A Most Unhappy Ninth Annual Invasive Species Awareness Week, UESiders!

The good news being that NYState is being pretty darned aggressive in its approach, be the invader flora, fauna, visible to the naked eye or microscopic.

Example:  Boat owners  are required to thoroughly clean their craft outside and in when moving from one NY lake/river to another!

Example:  The full-court press to get the water chestnut spread under control.  In fact, should you be up in the Albany area this coming week, there’ll be a volunteer water chestnut “pull” Monday and Tuesday at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road in Delmar!  

And there’re plenty of things we all can do to hold the line in our everyday life  You can even report actual or suspected invasives for investigation…  Like sightings of the fumewart (!) now spreading along the Bronx River

Meanwhile, how great is it that during this miserable heat/humidity wave, NYC Parks swimming pools stayed open an extra hour today!!  To stay current on pool info

Two hundred and twelfth anniversary of the Hamilton-Burr duel on Monday the 11th

All righty then, on to the week ahead:

Friday, July 10th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-8:30pm 

Starmaster John Pazmino delves into how directions are defined in the heavens…  Then there’s the bonus of stepped outside to take in the July Manhattanhenge!  Free!

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!  Go for it, people!!  Event sponsored by Assembly Member Seawright. To make an appointment or call 311…  

Saturday, July 9th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

It’s Kids’ Day at the Market!!  

Think story reading, an array of great children’s lit to peruse and a sing-along led by Barefoot Books! Market Manager Guramrit adds to the fun with a kid-friendly cooking demo!

And 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!

Yet another great week when the Master Knife Sharpener will be with us, too!  (Arriving around 11am.)

Basil afficianados…  Head for Alewife!!  Heirloom tomatoes…  Cherry Lane!!  Mozzarella…  Valley Shepherd!!

Last week’s recycling totals: 76 lbs. batteries; 24 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 6 pairs of eye glasses; 8 compost bins; 42 bags of clothes.

Yes, after the holiday weekend, we’re betting there’ll be mountains of compost!

Saturday, July 9th:  Festival of Kites & Kayaks

Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, 11am-3pm

Create Manhattan-skyline-inspired kites and fly ’em…  What’s more, you’ll be using recycled stuff and be even more creative juice by Socrates Park and Noguchi Museum teaching artists and the annual Manhattan Kayak Circumnavigation with its hundreds of kayakers out on the East River!  For more and directions

Sunday, July 10th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

And it’s 92nd’s turn for Cooking with Kallos 3.0!!   Yup, that Ben Kallos, esteemed Council Member and gourmet cook!  He’ll be present, in apron and cooking up a storm from 11am-1pm!   

Also with us will be American Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery and Bread Alone, Ole Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Norwich Meadows and Stannart Farms!

(How about the tiny burgers with tzatziki of last week’s cooking demo?)

Last week’s recycling totals: 3 lbs. batteries; 2 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 thermometer; 1 3/4 compost bins!

Friday, July 15th:  Artisanal Whiskey & Cider Tasting

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Gardens, 421 East 62nd Street, 7-8:30pm

Once again, the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum gives us a literal taste of New York’s past…  In this case, of our city’s once favorite beverages!  Plus, the event’s set in the Museum’s lovely garden!!  Members, $29.  Non-members, $34.  For more 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 and make sure it continues and expands! Suggested donation, $30.

Monday, July 11th:  Digital Investigation Premiere

Wythe Hotel Screening Room, 80 Wythe Street at North 11th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 7pm

So what really is the state of NYC’s garbage infrastructure?  Guided by Center for Urban Pedagogy (!) and Teaching Artist Dillon de Cave, students of Greenpoint’s Francis Perkins Academy decided to find out and put what they discovered into a doc!  For more and to reserve a seat… 

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!  (Yes, we managed to get the link in this week!) 

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

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

Visited this lovely space ourselves last Sunday, leaving us with this advice:  Treat yourself to the calm and coolness and view.  We want it open forever but will only get it with headcount!!  (A rehearsal for nailing The Oval and 1190 Second Ave, too!!) 

And in the miscellany file:

Can the Feds actually be allowing major fracking all over the Gulf of Mexico???  Yes, they are!!  Hundreds of them!!  And the dumping of billions of gallons of fracking wastewater!!

How many folks have inquired about and then complained about the present scant opportunities to recycle unwanted medications…  Keep fingers crossed, but it looks like NYState’s heard us

And how many air quality alerts have we already racked up in 2016?  (Nobody’s posting, but there’ve been plenty, including 4 this week!)

Pretty crazy what been transpiring re expansion of the Friends Seminary School

Yes, there’re more bike lanes coming to the UES

But we’re hearing that some of the CitiBike installations will be shrinking a bit

Want to vote for NYC’s worst post office??! 

If you’ve been thinking our sidewalks are ever more crowded, you couldn’t be more correct!! 

But we can all soothe ourselves by taking a look at 13 great NYC outdoor art installations!  (Thanks to reader Jennifer Ranter for the tip!)

As for animals:

Hurrah!  NYState has a Pollinator Task Force and it’s got a protection plan!  (No pesticide ban as yet, but a step forward!)

There’s our state’s also just completed a Bald Eagle Conservation Plan!

Should you object to the shark fin trade

Time for cuteness:

Another baby possum and even more adorable – is that possible? – than previous ones!

A Lithuanian goat beauty contest

The challenging love life of horseshoe crabs

Happy in our greenness,




















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