Greetings, UESiders!

Can we believe it’s August already?




Let’s get right down on the week ahead:

Friday, August 1st:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Starmaster John Pazmino’s topic this time round:  Meteor showers and the upcoming Perseids which arrive at earth each year on the nights of August 11th through 13th!  Really!  Free.

Saturday, August 2nd:  82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

At their tables will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Cherry Lane, Gajeski, Rising Sun Beef, Fresh Radish Farms and Valley Shepherd Creamery!

Yes, as promised,  Garden of Spices returns with their monumental yogurt, chicken, eggs and more!

And Market Manager Jessie adds:

“Last Saturday was all about eggplants and did we ever celebrate – and take home – the many whimsical varieties of this versatile vegetable – from tiny Fairytales, to long Japanese, to lustrous Black Beauties.  Okra made its 2014 market debut…  And melons will be coming soon!

Winner of the Guess the Kernels on a Corn Cob raffle:  The amazing Rachel Friedman, who was only 12 kernels off with her guess of 621 and won the Greenmarket tote bag packed full of market goodies!”

This week’s musical treat:  The Opera Collective!

That our Master Knife Sharpener will be at her table makes for one darned perfect day!  

(Doesn’t get any better than grilled cheese sandwiches made with Valley Shepherd and cheddar and butter!)

Last week’s recycling totals: 64 lbs batteries;  16 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 7 pair of eye glasses; 5 1/2 bins of compost; 26 bags of clothes.

As we move towards an incredible ton of batteries…

One more time:  Britta filters and CDs/DVDs can now be recycled in your building’s recycling bins!

Saturday, August 2nd:  RiverNet – Great Hudson River Fish Count 

Along Hudson From Albany to NYC

And we, the public, are invited!     Yup, – adults and kids – we can lend a hand as naturalists explore  – and we quote – “the amazing variety of slippery, wriggly, and fascinating creatures usually hidden below our great river’s surface!”   Waterproof waders will be available for one and all. Or why not just watch!   For sites (there are two in Manhattan), times and further details

Sunday, August 3rd:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothing Collection 9am-1pm

With us will be Atlantic Seafood, Gonzales, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms, Bread Alone, Hammond Dairy and Meredith’s Bakery.

Hammond’s peach yogurt, people!

Last week’s recycling totals:  39 lbs batteries;  10 lbs cords, cellphones and cartridges; 4 bins of compost;  1 giant bin of clothes (the equivalent of 2 giant bags at 82nd Street).

4 compost bins!!  Wow!!

Mondays, August 4th & 18th:  CM Kallos’ Housing Clinic

The Council Member’s Office, 244 East 93rd Street, 3-6pm

Free legal advice on your housing problems on the first and third Mondays of every month.  A volunteer attorney will be on hand for consultation, too.   To RSVP (and you should to speak to the attorney):  212-860-1930, or online

Coming up:

Saturday, August 16th:  Exploration of a Former Industrial Empire Tour

Meet at the Albert E. Short Triangle Park, corner of Jackson Avenue and 23rd Street, Long Island City, Queens, 10:30am-12:30pm

An independent city until 1898, Long Island City was once known as the workshop of America, was home to a vast array of industries and an all-around colorful place…  And now?  Still fascinating as gentrification proceeds apace!  Organized by the Obscura Society.  $20.  For tickets

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 21st, 22nd & 23rd:  Family Nature Walks at the Bronx Zoo

2300 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 10-11am

A 60-minute guided tour complete with zoo-provided backpacks, binoculars, bug jars and journals for your kids to record their observations! $10 (with purchase of Zoo admission).  For tickets

Sooner than we think:

Sunday, September 21st:  People’s Climate March 

Right Here in NYC

Organized by the Sierra Club and set to coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit.  We’ll fill you in on details as they become known and/or email

And this week’s miscellany is:

Of course, the MTA’s short a mere $12B in funding their much needed capital projects

We’ve never knowingly encountered hogweed and we don’t want to…  And we sleep better knowing that NYS’s doing its best to eradicate this awful-sounding, invasive plant!  

Hurrah!  NYC’ll be on the receiving end of some of the $4.7M the Feds have allocated to clear coastal marshes of Sandy debris!

Pleasure to say, restaurants on our shores and abroad are moving the trimming-of-waste- flag – be that waste food or packaging – ever more forward!

More impressive still (and thanks for the tip to reader Gerry Levine) is British chain Sainsbury’s plan to power one of their markets entirely via its food waste!

Yet another great opportunity to do some valuable citizen science:  The 2014 NYS Game Bird Survey!

And how about participating in an art project that very much needs our contributions of chicken wishbones…?  (We’ve already forwarded 4!)  Just wrap your totally clean, dry wishbones in soft padding (like – yes – recycled bubble wrap), place in a crush-proof box (like a metal cracker tin) and forward to:  Yenom Studio, 111 Leroy Street, New York 10014.  Include your name so artist Holton Rower can send you a thank-you! 

Double hurrah!  Non-profit incubator and think tank NYC Design Trust for Public Space’s just published New Data Collection Toolkit for Urban Farmers to create an urban farm database!

Also happy to note that restaurant chain Cosi’s now serving up antibiotic- free chicken!

Doesn’t get more feel-good than this:  Designing custom furniture for disabled kids and fabricating it from cardboard…  (This year’s Pritzger Prize-winning architect, Shigera Ban’s, made cardboard tube construction an art form!)

Triple hurrah…  If California makes a new study come real… That’s “it’s technically and economically feasible to convert California’s all-purpose energy infrastructure to one powered by clean, renewable energy

Back on Gotham turf:

We may be a city of millions, but we still have those special places where you’d never know you were in a metropolis

More on that 18th Century ship recently unearthed at the World Trade Center site… 

Off on another tangent:

Very much fans of the B-and-Bee Festival Camping concept design!

How about a  cute, short test that’ll not only reveal your sustainability personality but – without your giving any info – a donation to the worthy cause of your choice!

At last, some animals:

Most excellent news that d-CON’s super-toxic rat poisons which have long been the source of death for hawks, owls and many other birds will finally be
pulled from retail shelves by early next year!

Holy crow!  The CW Network will be broadcasting the World Dog Awards in January 2015, an event celebrating hero dogs, dogs working in the entertainment industry and everyday canines who’ve found fame on the Internet!

Yes, people.  Chickens are now a fact of many a NYC neighborhood’s life

Thanks to the great Carol Rinzler for making sure we knew that Representative Maloney’s angling for NYC to have (really it’d be a loan) its very own pair of PANDAS!

Yours truly in green,


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