Happy National Margarita Day, UESiders,

Here’s a link to one of the many news stories on the jack hammer chisel episode… 

Now, let’s get right down on the days ahead:



Friday, July 11th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-8:30pm 

Starmaster John Pazmino’s topic this out:  The Wonders of Our Summer Sky with the classical groups of Scorpius, Sagittarius, Aquila, Lyra, and Cygnus shine in the south and overhead!  (Wow!)  Free.

Saturday, July 12th:  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, Samascott, Cherry Lane, Gajeski, Rising Sun Beef, Fresh Radish and Garden of Spices Farms and new Valley Shepherd Creamery!

Our Master Knife Sharpener will be on hand, too!

Gajeski has corn!

Love Fresh Radish’s purslane and Cherry Lane’s heirloom tomatoes!

Valley Shepherd will likely have mozzarella this week!

Last week’s recycling totals: 59 lbs batteries;  14 lbs Britta filters, cords, CDs/DVDs, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 5 1/2 bins of compost; 16 bags of clothes.

Definitely held our recycling own over the holiday!

Saturday, July 12th:  City of Water Day 2014

All Along Our Fabulous  NYC 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 …  

Sunday, July 13th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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 and Hammond Dairy!

We have two words for you this time round : PEACH YOGURT!

Last week’s recycling totals:  43 lbs batteries;  8 lbs Britta filters, cords, CDs/DVDs, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 15 pairs of eye glasses; 3 bins of compost;  TBA bags of clothes.

(The elusive veterans left early last Sunday!  Stay tuned!) 

Sunday, July 13th:  Japan’s Star Festival 

Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, 2pm

Family-friendly to the max as legendary folk characters are brought to life via storytelling and traditional crafts (think origami and tanzaku, thin paper strips for writing wishes to decorate bamboo branches). Recommended for children ages 3-10 and their parents.  Adults: $12. Children: $5.  For tickets (advance purchase advised) and more… 

And then:

Saturday, July 26th:  The Race Underground

The New York Transit Museum, Boerum Place at Schermerhorn Street, 5:30-8:00pm

It was New York against Boston in the great subway construction race and historian and author Doug Most relates events that framed this great American rivalry! The Obscura Society strikes again!  Free and complete with a beer and wine reception!  For more and tickets… 

Sunday, July 27th:  West Harlem Stop ‘N Swap Event

Soha Square Greenmarket, 117th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (Eighth Avenue), 12-3pm

Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, games, books and toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you and free! But you don’t have to bring something to take something. But no furniture or large items, please!  (These things are fun!)  For further details



What-Are-They-Thinking-Of miscellany first:

Remember that devastating West Virginia chemical spill of a few months ago?  And the fine that’s just been announced?  A big, fat $11,000.

Under the Who’s-Minding-the-Store heading:  Small potatoes compared to the mega-theft of CityTime, but the company chosen to set up free WiFi throughout the city has just gone bankrupt...

Hummmm…  Seems the City’s contemplating allowing property owners to construct their own flood barriers…  Yeah, there’re governing rules… But enforcement…?  

What the heck’s with Governor Christie?  He’s back trying to short-circuit regs on carbon emissions in NJ

Yes, and the Brooklyn Yard Development Corporation’s threatening Admiral’s Row again

In the middle ground:

A new study says clean energy can hold off the worst of climate change by 2050, if only by a hair

Entirely on the good foot:

Glad tidings on the Midtown rezoning front:  BP Brewer and CM Garodnick will be heading the newly-formed steering committee!

(Be interesting to learn how they feel about the 67-story tower proposed across from Grand Central…)

The Forces of Darkness attempting to overthrow Australia’s carbon tax legislation were defeated!

For those of us not lucky enough to have an actual Greenmarket near at hand…  The farm-to-table movement’s now online and virtual, too!

How’s this for a green contest:  Be a NYC property owner, live in a combined sewer area and have a great infrastructure design idea that’ll control at least 1 inch of storm water runoff!  Submit that brilliant notion to NYC’s DEP and win a grant 

Then enter to win a $1,000 Container Store makeover for the deserving UES classroom of your choice! 

Then…  Study and follow the DEC’s just-issued green living tips!

And now for a pause in the Twilight Zone:

A specialized interest to be sure, but NYC’s now digitized it’s prison records archives!  (Wonder what info required in the present…)

Like to know your rights as an air traveler?  (These days, do we ever need to know!)

Interested in your apartment’s – that place you’re living in – history?



We’re not forgetting those animals:

No way you should miss this week’s (PBS) “Nature” on which an orphaned baby sea otter is raised by a surrogate otter mom and returned to the wild…

Individuals are fishing our young Hudson River glass eels for sale to the Asian market?!  (Not for long.  NYS DEC is hot on their heels!)

And on our home turf:

6/27 – Manhattan, HRM 0.1: With reports of few, if any, monarch butterflies sightings this season, I wanted to let you know that I saw one today in Battery Park City on the river promenade. –  Matthew Wills

6/30 – Manhattan, HRM 13.5: On the inlet of Spuyten Duyvil Creek, 2 dozen Canada geese were gathered near a white mulberry tree on the bank.  A boy was shaking the branches and tossing the ripe berries to them.  I tasted a couple – they were amazingly sweet. Nearby, some hybrid of yarrow was blooming yellow, along with a few flowers of purple echinacea (coneflowers) and blue, ragged-petaled chicory.

Further along the shore, plant growth urgently filled the space between the water and the fence, plants crowding, intertwining, climbing on each other. Curly dock made a pole for field bindweed. Bittersweet nightshade, its purple-and-yellow blossoms now fading, insinuated its fruiting stems among plants I cannot name, while field pepper grass, Pennsylvania smartweed and white sweet clover bloomed between them along with black nightshade and foliage of porcelain berry, mugwort, and burdock.

Up on the ridge at Inwood Hill Park, the day-lilies were now blooming! Hundreds of them fairly glowed in sunlight along many paths, so that it was easy to overlook the other plants.  Poison ivy now had berries and some black raspberries were ripening.  Mulberries, both red and white, were falling on paths, and some crab apples as well.

I saw one lovely long-fruited anemone (Anenome cylindrica) on my way down to Broadway. – Thomas Shoesmith

Ah, summer and its bountiful green…






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