Happy Signed Paris Climate Treaty and Columbus Day, UESiders!

A possible brake on the climate change slide, a 3-day weekend AND shredding??!!  Does it get any better in our good green world??!!

And then there’s the rest of week ahead: 

Friday, October 7th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Starmaster John Pazmino’s explains one of the most mysterious phenomena in the world of astrodynamics:  The insertion of a leap-second to the global clock at the end of this – a leap – year!  Free and utterly down to earth!

Friday, October, 7th:  Plating the Past – Tasting the 19th Century

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 East 61st Street, 7pm 

And just what exactly were America’s premier dining taste treats of the 18oo’s?  Not only do attendees get to taste but nibble from pieces of lovely period china!  Then take in the Museum’s new exhibit, “A Taste for the Fantastic: Setting the Table in 1820s New York”!!  Members, $55.  Non-members, $65.  Advance ticket purchase required: 212-838-6878.  (The Museum’s a Open House New York participant!)

Saturday, October 8th:   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!

As more and more fall more fruit and vegs mound on our farmers’ tables… 

Everyone’s tomatoes are still tasty…

And we’re loving Cherry Lane’s okra and tiny eggplants… 

Not to mention Valley Shepherd’s brie…  

Last week’s recycling totals:  73 lbs. batteries; 24 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 pairs of eye glasses; 8 compost bins; 34 bags of clothes.

Sunday, October 9th:  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!

Amazing how beautiful and delicious every farm’s herbs are this fall!!    

Last week’s recycling totals:  43 lbs. batteries; 12 lbs.cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 pairs of eye glasses; 5 compost bins.  

Yes, 5 whole, incredible bins!!

Monday, October 10th:  Shredding at Precinct 19

At the Precinct, 153 East 67th Street, 4-6pm

Hurrah!  Week day evening shredding!   Bring all the sensitive docs you can carry!  Then register all your electronic devices and bicycles with the NYPD’s Operation ID Program!   And it’s all totally free!!    

And then:

Saturday, October 15th & Sunday, October 16th:  Open House New York

The Length and Breadth of the City

How many times have we all yearned to know just what exactly exists behind a particularly imposing NYC door?  How thing look from Grand Central’s glass catwalk?  What an Apthorp apartment is like? Well, here’s our chance to gain more than just a peak at 275-plus of our city’s most special places, many of them open access, some requiring reservations, the majority free!  Great just scrolling down the list of “open houses”!!  For complete details… 

Sunday, October 16th:  The Carl Schurz Park 2016 Halloween Howl & Healthy Hound Fair 

Schurz Park , Costume Contest Registration, 11am-1pm; Costume Contest, 1-3pm; Healthy Hound Fair and Silent Auction, 12-3pm

What would the Halloween season be without the Howl during which 200-plus costumed canines will be strutting their stuff before a fashion industry coven of judges!  Prize categories:  Small dog, large dog, kids and dogs and group costume (minimum of 3 dogs/people combined)!  Of course, all proceeds benefit maintenance of the park’s 2 dogs runs!  

Get ready:

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

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

Think the 96th Street planter’s been gorgeous in years past?  We’ve got the most beautiful bulbs ever to for 2016 planting!!  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, among their fantastic display of native plants…  One and all welcome to get down and dirty in the best possible way!!  To RSVP: greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com

Friday, October 28th:  Teens Take the Met Night

The Met Fifth, The Met Breuer, The Met Cloisters, 5-8pm

Yup, folks 13 to 18-years old will be taking possession of the 3 Mets with a host of gallery activities (including music, snacks, dancing and making art!) and every bit of it’ll be FREE!  For complete details

Vamping to Halloween: 

Sunday, October 30th:  In Search of  the Tenderloin and Tin Pan Alley Walking Tour 

Meeting place revealed after registration, 11am-1pm

From the 1870s to circa 1910, the Tenderloin – 23rd Street west of Fifth – was Manhattan’s most famous
red-light district, home to vice, palmy hotels, high-stakes gambling parlors, brothels, saloons, dance halls and Tin Pan Alley, legendary birthplace of the American music business.  Learn all about ’em with author/music and local historian David Freeland!  Organized by Save Chelsea.  $20.  For more and to sign up… 

Wednesday, November 2nd:  Public Summit for the Future of Penn Station

The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, 7-9:30pm

A panel of the City’s leading urban visionaries, architects and planners discuss recently proposed plans for the station’s redesign with following Q&A.  Organized by the Museum of the City of New York and Untapped Cities.  Museum, MAS, Design Trust for Public Space, AIA, Regional Plan Association Members, Students & Seniors with valid IDs, $5.   Non-members, $10.  For tickets…  (Be sure to read this Times opinion piece and the Joint MAS-RPA Statement!)

Sunday, November 6th:  Municipal Art Society Beekman & Sutton Place Tour

Meeting place revealed with ticket purchase, 2pm

An intriguing tour description…  With the mysterious goings-on to be revealed having happened right in our own backyard!   MAS member, $20.  Non-members, $30.  For more and tickets… 

Miscellany good:

No details yet even on the Times’ site but seems aircraft manufacturers have signed on to reduce CO2 emissions!!

Suffolk County’s passed a plastic bag ban, to take effect in 2018!!

And regrettable:  

Suppose it was only a matter of time till the nitrate (as in fertilizer) content of our drinking water would be on the rise… 

How much meaningful environmental legislation passed by the NYS Assembly awaits NYS Senate action…?  Scroll down and count

Even so:

Solar’s an ever more substantial NYC power source

possible wave of the future?  Superblocks like those in Barcelona?

Veteran’s Day’s just been designated as NYS’s newest free fishing day! The requirement for a license and enrolling in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry will be waived for November 11, 2016!

Release your inner wreath-making artist and maybe/possibly have your expert handiwork on display at The Arsenal!! 

Never too much advice on how to make (especially our city) gardens more bird and butterfly friendly!

And as we approach our UES’s It’s My Park Day, here’s NYC’s official Greenest Street!

Yes!  We love Milkweed and want all of it we can get growing in NYC!!

We can smell through our skin??!

If you’re ever called upon to debate the privatizing of water

Leaving the reservation for a sec:

Okay, so we all know what a droll individual our Master Knife Sharpener is…  Case in point, this vintage video she forwarded earlier this week… 

Time for critters:

Much as we totally support wind power, see what you think about the positioning of a giant turbine in bird/bat sensitive area

The first baby orangutan born at our National Zoo in 25 years!

We say this hermit crab looks mighty fine for a 40-year old! 

This week’s Bird Migration Update

Beyond cute and tear-provoking, this orphaned kitten with a heart condition and some good human friends

In evergreenness,


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