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


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!)


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


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

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


kitten body cast



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 – 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,





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