Monthly Archives: May 2016

Happy 100th Birthday to Nathan’s Hotdogs, UESiders!

All over the news, of course that, at the original Coney Island location,  they’d be selling the classic dog for 5 cents it went for on May 27, 1916 between 2-4pm today!  (Hope the place was mobbed!!)

Happy Fleet Week, too!  

Viewing the line-up of vessels moored along the Manhattan shoreline from the vantage point of Governor’s Island…  Wow!  

And a wonderful long, stress-free Memorial Day weekend to one and all!

So what of the next 7 days ahead:  

Saturday,  May 28th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm 

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Samascott, Gajeski and Sikking Farms!

Add to the line-up…  The but the Master Knife Sharpener!  (She arrives around 11am!)

Fingers crossed we’ll be shopping Cherry Lane’s table this Saturday!

Meanwhile, not to miss Alewife’s salad sparking pea shoots!!

Last week’s recycling totals: 86 lbs. batteries; 15 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  10 compost bins;  64 bags of clothes.

Double OMG!!  A third week of TEN BINS!!  

Saturday, May 28th:  NYC Beaches Open!

The Length and Breadth of NYC

And here is Parks’ list of 10 tips that’ll keep you save in our city’s wonderful waters… 

Saturday, May 28th to Saturday, June 4th:  World Stamp Show NY 2016

Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street at Eleventh Avenue

Perceive philately as a nerd hobby?  Get over it!!  Stamps are gorgeous and often art…  Kids learn a host of things including the beauty of quiet pursuits…  Hey, John Lennon collected stamps!!  (There’s a Boy Scout workshop!)  Free. For the show’s rundown…  

Wednesday, June 1st:  6th Annual Sustainable Food Event

NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Silberman Building, 2180 Third Avenue between 118th &  119th Streets, 6:30-9:30pm

A panel of NYC experts weigh in on “Growing Healthy Communities Through Grassroot Initiatives”! Co-sponsored by Hunter and Columbia.   Refreshments provided by Le Pain Quotidien and Le Botaniste.  $20.  For more and to purchase tickets…  

Wednesdays, June 1st to June 22nd:  How to Choose Your Trees

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 5:30-7:30pm

There’s a most right tree for virtually every location/situation and NYBG’s (aptly named) Todd Forrest is the gentleman to instruct us amateurs as to just what that tree would be! Members, $199.  Non-members, $215.  For more and to sign up

And then:

Sunday, June 5th to Saturday, June 29th:  Museum of National History Celebrates National Parks’ 100th Anniversary 

Central Park at 79th Street

The museum – founded by the man who also gave us our first national park – gets a jump on the exact date – August 25th – with a June of fabulous films (including 3D) and talks…  With more to come in July and August!  For full details

Saturday, June 11th:  Shred-A-Thon Almost Summer Edition

82nd Street between First and York, 11am-2pm

Only 2 weeks now, but keep in mind:

NO cardboard or handled shopping bags.

And please do remove paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But we do accept paperbacks.)

Take your hardcovers over to Goodwill.

(Thank you, Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for your generous grants!)

AND THEN:

Sunday, June 26th:  The 92nd Street Market Returns!!

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Street, 9am-5pm

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

Back in its familiar, utterly convenient spot 92nd to 93rd…  With your favorite farmers/bakers/fisherman/dairies!!

THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS…

Sunday, June 26th:  Shred-A-Thon –  Welcome Back 92nd Street Edition

Across the Street from the 92nd Street Greenmarket, First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd, 11am-2pm

What better way to celebrate 92nd’s return to home ground!

Just keep in mind:

NO cardboard or handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are okay.)

(Take hardcovers over to Goodwill.)

(Thanks to Council Members Garodnick and Kallos for your years of support and Assembly Member Seawright for sponsoring this event!)

How about some miscellany: 

Appalled by the proliferating high rises?  Not just an UES fight, of course, and if you’d like to assist our neighbors down in the South Village reining in the latest giganticism proposed for an historic neighborhood...   

(Check out the Times housing density map…)

Troubled by the notion of corporate sponsorships of national parks…?

Or believe the Migratory Bird Act should remain intact?

