Happy National Donut and Gingerbread Day, UESiders!

How about we celebrate this pair of delectables with a couple of right-here-on-the-Upper-East-Side stories:

*Concerning recent events at the 77th Street Lifshitz Gallery


*Author Thomas R. Pryor’s enduring love for his native Yorkville and school, St. Stephen of Hungary… (Thanks to reader Ellen Brecher for sending along!)



On to the week ahead:

Friday, June 4th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Starmaster John Pazmino’s topic this time around:  The New Horizons Spaceprobe!  (After some 10 years on the road, it’s approaching planet Pluto and already producing fantastic pix of that most faraway world!)  Free.

Saturday,  June 6th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

With us will be Bread Alone, Valley Shepherd, American Seafood, Ballard Honey, Floral Beauty Greenhouses, Samascott, Gajeski, Rising Sun, Alewife, Cherry Lane and Garden of Spices Farms… A record 12 farmers/bakers/fish and plant people! 

Add to that our own Master Knife Sharpener will be back and honing like crazy!!

Newsflash from Market Manager Supreme Margaret:  There’ll be strawberries in abundance and sugar snaps are coming in!

Yes, and Rising Sun now has Ole Mother Hubbert’s chocolate milk, too!

Last week’s recycling totals:  82 lbs. batteries: 13 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 3 pairs eyeglasses; 9 extremely full compost bins;  30 bags of clothes.  

(Holly’s asking for a 10th bin this week!!)

Saturday, June 6th & Sunday, June 7th:  Rose Garden Weekend at the NYBG

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 11am-4pm

And we quote, “Immerse yourself in a sea of blooming beauty… Warm color, flush with the reds, whites, yellows, and pinks of nearly 700 rose cultivars. In celebration of the delicate beauty that defines this collection, as well as the peak of its seasonal color, stop by for two days of live music, plant care demonstrations and tours with expert rosarians, and light spring refreshments in the shade of the garden’s overlooks.”  Be there!  Free to members.  Non-members, $25.  Seniors, $22. Children (2-12), $10.

Wednesday, June 10th:  Free Eye Screenings

Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, 210 East 64th Street, Great Hall,, 1st Floor, 10am-2pm

Get your annual General Eye Chart & Intraocular Pressure Tests out of the way.  (No way we want glaucoma, cataracts or age-related macular degeneration getting in the way of great NYC life!)   To schedule an appointment, call 212-702-7676.

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

Tuesday, June 14th:  Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden Summer Garden Concert

421 East 61st Street, 6pm

Commencing the season with a harpsichord performance!  Music, a gorgeous garden, a museum tour and a cocktail!  Doesn’t get any better!  Free to members and babies under 1 year old.  Non-members, $15.  Children under 12, $5.  For more…  Or call 212-838-6878.

And then:

Sunday, June 28th:  NYC Safe Disposal Event

Columbia University/Teachers College, 120th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam, 10am-4pm (If coming by car, approach from Seminary Drive down Amsterdam Avenue.)

Recycling of the heavy duty kind:  Transmission fluid, paint, medications, car batteries, oven cleaner, anything with the skull-and-crossbones/poison on its label…  You get the drift, but for a complete list



A week of action-provoking miscellany:

Want to feel better about our air and water?  Check out conditions in Delhi, India!

What’s going on in North Carolina?   Latest of their retrograde legislation:  An Ag-Gag Law, criminalizing undercover reporting or whistle blowing about practices/animal care at agricultural establishments...

Here in NYS, the usual suspects are attempting to keep microbead-containing products on store shelves and contaminating water for yet another year!  (If you’d prefer that state legislators ban the darned things now…)

Same for expanding NYS residents’ choices for clean energy!  (If you’d like NY Senate’s Energy Committee to get a move on…)

And think we should be saying an emphatic no (as in “NO!”) to construction of a tar sands boiler (are they kidding) in Albany!! 

On the other hand, we live in a state where we can chose whether to get sewage spill notices by text, email or phone!

And with a fabulous online Outdoor Discovery Magazine!  (You do need to know what the hike of the month is!!)

Herewith the Hudson Riverkeeper first-of-2015 water quality report…  (That one NYC red dot’s in Queens…)

On home turf, if you’re of the opinion our libraries and the land they’re built on should remain in city hands….

Yes, last Friday’s Manhattanhenge was more of a opportunity for deprecatory (but pretty amusing) wordplay than astronomically magic moment… 

Next time you pass by a Mr. Softee, contemplate this solar powered ice cream truck!  (Spotted in Central Park by reader Karen Lane!)

Solar Powered Ice Cream Truck

Easing up:

Of course, you’ve always wanted to drive a subway train!  Now that dream can come – virtually – true at the Second Avenue Subway Info Center 

Vegetable gardening (and safe for those below) in window boxes…? 

Wow!  The NY Botanical Garden has just debuted a bedding collection at Bed Bath!

Definitely recommend signing up for Council Member Kallos’ info-packed newsletter, folks!

Hello, animals:

And the Top Ten New Species (yes, we know one’s a plant) are

Fantastic the proliferation of animal cams…  Osprey (chicks have hatched), penguin, walrus, polar bear, hummingbird, sea dragon, sea nettle and (of course) kitten cams…  And a ton more!  

No, you weren’t dreaming…  It was a chipmunk you saw in the Ramble!  They’ve returned to Central Park!!

This while NYC squirrels express their dissatisfaction with subway service Several times over!

crazy squirrel

NYC even has an amphibian with a distinctive Big Apple croak:  The little Fowler toad!  

We sign over-and-out with a snippet from the Hudson River Almanac:

5/22 – Manhattan, HRM 1: The River Project’s highlight catches this week at Hudson River Park’s Piers 25 and 40 were three grubbies (Myoxocephalus aenaeus), our first of the season. The grubby is a sculpin, a bottom-dwelling fish that shares a niche with toadfish, cunner, tautog, and others. All three were about 70 mm long. We also caught two more oyster toadfish (90 mm and 260 mm), a northern pipefish (130 mm), a juvenile striped bass, and a cunner.  – Jessica Bonamusa



[Cunners (Tautogolabrus adspersus) are a member of the wrasse family, Labridae, closely related to the tautog or blackfish. They are commonly found in the lower estuary in many habitats, but prefer rocky areas where they feed on small shellfish and mollusks. Anglers know them, colloquially, as “bergalls,” and in New England they are called “chogies.” Tom Lake.]

Thanking you, Green Spirit, for the rain,




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