Monthly Archives: June 2016

Happy U.S. Congressional Primary, UESiders!!

Yup, we of the 12th Congressional District are being summoned to our polling places yet again!   Hey, and we’re happy to for the invite, to appear on Tuesday, June 28th, 6am-9pm and exercise our right to VOTE!! 

For info on the candidates and poll locations… 

As for today, it’s the 10th anniversary of the founding of those tireless advocates 1,000+ Friends of NYC Parks!  For those unfamiliar with the good they’ve done, we’ve attached their 2 most recent communications to our email. Needless to say, we advise signing up for their newsletter (admirably brief and to the point) at CARL160@aol.com.

Oh, lest we forget:  It’s International Bug Week!

And, for sure, there’s plenty else going on over the next 7 days:

Saturday,  June 25th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm 

It’s Cooking With Kallos 3.0 (Year 3 he’s been cooking!) this Saturday, 10-11:30am at 82nd!!

And what will our food/kitchen-wise Council Member be preparing?  Yet to be revealed, but think seasonal and delicious!! 

Meanwhile…

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

Ye olde Master Knife Sharpener will be with us, too!  (Arriving around 11am.)

For those who haven’t tried Valley Shepherd’s brie…  Then there’s Gayeski’s baby beets!

Last week’s recycling totals: 66 lbs. batteries; 15 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 4 pairs of eyeglasses; 10 compost bins; 58 bags of clothes.

Yet, another 10 bin week!!

Saturday, June 25th:  Chelsea Garden Club Pit Tour

Meet at Eighth Avenue & 22nd Street, 10am

Inspiration of so many other bicycle island gardening efforts – including ours on First Ave – Chelsea Gardeners are masters of the craft , lovely folks and with a ton of knowledge to impart! 

Saturday, June 25th:  Great Randall’s Island Treasure Hunt

Randall’s Island Park, Field 61/62, 10am-2pm

Explore the Park while mastering the fine art of navigating/orienteering with compass and map!  Equipment provided.  One course for kids.  One course for adults.  Treasure for all!!  Free.  For details

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 use?  Then this is the rally for you!!  Add live music, ice cream, and face painting…  So, of course, bring the kids!   (For more on the Oval past and present…)

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!!

And right across First Ave:

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 plastic handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are okay.)

(Take those hardcovers over to Goodwill.)

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

Sunday, June 26th:  Manhattan Safe Disposal Event

Columbia Teachers College, West 120th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam, 10am-4pm

Is June 26th’s turning out to be one amazingly green day or what?  A Greenmarket opening…  Shred–A-Thon… And the moment to get rid of items like those old moldering cans of paint, solvent, electronics, car batteries and medications…  Well, here’s the full list:

  • Automotive products such as motor oil, transmission fluid, and spent batteries
  • Personal care items like unwanted medicines or cosmetics
  • Thermometers
  • Syringes (clearly labeled and packaged in a “sharps” container or other leak proof, puncture-resistant container)
  • Household products such as pesticides, paint, hazardous cleaners, spent compact fluorescent lightbulbs
  • Electronics

Of course, it’s free!!

Sunday, June 26th:  Green Park Gardeners NYC Volunteer Day

Andrew Haswell Green Park, East River Esplanade between 62nd and 63rd, 2-5pm

A host of fun projects in this most gorgeous, riverside garden…  From rose bush maintenance to garden path maintenace to painting to removing invasive vines to installing a bio-fence!  Lots of good company and learning, too.   For planning purposes, be great if you’d RSVP to greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com.   (If you’re wondering who Andrew Haswell Green was…)

Sunday, June 26th:  Jamaica Bay Sunset Ecology Cruise

Departure Spot TBA, 5-8pm

A 3-hour cruise on the 100-foot “Golden Sunshine” among the nesting osprey, terns, egrets, herons and oyster catchers led by the expert and great Don Riepe!  There’re refreshments (including wine), too!  $50.  To learn more and reserve a place:  donriepe@gmail.com or 718-474-0896.  

On the horizon:

Tuesday, June 28th:  NYS DEC Natural Resillency Webinar

In Front of Your Computer, 8:45-11:15am

A webinar which will – and we quote – “feature four presentations that will highlight existing practices, challenges, and the status, design, and maintenance of nature-based solutions projects for enhancing coastal resilience in New York and New Jersey.”  Speakers include Chris Hilke, National Wildlife Federation; Jackie Jahn, GreenVest; Dawn McReynolds, NYS DEC; Steve Jacobus, NJ DEP; and Dr. Jon K. Miller, Stevens Institute of Technology.  For more…  And to sign in

Thursday, June 30th:  5th Annual East River Crew Fireworks Row!

