Happy First Session of the House of Representatives, UESiders!

Yes, the day was March 4th and the year 1789…  George Washington presiding over the lightly attended gathering (13 representatives showed up) at our own Federal Hall on Wall Street!

Two hundred and twenty-six years later…  Snow or no snow…  Thermometer stuck below 32…



We’ve still got a great week ahead:

Friday, March 6th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

Friday, March 6th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Starmaster John Pazmino’s topic this time out:  “Observing Our Moon” covering the moon’s motion and location relative to the sun, stars and horizon, its role in the zodiac and chaos theory!.  Free.

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

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

A second Saturday with no snow predicted!   Hurrah!!  (Okay, so Old Man Weather dumped everything he had on us today.)

Still, yet again, looks for all our farmers/fishermen/bakers/beekeepers: Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, American Seafood, Samascott, Gajeski, Rising Sun and Back to the Future Farms to be at their tables!

(Rising Sun’s ground makes the best burgers ever!) 

Last week’s recycling totals: 76 lbs batteries: 26 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 8 1/2 compost bins;  17 bags of clothes.

We’re back in into our usual 8/9 bin groove!

Monday, March 9th:  Water Quality Standards Public Meeting

EPA Building, 290 Broadway, Room 27A, 12pm

Wouldn’t it be great to swim in, say, the Hudson, Harlem River, Bronx and East Rivers?   Not to mention Flushing Bay, the Newtown Creek or even (bit of a reach) the Gowanus Canal?  Believe it or not, NYState would like for it to be possible, too, and this hearing is one of the many but necessary steps in that direction.  Be there!  

Tuesday, March 10th:  Developing Future Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Scenarios

NYS DEC Webinar, On a Computer Screen Near You

Made for us Flood Zone A residents who’d like to get the gist of how the formulators of NYC Flood Report arrived at their conclusions!  Free.  To sign up… (Scroll down and note the many other intriguing webinars coming soon!)  

Tuesday, March 10th:  Creating Landmarks – Revival Style Townhouses of 19th Century Manhattan

Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East 4th Street, 6:30pm

Explore the origins of thebeautiful, architectural bedrock of Manhattan’s – and the UES’s – historic districts with architect/lecturer Curtis Estes.  Members, $5.  Non-members, $10.  To insure a place:  nyc1832@merchantshouse.org.

Thursday, March 12th:  Attainable Sustainability – Greening NYC Co-ops and Condos

Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Boulevard, Room 200, Kew Gardens, Queens, 6:30-8:30pm

Recent weather leaves leaves no doubt:  NYC buildings of every kind need to get a fix on their inefficiencies and address them…  Especially when there’s so much expert assistance out there… As this upcoming lecture/Q&A session attests!  Free, folks.  For full details and to register

Thursday, March 12th:  Historic Pie Making Workshop

Mt. Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 Est 61st Street, 6:30pm

Why wouldn’t the pie have a distinguished history?  Learn all about it and prepare a pair of mini-pies from classic recipes while you’re at at!  Members & Students, $15.  Non-Members, $20.  To reserve a place:   212-838-6878.

Coming soon:

Tuesday & Wednesday, March 17th & 18th:  New York Geothermal Geopalooza

Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York

An immersion course on geothermal, the cutting edge of how homes of the present and future will be heated and cooled.  (There’re are at least 3 geothermal buildings we know of here on the UES.) $99-$389.  For schedule, speakers and more…  

Saturday, March 21st:  31st Annual Green Thumb Grow Together

Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, The Bronx, 9am – 4pm

And we quote, ” join thousands of community gardeners and greening professionals from all over New York City for a day of learning, sharing, networking and greening inspiration”…  Complete with breakfast, lunch and a t-shirt!  For more and to pre-register (which guarantees your lunch and shirt)… 

A little more than a month away:

Four Tuesdays, April 21st – May 12th:  Birding by Ear in Central Park

Meet at Central Park West & 72nd Street, 7:30-10:30am 

Really, to which of our feathered friends do those many chirps, tweets, trill and warbles belong? Expert Tod Winston will help you connect the sound dots on spring tramps across Strawberry Fields and in the The Rambles!  NYC Audubon Members, $80.  Non-members, $115.   For further details and to sign up

Friday, April 24th – Sunday, April 26th:  New York City Green Festival

Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street, 12-6pm

Not every day a couple of hundred companies and lecturers of a green persuasion gather under one roof!  (No way we’d miss the “Investing from a Vegan Perspective” talk!)  Tickets, $11-$29. For more and early bird ticket purchase…  



The latest collection of miscellany:

Swhat companies piled on the bucks to pass and/or defeat GMO labeling legislation in Colorado and Oregon? (Surprises on both sides!)

This as elements in Congress are seeking to prevent the designation of any more national parks! (If you think this is bad thinking…)

Meanwhile, elements on the City Council would like to “The Right of Way Law”.  (If you think pedestrians should have the right-of-way in crosswalks regardless of who’s behind the wheel…) 

Meanwhile, another bit of NYC’s past – Roseland – is having an encounter with a wrecking ball…

Of course, the push/rush to demolish is an old story in NYC…  The original Plaza Hotel structure lasted a grand total of 15 years!

Lack of sunshine is no impediment to growing great edibles…  Case and point:  Battery Park’s new Forest Farm!

((Yes, we know.  We are also tired of the fabulousness of what’s going on in so many other parks along the Manhattan coastline!)

Last week 500,000 Americans asked the U.S. Fish & WIldlife Service to place monarch butterflies on the endangered species list!

Whoever it is that writes the DEC’s High Peaks alerts has one real flair for understated humor:

Adirondack High Peaks Bulletin 3-5-15:  “Brisk weather for most of the preceding week with wind speed recording 45-55 miles per hour during the last snow event.”   (Snow being driven into your face at 45 mph is “brisk”?)

Lovely new blog from the NYBG recently plopped into our mailbox…  “Science Talk” in our baptismal issue on the subjects of Citizen Science for middle school students and the wonders to be found in a wintry Bronx River!

Oh!  The Manhattan edition of PBS’s “Victory Garden” series is now being streamed!   



Ready for some animals:

Really wonderful wildlife in winter photos from “NYS Conservationist Magazine”!

Is this little local critter cute or what…?

white footed mouse

On the odd chance you’ve yet to experience the woodpecker/weasel pic:


(Fingers crossed the darned thing is real!!)

Dreaming of the greenest spring,



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