Happy National Trails Day & National Oceans Month, UESiders!

Wonderful that among the few things our Congress has managed to accomplish was passage of a surprisingly strong Water Resources Reform and Development Bill!  (More than half our national parks contain waterways that don’t meet health standards!)

Prime trail territory:  Our own Adirondacks with a special celebration set for the new Northville- Placid trailhead inauguration. For more…  (Can we believe NYState has 90-year old trails?)

And you can easily check on trail conditions at the NYC DEC’s High Peaks Bulletin… 

On to the week ahead:

Thursday, June 12th – Sunday, June 22nd:  Lower East Side Film Festival

Various Venues

From animation to horror to…  Well, you name it.   We’re talking 12 days of films, panel discussions, parties and a large serving of outrageousness! For the full program…   

Fridays, June 13th – July 4th:  Modern Dance at Bryant Park

Sixth Avenue between 40th-42nd Streets, various times

Four world-class dance companies perform in one of our great city spaces. Free.  For the schedule

Saturday, June 14th:  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!

And, you bet, our Master Knife Sharpener will be at her table and ready to hone!

Cherry Lane’s selling out early…

Last week’s recycling totals:  60 lbs batteries;  10 lbs Britta filters, cords, CDs/DVDs, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 pairs of eye glasses; 7 1/2 bins of compost; 23 bags of clothes.

Interesting that we’re bouncing back and forth from 7 1/2 to 8 bins… 

Saturday, June 14th:  Pledge2Protect Canvassing in Brooklyn

Bus departs First & 93rd Street at 10am sharp

Lend a hand canvassing with P2P’s new partner, S.T.R.O.N.G. Southern Brooklyn (Sanitation wants to saddle them with horrendous MTS, too!). This is how alliances are built and prevail, friends!  To RSVP and reserve your bus seat

Saturday, June 14th:  Pepacton Reservoir Paddle

Shavertown Bridge Launch, 11am-2pm

Only since 2012 has NYS DEP been issuing permits for such outings on this most pristine of reservoirs and major supplier of NYC water.  Yes and, of course, NYCH2O’s gotten their green hands on one.  With transportation and canoe, $100.  Without transport but with canoe, $50.  Provide your own transport and canoe, $25.  For more and tickets

Tuesday June 17th & 24th, Tuesday, July 1st:  Mount Vernon Hotel & Museum Summer Concert Series

In the Museum Garden, 421 East 61st Street, 6pm

The choice is wide…  From tavern tunes to Celtic fiddling to a – our favorite – harpsichordist!  All in one of the loveliest gardens on the UES.  Free to members.  Non-member adults, $15.  Non-member children under 12, $5. For full details

Almost upon us:

Friday, June 20th:  Urban Passageways – The Tunnels & Atriums of Midtown Manhattan

Meet at 810 Eighth Avenue, 11am

NYC history buff Robert Amell leads a lucky few on an insider’s tour of the tunnels, pathways and hidden gems of central Manhattan…  From art deco jewels to Lichtenstein murals!  Organized by the Obscura Society.  $20.  For details and tickets… 

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!

Yup, you read it right!  We’ll also be collecting clothes/fabrics/hats/belts/shoes at 92nd! 

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

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

No better 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 generous grants!) 

Sunday, June 29th:  Bronx River Bike Tour

Meet at the Williamsbridge Oval, 1pm

Explore NYC’s one and only fresh water river  – a river that’s remorphed from Seventies open sewer to present day reasonable and improving health –  with by NYCH2O aqua expert Matt Malina.  $20.  For more and tickets… 

And we do mean miscellany:

Great that HUD’s awarded $920 million for storm resilient design in Sandy-affected areas…  Not so great the cupboard was bare when it came to flood-prone areas of the UES…  

#1 in the here-we-go-again department:  Midtown rezoning, the billions required to provide to transportation to it and the 65-story building – across from Grand Central – that has deBlasio support

(Let’s hope someone familiarizes our mayor with the economic value of vintage buildings…)

#2.  The unhybridized, wheelchair-unfriendly “Taxi of Tomorrow” has been revived by the Court of  Appeals…  


The great Frick’s expanding again this time to the tune of a 6-story addition…

Props to City Council Member Grace Chin for proposing that restaurants who put their garbage out on our sidewalks in leaky plastic bags be fined!

Meanwhile, cross fingers for the survival of Brooklyn’s Kentile sign

Ummm…  Ten beautiful, mostly uninhabited islands

And the Green Roof of the Week is

Actually, our nominee would be closer to home:  Not only does Lenox Hil Neighborhood House have a green roof, but the green stuff grown on it is served to 1,000 low-income seniors and children daily!

Then there’s the winner of New Yorkers for Parks annual photo contest

More and more telling pictures of the NYC that once was from “American Odyssey: Photos From the Detroit Photographic Company, 1888-1924.  

WOW!  Asphalt Green just broke the previous Guinness record for largest number of people working out on trampolines!

 You bet, animals:

But of course, Animal Planet will have a World Cup-themed show – World Pup with teams of 8 puppies (think French bulldogs vs. Brussels Griffons) squaring off.  For details

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

5/30 – Manhattan:  Poison ivy was remarkably abundant at Inwood Hill Park, now with  its minute flowers in bloom.  Petals fallen from tulip trees and pasture rose bushes and scattered through the woods were lovely. – Thomas Shoesmith

5/31 – Manhattan:  The falcon nest webcam revealed that the 55 Water Street peregrine scrape had four young falcons. – Matthew Willis

(55 Water Street is a 687-foot high building.  A scrape is the small area of ledge cleared off by a peregrine in order to lay its eggs;  these birds do not build nests. – Tom Lake!)

(Those baby peregrines are tough and roughing it!)

6/3 – North Creek:  Saw a Karner blue butterfly – a subspecies of the Melissa Blue and an endangered species –  in my meadow the other day!  Last year we had none in the meadow but, the year before, there were dozens…  but not a single monarch butterfly.  Happily, there’ve been a few bats in the evenings, so it seems some have survived the dreadful white nose syndrome! – Barbara Dodworth

So grand to be green,






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