Monthly Archives: September 2016

Happy  National Guide Dog Month, World Climate Week and National Cheeseburger Day, UESiders!!

Wow!

And how will we be celebrating Climate Week here in NYCity and State??  

With a new and quantum-leap greener Energy Conservation Construction Code, effective October 3rd!!

(Read all about it!!)

And here’re some simple green things every one of us can do all 52 weeks a year! 

Seven days with that vamp have got to be great:

Now to Sunday, October 30th:  Scarecrows & Pumpkins at the New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx

The evolution of the scarecrow in all its many forms from garden icon to horror movies..   Rare and unusual ( aka “weird) pumpkins from Garden’s great collection…  A host of games and hands-on activities…  And the gorgeous botanical in full fall magnificence!    For more and tickets (we NYC residents get special rates)

Saturday, October 1st:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

At their tables 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!

Guramrit returns from honeymoon Land!  Do stop by and say hi! 

The Master Knife Sharpener will be us for yet another Saturday!  (She arrives around 11am.)

Love Gajeski’s tiny tomatoes!!  Samascott’s apples are coming in!! 

Valley Shepherd’s mozzarella is outstanding!!  

Last week’s recycling totals:  91 lbs. batteries; 54 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 56 pairs of eye glasses; 9 compost bins; 43 bags of clothes;  9600 lbs. of paper.

Can’t say it enough…  9,600 lbs of paper!!  A giant shredding truck filled to the brim!!

And how about those 56 pairs of glasses…

Saturday, October 1st & Sunday, October 2nd:  The 44th Annual Gracie Square Art Show

East End Avenue from 84th to 88th Street, 10am-5pm, rain or shine

More than a 100 fine artists and their work at what’s not only New York best art show but now one of the 100 best open-air art shows in the U.S.!  There’s fun for the young ones, too, at the show’s Art Project in the Playground both Saturday and Sunday, 11am-1pm!  Then there’re the good eats/treats served up by Yura’s on East End!  All to benefit our beautiful Carl Schurz Park!  For full details

Saturday, October 1st:  Lowline Lab Mushroom Mycellium Workshop

140 Essex Street between Rivington & Stanton Streets, 12:30-2:30pm

And we quote, “Mushroom mycellium, the rapidly regenerative root structure of mushrooms, is being used by designer Danielle Trofe to create objects—from lampshades to planters—in a radically sustainable way.”  Danielle will show you how grow ’em, make stuff out of ’em and send you home with your very own mycellium kit!  Recommended donation, $10.  For more and reserve a spot… 

Sunday, October 2nd:  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, Ole Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Norwich Meadows and Stannart Farms!

Phillips’ basil is beautiful!!  

Last 5 weeks’ recycling totals:  66 lbs. batteries; 39 lbs.cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 5 pairs of eye glasses; 17 compost bins  

Composting at 92nd’s surged from 2 to 4 bins per week since mid-August, people!!  

Making the case still stronger for year round, 9am-1pm collection on the corner of 92nd and First!!

We’re feeling a petition coming on…  

Commencing Thursday, October 6th:  NY Botanical Garden Fall/Winter Midtown Classes

NYBG Midtown Education Center, 20 West 44th

On a wealth of subjects and no need to trek up to the Bronx (think only 2 blocks from Grand Central)!(We’re contemplating “Put Your Garden to Bed”!)

Friday, October 21st, Saturday, October 22nd and Friday, October 28th: Halloween Murder at the Mount Verson Hotel Museum!

421 East 61st Street, 6:15 & 7:30pm

Explore the museum by candlelight and search for clues to unravel the mystery of an unidentified skeleton!!  Total fun for adults and families with kids age 8 and up!  Museum members and children under 12, $15.  Non-members, $25.  Reservations required or 212-838-6878.

