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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