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



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,



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