Happy 225th Anniversary of the Bank of the United States, UESiders!

Founded, of course, by Alexander Hamilton!

Thank you, Mr. Hamilton.

And thanks, too, to you 200-plus Shredders from – truly – all across NYC who turned out this past Saturday! We’re talking the UES, Roosevelt Island, Midtown, the UWS, Harlem, Washington Heights, Jackson Heights, Soho, Brooklyn and Inwood!

More Shredders than ever before…  

Can’t believe the poundage shredded won’t be record-breaking, too! 

Fingers crossed to have that big number next week!

Oh!  Compost/Clothes Collection Coordinator Pamela tells us that 7 (rather 6) bins of compost were collected at 82nd on February 7th.  For those of you who follow these things closely, that’ll account for the otherwise mysterious bin increase in the YTD total!

On to the next 7 days:

Saturday,  February 27th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

Brisk and dry weather predicted…  Perfect for Oscar party shopping at the tables of American Seafood, Bread Alone, Rising Sun Beef, Ballard Honey, Ole Mother Hubbard, Samascott, Gajeski, Alewife and Consider Bardwell Farms!

Plus, no way Market Manager Guramrit and Market Manager Supremo Margaret won’t be demo-ing up some choice, easy-to-fix Oscar treats for us to duplicate at home…

Oh!  This just in from Margaret: “Satisfy your craving for green and try some delicious & nutritious pea shoots from Alewife or Gajeski. Come early for a full selection of these and other greenhouse greens as they’re really popular and in short supply!” 

Rightly popular, yes?!

(Meanwhile…  As we continue working our way through Consider Bardwell’s array of offerings:  Manchester goat cheese makes some pretty amazing grilled cheese sandwiches, especially on Bread Alone’s sourdough!)

Last week recycling totals:   44 lbs. batteries; 12 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 9 compost bins; 28 bags of clothes; TBA paper shredded.

Yet another, densely-packed 9 bin week!

Saturday, February 27th:  UES Story – Neighborhood Oral History Interviewer Training

67th Street Library, 328 East 67th Street, Saturday, 3-5pm

Really, you need to think seriously about being a part of this wonderful, couldn’t-be-more-local history project. Some 30 UESiders – teens from the Alliance Francais to avid oldsters – participated in Wednesday’s easily mastered 2-hour training.   The “trainers”:  Committed young 67th Street Branch librarians, one of whom got her stripes with the great Story Corps.  As we said last week, take your place in neighborhood history by recording it!  To sign up for the Saturday training: AlexandraKelly@nypl.org or call Alexandra at 212-621-0552.

Yikes!  March is upon us…  Along with spring gardening activities:

Wednesday, March 2nd:  Community Board 8 Transportation Committee Meeting – Cross Town Bicycle Lanes

New York Blood Center Auditorium, 310 East 67th Street, 6:30pm

In response to CB8’s request to explore the subject, DOT’s proposed 3 pairs of crosstown bike lanes: 67th and 68th, 77th and 78th and 84th and 85th streets.  Count on plenty of adamant pros – largely in the form of bike advocate group Transportation Alternatives – and equally passionate cons to be present.  We’re talking real community theater.

Thursday, March 3rd:  Adult Coloring & Memory Circle

67th Street Library, 328 East 67th Street, 5-6pm

For the total grown-ups among us and another way to make the past tangible…  To quote the great 67th Street librarians, “Relax, color and share your memories of the Upper East Side.”    

Thursday, March 3rd:  Community Board 8 Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting – Recommendations for De-Privatizing Queensboro Oval Park

Carnegie Room, Brick Presbyterian Church, 62 East 92nd Street, 6:30pm

Hidden under a tennis bubble for the majority of the year, left in all but unusable condition for those months it’s supposed to function as a park, many in the community are now organizing to demand this extraordinary space under the 59th Street Bridge be returned to full-time public use in 2017.  So what should that park be like?  Join the conversation! 

Saturday, March 5th:  Mini-Sampler Workshop & Lecture

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Gardens, 421 East 61st Street, 2pm

Ph.D. Christine Griffiths shares her deep textile/needlework knowledge and leads a workshop that’ll introduce lucky participants to basic 19th Century stitchery technique.  The museum really has made a specialty of these lovely, so accessible events.  $10 with reservations required:  212-838-6878.

Wednesday, March 9th:  Healthy Food – A Right for All, Not a Privilege for Some Lecture

Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, 6:30pm

Speaking to this most concerning point:  Karen Washington (board member of the great Just Food and past president of the NYC Community Garden Coalition) and Bill Logan (NY Botanical Garden faculty member, Urban Arborist president and author of “The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth”) and Patty Lovera of Food & Water Watch.  Free.   

Wednesday, March 9th:  Vertical Gardening I – Pallet Planters

Seward Park Community Center, 56 Essex Street, 6-7:30pm

How do you convert those sad wooden pallets from landfill fodder to planters that’ll add green to walls and a host of small spaces?  GreenThumb can to show us how!  Free.  For more and to sign up… 

And then:

Friday, March 11th:  NYC ReLeaf 2016 Urban Forestry Workshop

Leo Building, Manhattan College, 4513 Manhattan College Parkway, The Bronx, 8:30am- All Day

At $1,500 per street tree (baby tree purchase and planting thereof) don’t we all have an investment in soundest planning, management and care of our urban forest?   The eminent treefolks DEC’s set to enlighten us amateurs on how to meet those challenges?  Think Filomena Riganti of NYRP, the great Sam Bishop of TreesNY and more.  Urban Forestry/ReLeaf members, $15.  Non-members, $25. Registering after March 3rd, $35.  Space limited so…  For the full rundown and reserve a place...

