Monthly Archives: September 2014

Greetings, UESiders!

Has there ever been a busier September on the UES?

Or a fall that’s greener?

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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.

Downright amazing! 

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At last, those out-of-date/unused prescriptions crowding your medicine chest shelves can be cleared and disposed of in the most environmentally sound way!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

84th Street between First & Second, 11am to 5pm
Bratwurst and potato pancakes (and more) from the classic Schaller & Weber … The Oompah Band (complete with lederhosen)…  Great vendors … The best used books table in town … And treats from Italianissimo for those requiring a little mozzarella to cut through the sauerkraut.

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!! 

Fantastic!! 

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

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 10am-3pm
 
No need to hit the gym this particular Saturday!  Armed with brooms, dustpans and multitudinous garbage bags, UGS and the great East River Crew’ll be working our way north and leaving a squeeky-clean Esplanade in our wake!   You bet, we’ll have refreshments to go along with the intense satisfaction you’ll feel!

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… 

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Take a deep breath…  Ready…  Miscellany:

Okay, NYC powers-that-be, explain to us why Rikers’ Island “health care” provider’s contract was renewed

On the plus side is the mayor’s commitment to make our public buildings greener while pressing private property owners to do the same

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!

Huh?!  Only 2 UES restaurants made the Michelin “good value” list?!

And the history of Tabasco is

And your desert survival skill test mark was…?

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cunonia-capensis

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,

UGS

 

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Happy National Estuary Day, UESiders!

A day – tomorrow, September 20th – especially meaningful to us as that’s what our great East River  – destined to have an unequaled Esplanade –  actually is.

They’ll be celebrating it big-time on the Hudson to our north, but how about we UESiders postpone our merrymaking to our upcoming pair of It’s My Park Days?

In the meantime, our current dance card reads thus: 

Saturday, September 20th:  82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

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

And the latest from Manager Jesse is:

“Harvest season is upon us and this Saturday’s market is a positive cornucopia where we’ll be making a warm fall salad – kale, apple and onion at the manager’s tent AND holding a contest to guess the weight of one of the enormous cabbages Brian Gajeski’s been growing out on Long Island!   The grand prize?  A bag of locally gown goodies from the market, of course! But don’t forget Samascott’s apples, Cherry Lane’s tomatoes the more than 25 kinds of artisanal cheeses from Valley Shepherd Creamery and the freshest seafood in the city!  See you Saturday!”

Delighted to say Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess will on hand, too! 

Meanwhile, market recycling totals continue on the intense up tick, friends!

Last week’s recycling totals: 64 lbs batteries;  23 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 19 pairs of eye glasses; 9 bins of compost; 35 bags of clothes.

(Loved the expression on the Wearable Collection fellow’s face when he saw the huge heap of big, black plastic bags!)

Sunday, September 21st:  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 – fingers crossed – the new dairy farm is in place this Sunday!

Phillips still has beautiful bunches of basil!! 

Last week’s recycling totals:  27 lbs batteries;  4 lbs cords, cellphones and cartridges; 4 bins of compost; 1 giant bin of clothes (the equivalent of 2 giant bags at 82nd Street).

Another week of 4 compost bins!! 

Fantastic!!

Sunday, September 21st:  People’s Climate March 

Beginning at Columbus Circle, 11:30am

Present predictions are that 100,000 will turn up for this impressively organized statement of New Yorkers/Americans concern about our earth. For those of you who’ve never participated in such an event, they tend to be pretty much soul tonic.  (UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will be a marcher!) For complete info

And in October (!):

Thursday, October 2nd:  An Evening of Steampunk & the NYC Transit System

The NY Transit Museum, Grand Central Station, 7pm

Travel back in time and explore the Transit Museum after hours and get the lowdown on the feat of engineering that moved our city from steam to electric power at the dawn of the 20 Century.  (Attendees in period costume welcome!)  Organized by the wild and crazy Atlas Obscura.  $35.  For more and tickets

Sunday, October 5th:  It’s My Park Day – Part I

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 10am-3pm

Picking up where we left off in 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!)

Thursday, October 9th:  Micro-grids, Combined Heat and Power Plants, and Distributed Energy Webinar

On Your Computer, 10:30am

Staff from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Pace Law School Energy and Climate Center enlighten us on how groups of interconnected energy resources and local energy users can provide reliability and improved efficiency, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs.  For full details

Saturday, October 11th:  Free Electronics Recycling

Third Avenue between 105th & 106th Street, 10am-4pm (rain or shine)

Accepted will be:  Computers and peripherals (monitors, printers, faxes/scanners, keyboards, mice, wires, etc.); TVs; stereo and A/V equipment, VCRs, DVD players; phones. 

