Happy 4th of July Weekend, UESiders!!

And as we revel in the attendant fireworks and grilling…

Today’s the 60th B’day of our once great Interstate Highway System.


Back to fireworks and grilling and on to the next 7 days: 

Now 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.  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…  

Now to August:   Free Fishing Clinics

Various Manhattan Venues, Days and Times

Learn to fish at one of the many free, utterly family friendly clinics across the state.   Participants can fish for free with no freshwater fishing license or enrollment in the fishing registry!  (Amazing there’s a fishing registry?)  For the full NYS summer schedule

Saturday, July 2nd:   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, Green Pastures and Sikking Farms!

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

No question 2016 strawberries are fantastic…  But this year’s  TOMATOES…  Holy crow!!

Same for Gayeski’s baby basil!

And so good to see squash beginning to appear!

Really, how unbelievable are Skikking’s flowers…?

Last week’s recycling totals: 62 lbs. batteries; 22 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 9 compost bins; 58 bags of clothes.

We chalking up early departures for the holiday weekend for that one less-than-usual bin!

(This ‘ll be Recycling Manager Vincentia’s last Saturday with us, so do say good-by!)

Saturday & Sunday, July 2nd & 3rd:  Asia Society 60th Birthday Free Admission

Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, 11am-6pm

Celebrated with the gift of free public access to four of the Society’s primo exhibits featuring sculpture, photographs, video, paintings, ceramics and more!  

Saturdays/Sundays till July 31st:  “What Are You Made Of?” Particpatory Science Project

Sackler Educational Laboratory, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 77th Street, 12-5:45pm

And we quote, “Join a groundbreaking new project to help scientists understand how microbes contribute to human health!  To learn more about these beneficial microbes, the American Museum of Natural History is teaming up with researchers from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health for a first-of-its-kind study. And you can help!”  Come the weekend, just stop by the Sackler Laboratory and donate a swab of your hands, mouth and nostrils!”  Got to be 18 and, need we say, everything handled anonymously.  For full details…  

Sunday, July 3rd:  92nd Street Market

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Street, 9am-5pm

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

Back and how what with American Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery and Bread Alone, Ole Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Norwich Meadows and Stannart Farms!


Last week’s recycling totals: 12 lbs. batteries; 4 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 4 compost bins and 7160 pounds of paper!!

Yes, people, 92nd began its season by filling all 4 comost bins and broke the paper shredding record set at 82nd Street just 2 weeks ago!  (During the 3 hour event, one of you arrived with shredding every 72 seconds!!)

As ever, major thanks to Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for their enduring support AND new sponsor Assembly Member Seawright!!

And thank you, Mike and Dolph, for being such great and fun volunteers!!

Sundays, July 3rd, 17th, 24th & 31st:  The 90th Street Pier Open For Passive Recreation

The East River Esplanade at 90th Street, 10am-2pm

No counting the hours Esplanade Friend’s founder Jennifer Ratner’s put in untangling the claims of the various city/state/Transportation/Parks entities on this wonderful space…  But she’s emerged victorious!  So get yourself down and revel in yet another tidbit of public access returned – albeit briefly – for OUR enjoyment!   (Next:  The Oval and 1190 Second Ave!!) 

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

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…  

Saturday, July 13th:  9th Annual City of Water Day

Everywhere Near NYC Bodies of H2O, 10am-4pm

Why bother to summarize the multitudinous, amazing, FREE, family-friendly activities…  Head directly to the event’s site

Never more miscellaneous:

Hummm…  The U.S. Senate’s moved forward on a bill overturning Vermont’s landmark GMO-labeling law…  On the good side of things, both our NY Senators voted against!   With the final vote’s set for this coming week, let’s hope food industry slaves get in sync with the public’s will.

Where do bits and pieces of the many wonderful NYC buildings betrayed by our Landmarks Commission go

Meanwhile, our mayor’s seen fit to sign Bill 775-A which’ll handily add to the architecture we’ll be losing.

While Albany weasels around with reining in plastic bags, they’re now officially banned in France

San Francisco’ll be banning styrofoam in 2017

As the algae continues to bloom and reek, we can be very happy we’re not in Florida

If you have reservations about prisons being profit-making concerns    

As we continue to beat the drum for better care – by us – of our street trees, this particularly fine piece from West Side tree advocate, Melissa Edelstein!

Set in motion by Jet Blue and GrowNYC, there’s a volunteer vegetable garden at JFK!!  (With the majority of produce going to City Harvest!)

That and NYC now has a rooftop vineyard where you can also sample the product!

Who knew there was an individual – a French individual – responsible for the proliferation of lilacs…! 

Up for some dismaying commercial carting stats?  (Dismaying but not surprising…)

Courtesy of The Smithsonian, 7 surprising things to learn about the Star-Spangled Banner…  (Bonus-bonus fact: Ralph Lauren was a major contributor to the flag’s recent, decade-long restoration!)

Ten secrets of the FDNY! 

Seven “guides to the hidden city” (NYC, of course) recommended by The Times’ Sam Roberts

And National Geographic’s Photographs/Photographers of the Year are…  (They’ re great!!)

IKEA’s restyling its blue bag?!

For those who share our enthusiasm for cast iron cookware, here’s a guide to its care

If only J. Belushi was alive to play the role…  (And why the ability to explain uber science is such a gift!)

Can’t have enough animal-centric stuff:

An animal that survives and thrives without ever drinking water

Why many Americans ask, do we spend treasure and time restoring threatened animal populations and then… Well, pretty much throw them – as they have the red wolf – to the wolves?  Should you think the Fish & Wildlife Service needs to reengage with survival of this uniquely American critter   

And should you think the U.S. shark fin trade should come to an end

From the mouths of…  Or the 7-year old who changed ornithology

Why do our cats like to sleep on our heads…?

An heroic mother opossum…  And adorable opossum babies

An even more adorable baby koala!!

And from the wonderful Hudson River Almanac:

6/23 – New York City:  Twice in the last three days a lion’s mane jellyfish was spotted right under Pier 84 at Hudson River Park. Lion’s mane jellyfish have not been seen around as frequently in the past seasons. They come in a variety of colors and are often red or purple. Lion’s mane jellyfish is one of the few planktonic organisms drifting with the tides and currents that is big enough so that we can see with our human eye.
– Sally Feng

Lion’s Mane Jellyfish!

[Most of us encounter the lion’s mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata) when it is washed up on a beach, its reddish bell or mantle splayed on the sand. These are a cold-water stinging jellyfish that favor northern waters but are sometimes found in the lower estuary. They can reach a diameter of 10 feet with 200-foot tentacles, but most that we see are less than two feet in diameter with tentacles up to 30 feet long. – Dery Bennett.]

6/23 – Manhattan, HRM 2: At the River Project’s sampling station at Pier 40, we caught a mud crab that seemed like it had a bleached carapace. A photo revealed that it was a white-fingered mud crab (Rhithropanopeus harrisii). – Jacqueline Wu

(A crab that goes by many a name!)

Here’s to a very green 240th U.S.A. b’day,


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