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!! 


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,



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