Monthly Archives: March 2016

Happy Easter, UESiders!

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And ye olde Easter bunny’s included a surprise gift among the Peeps and chocolate eggs…  To wit:

Commencing this coming July 19th, NYC will require all food service vendors in arenas and stadiums, hotels with more than 150 rooms and large scale food manufacturers and wholesalers to either contract out their compost to private carters, transport it to a compost facility or set up compost facilities themselves!!!!  (For a summary of the new rules…)

As for the green week ahead:

Saturday,  March 16th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

At their tables and primed with Easter fare will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Rising Sun Beef, Ballard Honey, Ole Mother Hubbard, Samascott, Gajeski  and Consider Bardwell Farms!

(Alewife’s is still spring planting!)

Hey, all you Winter Warriors with 5 or more punches on your card!!  Your prizes have arrived and can be claimed at Market Manager Guaramrit’s table!!

Calling all parents, too!  There’ll be a pin-the-tail-on-the-bunny game for your little ones!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  88 lbs. batteries; TBA cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 8 compost bins;  22 bags of clothes. 

Way to go!!!

Saturday, March 26th:  Participatory Budgeting Vote at the Greenmarket

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

Look for yours truly positioned at a table near compost collection!

Let’s get that $1 million going to the most deserving UES projects!!

For the full list of voting locations, dates and projects

Saturday, March 27th & Sunday, March 28:  Easter Petting Zoo & Egg Hunt

The Standard Plaza, 848 Washington at 13th Street

Adorable (and touchable) baby animals…  “Lots of sweets and snacks,” the Standard says, “for the young and young at heart!”  Petting zoo, 9am-3pm.  Egg hunt, Sunday only, 10am and 12pm.  Free. For more and to RSVP… 

Wednesday, March 30th:  Upper East Side Story Oral History Kick-Off Event

67th Street Branch Library, 328 East 67th Street, Third Floor, 6-8pm

Plenty to celebrate!  More than 80 volunteers!!  Interviews already rolling in (and you can give a listen)!  There’ll be music by the NY Mandolin Ensemble!  But please RSVP

Upon us soon:

Wednesday, April 6th:  Research the History of Your NYC Home Class

42nd Street Library, 42nd Street & Fifth Avenue, 3-4:30pm

The perfect pairing with the UES Local History Project…  Construct a narrative history of your building using local histories, censuses, city directories, photographs, newspapers and more! Free.

Thursday, April 21st:  EARTH DAY

All Over Globe

And there’ll be a host of green celebrations all around town…  But here’re some community/apartment building-centric suggestions from our friends at Wearable Collections… (Of course, we’ll have heaps more events and tips for your green pleasure, among them renewed campaign to ban plastic bags!) 

And then Spring Break: 

Monday, April 25th to Friday, April 29th:  Spring Break Crafts & Games at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden 

At the Museum and in the Garden, 421 East 61st Street, 11am-4pm

Come one and all – be you kids, parents or caregivers – for the old-fangled fun of 19th century crafts and historic games!   Adults, $8.  Seniors & Students, $7.  Free to children under 12.

Wednesday, April 27th:  Urban Park Rangers Kids’ Program

North End, Big Park/Playground 103, 103td Street & the FDR, 2-3:30pm

Who knew there was an Urban Park Rangers Kids Week…?  Not to mention a nature discovery program in a park in our own hood and during spring break?  For 12 and under.  Totally free! (Flyer attached.)

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Miscellany:

If you think the FDA should officially, legally define the term “natural”

Or allow more radiation in our water

(What the heck’s going on at the FDA??!!)

In the plot thickens department:  The proposed building (and study in banality) at 86th and Lex… Chapter 1 – The design…  Chapter 2 – Proposed radical relocation of the NE subway entrance with zero community input…  Chapter 3 – Developer Ceruzzi backs out of an encounter with our Community Board...

On the good bunny foot now:

Congrats to the 6 accomplished UES women recently honored by NYS Assembly Person Rebecca Seawright!

It’s that time of the year again…  When our friends at GrowNYC  ask all you artists out there to submit a design for their new 2016 poster!    For how to enter, prizes and more

Who knew Manhattan was once an island of oyster shells?!

How about a test of your antibiotic IQ?!

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Time for animals:

Kudos to fashion titan Giorgio Armani for now going fur free!

Why should caterpillars steer clean of lima bean plants…?

If you’d like to give threatened manatees a hand

Abandoned baby kitten being bottle-fed

You bet dogs like a gorgeous sunrise!

And how do baby sloths express themselves?

