Greetings, UESiders!

And we thought last week’s roster of coming attractions was dense!

Get ready:

Saturday, October 4th:  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!

Market Manager Jesse says:

“It’s autumn and we are still swimming in beautiful heirloom tomatoes, it’s not too late to make and freeze your famous marinara sauce! We’re also enjoying the first of those sweet autumn vegetables:  carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and more. Come down to the market for a day devoted to these delicious autumnal specialties that’ll go so well with some blue cheese from Valley Shepherd and/or a roast chicken from Garden of Spices — See you Saturday!”

Whew!  Most happy to say our Master Knife Sharpener will be returning, too! 

Last week’s recycling totals: 72 lbs batteries;  20 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 7 pairs of eye glasses; 7 bins of compost; 28 bags of clothes.

About those 7 compost bins…  Sanitiation mistakenly only dropped off 7 rather than our usual 9. Needless to say, those 7 were totally crammed!! 

Sunday, October 5th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothing Collection 9am-1pm

At their tables will be Atlantic Seafood, Gonzales, Stannart  and Phillips Farms, Bread Alone and Meredith’s Bakery.

Norwich Farms is taking the week off, to return next week.

BUT…  At last…  Our newest farm – Back to the Future Farm – joins us commencing this Sunday…  We’re talking milk…  And chocolate milk…  And eggs!

AND…  At a market table for just one day…  Far Out Cactus…  Featuring – you guess it – an amazing assortment of cacti!

Fingers crossed there’ll still be some of this year’s stunning peach crop on hand at Phillips! 

Last week’s recycling totals:  25 lbs batteries;  3 lbs cords, cellphones and cartridges; 4 bins of compost; 1 giant bin of clothes (the equivalent of 2 giant bags at 82nd Street).

Week 6 of 4 compost bins!! 

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

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

Inaugurating 2014’s Fall It’s My Park Day Season with a two-pronged planting agenda…  Tulips, crocuses and – the star of the day – daffodils in the 96th Street planter…  Extending the ribbon of daffs along the Esplanade wall…  Plus, ever-popular scraping/painting of the river railing!  See you there!

And then:

Saturday, October 11th:  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.  Free.

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

For more information or 212-477-4022.
Do keep in mind that Best Buy recycles most electronics at no charge.

Saturday & Sunday, October 11th & 12th: A New Edge for the East River Esplanade Tour

Meet on the Esplanade at 96th, 10am

Design firm Matthews Nielson detail their vision for a more sustainable, resilient, user-friendly East River waterfront.  Organized by Civitas as part of the annual Open House New York.  Free but do reserve a spot.  To RSVP and for more… 

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

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

As ever…

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.

(Thank you, Council Member Kallos, for your generous grant!)

Tuesday, October 14th:  The Green Construction Code –  A Sustainability Opportunity for Local Governments Forum

Green Light New York, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, 1-3pm

Learn what the present International Green Construction Code is, what it could be and how to participate in the  online update vote set for October 15th-29th!  Free.  For the total rundown and to RSVP

Thursday, October 16th:  Prague – A Famiy Affair – Lecture and Presentation

Czech Center New York, 321 East 73rd Street, 7pm

Based on the archive of Amira Kohn-Trattner, tracing the history of one Jewish family from late 19th century Bohemia to present day and featuring illustrative material.   Doesn’t have to be your family’s genealogy to be fascinating!  Free.  For further details

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!

Sunday, October 19th:  It’s My Park Day with GreenParkGardenersNYC

East River Esplanade at 61st to 64th Streets, 10am-1pm

Love that Fall 2014 will have IMPD activity up a down our Esplanade! And for those unfamiliar with the basics, there’re no better to learn from than the GreenParkGardeners!  For more

Sunday, October 19th:  Halloween Howl 2014!

Carl Schurz Park, 11am-3pm

Truly, what would a Halloween be without Schurz Park’s Annual  Dog Costume Contest and Healthy Hound Fair??  Contest Registration:  11am-1pm.  Costume Contest:  1-3pm.  Healthy Hound Fair: 12-3pm.  Contest Categories:  Small and Large Dog, Best Movie Character, Kids & Dogs and Group Costume (minimum of 3 dogs/people combined).  For more info:  212-459-4455 ext. 5!  (Good luck!)

Just a sprinkling of miscellany:

For those of us who missed last week’s sold out Clean Energy Forum (with its discussion of present and quickly evolving utility business model), it’s now being streamed!

Pretty incredible that Arctic ice is so diminished that walruses in their thousands are “hauling out” on land!

Even more disquieting but important reading:  National Geographic’s “The New Face of Hunger”…  An American face, of course.

It’s because of efforts like the following – rendered in classic NYS DEC-ese – that our NYS Forest Rangers are so admired:

Chazy Highlands Wild Forest, Town of Saranac:  Injured Hiker.  Jennifer Collins, 24, of Plattsburgh, NY slipped on wet rocks and fell. Three DEC Forest Rangers responded and arrived on scene with necessary equipment including a six-wheeler at 4:30 p.m. Forest Rangers hiked up roughly two miles to reach Ms. Collins. She was secured on a stretcher by Lyon Mountain Fire Department and Forest Rangers assisted with the carry out. She was carried down to a 6-by-6 UTV and driven out the last mile.

Very clever NY Times!  Devoting their Travel Section’s “36 Hours” column to Central Park!  

But always room for critters:

Indeed, people!  This Basset Hound – Flash Tupelo Trousers – has more Instagram followers than you!

Only in New York and a measure of our city’s great heart…  A wonderful woman and violinist who conducts memorial services for pets

Is the Helmeted Woodpecker cute or what?

helmeted woodpecker

It’s also one of the first four of its kind equipped with with a radio-tag

Last but hardly least, consider a remembrance of the once in the millions and now extinct Passenger Pigeon by joining the crowd-sourced “Fold the Flock” art project. Head to for your origami pattern and fold a pigeon!

Yours in enduring greenness,



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