Yes, Happy America Recycles Day, UESiders…

And Happy Indian Pudding Day, too!!

Who knew that the one-time American staple is an adaptation of (English) hasty pudding?!

Or – check the recipe – that it sounds downright awful?!

We say bring on the pumpkin pie…

And what’s happening over the week ahead:

Now Till Spring:   Project Feeder Watch

Your Bird Feeder

Citizen science at its finest, most grassroots and as simple as checking your feeder a couple of times a day to see which of our rich NYC winter bird population’s paying a visit! Organized by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  $18 (for your Research Kit).  To learn more and sign up

Saturday,  November 14th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

Ready and waiting for Thanksgiving prep 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! 

The Master Knife Sharpener will be with us, too, and waiting to hone that holiday carving equipment of yours!

Last week’s recycling totals:  91 lbs. batteries; 19 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 9 pairs of eye glasses;  9 compost bins; 49 bags of clothes.

Definitely “9” is the number of the week!! 

Sundays through November 22nd:  94th Street Greenmarket 

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

Compost Collection – 9am–1pm 

As Thanksgiving nears…

Those fabulous tables on First Ave have never been heaped with more wonderful, fresh, seasonal fruit/vegetables/meat/seafood/yogurt/milk/cheese/baked goods… American Seafood, Bread Alone, Meredith’s Bakery, Wager’s Cider Mill, Ole Mother Hubbert, Stannard, and Phillips Farms!

(Yes, Norwich Farms’ season is over…)

Last week’s recycling totals:  10 lbs. batteries: 11 lbs. corks, cellphones, cartridges and cords;  3 3/4 bins of compost.

Amazing!

Thursday, November 19th:  East River Esplanade Visioning Session

Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 East 70th Street, 2nd Floor, 6pm

And we quote from CM Kallos’ invitation, “Join our office, Hospital for Special Surgery and Rockefeller University to see and comment on plans for the East River Esplanade.”  Every opportunity to express your opinions should be seized upon, people!!  To RSVP… 

On the horizon:

Friday & Saturday, December 4th & 5th:  Holiday Candlelight Tours at the Mt. Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden 

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

It’s Christmas 1830 complete with caroling, sweets, beverages and treats of the time in the UESide’s lovely house museum… Add in a period music performance following Saturday tours!  Member, $10; Non-members, $20; Children under 12, $5.  Reservations recommended: 212-838-6878.

Tuesday, December 15th:  Holiday Plum Pudding Workshop 

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 East 61st Street, 6:30pm

Join Flora Miller, head cook of the Mount Vernon Hotel, in making a boiled pudding from a historic recipe…  Yummm!   Oh and yes, beverages will be served with your pudding! Reservations required:  212-838-6878.

Yes, indeed, miscellany…  Weighty up first:

As if more arguments against the MTS were needed, how about the steadily increasing number  of property damage/personal injury lawsuits being filed against NYC Sanitation

Holy crow!  London fog is returning…  And for the same basic reason it was a plague in the 19th Century: Air quality!

Could cause, effect and remedy be more obvious?  But now a study attests:  Give children organic food to eat and presence of pesticides in their bodies dramatically drops!

In the knowledge-is-power department:

Fifteen things you should NEVER put down the toilet…!

Brightening up with…

One great way to have celebrated Veteran’s Day:  The State of Virginia now has provided housing for ALL its homeless vets!

Both fascinating and anger-inducing facts in Times article on what’s up with our grain… Especially whole wheat!

HOWEVER…  Because we purchase our baked goods at the NYC Greenmarkets, we know that GrowNYC requires them to contain at least 15% locally grown grain…  With the average actually being a big, fat 50%!! 

FURTHER…   For close to a decade, Greenmarkets/GrowNYC’s blazed a trail for a return to grain-growing and milling here in our own NYState!!   

Change of subject and mood:

A  Roosevelt Island ferry stop?!  Bring it on!!

Remember when old NYC subway cars were deployed to aid in reef-rebuilding? Here they are taking the plunge back in the day and what’s “riding” in them now

Trust the Obscura people for a homage to an often-ignored glory:  The vintage, office building mail chute

In our none too humble opinion, compost collecting/paper shredding/daff-bulb-planting/green-eating UESiders justly deserve the many massages that make us the most massage-having people in all of Manhattan! (We rank 15th in the U.S.!)

(So, of course, we support tummy massages/rubs for hedgehogs!) 

Always a new horizon in green travel…  Like carbon-free cooking – cuisine and lessons – at a Thai resort!

Looking toward December: 

Last year, about this time, we knitted a scarf for Seaman’s Institute’s Christmas at Sea campaign and, a few months later, got a thank you postcard from a MAERSK container ship mailed in Dubai!

This year, the National WWII Museum initiated the similar Knit Your Bit with scarfs to be given out at Veteran Centers across the country.  (Takes just a couple of evenings with needles or crochet hook, if that!)  

Hey, animals:

Nine things we didn’t know about sand cats??  

And add fun facts about owls!!

Okay, so it’s a shibu inu who likes playground swings…  But – watch your insulin level – things get a ton cuter than that…

Ever greener,

UGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

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