A Belated Happy Birthday to the Magna Carta, UESiders!!

Britains have also been celebrating the 2,000-2,500th (best they’re able to determine) birthday of the Ankerwycke Yew, the ancient tree under which King John signed on the dotted line!

(For those who haven’t ever made the comparison, the parallels between the M.C. and our Constitution are pretty amazing…)



But let’s move on to present and the week ahead:

Friday, June 19th:  The U.S. Contraband Ivory Crush!

Times Square, 10:30am

Sponsored by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and a host of other conservation groups, this is the second such event in America!  The aim:  Underscore the elephant poaching crisis that could soon have the animal extinct in the wild.  For more

Friday, June 19th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Your chance to relate the origins of your passion for astronomy to fellow enthusiasts of NYSkies! And we quote Starmaster John Pazmino:  “I myself got into this profession in, uh, 1954 by witnessing a partial solar eclipse from Brooklyn. I may be the longest enduring astronomer in NYSkies but I’m ready for an older fellow to surprise me at this meeting!”  Free and great!

Saturday,  June 20th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

With us will be our all star line-up of Bread Alone, Valley Shepherd, American Seafood, Ballard Honey, Floral Beauty Greenhouses, Samascott, Gajeski, Rising Sun, Alewife, Cherry Lane, Ole Mother Hubbert and Garden of Spices Farms! 

Add to that our Master Knife Sharpener, too!!

This just in from new Market Manager Andrei:  “Peas of all type are plentiful and there’s lots of broccoli rabe in the market!  Samascott & Gajeski have strawberries & rhubarb!  Cherry Lane has greenhouse tomatoes of many varieties.  And for you fava fans, Alewife has fava beans!!

(Do introduce yourself to Andrei!)

Last week’s recycling totals:  82 lbs. batteries; 22 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 3 pairs eyeglasses; 8 1/2 compost bins;  40 bags of clothes.

(We’re closing in on a ton of batteries, folks!)

Saturday, June 21st & Sunday, June 22:  The Seed Experience –  4th Annual Environmental & Healthy Living Festival

Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn, 10am-6pm

Exhibits, lectures, tons of environmentally-friendly/cruelty-free products, films…  Well, you get it! $15 or $25 for both days.  For more info, directions and tickets

Sunday, June 21st:  Make Music New York at Schurz Park

86th & East End Avenue, 4-7pm

We quote, “An evening of music and refreshments with a diverse group of performance artists.” These Schurz summer events are never anything less than pure fun and relaxation!  Free.

Sundays, Now to August 16th:  Sunset Ecocruises to the Harbor Heron Islands

Leave from Pier 16, South Street Seaport, 6-9pm

An annual NY Audubon super treat focusing on our neighboring Brother, Hoffman and Swinburne Islands, Jamaica Bay and the large egret, heron, ibis and cormorant colonies that inhabit them! For complete details, tickets and prices…  

Every Tuesday:  Rowing with the East River Crew

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 4:30pm

Row or just go out on the water for the ride and a most wonderful, later afternoon summer experience! Truly, one of the UES’s treasures.  Open to one and all and, unbelievably…  Free.  For more... 

Wednesday, June 24th:  NYS DEC Sea Level Rise Projection Meeting

Hunter College, 67th Street & Lexington Avenue, West Building, Room 511, 10am

DEC Announces Sea-level Rise Projection Meetings – A New DEC Press Release

Of course we Sandy veterans have a lot at stake with this issue and – albeit likely window-dressing – it’s our chance to speak up on proposed regulations!  For more, including how our state sees the issue and what it’s proposing

Coming up soon:

Sundays, June 28th – November 22nd:  94th Street Greenmarket Grand Re-Opening!!

First Avenue between 94th & 96th Street, 9am-5pm

Compost Collection – 9am–1pm 

All of our old farmer/baker/fisherman/dairy friends and their fresh, locally grown produce, baked goods, milk, yogurt, cheese, cider and fabulous seafood from the 92nd market…  A mere 2 blocks further north!!   See you there!!

