Happy July 4th, UESiders!!

Needless to say, there’s no place in the U.S. of A. –  maybe even on earth – that’s more dedicated to fabulous summer holiday fun (and the best fireworks ever) than our NYC!

For a sampling of all there is to do…    (Can we believe Funkadelic’s still alive and playing music?!!) Then there’re Parks’ suggestions…   

And once you’ve taken care of writing that 91st Street MTS letter to the DEC (for points to make and more just scroll down to last week’s newsletter)…


We know there’s  one activity many an UESider will be including in their weekend… Celebrating the nation’s founding Greenmarket-Style

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

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

Risisng Sun, Garden of Spices and Ballard Honey are giving themselves a well-deserved weekend off, but friends Bread Alone, Valley Shepherd, American Seafood, Samascott, Gajeski, Alewife, Cherry Lane and Ole Mother Hubbert will all be with us! 

Yes, and our Master Knife Sharpener will also be AOL…  (But we forgive her for being up in Connecticut, floating in a pool.) 

Newsflashes from Market Manager Andrei:  Cherries and Gajeski’s 2015 potatoes are in!  Plus Andrei’s planning a quick pickling demo!  (Indeed, why insult great, home-crafted BBQ with pickles of the industrial/processed/supermarket kind!) 

Last week’s recycling totals:  76 lbs. batteries; 11 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 3 pairs eyeglasses; 8 1/2 compost bins;  25 bags of clothes.


Sundays, June 28th – November 22nd:  94th Street Greenmarket 

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

Compost Collection – 9am–1pm 

Guess what?  This temporary location is just great!  So is the addition of Dipaola’s Turkey!  And Norwich Meadows joins the five-star farmer/baker/fisherman/dairy line-up this Sunday!!

Stop by and say hi to new Market Manager Clay who’ll be serving up red, white and blue fruit with a yogurt parfait!  (Fruit from Phillips Farm and yogurt from Back to the Future/Old Mother Hubbert Farm!)

Last week’s recycling totals:  TBA batteries:  TBA corks, cellphones, cartridges and cords;  TBA eye glasses;  1 3/4 bins of compost.

One great first week!

Saturday, July 11th:  Untold Secrets of Central Park Walking Tour

Meet at the Central Park West 66th Street Entrance, 2-4pm

Given that it’s organized by those wild and crazy folks at Obscura Society, this won’t be your usual (but always great) CP Conservancy tour…  As in – just for openers – did we know Transcendentalists were much involved in Central Parks’s founding and design?  $25.  For more and tickets (buying in advance is advised)…

And then the long-awaited:

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 do recall:

NO cardboard or handled shopping bags.

And please remove those 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!)

Tuesday, July 14th:  Mary Badham Reads From “Go Set a Watchman”

92nd Street Y, Kaufman Concert Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd, 7:30pm

Rather, Scout Reads From (Harper Lee’s recently unearthed and just published) “Go Set a Watchman”.  Some compelling combination even 50-plus years later.  Tickets from $24.  (For more and tickets…)

On the horizon:

Wednesday, July 22nd:  “Mourning Lincoln” Lecture

Bryant Park, Sixth Avenue at 42nd Street, 7pm

On the 150th anniversary, CSpan (yes, CSpan!) aired Springfield, Illinois’ fascinating reenactment of Lincoln’s Funeral.  Now, there’s Martha Hodes’ delving into personal responses to the assassination by great and ordinary persons of the time..  Organized by the NY Historical Society and Oxford U Press.  Free.  (For more…) 

Wednesday, July 29th:  “Cost of Courage” Lecture 

Bryant Park, Sixth Avenue at 42nd Street, 7pm

Stories of WWII heroism are inexhaustible and ever amazing…  In this case, Charles Kaiser’s account of the 3 French siblings who orchestrated resistance efforts in Northern France. Sponsored of the NY Historical Society and Oxford U Press.  Free.  (For more…) 

In the miscellaneous category:

Job opportunity ahoy!  And in the non-profit sector so many are interested in!! Check out this offering from the Commercial Free Childhood organization…  

On the serious side:

Opaque as where – citywide – our public moneys are going can be, we’re getting more transparent locally…  i.e. (and scroll down) CM Kallos’s list of his bigger ticket grant allocations…  (To review the full array of Council Member grants…)

Forces wishing to develop on the Grand Canyon rim and even into the canyon itself just keep coming…  (If you feel moved to keep holding the line against…) 

(This while China develops a systems based on our array of national parks!)

Should you support efforts to end the mountain-top method of mining

Believe it or not, powers-that-be still allow the dumping of fracking water in local water treatment plants!!  Should you believe this practice ought to come to an end… 

And now for our smiley face:

We revere all citizen science (real science!) projects, but here’s a particular winner:  What’s become a worldwide effort to monitor phytoplankton (vital to the ocean’s food web) in our warming oceans and involving a device invented 1865! 

A host of great NY Botanical Garden gardening courses and at their midtown location, too!

And a ton of available fun in nature in NYState’s July Outdoor Discovery newsletter…  (Check out the Hike of the Month in Palmer’s Pond State Forest!) 

Times Square as it was 97 years ago…  (Too bad we didn’t get a replacement building as good-looking as this!)


Courtesy of our great public library (and reader Kathleen Treat), we can now easily check out rather fabulous vintage pix of our own hoods!  

Get ready for animals:

Love that the NYS DEC’s announced a final plan to protect the northern cricket frog!   (We can be proud this is our state’s only endangered frog!)

Birth of a baby puffin…!!   (Tiring work for the little chick!) 

Cat vs. mountain lion

Yes, our Master Knife Sharpener has an alter ego…  That being Madrette, paw reader for the canine set and in which capacity she’s raised many dollars for animal charities…

Madrette and Friends

Madrette and Friends

Okay, it’s a long weekend so we have time to recover from a dose of incredible cuteness…  As in pix of parenting in the wild!  (Thank you, reader Jan Colucci!)

Then there are the adorable tarsiers of the Philappines

We’ll be keeping it green while we’re waving the red, white and blue,



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