Happy One Crazy Week in History, UESiders,

The Triangle Shirt Factory in 1911…  The Camp David Accords  and the 3-Mile Island Nuclear Plant Accident in  1979…  The birth of Houdini (1874) and Van Gogh (1853)…

And in 2015?  Weathermen are predicting yet another round of snow on March 28th…

We’re so over snow!  We could care less!   

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zaluzianskya-ovata

See you at the market:

Saturday,  March 28th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am – 1pm 

With us will be our great line-up of farmers;/fisherman’s/bakers:  Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, American Seafood, Samascott, Gajeski, Rising Sun and Ole Mother Hubbert!

(We’ve been making soup with Gayeski’s baby spinach!) (No cornstarch or sugar needed.)

Last week’s recycling totals: 62 lbs batteries: 15 cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 5 pairs of eye glasses; 7 compost bins;  15 bags of clothes.

Annual totals are moving into the hundreds of pounds range! 

Now through 11:59pm, Tuesday, March 31st:  Free NYC Parks’ Learn to Swim Class Lottery

Parks’ Recreation Centers Throughout the City

Free for all members of Parks’ Recreation Centers, be you toddler, kid, teen or adult.  For lottery rules and to register...   (Winners notified by email on Friday, April 3rd.)

Sunday, March 29th: NY Road Runners Health & Fitness Clinic for Kids

PS 59, 233 East 56th Street between Second & Third, 1-4pm

Yes, fitness events for the K-6 complete with expert advice…  Add nutrition workshops and  a “Finding Fun in Fitness” talk by “Biggest Loser’s” Olivia Ward!   Sponsored by Council Member Dan Garodnick. Totally free but you do want to RSVP…  (Flyer attached to the cover email or call the CM’s office:  212-788-7393!) 

Then in April:

Tuesday, April 7th:  “Urbanized” Screening

Knoll, 1330 Avenue of the Americas, 2nd Floor, 6pm

The much talked about new doc detailing how politicians, architects, and citizens around the world are moving to implement real, quality-of-life-improving urban change.  Members, $5.  Non-members, $10.  For more and to register

Friday, April 10th:  “The Chlorine Revolution” Lecture

Hunter College, Lexington Avenue & 68th Street Entrance, Room HW714, 7pm

Author Dr. Michael McGuire recounts why and how chlorine became essential to disease-free public water.  Another great water-related event from NYCH2O.  Free but reservations a must.  To RSVP

Saturday, April 11th to Sunday, April 19th:  Participatory Budgeting VOTE!

Many Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island Locations

It’s up to us – everyone age 16 and older – to decide how $1 million in city funds get spent on projects on our home turf, District 5!   Check out the worthy nominees (ballot attached to the cover email) … Check out the entries… Then VOTE!   (Here’s where!)

Mondays, April 13 through May 18th, Thursdays, April 16th through May 21st:  Birding Tours of Bryant Park

Meet at 42nd Street & Sixth Avenue Park Entrance, Mondays 8am, Thursday 5pm

Take in the astonishing variety of feathered life that passes through the heart of our city during spring migration with master guide Gabriel Willow!  A lovely way to begin or end the work day. Free.   

Tuesday, April 21st:  Body of Art Figure Drawing Session

Poet’s Den Gallery, 309 East 109th Street, 6:30-9pm

Who but our East Harlem friend and impressario Raphael Benavides to organize an opportunity to draw the human body from life!  All skill levels welcome but bring your own materials.  $25.  For more

Saturday, April 25th:  Women’s Map and Compass Conference

Tupper Lake, New York

Learn the skill of navigating by compass and map in a one day workshop led by licensed NYS Guides Sonny & Sheila Young!  Organized by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. $45.  For full details and registration:  518-359-8194 or adkfoothills@yahoo.com

Thursdays, April 30th to May 21st & Saturday, May 16th:  Citizen Pruner Tree Care Course

The Arsenal, Fifth Avenue at 64th Street

Trees New York’s signature program trains us New Yorkers in all things tree – identification, care, biology and pruning.  Four evenings, a half day (total 12 hours) and test later and you join the 11,000-plus  Gothamites certified to minister to street trees throughout our city!  A bargain $100. (We count this as one of the best and most fun things ever!)  For more and to sign up

THEN in May:

Saturday, May 2nd:  4th Annual I Love My Park Day

80-Plus State Parks and Historic Sites From Montauk to Niagara Falls

Nearly 6,000 New Yorkers turned out in 2014!  Can’t be enough opportunities to make our city/state more beautiful, we say!  To find an event that speaks to you