Meet on the East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 8:30-10pm

Take in Astoria’s fantastic Grucci fireworks display from an East River vantage point…  Just off Mill Rock and on a bench in one of the Crew’s wonderful boats!  Row or not as you please.  $50.  To RSVP, ERCrew95@gmail.com. For more check out the flyer attached to this week’s email!    

And then it’s July:

Monday, July 4th:  Celebrate July 4th with Alexander Hamilton!

New York Historical Society, Central Park West at 77th Street, 10am-6pm

Music…  Patriotic crafts…  Join the Continental Army (you can drill!)…  A founding father quiz…  An Alexander Hamilton quiz… Family friendliness and learning at their finest.  (Yup, the wonderful but once staid Historical Society has reinvented itself!)  Kids under 17 free!  For complete details

Saturday, July 9th: Zoning Scavenger Hunt

Meet at Open House New York, 1133 Broadway, 2nd Floor, 10am-7:30pm

In celebration of the 100th birthday of  NYC’s first zoning resolution and how it’s shaped the city since, the Museum of the City of New York and Open House have partnered in a citywide scavenger hunt!  We can’t wait!! $30 (and you must reserve a place).  For the total rundown and tickets

Thursday, July 21st:  East River Crew Benefit

Merrion Square, 1840 Second Avenue at 94th Street, 7-9pm

For those who’ve had the – we mean it – sublime experience of being out on the East River in one of the Crew’s wonderful boats and want to be – how can you stop yourself –  going again and this time bringing friends…  For those of you who never been and have been promising yourselves that treat…  Give yourself the pleasure of knowing this most green and special pleasure of the UESide’s Esplanade continues and expands!   Suggested donation, $30.

Friday, July 29th:  In the Footsteps of Hamilton Virtual Walking Tour

New York Historical Society,  Central Park West at 77th Street, 6:30pm

Can’t get enough of A.  Hamilton’s life and times and NYC?  Who can and why resist?  In this case you don’t even have leave a comfortable seat in the NYHS’s air conditioned auditorium to trace the great American’s New York experience!  Free! 

Miscellany bad, good and fun:

YES!  Parks gained back a goodly amount of ground in this year’s NYC budget!

YES!!  Same for our public libraries!

You bet there’s a NYC Solar Map!  (Surprising how much there is, but we want more!) 

PARENTS, AHOY!!  Have you kids schools – and we know those schools are paragons of greenness – applied for the DSNY’s Golden Apple award and up to $10K in grant money?!!  For the lowdown

Still on the subject of kids, if you think reducing nutritional standards for school meals is a questionable idea

Totally worthwhile to take a look at Congress’s proposed Compromise GMO “labeling” bill

The Who’s Who of methane pollution

How to find out if there’s BPA in the packaging of 16,000 items of food now on grocery store shelves

Meanwhile the EPA’s also in the proposal game with its first revisions to its Agricultural Worker Standards since 1992Yes, since 1992!!  (Example of a new reg:  Children under 18 will now be barred from handling pesticides!)

And BPA’s emerging connection to childhood obesity

Hummm…  Seen the $1B re-design of the Javits Center…? 

So which is the more…  Well, for once we can’t quite settle on the word that best describes what the former commander of our Precinct 19 got up to or the Second Ave Subway’s crawl to the finish line? 

Haven’t we all stopped believing in administrative miracles, but Virginia’s now embarked on a new approach to designating its publicly-funded projects...      

When do we really like drones???  When they’re up in the sky discovering illegal logging in Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve!!

YES!  NYState is proposing that we adopt California’s more stringent auto emission standards

Best newspaper piece of the week?  The Times; “4,223 Benches with Stories To Tell“!

For all those unfamiliar PBS’s got a real winner in their “SciTech Now.  Case and point, a segment from this week’s show on the marine garbage patch… 

Perhaps others are not such suckers for kitchen gadgets as we…  But for those who are, Sur la Table’s got a great sale going!  (Check out the kale stripper!) 

Can’t get enough animals:

Osprey Cam (complete with little osprey chicks) is back!

