Happy D-Day 70th Anniversary, UESiders…

There’ll be a ton programming and commentary, but the picture below – taken this week – speaks most loudly to us…

French Students Salute An American Veteran

French Students Salute An American Veteran

(May our American young  be as aware and admiring, too…)

Surely is one fine way to begin a new week:

Friday, June 5th & Saturday, June 6th:  “DamNation” Screening

Patagonia SoHo, 101 Wooster Street, 8pm and Vimeo OnDemand Online

Across the country, we’re dismantling out-dated damns, letting rivers run and fish migrate…  And the film details the how and why.  Free at Patagonia.  $5.99 on Vimeo.

Saturday, June 7th:  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, Cherry Lane, Gajeski, Rising Sun Beef and Garden of Spices Farms!

Garden of Spices has the most amazing Greek yogurt!!

And, yes!  Hurrah!  Our Master Knife Sharpener returns!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  64 lbs batteries;  15 lbs filters, cords, CDs/DVDs, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 12 pairs of eye glasses; 8 1/2 bins of compost; 65 bags of clothes.

Yes, people, another bags-of-clothes record AND we’re back in the land of 8 compost bins again!

We can’t wait:

Sunday, June 22nd:  92nd Street Greenmarket Returns!!

92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am-3pm

Compost & Clothing Collection 9am-1pm

At their tables will be Atlantic Seafood, Gonzales, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms, Bread Alone and Meredith’s Bakery!

So great that we’ll not only be collecting compost but clothes/fabrics/hats/belts/shoes at 92nd this year! 

Sunday, June 22nd: Shred-A-Thon – Welcome Back 92nd Greenmarket Edition!

Curbside, West Side of First Avenue between 92nd and 93rd, 11am – 2pm

You’ve been waiting…  You’ve been wanting…  And now it’s almost here!!

What a great way to celebrate 92nd Street’s return!

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!)

(Many thanks to Council Members Dan Garodnick and Jessica Lappin for their most the generous grants!) 

Approaching fast:

Tuesdays, July 15th through August 12th:  Twilight Bat Walks in Central Park

Meet at 103rd Street & Central Park West, 7:45pm

New York Audubon says, “See local bat species in flight and hear them with an echolocator”!  Adult Non-members, $32.  Adult Members, $22,  Non-Member Kids (under 12), $20.  Member Kids, $14.  (Recommended for ages 5 and up.)  For more and to register

Saturday, July 12th:  City of Water Day 2014

All Along Our Shoreline

Organizers are still scheduling events so keep an eye on the MWA site!

Think ricochet miscellany this time round :

Commencing with thanks to great people of 1,000+ Friends of Parks for including this in their newsletter:


Trees inspire poetry like Kilmer’s, “I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree” or Ogden Nash’s pointedly cynical update, “…unless the billboards fall, I’ll never see a tree at all.”    As far as we’re concerned, given the lack of green space on the Est Side of Manhattan, trees are not only poetry, every one of them is a tiny park unto itself.  Last week, eight Upper East Side residents got themselves arrested when Department of Sanitation, lacking any poetry at all, chopped down trees to make way for a wildly unpopular Marine Transfer Station.  The arrestees included Carol Tweedy of Asphalt Green, Community Board 8 chair and Assembly candidate Gus Christianson, Pledge to Protect (P2P) president, Kelly Nimmo-Guenther, NYCHA organizer Regine LaCourt, and local residents Dara Hunt,  Carol Tichler, Joan Cavanaugh and Barbara Heyman.    Forget occupy Wall Street — how about “occupy your local trees”?  The rest of the story is at http://nypress.com/an-act-of-disobedience.

And then:

Bike enthusiasts ahoy!  Transportation Alternatives has job openings!

Hummm…  Herewith EPA’s chart chronicling average U.S. temperatures since 1900.

All right, so we know they’ve been putting little plastic bits into products like body wash…  But tiny pieces of metal in our yogurt to make it look more white?  (Yikes, Dannon!)

So much for the economic pluses of fracking:  Fracking capital Pennsylvania ranks 48th in non-farm job growth.  (The place is teeming with fancy pick-ups with Texas license plates.)

Our NYS DEC is airing some great webcasts…  From heat islands to Energy Star certification to energy efficiencies.  Aimed at local governments, but we need to know this stuff, too!  For the schedule and to sign up

The Vertical Garden of the Week is…

Here on poor, suffering Second Avenue we have a green fence

Perfect for even smallest city terrace gardening… .!

Then there’s the ubiquitous (and invasive) bit of flora, the the dandelion

The average American uses 80-100 gallons of water a day.  How about you?

Who knew there’s a City Island Nautical Museum?

Or how Cleopatra’s Needle came to be in NYC…

But we’ve been waiting for publication of the haunting new book, North Brother Island:  The Last Unknown Place in New York City

How we end with the best kind of miscellany:  A short tale of human goodness…?

Bring on the animals:

You do know summer brings fireflies to the UES?  (First place we’ve seen them the past 2 years is on the grounds of Isaacs/Holmes.)  We only want more of the pretty things, right?  So, here’s how to encourage them… 

There are beautiful birds and then there are birds like the desert bunting…

desert bunting

desert bunting

Following construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway, the invasive sea lamprey invaded all 5 of our Great Lakes, decimating one of world’s great fresh-water fish stocks which’s never recovered.  But how come they’re now plaguing land-locked Seneca Lake?  (Probably traveled clinging to boat hulls.)  (Sure wish something other than a “lampricide” was available to control them.)

And from the ever more interesting Hudson River Almanac: 

5/20 – Manhattan, HRM 12.5:   Inwood Hill Park. Lily-of the valley was blooming; lesser celandine that lines the path up through the Clove had no more blossoms but, up on the ridge, the “true” celandine had many. The white starlike flowers of false garlic seemed to be everywhere.  Second-year stalks of garlic mustard were flowering, the first-year basal leaves were abundant, and honeysuckle buds were opening. Tiny flowers of field peppergrass were also open and a few small clumps of Spanish bluebells were bright spots in the woods. Of particular delight was the exquisite little flowers of Kenilworth ivy which, true to its name, was growing in a wall. The lilac bush at the Overlook was also in bloom.   – Thomas Shoesmith

5/25 – East River, NYC:  We have been seeing American eels of all sizes this week, hooked by anglers and in oyster cages.  Our oyster cages (gardens) are hanging off a semi-protected bulkhead in the river about 6 inches below the projected low tide water mark. These are part of the New York Harbor School’s Billion Oyster Project.  A network of students come by periodically and check the growth of the protect spat-on-shell young oysters to determine what locations in the harbor offer good habitat.  The cages also offer protection as the young shellfish grow to a size that will survive on an open reef.  – Daniel Tarnow

(Daniel Tarnow, Education Director, Lower East Side Ecology Center  also writes:  “We’ve had one of our cages for 2 years, and many of the oysters have grown from 4-5mm to 40-50mm.  We use the oyster gardens as a tool to teach students abou the natural history of New York Harbor, oysters’ ability to filter water, the potential of oyster reefs to slow down storm surges, and as a living laboratory to show what happens when you restore a tiny area of shallow estuary habitat.  Along with the oysters, we have found mud crabs, green crabs, slpider crabs, sea squirts, blue mussels, sponges, skilletfish, shrimp and 3-5 inch-long  American eels using the cage.”)  


Hudson River Almanac 5/22/14 – 5/28/14


It’s a beautiful green world,







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