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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (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…
Or – most of all – that Flint and all Americans should have clean, untainted water flowing from their taps!
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!)
Pretty much a must see: Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs at the Museum of the City of New York!
Talk about heroic gardening and a heroic gardener…
Can’t have enough animals:
Of course, cats hike…
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!
And thanks to reader Katherine Winkleman for this bit of Schurz Park glory:
Never more green,