Or that it’s kind of nuts for the Army Corps of Engineers to be planning construction of giant new coal terminal/export port…?

Fascinating Times’ piece on Colorado River dams

host of deafening cheers for the chefs and food experts led by Tom Colicchio who took the issue of American food waste to D.C. this week

Totally love NYS’s Conservationist On Patrol column…  The current edition of which notes what a NYC car wash got up to… 

In the America Is One Wild and Crazy Country Category:  Not only is LaCrosse, Kansas home to the Barbed Wire Museum, it hosts both the Kansas Barbed Wire Collectors Association Swap and Sell and showcase event, the World Champion Barbed Wire Splicing Contest!

And some animals:

Those of you who attended the Esplanade Friend’s benefit can now be even more envious of the lucky supporter who scored an autographed copy of “Felines of New York”:

Milo

Witness incredibly modest star feline Milo affixing his his signature to the page opposite his portrait on Page 5 of the tome!

As if a cat adopting a baby squirrel wasn’t cute enough…  How ’bout baby squirrel sweaters…?

Then there’s a baby otter’s reunion with its family

So why are cardinals such angry birds?!

Just what the powers-that-be on Riker’s Island needed… A pack of coyote’s on the loose

Question:  What exactly is a lichen?  Answer:  A cross between algae and fungi. And the people who study them:  Lichenologists.  Lichens are even making it onto the endangered species list…  Sigh.  

And from The Hudson River Almanac, their latest entry on NYC’s sea horses:

5/18 – Manhattan:  From the River Project’s killifish traps at their sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park, we caught two “pregnant” male seahorses (70, 95 millimeters). In our crab pot was another seahorse, this one a female (175 mm). –  Jacqueline Wu

Feeling mighty green,

UGS

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Happy World Fish Migration/Green Your Commute Day, UESiders!

Fish, of course, will be behaving themselves, as ever opting for quiet partying in their fresh and salt water habitats… 

Be nice if bike riders took a page from that book… Celebrated their genuinely green commute by keeping off sidewalks, going the right way in bike lanes and stopping  at red lights. Might really enjoy the feeling of righteousness conferred by adhering to the law!  Might even become a habit!!  (Might make life easier for their defenders like UGS!!!)

Meanwhile, it’s also Endangered Species Week…  And one in five are just that.

So we’ll all be that much greener from here on out:

Friday, May 20th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-8:30pm 

Starmaster John Pazmino weighs in on the (surmountable) challenges of spring/summer Milky Way viewing from NYC!  Free.

Saturday,  May 21st:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm 

At their tables be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Samascott, Gajeski and Sikking Farms!

Delighted to say, our Master Knife Sharpener will be us, too!

Market Manager Guramrit says:   “I’m featuring rhubarb this Saturday!  Stop by the info tent for a scrumptious and tangy taste and recipe !  :)”

Cherry Lane could be returning next week…

Last week’s recycling totals: 66 lbs. batteries; 22 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  10 compost bins;  61 bags of clothes.

OMG!!  Another week of TEN BINS!!  (Is that an eleventh bin looming on the horizon?)

Saturday, May 21st:  Randall’s Island Bird Bonanza

Meet at the South End of the Little Hell Gate Bridge, 10am-1pm

Who knew there are 152 bird species who call Randall Island home…  Or visit frequently!  See a bunch ot of them with a help New York Audubon volunteers! Audubon even provides binoculars and birding guides!  Free.  Best for 7 and older. For full details and directions

Fast approaching:    

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

Various Venues and Many Times 

Five days…  Fifty events!!  A science sail…  Stargazing in Brooklyn Bridge Park… Gravitational waves explained…  A tribute to  Oliver Sachs…  And forty-six more programs!!  (Many just great for kids)! For the full schedule and tickets

Thursday, June 2nd:  Quilt Making Workshop – Learn to Make an Amish Potholder

American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, 1-4pm

Take it from the compulsive crafters that we are, AFAM’s classes teach foundation skills and in the most enjoyable, low-stress way!   Your potholder will be hand-pieced (by your hands) and inspired by the beautiful, traditional Amish Roman Stripe design…  All with the guidance of artist Diane Rode Schenck!   Members, Seniors & Students, $30.  Non-members, $35.  To reserve a place…  