And the Bird of the Week is…

Club-Winged-Manakin

Club-Winged-Manakin

The manakin’s ridged, club-shaped wing feathers rake across each other, much like a spoon moving across a washboard, and produce a series of buzzing and snapping sounds!

We’ll close with a couple of entries from the Hudson River Almanac:

3/8 – Manhattan: We caught another grubby 85 millimeters long today from our fish traps at the River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park. The grubby, a sculpin, is a small, bottom-dwelling fish that spawns in the Upper Bay of New York Harbor. This one was a gravid female (with eggs) and was promptly released. – Jessica Bonamusa

A Grubby

A Grubby

3/9 – Inwood Hill Park, HRM 13.5: Around midday I saw a flock of fifty brown-headed cowbirds, mostly males, on the upper ball fields. Red maples were dropping their little flowers, raspberry-red with lots of yellow pollen. Crocuses were in bloom. In the Clove, snowdrops were abundant, and leaves of lesser celandine were as well. Robins were back; cardinals and a blue jay were very vocal and a red-bellied woodpecker was calling and drumming without pause. A mockingbird began to imitate all of them. Up on the ridge, amid evergreen carpets of periwinkle leaves, there were now a few flowers. An Asian hybrid witch-hazel was in bloom, unlike our native species that bloomed nearby in late fall. I came upon a garter snake in a sunny but sheltered spot, exactly where I saw one last year.  – Thomas Shoesmith

3/15 – Manhattan, HRM 1: Our intern, Kevin Stew, caught our first spotted hake of the year today from our fish traps at the River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25. It was 75 millimeters long. We don’t usually catch very many hakes, so this one was really exciting! – Jessica Bonamusa

Spotted Hake

Spotted Hake

[Spotted hake (Urophycis regia) is one of eight members of the cod family (Gadidae) documented for the Hudson River estuary. Among the other seven are some familiar names such as the Atlantic cod, Atlantic tomcod, and pollock, as well as silver hake (whiting), red hake (ling), white hake, and the fourbeard rockling. All are considered to be marine strays except for the tomcod, a migratory diadromous species that enters the estuary each fall to spawn under the winter ice. – Tom Lake.]

 

All our jelly beans will be green,

UGS

 

 

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Happy Met Breuer Opening Weekend, Maple Week and National BioDiesel Day, UESiders!

Would it be any other way but that the UES’s newest museum debuts with a whirlwind of exhibits, talk long and short, extended hours and special events, including Family Sunday!   For the full program

Yes, and March 18th is also the b’day of diesel engine inventor, one Rudolph Diesel whose original design used peanut oil as its energy source!

Diesel  remained a devout believer in plant oils importance to powering America as per his 1912 speech:  “The use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today, but such oils may become, in the course of time, as important as petroleum and the coal-tar products of the present day.”

How about waaaaaaay more important… Along with wind, sun and a host of power sources as yet unknown!! 

On to the week ahead: 

Saturday,  March 19th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

At their tables will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Rising Sun Beef, Ballard Honey, Ole Mother Hubbard, Samascott, Gajeski  and Consider Bardwell Farms. –  with Consider Bardwell and their fabulous maple syrup ground zero for UES Maple Week activity!

(Alewife’s is taking a time out to concentrate on spring planting!)

And there’s hint from Market Manager-in-Chief Margaret:  “Don’t forget local honey is the best treatment for seasonal allergies, but you need to start eating it now to minimize symptoms later!”

Last week’s recycling totals:  TBA lbs. batteries; TBA cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 9 1/2 compost bins;  25 bags of clothes. 

Another 9 1/2 bins (1,228 lbs) with 340 of you great people dropping off!!

Saturday, March 19th:  Trees New York Garden Pruning Class

Mount Pleasant Community Garden, Pleasant Avenue between 118th & 119th Street, 10am

Learn the art of pruning shrubs, roses, fruit trees and whatever else might be unruly in the Mount Pleasant Garden from Tree Whisperer Sam Bishop, Trees New York’s Education Director.  Does it get any better than gaining knowledge and neighborliness?!   To reserve a place: Sam@treesny.org

Saturday, March 19th:  32nd Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether

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

Join thousands of your fellow/sister community gardeners and greening pros for a “day of sharing, 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… 

Monday, March 21st:  Long Island Off-Shore Wind Hearing

333 Earle Ovington Boulevard, 4th Floor, Uniondale, Long Island, 11am

Raise your voice for clean power on the day and in the place the Long Island Power Authority’ll be voting for dirty new gas-fired plants or wind power!  Further encouragement:  Free bus transport to Uniondale provided by The Sierra Club!  To reserve a seat

On deck:

Saturday, March 26th:  Participatory Budgeting Vote at Greenmarket

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

Look for yours truly positioned at a table.