Ten facts about butterflies

Cute jackets for a orphaned baby lamb but, better still, how Little Lamb can nicely hang out in your home!  (Scroll down…)

How wonderful that being read to heals traumatized dogs

In honor of the earlier mentioned International Bug Week, the crazies at Atlas Obscura offer nine dream vacations for the entomologists among us!  (There’s a U.S. National Tick Museum!)

What local fauna has 10 eyes and all of them open?

And the Bird of the Week is…

Rainbow-bearded-Thornbill

Rainbow-bearded-Thornbill

Latest from the Hudson River Almanac:

6/17 – Inwood Hill Park, HRM 13.5: “Sumer is icumen in!” Along the inlet of Spuyten Duyvil Creek, curly dock was now fruiting, red and white mulberries were ripening, yam-leaved clematis, white sweet-clover, triangle orache were leavy [archaic word, but lovely], and field bindweed had its first blossoms.  False indigo was budding, and the saltwater cordgrass was knee-high. The little patch of horse nettle had abruptly filled out and flowered (it’s really a nightshade; the flowers, except for color, are just like tomato flowers). In the Clove, jewelweed had its first lovely blossoms and clearweed was coming up.

Jewelweed [orange touch-me-not] (Impatiens capensis) the Clove, IHP 6/28/13

Jewelweed

Up on the ridge, everything was in full leaf, creating a sense of deep woods. Common enchanter’s-nightshade, motherwort and the bedstraw, called cleavers, were much more extensive than in past years; where there were three or four field garlic plants, there were now three dozen. I saw no stinging nettle. Most striking was that the day-lilies were suddenly resplendent in big patches, with a few white fleabanes for contrast and just one anise-root plant. Herb-Robert and celandine were blooming and false Solomon’s seal had berries. Honeysuckle had blossoms but the lilac bush at the Overlook was already finished. – Thomas Shoesmith

[“Sumer Is Icumen In” is a fragment of the lyrics of a mid-13th century medieval English song, translating to “Summer Has Come In.” – Tom Lake.]

Voting makes a person that much greener,

UGS

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A Happy Green Father’s Day, UESider Dads! 

Thank you for recycling and shredding…  Thank you for buying local and organic…  Thank you for supporting our markets, parks, the revivification of our Esplanade and beautification of our not-so many open spaces of every size…  Thank you for pressing your buildings and our city to be ever more energy efficient and climate aware… And thank you for so much more!

Quite an inheritance you’re leaving and not just to your offspring!

Yes.

And today’s World Sea Turtle Day!   With all of June being National Healthy Home Month!  (For possible non-healthy things to check in your home…) 

On to the coming week:

June to August:  Free Fishing Clinics

Various Manhattan Venues, Days and Times…  Including Father’s Day!

This Father’s Day weekend (and many to come) come learn to fish at one of the nine free fishing clinics being held across the state.   Participants can fish for free with no freshwater fishing license or enrollment in the fishing registry!  (There’s a fishing registry?)  For this weekend’s schedule…  And the full NYS summer

Saturday,  June 18th:   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, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Gajeski and Sikking Farms!

As you had to have noticed, a new farmer’s joined our happy band… Green Pastures with their beautiful Shiitake mushrooms!  (Had to have noticed because, they sold out last week, their very first Saturday with us!) 

Look for our own Master Knife Sharpener, too!  (Arriving around 11am.)

And this from Market Manager Supremo Margaret:  “Strawberries and peas are in full season and all the salad and cooking greens are looking downright beautiful!”

Last two weeks’ recycling totals: 50 & 72 lbs. batteries; 11 & 13 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 11 & 8 pairs of eyeglasses; 11 & 11 compost bins; 60 & 99 bags of clothes and 6940 lbs. of paper!

You read those numbers right!  6940 lbs of paper and 99 bags of clothes!!  Both new records!!

Meanwhile, Sanitation is promising us an 11th compost bin!!

(For those who share our battery recycling obsession (and they’re a lot of you), check Kiplinger’s look at batteries of the future and why recycling them will be even more attractive than present models!  (Thanks to reader Karen Lane for the tip!)

Sunday, June 19th:  Father’s Day with Aly Sunshine & Funkytown Playground

The Great Hill, Central Park, 12-1:30pm

Music and movement to sing-along-songs that combine fun and learning!  Of course, the event couldn’t be more family friendly.  Free.  For more and directions

Tuesday, June 21st:  Lower Manhattan Night at the Museums

4-8pm

Sixteen museums…  Many offering free or reduced admission…  Who even knew some of them even existed…  All on the longest day of the year!   What a city is our New York!!  For the 16 and complete details

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 use?  Then this is the rally for you!!  Add live music, ice cream, and face painting…  So, of course, bring the kids!   (For more on the Oval past and present…)

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!!

