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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com. (Heavy rain cancels. Rain day, Saturday, May 22nd.)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. And for more on all 3 events…
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:
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
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…)
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 email@example.com.
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…
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)
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?
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!
Hey, you animals:
Check out what these ibex are so casually climbing!
And the Bird of the Week is… (And looks like it’s covered in sequins!)
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,