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 ! :)”
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…
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!!
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
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!)
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!!
Think our city should be allocating more money for our parks…? (Scroll down…)
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.”
A 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?
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!)
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