Happy Summer, UESiders!

No way we’re embarassed about being redundant with our summer glee…  Or about underscoring what to do if you suspect a gas leak:

  • Leave the area immediately and go to a safe location
  • Do not try to locate the source of the leak  
  • Do not do anything that could cause a spark and ignite the gas: 
    • Do not use electrical devices, such as light switches, telephones, or garage door openers
    • Do not use an open flame, matches or lighters 
    • Do not start vehicles parked in the area
  • Do not try to shut off any natural gas valves
  • From a safe location, call 911 to report a gas leak.  
  • Do not re-enter the building or return to the area until fire department or law enforcement personnel deem the area safe for re-entry 

Now, for all the fun stuff on our dance card this coming week:

Friday, June 20th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Starmaster John Pazmino’s topic this round:  Electomagnetic Radiation from Space!  (Can’t tell you how great these meetings are!)  Free.

Saturday, June 21st:  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, Cherry Lane, Gajeski, Rising Sun Beef and Garden of Spices Farms!

And Fresh Radish Farm and their beautiful, naturally grown veggies from Orange County return for the summer season this Saturday!

And, yes, our own Master Knife Sharpener will be at her table, too!

(Gajeski had baby beets last week!)

Last week’s recycling totals:  64 lbs batteries;  11 lbs Britta filters, cords, CDs/DVDs, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 7 1/2 bins of compost; 31 bags of clothes.

Do recall that we averaged 5/5 1/2 bins this time last year!

Saturday, June 21st:  An Evening of Music & Food With Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

Carl Schurz Park at John Finley Walk (top of the 86th Street & East End Avenue stairs), 4-8pm

Greet the first day of summer with our new BP, complete with music, refreshments and the beauty of Schurz Park!  Free.  Seating limited so be prepared to stay on your two feet.  (Wheelchair access via the 84th or 86th park entrances.) 

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 and Phillips Farms, Bread Alone and Meredith’s Bakery!

And there’ll be a new farmer joining us…  Hammond Dairy with their award-winning yogurt and Ronnybrook milk!

(Not to worry!  Norwich Meadows will be return…  Next Sunday or the following Sunday.)

Just to underscore the point:  In addition to compost, we’ll also be collecting clothes/fabrics/hats/belts/shoes at 92nd! 

Sunday, June 22nd:  Holmes Towers Flea Market

1780 First Avenue, adjacent to the Greenmarket, 11am-3pm

Pretty amazing stuff turns up…  From an antique bird cage to vintage Latin vinyl to handcrafted earrings!  All proceeds fund the Holmes Towers Family Day!   

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!

You know the drill:

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 22nd:  Strawberry Festival/Erdbeerfest

Zion-St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 339 East 84th Street, 1-3pm

Okay!  Head to the 92nd Street with your shredding…  Then shop the Greenmarket right across the Ave…  Pop home, then head down to 84th for some strawberry beer, music and German pastries!  $10. For more

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, June 24th, 25th & 26th: Pledge2Protect Picketing

MTS Ramp, 91st Street & York Avenue, 7:30-10am

And we quote:  “We are entering a critical juncture.  While we have a dialogue with the city, it is important that we show our opposition.”  Be there, friends!

Wednesday, June 25th: Bike Lanes Forum

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House,  331 East 70th Street, 6:30pm

Organized by Council Member Kallos…  And haven’t we all got something to say on the subject pro and con!  (Down in our neck-of-the-woods, the lane’s so dingy it’s hard to make out that it’s green!)  To RSVP: rsvp@benkallos.com.

Wednesday, June 25th:  Edible Academy Benefit

Any NYC Whole Foods, all day

Purchase whatever at Whole Foods this coming Wednesday and they’ll donate 5% to this wonderful NY Botanical Garden program that prepares children, their families and teachers for a lifelong interest in gardening and healthful living.  For more on the Edible Academy and it’s work


Sunday, June 29th: Polepell Island and the Ruins of Bannerman Castle Tour

Meet  at clock in Grand Central Station’s main terminal at 12:30pm

We’ve all seen the beautiful crumbling ruins from the windows of northbound trains on the Hudson Line…  Now and led by the folks from amazing Atlas Obscura, we can walk among them and learn how they came to be!  $50 (train far not included).  For full info…    

Tuesday, July 1st through Tuesday, August 25th:  Summer on the Roof -Rooftop Film Screenings

Czech Center New York, 321 East 73rd Street, films commencing at dusk

One truly lovely way to spend a summer evening…  A lightly breezy roof, views across the UES and a schedule of first-rate films that wouldn’t be seen anywhere else given the shortage of NYC – and UES, in particular – art house screens.  $10. For tickets and film info

Thursday, July 3rd:  Coney Island Bike Tour

Meet at 2015 Shore Parkway, Coney Island, 6:30pm

Another great outing from NYCH2O, this time led by educator/geographer Adan Schwartz and tracing the development of the Coney Peninsula from its colonial founding to development at Brighton and Manhattan Beaches to the impact of the Robert Moses’ era.  $25.  For details including a map

