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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