Let’s get that $1 million going to the most deserving UES projects!!

For the full list of voting locations and projects

(Word that there’d also be voting by mail arrived late to us, but give applying a try and/or give CM Kallos’ office a call!)

Thursday, March 31st:  Faerie Queene Reading & Discussion 

Logos Bookstore, 1575 York Avenue, 7pm

Yes, the UES has a poetry group and it’ll be taking on the Spenser’s epic unfinished masterpiece, Book VI, Cantos I-VI!  (We like our masterpieces unfinished!)  (Then, on April 6th, Logos’ll be hosting the KYTV Reading Group’s discussion of Ron Chernow’s “Hamilton”!)

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… 

For once a short list of gripes and grins:

Jobs a plenty at Parks…  From summer stints to permanent posts…  From junior camp counselors to licensed electricians!

(Or you could apply to be a professional ninja!)

Yearning for compost collection in your park, community garden or other community space?   Partnership for Parks and the Citizens Committee for New York have grants to get it up and running

Who would have Disney World would have forged a brave, innovative new path in garbage-handling nigh on to 50 years ago…  And would have inspired but a single follower…  Roosevelt Island?!!

HA!  General Mills just announced it’ll be labeling GMOs in its products!!

NYC’s greenest skyscrapers…!

But then:

Think the 86th Street from Lex east couldn’t be more architecturally banal?  If only.  Witness this planned 210-foot tall addition… 

Or this proposed Bjarke Ingels redo of 2 Penn Plaza…  

Or that our transportation brainiacs realize they’ve issued a plan that’ll put a ferry stop cheek-by-howl with a garbage dump?

Hey, animals:

Inevitable maybe given the plunge in revenue, but amazing all the same…  SeaWorld’s ending its orca performances and breeding program! 

For crying out loud, European storks are cutting their migration routes short in lieu of feeding on continental food dumps

Calling all striped bass fishermen!  NYState’s launching a Cooperative Angler project aimed at best managing our striped bass population!  For the lowdown

Beachcombing wolves 

Ever easier to be green,

UES

 

 

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Happy National School Lunch Week, UESiders!!

So much improved in NYC…  Although at least one national candidate’s promised the return of french fries upon his election.

Meanwhile, check out the Japanese approach to the elementary school lunch

Today’s also the 140th year since the first words were spoken on a telephone!

Only 140?

Here in our modern world:

Saturday,  March 12th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

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

(Made the best meatloaf of our lives with Rising Sun’s ground beef this past Monday!)

Bid a warm farewell to Compost Coordinator Pamela Davis…  Of all our great coordinators, the hands-down best!

Taking over the recycling table next week – and we’re betting she’ll be an ace – is Vincentia Agbah. 

Last week’s recycling totals:   74 lbs. batteries; 12 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 25 pairs of glasses; 9 1/2  compost bins;  25 bags of clothes; 

Yup, they gave us 10 bins for the first time last Saturday and we filled up 9 1/2 with 1,433 lbs of compostales!

And then (the perfect antidotes to St. Patrick’s Day excess):

Saturday, March 19th:  Trees New York Garden Pruning Class

Mount Pleasant Community Garden, Pleasant Avenue between 118th & 119th Street, 10am

Learn the art of pruning shrubs, roses, fruit trees and whatever else might be unruly in the Mount Pleasant Garden from Tree Whisperer Sam Bishop, Trees New York’s Education Director.  Does it get any better than gaining knowledge and neighborliness?!   To reserve a place: Sam@treesny.org

Saturday, March 19th:  32nd Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether

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

Join thousands of your fellow/sister community gardeners and greening pros for a “day of sharing, 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… 

Coming up fast:

Wednesday, March 30th:  Upper East Side Story Oral History Kick-Off Event

67th Street Branch Library, 328 East 67th Street, Third Floor, 6-8pm

Plenty to celebrate!  More than 80 volunteers!!  Interviews already rolling in (and you can give a listen)!  There’ll be music by the NY Mandolin Ensemble!  But please RSVP

Only a three weeks away:

Wednesday, April 6th:  Research the History of Your NYC Home Class

42nd Street Library, 42nd Street & Fifth Avenue, 3-4:30pm

The perfect pairing with the UES Local History Project…  Construct a narrative history of your building using local histories, censuses, city directories, photographs, newspapers and more!  Free.

