Has there ever been a busier September on the UES?
Or a fall that’s greener?
If in doubt, just check what’s coming up:
Saturday, September 27th: 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, Nature’s Way Farms and Valley Shepherd Creamery!
Manager Jesse says:
“It’s officially fall! The time of year when thoughts turn to honey crisps, galas, McIntoshes and all the other delicious apple varieties you’ll find on the Samascott tables! So come enjoy apple season… And find out who guessed the weight of that giant cabbage! The winner receives a bag packed full of market goodies. This week’s cooking demo delliciousness? Okonomiyaki… Japanese cabbage pancakes… Always a demo hit! (Great paired with one of Rising Sun Farm’s grass-fed New York strips, rib eyes or beef tenderloin steaks!) See you Saturday!”
Reminder: Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess will be otherwise occupied this weekend. Fingers crossed she’s back next week.
Last week’s recycling totals: 68 lbs batteries; 20 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 17 pairs of eye glasses; 9 bins of compost; 21 bags of clothes.
Saturday, September 27th: 9th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Lobby, Lenox Hill Hospital, 100 East 77th Street, 10am-2pm
At last, those out-of-date/unused prescriptions crowding your medicine chest shelves can be cleared and disposed of in the most environmentally sound way! For further information, speak with Janet Christianson, 212-434-2070. For more locations…
Saturday & Sunday, September 27th & 28th: The 2014 Gracie Square Art Show
Carl Schurz Park, East End Avenue & 86th Street, 10am-5pm;
Beautiful watercolors, oils, pastels, sculpture and photography for the adults, Project Art (12-5pm) and hands-on paper shaping classes (12-5pm and taught by MoMA educators) for the kid! Every one of the great community event’s 42 years has been better than the last and benefits the Schurz Park Conservancy!
Saturday, September 27th: East 84th Street Neighborhood Association’s Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 27th: Best Friends Animal Society’s 5th Annual Strut Your Mutt
Hudson River Park’s Pier 84, 43rd Street & the West Side Highway, 2-7pm
So what’s our Master Knife Sharpener up to that she’s not at her table this week? Morphing into one of her other alter egos (yes plural), Madrette, Pet Paw Reader and helping raise thousands of dollars for the Best Friends Animal Society! For more on this fun, most worthwhile event…
Sunday, September 28th: 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.
Hopefully, you got your hands on last week’s delicious parnsip, onion and cabbage cooking demo treat! And this year’s beet crop is so delicious!
Last week’s recycling totals: 23 lbs batteries; 2 lbs cords, cellphones and cartridges; 4 bins of compost; 1 giant bin of clothes (the equivalent of 2 giant bags at 82nd Street).
Week 5 of 4 compost bins!!
Sunday, September 28th: Food Bank’s Go Orange Scavenger Hunt
Meet at Bryant Park, 1-5pm
Put together a team ( family and/or friends), scour Midtown to locate clues leading to great prizes… All to benefit/keep Food Bank’s program that feeds thousands of needy New Yorkers! $25. For details and tickets…
October will soon be upon us:
Wednesday, October 1st: 86th Street Scape Proposal Presentation
Memorial Sloan Kettering, 430 East 67th Street, RRL103, 6:30pm
The NYC Department of Design (we’ve been known to apply quote marks to Design) and DOT inform the community on the latest iteration of what we hope will be a transformation that includes upgraded sidewalks, expanded tree beds and comfortable,eye-pleasing street furniture. Hosted by the Community Board Transportation Committee. Needless to say, all 3 entities need to hear from us!
Sunday, October 5th: It’s My Park Day – Part I
East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 10am-3pm
Picking up where UGS/Esplanade Friends left off last spring… Renaissance of the once forlorn 96th Street planter continues… We’ll be further lengthening the “ribbon of daffodils” and scraping/painting more railing! (Mighty fine refreshments on hand, too!)
Tuesday, October 7th: New York City Beekeeper Association Monthly Meeting
Seafarer’s & International House, 123 East 15th Street, 7pm
The featured speaker this month is Alison Gillespie, author of “Hives in the City: Keeping Honey Bees Alive in an Urban World”. Free. For further details…
Sunday, October 12th: Shred-A-Thon – Columbus Day Edition
First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Streets, opposite the Greenmarket, 11am-3pm
One more time…
What we’ll be shredding:
Paper of any and every kind!
But, please, NO cardboard or handled shopping bags.
And please do remove paper clips and spiral bindings.
NO HARDCOVER BOOKS. (But we do take paperbacks.)
Unwanted hardcovers are welcome at Housing Works or Goodwill.
Just three weeks and counting now!
(Many thanks to Council Member Kallos for his generous grant!)
Saturday, October 18th: It’s My Park Day – Part II
Sunday, October 19th: It’s My Park Day – Part III
East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 10am-3pm
We’re UESiders! We go that extra distance! And on this particular day, Esplanade Friends and UGS will be joined by our neighbors from East Harlem as we keep – literally – sweeping/scapring/painting our way north, planting daffodil bulbs where the opportunity presents itself and making new friends! Be there, folks!
Thursday, October 23rd: 2014 Jane Jacobs Forum – Projects That Ignite
The Times Center, 242 West 41st Street, 5-7:30pm
In the tradition of the great urbanist, design teams pitch their novel solutions to 3 pervasive challenges to our city life. Presented by the Municipal Art Society. Free.! For details and tickets…
Take a deep breath… Ready… Miscellany:
Okay, NYC powers-that-be, explain to us why Rikers’ Island “health care” provider’s contract was renewed…
Thanks to the governor, too, for his support of renewing the electricity bill surcharge which’s financed many a great NYS clean energy project these last 5 years!
Know whose side we’re on in the Gramercy Park dust-up over noisy construction of a geothermal well! (Who knew there’re 100 such wells in our NYC?!)
Let’s move to the sunny side of the street:
And the inspiration of an Alaskan village of 70 indigenous people…
Then a major tip of the hat to the vigilant neighbors who deluged the DEC oil spill hot line with calls re a suspicious oil slick on Newtown Creek!
That to the nth power to the wonderful Bronx native credited with being “urban farming’s de facto godmother“!
The Times gave us another lovely portrait… This of the Central Park gondolier!
We noted this energy-storing soccer ball when it was just a bit more than a concept… Now Soccket’s having a test run in rural Mexico!
And the history of Tabasco is…
And your desert survival skill test mark was…?
Time for some furriness:
Prepare yourself for extreme cuteness as a kitten discovers its tail…
Following in the footsteps of William Wegman – photographer of Weimaraners Man Ray and Fay Wray – there’re Raphael Manteso’s mixed media portraits of his bull terrier Jimmy Choo!
Gives incredible new meaning that a long-lost pet tortoise survived in a dusty storeroom 30 years!
Back to felines: These days more New Yorkers are walking their cats…
Our autumn leaves are green,