Happy Tu BiShvat, UESiders!!

Okay, so it was two days ago…  What better to celebrate in the depths of winter than the New Year of Trees.  No, it’s not the season for planting in NYC, but we can promise to plant trees like crazy and give better care to our stoic, determined-to-survive, already existing trees when spring arrives!! 

(Think trees and tree beds on your block and bike islands on First Ave!)

On to the decidedly un-spring upcoming week:

Now:  New York Botanical Garden Spring/Summer Class Registration

2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx and 20 West 44th Street, Manhattan

From botanical art and illustration to horticultural therapy to landscape design and back again! Doesn’t get more greener!  For full details… 

Saturday,  February 7th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

Another weekend…  Another Sunday snow storm on the horizon, but staying well out of the way of our Greenmarket!

Thus, to quote Market Manager Margaret, “We’re expecting a full house:  Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Atlantic Seafood, Samascott, Gajeski, Rising Sun and Back to the Future Farms!”

May we give the most glowing recommend to Back to the Future’s chocolate milk? 

(For those who didn’t hear:  American Seafood’s truck broke down last week, but it’s totally AOK now.)  

Meanwhile…  January 31st’s compost total?  10 filled-to-the-brim bins!!

Last week’s recycling totals: 91 lbs batteries: 32 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair eyeglasses; 10 compost bins;  21 bags of clothes.

And then:

Thursday, February 12th:  Bikeshare Community Planning Workshop

Christ Church, 524 Park Avenue at 60th Street, 6pm and 7pm

However you shake out on Bikeshare expansion, you’ll be wanting a chance to weigh in!   Workshop led by Department of Transportation Josh Orzeck.  For more:  jorzeck@dot.nyc.gov.

Thursday, February 12th:  New York Pet Fashion Show

Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Avenue at 33rd Street, 6-11pm

And we quote, “The New York Pet Fashion Show kicks off Westminster Weekend with glitz, glamour, and fabulous dogs showcasing top pet clothing designers and some of New York City’s wonderful shelter dogs awaiting their forever homes.”  Proceeds benefit shelters throughout the region.  Tickets: $50.  For those tickets and more…  (Sure.  Why not do the Bikeshare Workshop then segue to the Pet Fashion Show?) 

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

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

A mere 7 days away! 

Plenty of time to sort through those moldy docs, bag them up for their rendezvous with Mr. Shredding Truck!

And you know what can and can’t be shredded…  As in   NO cardboard or handled shopping bags.

And please do remove paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But we’ll take paperbacks.)

It’s Goodwill for hardcovers.

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

Sunday, February 15th:  Washington’s Birthday Ball 

Mount Vernon House Museum & Garden, 421 East 61st Street, 1-3pm

And celebrate it much as George and Martha would have with period music, dancing (experts will show you and the kids how), refreshments and toasts to our great first president.  Absolutely for the whole family!  Members and children under 12:  $10.  Everybody else: $15.

Only a couple of down notes in this week’s miscellany:

Yikes!  Just when we’ve gotten micro beads out of skin care products, we’ve got to deal with nanoparticles in pesticides!

Double yikes!!  NYState may not be allowing fracking within its borders, BUT the powers-that-be are permitting tons of fracking waste material to be placed in our landfills!!

On the other hand:

Why are we not surprised that it seems off-shore wind would produce more energy and jobs than off-shore drilling?  (BUT we were shocked that off-shore wind would produce TWO TIMES as many of both!)

Protect Eyes on the Seas is going to revolutionize our ability to discover illegal fishing and identify who’s doing it!

And how about the new California Community Solar Energy Plan…  (But we’re ahead of them on legal beekeeping!)

Haven’t seen as complete reporting on traffic innovation on the east side of town as this on what Vision Zero’s got in store for the West Side…  (Love those “split-phase” traffic lights!)

Exciting that we – as in the greater NYC – will be getting more ferry service…  Not so exciting that it won’t be reaching the UES till 2016 earliest with – strangely – stops only at 60th and 90th Streets…  (Nice waiting for the ferry as scows pull in and out of the MTS!) 

Coming sooner – like this spring – will be Select Bus Service – complete with bus bumps, planters and street seating – on 86th Street.  (Let’s cross fingers it’s better managed than what’s going on on First and Second Aves…)

Turkey – of all places – is developing a bio-concrete with a mix that includes sunflower hulls!  Not for structural purposes as yet but a great insulator and considerably more crack-resistant than the standard stuff! 

Couldn’t be a more perfect fit:  Native Americans and organic farming!  (Okay, Sioux were pretty much nomadic, but still…) 

Can’t say we agree with how the Municipal Art Society comes out on all the entries on their Watchlist for 2015, but we agree these are potential changes in our urban landscape to clock…  

In case you forgotten just how cold last Sunday was… 

We very much like this statistic:  65% of the people in Central Park on any given day are regular visitors who use the Park once a week or more!

Yup, NYC public transit couldn’t be more egalitarian…  Even folks with titles ride our subways

Of course, animals:

Test your photo captioning chops with the National Geographic Photo Captioning Contest

A fish the size of a manhole cover…?

Bats setting up house at Javitts Center?  (Scroll down to Page 17.)

How could we have skipped over Nat Geo Wild’s Fish Bowl last week?  (Weirdly brilliant.)  Or that Animal Planet would engage in counter Kitten Bowl programming with a Puppy Bowl half-time Kitten Break?

Yes, people, there is a “Hamptons Pet Magazine”

Yours in ever greenness,

UGS

 

 

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