a lot – that got planted up at 96th Street last Sunday, let’s have total, unadulterated sunshine till Tuesday at least…

Meanwhile, as we gather around the barbecue grill, let’s recall that this weekend also marks establishment of America’s first nursery school in 1827 and the merging of the Lenox and Astor Libraries, creating our great NYPL!

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So, what does the immediate future hold:

Saturday, May 24th:  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 week’s recycling totals:  65 lbs batteries;  14 lbs filters, cords, CDs/DVDs, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair of eye glasses; 8 bins of compost; 39 bags of clothes.

Back in that 8 compost bin groove!

And the Greenmarket item of the week is…  Rhubarb!  (Technically a vegetable!) 

Monday, May 26th:  Memorial Day Celebration at the Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument

Riverside Drive and 89th Street, 12:00pm

Uber historian, writer and Lincoln authority Harold Holzer delivers the annual Memorial Day address in memory of all who’ve served our nation. Free and all are welcome!

Monday, May 26th: Annual Memorial Day Walking Tour 

Location reveal with reservation, 12:30pm

From the great people who bring us Inside the Apple, a 2-hour exploration of Lower Manhattan sites associated with war and American patriotism.  $20.  To reserve a place (and state how many in your party) email: footprintsinnewyork@gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 27th:  Restore & Revitalize Wetlands on Randall’s Island

Randall’s Island, 9am-12pm

And we quote, “Weed, water, mulch, and help maintain these beautiful wetlands and gardens on Randall’s Island. Wear old clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, bring water and a snack.”  RSVP required 

Tuesday, My 27th:  NYC Beekeepers Association Meeting

Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, 7pm

Debbie Hadley, naturalist, freelance writer, photographer and insect advocate (she raises monarch butterflies), enlightens “beeks” and friends on “Insects Beyond Bees”.  For more

Coming up:

Saturday, May 31st:  Old Brooklyn Waterworks Bike Tour

Meet at the Ridgewood Reservoir, Brooklyn, 11am

Manhattan Borough Historian, Michael Miscione, leads an exploration of water supply – and its remaining vestages – that served the City of Brooklyn until it was absorbed by the Greater New York in 1898.  Organized by the water crazy guys of NYCH2O!  $25.  For more and tickets

Friday, June 6th:  Summer Night with Greenmarket Chefs

North End of Union Square Park at 17th Street, 4-6pm

Celebrate summer (let’s hope it’s above 40 degrees) with a host of celebrated chefs and the great Union Square farmers!  Delicious food, yes, but much family fun and live music, too!  For more

Saturday, June 7th & Sunday, June 8th:  The Rose Garden Celebration

Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, New York Botanical Garden,  2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx

Two days of tours, music, water color painting, Q&A gardening sessions, raffles and more!  For full details...

For once, our miscellany’s pretty much upbeat:

Serious info combined with laughs as Letterman and Colbert weigh in on fracking

Results of the 2014 Trash Free Seas Report is in…  Last fall, some 650,000 volunteers in 92 countries cleared more than 12.3 million waste from beaches and waterways!  For the full report…  (We need to get busy on those giant, floating gyres!)

Pretty much a map of shame detailing which states are “home” to the most endangered species…  (Could be worse in NYState.)

Amidst the zillions of cars recalled, GM’s touting installation of its 400th electric car charging station!

Coming soon, we hope, truly biodegradable plastic from a silk protein and shrimp shells!

This while some parents are trading in plastic tableware for china/ceramic.

Meanwhile, following in Vermont’s footsteps, two Oregon counties have banned GMO crops!

And Minnesota’s the first state to ban triclosan, a soap and hygiene product ingredient thought to foster resistant bacteria…

Still in the Midwest, Wisconsin’s got the Green Roof of the Week!

But, of course, a Londoner would take up gardening in the city’s potholes!

Herewith from NYS DEC, advice for those of us heading up to the Adirondack back country this weekend

Who knew NYC Parks operates a Junior Golf Center?!

But, yes, Central Park now has a newly enhanced app

And Staten Island’s home to a revered mandolin maker!

Glad Consumer Reports has rated sun screens again this year

Thanks to DNAInfo for a look at the new prefab building now renting in Inwood…  (Micro apartments are nearing completion on First and 27th.)

Further on the subject of buildings, is it really necessary for the proposed Cornell-Tech structure to block views of 59th Street Bridge

Wrapping things miscellaneous up:  Seems our mayor’s traffic management philosophy – i.e. Vision Zero – is modeled on the Swedish approach.   (Be great if it works here!)

Heavy on the really cute animal items this time out:

As in mother animals adopting little ones of other species…  (Ready for a baby squirrel that purrs like her kitty mom?)

The season’s barely begun and a record fish’s already been caught…  A 60-pound striped bass

Robots milking dairy cows?  Yes, indeed, up near Albany…  (New York State’s the third largest milk producer after Minnesota and Wisconsin.)

And now there’s a great horned owl cam…  (One really beautiful bird.)

There’s a seal island cam, too!

Serious for a moment:  Will the Forest Service please lay off prairie dogs?

Back to upbeat…  How about ten fascinating facts about chickens? (Really!)

We leave you with the latest chapter in the now justly glamorous life and times of Tara the Hero Cat

Yours in greenness,

UGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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