And then:

Every Tuesday during July & August:  2015 Rooftop Cinema & Concerts

Czech Center New York, 321 East 73rd Street, 7pm

The usual great roster of early film classics, both Czech & American, with silent films accompanied by live music.  A totally delightful environment with a refreshment stand!   Free to members.  Non-members, $15.  (For the schedule…)

Wednesday, July 22nd:  Clean Air Compliance Operating Permit Fee Hearing

Federal Building, 90 Church Street, 4th Floor Board Room, 7pm

For those of us who yearn to bathe in governmental regulation minutia, don’t miss this one of several statewide gatherings at which costs to producers of CO2 are considered/assessed!  For (riveting) details



Miscellany…  Sobering items first in line:

Like there’s more species extinction going on than previously recognized

And whatever’s going on with the deB appointed Landmarks Commission?  Attempts to de-calendar important structures under consideration…   And, now, moves to constrict previously established boundaries of proposed historic districts

But most sobering of all:

Truly a hold the wastebasket moment as NYC DEC fields a request for public comment on 3 alternative methods of sealing rail cars loaded with “municipal solid waste” …  

Hummm…  Wonder what muncipality’s solid waste this might be?

Wonder if – as the supposedly state-of-the-art, tight-as-drum rail cars members of MTS Advisory Group were shown during a 2014 field trip featured dripping rivulets of ick –  this might especially pertain to NYC solid waste…?

Which, as we all recall, our city’s Neanderthal solid waste “plan” envisions shipping many hundreds of miles away and at 3 times current cost to landfills near poor upstate New York, Pennsylvania and Carolina communities.

Which is to say, do weigh in!

(In our none-too-humble opinion, no waste should be shipped anywhere until rail cars are proven to be 100% and long-term leak-proof!) 

Sun breaking through:

A solar panel factory’s setting up shop in Buffalo!  (Let’s hope the thousands of jobs predicted materialize!)

Not like there were a zillion examples in how Mediterranean countries deal with water, but and finally a smidgen of California’s acting to hoard precious rain water!

This while NYC experiences its own particular kind of water woes…  Like rising rates and folks not paying their bills!

Still on the subject of water:

Yes, why indeed is the ocean salty?  (Worth enduring the NatGeo ads to learn and then savor other “Campfire Stories”.) 

And what’s in it:

As in best seafood – for the ocean and its inhabitants – for us to be eating… (All of it in Warren’s icy cases!) 

Going scattershot:

The New York Historical Society now has 60,000 images – from the Revolution to near present – online!

Has to have considerably more tamper/graffiti/vandal resistance designed in to survive in NYC, but we love the idea of the Cooper Lumen wifi post!

Somewhere in Manhattan…  There’s a cabin atop a highrise roof!!

This while there’s a cottage on an East 13th Street walk-up!

While down on UES streets, your neighbors have launched our hood’s 2015 Tree Census!


Hello, animals:

So what have they been doing up in Albany while rent regulations languish?  Pondering dog-centric legislation, that’s what!

Could be a churchyard, backyard or any community real estate…  We can – and why not –  turn that greenish space into a bird haven!

Very sorry to report that America’s oldest known eagle has passed away…  The good news being that the bird was 38 years old…  The oldest banded eagle on record in U.S. history!!  (Mr. Eagle has a great life story, too!)

You bet there’s a New York Horseshoe Crab Monitoring Network!

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

6/5 – Manhattan, HRM 1: This week we caught a male seahorse 75 millimeters [mm] long at The River Project on Hudson River Park’s Pier 40; we could see its brood pouch. We also caught a blackfish (tautog, 37 mm), a juvenile striped bass, and two juvenile oyster toadfish. –  Jessica Bonamusa

pregnant male seahorse!

pregnant male seahorse!

[Male sea horses and pipefishes have a brood pouch in which they carry fertilized eggs deposited by the females. In one of the rare instances in the animal kingdom, it is the males that give live birth. Tom Lake.]

A very green farewell to you, o’ styrofoam,



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