Not Accepted: Microwaves, refrigerators, air conditioners, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  

For more information or 212-477-4022.

Sunday, October 12th: Shred-A-Thon – Columbus Day Edition

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Streets, opposite the Greenmarket, 11am-3pm

You know the drill…

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.)

Take those hardcovers over to Goodwill.

(Many thanks to Council Member Kallos for his generous grant!)

Sunday, October 19th:  It’s My Park Day – Part II

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 10am-3pm

No need to hit the gym this particular Sunday!  Armed with brooms, dustpans and multitudinous garbage bags, we’ll be working our way north and leaving a squeeky-clean Esplanade in our wake!   You bet, we’ll have refreshments to go along with the intense satisfaction you’ll feel!

And the miscellany of the week:

A surprising challenge Germany’s facing, but may we in the U.S.A. have to soon grapple with renewables’ impact on traditional power sources… 

Actually…  It’s already an issue in – of all places – Kansas… 

And Wisconsin

Then there’s our country’s methane leak problem

Yikes, but haven’t we all been wondering how sewer overflows are cleaned up?

On the sunnier side of the street:

At last!  Australia’s acting to protect  her Great Barrier Reef!

An idea worthy of our consideration:  East River Skyway gondolas!

Hummm…  All kinds of serious science transpiring in NYC parks!

All praise to the 5th graders who persuaded Dunkin Donuts to stop using styrofoam cups!  (Though it seems Dunkin does need encouragement to commit to a date certain for that ban…) 

Cue Gloria Gaynor and “I Will Survive”…  Then check out City Hall’s odyssey!

Talk about a unique job opportunity in our NYC: Blacksmith (Only those with 5 years experience need apply.)

Finally, animals:

No wonder we love it when kitties purr

All hands on deck…  There’s a NYS moose alert

We’ll be marching in green,

UGS 

 

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We’re baaaaack, UESiders!

And glad we are to be so on this anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner and as National Honey Week draws to a close!

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Now…

Let’s see how much of the piles of important/fun info we can cram onto this page this week:

Saturday, September 13th:  82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

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

And there’s this news flash from Manager Jesse:

“There are leaves on the apples and on the GROUND in our market’s beautiful courtyard! Come enjoy the swan song of summer with chiles, heirloom tomatoes, corn, pears, eggplant, and all the bounty of late summer — we’ll be roasting an eggplant on an open flame and making babaganoush to keep off autumn’s chill! As always, we’ll be collecting corks and batteries, textiles and compost, and Barbara will be sharpening knives — join us!”

And lucky we are that our formidable Master Knife Sharpener will yet again with us and honing in her accustomed place!  

So just what recycling totals have we been wracking up these last 4 weeks?

Answer:  Big ones, folks!!

In fact, Compost Maestro Jared has asked for a 10th bin for this coming Saturday!

Last 4 week’s recycling totals: 145 lbs batteries;  21 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 17 pairs of eye glasses; 25 bins of compost; 81 bags of clothes.

In a word:  WOW!

Saturday, September 13th: Exploring New York’s Natural Side Tour

Payson Center, Inwood Hill Park, 5-7pm

Walk through this remnant (really, we’ve got one!), ecologically important forest at the northern tip of Manhattan with brilliant “Mannahatta” author (now pioneering the Weliikia Project), Eric Sanderson.  Free.  For reservations and more… 

Sunday, September 14th:  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 and Meredith’s Bakery.

And a new dairy farm with even more delicious yogurt and other milk products will be on hand this Sunday!

Meanwhile, Phillips’ peaches of every kind are just incredible! 

Last 3 week’s recycling totals:  44 lbs batteries;  7 lbs cords, cellphones and cartridges; 16 bins of compost; 3 pairs of eyeglasses;  3 1/2 giant bins of clothes (the equivalent of 7 giant bags at 82nd Street).

Yes, you divided that compost number correctly!  Another 4 more solid weeks of 4 compost bins!! 

Go, 92nd Street!!

