Happy National Coloring Book Day, UEsiders!

A most inclusive celebration…  Honoring coloring books for kids, adults and teenagers!!

(For real, people.)

Better still, it’s World Tiger Day!!   (So why don’t we help them out?!)

On to week ahead:

Saturday, July 30th:   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, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Gajeski, Green Pastures and Sikking Farms!

But NO Master Knife Sharpener this Saturday.  (She’ll be back next week.)

Do stop by the market manager’s table and say “hi” to last year’s manager (and poet and novelist) Andrei who’ll be demo-ing something special involving duck… 

(Just so it’s firmly imbedded in all our brains, among Hudson Valley’s duck products on offer are: Ducks raw and ready-to-eat/cooked, smoked duck breast, duck proscuitto and duck leg confit!”) 

Look for melons…

Hey and assemble your own bouquet with Sikking’s gorgeous blooms!

Last week’s recycling totals: 121 lbs. batteries; 17 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair of eye glasses; 8 compost bins; 55 bags of clothes.

Another 8 bin midsummer week!  Wow!!

Saturday, July 30th & Sunday, July 31st:  “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Goes On Sale

Logos Bookstore, 1575 York Avenue, 11:30pm-2am

The store opens at 11:30…  The buying commences as the clock chimes 12:01 and continues to 2!  A great local bookstore event!  Happy reading, Potter fans!!

Sunday, July 31st:  92nd Street Greenmarket

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Street, 9am-4pm

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

At their tables will be American Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery and Bread Alone, Ole Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Norwich Meadows, Stannart and the Angel Family Farms!

One more time:  Melon alert!

And tea drinker alert:  Check out Angel Family’s lovely bouquets of camomile!

Last week’s recycling totals:  9 lbs. batteries; 2 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 compost bins!

Yet another 2 bin week!!

Sunday, July 31st:   Summer Sizzle II on Pier 90!

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

More music from the great Grupo Guateca!!  More fabulous refreshments from generous folks of COFFEED!  Last week, folks lingered, chatting under the canopy or sat looking out at the river for hours!  Pure UES pleasure! Totally free!

Tuesday, August 2nd:  A Night Out Against Crime 

Carl Schurz Park, 86th Street & East End Avenue, 5:30-8:30pm

Come, get to know and show your support for the great people of Precinct 19!  And while you’re getting acquainted enjoy the music (French Cookin’ Blues Band), face painting, board games, arts and crafts and refreshments courtesy of the Butterfield Market, Maz Mescal, Gotham Pizza and an (can’t not have one!) ice cream truck!!  Need we say family friendly?  Organized by the East 86th Street Association.  And free!

Tuesday, August 2nd: Silent Cinema Classic “Phantom of the Opera” Screeening 

Rooftop, Czech Center, 321 East 73rd Street, 7pm for pre-film cocktails, sunset for the film

Always a treat to take in a film on the Center’s lovely roof!  This time out, live musical accompaniment’s provided by Daniel Pearson and Peter Yarin and the dress code’s BLOOD RED!!  Czech Film Club Members, $15. Non-members via Event-Brite, $20. At the door, $25.  For more

Wednesdays August 3rd, 10th  & 17th :  Uptown Bounce!

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue & Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, 6-9pm

Yes, as the museums says, think 4 great block parties featuring roller skating, hula hoopers, waacking dance moves, a tribute to Prince and way more…  That MORE including freedom to roam both museums’ marvelous exhibitions. Free but advance registration required…   (You’ll not want to miss legendary illustrator Antonio Lopez’s show!)

On the horizon:

Saturdays, August 6th, 13th & 20th:  2016 Summer Streets!