On the approach:

Sunday, October 23rd:  It’s My Park Day 96th Street Style 

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am-3pm

Think the 96th Street planters been gorgeous in years past?  We’ve got the most beautiful bulbs ever to be planting in 2016!!  Come and lend a hand…  Tools, abundant refreshments, great company and gorgeous river views all part of the package!!   Be there, folks!!

Sunday, October 23rd:  It’s My Park Day Bulbapalooza

The Green Park Garden, East River Esplanade at 62nd Street, 2:30-5pm

The Green Park Gardeners will be putting in bulbs down at 62nd Street, too…  And in the most beautiful garden all  in all the Upper East Side…  All the more gorgeous for all its native plants!!  More great company, too!!  To RSVP:  greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com

Saturday, October 29th:  Live Bat Encounter at the Museum of Natural History

77th Street and Central Park West, 1 and 2:30pm

Get up but not so personal with LIVE bats from around the world…  A Rodrigues fruit bat, a straw-colored fruit bat, a Malayan flying fox and more!!  Great for kids!!  Doesn’t get any more Halloween!!  $15.

And the miscellany of the week:

Big Coal’s case/crusade against the Clean Power Act was heard in D.C. Federal Court this week…  

What?  Not bad enough that Build It Back’s been a debacle, now the powers-that-be intend to slaver $150M in flood prevention monies on the bottomless BIB pit

Been seeing more rodent life around our city recently?  You’re not alone…

What possible reason could there be for the U.S. Treasury and Mint not to recycle mutilated pennies, nickles, dimes and quarters?

YES!!  Parks/DOT/DDC (so-called Department of “Design” & Construction) have cancelled the San Quentin-style catwalk bridge they’d planned to build over the FDR at 81st!!   (Way to go, UESider opponents!!) 

Six interesting facts about wind power

Could be (and massively cross fingers that it will) that Zone Collection (1 garbage truck servicing a number of blocks as opposed to up to a dozen and spewing 12 times the pollution) is inching forward and now has City approval!!  (To read the official Private Carting Study…)  

Coffee grounds to remove lead from drinking water

Sick of our ever more generic NYC street fairs?  At long last seems that the City is, too …  As this letter from Council Member Garodnick details!! 

Just one of our many UES issues but one that’s pressing:  Adding to our minimal park space!  (One slipped through the writer’s net:  1190 Second Avenue at 63rd Street!)

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Kudos to the hundred plus people who showed up in support of landmarking the Waldorf’s gorgeous, historic public spaces!!  (Why not stop by and check them out!

More for Best Buy (recycler of our batteries!) which is now on board with the I Want to Be Recycled campaign aimed at moving packaging recycling rates (96% for corrigated) even higher!! 

More still for Ted Finklestein, the gentlemen who runs NYC’s Equal Access Program!!

Your fall guide to Central Park

Tons of great things going on in NYState Parks, too, of course!

No surprise what TreesNY was up to this summer…  Training another group of young urban foresters!! 

Be great if you could spare 5 minutes to take a survey on historic preservation

Will McDonald’s please get its act together??!!  French fries a la pesticide??!!   (If you object…)

The real-life American places in children’s books?  Of course, NYC has more than anywhere else

Yeah, and we’re also home to the largest community compost operation in the U.S.A.!!

Yup, there’re food films and here’re some you might enjoy

Best places to purchase your Revolutionary War reenactment gear?

We need some animals:

As if a brush with near extinction wasn’t enough, now California condors are plagued by a defective gene

Hurrah!  Trade in pangolins – recently designated the world’s most endangered animal – is now banned in and by 182 nations!!

Great, too, that Channel Island foxes are on the rebound!

The cat who thinks he’s a lamb…  (Scroll down for the video…)

Best dog and kitty friends

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lobster – a yellow lobster! – gets pardoned by a NYC chef!!

Why wouldn’t you spend your life tracking these beautiful woodpeckers?

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kitten body cast

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And from the Hudson River Almanac:

9/12 – Manhattan – Three days ago, Melissa Rex, educator for The River Project, found a skilletfish (41mm) stuck on the underside of an oyster shell inside an oyster cage she’d hung off the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25.  This would become the first skilletfish in the Collection of Fishes at the New York State Museum. – Jacqueline Wu & Andrea Calderon.

