Happy Honey Week at the Greenmarket, UESiders!

How best to party down honey-style??

Step #1:  Head to Market Manager Guramrit’s table for fun honey facts and her collection of stellar honey-inclusive recipes!!

Step #2:  Move directly to Ballard Honey’s table and address your newly discovered honey needs!!

Then contemplate the week ahead:

Thursday, April 7th to Saturday, April 9th: New York Antiquarian Book Fair

Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue between 66th & 67th Streets

Two hundred book dealers…  First editions of 56 Sherlock Holmes stories…  Twiggy paper dolls… Robert Frost’s walking stick…  Countless literary jewels…  A pleasure just to stroll, look and browse.  $25. Run-of-show, $40. For more

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… Let it bring joy to kids in New York and/or Newark! (But, unfortunately, no pianos.) To donate

Saturday,  April 9th:   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 and Gajeski Farms!!

PLUS…

Valley Shepherd Creamery returns!  You remember Valley Shepherd with their insanely delicious sheep, goat and cow’s milk cheese, sheep yogurt and European style butter!

AND…

Market Manager Supremo Margaret says:  “Joining us for the first time this Saturday:  Sikking Farm and their gorgeous flowers.   This week think bouquets of iris and mixed tulips with more varieties to come as the season progresses!”

AND…

In addition to eggs, milk, chocolate milk and yogurt, Ole Mother Hubbert will once again have whole chickens! 

AND…

Rising Sun Farm will now be selling the Argyle Farm Greek and regular yogurts (formerly offered by Garden of Spices).

Some incredible line-up!!  

The only thing missing is Garden of Spices who, as many of you know, has sold their farm and moved to Alaska!  We’ll miss them, of course, but may their new home be all they dream!! 

Last but hardly least, Manager Margaret says:  “In the lead-up to Earth Day, think #PlasticCleanse, reusable produce bags (2 sizes available) and the fabulous Greenmarket tote!”  There’s even a deal on offer this week:  4 produce bags and a tote for a crazy $15!

Yes, yet another thing to check out at Manager Guramrit ‘s table! 

And a great way to take a bite out of the 10 billion plastic bags New Yorkers throw away every year!

Last week’s recycling totals:  75 lbs. batteries; 21 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 8 pairs eyes glasses. 9 compost bins;  22 bags of clothes. 

Love it when we rack up 9  bins…  Or more!!

Saturday, April 9th:  Off-Shore Wind Rally

Front of the Hilton Midtown Hotel, 1335 Sixth Avenue, 5:30pm

When media and the mayor arrive for the annual Inner Circle Show (during which they trade spoofs, this year parodying “Hamilton” with “Shamilton”), they’ll be greeted by wind power supporters in Hamilton costumes, holding faux wind turbines and singing the Dylan classic “Blowin’ in the Wind”!  Yes, Mr. Mayor, (along with a free plastic bag ban) green people are looking for an ambitious offshore wind commitment from the City on Earth Day!!  To participate

Thursday, April 14th:  City Chicken Institute – Post Easter Special – All About Eggs

Imani Community Garden, 91 Schenectady Avenue, Brooklyn, 6-7pm
And we quote, “Visit a live chicken coop and learn how to raise your own flock. Join a detailed discussion about how eggs are made, and oddities that can occur.”  For novice to poultry maven. Free.  For complete details…
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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

Sunday, April 17th:  MicroRanger Competition

Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, 10am-5pm

The Museum’s got a new mobile game that shrinks its young participants down to micro size, then inserts these micro competitors into exhibits so they can defend biodiversity!   Prizes include games, toys and a Night at the Museum sleepover!   Wow, huh?  For the lowdown (no ticket prices listed yet)…

Then:

Thursday, April 21st:  EARTH DAY!

All Over the Globe and City

And locally:  Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street, 6-9pm.

Organized by Council Member Kallos!  Your chance to sign up for Bicycle Island Gardening!  Stay tuned for more details!

And elsewhere in the city…  (Zoom in on the map.)

