Happy Upcoming World Elephant Day, UESiders!

Happening next Tuesday, August 12th with plenty of advocacy opportunities like Go Gray for Elephants!

elephants

Needless to say, just one of the good things happening this coming 7 days:

Friday, August 15th:  New York Aquarium Deep Sea Pioneers Celebration

Surf Avenue & West 8th Street, Brooklyn, 6:30-10:30pm

Eighty years ago this month, William Beebe and Otis Barton dropped a then-record 3,028 feet below the ocean’s surface.  Now you can see the Bathysphere in which that historic descent was made up close and personal! Celebration also includes craft beer, sustainably sourced fish tacos, Aquatheater show and an excellent view of the Coney Island fireworks from the Aquarium’s Oceanview Deck!  $11.95.  10% discount when purchased online.  For tickets and more

Saturday, August 9th:  82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

With us be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Cherry Lane, Gajeski, Rising Sun Beef, Fresh Radish Farms and Valley Shepherd Creamery!

Then, as of last week, there’s the new farm that’s just joined our market: Nature’s Way Farm with what uber manager Margaret Hoffman rightly describes as the best lip balm ever…  That and a host of bee-connected products!  (Try the incredible hand lotion!)

And there’s this news flash from Manager Jesse:

“This Saturday market morning,  we’ll be celebrating Rachel Friedman, winner of our Guess the Kernels on the Cob contest, who’ll be receiving a big bag of market goodies..  We’ll be offering up samples of  a Market Parfait —  no coincidence that parfait also means “perfect” because this is the perfect market breakfast! Think granola from Bread Alone, blueberries from Samascott Orchards, cow and sheep yogurt from Garden of Spices and Valley Shepherd and honey from brand new vendor Nature’s Way. Come and enjoy!”

Apologies, folks.  Live Cultures bailed on us so no music this week…

BUT…

Our Master Knife Sharpener will be back at her table!  

And keep in mind that tomatoes, corn and basil are selling out early!

Last week’s recycling totals: 70 lbs batteries;  18 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 5 pair of eye glasses; 6 bins of compost; 23 bags of clothes.

Downright amazing!

Sunday, August 10th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothing Collection 9am-1pm

At their tables sagging with summer bounty will be Atlantic Seafood, Gonzales, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms, Bread Alone, Hammond Dairy and Meredith’s Bakery.

Hope Gonzalez Farm has squash blossoms again this week!

Last week’s recycling totals:  35 lbs batteries;  8 lbs cords, cellphones and cartridges; 4 bins of compost;  1 giant bin of clothes (the equivalent of 2 giant bags at 82nd Street).

Yes, indeed!  Another 4 compost bins!! 

And then:

Saturday, August 16th:  Ninth Avenue Chelsea Garden Club Walk

Ninth Avenue & 17th Street, 9am

And we quote great Club president Missy Adams:  “Tour the beautiful bicycle-lane tree pits along Ninth Avenue, as well as meet our newest gardeners, celebrate the flowers, and curse the weeds, theft and vandalism.” These folks have been inspiration to our own growing cadre of First Avenue Bike Island gardeners!  Plan on a slow walk up to 30th Street.  Free! 

Thursday, August 21st to Monday, September 1st: New York State Fair

New York  State Fairgrounds,  Route 690 just west of Syracuse

Concerts, competitions from prize rabbits to crafts to antique cars and beyond!  Regardless of whatever newly minted attractions are added to the mix, these things retain their wonderful, lost-in-time quality.   $10. Children under 12 free.  For details and discounted advance tickets…  

Friday, August 22st:  An Expedition to the Explorers Club

46 East 70th Street, 11am-12:30pm

Since 1904, this’s been the club house for those who’ve broadened our knowledge of earth and beyond.  The place pretty much drips history and adventure.   Not to be missed!  Organized by the Obscura Society.  $25.  For more and tickets

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xerochrysum-bracteatum

In our tradition of the most miscellaneous miscellany:

The Toledo algae bloom experience makes Major Water Incident #2 (remember West Virginia?)…  Meanwhile, yet another NYS entity has consented to using our clean water moneys to finance the new Tappan Zee Bridge…  (All concerned, first and foremost our governor, are calling it a “loan”…) 

Sigh…  Yes, there’re GMOs in our mayonnaise, too

Question:  If a co-op board can preserve a vaguely famous elevator, how come we’re letting them tear Rizzoli down?  (Absolutely glad that elevator’s being saved!)