Commencing Friday, June 3rd:  Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s Greenwich Village Studio Tours

8 West 8th Street between Fifth & Sixth Avenues

The place where the notion of the Whitney Museum and so much that we treasure today was born… Made possible by a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Free but tour groups will be small.   For more on the Studio’s history…  And the lowdown on tour dates, times and tickets

Saturday, June 11th:  Shred-A-Thon Almost Summer Edition

82nd Street between First and York, 11am-2pm

Three weeks and counting down!!

But remember:

NO cardboard or handled shopping bags.

And please do remove paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But we do accept paperbacks.)

Take your hardcovers over to Goodwill.

(Thank you, Council Members Garodnick and Kallos, for your support!)

Saturday, June 11th & Sunday, June 12th:  11th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party

Governor’s Island 

A celebration of all things Twenties – 78’s played on gramophones, jazz orchestras, Charleston lessons and dance contest, autos of the era and more…  As if just being on the incredible Governor’s Island wasn’t enough!   Tickets commence at $55…  For complete details… 

Wednesday, June 15th:  NYBG Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

LuEsther Mertz Library, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, 1-6pm

We the public are invited to be “editors”, assisting the library to create and/or refine Wikipedia entries of noteworthy botanists!  Really, a remarkable volunteer opportunity!!  For more info and to sign up

Saturday, June 25th:  Queensboro Oval Park Rally

The Oval, 59th Street & York Avenue, 11am-1pm

Tired of the least-in-the-city-park space we UESiders “enjoy”?  Think the tennis bubble and $225-an-hour tennis games should be scrapped and the one-acre, once beautiful Queensboro Oval returned to year round public/community enjoyment?  Then this is the rally for you!!   Bring your opinions and signs…  And, yes, bring the kids!   (For more on the Oval past and present…)

On to miscellany:

Talk about one great summer job opportunity:  The fabulous Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project’s looking for NYC high school youth for its first Youth Farm Intern Program!  (The HKFP being the remarkable group that grows hundreds of pounds of produce in kid swimming pools atop the Metro Baptist Church and distribute it via their CSA and pantry for the needy.)  Interns will be learning rooftop farming basics, pantry management and food justice challenges NYC/America face.  There is stipend!  For more and to apply…   (There’s also a Youth Farm Program Educator’s position available!)

Hell's Kitchen Farm

In case we were wondering if all those things we sign have any effect:  The 90,000 of us who wrote in support of protections for West Coast forage fish had a hand in making the new NOAA ruling happen!!    

Three cheers that warrants have been issued for the jerks who’ve made a mini-career of endangering environmentally sensitive sites in Yellowstone and other national parks

Think our city should be allocating more money for our parks…?  (Scroll down…)

Or the way out of Puerto Rico’s financial morass is selling off a wildlife sanctuary

Do we really need genetically engineered trees?

Or if you’re of the opinion that as we Americans reduce our dependence on coal, we shouldn’t be exporting it to the rest of the world

Urvashi Rangan, the director of the Consumer Reports Food Safety & Sustainability Center, discusses food labels and how to make informed choices when shopping for food, on Farm to Table Talk and on the NPR show “Midday.”

Name This Mountain quiz

map of the world’s most superlative trees…  (California’s got a lot of them!)

The best sun screens

An all-time high in furry cuteness…  But, hey, it’s National Pet Month:

Right off the Cute-O-Meter chart: The baby raccoon saved by a kindly cab driver…   (Keep scrolling!)

What could be better than doing yoga with a sloth?

A kitten nursery!!

Baby octupuses being born!!  (Turn off the “music”.)

Not that we ever doubted that fish have feelings, too…  (Manta rays recognize their reflections as themselves!)