Friday, April 22nd & Saturday, April 23rd:  Fishackathon

Patagonia SoHo, 72 Greene Street, 5pm Friday and 9pm Saturday

We’re talking a gathering of coders in more than 40 cities who’re committed to ending over-fishing in the world’s oceans!  For more and to sign up

Tuesday, April 26th:  CM Garodnick’s Fathers and Family Leave – Making It Work Forum

Museum of Modern Art Cullman Education Building, 4 West 54th Street, 8-10am

Council Member Dan Garodnick – father of 2 himself – brings together leading thinkers to discuss the cultural and business factors working against fathers taking leave and how its availability can be improved.  Free.  For further details and to RSVP…  

Tuesday, April 26th:  AARP ShredFest

Manhattan Plaza, 400 & 484 West 43rd Street, 11am-2pm

YES!!  Free shredding is spreading and throughout the city… Although, in this instance, AARP’s imposing a 3 bag limit and you need to sign up in advance.  For full details and to register… (Thanks to reader Claire Campbell for the tip!)

Saturday, May 7th:  Identification Day at the Natural History Museum

Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, 12-4pm

That weird shell you found on the beach last summer…  That odd bug that wound up in your butterfly net…  The strange bone the dog dug up in your mother-in-law’s back yard…  Let the Museum’s scientists have a look and tell you what they really are!  Free.  

As summer approaches:

Saturday, June 18th:  NYS Tree Climbing Championship

Planting Fields Arboretum Historic Park, Oyster Bay, New York, check in at 8am

Yes, it’s for real:  Top NYS tree workers will be gathering to flaunt their skills in a series of competitive events!  The winner will be representing our state in the International Tree Climbing Championship!!  Organized by the New York State Arborists!!  For further details and to sign up… (And let us know if you do!)

Doesn’t get more miscellaneous:

Yikes!  Not in our New York but elsewhere as the article’s entitled, “Natural History, Endangered

Meanwhile:

Two more coal-fired power plants in the EU have closed!

But on American turf:

Okay, so you’re on I-40 in the middle of Arizona and there’s nothing but McD and Burger King to eat…  At least their awful fare could be antibiotic free!  (If you agree…)

Helping us to choose less chemically fraught cleaning products (or so we hope), the FDA’s launching new “Safer Choice” labeling… 

Much as we love all things Smithsonian, be nice (and appropriate) if the institution’s magazine was printed on recycled paper!  (If you think so, too…)

Moving to local focus:

Northwell Health (the newly named hospital conglomerate) is asking for us to vote on which of 3 innovative medical research projects should be funded to the tune of $100K!  For project descriptions and to cast your vote

Great that the second floor of the Frick – pending Landmarks Commission approval – will be opening its second floor!  In the meantime, we can take a virtual tour

Who knew Warhol’s first “factory” was on UES??!!  (And it’s selling price now is…??!!) 

How did Times Square get its name?

And the NYS Hike of the Month is… (scroll down, past the “Mentor a Young Turkey Hunter” piece to the article introduced by the adorable little fox below!)

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Yet another potential Olympic swim champion – Kristal Lara – is training in our midst at Asphalt Green…  In the shadow of the garbage dump.

Bring on the animals:

NYC now has its second cat cafe…  #2 in Brooklyn…  #1 in Manhattan!!  

(And what is a cat cafe you ask?)

On the inexhaustible subject of cats:  Jasper the Skiing Cat has a new video!  (Then scroll down tos the “Science of Meow” video at the article’s end.)

Then move on to architect-designed cat “shelters”… 

If you think Alaskan caribou and polar bear birthing grounds should be off-limits to oil companies

When David (in miniscule dachshund form) takes on a pair of Goliaths (2 Bernese Mountain dogs)… Who’ll wind up with the pet toy?  (Thanks to animal video connoisseur Carol RInzler for the tip!) 

Could be 4 salmon-blocking dams will be gone from Oregon’s Klamath River by 2020!!

A fish that looks like a Picasso…?

Meanwhile, you can learn to fly fish for free right here in NYC!

Green even when it’s 32 degrees in April,

UGS

 

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