Happy Upcoming National Grilling Month, UESiders!

And congrats to two of our own:  The young gentlemen manning the Gajeski table at 82nd Street!

Shorty graduated from high school last Saturday and will be heading to Lehman College this fall!

Javier took the GED test the previous Saturday.  He won’t know the results for a couple of months, but smart as he is, we say the outcome isn’t in doubt. Then on college for him as well!

Lucky for us that neither’ll be leaving our market even as they move on to higher education.  

Rather a nice prelude to the coming week:

Saturday, June 28th:  82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

A full market dance card this Saturday!

Not only will the great American Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard Honey, Samascott, Cherry Lane, Gajeski, Rising Sun Beef, Fresh Radish and Garden of Spices Farms all be at their tables…


Look for newcomers Valley Shepherd Creamery!  These fabulous folks stock sheep, cow and goat’s milk cheeses, along with butter, cured sausages, sheep’s milk yogurt and raviolis!   Shop them up like crazy!!  We want them to be our new BFF (best farmer forever)…


Because our multi-talented new Council Member will be donning a chef’s apron and debuting “Cooking with Kallos” live and in person and whipping up delicious things with strawberries!  


Delighted to say Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess will be at her table, too!


Last week’s recycling totals:  59 lbs batteries;  15 lbs Britta filters, cords, CDs/DVDs, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 7 bins of compost; 22 bags of clothes.

You are just mean composting machines!

Sunday, June 22nd:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothing Collection 9am-1pm

With us will be Atlantic Seafood, Gonzales, Stannart and Phillips Farms, Bread Alone and Meredith’s Bakery!

And that new farmer…  Hammond Dairy?  A last minute malfunction with their yogurt machinery kept them out of our line-up last week.  Fingers crossed all is well and they make their 92nd Street debut this Sunday with yogurt plus Ronnybrook milk!

Could be that – if Aurelia’s back from Switzerland –  Norwich Meadows will be returning as well!

Last week’s recycling totals:  Shredding had us so busy, compost and collection departed before we could collect the numbers, but things looked good, especially for a first day!  Stay tuned…

We’re waiting for that big shredding poundage number, too!

Saturday, June 28th:  DEC’s Free Fishing Clinic 

Raritan Bay Festival, Raritan Bay, Staten Island, 11:30am-4:30pm

Don’t know the difference between a fly and a lure?  The NYC Department of Environmental Conservation has a class for you!   No license required. Totally free.  For more and to sign up

Saturday, June 28th:  Solar One Kayaking Event

Stuyvesant Cove Park, East River at 20th Street, 2:30pm

Being out on the East River on a weekend afternoon?   Doesn’t get any better!  Free, of course.  For more…  And reservations a must…  (Another event’s coming up on July 28th!)

Seems like years away:

Sunday, September 7th:  Transportation Alternatives 25th Annual NYC Century Bike Tour

All 5 Boroughs

Time to register for the 2014 outing entitled “The Ride for Vision Zero” and covering – duh – 100 miles…   Although you can chose comfortable segments.  For details and to sign up

Opening the Miscellany File…  Kicking off with the abundantly serious:

As in former Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson on climate change

And the press of  North Dakota fracking operations on Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Moving on to discontent:

Really?!!  NYS’s Environmental Facilities Corporation  is wanting to steer a half-billion dollars in clean-water funds to the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge??!!  (If you think this is a bad move…)

Really?!!  Seems that America’s now importing its own fish!!

Really?!!  There’s a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico?!!

Really?!!  McDonald’s biggest potato supplier is just steps away from getting approval on a GMO potato!!   (If you oppose such unlabeled GMO produce being served up in restaurants and sold in supermarkets…)

Really?!!  One in 10 U.S. beaches doesn’t meet EPA water safety standards!!

Really?!!  Pennsylvania fracking wells are leaking methane?!! 

As for our own Hudson River’s water quality…  Overall, not so bad…  (Whew.)

This while Indiana is numero uno in release of toxins into its waterways

Really?!!  Lowe’s is still selling bee-killing pesticides (when Home Depot’s stopped)?!! (If you’d like to encourage Lowe’s to get that bad stuff off their shelves…)

Surprise.  Surprise.  Not.  When measured against the rest of the world, NYC Subways are on the creaky side.

Oh and of course, delays continue to mount on the Fulton Street Station and 7th Avenue Subway construction

Same for any number of Parks Department projects

Then on to the sunny side of the street:

Two hundred and thirty NYC public school buildings (are some schools in more than one building?) now compost their food waste!   (Is you child’s school on the master list?)

Downright amazing, this new technology which’ll allow us to digitally preserve historic sites around the world!

For those unacquainted with the process, here’s how the NYS DEC launches public discussion of a potential brownfield site, in this case on 110th Street…  

A big tip of the hat to the Netherlands’ regimen of raising livestock with minimal antibiotics…   (We’d bow low if they used none at all!)

Bigger props to L.A. where they’ve enlisted barbers to boost male health!

Yet another smart way to bring the benefits of solar to homes with little roof space and/or lots of shade and it has a lovely name…  A solar garden! 

Two publications we like:  Urban Farmer and Modern Farmer (with an emphasis on urban farming)…

How about making a couple of concrete nesting tables utilizing Lego molds?

For this weekend’s weather and terrain conditions at NYState Parks

Then there’s this instant city garden!

Which has nothing on these lovely ways to introduce even more flora onto terrace or patio

Could be we’ll see some Copenhagen Wheels in that Century Bike Tour!

Another week and Christopher Gray regales us with another UES architectural tale!

Even more miscellaneous:

Like to know why – plaster damage or no – the Museum of the City of NY is deaccessioning an ornate box from the old Metropolitan Opera, but BIG’s got it for sale!  (Let’s hope the museum’s got a spare.)

Believe it!  A bunch of Danes playing “Billie Jean” by blowing into beer bottles!

Benjamin Franklin began his last will and testament, “I Benjamin Franklin, of Philadelkphia, printer”...  (Wish his favored Caslon font was included in Word!).

As for our furry/feathered friends:

In case you missed this last week’s (touching baby) eagle cam saga

Meanwhile, our own Governors Island played an important role in discovering how migrating birds navigate!

The bat fan base is growing all the time…  Witness these young Indianans!   

There’re only 50 ocelots left in the wild in Texas

Meanwhile, down in the Puffin burrow (equipped with cam)

We leave you with this lovely entry from the Hudson River Almanac:

Don’t know how we wound up on the mailing list of Trout Unlimited, but for the fisher persons among us the fish-centric organization has a great join-up offer! (Who can resist a selection of 13 essential flies!)

6/16 – Wallkill River: It was 15 years ago today, as I walked along the edge of a fallow cornfield listening to the “witchity-witchity-witchity” of the common yellowthroat, that I spotted a piece of gray stone (chert) protruding slightly from a crack in the dry earth. It was the thin edge of a small projectile point.  I had found a very old spear point, later dated to about 12,500 years ago.  – Tom Lake


[This stone artifact was a Barnes-type fluted spear point, a style that originated in southwestern Ontario about 12,500 calendar years ago. They are a diagnostic tool of what archaeologists believe were the first people, called Paleoindians, to enter the Hudson Valley. The Wallkill River Valley was a seasonal passageway for these hunter-gatherers from Ontario, through the Mohawk River Valley, then south through Greene, Ulster, and Orange Counties, stopping at stone quarries and following game herds.)

Sincerely green,






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