Happy Memorial Day Weekend, UESiders!

May your various grilled meats, potato salad, cold slaw, s’mores and home-made ice cream be just as you like them!

And while you’re digesting recall and contemplate a trio of individuals who’ve done some outstandingly good works of late:

*Eric Schmidt and Doron Weber whose zillion dollar donations to the New York Botanical Garden will create World Flora Online, a definitive, encyclopedic resource/guide to plants!

*Stephen Colbert who’s funded every single DonorsChoose request made by a North Carolina (his native state) teacher! 

pycnostachys-urticifolia

pycnostachys-urticifolia

But as the holiday begins:

Thursday May 21st – Wednesday, May 27th:  Park Avenue Free Tulip Dig

Park Avenue from 54th to 86th Street

And we quote Friend of Parks Carol Rinzler:   “The Fund for Park Avenue invites you to  remove tulips/bulbs c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y from the beds between 54th and 86th Streets.   When digging up the bulbs, do not take any soil and do not cut off the leaves because these tulips, a Darwin Hybrid variety called Ad Rem, are among the most weather resistant of all garden tulips with large flower heads on strong stems. Unlike other varieties, they can come back year after year – provided the leaves are not cut after blooming.  Bulbs should be stored in a dry place until the leaves have turned brittle.   They can be re-planted in October or November. Because of planned maintenance, please refrain from removing the bulbs from the end beds on either side of 67th Street and carry a copy of this notice with you when on the malls.”

Saturday, May 23rd:  NYC Beaches Open for Swimming!!

All Over the City!

At least, get a toe in!!  (For where the H2O is and hours…) (And parks where you can barbecue!) (And food-friendly events throughout the metro area!)

Saturday,  May 23rd:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

At their tables will be Bread Alone, Valley Shepherd, American Seafood, Ballard Honey, Samascott, Gajeski, Rising Sun, Alewife and Garden of Spices Farms.

Yup, kick yourself if you missed Garden of Spaces’ fiddlehead ferns (they’re over now)…  So get your hands on their scapes,  Gayeski’s broccoli rabe and Alewife’s multi-colored radishes!

Again, no Master Knife Sharpener…  That lady’s still soaking up California sun!

Last week’s recycling totals:  70 lbs. batteries: 12 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 3 pairs eyeglasses; 8 1/4 compost bins;  12 bags of clothes.  

Yes!!

Wednesday, May 27th:  Rally for Parks Funding

City Hall Steps, 11am

We all know how starved our parks are for funds… They–  Or, more accurately, he needs to know we’re pretty fed up!   (Even now the mayor seems to be non-committal about adding a paltry $1M to the skimpy tree pruning budget.)

And then:

Wednesday, June 10th & Second Wednesdays of Each Month:  Reading the “Faerie Queene” Group

Logos Bookstore, 1575 York Avenue between 83rd & 84th Streets, 7pm

Who’s read it since college?  But the thing is so beautiful and so worth talking about…  Whether you’re there for the first get-together or join the group at any point!  Free and with a 20% discount on most purchases made pre and post the reading/discussion!  For more

Thursday, June 11th:  NY15 Passive House Conference

Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, 8am-6:30pm

How to best passive-fy virtually every kind of residential structure and more.  Our fave:  How Brussels became the first city to adopt mandatory passive home construction!  $225.  For full details

thespesia-populneoides

thespesia-populneoides

Never short of miscellany:

Hats off to NYS DEC for changing course and now requiring an environmental impact study of Global Industries’ proposed rail-to-barge tar sands oil transfer facility on the Hudson at Albany!

Yikes!  Our own NY is one of the 32 retrograde states NOT requiring backseat passengers to use seat belts!!   (If you think all car occupants should be buckled up…)

Double yikes!!  There’re elements wanting to use (herbicide!) Roundup on federal lands!! (Should you disagree with that move…)

Ha!  Add Target to the list of mega stores revising its edible wares!

Double ha!  Lumber Liquidators just joined Lowe’s and Home Depot in no longer selling emission-ridden Chinese-made laminate flooring!

Time for this year’s sunscreen ratings (with many being totally ineffective)…

How about this for some elevating summer fun:  A visit to the Albany Institute of History & Art to see the splendid Hudson River paintings on display combined with a tour of nearby, actual, gorgeous spots artists Cole/Durand/Church immortalized!  (Then proceed directly to the Cooperstown Beverage – as in craft beer – Trail!) 

Amazing but true:  We have a member of the orchid family – the beautiful lady’s slipper – growing in Central Park

Okay, so lint’s the bane of the laundry room…  But Mammoth Cave?  Or Carlsbad Caverns?

ranunculus-repens

Let those animals loose:

Ready for some of NYState’s beautiful marine life...?

Time to cross fingers that a remedy for that bat-decimating white nose disease has been found… Via bananas

Know you’ll be excited to learn that a first-in-2015, NYS record-breaking, 5 pound, 8 ounce white sucker fish was caught last week in Steuben County’s Cold Brook!  

a white sucker

a white sucker

Not to mention that a strategic Mississippi land purchase will protect the endangered dusky gopher frog!

a dusky gopher frog

a dusky gopher frog

And the winners of Audubon’s annual photo contest are… 

To answer to the question, “Do bees have hearts?”…  Just click here…  And prepare to be moved.

We close with this choice tidbit from the Hudson River Almanac:

5/8 – Manhattan, HRM 1: We caught our first lined seahorse of the season this week on the Hudson River at The River Project on Pier 40. It was 9 centimeters (3 3/8 inches) long. – Jessica Bonamusa

the lined seahorse

the lined seahorse

Our best,

UGS

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