Skilletfish

Skilletfish

(Skilletfish – Gobiesox strumosus – are small, bottom-dwelling ocean fish that are found from New Jersey south to Brazil.  This places the Hudson River on the northern fringe of their range.  Its family, the Clingfishes (Gobiesocidae) derive their common name from their habit of “clinging” to substrate with a sucking disk not unlike our naked goby.  They are found around rocks, pilings and oyster reefs (they spawn in discarded oyster shells).  In the past when oysters flourished in the river, it’s likely that skilletfish were more common.  Skilletfish were added to the Hudson River Watershed Fish Fauna List in April 2011, from a 52mm fish caught by the River Project at Pier 40. – Tom Lake

Are we ever greener every day in every way,

UGS

 

 

 

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Happy World Conservation Week and World Rhino Day, UESiders! 

Shall we say there’s a lot going on in our little corner of the world…

With that, we give you the 7 days ahead:

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 23rd, 24th & 25th:  8th Annual NYC Yarn Crawl

Manhattan & Brooklyn

You can be one of the several thousand yarnistas – as in knitters, weavers, crocheters and yarn spinners – will be moving from one choice yarn shop to another and cleaning up with giveaways, treats and discounts at each stop!  There’s a scavenger hunt, too!!  (Don’t miss our own superlative Annie & Company!)   For full details

Saturday, September 24th:   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!

Yes, Andrei remains in charge at the manager’s table till the newly married Guramrit returns. 

Look for our Master Knife Sharpener to be at her table, too!!  (She arrives around 11am.)

Tomatoes and corn are still with us!! 

Valley Shepherd’s mozzarella is outstanding!!  

Last 4 weeks’ recycling totals:  158 lbs. batteries; 52 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 6 pairs of eye glasses; 36 compost bins; 210 bags of clothes.

9 steady bins a summer week!  Amazing!!

Saturday, September 24th:  East 84th Street Oktoberfest

84th Street between First & Second,  11 am to dusk
Bratwurst and potato pancakes (and more) from the hallowed Schaller & Weber … The Oompah Band (complete with lederhosen) … Great vendors …The best used books table in town … And treats from Italianissimo for those requiring a little mozzarella to cut through the sauerkraut.   A lovely UES tradition!!

Saturday, September 24th:  Get Hooked!  – Kids Fishing Event

Randall’s Island just south of the 103rd Street Bridge, 11am-2pm

A great catch and release experience for young ‘uns 7 and up with all angling equipment provided.  There’ll be games and arts and crafts, too!  Free!  For more… 

Saturday, September 24th:  Shred-A-Thon – Hello, Fall Edition

82nd Street/St. Stephen Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First Avenue & York, 10am-2pm

You know the drill:  You bring the paper and the giant shredder truck turns it into microbits while you watch!

Just 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 you Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for their many years of generous grants and Assembly Member Seawright for sponsoring the event!)

Sunday, September 25th:  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!

Ever tried Bread Alone’s incredible multi-grain bread?  

Last 4 weeks’ recycling totals:  TBA.

Saturday, September 24th:  Smithsonian Museum Day 

Museums throughout the City, State and Nation

All offering free admission for two persons!  Participating are 4 on our own Upper East Side, including the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Gardens at 421 East 61st Street!  For more

Sunday, September 25th:  NYC Safe Disposal Event

Union Square North south of 17th between Park & Broadway, 10am-4pm

(Cars enter at Park Avenue & 18th Street) 

Accepted will be:

  • Automotive products such as motor oil, transmission fluid, and spent batteries
  • Personal care items like unwanted medicines or cosmetics
  • Thermometers
  • Syringes (clearly labeled and packaged in a “sharps” container or other leak proof, puncture-resistant container)
  • Household products such as pesticides, paint, hazardous cleaners, spent compact fluorescent lightbulbs
  • Electronics