And on the very same day:

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!

But remember:

NO cardboard or plastic handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are okay.)

(Take those hardcovers over to Goodwill.)

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

Sunday, June 26th:  Green Park Gardeners NYC Volunteer Day

Andrew Haswell Green Park, East River Esplanade between 62nd and 63rd, 2-5pm

A host of fun projects in this most gorgeous, riverside garden…  From rose bush maintenance to garden path maintenace to painting to removing invasive vines to installing a bio-fence!  Lots of good company and learning, too.   For planning purposes, be great if you’d RSVP to greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com.   (If you’re wondering who Andrew Haswell Green was…)

Right around the corner:

Monday, July 4th:  Celebrate July 4th with Alexander Hamilton!

New York Historical Society, Central Park West at 77th Street, 10am-6pm

Music…  Patriotic crafts…  Join the Continental Army (you can drill!)…  A founding father quiz…  An Alexander Hamilton quiz… Family friendliness and learning at their finest.  (Yup, the wonderful but once staid Historical Society has reinvented itself!)  Kids under 17 free!  For complete details

Fridays, July 9th, 15th, 22nd & 29th:  Evening Bat Walks

Meet at the Museum of Natural History’s Entrance on 77th Street, between Central Park West & Columbus Avenue, 8pm 

And we quote, ” Join Bradley Klein, Danielle Gustafson, and other members of the New York City Bat Group for a walk through Central Park. Aided by detectors that amplify the bats’ otherwise inaudible high-frequency chirps, bat-watchers monitor and catalogue the species that call the city home.”  Yes, and really fun!  Adults, $40.  Children under 12, $25.  For more and tickets

Summer Tuesdays Commencing July 12th:  Rooftop Cine-Concert Series

Czech Center, 321 East 73rd Street, 7pm (for cocktails on the roof), 8pm for the film

This year’s theme:  Silent horror classics accompanied by spine-tinging live music!  And you read it right, frosty cocktails are on offer!  Members, $18.  Non-members purchasing online, $20.  At the door, $25.  For the full slate and tickets…  

What would miscellany be if it not all over the map:

It could have been NYC and years, but the crown goes to Philadelphia…  First American city to adopt a sugary soda tax…  (Philly’ll be financing pre-K with the proceeds.)

Tabling (for the moment) of NYS Assembly Bill A7807 (pretty much eliminating restrictions on new buildings’ height and bulk) doesn’t mean there aren’t a ton of zillion-story behemoths on drawing boards!  If you’d like to assist downtown neighbors’ efforts to fend of two new colossuses planned for the Greenwich Village Historic District…  (Colossus #1, Colossus #2)

While we’re in colossal realm, the descriptor aptly describes the present RoundUp display at the Long Island City Home Depot.  This while EU countries have – for a third time – voted against Monsanto distributing the stuff within their borders!

For crying out loud, where does an Oreo get off being packed with GMOs??!  If you’d like to see  America’s favorite cookie clean up its act

And/or you think the proposed 87,500-acre of prime Maine woods (a donation) would make an excellent new national monument… 

So clever of the Brits to mandate the world’s ugliest color be used on all cigarette packs sold in the UK

For those of us who’ve been following micro apartment evolution – for us dating back to Museum of the City of NewYork’s 1-to-1-scale model of 2-3 years ago – micro exemplar Carmel Place is up, becoming inhabited and NYTimes’ Penelope Green weighs in on the experience… 

Likely not viable in our NYC but good to know the ancient harvesting method of harvesting survives (there’s a Scythe Assocation of Britain and Ireland!)…

At last!  The East 85th Street Firehouse‘s (home of famed fire cat Carlow) will be getting a total modernization!

Animal time:

Props to the gentlemen of Precinct 19’s Emergency Services Unit and Animal Care Center for this week’s red-tailed hawk rescue!

Of course, comfort dogs from the 4 corners of America are now hard at work in Orlando

Whatever Russian/American differences may be, we are as one when it comes to cats online

Ten facts we all need to know about adorable donkeys

Monique the globe-trotting–  make that the circum-navigating/adventure-hungry chicken

Okay, like it wasn’t enough that baby finches learned finch-language from their parents, now they’ve discovered birds are learning their species-distinctive calls from mom when they’re still in the egg!  (Do listen to the calls!)

