Happy International Noise Awareness Day, UESiders!!

The organizer’s motto being: “Control your noise and respect the sound environment”…

Like to deliver that message (better still, command) to truck drivers coursing up First Avenue who, over the last 4-5 months seem to be engaged in a contest to see who can be first to shatter windows with a single, ultra-long horn blast. 

Deep breath.

Better still we wish a happy 116th b’day to Walter Lantz, creator of Woody Woodpecker!

Oh what a week we have ahead: 

Saturday,  April 30th:   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, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Samascott, Gajeski and Sikking Farms…  And Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess!!

You read that right:  After a long, dark winter’s absence, Ms. Hess will  back in her corner spot, next to Valley Shepherd and will she ever be ready to hone!!

(Ballard’s Honey is on a one-week vacation.  Look for them next Saturday.)

Wow!  Alewife’s garlic mustard greens…  Sauteed them just like broccoli rabe!  Yum!!

Then there’s this from Uber Market Manager Margaret:  “Asparagus and ramps arrive in the market this Saturday!!  Both Gajeski and Samascott have asparagus and Samascott has ramps, too. And I’m hearing Cherry Lane will be returning and with strawberries at the end of May!  Yes, spring is finally here for real!”

News flash:  Last week for the #plasticcleanse sale and at an even deeper discount:  The new Greenmarket tote PLUS 4 reusable produce bags (in 2 sizes) for a total bargain basement $15!! Market Manager Guramrit has them at her table!

Last week’s recycling totals: 66 lbs. batteries; 8 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 6 pairs eyes glasses; 9 1/2 compost bins;  36 bags of clothes

Counted the bins set up down at Union Square on Saturday…  14.

Asked the compost manager how many, on average, they filled on high-traffic Saturday. Answer…12 to 14!!

Let’s do our best to not get overly full of how environmentally committed we are…

Saturday, April 30th:  National Drug Take Back Day 

Precinct 13, 230 East 21st Street & Precinct 200, 120 West 82nd Street, 10am-2pm

What better way to safely dispose of those prescription drugs gathering dust on the shelves of your medicine chest than to place them in the hands of Drug Enforcement Agency agents who’ll be doing the collection!  (You bet it’s strange neither Lenox Hill Hospital -now Northwell – or Precinct 19 is participating in this year’s effort!)

Saturday, April 30th: Yorkville – A Celebration of Home

Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, 10am-2pm

And we quote, “Join Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts and the Historic Districts Council as we celebrate Yorkville’s rich history as a melting pot of immigrant cultures.”  Speakers include historians, preservationsts and – of course – native Yorkvillians with choice tales of times passed!  Lunch provided by neighborhood classics Schaller & Webber, Doma na rohu and Glaser’s Bake Shop!  Organized by Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District and the Historic Districts Council.  Members of the HDC and FUESHD, $15. Non-members, $20.  To register
And then – holy crow – it’s May:

Saturday, May 7th:  Spring Esplanade Exploration

Meet on the Esplanade at 86th Street, 1-4pm 

Who knew that just off our beautiful – in spite of decades of neglect – Esplanade are many a perilous eddy, whirlpool and rocky reef…  Along with the second fastest tidal current in the world! Yikes!  Hell Gate, indeed!  Just some of the remarkable nature extending from Schurz Park to 103rd Street!  Famed birder, environmentalist, self-described “interpreter of human ecology” and Exploration leader Gabriel Willow will be making it all the more vivid!  (P.S.  Music and treats await at the 103rd Street end!!)  Free!!  Be there and enjoy, friends!    For more

Sunday, May 15th:  Green Park Gardeners Volunteer Day Plantathon

Andrew Haswell Green Park, East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 2-5pm

The mission:  Plant 350 Black-Eyed Susans donated by the Parks Department and Partnerships for Parks in the Green Park Gardeners’ gorgeous beds along our wonderful Esplanade!  To sign up to lend a hand, please email greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com.  (Heavy rain cancels.  Rain day, Saturday, May 22nd.)

Sunday, May 15th: Historic Candy Tasting

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 1:30pm

Join candy historian – nice job! – and author Susan Benjamin for an overview of candy’s evolution and a sampling of favored sweets over time!  Adults, $20.  Members and children under 12, $15.  