As for items miscellaneous:

Say what?   The EPA’s proposing raising allowable radiation levels in our drinking water??  (Should you think this a poor idea…) 

This while Congress is making tentative moves to revivify the Clean Water Act…  (We all do recall fracking waste isn’t covered by the act?)

Guess word of the oil glut hasn’t reached D.C. or they wouldn’t be wanting to drill in the Arctic, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico…  (If you disagree…)

Meanwhile, the BLM might not renew protection for Montana’s pristine Sweet Grass Hills, letting  miners in!  (If you think they shouldn’t…)

Meanwhile, there’s now a Senate bill to prohibit states from requiring GMO labeling!  (Should you object…) 

While 2/3 models-ago local buses still creak up First Avenue, the governor and MTA have introduced a new “Ferrare” model with WiFi and charging ports…  

A modest cheer for the NYC Council for passing a pair of local laws that’ll slash energy use in new municipal buildings…  (The obvious catch:  How many new municipal buildings will we building?)  

Making green lessons we could learn from cities elsewhere all the more pertinent… 

However:

JPMorgan Chase announced they’re, “stepping away from coal mining investment!”   That makes  5 of the 6 largest U.S. banks to commit to reduced coal financing!!

To which this is quite the perfect response:  Erstwhile coal miners learning to code!

Hey, why shouldn’t Amazon go solar on the roofs of its immense and many warehouses!  (To encourage Mr. Bezos...)

Add yet another to NYC’s many secret worlds…  That of church bell ringers!

Moving by bicycle…?  Yes, indeed, via the Cargo Bike Collective!

Milling your own whole wheat flour at home?  Sounds fabulous to us!!

Talk about an off-the-beaten-path vacation:  Log driving in Sweden!

And trust Scandinavians to revive/modernize the root cellar

Love news flashes like this one – to ice fishermen – from the NYS DEC!

DEC’s also just debuted their new Hudson RiverNet site...  Chock full of great volunteer opportunties!  

Both the New York and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens are in the running for America’s Best Botanical Garden!  To cast your vote (and you can vote every day)

Five ways to save on printer ink…!

On to the animal kingdom:

Most sad to say, rhino poaching in Namibia’s doubled in the past year.

Results of the 116th Annual Central Park Christmas Bird Count are in!  (Think 27,167 birds, 96 species and 174 volunteers!)

The newest dog breeds included in this year’s Westminster Show

Raccoons like peanut butter, too!!   (A Raccoon Whisperer, indeed!)

Better still, baby raccoons in a sink!

Green as shamrocks and leprechaun suits,

UGS

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Happy International Wildlife Day, UESiders!

We’re thinking wildlife must be especially pleased on this particular as it was just ruled there’ll now be limits on the amount of mercury and other pollutants coal-fired power plants will be allowed to emit!! 

Time for a happy dance, you plains and woodland creatures!! 

jumping fox

 

Meanwhile, in our human world:

Saturday,  March 5th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

At their tables and ready to help you stock up for the “Downton Abbey” finale will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Rising Sun Beef, Ballard Honey, Ole Mother Hubbard, Samascott, Gajeski, Alewife and Consider Bardwell Farms!

Manager Margaret says: “While we wait for spring bounty to come in, I’m thinking apples (Samascott) and cheese (Comfort Bardwell) along with bread (Bread Alone) and (Ballard) honey! 

Last week recycling totals:   83 lbs. batteries; 16 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 45 pairs of glasses; 9 compost bins;  15 bags of clothes; 6,900 lbs. of paper shredded.

9 bins packed to the brim!

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.   

Thursday, March 10th:  East Meets West at the New York Academy of Medicine

New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue, 6:30pm

With the guidance of Academy stewards, get up-close to centuries-old texts revealing the surprisingly early intersection of eastern and western medicine!  (The museum building and its rare book room are worth a visit in their own right!)  Organized by the Obscura Society.  $30.  For more and tickets

On deck:

Saturday, March 12th:  90th Anniversary of the Savoy Ballroom and a Night of Jazz & Dance

Pelham Fritz Recreation Center, 18 Mount Morris Park at 122nd Street, 5:45-9pm

First, the Harlem Swing Dance Society teaches you the basics…  Then you get to shake a leg to great sounds by the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra!!  Love that it’s organized by the NYC Parks, Arts & Fun Program.  Free. For more

Saturday & Sunday, March 12 & 13th:  NYS Hike of the Month – Cross Country Skiing at Camp Santanoni

Camp Santanoni Historic Area, Adirondack State Park, Newcomb, New York

A 9.8-mile round-trip on the grounds of one of the greatest 19th-20th Adirondack camps…  Up carriage roads, through dense forest inhabited by a ton of wildlife, around a lake and past stately buildings and ruins.  Opportunities for camaraderie, too, by the fire at the sprawling Main Lodge. Organized by NYS DEC, the Town of Newcomb, SUNY College of Environmental Science and the Adirondack Interpretative Center.  Free.  For the total rundown (including where to stay locally): visit DEC’s site and call 518-834-9328. 