Saturday, March 19th:  32nd Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether

Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, The Bronx, 8:30am-4pm

The grand, deservedly loved gathering of – for real! – thousands of community gardeners and greening pros for a “day of sharaing, networking and greening inspiration!  On this year’s agenda:  Workshops ranging from the new and innovative (including hands-on learning for young gardeners) to classic, ever-useful, basic.  Pre-register by March 14th:  $5 for breakfast, workshops, lunch and t-shirts.  Register at the door:  $7 for breakfast and workshops.  For full details and registration… 

Saturday, March 26th:  Participatory Budgeting Vote at Greenmarket

One of Many Voting Sites But So Very Convenient, 10am-2pm

We all do want that $1 million going to the most deserving UES projects!!

Out there but coming up fast:

Saturday, April 16th:  New York Cares Day Spring

The Park of Your Choice, 9:30am-2pm

You bet we’ll be organizing UES It’s My Park Days (to be set soon), but dedicating some time to New York Cares’ projects is always so worthwhile…  They’re intending to clean and green some 70 NYC Parks this one April day!  For full details…  

A miscellaneous on-off again winge-a-thon:

At last!  The FDA’s pulling itself together to test the safety of food sprayed with RoundUp

Some corporate culture at Lumber Liquidators!  As if selling poisonous laminated flooring wasn’t enough… Now they’re paying a $13.1M fine for the felonious importation and sale of wood that was illegally harvested in the Russian Far East!

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania trees being felled along the as-yet-to-be approved in NYState Constitution route need our help!

Can a single Passive House project change a neighborhood? Yup.  Case and point:  The 2012 conversion of a single 1890’s Brooklyn row house have spread to 4 more on the block!  And the good, green reasons why?? 

Seems to be a possible blip on the CUNY portion of the $215M  MSK/CUNY outpost on East 73rd  (Yet another project resisted by the surrounding residential neighborhood.)   

Another great food waste approach to add to our arsenal…   (Scroll down to Comment #1 for yet another!)

Let us hope the proposed $35M to upgrade school kitchens makes it into the Congress’s final budget!  

How many are the ways NYC public transit is – politely put – behind the times?  Herewith but a few

The pitiful result of this antiquation :  A day of 625 system delays as chronicled by New York Mag

Meanwhile, The Times‘s weighed in on the mayor’s proposed Brooklyn-Queens trolley line.

Latest sickening list of structures stricken from the Landmark’s list

But then: 

Hurrah!  Here on the UES,  a wonderful 19th Century wood-frame house’s gained protection!   (Only “under consideration” since 1966.)

Wow!  The dueling pistols used in the Hamilton-Burr duel moved through many hands but came to rest in NYC! 

Happiness!  Russ & Daughters now has an UES outpost!!  (Brilliant move on the museum’s part!) 

Why not – if they don’t already – encourage your alma mater to use recycled paper for their publications?!  (And abandon plastic wrap if they gone that way, too!)

Hamburg, Germany’s poised to ban (the things’re non-recyclable, non-biodegradable) coffee pods!

Once there were portable libraries for lighthouse keepers and their families

Just barely recall the once Disney Water Park

Vote for your favorite Central Park winter activity and you could win a free park tour!

On to the animal kingdom:

Among dumbest questions ever, but Tom Hynes of Untapped Cities was kind enough to answer it for us:  No! No!  No!  Oysters deployed to clean our harbor and bolster its edges against storms are decidedly NOT EDIBLE by humankind!

Koalas under threat??!! 

Isn’t this heron the most gorgeous critter ever!!

Ah, yes.  Monty Python’s classic “Confuse A Cat”!

And this week’s culling from the Hudson River Almanac:

2/17 – Manhattan: Today,  intern Lincoln Zweig, pulled up a very fat, 90-millimeter-long grubby (a fish) from our fish traps at the River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac, located on at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25. The fish had the antennae of a shrimp sticking out of its mouth! The grubby, a small fish rarely exceeding seven inches in length, spawns in the Upper Bay of New York Harbor in late winter. – Jessica Bonamusa

[The grubby (Myoxocephalus aenaeus) is a member of the sculpin family of fishes (Cottidae). They are a small, bottom-dwelling boreal species, being much more common in the ocean north of New York to Nova Scotia. The grubby is number 133 on our Hudson River Watershed Fish List, between sea raven and long-horned sculpin. A copy of the checklist is available on DEC’s Fish of the Hudson River Estuary website. – Tom Lake]

2/21 – Manhattan: A bit of migration occurred last night. American woodcock showed, or more accurately flushed, in several areas of the northern end of Central Park today and there seemed to be a slight up-tick in the presence of juncos, song sparrows, and a small number of male red-winged blackbirds; a couple of the latter were giving song. – Tom Fiore

Yours in ever so greenness,





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