Happy Medicare 50th Anniversary, UESiders!

Amazing there was a time when millions of our elderly had zero access to healthcare…

Amazing that millions of Americans still go without…

That even given the Medicare/Medicaid and often narrow benefits, 70% of Americans with hearing deficits between the ages of 65 and 84 with hearing deficits – the third most common health deficit – are walking around untreated and without hearing aids!




But as we work toward ever greater fairness in all things:

Friday, July 31st:  Annual Hearst Symposium Lecture

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Gardens, 421 East 61st Street, 2pm

This year’s subject:  New York in the 1830’s…  A period encompassing the opening of the Erie Canal and 1828’s tumultuous election.  Presented by the Museum’s Hearst Fellows, Amanda James and Sarah Stanley.  Free with admission to Non-members, $8; Seniors & Students, $7!  Completely free to members.

Saturdays, August 1st, 8th & 15th:  Summer Streets 2015

Central Park at 72nd Street to Park Avenue to Brooklyn Bridge, 7am-1pm

Totally free of automobiles and packed with great activities/attractions for all ages, be they propelled by foot, cycles, skates or whatever non-car!  (May there be segues to ride again this year!) For further details   

Saturday,  August 1st:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

With us will also be Bread Alone, Ballard Honey, Valley Shepherd, American Seafood, Samascott, Rising Sun, Garden of Spices, Gajeski, Alewife, Cherry Lane and Ole Mother Hubbert Farms! 

Plus there’ll be music by the wonderful Andrea Wright 11am, to 1pm!

However… The Master Knife Sharpener’s will be absent but scheduled to return next week… 

Check out Valley Shepherd’s brie!  

Last week’s recycling totals:  76 lbs. batteries; 10 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 9 pairs of glasses; 8 3/4 compost bins;  26 bags of clothes.

Yet again 8-plus bins!!

Sundays through November 22nd:  94th Street Greenmarket 

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

Compost Collection – 9am–1pm 

At their tables will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Meredith’s Bakery, Wager’s Cider Mill, Ole Mother Hubbert, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms…  And DePaolo Turkey, we hope!

(Can Market Manager Clay cook or what?!)

Last week’s recycling totals:  12 lbs. batteries: 6 lbs. corks, cellphones, cartridges and cords;   3 1/2 bins of compost.

Yup!  Another 1/2 bin gain over the previous week!

Sundays to Fridays:  Museum at Eldridge Street

12 Eldridge Street between Canal and Division Streets

Opened in 1887, the Eldridge Street Synagogue was the first great house of worship built by East European Jews in America and is now a National Historic Landmark.  (Combine with the great and newly expanded  Tenament Museum on Orchard Street!.)

Monday, August 3rd:  State of the Art – Lighting Design & Control

Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, 6-8pm

Learn from the experts what’s required by local lighting codes, what goes into best practices and how controls can make spaces more appealing, flexible, and efficient!  Urban Green Council Members, Free to $10.  Non-members, $15.  For more and registration

Tuesday, August 4th:  19th Precinct 2015 Night Out Against Crime

Carl Schurz Park, East End at 86th Street, 5:30-8:30pm

Mischief or more in your hood?  Avail yourself of this prime opportunity to let officers of Precinct 19 and local electeds know all about it!  That plus live music, kids’ activities (including face painting) and refreshments galore.  Cancelled if it rains.  For further info, call 212-408=0243.   

Wednesday, August 5th:  NYC Passive House Tour/Talk

951 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, 6:30-8:30pm

Our chance to set foot in NYC’s  first building to earn both Passive House Institute certification and NYSERDA Net Zero capable rating!  Tour led by none other than the architect, Paul Castrucci! This is the wave of the future, folks!  Free but donations encouraged.  For more and to register

And then:

Friday, August 14th:  Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Night Tour

Meet at Grand Central Concourse at 7:10pm and train to Phillipse Manor

Amble among the tombstones by lantern light and learn the history of the many notables/disreputables interred in the historic graveyard.  Organized by – who else? – the Obscura Society.  Tour tickets:  $27.50.  Train ticket extra.  For more and to reserve a place

Tuesday, August 25th:  Hooked Rugs Dialogue & Studio

American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, 6-8:30pm

Examine some of the museum’s finest examples, then get down to the business of making a hooked sampler under the guidance of rug artist Norma Batastini!  (These workshops are wonderful even when you discover you have zero aptitude for a given art/craft!  And plenty of guys attend!)  Members, $45.  Non-members, $55.  For details and to sign up…  

Come autumn:

Sunday, September 27th:  Edible Academy Family Garden Picnic

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 12:30-4:30pm

One great afternoon of outdoor discovery with special guests Chef Carla Hall, Andy Nusser and Anthony Sasso…  Think live cooking demonstrations, a lip-smacking picnic, kitchen crafts and organic gardening for the whole family, live music and more!  Adults, $125.  Children,, $75.  (All proceeds to fund the Ediible Academy and its many programs.)  For more



Let’s get miscellaneous:

First the 42nd Street Library…  Then the Frick…  Now “they” would like to take a big bite out of the Theodore Roosevelt Park behind the Museum of Natural History!!!   If you take issue

So we’re all in the know about D.C.’s case of Highway Bill inertia…  Yes, and the same is true of funding for National Parks (which some would like to see open to mining/drilling)!  (Should you disapprove...)

Yet another opportunity to have your voice heard and protect our collective health…  If you think NYS should let us know whenever there’s a raw sewage spill   

Wow!!  There’s now a printable solar cell!  Needs perfecting, of course, but what a step forward!! 

Yes, there is such a thing as “Oreo Art”!

Check the email attachment detailing a Greenmarket Recipe Series highlight:  “How To Use A Whole Ear Of Corn”!

Great outdoor staircases…?  

A map of hottest and coolest NYC subway stations and all those in between…?



Time for critters…  With Cecil in mind:

Trust the Times to tell us how to evict urban raccoons!

How strange is it that airlines have presented themselves as allies in discouraging trophy hunting..?! 

No end to canine sniffing talent…  There’re now ivory detecting dogs!!

Feeling so green,



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