Happy 225th Anniversary of George Washington’s First State of the Union Address,  UESiders!

(And here’s what the great man said.)


Yes!!  We’re baaaacccck!!

So without further ado, let’s get down on the hopefully much less frosty week ahead:

Saturday, January 10th:  82nd Street Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am –2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

At their tables will be the exceptionally hardy Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey,Atlantic Seafood, Samascott, Gajeski and, Rising Sun Farms  AND – replacing Garden of Spices  – Back to the Future Farm with their chicken, eggs, cheese, yogurt and – fingers crossed – mushrooms!

But, of course, possible bad weather could make it hard for farmers to travel…

Saturday, January 10th & Sunday, January 11th: MULCHFEST!

Schurz Park, 88th Street & East End Avenue, 10am-2pm

Doesn’t get any better than upclose and personal Christmas tree chipping that ends not only with you knowing you’ve done a good thing for all city parks, but with you departing with your very own bag of mulch!

Wednesday, January 14th:  Smart Grid and Energy Storage Lecture

Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, 6:30pm

The last in the Sierra Club’s fall/winter Sustainability Series, this time out tapping into the wisdom of experts Jamie Brennan, Con Ed’s Distributed Generation Ombudsman, Philippe Bouchard, VP of EOS Energy Storage and a representative of the Public Service Commission.  Suggested adult donation:  $6.  Suggested student donation:  $3.

And only a little more than a month away:

Saturday, February 14th: Shred-A-Thon – Valentine’s Day Edition

82nd Street between First & York, 10am-2pm

At last, folks, only a little more than a month away and we’ll be shredding like crazy:

Paper of any and every kind!

Bring it on, people!!

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 Members Garodnick and Kallos, for your generous grants!)

On to miscellany  commencing with fellowship/internship opportunities:

And at the office of none other than Council Member Ben Kallos where – and we quote – “Interns and fellows at our Council office learn firsthand about city government, work closely with senior staff and are encouraged to pursue a project of their own choosing.” Interested parties should forward an email with a cover letter and accompanying resume to internship@benkallos.com.  To learn more

On to outrages great and small:

We’re eating California’s high speed rail dust, people!  Yes, after a long and tortured journey through the judicial jungle and still not being home free, The Golden State’s set to break ground on a L.A. to San Francisco bullet train!  (Thanks to reader Karen Lane for the tip!)

How exactly does a NYC dock on the Hudson River get and stay stolen?  Especially when it’s integral to a free kayaking program? (So maybe we can assist the kayakers in replacing the thing…)

Holy crow, Pennsylvania, as if epidemic fracking wasn’t bad enough!  You’ve just passed legislation letting developers destroy green buffer zones that presently keep your streams and rivers clean and Chesapeake Bay on its way to recovery!

In case you missed The Times piece on imperiled Louisianna…  

And then:

Sorry to report to those who didn’t know that Christopher Gray’ll no longer be writing his Times “Streetscapes” column.  But included among his last few, this history/wisdom on the evolution of the Frick property.

On the upswing:

And what is New York City’s least-loved bridge?  The long-serving, under-rated, soon-to-be-replaced Kosciuszko!

How about a building facade that neutralizes pollutants from 1,000 cars daily?

Further on the subject of pollution, if you think the Keystone Pipeline shouldn’t be built… 

Tip of the hat to the Upworthy people for making restoring the Colorado River a mini laughfest!  (And thanks for reader Carol Rinzler for putting us in the loop!)

Always enjoy accounts of the unassuming heroism/disaster-preventing work of our state’s Forest Rangers… 

Finally…  We can’t really complain about our weather till some of these babies start washing up along the East River Esplanade

We’re ready for animals:

More chuckles from Upworthy people, this time on reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone!  

Totally impressed that – given that our steelhead trout population is currently suffering/dying from epidemic thiamine (Vitamin B) deficiency – the NYS DEC and its Great Lake neighbors/ partners are prepared to inject hatchery steelheads with the vitamin and feed them thiamine-rich diets in hope of a healthier new generation of fish!

Here’re some words we’d thought we’d never write…  America’s critical-to-the-environment but threatened-by-an-invasive-European-skin-disease salamanders need our help!

They – sadly – never roamed Manhattan Island (one of the few iconic American species that didn’t), but for the first time in 200 years buffalo are grazing grasslands east of the Mississippi!

No way 2015 won’t be our greenest year yet,



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