Yes, they’re taking out-of-date/unwanted/unneeded prescriptions!!  For complete details

Sunday, September 25th:  Lower East Side Pickle Day

Orchard Street between Houston and Delancey Street, 12-5pm

And we quote, “And we quote, “The Largest Pickle Party on the East Coast Returns to NYC!”  Featuring 20-plus picklers, 30-plus local restaurants, giant games, music, the one and only Pickle Man…  Wow!! (There’re pickle parties elsewhere?!)   For more

Thursday, September 29th:  Introduction to NYC Zero Waste Plan

Einhorn Auditorium, 131 East 76th Street between Park & Lexington, 6:30pm

Founder of We Hate to Waste and UES waste savante Jacquelin Ottman will be shedding light on Zero Waste, the important role for community-based re-use and what the Solid Waste Advisory Board’s (they advise our Borough President) been up to of late.  Free!

On the horizon:

Sunday, October 23rd:  It’s My Park Day 96th Street Style 

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am-3pm

Think planter bed prep and the installation of multitudinous daffodil, tulip, crocus and muscari bulbs!! Tools, abundant refreshments, great company and gorgeous river views provided!!   Be there, folks!!

Sunday, October 23rd:  It’s My Park Day Bulbapalooza

The Green Park Garden, East River Esplanade at 62nd Street, 2:30-5pm

You bet!  It’s My Park Day the length and breadth of the Upper East Side…  And what could be better than getting down and dirty planting bulbs that’ll be next spring’s beauty?!  To RSVP:  greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com

On the miscellany front, outrageous at the top:

So what’re the – so called – U.S. Wildlife Services up to

Looking like GE’s Hudson River clean-up isn’t so clean…  This as the company relocates to Boston!

Really!  Siberians are unearthing mammoth tusks and floating them on the illegal ivory market!! 

REALLY!  “Art dealers” on our own East 57th Street have just been indicted for elephant ivory dealing to the tune of $4.5M!!

Calm descending:

Anyone thinking progress on our East River Esplanade could be more brisk, we refer you to the odyssey of Brooklyn Bridge Park…  (Marvelous park-centric books noted as well!)

Let’s cross fingers the envisioned Zoned Waste Collection System for private carting comes to pass and is brilliantly implemented!!  

The odd-ball origin of the FDA and our food standards – such as they are – is

In the interest of UESiders being best informed, herewith the strange journey of once acclaimed bee scientist

But then there’re the results of Minnesota’s bee research and their ahead-of-the-curve policy…  

As if we needed more, there’s further evidence that soda taxes reduce soda drinking!

But then:

And the best – best for birds, bees, butterflies and humankind – native plants for our city are

NASA’s list of best air-cleansing house plants

Where leaves are turning in NYState

For those who’ve seen the Geico gekko and his tiny NY apartment…  Spacious in comparison to this young man’s digs… 

For those who missed the amazing opening of the Nomad Games

For those who’ve traveled upstate by train and wondered about the gothic fortress – once a munitions factory, now a crumbling ruin – on that Hudson River island…  Here’s the lowdown and a closer look at Bannerman’s Island and Castle!

Count the zillion ways kids around the globe get to school

For meditative residents of the lower Upper East Side, there’s a new Zen Buddhist outpost on 63rd and Third!

Who but Atlas Obscura would have compiled the list of America’s largest roadside attractions!

Her June record holds!!  Twelve-year old Amelia Whelan and the 36 1/2 inch, 29 pound 14 ounce Fresh Water Drum (it’s a fish) she caught!!! 

As for the finned, feathered and furry:

Kudos to the nth power to New York Audubon’s winning the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation’s prestigious (and hefty) Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Grant!!  (They and scores of volunteers will be deploying those funds on 22 needy acres of Jamaica Bay.) 

Prepare yourself for the happiest ending for a tiny chick… 

Same for an even tinier baby bat

Yes, there a bird that can (and does) sleep while flying!!

