Happy 170th Anniversary of the Publication of Poe’s “The Raven”, UESiders!

One of America’s most famous poems – famous even during Poe’s lifetime – that earned its writer a total of 9 big, fat bucks!  

(For those who have yet to visit Poe’s beautifully restored cottage in the Bronx – not where he wrote “The Raven”; that work was composed on West 84th Street – it’s an easy jaunt up to the Grand Concourse with the cottage open Thursdays through Sundays.)

It was also 50 years ago today that Winston Churchill was laid to rest…

On to the week ahead:

Saturday, January 31st:  82nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

Sure seems like this weekend’s snow bomb’s holding off to Sunday!


Bring on the compost, people!!

Then drop off those unwanted clothes, batteries, cords, cartridges and corks!! 

THEN head to Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Atlantic Seafood, Samascott, Gajeski, Rising Sun and Back to the Future Farms’ bountiful tables and load up with Super Bowl 49 edibles!

(Our uber manager Margaret Hoffman expects Back to the Future to have milk, cheese and yogurt!)

Last week’s recycling totals: TBA batteries, cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 14 bags of clothes.

And then:

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 gardening wisdom based n her signature eco beneficial approach.  (Just the thing for us Manhattan gardeners!)  Presented by Green Park GardenersNYC (check out their beautiful gardens on the Esplanade at 63rd Street.)  Free. 

Wednesday, February 4th:  CB8 Transportation Committee Meeting – Select Bus Service on 86th Street 

Ramaz School, 125 East 85th Street, 6:30pm

And we quote, “Margaret Forgione, Department of Transportation (DOT) Manhattan Commissioner has reached out to the East 86th Street Association…  She has informed us that the DOT does not plan to eliminate any bus stops on East 86th Street.  We appreciate her contacting us and her openness to discussing our concerns. The plan for off-site payment and bus bulbs for the route currently stands.  We look forward to a full discussion with the Dept of Transportation at the Wednesday February 4th meeting of the Community Board # 8 Transportation meeting. The DOT  will present a video of bus movement on the street.   We urge people to attend and voice their concerns regarding the bus bulbs and and impact on traffic flow on the 86th Street corridor.”

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

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

Just two weeks and we’ll be pulverizing tons of paper on 82nd Street!

But you know the drill:  NO cardboard or handled shopping bags.

And please do remove paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But we do accept paperbacks.)

Take your hardcovers over to Goodwill.

(Thanks to Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for their green and generous grants!)

Wednesday, February 18th:  Whole Foods Grand Opening

1551 Third Avenue at 87th Street, 8:30am

Been looking  at that blank glass storefront on the northeast corner of 87th for at least a couple of years…  Now, what with Fairway a block away, we’re talking quality food nexus…  In which the founding of area Greenmarkets – as was true at Union Square – played a substantial role. Meanwhile, Whole Foods is promising a celebration complete with samples and giveaways!  

Then in March: 

Wednesday, March 4th:  “Extreme Planet” with Carsten Peter

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place, 7:30pm

A fixture on Nat Geo’s cable channel, photographer/filmmaker Carsten Peter’s made a career of venturing into earth’s most challenging locales…  Be those places on, way above or way below our planet’s surface.  And does he ever have stories to tell and stupendous visuals to illustrate them! Tickets start at $30.  For those tickets and more… 

And the latest miscellany is:

Rats infesting your block or neighborhood?  Yikes, but it’s all too common.  Best strategy:  Contact Department of Health’s Caroline Bragdon, AKA “NYC’s Rat Czar”!  (Pretty stunning that she’s on Linkedin!)

Actually, we’re quite surprised there’re still more than a hundred bookstores (104) in NYC… (But, yes, on the decline since 1950.) 

Scroll down to page 12 for Friends of the Earth’s sobering eco evaluation of the various cruise ship lines

Seems there’s a plan to restore the very ailing Lake Ontario under consideration by NYS!  If you’d like Governor Cuomo to act upon that plan

On the upswing:

In light of the threatened UES desecrations chronicled last week, kudos to those who took such incredible care with the restoration of Brooklyn’s gorgeous Kings Theater!   

New Yorkers of every age were out in force constructing snowmen and – new to us – snowcats!

snow cat

We have a new favorite site:  World Science Festival…  This week – most appropriately – treating us to how snow events come to be defined (snowstorms vs. nor’easters vs. blizzards) and  how and why every snowflake is and isn’t unique! 

While Carsten Peter roams the 7 continents in search of hair-raising adventures, Noah Stryker will be circling the globe with the mission of identifying 5,000 bird species…  Think birding without borders!   For updates on his travels and feathered friends he’s encountered

NYState’s proposing new recreational fishing regulations for winter flounder and coastal sharks! (A proposal that’s written in surprisingly thoughtful, interesting prose!) 

Plenty of animals:

Who would have thought a penguin could live for 40 years and more?  Or be treated for skin cancer on her little, feathered face?  (Hand us that sun block, please!)

Wow!  Count ’em!!  Not one…  But TWO coyotes were apprehended in Manhattan last week!  (And released in wilderness areas of the Bronx–   Bronx?  “Wilderness”?  Huh?)

Yes, friends, NYC needs its wasps

We’re always ready for any number of critter-centric happy endings:

As in what happened to a kitty whose feet were frozen to the inside of a storm drain

OBurt the whippet’s reunion with his loving human after 5 months of living rough and  rescue by a NYC Fireman!

And now for two new, choice kitten videos:

“The Hunt for Pikachu“…


“Jedi Kittens Strike Back”

It may be Superbowl XLIX, but it’s Puppy Bowl XI 

Patriots…  Seahawks…  May the best team be green,





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