Happy Energy Awareness Month, UESiders!

News to us that one reason October’s received that designation is it’s the month new and more efficient appliances are introduced!

So, we’re advised, skip the deals on those tired old last year’s models and save your bucks on reduced gas/electric bills!

And now for the 7 fine days ahead:

Friday, October 16th – Sunday, October 18th:  New York City Wine & Food Festival

All Over Manhattan

Stacked sandwiches..  Rock & Roll Sushi…  Tacos & Tequila…  And, of course, amazing classic fare at scores of events.  Tickets from $10 to the stratosphere.  Benefiting The Food Bank for New York City and No Kid Hungry.  For the lowdown… 

Saturday,  October 17th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

At their tables 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! 

As if that wasn’t enough, this Saturday the market hosts the fall edition of “Ask Dana” with Dana Jacobi preparing her delicious Brussels Sprout and Kale Slaw and answering your cooking and nutrition questions.

PLUS:  We’ll be raffling off a copy of Dana’s book “Cook and Freeze”…  There’ll be copies for purchase as well! 

And we’ll add this:  Valley Shepherd’s Sheep Yogurt is beyond delicious!!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  84 lbs. batteries; 16 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 29 pairs of eye glasses;  9 compost bins; 25 bags of clothes.

(We’re still adding  September battery/cord/etc.totals to weekly figures as we continue sorting!) 

Saturday, October 17th:  Silicon Dream – The History of the Cell Phone , From Bell to Apple, Google & Beyond!

Meet on the Hudson River Greenway, far side of the West Side Highway at Bank Street, 11am-1pm

An interactive walking tour tracing the thread of communications industry history the runs through Manhattan’s West Side.  Got to be fascinating!  Organized by the Obscura Society NY. $25.  For details and tickets…  

Saturday, October 14th & Sunday, October 18th:  Open House New York Weekend

Throughout Our City

Can’t improve on this description:  “From historical to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances, and other special events taking place over the course of OHNY Weekend. Through the unparalleled access that it enables, OHNY Weekend deepens our understanding of the importance of architecture and urban design to foster a more vibrant civic life, and helps catalyze a citywide conversation about how to build a better New York.”   Amen.  For the vast array..    

Sundays through November 22nd:  94th Street Greenmarket 

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

Compost Collection – 9am–1pm 

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Meredith’s Bakery, Wager’s Cider Mill, Ole Mother Hubbert, Stannard, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms!

Market Manager Margaret says:  “Phillips Farm’s  Eucalyptus smells heavenly!  A single bunch will perfume your whole apartment for a good long while and dries beautifully!  And Stannard’s Farm is your go to farm for pumpkins, whether you want to bake pie with them or just use them for decoration.”

Last week’s recycling totals:  19 lbs. batteries: 6 lbs. corks, cellphones, cartridges and cords;  3 bins of compost.


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) categories!!  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. 

Tuesday, October 20th:  13th Annual Day in the Life of the Hudson River

From Troy’s Federal Dam to the New York Harbor

A day when thousands of NYC kids will descend on the river with seine nets, minnow pots and water testing kits, do science and establish yet another record of how the river and much living in it was on October 20, 2015.  Get those young ‘uns out there!  For details… 

Friday, October 23rd & Saturday, October 24th:  Czech Day Concerts

Bohemian National Hall Ballroom, 321 East 73rd Street, 7pm

In celebration of the Czech nation’s founding, its New York Consul General and U.N. Representative present a pair of most appropriate works by Czech great Dvorak!  Free and open to all.  (Bohemian Hall is one lovely venue!)  For complete details…  

Only a week away now:

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

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


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.

(Thank you, Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for making Shred-A-Thon possible!)

On the horizon:

Wednesday, October 28th:  How Brooklyn Works – Sewers & Waste Water Treatment

128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn,  6:30-8:30pm

And we quote, “A diverse panel of experts shines a light on the system’s history, as well as its contemporary challenges and the creative solutions that will lead to a more sustainable unseen system.”  (Wonder how it and the Manhattan system compare?)  Co-presented by the ever-out-there Obscura Society People and the Brooklyn Historical Society.  Free to members.  Non-members:  $5.  For more

Friday, November 6th:  Invasive Species Summit – Challenges, Strategies and Perspectives

Ross Hall, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 10M-4PM

The looming threat from both a global and local perspective, possible remedies and restoration from a line-up of prominent speakers and a moderated discussion. Morning only, member, $10;  Non-member, $20.  Morning & afternoon, member, $39; Non-member, $55.  For more

And down the way:

Tuesday, November 10th:  Recycling & Zero Waste Forum

West Park Presbyterian Church, Amsterdam at 86th Street, 7-9pm

This time it’s experts ranging from our very own Sanitation Department to The Nature Conservancy to  NYC Pest Control to commercial waste handler SIMS laying out challenges and solutions.  “Bring your questions,” they say.  (We’re New Yorkers.  You don’t have to ask us twice!)  Free but a suggested $5 donation.  To RSVP

Miscellany…  Commencing with The Good:

One giant leap forward in environmental strategy:  Greenpeace Sweden is exploring the purchase of German lignite coal mines along with the power plants they fuel and then close both down!!  

On home turf, kind of a Halloween/can’t-kill-it theme (much as Governor Christie tried), someone with vision has managed to create the tiny beginnings of the desperately needed, additional Hudson River tunnel!   (Get busy negotiating funds, Christie and Cuomo!)

There were tide-driven mills on the Connecticut coast in the early 18th Century!

The Bad:

Should you think there shouldn’t be fracking on public lands… 

Holy crow!  BP might well get a tax write-off for the billions it owes us for the horrendous Deep Water Horizon spill…  If you think this should be a no-no

The potentially really ugly:  

Wall do know that the climate change denying Ruppert Murdoch has purchased National Geographic?


Guess what?  A new Johns Hopkins’ report links fracking to premature births

Deep breath:

Okay, they’re not critters, but now it’s been established how endangered the world of fungi is, there’s a movement afoot to declare them endangered species

Already happening in Brazil as per this tale of (really!) botanical sleuthing!

High rises affecting your wireless service?  The Times has advice!

Yes, animals:

How great is it that flight around the Javits Center is no longer a potential death sentence for birds!

And that NYS is embarking on a multi-year study of our moose population

Guess a dog’s breed only by its ears?

10/2 – Manhattan, HRM 1: In addition to our usual innumerable YOY oyster toadfish, we caught an adult male blue crab this week, a bit unusual for us, at The River Project’s Pier 40 sampling site in the Hudson River Park. We saw many blue crabs all over our traps, but they kept eluding us by leaping off.  –  Jessica Bonamusa

And this is an oyster toadfish:

Oyster Toad Fish

Oyster Toadfish


Ever more green,



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