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And then:

Saturday, September 20th:  Native Plants and Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden

East River Esplanade at 60th Street (enter at York & 60th), 1 & 3pm

Accomplished local horticulturalist Maureen Regan shares her wisdom on beautiful things to grow that’ll turn our gardens into butterfly magnets! (Maybe even get us recognition as an official monarch butterfly migration route stop like Stuyvesant Cove!)  Organized by the great Green Park Gardeners (check out the gorgeous work they’re doing on the Andrew Haswell Green portion of the Esplanade).  Free and absolutely kid friendly.  

Saturday & Sunday, September 20th and 21st:  Maker Faire 2014

New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadow, Queens

Be witness to the future of what science’ll is and will bringing to the world and Manhattan in particular with inventions and activities ranging from 3D printing to home-scale bio-diesel production! Family-friendly, too!  Tickets:  $17.50 – $70.  For full details

Sunday, September 21st:  People’s Climate March 

Beginning at Columbus Circle, 11:30am

Let there be an insane number of orderly, smiling, determined marchers… Be there!!

Friday, September 26th:  The Five Thousand Pound Life – Land –
A Symposium on Land and Climate Change

The Great Hall, The Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, 2pm

Who better than “Mannahatta’s” Eric Sanderson and Ted Steinberg to discuss the historical ecology of New York City and the changes throughout time that have resulted in our present land use?  Presented by the Architectural League NY.  Members & Students:  Free.  Non-members:  $20. For tickets and more…   

Saturday, September 27th:  Smithsonian Museum Day

Select Museums throughout NYC

Including UESide’s own Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden!  Entrance free to one and all presenting a Museum Day ticket!  For the full list of participating NYC museums and those tickets

Commencing in October 1st:  Ellis Island Hospital Tours

Ferries depart from Battery Park 

Off-bounds to visitors for 60 years, groups up to 10 will be guided through the most telling of the 30-some buildings in the complex and with tour proceeds going to restoration.  Tickets and prices of those tickets available on September 25th.

On our horizon:

Sunday, October 5th:  It’s My Park Day – Part I

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 10am-3pm

Picking up where we left off in spring…  Renaissance of the once forlorn 96th Street planter continues…  We’ll be further lengthening the “ribbon of daffodil” and scraping/painting more railing!   (We’ll be having fabulous refreshments, too!)

Sunday, October 19th:  It’s My Park Day – Part II

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 10am-3pm

No need to hit the gym this particular Sunday!  Armed with brooms, dustpans and multitudinous garbage bags, we’ll be working our way north and leaving a squeeky-clean Esplanade in our wake!   You bet, we’ll have refreshments to go along with the intense satisfaction you’ll feel!

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themeda-triandra

Only a smidgen of miscellany this time out:

More than rumor that meat packers are attempting to reintroduce pink slime…  

What reason could there possibly be for clothing being made from rain forest wood?  (If you think this is a poor idea…)

And why on earth are 100 of our federally protected wild burros being shipped off to Guatemala?  (If it sounds crazy to you, too…)

AND 13 years later and 2 years post-Sandy, how could the city not have completed mapping our waterfront?

On the upswing:

California’s just passed the 100,000 mark of plug-in cars purchased and on the road!

Be interesting to know who the negative 9% are thinking, but 91% of parents polled support including fruits and vegetables in school lunches! 

Sure says something when Teamster Locals are encouraging New Yorkers to take part in the Climate Day March! 

Very nice capsule portrait/history of Belvedere Castle from Inside the Apple…

Now for some off-the-reservation wackiness:

 Remember Evil Knieval

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crassula-ovata

Just a mini-taste of animals:

Time to sign up for this year’s (Cornell Ornithology Lab’s) Project FeederWatch!  (Wonderful for kids!)

And, yes, there are plenty of adorable nocturnal animals

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sugar gliders

We close from the Hudson River Almanac:

88/22 – Newcomb, HRM 302: The leaves were beginning to turn. Some of the red maples were gaining a blush of color and the aspen trees had a hint of yellow. A few leaves have already drifted down to the ground as we prepare to set out our leaf litter traps as early as next week. August temperatures have been about average, but our rainfall total (5.09 inches) was above average. – Charlotte Demers

[Our NYState leaf litter traps are part of a larger project with the National Atmospheric Deposition Program. We put out eight leaf collectors, collect all of the leaves that fall in them, and then send them to the U.S. Geological Survey for mercury analysis every two weeks. It is believed that mercury is not transported through tree systems, so what is detected on the leaves is the result of atmospheric deposition. – Tom Lake

Forever green,

UGS

 

 

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