Monday, May 16th:  3rd Annual Esplanade Friends Benefit!

Bar Felice, 1591 First Avenue at 83rd Stree, 6:30-8:30pm

Public art and flowers and music and dancers and unrelenting pressure for swift repairs and structural upgrades and the gorgeous improvements to come on the Rockefeller U and Hospital for Special Surgery segments…  Not to mention the resurrection of the 107th Pier!  We’ve all seen changes and how vibrancy’s returning to our wonderful Esplanade.  Wine and hors ‘oeuvres served!  Fabulous raffle and silent auction prizes!  Save the date and be a part of keeping the great new energy flowing!!   For more

Monday, May 16th:  Physic Dogs Lecture

1094 Broadway, Brooklyn, 8pm

Jim the Wonder Dog that/who answered questions put to him in Morse Code is just for openers in this journey into the world of mystical dogs.  (Who but the Obscura Society comes up with this stuff?!  But worth the journey to Brooklyn, we say!)  Tickets, $18.  For more and to reserve a place… 

Tuesday, May 17th:  Portraits of the People – Miniatures, Silhouettes and Itinerant Artists in America Exhibit

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 East 61st Street

An 18th Century French import and brought to even the most rural American communities by largely self-trained, traveling artists, the end product was work of tremendous diversity, beauty, charm and historic importance.  Adults, $8.  Seniors & Students (with ID), $7. Members and children under 12, free.    (Museum summer garden concerts coming soon!)

And then, incredibly, it’s June:

Wednesday, June 1st to Sunday, June 5th:  2016 World Science Festival

Various Venues and Times 

Five days…  Fifty events!!  A science sail…  Stargazing in Brooklyn Bridge Park…  Gravitational waves explained…  A tribute to  Oliver Sachs…  And forty-six!  For the full schedule and tickets

Along the miscellany trail:

Amazing that Nestle has the chutzpah to fill plastic bottles with drought-stricken California water… More amazing still that the Forest Service is inclined to renew Nestle’s permit!   Should you disagree with that policy

Cringe…  Seems like southwestern states are wrecking a bit of havoc with solar power expansion

If you think Congress should permanently re-authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Or that Trip Advisor shouldn’t be steering tourists to sites exploiting animals

Or – most of all – that Flint and all Americans should have clean, untainted water flowing from their taps

prairie flower rediscovered!

A vineyard on a Brooklyn Navy Yard roof!

Embarrassment sure works wonders, even producing a new, revised and speedier water tunnel plan… 

The Cornucopia Institute  – advocates for family farming – will be reporting live from next week’s 3-day meeting of the National Organic Standards Board on their site and on Twitter

You’re 100% right…  There were 300,000 more riders moving through the 96th Street & Lex subway station in 2015!  (And it’s only the 44th busiest station!) 

And which are New Yorkers’ favorite subway seats..?

Pretty much a must see:  Roz Chast:  Cartoon Memoirs at the Museum of the City of New York!

Maybe more:  A Shakespeare first folio at the New York Historical Society in June!

13 gardening hacks formulated by experts

Talk about heroic gardening and a heroic gardener

House plant bird houses

Huh…?  Mr. Margueritaville as business mogul…?

Can’t have enough animals:

Of course, cats hike

Image result for hiking cat

And canoe.

(You’ve just got to fit ’em out right.)

And understand their furry craziness!

The Great Squirrel War…  Occasioned by the invading/invasive, tough and blameless American grey squirrel!

How to avoid “conflict” with coyotes one might encounter…

But be lovely to meet up with a spotted salamander in Queens!

A sheepdog travels 240 solo miles home

The 2016 Audubon prize-winning bird pix!

Five facts about the Atlas butterfly (wingspan 11 inches!)…  

How to make hummingbird nectar

Thanks to the great New Yorkers saving seals and sea turtles!

And thanks to reader Katherine Winkleman for this bit of Schurz Park glory:

Dogwood Meet Sycamore

Dogwood Meet Sycamore

Never more green,

UGS

 

 

 


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