Happy International Cat Day,  Halloween and NYC Marathon 2015, UESiders!!

Yes, and it’s the 3-year Hurricane Sandy anniversary, too.

A moment of silence…  A very deep breath…  

Let’s talk First Avenue Bike Island Gardening…  And the fall transformation – withered summer blooms removed, compost added, mulch spread and scores of tulips, daffs, crocus and grape hyacinth planted – that’s been working it’s way up from 60th to 96th Street and ending tomorrow!

Island Adopters have been slaving away and the gentlemen of Midtown Courts have lent an absolutely gigantic hand.  

And there’re only 6 months to wait till we see the results!

Meanwhile, there’s the big week ahead to consider:

Saturday,  October 31st:   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! 

Our own Master Knife Sharpener will be at her table, too!! 

Just in from uber Market Manager Margaret:  “This Saturday we host  “Cook Unity” who’ll prepare market-inspired holiday treats!  And keep in mind, Gajeski still has a few ears of corn, but fall’s superstars are broccoli, cauliflower, squashes and, of course, apples!!”

(Alewife’s greens are just stupendous!!)

Last week’s recycling totals:  76 lbs. batteries; 21 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 19 pairs of eye glasses;  9 compost bins; 51 bags of clothes.

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

Saturday, October 31st:  Latin Beat on the Esplanade!

East River Esplanade just south of the 103rd Street footbridge, 11am-2pm  (Rain Date TBA)

Featuring the live, fabulous music of Guataca Na’ Ma’ and ice cream from the Vendy award-winning ICE & VICE!   Free with free ice cream to the first 100 folks who stop by!   No kidding our Esplanade’s moving from deterioration to DESTINATION!  

Saturday, October 31st & Sunday, November 1st:   Lowline Lab Halloween Weekend

140 Essex Street, between Rivington & Stanton Streets, 10am-4pm

Add the fabulous indoor garden (test ground for plants that’ll one day transform an abandoned subway station) to your trick-or-treat itinerary and for spooky pix of the family among the greenery and candy for the kids…  Or kids at heart!   Free.  For more

Sundays through November 22nd:  94th Street Greenmarket 

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

Compost Collection – 9am–1pm 

CLOSED THIS MARATHON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1st!

See you next Sunday!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  15 lbs. batteries: 6 lbs. corks, cellphones, cartridges and cords;  3 3/4 bins of compost.

Way to go!

Wednesday, November 4th:  Cornell Technion – Passive Reaches New Heights Lecture

The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, 8-10am

Who knew  the world’s tallest passive residential housing presently being built on our own Roosevelt Island!  Find out all about its evolution from drawing board to reality. (Yup, this is the building that’ll  be partially blocking southerly views of the 59th Street Bridge.)  Organized by the Urban Green Council.  For tickets ($5 to 15)…

Hard on its heels:

Saturday, November 7th:  E-Waste Recycling Event!

Eleanor Roosevelt High School, 411 East 76th Street, 10am-4pm

Accepted will be:

• Computers (laptops & desktops, servers, mainframes)
• Monitors
• Printers, scanners, fax-machines, copiers
• Network devices (routers, hubs, modems, etc.)
• Peripherals (keyboards, mice, cables, cords, chargers, etc.)
• Tablets and E-readers
• Components (hard drives, CD-ROMs, circuit boards, power supplies, etc.)
• TVs, VCRs, DVRs, & DVD Players
• Digital Converter Boxes, Cable/Satellite Receivers
• Portable music players
• Audio-visual equipment
• Video-games
• Cell phones, pagers, PDAs
• Telecommunication (phones, answering machines, etc.)

NO appliances or smoke detectors.  Media (disks, CDs, and VHS tapes) accepted at a $.50 per item charge.

For further details

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 to Borough President Brewer.  “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

Wednesday, November 11th:  Dirt on Dirt – Making Sense of Soil

Seafarers and International House, 123 East 15th Street at Irving Place, 7pm
And we quote, ” Sierra Club Program Digs deep into dirt…  As part of the 2015 United National International Year of the Soils.”  An evening that includes William Bryant Logan, author of “Dirt – The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth” and “DIRT the Movie”.   Moderated by UES pillar of environmentalism, Bonnie Webber.  Free.

And this week’s miscellany is:

In the They Just Keep Coming Department:  Now there are those wanting to transship tar sands down our Hudson River!!  (If you think this is a poor idea…) 

This while the “Dark Act” – denying Americans the right know if there’re GMO’s in their food – makes it’s way through Congress!  (If you don’t like that one either…) 

Did we know that the fracking biz isn’t held to Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Air Act, or Clean Water Act standards?!!  (If you think frackers should be obliged to comply…)

Seems no limit to attempts at rezoning taller/more hulking everywhere in Manhattan… This week focused on environs of the 3-block St. John’s Terminal on the Hudson.  (If only they had a MTS to keep pesky developers away!) 

(On the good side of things, the state of Hudson River water from source to mouth is…  Not too bad!!)

Meanwhile, should you object to the proliferation of towers regardless of where they may on our island… 

And a major doff of the plumed hat:

Props to the Rockefeller Foundation and show producers for funding tickets to to the incredible “Hamilton” for 20,000 NYC high school students!!

Strikes us as the kind of grand, enlightened gesture common in the golden era of American public education some 50 years ago…

Let there be animals:

No kidding, Vogue Magazine posted a kitten video in celebration of National Cat Day

What could be more essential as we approach Halloween than 5 incredible facts about bats?!

No wonder folks love bird banding!  You get to hold baby birds!!

Absolutely, turn that pumpkin of yours into a stellar bird feeder!

Last but not least:

Love that the “most Interesting Man in the World” from the Dos Equis commercials is Grand Marshall of the Village Halloween Parade!!

Our jack-o-lantern will be green,

UGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

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