A tortoise sitter

A baby fox makes a miracle recovery

Dog paw protection on summer sidewalks

What would a week be without a snippet or two from the Hudson River Almanac:

5/4 – Manhattan, HRM 4-2: In the past week, Hudson River Park Trust staff caught a total of five lined seahorses from the Hudson River. The seahorses were found hanging onto the eel mops attached below our floating docks at Piers 40 and 84. Seahorses are weak swimmers due to their vertical orientation and small dorsal fin. For support against river currents, they use their curled tails to grasp onto a substrate. – Sally Feng

5/4 – Manhattan, HRM 1: We caught a tautog (blackfish) in our killifish trap at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park. In our crab pot we caught another lined seahorse (95 mm). The river’s salinity measured 15.0 ppt, dissolved oxygen was 5.8 parts-per-million, and the water temperature was 52 degrees F.  – Jacqueline Wu

lined seahorse

lined seahorse

Evergreenly,

UGS

 

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Happy 88th Birthday of the First TV Station Going On Air, UESiders!!

We’re talking 1928, people!!

And guess where that station was ?  Right here in the Empire State, in the then hometown of then pioneer of all things electric and T. Edison brainchild, General Electric.

Yup, as long ago as that and American engineers weren’t alone on the field…  German, Russian, French, you-name-’em brainiacs were all struggling to produce a durable, commercial model as far back at 1840’s but picking up steam in the early 1900’s!

Fast way forward and the thought that occurred earlier this week:  When was the last time you saw a TV – old-fashioned tube or flat screen – dumped/unrecycled out on UES streets?

A year or so for us…  Which speaks so brilliantly for the ever increasing greenness in our hood!

(Was also National Shrimp Day on the 10th…)

So what’s on this week: 

Saturday,  May 14th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm 

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Samascott, Gajeski and Sikking Farms!

Yes, Ballard’s Honey will be back!

As will our Master Knife Sharpener!!

Uber Market Maestra says:    “Market Manager Guramrit has the week off, so we’ll be welcoming last year’s manager Andrei back for a one-Saturday guest appearance!  (He’s spent the winter in the Philippines so there’ll be plenty beyond fruit and vegs to ask him about!)  PLUS:  Rhubarb is the featured item this week. Great cooked with apple and a bit of honey and served over vanilla ice cream! It’ll be on both Samascott’s and Gajeski’s tables!”

Last week’s recycling totals: 81 lbs. batteries; 22 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 12 Pairs eye glasses;  10 compost bins;  55 bags of clothes.

TEN compost bins, people!!  Yet another composting record is set!!

Saturday, May 14th:  Wildflower Day at Solar One

Meet at the Solar One Educational Center, Stuyvesant Cove Park, East River Esplanade between 22nd and 23rd Streets, 11am-2pm 

Totally family-friendly, hands-on gardening…  Planting and watering seedlings… Learning about why we don’t like weeds and how to remove them complete with roots…  Basic and fun plant identification…  A great talk by naturalist Mark Brownlee describing how plants came to be plants… And everyone leaves with native oak acorns to plant!  Free, but please RSVP to  liza@solar1.org. 

Sunday, May 15thHistoric 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.  

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.)

Black eyed susans

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

Bar Felice, 1591 First Avenue at 83rd Street

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.  Save the date and be a part of keeping the great new energy flowing!!  (And then there’s Bar Felice’s great room, fine wine and hors d’oeuvres…  Not to mention Friends’ amazing raffle loot!)  For tickets and more

Thursday, May 19th, Tuesday, May 24th & Thursday, May 26th:  Learning to Listen with Lucie Vitkova 

The Czech Center, 321 East 73rd Street

Composer/accordionist/harmonicist/tap dancer Ms. Vitkova’s shares her belief in music inspired by life’s most ordinary sounds…  Most generously in a May 19th workshop that’s open to all ages and whether one plays an instrument or not! Filling out the week, are a doc on her work and the world premier of a new composition!   All free.  To request a place in the workshop: devilliers@czechcenter.com.   And for more on all 3 events

Approaching fast:

Friday, May 20th to Friday, May 27th:  Annual Park Avenue Tulip Dig

Park Avenue 54th to 86th Street (But don’t touch either side of 67th Street, please!)

Of course, you’ve loved Park Ave’s gorgeous spring tulip display…  Now, the icing on the cake:  The Fund for Park Avenue invites one and all to come and dig up those tulips for replanting around street trees, community gardens or your building’s garden plot!!

