Happy Martin Luther King Day, UESiders!

And a nice way to spend a bit of it could be:

Monday, January 19th:  Annual MLK Day March

Beginning at the Renaissance Ballroom, 137th Street & Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard, Ending at 96th Street between Fifth & Madison, 10am-1pm

Led by 8th graders of the Manhattan Country School 8th graders with this year’s theme “Daring to Dream:  A March of Hope”.  Of course, all are welcome!

As for the rest of the upcoming week:

Friday, January 16th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-8:30pm 

Starmaster John Pazmino’s topic this time out:  The winter stars above us… Complete with “open clusters spreading from southeast to overhead along the route of the Milky Way”.  Free and fabulous!

Saturday, January 17th:  82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

With us on this fine, wintry day will be Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Atlantic Seafood, Samascott, Gajeski and, Rising Sun Farms and newcomer Back to the Future Farms (with their chicken, eggs, yogurt and cheese)!

Sunday, January 18th:  Upper East Side Stop ‘N Swap

92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street (!), 11am-2pm

Bring clean, reusable, portable items you no longer need – think clothing, housewares, games, books and toys – and take home something you want and can use…  FREE!   You don’t even have to bring something to take something. ( But NO furniture or large items, please.)

Tuesday, January 20th:  Mysteries of Migration Lecture

Central Park Zoo Gallery, Fifth Avenue & 64th Street, just behind to Arsenal Building, 6pm

And we quote, “Join professional birding guide, lecturer and author Giff Beaton for an in-depth look at the amazing feats of endurance and navigation many bird species accomplish twice a year.”  Free.   For further details (and directions to the Gallery)

On the horizon:

Saturday, January 31st:  Native Plants 101 – Boost your Ecosystem

Third Floor Community Room, 67th Street Library, 328 East 67th Street, between First & Second, 2-3:30pm
Environmental horticulturalist and master naturalist Kim Eierman shares her store of wisdom based her eco beneficial gardening approach.  (Couldn’t be more perfect for us Manhattan gardeners!)  Presented by Green Park GardenersNYC (check out their beautiful gardens on the Esplanade at 63rd Street.  Free.

Saturday, February 7th:  Winter Walk in Pelham Bay Park

Meet at the Bartow Pell Mansion, 895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay, The Bronx, 3-5pm

Even in deepest winter there’s so much life transpiring in those lovely, quiet, undisturbed corners of our city like Pelham Bay Park and there’s no better way to learn and savor that life than with NYC Natural Areas ecologists as your guides!   (Would we ever love to learn how to identify animal tracks!)  Free.  For details, directions, tickets and the lowdown on Natural Areas’ great mission 

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

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

Not long now till the big shredding truck is in our midst and obliterating untold amounts of paper of every kind!

So 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 Kallos and Garodnick, for your generous grants!)

Saturday, February 14th:  Central Park Ice Festival

Naumberg Bandshell, Mid-Park 66th to 72nd Street, 3-7pm

Celebrate your love of Central Park this Valentine’s Day!  Watch ice artists carve 3,000 pounds of ice into a twin of the Park’s Romeo and Juliet sculpture!  Then disco dance 1980’s-style on the Mall! Open to and appropriate for all ages.  Free.  For more…

On to some very miscellaneous miscellany:

Just who is this woman whose dream is that we quit being thorns in the Department of Sanitation’s side and embrace the MTS…?  AKA Commissioner of Sanitation Kathryn Garcia?  Courtesy of The Times, herewith her warm and fuzzy/non-hundreds-of- garbage-trucks side…  

(One of the best of those thorns would be the versed and eloquent Matthew Chapman, here appearing on Fox…)

On the off-chance you been nurturing doubts about fossil fuel companies’ commitment to due diligence…  Run your eyes over this Sunday Times Magazine piece…  (Holy crow!) 

But…

Tires from dandelions?  Could be!

Meanwhile, as we look to the transformation of our Esplanade, here’s how the people of Hamburg, Germany are addressing the traffic-packed Autobahn that bisects their city  (Thanks to reader Jennifer Ratner for this heads up!) 

Forward-thinking folks over in Hell’s Kitchen might well have been the first to install – albeit temporarily – parklets...  A traffic-quieting/business-building approach that’s now catching fire in the U.S. and abroad!  

Much as we’d like the plague of derelict phone booths (check out First Ave in the 60’s) to disappear, so nice there’re at least 4 NYC locations where classic wooden models endure:  The Harvard Club, the Frick Museum, Bomante’s Restaurant (in Brooklyn) and the 42nd Street Library where they’ve been in place since 1911 when that most beautiful building first opened its doors! 

Time to sign up for next November’s NYC Marathon!

We’d never forget animals:

Really?  Fish and Wildlife finally grants all 83 of Mexican gray wolves that still survive in the wild endangered species status, BUT still lets ranchers shoot them?

OMG  So adorable…  So touching…  So…  It’s that 2012 kitty classic…  The shelter for blind cats

Let’s close with a snippet from the Hudson River Almanac:

12/31 – Inwood Hill Park: Fifty Canada geese were foraging on the upper ball fields in midday. It was low tide, four days from a full moon, and the inlet of Spuyten Duyvil Creek was a mud flat with just six geese standing on it.  On the path up through The Clove, I neither saw nor heard birds until I put out some seed. Within a few minutes they had found it: cardinals (four males and a female), black-capped chickadees, tufted titmice, white-breasted nuthatches, a couple of white-throated sparrows, two blue jays, some dark-eyed juncos, and three rather aggressive mourning doves. Even a red-bellied woodpecker took a couple of seeds; I wonder whether he’s the one I’ve seen through a couple of summers here. – Thomas Shoesmith

Yours in greenness,

UGS

 

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