And Happy April Fools’ Day, UESiders!

So why does anyone “celebrate” this absurd “holiday”?

You guessed it!!

Nobody knows.

It’s also the 40th anniversary of Apple’s founding!

Wow, time flies, yes??

On to coming week:

Saturday,  April 2nd:   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!

Uber Market Manager Margaret says, “Alewife will be back and with baby greens of many types – kale, mustard, pakchoi… Also pea shoots & micro basil!”

And Market Manager Guramrit adds:  “For all those who didn’t get their hands on the great new signature 82nd Street Greenmarket canvas shopping bag last week…  Glad tidings!!  We’ll have plenty more this Saturday!!  And bags’re free to Winter Warriors with 5 punches on their cards!!” 

Last week’s recycling totals:  83 lbs. batteries; 14 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair eyes glasses.  8 1/2 compost bins;  26 bags of clothes. 

Wow!!!

Until Sunday, April 3rd:  Participatory Budgeting Voting

Express yourself and insure that $1 million goes to the most righteous UES projects!!  For the full list of voting locations, dates and projects

Wednesday, April 6th: “I Hate the Dallas Cowboys”  Talk

67th Street Library, 328 East 67th Street, 5:30pm

Author Thomas Pryor is a born and bred UESider, full of great stories of the Yorkville neighborhood of his youth and all well-told! Be ready to laugh and be charmed!  Free.

Friday, April 8th to Sunday, April 17th:  Second Annual WQXR Instrument Drive

Drop Off at Numerous Locations

Couldn’t be more true:  Put an instrument in a child’s hands and change that young person’s life! So, that old saxophone…  That flute you haven’t played for years…  Any and every gently used instrument… And let it bring joy to kids in New York or Newark! (But, unfortunately, no pianos.) To donate

Saturday, April 9th:  Baby Animal Encounter!

Linder Theater, American Museum of Natural History, 77th Street Entrance, 11am, 1 & 3pm

Zoologist and TV host Jarod Miller will be introducing humans of all ages to an assortment of adorable young critters!  $15.   For more and tickets…  (Better get ’em now!)

Saturday, April 9th:  Annual Shearing of the Heather Celebration

Fort Tryon Park, Cabrini Boulevard & Fort Washington Avenue, 10:30am-12pm

And we quote, “Bring your musical instruments and join in our community parade through the Heather Garden. Learn why Fort Tryon Park has the largest heath and heather collection in the northeast, and learn how to propagate your own heathers with clippings from the shearing.”   Then there’s the scavenger hunt and more!  Free.  For the total lowdown

Saturday, April 9th:  5th Annual Chelsea Garden Club Spring Meeting

Rectory, St. Peter’s Church, 20th Street between Eighth & Ninth Avenues, 12:15pm

The group that blazed the trail for our First Avenue Bicycle Island Gardens and there’s always something to learn from them…  Experiences and seeds to exchange…  Fellow/Sister NYC garden enthusiasts to know!  “Flower Power’s”  their motto and the group’s led by the great Missy Adams. Feel free to bring friends and snacks…

Then:

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 15th, 16th & 17th;  5th Annual Green Festival Expo

The Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street at 11th Avenue

Tons of exhibits, new products galore and demonstrations!  All that in a building now equipped with a green roof!  Kids under 16, free.  Single day tickets, $12.  Weekend tickets, $22.  3-day tickets, $32.  For more

Thursday, April 21st:  EARTH DAY!

All Over the Globe 

And at Union Square…  Celebrate our beautiful planet with an array of eco-living and transportation exhibits, live music, mass yoga classes, electronics and old clothes recycling, a book swap and more!

Way out there: 

Friday, June 10th – Sunday, June 12th:  Food Loves Tech Food Expo

Waterfront NYC, 269 Eleventh Avenue at 28th Street

A first time event which’ll bring “together food tech innovators, start-ups and thought-leaders with food aficionados and enthusiasts alike, FLT aims to invigorate the conversation, and ultimately, change the way we think about food in the future.”  Fingers crossed it does!.  $50.  For more and tickets… 

Saturdays, July 9th, 16th, 23rd and August 6th:  Becoming an Outdoors Woman Fishing Trip

Oswego Marina, Lake Oswego, 5:30am or 1:30pm

Get your fishing chops down, ladies, on a 6 1/2 hour trip during which you’ll engage with the likes of assortKing Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelheads!  Total novices warmly welcomed and fishing tackle provided. Organized by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.  $125-$150, depending on how many sign up (sold out last year).  For more and to reserve a place!

Ah, miscellany:

If you think natural gas companies shouldn’t be free to vent/flare – and release an incredible amount of CO2 – from their wells (and royalty free)

Seems the mayor’s been quietly scouting around for sites for the new Rikers…  A bullet the UES seemed to have dodged (for once)…  (But can you believe there’s a prison barge?!) 

But:

YES!  Looks like we’ll be taking a bite out of the abundant, decrepit, lead-leaching pipes here in our NYState!!

Hurrah!  Judge Lynn Kotler’s just ruled both interior and exterior landmarking of the at beautiful clocktower at 346 Broadway will be retained!

And cheers for the NY Botanical Garden scientists who tapped snapdragons to create a possible remedy for a childhood cancer! 

And great that The Times is now so unequivocal about sugary beverages!

NYC’s composting and its growth’s now getting national attention… 

Going to be one great summer for public art installations in NYC

Has this German supermarket got a great idea or what?!

And on the micro level:

For outstanding results, what should your potting soil – the stuff you use in indoor containers or on your terrace – contain?

Oh, those animals:

Hard to believe the still endangered spotted owl is once again under threat!  Should you think timber companies should be prohibited from cutting down more of owls’ forest home… 

Take a stroll down 83rd Street between York and East End and note the wonderful bird houses mounted on almost every tree…  Might suggest putting together one of your own and getting it up in a neighborhood tree and, if so, the Cornell Lab’s got just the plans

Of all things, it seems climate change’s affecting our buffalo herds!

Ipads for cats…  Yes!

A baby chihuahua says its first “words“…

A mature canine snores

crocheted cat house

No kidding!   This is a 100% real animal…  The Fairy Armadillo!

Pink Fairy Armadillo (Chlamyphorus truncatus) (cropped).jpg

Discretionary Budget voters are so green,

UGS

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