Happy National Legume Appreciation Month, UESiders!

So the big snow’s come, is mostly gone and didn’t we all wish a lot more of neighborhood sidewalk shoveling was more than minimal?

So, here’re the basics the City requires… 

(We of the low Sixties are now politely nagging corner merchants into clearing bike island crosswalks, too.  After all, Sanitation’s started plowing bikes lanes simultaneously with the Ave!)

Meanwhile, for those residing beyond easy reach of a Greenmarket…  There’s the Winter Fresh Food Box Program!  A slick $12 buys participants a generous GrowNYC-curated selection of fresh produce with Lenox Hill Neighborhood House as the pick-up point!  For full details

blizzard weather map

And now for the week ahead:

Saturday,  January 30th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

Back after the blizzard!!

At their bounty-packed tables will be the great Rising Sun Beef, American Seafood, Ballard’s Honey, Bread Alone, Ole Mother Hubbard, Samascott, Gajeski, Alewife and Consider Bardwell Farms!

Can’t wait for chocolate milk, beets, eggs, cider, multi-grade bread, fish, ground beef and cheese!! 

2016 Recycling Totals coming soon!!

Sunday, January 31st:  Waste Less, Live Better Workshop

Park Slope United Methodist Church, 410 Sixth Avenue, Brooklyn, 1-3pm

State-of-the-art, user-friendly recycling methodology from UESider and We Hate to Waste Founder, Jacqueline Ottman.  Free!

Monday, February 1st:  The Land Where Water Runs Uphill – Exploring Antarctica During Internation Polar Year Lecture

The Explorers Club, 46 East 70th Street, 6-8pm

Renowned glaciologist (!) Robin Bell describes her team’s exploration of the last unknown mountain range on earth where they discovered water beneath the ice sheet running uphill!  And if you’ve never been inside the Explorers Club…  It’s a knockout.   Free to members.  Non-members, $20.  Students, $5.  For more and reservations (a must): reservations@explorers.org or 212-628-8383. 

Tuesday, February 2nd:  Gracie Mansion Tour

Carl Schurz, 88th Street & East End Avenue, 10-10:50am

Yup, a fat 50 minutes to take in “The People’s House”, the new art installation and view of the MTS. Free.  For more and to reserve a place

Closing in:

Thursday, February 11th:  Staying Warm with Clean Energy Webinar

On Your Computer Screen, 10:30am-12pm

Air- and ground-source heat pumps…  Most modern methods of air sealing and insulation…  The impressive impact of  these and other cutting edge technologies are having up to our north, in chilly Tompkins County! Free.  To sign up… 

Saturday, February 20th:  Shred-A-Thon – Prohibition Repealed Edition

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

You know the drill:

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 our Shred-A-Thons possible!)


Miscellany galore:

Good news!  The MTA’s going to be testing a new subway car prototype!  Bad news!  Prototypes won’t be on the rails till early 2020’s!  Worse news!  If the new design works for NYC, it won’t be in wide use till the 2070’s!!  Worse news still!!  We’ll then be something like 70-plus years behind other global capitals’ transit systems!!

Could be worse news!  Chain/national store presence in Manhattan minutely declined by .01%, from 2,807 to 2,804!  (For more on the subject…) (Down on Greenwich Village Historic Preservation Society turf, their presence has declined by 5%.)

Uncategorizable news!  Citizens of Flint, Michigan are still being charged for their poisoned water!! (Should you object…)

Just plain good news!!  Campbell’s now supports GMO labeling!

Reservations about the mayor’s zoning plan?  Here’s activist group Human Scale’s latest, one-click letter to sign!

More reservations still about deB’s and NYCHA’s infill brainstorm that’ll so impact our neighbors at Isaacs and Holmes…

(Zoning opponents should only be as clever as this pro-development tidbit illustrated with…  Cats!) 

Yet another NYC classic under threat…  This time the U.N. Plaza Hotel’s Ambassador Grill.  (If you favor preservation…)

Uh, what?  State funds for public libraries stay flat in 2016?  (If you take exception…)

Short notice, but how about lending your energy and IQ to the Solid Waste Advisory Board of Manhattan?  (Simple application has to be in by tomorrow 1/29/16.)

And/or give the great folks at the Neighborhood Preservation Center with a short survey their conducting (and maybe win a Kiehl’s gift certificate!)

In the bizarrely green department:  We‘re now running some of the U.S. Navy on oil and beef fat!

An Airbnb igloo for your out-of-town guests…?  

Ten NYC buildings that’ve changed colors over the years (not all for the better)… 

Signs of the income divide:  The Harvard Business Review on Whole Foods’ magazine racks…  Sweet wines served in custom-designed crystal spoons… 

New York Botanical Garden’s spring class catalog just hit the net! 

When in Baltimore or Wisconsin…  How about a  Serial” and “Making of a Murderer” Tour

snow cat

What would a week be without animals:

Those black squirrels frolicking around in City Hall Park?  They’re a genetic variation/sub-group of the eastern gray squirrel and termed “melanistic”.  Not considered rare, but biologists estimate that only 1 in 10,000 gray squirrels is melanistic!

OMG…  Young Trumps hunting African game…?!!

We close with a couple items from the great Hudson River Almanac:

1/16 – Manhattan: There were two snow geese and an Iceland gull at the north end of the Reservoir in Central Park today. Pretty unusual! There were ring-necked ducks at the southern end. – Kai Sheffield

snow geese

snow geese

Iceland gull

Iceland gull

ring-necked duck

ring-necked duck

1/17 – Manhattan: A Cooper’s hawk is an annual visitor to the central square between 8th and 9th avenues at 21st and 22nd streets in Manhattan. This accipiter checks in on the local squirrels and other small critters.  – Andrew Salcius

Cooper's hawk

Cooper’s hawk

Yours in greenness,


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