Think we aren’t experiencing an epic affordable housing problem?  How about the 53,000 individuals applying for 89 new units?

Englewood Cliffs, NJ seems to be coming to its senses and restoring its no-taller-than-35-foot-building-height regulation…  But LG’s permit allowing it to go up 143 feet and, thus, totally protrude above the historically unspoiled Palisades still stands.  If you’d like to encourage LG to back off, rethink and redesign… 

Just in case it’d slipped our minds how far ahead of us – like decades – Europe is in its handling of waste

On the upswing:

Friends of the Esplanade’s first public art project is coming soon!  For a hint as to what’ll be...

Offshore wind seems to be (fingers crosssed) taking off along the NE US coast!

In fact, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission just announced development of solar, wind and geothermal as power sources now lead ye olde and dirty coal, oil and gas

High tech in farm fields…?    You bet and it can – among many pluses – reduce planting overlap to 1 inch!! 

Fascinating graphic detailing the worldwide origin of some 60 foodstuffs that’ll ultimately land on NYC store/market shelves

Seems like a somewhat puny amount, but the US Department of Energy is set to apportion $18M among 32 companies that’ll be aiming to reduce geothermal energy costs

Meanwhile, looks like scientists at the Department of Energy have come up with a new material that might allow tons more renewable energy to be stored long term!  (Please, may it work!) 

Great that Minnesota’s about to establish output standards for solar gardens (solar projects where the energy’s shared by homeowners with each receiving credit on their power bills).

Of course, all the plastics we recycle are squeaky clean, but for those who’re still plopping the likes of jam-coated jars in their building’s bins, New Hampshire now has a plant that washes plastic scrap thus making it suitable for making new containers!  (Lots more interesting reading as you scroll down to this article!) 

That Adirondack hiking trail information you need?

Yes, and there’re a myriad of other amazing outdoor activities all around our state

Surprise!  Surprise!  “Cycle paths” are a NYC tradition…  As per this 1908 postcard detailing one such in a Vaux designed park!!  (Do proceed to the “Curbed” article.)

Yet again, Christopher Gray fills us in on UES buildings and neighborhood tone lost and abiding where much good was/still is done

Believe it:  There was once a botanical garden on grounds that are now Rockefeller Center

In the Recycling-At-Its-Finest column, we can add Brooklyn’s superb New York Old Iron to Manhattan’s amazing Demolition Depot

That pocketful of foreign currency you came home from vacation with?  Put it to good use as per this tip from reader Sharon Lowenstein (AKA The Organizing Goddess):  “Consider donating it to the Change for Good program, a partnership between UNICEF and the international airline industry since 1987.”

For the board game addict:  The Brooklyn Strategist, a shop featuring a library of some 300 games for play or sale..  Tournaments…  After school clubs for kids and more!    

Or if you will be traveling in the U.S., here’re an assortment of food festivals scattered around nation!

Hats off to citizen science at its most dedicated/impressive:  A 101-year old Bridgehampton resident who’s been assisting the National Weather Service for 84 years  

Then there’s guerrilla citizen action to encourage urban walking via signage hacking

Last but hardly least, our city’s looking for volunteers who’d like to lend a hand in expanding the impact of the new participatory budgeting process.  Couldn’t be less than fascinating! Check it out!

Well, not quite last…  For those who’ve yet to stop by the lovely Tinsel Trading at 828 Lex

But this is…  From the Things-We-Definitely-Don’t-Need/Are They Kidding File: A $365 market tote

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oxalis-oregana

All NYS critters this week:

We’ve noted it in these pages before and can’t imagine this’ll be the last time:  When they make the NYTimes, we know chickens are here to stay in NYC!

A final note from the Hudson River Almanac:

7/18 – Greene County, HRM 112.2: During an early morning guided interpretive kayak paddle on the RamsHorn Creek, in addition to seeing three different beavers, we were treated to an uncommon sighting: three river otters! They seemed as curious about us as we were of them, rising out of the water to get better views, chattering to each other the whole time. They submerged a short time later and then one surfaced with something in its mouth, either an eel or a water snake. It was a magical moment for sure. – Larry Federman

otter

 

Final, that is, except for the Bird of the Week:

green headed tanager

green headed tanager

Living in joyous, brilliant blue, yellow and green,

UGS

 

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