Erin Go Bragh & Happy International Women’s Month, UESiders!

Yes, for sure, last Sunday was World Women’s Day, but in the U.S. of A. it was pretty much engulfed – and why not? – by the Selma/Pettus Bridge March anniversary…

That still leaves 18 days of March to celebrate International Women’s Month and the many, many women making our world a better place (among them these 6 great New Yorkers) and maybe take in one of zillion women-centric gatherings/conferences/lectures organized under the U.N.’s banner 

All while being sure to do the requisite partying down on St. Patrick’s Day!

Yes, it’s one intense second week of March 2015:

Saturday,  March 14th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

Rain or shine, at their tables will be Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, American Seafood, Samascott, Gajeski, Rising Sun and Ole Mother Hubbert (formerly Back to the Future) Farms!

(Ballard has some really wonderful beeswax candles!) 

Last week’s recycling totals: 72 lbs batteries: 24 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 3 pairs of eyeglasses; 8 compost bins;  18 bags of clothes.

Yes!  Another 8 bins!

Saturday, March 14th:  South Street Seaport Broth Festival

Sugarcube at South Street Seaport, 17 Fulton Street, 12-9pm

Six of notable eateries vie for your nod as home of NYC best bone broth!   Almost as much fun, that the savoring will be in a big white inflated sugarcube!  Tastings conducted in 90-minute sessions.  $33.  For more and tickets

Sunday, March 15th:  A Tribute to the Tredwell’s Irish Servants 

Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East 4th Street, 12:30pm

Walk in the footsteps of Tredwell maid, Bridget Murphy…  Check out the recently restored servant’s quarters high under the eaves…  Compare their lives with those of downstairs at Downton Abbey.  Tickets, $10.  Seniors/students, $5.  Free for those under 12.  For more… 

Coming up soon:

Tuesday, March 24th:  Water-Wise Gardening and Hydrants 101

NYC GreenThumb Office, 49 Chambers Street, Room 1020, 5-7pm

Tools, rules and permit applications for accessing water for your garden from city hydrants! Already have a permit?  Bring it for free lamination while you brush up on the requisite skill set! Free.  (Bring ID to enter the building!)

And out there:

Sunday, May 17th:  19th Precinct Shredding & E-Waste Collection Event

151 East 86th Street (in front of the NYSports Club, 10am-1pm

Bring on the paper!  All that unwanted tech, too, with all working devices receiving free data destruction!  There’ll also be free electronics registration with the NYPD’s Operation ID!   Did we say everything’s free?!  (But businesses are limited to 2 banker’s boxes of paper.)  

(Has to weigh in at less than 5 pounds, but for those who absolutely/positively cannot hand in there till May or the next Shred-A-Thon, Staples is offering free shredding this weekend for those who click here, scroll down and print the coupon!)  



As ever, all-over-the lot miscellany:

Most days it’s just the plain old N/R/Q platform at Third and 59th.  Today, it was a mini-Niagara Falls…  

What next you ask?  How about – in the wake of the Bloomberg-envisioned up-zoning-to-the-max of mid-Manhattan – the new plan to toss our present “contextural” zoning and let developers build however big they want wherever they want?  (If you object…)

Dealing with a covered airshaft in your walk-up building?  Lots of contradictory legal action on that score and maybe a tenant air/light victory!

Yikes!  The U.S.D.A.’s approved chickens grown and “processed” in China for sale in the U.S!  (Scroll down if you think it should be barred from American school meals…) 

Here in NYS looks like GMO labeling legislation is in play!  (Should you wish your representatives up in Albany to get on board…)

Meanwhile, geologist have designated a new rock form presently principally found on the beaches of Hawaii:  Plastiglomerate.  A mixture of sand, volcanic rock, wood, shells…  And plastic!  

Lighter now:

Lovely article on that UES jewel – the Mount Vernon Hotel & Garden – in last Sunday’s Times Metropolitan Section! 

Question:  How do we know that, at long last, spring’s approaching?  Answer:  Because NYS DEC’s just announced all ice fishing huts must be removed from bodies of water by March 15th!

And the first modernist house in NYC was/is…?  (There’s an example by the same architect on the UES!)

FYI, it’s 80 years and 2 days since FDR delivered his first fireside chat.



Time for some animals:

So, just how big is the world biggest rabbit?  Fifty-five pounds big and his name is Ralph

As if how stupendously cute-looking they are wasn’t enough, get a load of baby otter talk

Of course, cats love music…  It just has to be their kind of music… 

Yes, coyotes are here and among us in NYC, howling and mostly running free!

The Hudson River Almanac has an entry from our own East River this week:

3/1 – Manhattan, New York City: I spotted a red-necked grebe (in transitional plumage) feeding not too far off the shore along the east side of the East River a short distance south of the Robert F. Kennedy Triboro Bridge. Among other duck species present were ruddy, common goldeneye, bufflehead, gadwall, black duck, and red-breasted merganser.  – Thomas Fiore

red-necked grebe

Oh!  No less an authority than Snopes is on record that the woodpecker-riding-weasel photo is 100% real!

We’ll all be just that much more green on St. Patrick’s Day,


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