Happy…  Make That Ecstatic DEC Public Comment Period, UESiders!

Let’s get busy writing those letters…  From everyone – young,old and in between – in your family… Your neighbors and friends throughout the city…  Colleagues and professional acquaintances if they’re city residents (we’re been unashamedly puting the bite on both)…

Letters don’t have to be long…  Don’t have to be masterpieces of English Lit…  The plain facts that so argue against the MTS are abundant and once noted  don’t require scholarly elaboration.

But passion is welcome!!


Yes, you can submit to the local DEC office noted in the Commission’s press release, but – once again for purposes of recording vital head count and preventing letters going strangely astray once received – is to forward via  P2P’s site

Good to also copy your remarks to our various electeds:  CMs Kallos (bkallos@benkallos.com) and Garodnick (DGarodnick@council.nyc.gov), State Senator Kreuger (liz@lizkrueger.com) and Assembly Members Seawright (SeawrightR@assembly.state.ny.us) and Quart (quartd@assembly.state.ny.us).

The big, fat bottom line:

We’ve been given a primo and totally democratic opportunity, so let us pile on!! 

Sarcococca Confusa

Sarcococca Confusa

And now for more in the week to come:

Saturday,  June 27th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

Yes, it’s a full house with our friends 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! 

Our Master Knife Sharpener will be at her table, too!!

This just in from new Market Manager Andrei:  “ Cherries are here and you’ll find the first potatoes of 2015 at Gajeski!!”

Last week’s recycling totals:  84 lbs. batteries; 25 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 3 pairs eyeglasses; 8 1/2 compost bins;  36 bags of clothes.

(Closer and closer to that ton o’ batteries mark!)

Saturday, June 27th:  Central Park Family Picnic Event!

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Inside the Park between Fith & Lenox Avenues, 12-3pm

Fill that picnic basket with goodies and head off for an afternoon of music, lawn games, fishing, and just plain getting to know fabulous Central Park that much better!  Need we say, it’s free!  For more...    

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!!

And joining us in 2015:  Dipaolas Turkey!!

You want…  You need to be there!!

Sunday, June 28th:  Green Park Gardeners Volunteer Day

East River Esplanade at 60th Street, near the 60th Street ramp, 2:30-5pm

Ever wondered who’s been making our low-Sixties Esplanade so gorgeous?  Green Park Gardeners, that’s who and here’s a fine moment to pitch in…  And acquire some of the group’s extensive garden knowledge!!  Just equip yourself with an inexpensive trowel with inches marked and garden gloves (both available at Home Depot)!

Wednesdays, July 1st to August 19th:  Socrates Park International Film Festival

Socrates Park, Long Island City, 7pm

Film Forum in partnership with Rooftop Films put together a schedule from D.A. Pennebaker’s ultra classic USA doc “Don’t Look Back” to films ranging from India to Saudi Arabia to Argentina and beyond.  For the complete program…  

Thursdays During the Growing Season:  Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project Volunteering

Metro Baptist Church, 410 West 40th Street, 10am-1pm

Four years ago, we joined 40 others from all over NYC in raising 7 tons of earth to Metro’s rooftop bucket brigade-style (believe it or not, only took a few hours!). Fast forward to one of the cleverest and most productive city farming projects going (utilizing kids’ wading pools), providing fresh produce to the needy of the area!  Couldn’t be a better outing for out-of-school youngsters.  Can’t beat the view either!  For more

Right around the corner:

Sunday, July 12th:  Shred-A-Thon – Pre-Bastille Day Edition

First Avenue between 94th & 95th Streets, 11am-2pm

Just two weeks and we’ll be pulverizing tons of paper on First Avenue!

And you’re only too familiar with the drill:

NO cardboard or handled shopping bags.

And please do remove paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But we do accept paperbacks.)

Take your hardcovers over to Goodwill.

(Thanks to Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for their green and generous grants!)



Our usual mixed bag of miscellany:

Should you object to those crude oil-laden trains traveling the rails across our state… 

Congrats to the deserving winners of this year’s Historic Districts’ Grassroots Awards which include our own CM Garodnick and life-long UES resident and much-missed CB8 Board member, Teri Slater. 

Still on the subject of things historic, happy to see the for-many-years-lost pedestal of the northern 59th Street Bridge lamp (removed because the Tram wasn’t engineered at sufficient height; the only parts of the lamp so far found) has been restored…  BUT not to its rightful place…  BUT now lives on Roosevelt Island and not on our side of the river…  We say it’s infinitely more “relevant” to a spot near its original location.

Parks of every description are coalescing all around us…  Got to bode well for our own East River Esplanade, yes?!!

Craving a NYC saltwater fishing map?

Lucky us!  Two of the best NYC public swimming pools are either right in or within easy reach of the UES!  And they’re opening this weekend!!

If you’ve come across a worse “apartment, we want to see it!  (Really!)




Believe it or not, there’s a fur-trapping business and its championing re-introduction of the 19th Century-vintage foot-hold trap!  (If you find fault with this method…)  

Yes, we’ll stoop to anything when there’re baby animals involved…   More so when a kitten-saving NYPD officer is involved… 

Soda-drinking German shepherds/Alsatians…?

Yoga at a cat cafe…?

Of course, like every other living thing in California, the state’s rare (and totally adorable) flying squirrels are getting slammed by the endless drought. (Should you think they deserve endangered species protection…)

Okay,  there actually is such a thing as a cute octopus:

Dumbo Octopus

Dumbo Octopus

Meanwhile there’s a newly discovered crab – rather furry-looking crab – living in Antarctic waters! The yeti crab!!

There’s green in that LGBTQ rainbow,



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