Happy Super Bowl 50 Weekend, UESiders,

We’ll be stocking up on Greenmarket goodies so whatever the quality of the game, our mouths will have had a mighty good time!

As for other high points of the next 7 days: 

Now till May 6th:  Little Red’s Hood

Swedish Marionette Theater, Central Park

Another charming fairy tale update NYC-style – complete with soulful urban wolf – from the Marionette Theater folks!  (The Swedish Colltage’s a treat itself!)  Adults, $10.  Children, $7.  For complete details and tickets

Saturday,  February 6th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

With us will be Rising Sun Beef, American Seafood, Ballard’s Honey, Bread Alone, Ole Mother Hubbard, Samascott, Gajeski, Alewife and Consider Bardwell Farms.

Made Bardwell Farms grilled Danby goat cheese sandwiches!  Just great!

Last week’s recycling totals:  102 lbs. batteries; 22 lbs. cords, corks, cellphone and cartridges; 8 pairs of eye glasses;  11 1/2 compost bins; 35 bags of clothes.

You read it right…  A new UES record:   11 1/2 compost bins!!  

And especial kudos to those who held their compost for an additional week!

Meanwhile, new compost/collection Manager Pamela assures us she’ll be providing late December/January numbers.

Saturday, February 6th:  First Ever UES Chinese New Year’s Celebration

Madison Avenue, moving from 76th to 54th Street, 11am-12pm 

As dancers move down the Ave, merchants’ll be offering up champagne, candy, sweets, gifts!  There’ll be a ton more activities at 54th from a performance by the NY Eastern Chamber Orchestra to calligraphy and face painting!  Way to ring in the Year of the Monkey!!   For more…   

On the horizon:

Friday, February 19th:  Daylighting Tibbetts Brook

West Building, Hunter College, 121 East 67th Street, Room 714, 7-9pm

Pull out your copy of “Mannahatta” and check the number of streams long covered over, forced into sewer systems, but still gurgling down deep…  Now, in at least one case, Parks intends to reverse the process, unearthing Van Cortlandt Park’s Tibbetts Brook and letting it flow into Harlem River once more!   Urban explorer Steve Duncan’s underground video and stills detail the present and Parks Director of Wetlands Marit Larson lays out what will be, while Borough Historian Michael Miscione recounts the origins of Alligators in the Sewers Day!  Organized by the great NYC H2O.  Free.  To reserve your seat…  

Saturday, February 20th:  How to Create a Pollinator Victory Garden  Lecture 

Community Room, 67th Street Library, 328 East 67th Street, 2pm

Environmental horticulturalist Kim Eierman lays out the simple but so effective strategies to attract and nurture not only struggling butterflies but a host of other essential pollinators in our NYC gardens!  Presented by the great Green Park Gardeners.  Free but donations to further UES/Esplanade gardening efforts gratefully accepted! 

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

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

Please, folks::

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.

(Thanks to Council Members Garodnick and Kallos for their generous grants!)

Saturday, February 20th, Saturdays March 12th & 19th:  Woolworth Building Tour with Cass Gilbert’s Great Grand Daughter

233 Broadway, 5pm

No guards hustling you through the lobby and onto an elevator as fast they can…  Rather time to soak in the spectacular space, as well as the cellar level, erstwhile subway entrances and stunning mezzanine level!  $45.  For tickets…  

Thursday, February 25th:  Bag the Plastic” Forum

 Kimmel Center, NYU, 60 Washington Square South, Room 914, 6:30-8pm

In what we’re hoping is revived encouragement for the mayor to sign the bill he finessed on Earth Day 2015, Borough President Brewer and State Senator join forces to discuss  the need to “Bag the Plastic”.  Free.

Light on the miscellany for once:

Seventeen NYC hotels have pledged to cut their greenhouse gas emissions 30% or more over the next 10 years!  (Wonder why The Times didn’t name them all in their article…) 

And, as of last count, 77,814 people have applied for the 47 affordable apartments in the still-under-construction 205 East 93rd! 

Here we go again…  Same 95 structures of NYC historic importance…  Still in Real Estate Board  cross hairs…  Still in some vague state of calendarization/review by Landmarks…  Even including a cemetery!!

Yup, there was a fire on 68th Street this past Monday with Con Ed handiwork involved

Scroll down for a review of “Slice Harvester”, memoir of one Colin Atrophy Hagendorf who’s sworn to eat pizza at every joint in NYC!  (He’s got a site, too, complete with map of pizzerias reviewed to date… Many in our hood…

On the level…  Seven fun facts about Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”!

Animals:

German shepherd and orphaned baby elephant pals

For the football adverse:

Animal Planet’s cute-tastic Puppy Bowl XII

And Hallmark’s equally fuzza-wonderful Kitten Bowl III!

Always good to end with a hit from the Hudson River Almanac:

1/22 – Staten Island: Shortly before 4:00 this afternoon, I found an adult mew gull (most likely common gull) at Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, feeding off a jetty with a large flock of ring-billed and Bonaparte’s gulls. –  Isaac Grant

Mew (Common) Gull

Mew (Common)               Gull

Ring-Billed Gull

Ring-Billed Gull

Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte’s Gull

So good to be green,

UGS

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