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!


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


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,


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