Advice from the Fund:  With proper care, Park Avenue tulips have been replanted and continue to bloom in personal and community gardens in and around New York City. To enjoy the tulips for years to come, please be sure to follow the instructions below and exercise extreme caution while on the Avenue malls:

When digging up the bulbs, do not take any soil and do not cut off the leaves. Bulbs should be stored in a dry place until the leaves have turned brittle.  They can be re-planted in October or November. Use a small amount of Bulbtone-type fertilizer and be sure to choose a location that gets full sunlight.

Friday, May 20th t0 Sunday, May 22nd:  NYBG Science Open House Days 

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx

A weekend that explores the length, breadth and fun of the Botanical Garden’s vitally important work understanding and preserving Planet Earth’s wonderful plant and fungal life!  Adults, $25;  Seniors & Students, $22;  Children, $12.  For the program menu

Sunday, May 22nd:  Second Annual Upper West Side Love Your Tree Day

Amsterdam Avenue at 84th Street, 12pm

Street tree bed care demonstrations by TreesNY and Goddard Greenkeepers, a worm bin composting demonstration by LES Ecology Center, coffee and snacks provided by Irving Coffee and Jacobs
Pickles and opportunities galore to meet fellow New Yorkers who also care about
urban trees and the environment!  Gardening goodies while they last!!  To sign up

Tuesday, May 31st:  NYS Clean Energy Standard Hearing

Location TBA, 6pm

Even with the location yet to be announced, the Sierra Club’s already firming up NYC dwellers wishing to speak their piece on our state’s green energy future!   Do we want to be climate protection leaders or what?!!  To get yourself on the Club’s contact list

Then in June:

Saturday, June 11th:  Shred-A-Thon Almost Summer Edition

82nd Street between First and York, 11am-2pm

Ready…  Set…  Start bundling up that avalanche of paper now!!

Just keep in mind:

NO cardboard or handled shopping bags.

And please do remove paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But we do accept paperbacks.)

Take your hardcovers over to Goodwill.

(Our thanks to Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for making Shred-A-Thons possible!)

Saturday, June 25th:  Queensboro Oval Park Rally

The Oval, 59th Street & York Avenue, 11am-1pm

Tired of the least-in-the-city-park space we UESiders “enjoy”?  Think the tennis bubble and $225-an-hour tennis games should be scrapped and the one-acre, once beautiful Queensboro Oval returned to year round public/community enjoyment?  Then this is the rally for you!!   Bring your opinions and signs…  And, yes, bring the kids!   (For more on the Oval past and present…)

Yikes, July:

July 2016:  History Weeks at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden Camp

421 East 61st Street

Session One – Ages 9 to 12 – Monday, July 11th to Friday, July 15th, 8:3am-3pm –  Young folks of today experience what it was like to be a kid in 19th Century NYC…  Complete with games, crafts, food and field trips to historic sites!  $275

Session Two – Ages 6 to 8 – Monday, July 18th to Friday, July 19th, 9am-12pm – The even younger set steps back into the 18oo’s and discover long-forgotten games and skills and treats from way back we still love (like ice cream)!  $200.   For more on both, call 212-838-6878 x26 or n.sokolova@mvhm.org.

Whew!  Miscellany:

Three cheers and more for the kindergarten and first grade National Chess Champions of UES PS77!!

Think we need to keep the pressure high on powers-that-be so NYS gets the 50% renewable energy the governor’s promised… 

Winner in the Criminally Dumb-As-A-Post category:  The Yorkshire on East 86th with its numerous illegal gas hook-ups!

Sorry to say there now seem to be problems with Newburgh’s water

Cramming 3 schools and a high rise development onto a single 96th Street block…?

But 7 more East Midtown buildings are up for landmarking!

What?!  Someone in NYC government engaged in future thinking/system back-up??!!   

