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)…
AND BE AT THE MARKET NO LATER THAN 11:30am…
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:
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?!! Pennsylvania fracking wells are leaking methane?!!
As for our own Hudson River’s water quality… Overall, not so bad… (Whew.)
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.
Then on to the sunny side of the street:
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!
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, 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.)