Happy National Handbag Day, UESiders!

Yes, in case there was any doubt, virtually everything now has its own day/week/month!

But don’t feel bad, ladies, if you won’t be celebrating by taking your Birkin bag out for a spin.  Mostly handcrafted those uber purses are, but some of their fittings…?

Not so green!

Meanwhile, October 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the great Wilderness Act and 350 years since Dutch New Amsterdam became English New York.  



And we’ll be green-as-can-be the hectic week ahead:

Saturday, October 11th:  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:

“Fall is the sweetest season, and we have sweet potatoes, pears, honey crisps, grapes, turnips, plums, winter squash and more to prove it! Come enjoy the bountiful harvest of your local farms, and indulge in the root vegetable chips we’ll be frying up at the info tent. Don’t forget to bring your unwanted textiles, and your compost, corks and batteries to be recycled!”

Yes, our Master Knife Sharpener will be on hand, too! 

Last week’s recycling totals: 65 lbs batteries;  17 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 4 pairs of eye glasses; 5 bins of compost; 19 bags of clothes.

A big tip of the hat  to the brave, rain-sodden souls who filled those 5 bins!! 

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, October 11th:  I Fish NY Fishing Clinic

Little Red Lighthouse, Ft. Washington Park, Manhattan, 12-4pm

Fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology…  Learn all about ’em and more.  Loaner fishing rods and bait supplied.  Free and totally family friendly!  For more

Sunday, October 12th:  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, Phillips and Back to the Future Farms, Bread Alone and Meredith’s Bakery.

Wow!!  Back to the Future Farm’s chocolate milk!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  19 lbs batteries;  5 lbs cords, cellphones and cartridges; TBA bins of compost; TBA giant bin of clothes (the equivalent of 2 giant bags at 82nd Street).

(Why the TBAs?  Because we were on the Esplanade planting daffs when the totals came in!) 

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

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

At last, folks, and 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 your hardcovers over to Goodwill.

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

Thursday, October 13th:  12th Annual Day in the Life of the Hudson River Estuary

From Troy Dam to the New York Harbor

A day on which some 4,000 students–from kindergarteners to college undergrads– will don waders, catch fish and invertebrates, track tides and currents, collect samples for mud analysis and more.  The objective: Create enduring ecological snapshots that’ll be merged into an estuarial whole.  And wouldn’t you know, the 13th is also National Estuaries Day and World Water Monitoring Day!  For more and to get involved

For additional information on teachers and partner organizations, or to schedule visits to a site, please email or call event coordinator Chris Bowser (chbowser@gw.dec.state.ny.us; 845-802-4030). Event details can also be found on the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov/lands/47285.html  and on Lamont-Doherty’s website at www.ldeo.columbia.edu/edu/k12/snapshotday.

Hard on the heels:

Saturday, October 18th:  It’s My Park Day – Part II

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am-3pm
No need to hit the gym this particular Saturday!  Armed with brooms, dustpans and multitudinous garbage bags, UGS volunteers’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!

Saturday & Sunday, October 18th & 19th: Pumpkin Carving Weekend at the Botanical Garden

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx

Master Pumpkin Carver Ray Villafane returns to transform giant and unusual pumpkins into zombies and other unearthly creatures at the Clay Family Picnic Pavilions. Enjoy daily Q&A sessions with Master Carvers & Growers and snack on seasonal treats provided by Whole Foods Market. Adults, $25.  Children, $10.  For more and tickets

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

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am-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!  See you there, folks!    

Fridays, October 18th & 25th, November 1st & 8th: Introduction to Cosmology and the Multiverse

The Jefferson Market Library, 425 Sixth Avenue at Roth Street, 3-5pm

And we’re talking a real class – complete with assigned reading – conducted by theoretical physicist Matthew Kelan, formerly of Princeton’s Institute of Advanced Study and now NYU.  Free but registration required.   For more: 212-243-4334. 

Friday, October 24th:  Edgar Allen Poe’s Cottage Tour

2640 Grand Concourse & Kingsbridge Road, The Bronx, 11am

Yup, not only did Poe once live among us, but NYC was where he chose to spend the last years of his rocky life’s journey.  Kind of good fit with the approaching Halloween.  Organized by the Obscura Society.  $8 (and advance tickets required. For full details…  

Friday, October 24th:  Is New York Falling Apart?

Times Center, 242 West 41st Street, 3:50pm

Just one – but for us the most arresting – of the multitudinous forums included in this year’s 2-day Municipal Art Society Summit.  Shame that the ticket prices are on the stiff side, but still…

Friday & Saturday, October 24th & 25th:  A Halloween Murder Mystery at the Mount Verson Hotel Museum & Gardens

The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 6:30 & 7:30pm

An unidentified skeleton has been discovered under the floorboards of the Mount Vernon Hotel.  How did it get there? Who was the person in life?  Explore the Museum by candlelight, collect clues to unravel the mystery and solve the case. Perfect Halloween fun for families with kids 8 and up!  Members, $15.  Non-members, $25.  Children under 12, $10.  To reserve tickets:  212-838-6878.

Saturday, October 25th:  Native Plants 101: Boost Your Ecosystem

Community Room, 67th Street Public Library, 328 East 67th Street, 2-4pm

Environmental horticulturalist and master naturalist Kim Eierman shares her deep knowledge of native plants, in particular those most suitable to NYC.  Organized by the great Green Park Gardeners NYC, creators of the beautiful gardens on the Esplanade 61st-64th Streets.  (And do check out their Facebook page!)



All pretty cheery miscellany for once:

Yet another UES elected takes a deserved star turn:  CM Dan Garodnick championed the just-passed bill expanding the number of New Yorkers entitled to a transit tax break!

Adding to the happy dance:  The $130M appropriated for care of 35 of our city’s most neglected parks

Thanks to reader Betsy Timberman for alerting us to the great NYC resource, Health Advocates, a fabulous guide to activities/services/events/resources for older folks at locations throughout Manhattan.  To get on the mailing list: Info@hafop.org or 212-980-1700   (Last week Health Advocates recognized the wonderful Father Angelo Gambatese – until recently pastor of St. Stephen Church – with its New York Treasures Award!) 

Thanks, too, to reader Kathleen Treat for reminding us of the amazing art installation presently on view at Lincoln Center!

Likely you’ve been struck by instances and locations around the city – under a sidewalk, in a backyard – in which human bones were discovered.  We’ll be staying tuned as the hows and whys are investigated, but in the meantime, here’re the moving details of what’s been learned about the burial vaults revealed by the Trump Soho excavation

On the subject of Trump:  When one thinks of the beautiful Bonwit Teller he replaced with one of his black glass piles.

Well, only that one uncheery note.  

deep sigh of relief!  A reappraisal of the current architectural landscaping has begun  

For up-to-the-minute, encyclopedic hiking info for our gorgeous Adirondacks… 




At last!  How to definitivcely tell crow from raven calls!  (To quote the Cornell bird people:  “These big black birds will confuse you nevermore!)

Last week, NYS DEC released 1,000 baby sturgeons into the Genesee River, Year 4 of an effort to restore a once thriving population!

Is this one cute bird or what?

Allen's Hummingbird

Allen’s Hummingbird

Yours in greenness,UGS

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