Thursday, July 17th:  Creative Garden Design & Native Plant Giveaway

Carolina Garden, 121 east 122nd Street, 5-7pm

Move beyond the same old standard approach to your planting!  Think new forms, new plants and found materials!  Landscape architect Edie Kean will show you how!  A NYC park Department GreenThumb Program. Free.  For more (scroll down)… 

Thursday, July 17th: A Summer Night with Farmers & Chefs

Coenties Slip (Way South Manhattan), 4-8pm

First there were pop-up stores.  Now, we’ve got a pop-up Greenmarket where there’ll be – and we quote –  “farmers selling their farm fresh produce, meats, and cheeses, while sharing a space with a curated roster of restaurants serving prepared foods.”   We’re talking live music, wine and beer, too!  For more and directions to Coenties Slip

We’d win any miscellany competition:

Like another argument against the MTS is needed…  A new study links pollution to autism and schizophrenia

Meanwhile, it’d be nice for the mayor to weigh in on energy efficiency and retrofitting

Believe it or not but one’s cable box  is the second most energy-intensive item in one’s home, after air conditioning! (You bet there should be an infinitely better design!)  

Yikes!  Compounding the dubious distinction of producing one of the more sugar-laden drinks, Kraft also packages 1.4 billion per year portions of Capri Sun in all-but-impossible-to-recycle plastic/aluminum pouches.  Should you feel moved to encourage Kraft to revamp...

Lucky for us – in addition to our fabulous reservoir system – we’ve had our usual adequate rain, but here’re approaches/notions we need to contemplate given an ever drier/thirstier world

Meanwhile, our harbor faces challenges from the ever-increasing abundance of water

We could use a company like San Francisco’s Foam Order that replaces chemical-laden furniture padding with free-of-chemicals polyurethane foam

Great light rail between Minneapolis and St. Paul is near completion…  However…  Light rail on the edge of the world Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is 60% complete (and being built by the Chinese). 

The Federal Highway Trust Fund runs out of money on August 29th…  (One obvious solution:  Raise gas tax in place since 1994.)

As if CM Kallos hasn’t been busy enough, he’s now proposed assistance for Second Avenue businesses that have suffered so greatly from the toils of subway construction!

Another good idea:  CM Rosenthal’s legislation that’d would suspend licenses of all motorists – not just taxi drivers – who seriously injure or kill pedestrians!

In the happy face column: 

Has to sweep the field of ultimate recycling:  Recycling a patient’s blood lost during surgery!  (The mechanics of which can be produced by 3D printing!) 

Given the horrendous tonnage of food we Americans throw out (rightly wanting to be safe rather than sorry), this advance in packaging will be revolutionary!

Then there’re air-purifying billboards! (Cleaning more air that 1,200 trees!)

A floating billboard that cleans polluted water!  (We could use ’em when that 1/2 inch of rain overwhelms our water treatment system!)

Last but hardly least in this week’s chronicle of recycling achievement:  the 2.85 million pounds of compost and 2.7 million pounds of clothing recycled at Greenmarkets since 2011!


Kudos to City Harvest for their new program aimed at getting fresh produce into food-desert-located bodegas!

Ever lighter growing mediums are making greenroofs possible where they’ve never been before

NYState’s  considering a new bill that’d allow neighbors with shaded homes to share the output of solar panels with neighbors with homes bathed in sun! To read more and even support…  

While you’re in an activist mode, Citizens Defending Libraries (branch libraries are still under threat) has devised a new petition for the new mayor…  (Good idea to call CM Kallos, too:  212-860-1950!)

Ah, NYC…  Feet in the future but a toe or two in the past…  i.e. our enduring affection for hydrant sprinklers…  

And we think Fifth Avenue’s changed over our life in this city?  Check out Christopher Gray on real estate wars waged by the Vanderbilts of yore

Speaking of yore, look what they’ve unearthed on Governor’s Island!

And, of course, our great city’d  have a fabulous cookbook book store! 

OMG, can we wait for the Cooper-Hewitt to re-open?

Off the reservation, but still:

What can Social Security being thinking of…?  Closing down offices as droves of Boomers – many not net savvy – become eligible?

We’re New Yorkers and we know from small apartments…  So why not cast your vote in Apartment Therapy Coolest Small Home Contest?  (What?!  No NYC finalists?!)

Have a treasured family deviled egg recipe?  Well, our friends at Just Food has a contest for you… The Kegs and Kluckers 2014 Deviled Egg Competition!

Doesn’t get more heart-warming than a 12-year old designing a low-cost braille printer largely made of Legos

That is except for Starbucks new free employee college tuition plan…  (May other corporations soon follow suit…)

On to our animal friends:

Okay, so the International Court of Justice’s ruled against Japan’s whaling in Antarctic waters with Japan currently planning to resume what they term “scientific” expeditions.  Should you think they should cease and desist…  

Reminder:  Komodo dragons – biggest of all  extant reptiles – are now on view at the Bronx Zoo!

All 3 osprey chicks have hatched!

Out in the wilds of Montana, they’ve discovered that wild pollinators (AKA bees) are among first responders in areas devastated by forest fires

In  the less endearing insect department, herewith the eastern tent caterpillar… 

Ever green,



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