Happy Ninth Annual City of Water Day, UESiders!

A ton of wonderful things to be doing on NYC’s 520 miles of waterfront…

(Us?  We’re inclined towards a boat-involved activity… Or heading out to Governor’s Island…  Or maybe doing some cardboard kayaking construction...)

And the festival’s not just confined to New York…  Hoboken’s participating, too!

Meanwhile, there’s the (non-Water Day) Obscura Society tour of shipwrecks along the Coney Island Creek! 

Whatever one does, it’ll be a great July 16th!!

As for the week that follows:

Friday & Saturday, July 15th & 16th:  IDNYC Sign-Up

Webster Library Branch, 1465 York Avenue at 78th Street, 3rd Floor, Friday, 10am-4:30pm, Saturday, 10am-12pm. 

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… 

Friday, July 15th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Starmaster John Pazmino sheds light on that strange class of asteroids, the Trojans!  Sure, Jupiter, Mars and Neptune have Trojans… And – as has been recently discovered – so does EARTH!   Free and very much fun!

Saturday, July 16th:   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!

Add the Master Knife Sharpener to the mix, too!  (Arriving around 11am.)

And while it will be Water Day elsewhere, it’s total Fresh-from-the-Field Corn Day at our UES markets!!

Don’t miss Samascott’s berries either! 

Last week’s recycling totals: 104 lbs. batteries; 31 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair of eye glasses; 8 compost bins; 37 bags of clothes.

Sunday, July 10th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

Was Council Member Council kohlrabi cold slaw fabulous or what?

(Did we know kohlrabi was related – in some cases distantly but still – cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collard greens and Brussels sprouts?)

As ever, at their tables will be American Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery and Bread Alone, Ole Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Norwich Meadows and Stannart Farms!

And a warm welcome to new-to-92nd Angel Family Farm (from which we last week purchased the biggest beets ever)! 

(Welcome to Phillips Farm’s peaches, too!)

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

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

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

Indulge yourself to the calm and coolness and view.  We want the pier open forever but will only get it if Parks/DOT (and who knows what other city entities claim ownership)  see bodies passively recreating on the Pier!!  (Preparing the way for nailing The Oval and 1190 Second Ave, too!!) 

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’ve 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.

Out there:

Saturday, August 13th:  10th Annual Great Jazz on the Great Hill

Great Hill, Central Park, 4-7pm

The Great Hill comes alive with the fiery trumpets and smooth saxophones of New York’s hottest jazz ensemble…  So pack up the picnic basket and your dancing shoes for this yearly celebration of jazz, swing, and blues!  Free.  For who’s playing, directions and more

On the miscellany beat:

Not yet thoroughly analyzed,  but as of Wednesday NYC has a new energy code!  (Fingers crossed it leads to the efficiencies and savings it promises!) 

(Considering solar?  Best be acting on that thought soon…)

Major street construction/reconstruction commencing on  86th Street…  

Yes!  It can happen!  Citizens’ will can prevail!!  Case and point:  85-89 Jane Street!! 

Plus the Lowline’s proposal’s been approved!!  (Love those rooftop sunlight collectors!)

The Times’ Sunday Mag best so far in 2016:  “The Amateur Cloud Society”!  (Great pix, too!)

Job and volunteer opportunities with the folks who bring us Greenmarkets and do so much other fantastic green work throughout NYC!  (Thank you, reader Jacquelyn Ottman for the tip!) 

For sure, we’ve got horsetrails in NYS Parks!

Free NYC sunscreen dispensers!!  


Should you think Round-Up – packed with bee-killing neonicotinoids – should be banned… 

Or take issue with moves to allow advertising in our national parks

Or mining on sacred Native American land

Or wish to comment on the proliferating LinkNYC kiosks?

And for 100% what NOT to do when you hike

Then totally off the reservation:

“A Final Goodbye in Berlin“…


Take a look at what happens at the Newtown Creek Water Treatment Plant when we get a little – and we do mean a little – rain…  With the upside of some easy things we can do to ease the ick when showers come… 

Going light: 

The project’s way exceeded its Kickstarter funding plea (and rightfully so, it’s so clever)…   The Periodic Table of NYC Trash!

Watermelon pizza??  (Totally healthy and delicious!!)

The world’s largest twin festival

The world’s largest model railroad

Hello, you animals:

NYS DEC’s just introduced a NYS Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife Watching app

No less than The New York Review of Books looks favorably on Leslie Day’s new Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City...

whale census is underway in NY Harbor!

Meanwhile, some NYC people and their aquariums!

Don’t we all know NYC has turtles, but terrapins…?

The history of the beaver in NYC…  (Including how to get a look at the energetic 2 now residing in the Bronx River!)

This while a baby beaver takes a bath

Then there’re those baby kangaroos

And a whole passel of young wildlife

Followed by the stray dog that wasn’t

And the Bird of the Week is…  The white-winged cotenga!

Black and White bird

Wishing you every greenness,



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