Fabulous stats from last weekend’s Hudson River Sweep:  108 Projects – 2,200 Volunteers – 39 Tons of Trash Removed – 9 Tons Recyclables Removed & Recycled – 836 Trees & Shrubs Planted or Maintained!!  (Most common debris:  Plastic Bottles & Styrofoam)

HUdson RIver Swee;

Next to animal stories, we’re most moved by tales of those who come to and acquire education later…  Well, it’s never too late for learning, yes

Thirty of NYC’s best secret gardens!!

That and a long-closed portion of Central Park’s been re-opened!

Jersy tomatoes have always tasted great to us…  But they’ll be getting even more lip-smacking in coming years!

Incomplete (no Schurz Park, no Bryant Park) but the first list of NYC summer outdoor movies we’ve seen… 

Top  12 secrets ofbout the Gowanus Canal!  (Presumably even more revealed on an upcoming tour!)

Yes, the world needs vegan sneakers!

And sustainable beer drinking!

Hey, you animals:

The NYState Deer Management Program Update…   

Sunglasses for a lamb… 

Check out what these ibex are so casually climbing!

And the Bird of the Week is…  (And looks like it’s covered in sequins!)

Glittering Starfrontlet

 

A second mention – but oh-so worthy – for Duke Riley’s Fly By Night public art installation starring 1800 LED-equipped pigeons

Yours in ever greenness,

UGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Cinco de Mayo, Happy 125th Birthday Carnegie Hall, (Wow!)  It’s Been 55 Years Since the First American  Arrived in Space and National Wildflower Week, UESiders!

Happy-Happy Intro 209-A, too, and world with no more of the below:

BUT…  And most of all…

The happiest and most loving Mother’s Day!!

And a wonderful week ahead for one and all:

Friday, February 19th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-8:30pm 

Prepare yourself for the Mercury in transit and Mars in opposition with assistance of Starmaster John Pazmino!  Both phenomena observable in NYC skies from start to finish (weather permitting)! Free.

Saturday,  May 7th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection – 9am–1pm 

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Samascott, Gajeski and Sikking Farms!

Yes, Ballard’s Honey will be back!

No, no Master Knife Sharpener…  Fingers crossed, she’ll return next week.

Returning to the all-important subject of Mother’s Day:  Just how fabulous will this Saturday’s Sikking Farms flowers be????

(You could treat Mom to some choice spring onions, garlic and greens, too!)  

Last week’s recycling totals: 75 lbs. batteries; 12 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 9 1/2 compost bins;  61 bags of clothes.

Yet another 9 1/2!!

Saturday, May 7th:  Holy Trinity’s May Fair 

Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street, 11am-6pm

The annual street fair complete with live music, tables of books, CDs and interesting bric-a-brac, a children’s corner with face painting, crafts and TWO bouncy castles!  Special activities for the dog lovers among us!  Food and drink from the Genesis Pub!  All proceeds go to church programs, of course.

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 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

Wednesday, May 11th:  “Reuse Because You Can’t Recycle the Planet” Screening, Panel and Fund Raiser

4 Times Square, 4th Floor, 6-8pm

The film:  Reuse Star Alex Eaves’ cross-country adventure/investigation as to how reuse is a win-win-win for people, planet and wallet.  The panel:  NY experts on the art of re-use.  The fund raiser:  For the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board which underwrites such worthy endeavors as the Community-Scale Composting Grant Program!   Tickets:  Starting at $20

Wednesday, May 11th:  To Change Everything, We Need Everyone Event

Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, 7pm

The May installment in the ongoing Sierra Club Sustainability Series.  This time out, experts fill us in on ways each of us can advance the cause of energy efficiency, water consumption, food waste (UESiders know something about that one!) and the impact of (non-Greenmarket) agriculture.  Free but donations appreciated. 

And then: 

Saturday, May 14th:  Wildflower Day at Solar One

Meet at the Solar One Educational Center, Stuyvesant Cove Park, East River Esplanade between 22nd and 23rd Streets, 11am-2pm 

Totally family-friendly, hands-on gardening…  Planting and watering seedlings…  Learning about why we don’t like weeds and how to remove them complete with roots…  Basic and fun plant identification…  A great talk by naturalist Mark Brownlee describing how plants came to be plants… And everyone leaves with native oak acorns to plant!  Free, but please RSVP to  liza@solar1.org

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.)

