Happy U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Parade Day, UESiders!!

May the skies be blue and the team members receive in the best NYC salute ever!!

(For a brief history of the parade route…)

Oh, yes, and happy end of Shark Week, too!)

(Why not sign those new – #9 and #10 – Pledge2Protect letters now?)



Then move on to the busy 7 days to come:

Friday, July 10th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Why is there a mass turnover of deep-sky features from spring to summer as the Milky Way migrates into high sky?  Starmaster John Pazmino and he’s willing to share!  Always fascinating… Always free!

Saturday,  July 11th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

They’re all back!!  Bread Alone, Ballard Honey, Valley Shepherd, American Seafood, Samascott, Rising Sun, Garden of Spieces, Gajeski, Alewife, Cherry Lane and Ole Mother Hubbert Farms will all be at their tables! 

Add our Master Knife Sharpener to the list of returnees!

Plus the wonderful Andrea Wright will be making her beautiful music again!

Newsflashes from Market Manager Andrei:  “Look for corn, tomatoes, a variety of eggplants and rumor has it that striped bass season is open!  You don’t want to miss Ole Mother Hubbert’s great new gelato – a ton of great flavors – either!” 

Meanwhile, there’ll be a new person at the recycling table this week.  Holly’s been promoted to a GrowNYC farming project up in the Bronx, but she’s promised to keep us in the loop!

Last week’s recycling totals:  73 lbs. batteries; 15 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 5 compost bins;  19 bags of clothes.

Great for a holiday weekend!!

Sundays through November 22nd:  94th Street Greenmarket 

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

Compost Collection – 9am–1pm 

Yup!  Those tomatoes and that corn is coming in big time!!  Norwich Meadows has some incredible berries, too!  Look for Ole Mother Hubbert/Back to the Future Farm’s great gelato, milk, eggs, chicken, yogurt and cheese!

Last week’s recycling totals:  8 lbs. batteries:  3 lbs. corks, cellphones, cartridges and cords;  2 1/4 bins of compost.

An increase of a whole half compost bin!

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

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


Bring on the paper!!

Just keep in mind:

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.

We’re going for a record breaking 9,000 lbs, people!!

(We thank Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for their green and very generous grants!)

Sunday, July 12th:  Bastille Day on 60th Street

60th Street from Fifth to Lexington Avenues, 12-5pm

French-American electro-swing band Gingoa, singer Benjamin Swax, wine, beer, chocolate and champagne tastings!  Just the thing after Greenmarket and a lot of shredding!

Tuesdays through August 11th:  Audubon Twilight Bat & Insect Walks in Central Park

Meet at 103rd Street & Central Park West, 7:45pm

Naturalist Paul Keim leads the search for ever-fascinating bats and the many curious nocturnal insects – think crickets and katydids – inhabiting our great park!  Adults, $32.  Teens, $20. Kids under 12, $14.  To reserve a place… 

Thursdays through August: Waterfront & Wildflower Garden Tours

Meet at Randall’s side of 103rd Street Footbridge, 11am

Organized by the great people of Thomas Jefferson Park!  Free.

Saturday, July 19th:  2015 Chelsea Garden Club Tour

Meet in front of Papaya Hot Dog Shop, Seventh Avenue & 23rd Street, 9:30am or in front of Dallas Barbecue, Eighth Avenue & 23rd, 10am

Learn from and admire the handiwork of the prodigious green thumbs of those who originated the art of Bicycle Island Gardening! (And their islands are gorgeous!)  Free.




Especially miscellaneous:

In case you haven’t heard, seems the NYS Supreme Court ruled in favor of NYU’s expansion plan which’ll absorb city land long considered/deemed parkland by area residents/electeds/preservationists.  

Very sad, the present mess at Whole Foods…  Trouble that’s more than allegations of over-pricing of packaged food in NYC…

On the other hand,  the NYS Appellate Court delivered a decision against building a mall on a corner of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

We say Community Board 8 needs to get our hands on (kidnap even) NYPD Officer Vincek – current NYC record-holder for issuing tickets to bike riders and presently assigned to Precinct 20 – and install him at Precinct 19!! 

(FYI:  Paris requires payment of tickets on the spot or bike/car is taken into custody!)

Want to camp out under the stars and watchful eyes of Rangers in Central Park?  Well, there’s a lottery for that!  For the lowdown and get your name in play

Of course, NYC would have a Haunted Hologram Museum! …  Temptingly located on Governors Island!

And now The Times weighs in on the city’s best outdoor pools

Yup, the Statue of Liberty arrived on these shores in 350 pieces!

Meanwhile…  Who knew aviators once made their way across our continent by following giant concrete arrows!! 

Just how are great works of art restored/repaired?

Could a mushroom be a remedy to soil contamination?

Got a surfboard you need repaired?  Of course, there’s a guy in NYC who does expert work!

And just how is a wind turbine built?  (Thanks to reader Nell Semel for the tip!) 

Ahem…  Isn’t it time Miracle Whip got rid of the GE/GMO eggs in its bottle?  




Spotted – in more ways than one –  on a nasturtium leaf on a First Avenue bicycle island…  A pair of baby lady bugs! lady bugs

Watched on First Ave in front of Bed Bath…  A pair of fledglings still more fluff than feathers on a sickly honeylocust tree:baby birds

Observed on York Avenue and 65th Street (but no pix)…  A pair of courting lightning bugs!

Trust The Times to provide a 24-hour compendium of much more exotic NYC wildlife viewing… 

We’ll all be so much greener after the Sunday shred,




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