Signing out with this choiceness from the Hudson River Almanac: 

6/4 – Manhattan, HRM 13 11: As part of the second annual World Science Festival Great Fish Count, we seined for both science and education at two locations in northern Manhattan.

Our first stop was Inwood Hill Park near Spuyten Duyvil where we netted a much greater diversity than last year, when we caught only mummichogs (more than 100 of them). This year, along with one beautiful pair of mummichogs, we had a net full of Atlantic silversides, a few bay anchovies, and seven young of the year [YOY] summer flounder. Mixed in with a couple of blue crabs and some comb jellies were what appeared to be four small green cylinders of algae, yet once popped into the tank the cylinders opened into beautiful green sea slugs; we’re consulting with experts about their identity. The inlet off the Harlem River was 67 degrees F and the salinity was 13.5 ppt

green sea slug

One of  Those Sea Slugs

Our next stop was Fort Washington Park, just south of the George Washington Bridge, where we met an enthusiastic crowd on a sandy beach exposed by the ebbing tide. The water was turbid and the bottom was muddy and it was difficult for the attendees to believe that anything would come up in the seine. But just two hauls brought in many bay anchovies, several northern pipefish, and Atlantic silversides, as well as YOY fishes such as northern sea robins, bluefish, a winter flounder, and a spotted hake. The most surprising catch was a male lined seahorse carrying eggs in his brood pouch. In the short time we had him, the seahorse captivated the onlookers with his fan like dorsal fin waving so quickly it seemed to vibrate as it propelled him upright across the aquarium. The only nonnative species in our catch was a single Asian shore crab. The river was a little warmer and a bit saltier here – 68 degrees F and 16.0 ppt. – Margie Turin, Brent Turin & Tom Lake

That Pregnant Seahorse

That Pregnant Seahorse

Wishing you every greenness,

UGS 

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Happy World Ocean Days and GreenThumb Month, UESiders!!

GreenThumb being our Parks Departments great assemblage of citywide garden programs and gardener support!

For those not yet on the mailing list (you want both online and the print newsletter), pay a visit to the GreenThumb site…  

Given our watering issues up and down the far East Side, getting hands on hydrant wrenches could be of particular interest!

And now for the 7 days ahead:

Saturday,  June 11th:   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, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Gajeski and Sikking Farms!

Lots on our market dance card this week…

UESider and food luminary Dana Jacobi will be devising this Saturday’s food demo…  Likely something from her new cookbook!

The Master Knife Sharpener will be present and honing, too!1  (About 11am.)

Then, with summer just around the corner, there’s the ever-expanding variety of produce on all those tables!   YUMMM!!

Last week’s recycling totals: TBA lbs. batteries; TBA lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; TBA pairs of eyeglasses; TBA compost bins; TBA bags of clothes.

(Yours truly was away last Saturday, but the question looms:  Could it have been another 10-bin week?!!!)

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

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

AT LAST…

However…

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 ever, thanks to Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for their generous grants!)

Sunday, June 12th:  14th Annual Drum Beat Along the Hudson

218th Street and Indian Road, Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan, 11am-6pm
Native Americans, Japanese, Brazilians, Spanish, Tibetans, Aftricans and Koreans…  If they beat drums and dance, they will be here and giving us other New Yorkers a fabulous taste of their culture! Free.  For the complete rundown

Tuesdays Throughout The Summer:  Row With the East River Crew!

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 5pm 

No better summer treat than time spent out on our wonderful East River in one of the Crew’s wonderful boats!!  Row yourself or just sit, soak up river knowledge from crew members and enjoy. Completely family friendly.  Free but donations won’t be rejected.  For more

Coming up fast:

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 use?  Then this is the rally for you!!  Add live music, ice cream, and face painting…  So, of course, bring the kids!   (For more on the Oval past and present…)

Sunday, June 26th:  Jamaica Bay Sunset Ecology Cruise

Departure Spot TBA, 5-8pm

A 3-hour cruise on the 100-foot “Golden Sunshine” among the nesting osprey, terns, egrets, herons and oyster catchers led by the expert and great Don Riepe!  There’re refreshments (including wine), too!  $50.  To learn more and reserve a place:  donriepe@gmail.com or 718-474-0896.   

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!!

