Happy Approaching Thanksgiving, UESiders!

And what better holiday vamp than a great Sunday afternoon infesting the beds in and around the Stanley Isaacs Playground at 96th Street with daffodil and grape hyacinth bulbs… All with the help of parents and kids from Temple Shaaray Tefila! Sunday 7Sunday 6Sunday 4

Big thank you, one and all! 

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On to the week ahead:

Now – August, 2016:  The Secret World Inside You

Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street

And is there any subject more fascinating than…  Oneself!  And here we’re talking oneself way, way up close…  The microbiome of your skin!  The building of your microbiome from birth!  Even the microbiome of your digestive tract!  The possible cures that lie hidden in our micro-organisms!  For further details and tickets

Friday, November 20th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-8:30pm 

Starmaster John Pazmino helps answer the question:  Which of the many great choices is the right star atlas for you?  Free and always fabulous!

Friday, November 20th:  Bringing Back New York’s Oysters Lecture

Hunter College,Hunter West Building, Room 714, 7-9pm

So how are do we restore this one dominant and central life form to New York waters?  Pete Malinowski of the Billion Oyster Project and teacher/environmental activist Damian Griffin and his Bronx River Oyster Reef!  Presented in cooperation with NYC H2O, the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities and the National Park Service.  Free.  But you better RSVP.  

Friday, November 20th to Sunday, November 22nd:  Sondheim’s “Company”

The Poet’s Den Theater & Gallery, 309 East 108th Street

Yes, Sondheim on East 108th Street!  But then impresario Raphael  Benavides has always got something interesting (and affordable) going on in what’s become a transformative cultural force in the East Harlem neighborhood.  Presented in cooperation with the Village Light Opera Company.  For more (there’s an opening night reception!) and tickets

Saturday,  November 21st:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

As the Turkey Day countdown begins…

Market Manager Margaret says:  “Greenmarket = Your whole Thanksgiving meal!  Turkey from Garden of Spices…  Samascott for cranberry sauce…  Gajeski, Cherry Lane and Alewife for the fix’ins…  Bread Alone for your pie and Mother Hubbert’s gelato to top it off…  Don’t forget the cheese course (the pilgrims didn’t) from Valley Shepherd…  Candles for the table?  Ballard’s Honey has them, of course…  And, yes, Atlantic Seafood’s Peconic Bay scallops are the perfect appetizer!” 

Yummm!! 

Oh, and that big, beautiful bird you’re serving up?  It’ll be perfectly carved thanks to the Master Knife Sharpener!

(Be great if you can contribute a dollar to making sure needy neighbors have their own lovely holiday meals!) 

Last week’s recycling totals:  76 lbs. batteries; 24 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 6 pairs of eye glasses;  7 1/2 compost bins; 34 bags of clothes.

Unbelievable! 

Saturday, November 21st to Sunday, January 18th, 2016:  New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show!

2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx

Bigger (as in 3,00 square feet bigger) and better than ever and not to be missed!  ‘Nuff said!  For more and tickets!

Sundays through November 22nd:  94th Street Greenmarket 

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

Compost Collection – 9am–1pm 

The 94th Street Market’s final 2015 Sunday…

So fill up those (reusuable) shopping bags with the best Thanksgiving fare going!

Fruit, vegs, herbs and more from Stannard and Phillips Farms…  Those Peconic Bay scallops from American Seafood…  Pies and other sweets galore from Bread Alone and  Meredith’s Bakery… Gelato, milk, yogurt and cheese from Ole Mother Hubbert…  Wager’s Cider for Turkey Day toasting…  Doesn’t get any fresher, more flavorful or more local!!

(As you shop, please do remember our neighbors in need and drop off a dollar with Market Manager Guramrit at her table!) 

And remember…  When this wonderful market returns next June it’ll be back where it was born on First and 92nd Street!! 

Last week’s recycling totals:  20 lbs. batteries: 4 lbs. corks, cellphones, cartridges and cords;  3 3/4 bins of compost.

Hats off, folks!!

Sunday, November 22nd:  Love Our Park – Meet Our Neighbors

Meet in front of the Thomas Jefferson Park Recreation Center, First Avenue between 112th & 114th Streets, 11am-12:30pm

Bring garden gloves, at least 2 black plastic bags, yourself, your passion for park improvement and get busy in great company! For more:  sacoyasuma@msn.com or 646-436-9006.

Monday, November 23rd:  Live Inside Washington Square Arch with Parks Commissioner Silver!

On Your Computer, 3pm

Yup, our Parks Department is cooking up all kinds of fun adventures to stream via their new live, free  Periscope tours

On the horizon:

Wednesday, December 9th:  Phantom Breweries of the Upper East Side 

Ryan’s Daughter, 350 East 85th Street, 6:30pm

Sure, aren’t we all familiar with the Ruppert Brewery that once was…  But Ehret’s Hell’s Gate Brewery?  Or the 48 other beer makers that once called Yorkville/Upper East Side home?  Join architectural historian Francis Morrone for the history and cultural context of a NYC industry of yore… Followed by a tasting of local craft beers!  Presented by Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts. Members, $10.  Non-members, $20.   For tickets

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Regrettable miscellany up first:

Yuck, madness and something new to add to the NEVER EAT list…  GMO salmon has just been approved by the FDA!!  (Oh, yes, and it won’t be labeled as GMO either!)

But on the good foot:

Much as we have a ton of intensely local concerns occupying our minds…  When it comes to the clean-up of a toxic Hudson River coal tar leak of a century-plus duration, seems like we can take a few seconds to sign a e-petition… 

The list of science museums ending relationships with the fossil fuel industry continues to grow

Remember when we mentioned the Smithsonian’s Kickstarter campaign to restore Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit?  And how folks pledged the $ needed double-quick?  Here’s the first reward:  A high-res photo of the “before” suit!    

Great that there’s now a Bird-Smart Glass Program, a rating system stops birds from hitting windows!

Check out the host of great holiday-themed classes scheduled at the NY Botanical Garden

It’s come to this…  Not only was the first Taco Bell building ever recently saved from destruction, but the grounds of TB headquarters will soon become its forever home!

From Swedish to Armenian, Eating in Translation’s compiled a 5-borough list of NYC holiday food festivals of many an ethnic persuasion!  (Plenty on or near our home turf!) 

Hit 1020 on your Time Warner remote…  Click on Arts & Entertainment…  Then documentaries…  Then “Beekeeper” for the trials, tribulations and uplift experienced by NYC beekeepers!  (There’re hives atop the Waldorf Astoria!) 

In a world of extreme everything…  Extreme bagpiping just does stand out!

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Time for critters:

With this week’s announcement that it’s going going cage-free, Taco Bell earns itself Mention #2 in this 11/19 newsletter!

What happens when best friends goat and donkey are separated…  Then reunited?

Who knew the “duck stamp” played and continues to play a vital role in waterfowl conservation?

Yes, you, too, can overcome your fear of spiders if you take the London Zoo’s Friendly Spider Programme

Who can resist Fowl or Foul:  The Wacky North American Fowl Quiz?

A happy and ultra-green Thanksgiving, friends!,

UGS

 

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