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!)


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!!


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”:


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,


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