Happy 100th Anniversary of the Planting of the First Central Park Tree and 224th Anniversary of the Laying of the White House Cornerstone, UESiders!

Don’t think they know what kind of tree that very first one was, but there’s some 19,999 more turning to multi-colored  glory in the present in the park!  (For your Central Park Fall Foliage Map…)

Meanwhile, wouldn’t be till 1800 that John Adams became the first president to take up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

A pretty slow build…  But then we in NYC are acquainted with construction projects that take a very long, long time, aren’t we?

Still on the anniversary beat:  There’s Lowline Lab’s first anniversary celebration…  Not to be missed!  (Scroll down.)

Just one bip in one truly active week:

Saturday, October 15th:   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!

Sikking has some of the most gorgeous and unusual flowers… 

Gayeski’s spinach…!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  66 lbs. batteries; 17 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 4 pairs of eye glasses; 9 compost bins; 33 bags of clothes.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 things look from Grand Central’s glass catwalk?  What an Apthorp apartment is like? Those places and at least 275 moreares all ours to experience…  Many open access, some requiring reservations, the majority free!  Great just scrolling down the list of “open houses”!! For complete details… 

Sunday, October 16th:  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!

Most annoying but no surprise that Mother Hubbert’s chocolate milk sold out before our arrival last week!!    

Last week’s recycling totals:  51 lbs. batteries; 15 lbs.cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair of eye glasses; TBA compost bins.  

(Awaiting the bin total from Compost Maestro Doby!)

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!  

Saturday & Sunday, October 16th & 17th:  Lowline Lab’s 1 Year Anniversary

144 Essex Street, 11am-5pm

And how will they be celebrating?  By joining forces with North Face and Brooklyn Boulders to install a 40-foot climbing wall down under in the lab!  There’ll be free coffee from La Colombe and more!  All free.  First come, first get to tour the amazing lab and climb!  Free.  For more

Thursday, October 20th:  Power Greens Lecture

Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue between 39th & 40th Streets, 6:30-8:30pm

Award-winning cookbook author and UESide resident Dana Jacobi holds forth on the 15 leafy greens – from arugula to kale to watercress – detailed in her latest tome entitled – what else? – “The Power Greens Cookbook”!  Free.

Only a week away now:

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

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

Think beautiful blue Tulip Vincent Van Gogh, white-and-red-striped Tulip Expression, blue and white grape hyacinth/muscari…  Could be you planting them East Riverside and admiring your own handiwork when they burst into bloom next spring!  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 in the Esplanade’s most beautiful garden…  One and all welcome to get down and dirty in the best possible way!! (Green Park Gardeners are master composters, too!!)  To RSVP: greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com

On the Halloween vamp: 

Saturday, October 29th:  “Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at the Met

Grace Rainey Pavilion, Metropollitan Museum, 11am & 1pm

And we quote, “Have a little faith—just like Linus! Bring the family and get in the Halloween spirit at The Met as we present this Peanuts classic. See the whole film with live music by New York’s own Rob Schwimmer ensemble. Come in costume because if you miss the parade following the screening…good grief!”  $40.  For tickets

Then things get pleasingly scary:

Monday, October 31st:  Halloween at the Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 77th Street, 4-7pm

Thirty-plus museum halls open for trick-or-treating,…  Arts and crafts…  Roaming cartoon characters…  Live music and more…  A Halloween to remember!!   (Do wear your costume!)  Members, $12.  Non-members, $14. For tickets and more

Ever so miscellaneous this time out:

Think scientists’ time would be better spent working on new antibiotics than apples that don’t brown after being sliced… 

NY Presbyterian – working with the NYFD – now has an ambulance that treats stroke victims on the spot!

Wild Wonders of the U.S. quiz

How the meditate (on the subway (even at rush hour according to The Times)

Your apartment heating rights

host of astronomy events in our parks

Pumpkin chucking season is upon us!

Cooking immortal James Beard on the sandwich

Bring on the animals:

Likely that the Florida fresh-water mussel (AKA the Suwannee moccasinshell) will soon be placed on the endangered list…  Same for the Black Warrior waterdog

In the meantime, you can help protect America’s frogs (as they have in Europe)…  And the rusty patched bumblebee!

The just-deceased Thai king once designated his pet poodle FouFou an air marshall!

Best native plants to bring birds to the UES… 

Hard as it is to believe that there is such a thing, NYS Furbearer Trapping & Hunting Season begins October 25th…  Muzzleloader Season for Bear & Deer commences on the 15th…  (Muzzleloader?!!)

Yup, chickens suffer from depression...  Cure:  A baby turkey!

kitten survivor of Hurricane Matthew… 

dog reunited with his Syrian family

Twin baby koalas…OMG!!

blonde woodpecker…

blonde crested woodpecker

blonde crested woodpecker

We close with wisdom and news from the Hudson River Almanac: 

What’s a kettle of birds? Almanac editor Tom Lake defines it as:  “Kettle” is a birding term that describes an aggregation of birds, usually raptors or vultures, often circling overhead in warm, rising thermals. The circular upward movement of the group appears like a cauldron of birds being “stirred” by the wind, thus a kettle. While kettles can occur almost any time of the year, they are particularly common during fall migration.

9/24 – Manhattan: Chris Anderson, former staff member of The River Project, came back today to dive in the river at Pier 26 as a part of the Hudson River Park’s SUBMERGE festival. While diving, he hand-caught a large lined seahorse, 130 mm.   [SUBMERGE is a free New York City marine science festival produced by the Hudson River Park Trust to promote better understanding our coastal waters.] – Jacqueline Wu

the lined seahorse

lined seahorse

9/26 – Upper Bay, New York Harbor: There have been (unsubstantiated) angler reports of little tunny (Euthynnus alletteratus) inside the Narrows of the Upper Bay of New York Harbor. While “false albacore” are not on our watershed fish list, it would not be surprising if they made an occasional visit. In Chesapeake Bay they are known to occasionally venture inland into brackish water. – Peter Park

little tunny

little tunny

[The little tunny is the most common tuna in the Atlantic Ocean. It is found in warm temperate and tropical waters of the western Atlantic ranging from Brazil to the New England. Occurring in large schools and weighing up to 36 pounds, it is one of the smaller members of the tuna family. Tom Lake.]

9/29 – Manhattan, HRM 2: While going through our horseshoe crab tank inside our River Project Wet Lab at Pier 40, we found a skilletfish (40 mm), an Atlantic silverside, and a juvenile winter flounder. All three fish were unexpected “bonus” fish that had snuck in from the river via our flow-through system. – Jacqueline Wu

It’s a green river of fish on our western flank,

UGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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