Dear UESiders,

Given our reprehensible tardiness let’s get right down to it! 

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The next seven days:

Saturday, October 18th:  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 this week’s tip from Market Manager Jesse:

Please join us at the market this Saturday to enjoy a cooking demo with samples by local food blogger Anita Schecter…  Especially as Anita’ll be making her scrumptious Deconsturcted Apple Pie! And don’t miss the new outpouring of fall produce: Lima beans, arugula, purple cauliflower, brussel spourts, broccoli, yams and new specialties every week. Stay seasonal, stay local and come by for what’s going to be a really one fun and delicious day on 82nd Street!”

The only down note:  No Master Knife Sharpener… 

Last week’s recycling totals: 68 lbs batteries;  14 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 7 pairs of eye glasses; 7 bins of compost; 22 bags of clothes.

Another Saturday with some rain, but also with 7 composts bins!! 

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

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am-3pm
 
Guess what?!  Parks did some massive tidying up in anticipation of Sunday Avon Breast Cancer Walk…  Which means we’ll be getting down hard on the sad plantings bordering the playground at 96th and First AND scraping/painting of a long, long swath of railing! Be there, people!

Sunday, October 19th:  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.

And let’s see if Far Out Cactus – with us for a second time last week  – makes it a trifecta!

Last week’s recycling totals:  22 lbs batteries; 25 lbs cords, cellphones and cartridges; 4 bins of compost; 1 giant bin of clothes (the equivalent of 2 giant bags at 82nd Street).

Another solid compost 4!! 

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!  (May the best dog and costume prevail!)

Wednesday, October 22nd:  CM Kallos’ Follow-Up Bike Safety Forum

Stanley Isaacs Center, First Avenue & 93rd Street, 6pm

Forum I back in June mostly focused on rider safety…  This time out, those attending will make sure the emphasis is on pedestrian safety and riders heeding rules of the road.  To RVSP… 

And then:

Friday & Saturday, October 24th & 25th:  Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show & Sale

Metropolitan Pavilion, 150 West 18th Street

In the uber recycling realm, 90 premier vintage clothing dealers gather to offer their wares!  $15 online and $20 at the door.  For tickets and hours… 

Saturday, October 25th:  Latin Beat On the Esplanade!

East River Esplanade just south of the 103rd Street Footbridge, 11am-2pm

Bringing art of every kind – this time music – to our Esplanade has always been a central Esplanade Friends’ objective…  So, stroll on up and treat yourself to the sound of a lyrical latin guitar and flute on our beautiful riverside!  Free, of course.  (Rain date:  Sunday, October 26th.) 

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 wide knowledge of native plants, in particular those most suitable to NYC challenging tree beds/bike islands/parks.  Organized by the great Green Park Gardeners NYC, creators of the beautiful gardens on the Esplanade 61st-64th Streets.  (Treat yourself to a look at their Facebook page!)

Coming up pretty soon (!):

Friday, November 7th:  “The Real Cost of Fracking”  Book Reading & Discussion

Book Culture, 536 West 112th Street, 7pm

Join co-authors Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald as they shed further light on – full title – “The Real Cost of Fracking:  How America’s Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets and Food”.

Before we know it:

Saturday & Sunday, December 20th & 21st:  Charlie Brown Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration with Live Music

Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, Metropolitan Museum, 

Can Charlie Brown be 50?  Yup, and in celebration of Charles Schulz’s classic, the Met’s presenting four special screenings with live musical accompaniment by Rob Schwimmer, Mark Stewart and the Church of the Heavenly Rest Children’s Choir. A festive sing-along follows!  For times and tickets

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All over the miscellaneous lot:

Okay, so giant needle building, 432 Park, has topped out.  Saw it poking above the skyline last night from the vantage point of 106th Street! 

Humm…  How do we feel about JP Morgan Chase – hard on the heels of their $20B fine – holding its hand out for $1B in concessions to set up shop adjacent to Hudson Yards

Who more than UESiders can sympathize with other NYorkers steamrollered by the powers-that-be…  In this case, NYU…

And the UES’s most dangerous intersection is

Then there’re all-of-NYC rats and what The NYTimes terms “their alarming bugs”

Oh, let’s brighten up:

Three loud cheers for Lincoln Center turning one of its building’s roofs into a solar power farm!!

Maybe it was just a matter of time, but crowdfunding will soon be financing solar energy!

Meanwhile, fingers crossed projections are accurate and solar brings light to incredibly – in the 21st Century – energy-starved Africa…  (Don’t skip the map!)

How about these for easy-fix, green uses for the immense amounts of waste from American industrial ag?!

Hey, don’t we all want to take our interest in waste water to the next level?  Now we can via NYState’s Waste Water Plant Operator Training Program!  (Only half joking…)

Love these matter-of-fact DEC accounts of the ongoing heroism of NYS Park Rangers

Love even more the inspiration of the High Line…  Now bubbling up in Harlem with an affordable housing component!

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As for the furry, finned and antlered::

Would have been even more fantastic if there was movement too, but who knew killer whales were so beautifully marked and two-toned white and maroon!  (Thanks to a drone now we do!)

What could be cuter than a baby bulldog on a leopard rug?  A baby bulldog on a leopard rug making his first stab at howling!

Believe it!  There’s now a breathalyzer test for dolphins that measures the state of their health and that of the ocean waters in which they live

Kitty redemption is in the offing when Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell” returns to the airwaves on Saturday at 8pm!

And we quote, “A letter signed by 325 sporting groups including Trout Unlimited and the Bull Moose Sportsmen’s Alliance was sent to the president in support of efforts to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants.  (The Bull Moose Sportsmen’s Alliance!) 

Happiness is happiest when green,

UGS

 

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