Still more goats deployed to combat invasive species!

The biggest cat in Manhattan??!!  (Let’s hope so!)

Shark facts “to sink your teeth into”

Not totally applicable to the UES, but here’re some tips on city canine etiquette

Always good to sign off with a snippet from the Hudson River Almanac:

8/27 – New York Bight:  NYSDEC and The Riverhead Foundation are interested in knowing whether you’ve seen a wayward manatee in New York waters.  There was a confirmed sighting of a manatee at a beach in Hyannis, Massachusetts.  Although this is rare, it does occasionally happen and in past animals have made their way through the Long Island Sound as part of their journey.  Sightings can be reported to The Riverhead Foundation’s 24-hour Hotline:  631-369-9829. – Carol DiPaolo.,  

(In late July 2006, a Florida manatee (Trichehus manatus latirostris) that had been making its way up the coast with sightings in Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey, entered the lower Hudson estuary.  It was first spotted off the west side of Manhattan and estimated to be 10-feet long with barnacles on its dorsal surface.  The manatee was later sighted upriver at Kingsland Point, river mile 28.  Peter Folkens, in his “Guide to the Marine Mammals of the World”, explains that the Florida manatee “…inhabits the coast, estuaries, and the major rivers of Florida year round.  During warmer months they may range along the Atlantic Coast as far north as Rhode Island…”  They can grow up to 12 feet long and weigh 3,000 pounds. – Tom Lake)

We’ll all be extra green in the shredding truck line,

UGS

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Happy National Guacamole Day, UESiders!!

Yup, we’re back and hitting the ground running…

So, get ready for the week ahead: 

Now to Saturday, November 19th:  On Time – In Search of Precision

The Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm 

For those who never experienced the gem-like Grolier Club and it’s mind-boggling assemblages of books drawn from primo collections worldwide (as well as it’s own eextraordinary collection), this exhibition is a great entree…  Think six centuries of vividly illustrated volumes in which we humans contemplated the nature of time and struggled to measure it ever more finitely melded with actual, historical clocks and timepieces!   Free.  For more (there are lectures)

Friday, September 16th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Starmaster John Pazmino’s subject this time out:  How stars move in the sky…  Through space!   Free and fascinating!

Saturday, September 16th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

At their tables 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!

Look for the great Andrei at the manager’s table while Guramrit’s off tying the knot and honeymooning! 

The Master Knife Sharpener will be with us as well!!  (Look for her around 11am.)

Go for those tomatoes and that corn! 

(We’ve been missing Mother Hubbert’s chocolate milk…)  

Last 3 weeks’ recycling totals: TBA

Sunday, September 18th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

With us 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…  Tomatoes! Corn!  Squash!  Broccoli!  Apples!!

And introduce yourself to new Market Manager Emily who’ll be featuring tomatoes (!) in this week’s demo!!  

Last 3 weeks’ recycling totals:  TBA

And then:

Saturday, September 24th:  Shred-A-Thon – Hello, Fall Edition

82nd Street/St. Stephen Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First Avenue & York, 10am-2pm

You know how it works:  You bring the paper and the giant shredder truck turns it into microbits while you watch!  Just keep in mind:

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 you Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for your many years of grants and Assembly Member Seawright for sponsoring this event!)

Saturday, September 24th:  Smithsonian Museum Day 

Museums throughout the City, State and Nation

All offering free admission for two persons!  Participating are 4 on our own Upper East Side, including the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Gardens at 421 East 61st Street!  For more… 

Sunday, September 25th:  NYC Safe Disposal Event

Union Square North south of 17th between Park & Broadway, 10am-4pm

(Cars enter at Park Avenue & 18th Street) 

Accepted will be:

  • Automotive products such as motor oil, transmission fluid, and spent batteries
  • Personal care items like unwanted medicines or cosmetics
  • Thermometers
  • Syringes (clearly labeled and packaged in a “sharps” container or other leak proof, puncture-resistant container)
  • Household products such as pesticides, paint, hazardous cleaners, spent compact fluorescent lightbulbs
  • Electronics