Central Park & 72nd Street to the Brooklyn Bridge, 7am-1pm

Car-free and packed with great activities – the zip line returns! – for 6.7 miles!  One of the great NYC summer happenings!!  Scroll down for the map…  

Sunday, August 7th: My First Friend, My Enemy – The Hamilton-Burr Duel

New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street, 1pm & 3pm

And we quote:  “Watch as actors read the escalating letters the two men fired off to each other in the weeks leading up to their fateful meeting, followed by a recreation of the notorious duel itself.  (Recommended for ages 8 and up.)  Free with Society admission.  For more and tickets

Ever so miscellaneous, beginning with:

Employment Opportunity!  You’re a tech professional?  You’d like to work for NYC?   Be at the Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South on Monday, August 1st, 10am-6pm with resume in hand!!  For more and tips

Moving on:

Stating what’s been obvious for weeks:  The MTA now admits Second Avenue Subway construction’s significantly behind schedule.

So Waste Management – so deeply entangled in NYC’s waste management – has been accused by yet another state – Delaware – agency for committing recycling violations!!

Gigantic YIKES!!  New York is one of 16 states that has yet to submit its plan to reduce ozone pollution!!

Should you think there should be stronger protection of clean water from mine pollutants

The fate of an island – make that islands – off America’s Atlantic shore

Or like to help NYC Parks by participating in their survey… 

Meanwhile, the Hudson River PCB clean-up is far from complete with people – some knowing, some not – fishing and eating their catch…  (Thanks G.E.)

Congrats to East End Avenuers who – in the face of blocks of new construction – are organizing their own task force! 

An even deeper doff of the hat to great New Yorker (and inspiration to the ever expanding universe of East River Esplanade Friends) Elizabeth McQueen whose advocacy’s restored Long Island City’s Queensbridge Park.

Whoa!  Wal-Mart – assisted by no less than the Environmental Defense Fund –  is now requesting suppliers remove 8 chemicals from their products.

Here’s really hoping the Olympics isn’t a debacle…  But, for the moment, authorities are poisoning Rio’s street cats!

Farewell to the VHS!  Its day has passed…  

How best – energy and otherwise – to organize your fridge

Just how hot is it on NYC’s subway platforms…?

The science behind the famous Corpse Flower!!

Pretty fantastic that the Waldorf’s kept an archive – and had an archivist on staff! – over the many years of its existence!  May it not be lost!!  

Perfect for this weather:  The world’s first underwater museum!!  (Only problem is that it’s located off the coast of the Canary Islands!)

Time for some upbeat animals:

Yes, there’s real, actual, scientifically verified human/bird communication/cooperation!

Maybe making volunteering for the NYS DEC’s summer wild turkey survey all the more attractive!!

100-year old lobster saved by a chef…?!  (110-years old in some articles!)

For sure, many, many more whales are frequenting our New York Harbor…

Remember that adorable orphaned baby koala?  (He’s doing really well!)

And the world’s cutest rabbit?  (He’s now got an equally cute girlfriend!)

Then there’re outrageously cute baby piping plovers… 

(And here’s what to do should you come across any plover families:

  • Leave no trace. Remove all trash and recycle whenever possible.
  • Disposing of fishing lines properly. 
  • Keep dogs on leashes and obey local laws regarding dogs.
  • Respect protected areas and signs.) 

Add in little Tumbleweed the squirrel

(One more time, in service of baby exotic animals,tigers and more, the USDA’s proposed Animal Welfare Act!)

(Whale sharks could use some help as well…)  

(But no less than zombie-fest masterpiece “Walking Dead” has chosen to use an animatronics/CGI confection in lieu of a real tiger on set!) 

Always great to close with a bit of Hudson River Almanac enlightenment:

7/13 – Manhattan, HRM 1: When we checked our sampling gear at the River Project’s station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25 we discovered a male blue crab (100 mm point-to-point) that had moulted in one of the pots. Our killfish traps had four fish, a female seahorse (85 mm), a winter flounder (55 mm), an oyster toadfish 65 mm), and a black sea bass 110 mm). – Jacqueline Wu

Blue Crab

Blue Crab

[Blue crabs, as crustaceans, have an exoskeleton that they must shed periodically in order to grow. A shed exoskeleton, or moult, is an exact replica of the crab except that when you open the carapace, you see that no one’s home! The “new” crab is now a softshell crab, noticeably larger, waiting for its new shell to harden, a process that can take up to 24 hours depending on water temperature. – Tom Lake.]

Ever so green,




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