And on the very same day:

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!

But do recall:

NO cardboard or handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are okay.)

(Take those hardcovers over to Goodwill.)

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

And then:

Friday, July 1st to Saturday July 16th:  IDNYC Sign-Up

Webster Library Branch, 1465 York Avenue, 3rd Floor, Tuesday-Thursday – 11am-6:30pm, Friday & Saturday, 10am-4:30pm, Saturday the 16th 10am-12pm and closed on Saturday, July 2nd

Fantastic for those without usual ID forms, but pretty darned great even if you do given free, one-year memberships in a host of cultural institutions and discounts for services from movies to Citibike! Event sponsored by Assembly Member Seawright.  To make an appointment or call 311…  

Time for a – for once – light dose of miscellany:

One more time:

If you support our city’s (and all other New York State municipalities’) right to implement disposable – i.e. plastic – bag legislation

Take issue with proposed way-upward NYC zoning changes (NY Senate Bill 5469 and Assembly Bill 7807), then tell our Senator Krueger and Assembly Member Seawright, plus Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie  as well!

And/or if you’re stunned by the awfulness of  NYC’s new Landmarks Drop-Dead Deadline Bill

Much lighter:

Better late than never that the FDA’s addressing the environmental mischief caused by agricultural chemical atazine!

Chicago has a salad vending machine  and we do not!

Totally off the reservation:

Really, Tylenol can work for the broken hearted

Not forgetting those animals:

Pretty incredible that mom and dad’s “baby bird talk” teaches little finches how to sing!

Then there’s this:

Lovely and so deserved tribute to the last surviving 9/11 Search Dog

May she rest in peace and greenness,

UGS

 

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Happy LGBT  Month, UESiders!!

Happy Approaching 72nd Anniversary of D Day!!

And, yes, happy Donut Day, too!!

So what happening over the next seven days might those who come after us look back upon with affection, pride and/or chagrin: 

Now:  “In the Public Domaine” Volunteer Singing Event

Lincoln Center, 

And we quote:  “The Mostly Mozart and Lincoln Center Out of Doors festivals are inviting New Yorkers to register online to participate in the Aug. 13th performance in Lincoln Center Plaza.”  That is, they’re looking for 1,000 New Yorkers to perform  “in the public domaine”, a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning David Lang!  Kids welcome, too!!  Some kind of summer fun and thanks to reader Jacqueline Ottman for the tip!!  For full info and to sign up

Friday, June 3rd to Sunday, June 5th:  Prague Summer Program in NYC

Czech Center New York, 321 East 73rd Street

A three-day literary festival  complete with readings, workshops, lectures, readings, panel discussions and a 2-day book Bohemian fair!  All on the UES!  Free but some events are limited to just 10 attendees.  For the rundown  

Saturday,  June 4th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm 

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

You know Cherry Lane will have strawberries (for those who arrive at 9 sharp!)

Yes, and the Master Knife Sharpener will be us yet another Saturday!!  (Look for her to arrive around 11am!)

Looking forward to next week, neighbor and food maven Dana Jacobi will be whipping up a great demo and signing copies of her new book! 

Last week’s recycling totals: 73 lbs. batteries; 11 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  4 pairs of eyeglasses; 10 compost bins;  67 bags of clothes.

Yes, another Saturday of TEN totally full compost bins!! 

Saturday, June 4th:  World Science Festival Great Fish Count

Educators from DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program and Region 2 will join partners from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and other environmental education groups at multiple sites to show visitors a sample of the variety of slippery, wriggly, and fascinating creatures usually hidden below the surface of estuarine waters around New York City. These programs are free. Visit the World Science Festival’s Great Fish Count website for more information.

Manhattan Sites
• Lower East Side Ecology Center: angling 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the East River Park Fire Boat House
• The River Project: fish and crab traps 12:00 – 2:00 PM at Steamship Lilac, Hudson River Park Pier 25 at West St & North Moore St
• Hudson River Park Trust: angling 1:00 – 4:00 PM on Pier 84 at 12th Ave & 44th St
• Fort Washington Park: seining 2:00 – 4:00 PM just south of Little Red Lighthouse
• Inwood Hill Park: seining 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM in Washington Heights at West 218 St & Indian Rd
• Randall’s Island Park: seining 2:00 – 4:00 PM on the Harlem River just north of 103rd St pedestrian bridge

 Tuesdays, June 7th, 21st & 28th:  Mount Vernon Hotel Museum Summer Garden Concerts 