Yes, they’re taking out-of-date/unwanted/unneeded prescriptions!!  For complete details

Looking ahead:

Wednesday, October 5:  KYTV (Kill Your TV) Reading Group Meeting

Logos Bookstore, 1575 York Avenue between 83rd & 84th Streets, 7pm

Kill Your TV’s dedicated readers celebrates its 18 years of existence with a discussion of Victor Hugo’s “Notre Dame de Paris”!  (Listeners welcome, too!)

Thursday, October 13th:  Architectural Photography & Social Media for Preservation Campaigns

Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street, 6pm

Learn how the pros build campaigns – deploying social media and more – that build constituencies and activism and preserve meaningful buildings and neighborhoods!  Instructors: Lynn Massimo & Cristiana Peña.  $15 (but scholarship available).  To register

Thursday, October 13th to Saturday, October 15th:  The Margaret Meade Film Festival

Museum of Natural History, 77th Street & Central Park West

Fifty-plus docs exploring the length and breadth of human experience on Planet Earth.   A variety of ticket packages available.  For films, schedule, tickets and more

Sunday, October 23rd:  It’s My Park Day 96th Street Style 

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am-3pm

Think planter bed prep and the installation of multitudinous daffodil, tulip, crocus and muscari bulbs!! Tools, abundant refreshments, great company and gorgeous river views provided!!   Come one, come all!!

Sunday, October 23rd:  It’s My Park Day Bulbapalooza

The Green Park Garden, East River Esplanade at 62nd Street, 2:30-5pm

Yup!  It’s My Park Day up and down the Upper East Side…  And what could be better than getting down and dirty planting bulbs that’ll be next spring’s beauty?!  To RSVP:  greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com

On to miscellany, actionable items up first:

Think McDonald’s should terminate antibiotics in its burgers… 

Or that regs on tailpipe pollution should not only be maintain but increased

Then a few outrages:

Yes, fracking waste water’s being dumped NYS landfills and used to de-ice our roads!  Should you object… 

Not great looking enough for our Esplanade, but this is what the West Side gets on their waterfront…  While we get an MTS…

Are we not tired of NYC implementation without complete thought?  Case and point:  Kiosks!

Moving on to some science:

So, yes, where does the heat generated by global warming/climate change go?

Seems researchers have not only developed recyclable flexible packing material (think bags for products like granola and nuts), but also a one-step process that turns polycarbonates (as in LED screens, eyeglass lenses, etc.) into plastic suitable for use in medical equipment, water purification and more!  So says, Recycling Today!

Then on the upswing:

NYState DEC now has a pesticide product info site!  (Including items like bathroom cleaners, disinfectants and many more!)  

Only too possible to be munching Greenmarket summer produce all winter by way of a NY Botanical Garden canning course!!   

We like the title of this article:  “Rural America’s New Cash Crop:  Renewable Energy”!

For those who didn’t catch the delightful NPR RadioLab piece on the wonder of a forest

This week NYC Parks are featuring urban hiking opportunities!!

Meanwhile, the NYState Hike of the Month is the Hudson River Ramble

No kidding!  Not easy getting a titanosaur into a museum!!

So what are folks illegally mining in NYState?  (Worse still was backfilling with landfill!)

Animals, of course:

Stay up to date on 2016 Monarch butterfly migration!

Needless to say, birds are heading south, too!

Don’t we all want save adorable puffin winter habitat

Indeed, cats loom…  Well, not exactly large…  But cats are there in a century and more of NYTimes pages! (Thanks to reader Jack Donaghy for the tip!)

Check out the winners in Audubon Magazine‘s 2016 photo contest… 

Kudos and more to the rescuers who saved 92 oil-covered penguins!

Was anyone ever made happier by a furry birthday gift…?

Ever greener,

UGS

 

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