Sunday, May 10th:  It’s My Park Day – Spring Edition – Part 1

On the Esplanade

You know the drill…  Getting the 96th Street Planter – where we put in those hundreds of bulbs last fall – up to spring/summer snuff… Expanding our signature professional-grade railing scraping and painting beyond its present, amazing 2 block extent!…  Trimming, pruning, sweeping, partaking of great, fortifying snacks and more!  Be there, people!

cortinarius-ceskae

cortinarius-ceskae

On to miscellany:

Okay, as yesterday’s explosion demonstrates, NYC gas lines are threatening mess…  Same for the pipes, sorry to say.   (If you’d like some of our public money to move to modernize them…)

Grrrr…  What would a week be without announcement of yet another zillion-dollar/public friendly transformation of a Hudson River Pier

Hats off to the French yet again!  Paris’s mayor – one no-nonsense female – is moving to ban vehicles powered by diesel fuel within city limits!  (You recall that during a particularly bad pollution patch last year cars with odd and even number license plates – except for electrics – were banned from driving in Paris?!) (Scroll down to be chagrined by traffic green that other cities/countries are up to…)

Parallels to the tobacco industry and it can’t happen soon enough for us…  i.e. The death of coal that some predict 

Let us not forget that it was only a few months ago that the newly appointed Landmarks Commission attempt to purge buildings like Bergdorf Goodman from their calendared list (an attempt that went down in flames), but props that they’ve now calendared the very deserving Clock Tower Building in Queens Plaza!  

So whatever happened to the guy who expanded NYC’s plastic recycling and gave us compost collection...?  (And how come he wasn’t appointed Sanitation Commissioner?!!)

Believe it or not, there might well be an 1830’s locomotive entombed under Atlantic Avenue! Almost as strange is what’s/who’s keeping us from knowing for sure… 

Don’t we all need Consumer Reports Pesticides in Produce Guide

And a Mediterranean Diet Chart!

AND a list of 9 things we all need to have on hand in case of emergency!

Doesn’t get more miscellaneous than time-lapse photography of acorn-to-sapling

Or this Times account of how giant cruise ships move in and out of port in a matter of hours (with many recycling an amazing percent)!

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senecio-pectinatus

No dearth of critters this time out:

Feeling really badly NYS DEC only got around to announcing this year’s “Big Night” Amphibian Migration just two days before the last night’s event when Hudson Valley volunteers turn out make sure that thousands of amphibians – frogs, toads, salamanders – migrate safely across streets, roads and highways.  Pretty fabulous, huh?  Until next year! In the meantime, learn more…  

Meanwhile, here’s what happened to the first 20 animals protected by the Endangered Species Act

Latest victim of our propensity to overfish:  The herring, AKA bedrock fish of the marine eco system.  (Should you think herring deserves some protection…) 

Resident Red-tailed Hawks – Big Red and Ezra – are back nesting on the Cornell campus and watchable on the Bird Cams!

Love that we’re now able to track ospreys as they head northwards to and up the U.S. coast from South America!

Newsflash from the trades:  “In the dog-eat-dog world of cable network programming, the Hallmark Channel has a new secret weapon: Cats. In its second year, Kitten Bowl, hosted by Beth Ostrovsky (wife of shock jock Howard Stern), reached 1.3 million viewers between noon and 3p on Super Bowl Sunday. That’s an increase of 28% over last year’s inaugural telecast. The broadcast also jumped 38 percent in the coveted women 25-54 demo. What’s more, #kittenbowl garnered more than 50,000 tweets, leading the network to its biggest-ever Twitter response. Talk about the cat that ate the canary! The network has plans to expand the franchise with Kitten Games, which will coincide with the summer Olympics in July 2016.”

Cats!  Cats!  And MORE cats!  Especially if they’re Rescue Cats Boogie (on duty at Midtown Ladder 24) and Carlow of Yorkville Tower Ladder 13!   (Hey, Yorkville Tower Ladder 13:  Carlow needs his own tiny Rescue Cat fireman’s hat!)

No, you’re not dreaming…  There’s a little lamb now roaming the streets of NYC

Naturalists aren’t sure why, but NYC’s harbor seal population is going up

First we had penguin sweaters…  Now there’re chicken jackets (complete with knitting instructions)!

Chicken Jackets

Little green tips of tulip and daffodil leaves are peaking through on the Esplanade,

UGS

 

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