Happiest July 4th, UESiders!

For Inside the Apple‘s nice, brief take on early July 1776 and a NYC vestige of that world-changing time… 

Bring on the hot dogs, fireworks and one great holiday weekend…  All that while keeping  Hurricane Arthur at arm’s length…



And savoring the great days after the storm’s passed:

Saturday, July 5th:  82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

With us will be the great American Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard Honey, Samascott, Cherry Lane, Gajeski, Rising Sun Beef, Fresh Radish and Garden of Spices Farms and new Valley Shepherd Creamery!

Cherry Lane’s big, beautiful bunches of basil are heavenly!

Last week’s recycling totals: 63 lbs batteries;  11 lbs Britta filters, cords, CDs/DVDs, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 5 1/4 bins of compost; 15 bags of clothes.

Not bad for a pre-holiday weekend, people!

Sunday, July 6th:  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 Hammond Dairy!

Yup, Norwich Meadows Farm has returned!

And we have one word for you:  TOMATOES!

Last 2 week’s recycling totals:  8 lbs batteries;  6 lbs Britta filters, cords, CDs/DVDs, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 7 bins of compost;  TBA bags of clothes.

3 compost bins Week 1 of the market!  4 bins last week!!

(The veterans collecting clothes managed to depart before we nailed down their totals, but they won’t escape us this week!) 

Now through Sunday, October 19th:  Madeleine in New York – The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans

New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street

Could an exhibition be more family-friendly?  Readers past and present will be treated to 90-plus artworks, not a few from astonishing sources (like the Onassis yacht)!  There’re also any number of special events designed around the show.  For the total rundown

Throughout July:  New York Historical Society Summer Lecture Series

Bryant Park Reading Room, Sixth Avenue between 40th & 42nd Streets, 7pm

Yet another assembly of fabulous talks by some of America’s leading historians!  Subjects range from the Civil War to Teddy Roosevelt.  And thanks to the generosity of Bernard and Irene Schwartz, they’re totally free!  For full details… 

Now through Saturday, September 6th:  Open to the Public – Civic Space Now

AIA Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place

No question but public space – adequate, aesthetic public space – is central to urban health and this exhibition from the American Institute of Architecture explores the many and unfolding  interpretations of that truth!  For full details

And then:   

Saturday, July 12th:  City of Water Day 2014

All Along Our Fabulous Waterfront

Presented by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance and over 700 partners , the Festival will be held in waterfront locations throughout the area, with most happening (fishing, ferry rides, food and so much more) on Governor’s Island, Pier 42 and at Maxwell Place Park in Hoboken!   For the total lowdown …  

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

Monday, July 14th:  The Map Thief

ACME Studios, 63 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn, 8:30pm

And we quote, “…An evening discussion of cartography, the rare-map trade and the notorious art thief who garnered a fortune stealing and dealing invaluable maps.”  Presented by the great Obscura Society.  $20. For tickets and more



Ready or not…  Miscellany:

Contrary to public wishes and turning a blind eye to the state of NYState’s water infrastructure, the DEC is “loaning” $511M to construct the new Tappan Zee Bridge

Prepare yourself for the Municipal Art Society’s recently published detailing air rights and present and coming swaths of shadow

Los Angeles’s now extending it’s plastic bag ban beyond chains and supermarkets to small-scale groceries

Lot’s of discussion re an upgrade of paving along what will be our dramatically improved Esplanade…   Our vote going something – happily – Park’s already using here and there:  permeable paving stones!  (Do scroll down…)

Holy crow!  Con Ed’s wanting us to reduce our reliance on giant power plants!

Pretty much beating a dead horse, but yet another voice’s raising doubt as the the Second Ave Subway’s completion date

Reason #976 Why for an East River Esplanade conservancy:  Even with its $16.25 budget increase, Parks will have only 260 Enforcement Patrol officers to cover all Manhattan (along with shortages in maintenance and cleaning staff)…  Really.  



On the other hand:

DEC minutely redeems itself with these first-rate green living tips… (Includes best NYS otter-watching sites!)

And with another great issue of its online Outdoor Discovery Newsletter (includes the hike of the Month)!

Can’t stop the great ideas for re-using aged smart phones…  Like nailing rogue rainforest loggers!

Just getting used to Citi Bikes and bike islands?  Get ready for bike-train-bike

We were totally stunned to learn that Neanderthal’s ate vegetables!

Why aren’t we New Yorkers visiting the Van Cortlandt House – where George Washington actually  slept and more than once – in droves?   (This tidbit from “Inside the Apple” sure is encouragement…)

Bocce?  Pool?  Karoke?  You name it!  Our Gotham has a organized league for virtually every activity!

And, of course, there’s a site dedicated to critiquing swimming pools

Yes, there is such a thing as yarn bombing

Just like there’s a Mason jar trick!

Yes, we’ll be booking a flight to take in the world’s clearest lake



As for 4th of July animals:

With its habitat under threat, the world’s tiniest turtle – the little Kemp’s Ridley turtle – needs our help!

Hippos as an invasive species?  Thanks to infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar, they’re on the loose and breeding in Colombia!

Think we’d like to join these golden retrievers as they…  Well, you’ll see

A puffin chick (AKA a puffling) has hatched!!

More tiny feathered babies are being born on old piers on Governor’s Island!

baby common tern

Then  there’s this adorable snoring kitty…  (Far from those baby birds!)

What better way to close than with the Hudson River Almanac and butterflies:

6/19 – Town of Indian Lake, HRM 257: Just a note on the sighting of Karner blue butterflies near North Creek. These were most likely either spring azures or eastern tailed blues, or possibly silvery blues that are almost identical to Karner blues but much more widespread and not specialized on their food plants. This sighting occurred about 50 miles northwest of Queensbury, the northern limit of our Karner blue sites. While in flight all of these species look blue; they are different on the underside of the wings. The azures and silvery blues have no orange crescents, and eastern tails have only two tiny dots.  – Kathleen O’Brien, NYSDEC

[The Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) is both a New York State and federally-listed endangered species. Within its range, the Karner blue is restricted to dry sandy areas with open woods and clearings supporting wild blue lupine. A sighting of this species far outside its known range would be extraordinary; though one learns never to say “never” with wildlife, such records require extraordinary evidence – a sharp, close-up photograph for example. Tom Lake.]

Here’s to the red, white and blue,


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