Greetings, UESiders!

Has there ever been a busier September on the UES?

Or a fall that’s greener?

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cichorium-intybus

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At last, those out-of-date/unused prescriptions crowding your medicine chest shelves can be cleared and disposed of in the most environmentally sound way!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