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,


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