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,




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