Black eyed susans

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

Bar Felice, 1591 First Avenue at 83rd Street

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.  Save the date and be a part of keeping the great new energy flowing!!  (And then there’s Bar Felice’s great room, fine wine and hors d’oeuvres…)  For tickets and more

Tuesday, May 17th:  Hudson River Tunnel Scoping Meeting

Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Avenue at 33rd Street, Gold Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Afternoon Session 3-5pm, Evening Session 6-8pm

The Federal Railroad Association and New Jersey Transit invite the public to a pair of meetings during which tunnel plans will be reviewed and citizens can informally speak with and query staff, and submit comments.  A most critical infrastructure project, so go and weigh in, people!  To prepare yourself and more 

Over the Memorial Day Weekend:

Sunday, May 29th:   3rd Annual Memorial Day Hamilton Walking Tour

Meeting Place Given With Ticket Purchase, 1pm

Author and Hamilton afficianado James Nevius will lead a lucky group through streets and to sites that were very much part of Hamilton’s world.  Tickets: $20 before May 18th and $25 thereafter.  For more and tickets...

 Suddenly, it’s June:

Saturday, June 11h:  Shred-A-Thon Almost Summer Edition

82nd Street between First and York, 11am-2pm

Ready…  Set…  Start bundling up that avalanche of paper now!!

Just keep in mind:

NO cardboard or handled shopping bags.

And please do remove paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But we do accept paperbacks.)

Take your hardcovers over to Goodwill.

(As always, thank you, Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for making Shred-A-Thons possible!)

Monday, June 13th to Wednesday, June 15th:  Clean Energy Economy Conference

SUNY Polytechnic Campus, Utica, New York

From microgrids to solar PPAs to hydro to clean energy communities and back again!  So much to learn and in beautiful upper New York State!  Tickets from $50-$97.  For full details

Then there’s miscellany:

Think America should do something about the lead in its water???  (Legislation and money are languishing in Congressional committees.)

Humm…  What’s the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers up to…  Dumping dredged material – CT-dredged material, at that – in waters New York and Connecticut share?  And just what’s that material

Kudos to NYS Senator Liz Krueger for co-sponsoring the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act that, if passed, would require the State Comptroller to remove any fossil fuel holdings from the NYS Common Retirement Fund by 2020!

Great exemplar of citizens eloquently going to bat for the green:  Recent testimony on off-shore wind power at a Long Island Power Authority hearing

More kudos still to Scott’s Miracle Gro for eliminating bee-killing chemicals from its Ortho product!

All but impossible to believe but Fairway – never been in the 86th Street store when it was jammed with shoppers – has declared bankruptcy!  (But they say they’ll be out of it by June…)

Coming soon to York and 75th…  Yes with an affordable component, but the usual an-architect-maybe-walked-through-the-room design… 

For all those who’d prefer personal products not containing tricolsan…  

Tired of the increasing number of robo calls and like them to go away?

Whoa!  Don’t we all need the updated and free NYS “Atlas of Inland Fishes of New York” guide to all 181 of the finned and scaled inhabiting state lakes, ponds, rivers and streams!  

Then there’re these amazing stats on fish in the NYS portion of Lake Erie!  (Is the DEC ever busy!) 

Way, way off the reservation:

Remember your high school chemistry class?  Remember its classic whoosh bottle demonstration?

Eleven of the world’s most baffling theme parks…  (We don’t need more than 11!)

Nine famous rocks…  (We have ourselves pressed lips on the Blarney Stone!)

house and environs covered in coffee mugs?

How to make wool pom poms!

Animal Time:

After 25 years of extinction in the wild, the African oryx is reintroduced to the desert of Chad!  (And our Smithsonian played a role!)

Hummingbirds get their wealth of energy (up to 100 wing strokes a second) how?

Not that we aren’t all grateful for the improving – if not great – state of our UES parks, but wouldn’t be great to have a herd of goats nibbling away in one of them?

More people…  More highrises…  More chickens in the backyards of NYC!

Muskrats in our waterways, too

We’ll be dreaming of millions of plastic bags (still in shipping boxes, all unused),

UGS

 

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