421 East 61st Street, 6pm

From jazz guitar to tavern tunes to celestial harp music and all in the Hotel Museum’s cool, lush, peaceful garden!  One of the Upper East Side’s summer joys and great for the whole family!  Free to Members and Babies.  Non-members, $15.  Children under 12, $5.  There’s even an all-3-for-the-price-of-2 deal!    For more and tickets

Wednesday, June 8th:  Our Upper East Side – Story Exchange

67th Street Library, 328 East 67th Street, 5:30-7pm

Gather with your neighbors…  Listen to their true-life Upper East Side stories…  And share your own in the Five Boro Story Project!   Another and great facet to the library’s on-going Upper East Side Story Oral History Project!  These are beautiful things, people!

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

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

Just one week away…

BUT…

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 generous grants!)

And in only three weeks:

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!!  Add live music, ice cream, and face painting…  So,, yes, bring the kids!   (For more on the Oval past and present…)

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!!

And on the very same day:

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 those hardcovers over to Goodwill.)

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

And then:

Friday, July 1st to Saturday July 16th:  IDNYC Sign-Up

Webster Library Branch, 1465 York Avenue, 3rd Floor, Tuesday-Thursday – 11am-6:30pm, Friday & Saturday, 10am-4:30pm, Saturday the 16th 10am-12pm and closed on Saturday, July 2nd

Fantastic for those without usual ID forms, but pretty darned great even if you do given free, one-year memberships in a host of cultural institutions and discounts for services from movies to Citibike! Event sponsored by Assemblymember Seawright.   To make an appointment or call 311…  

Miscellany, if you please:

Ha!  The City Council’s Landmarks Timeline Bill has again raised its modified but still ugly head. Took decades to get the likes of the Bergdorf Goodman building protected.  This bill would provide only a 2-year window.  If you feel time should be on our architectural treasures’ side… 

If you think we’d cut down on food waste by standardizing “best used by” labels  

Ha!  A skullduggerous developer on 88th Street gets his hands slapped big time!

Mister Softee under threat…?

Hang your head in shame, MTA…  Took the Swiss less than 2 decades to construct the world’s longest (35 1/2 miles) and deepest rail tunnel on time and on budget ($12B) while you – MTA – have spent close to a decade on a subway line running 33 blocks and costing $4.5B…so far!   

Meanwhile, “invisible” trains are on Japan’s horizon… 

A trajectory leading to The Times’ so on-point “Tracking Down the True Age of Innovation”… 

Yes!  Parisiennes are not having the proposed new kiosk design!

Breathe deeply:

Solar’s arrived in residential Harlem!

Vertical farming in Newark expands yet again!

Okay, add private plane jaunts with prostitutes to the bribes enjoyed by the erstwhile commander of our Precinct 19…

This week’s furry/finned/scaled:

Amazing!  Dog racing still existed in Kansas in 2016…   And – better late than never – has just been banned!

No kidding, our NYState turtles need us to be more careful!  (And be inspired but cute turtle pix!

And know that we’re being invading by moose!

As well as  a tidal wave of adorable fox cub videos!

And the Hudson River Almanac sez:

5/26 – Inwood Hill Park, HRM 13.5: I was on the little footbridge by the inlet of Spuyten Duyvil Creek, looking down at some small fish when I saw movement on a tiny patch of bottom. It turned out to be at least three fiddler crabs, the first I had seen here. When I looked at my photo later, I saw two more fiddler crabs and a hermit crab, also a first! –  Thomas Shoesmith

male fiddler crab

One of Those Two Fiddler Crabs

Red-jointed fiddler crabs (Uca minax) are found along the eastern shore of North America, from Cape Cod south to Florida, and along the Gulf coast. They live in the inter-tidal areas of muddy or sandy beaches that are exposed at low tide. Each fiddler crab digs its own burrow and they can be as much as two feet deep. The male red-jointed fiddler crab has one large claw (it appears to some as a “fiddle,” and it can be either the left or right claw), and one relatively small claw. The female fiddler crab has two normal-sized claws. Until storm tides made their habitat unsuitable, Terry Milligan monitored a fiddler crab colony in a catch basin of the Edgewater (NJ) Commons Mall for ten years (2001-2010). Fiddler crabs have been reported in the Almanac as far upriver as Constitution Marsh (river mile 52). Tom Lake

Greener with each passing day,

UGS

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