Happy Poetry Day, UESiders!

So why not a Market evocative/seasonally appropriate excerpt from Frost’s “After Picking Apples”:

The rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in.
For I have had too much
Of apple-picking: I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.
There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,
Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall…

Yummm…  Apples…  Samascott…  Phillips Farm…  So many delicious varieties…  Apple Juice…

Okay…  Okay!  Let’s get down on the week ahead:

Saturday,  October 10th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

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

Still waiting to hear from our Master Knife Sharpener…

And this from Market Manager Margaret:  Ole Mother Hubbert’s got great new fall gelato flavors…  And don’t Alewife’s icicle radishes and rare varities of squash! 

Last week’s recycling totals:  78 lbs. batteries; 15 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 4 pairs of eye glasses;  9 compost bins; 22 bags of clothes.

Will be adding  September battery/cord/etc.totals in weekly as we sort!) 

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!

Fingers crossed Wagers Cider Mill returns this Sunday (Wow!  Their concord grapes!)  And may there still be corn and tomatoes!! 

Last week’s recycling totals:  12 lbs. batteries: 4 lbs. corks, cellphones, cartridges and cords;  4 bins of compost.

(Another big fat 4 compost bins!)

Tuesday, October 13th:  “Talking Truth – The Real Story Behind the East 91st Garbage Station”  Screening

St. Joseph’s School of Yorkville, 420 East 87th Street, 6:30-8:30pm

Join Pledge2Protect, Congressmwoman Carolyn Maloney, Assemblymen Dan Quart and Robert Rodriguez and Council Member Ben Kallos and be among the first to see this no-holds-barred, community/volunteer-produced film and unflinching exploration of how and whys behind the MTS and the unconscionable, looming harm it presents to some of our city’s most vulnerable. Free.  To RSVP

BE THERE!

Saturday,  October 17th:  It’s My Park Day – Part I

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am-3pm

Daffodil, tulip, crocus and muscari planting, folks…  And a continuation ofthe scraping/painting that’s making the Esplanade railing look so great!  On the Esplanade, yes, but there’ll be planting going on in the presently sad beds on the perimeter of the park at 96th and First  No doubt about it, we’re turning the far east UES into one citizen-created masterpiece!

You could plant this!

You could plant this!

Saturday, October 17th:  45th Annual Manhattan Country School Annual Farm Festival 

Manhattan Country School, 7 East 96th Street, 11am-4pm

Featuring bushels  of fresh produce, lots of games, arts and crafts, bouncy houses, live music and a space-themed haunted house!   Free admission.  (Next year, both festival and school move to the West Side…)

Sunday, October 18th:  Halloween Howl 2015 & 6th Annual Healthy Hound Fair!

Hockey/Basketball Court, Carl Schurz Park,  1-3pm  (Registration:  11am-1pm)

(Rain Date:  Sunday, October 25th)

No canine costume too intricate or too far-fetched!  Prizes awarded in small dog, large dog, kids and dogs and group costume (minimum of 3 dogs/3 people combined)!!  Or just go to be (bow)wowed by the show!  Need we say family friendly?  All proceeds benefit maintenance of the park’s 2 dog runs. 

Friday, October 23rd & Saturday, October 24th:  Halloween Murder Mystery at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Gardens

421 East 61st Street, 6:15pm & 7:30pm

Family-friendly sleuthing – loosely based on a crime covered in a period newspaper article – in the UES’s own historic house museum!  Follow the clues…  Discover the victim’s identity…  Pin the culprit!  Great for kids 8 and over.  Adults, $25; Members, $15; Children, $10.  Reservations required.  For more and tickets:  212- 838-6878.     

Saturday, October 24th:  Shred-A-Thon – Pre-Halloween Edition

82nd Street between First and York, 10am-2pm

Only two weeks now…

And the Shred-A-Thon rules:

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.

(As ever, thanks to Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for their grants!)

Saturday, October 24th & Sunday, October 25th:  Giant Pumpkin Carving Weekend

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Parkway, The Bronx, 10am-6pm

Master Carver Ray Villafane  and a host of assistants transform giant  pumpkins into a Halloween-inspred tableau and share their secrets of inspired pumpkin carving!  While you’re at it, check out the even more giant pumpkins on exhibit (courtesy of the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth) in the garden, too!  Adults, $25; Seniors and Students, $22; Children, $10.  Children under 2, free.  For more and tickets

Saturday, October 31st:  It’s My Park Day – Part II

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am-3pm

More planting with an especial emphasis on the ribbon of daffodils along the FDR wall…  More scraping/painting…  More fun and fabulous snacks!!  This is the care and feeding of our Esplanade!!

As ever, a dollop of all-over-the-map miscellany:

Surprise-surprise!  There’s a relationship between the air we breath and how long we live!

And we quote, “Microbead bans advancing statewide…”

As if it wasn’t already obvious…  Yup, NYC housing is three times more crowded than the American average

(Remember…  Those 91,000 applications for 230 affordable Hell’s Kitchen apartments?)

Meanwhile, this from Senator Krueger’s newsletter:  

“My Micro NY is now accepting applications for 14 newly constructed micro studio apartments at 335 East 27th Street in the Kips Bay neighborhood in Manhattan. Rents for these apartments range from $950 to $1492 depending on unit size. To be eligible, applicants must have incomes between $34,526 and $89,830, depending on family size…”

It’s come to that.  Families in apartments from 270 to 350 square feet!

From Recycling Today:  Re-purposed reefs, recycled tennis balls and more! 

An amazing array of classes at the Botanical Garden’s midtown branch!  (Birch paper cutting?!)

But not-so fabulous news at the BG’s recent conference on the state of native plants... 

Okay:

host of NYParks’ events the next two months – and almost all of them free – for viewing Draconoid, Orionid, Moon, Taurid and Geminid meteor showers!!

Of course, an actual person – a 19th Century lady paleontologist and discoverer of some of the first dinosaur bones! –  inspired “She sells sea shells”  

Of course, it was inevitable…  The pizza-eating rat Halloween costume!

Great woodworking classes?  Have to get out to Brooklyn to Makeville for them, but take a gander… 

Proper care for your wardrobe of fabulous sweaters…?

Knew “Moscot” was a great old New York brand and once fixture on the Lower East Side…  But a decades-long celebrity trade…?

AND:

Jenny Paul, the all but unnaturally clever leader of the UES’s Census effort now has a web comedy show:  “That Reminds Me”!   (Come on!  You know you’ve always yearned to be hip!)  

Time for critteres:

Not that we don’t want the best for Fido, but it seems NYC’s now the city of $1,000,000  dog runs

And the world’s hardest working cats are

Perky, migrating Sanderlings pause for a snack en route from Siberia to Australia! 

Turtles in swim suits for a good cause…?

Discovery of the first glowing sea turtle!

An orphaned, baby possum

Meanwhile, a long-time, non-adoptable feral cat colony’s about to be displaced by Hudson Yard construction

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

9/18 – Manhattan, HRM 3.5: There is a particular corner in Bryant Park, in midtown Manhattan at 42nd Street, near my office, that has a bird bath and begonias where I sometimes see common yellowthroats. Today I went there during lunch and was stunned to see a male American redstart walking among the flowers. There were also an ovenbird and several female yellowthroats. Just as I spotted the redstart, someone standing nearby carrying binoculars saw the bird as well. We were both surprised to see a redstart in Bryant Park; neither of us had seen one there before. Nice birding in Manhattan! – Caroline McDonald

American Redstart - male

Male American Redstart

Yours in greenness,

UGS

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