Saturdays, March 12th,19th and 26th:  NYS Maple Sugaring Weekends

Five Rivers Educational Center, Albany County, 1:30-3:30pm

Who knew NYS was #2 in maple syrup production?   So why not find out how it’s done…  i.e. twirl a brace drill, pound a spile, inspect sap flow in the sugarbush, watch over sap boiling down and take the maple taste test?  Free.  For more and 518-475-0291.   (And to read up on the process/craft…)

Saturday, March 19th:  Wooden Toy Making in Long Island City

Meet at Slovak-Czech Varieties, 10-59 Jackson Boulevard, Long Island City, 11am

Check out the wonderful Czech-inspired wooden toys constructed by Milan Uherik, then head for the workshop to assemble and paint one of your own…  Then down a fabulous Italian lunchat neighborhood favorite, Manducatis Rustica!  (The Obscura Society strikes again!)  All ages welcome.  $62.  For more, directions and reservations

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… 

Tuesday, March 29th:  NYC Retrofit Accelerator Program Info Session

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street, 6:30pm

Looking for cleaner, greener, more efficient solutions to your building’s heat and water use?  A rep from the mayor’s Office of Sustainability will have plenty of wisdom to share at this meeting of Community Board 8’s Environment & Sanitation/Housing Committee meeting. 

On the horizon:

Wednesday, April 6th:  Research the History of Your NYC Home Class

42nd Street Library, 42nd Street & Fifth Avenue, 3-4:30pm

The perfect pairing with the UES Local History Project…  Construct a narrative history of your building using local histories, censuses, city directories, photographs, newspapers and more!  Free.

Miscellany:

Hurrah!  Finally, the worst of the Passaic River will be getting a clean-up and – could be – the polluters will pay!  Think Agent Orange, dioxin and scores of other equally dire chemicals…

And the U.S. is now officially a signatory to the Port State Measures, the international treaty barring illegally caught fish from global market! 

Could be even better but the governor’s just introduced improved regs to prevent pollution from solid waste facilities… 

However:

A pretty substantial heating oil spill up in Yonkers

Our neighbors cross town are needing help with – much as we love the place – the Natural History Museum’s plan to build on Theodore Roosevelt Park.  To sign onto their petition opposing… 

We said it before.  We’re saying it again…  That the maxed-out-with-people Fairway we know could be part of chain on the verge of bankruptcy

Back on the good foot:

Not active yet and with presumably more to come, but there’re now 16 WiFi hotspot kiosks on the streets of the UES…

Oral history projects not for you?  Well then, friends, the library’s got a ton more equally fabulous volunteer opportunities!

Wow!  Free computer training in Microsoft Office or Adobe Creative Cloud for NYC Parks rec center members age 16 and up…  Free training that prepares participants for certification exams! For more…  

Truly fascinating:  Trips up and downtown on the erstwhile Second and Third Avenue Els

And eye color says what about us…?

The official Central Park Running Map

Totally off the reservation but…:

Worst perfume packaging in all of history

Yes, animals:

Awwww…  A happy new chapter in Tonya the Shelter Bunny’s story

We’d be defending Hawaiian Petrels even if they weren’t so adorable: 

Hawaiian Petrel

Hawaiian Petrel

Hummm…  If you were a migratory bird, what bird would you be…?  (We’re western sandpipers!)

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

2/24 – Manhattan, HRM 1: We caught three sea squirts and 11 grass shrimp, ten of which were very small, from our fish traps at the River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park! –  Jessica Bonamusa

[“Grass shrimp” is a collective colloquial name for three species of small shrimp found in the salty and brackish waters of the lower Hudson River including two species of shore shrimp – Palaemonetes pugio and P. vulgaris – and sand shrimp (Crangon septemspinosa). The “grass” reference comes from their preferred habitat, submerged aquatic vegetation in the estuarine shallows referred to, colloquially, as “grass.” Tom Lake.]

Common Grass Shrimp

Common Grass Shrimp

Yearning for spring green,

UES 

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