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.


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… 


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,


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