Happy Final Phase of the South Village Historic District, UESiders!!

Gigantic congrats to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and its relentless leader, Andrew Berman.

Don’t we all know how much it takes to bring pause to the great wheel of real estate development!

If ever there was a candidate for a MacArthur Genius Award.

How wonderful for our city and its much stressed historic fabric!  

We say let’s have more feel-goodness this week:

October 21st:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Starmaster John Pazmino’s examines the motion and position of planets…  In our own solar system and beyond!!  Free.

Saturday, October 22nd:   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!

And, lucky us, there’s our Master Knife Sharpener!!  (Look for her around 11!)

Get some of those Green Pastures’ mushrooms on your Rising Sun steak!!

Spaghetti squash, people!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  78 lbs. batteries; 12 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 4 pairs of eye glasses; 10 compost bins; 36 bags of clothes.

Back in the 10 bin groove, people!!

Saturday, October 22nd:  Drug Take Back at Precinct 19!!

153 East 67th Street, 10am-2pm

Bring on those little, orange, dust-covered bottles of prescriptions untaken and long, long out-of-date and hand them over to the DEA for disposal!  Been an eon since we’ve had this opportunity to clear out medicine cabinets safely and uber greenly.   Free!!  (For other NYPD Precincts participating…)

Saturday, October 22nd & Sunday, October 23rd:  Giant Pumpkin Weekend at the Botanical Garden

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx

Monstrous pumpkins – as in weighing an actual ton – from all around the U.S!  Just look…  Take a ton of pix of the kids or selfies…  Meet the growers and learn how they do it…  Halloween perfection!!  Arranged in collaboration with the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth.  Adults, $22.  Seniors and students, $18.  Children 2-12, $8.  Kids under 2, free.  For  more and tickets…  (And check out “Scarecrow Nights” for the 10 and older crowd!)

Sunday, October 23rd:  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!

Beautiful apples…  Beautiful squashes of every kind…  Sweet potatoes…  Beets…  Getting that Thanksgiving feeling!!   

Last week’s recycling totals:  26 lbs. batteries; 4 lbs.cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 5 compost bins  

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

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

Think 9/11 daffodils, 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, treats, great company and gorgeous river views all part of the package!!   Be there, folks!!

Sunday, October 23rd:  Celebrate Pier 90 – 10/23 Edition

90th Street & the East River Esplanade, 1-4pm

This week’s amazing, riverside treat:  The amazing music of John Putnam & Used Blues!!   Music, the view,  free refreshments and more!  We UESiders are making Pier 90 ours and our gift to all New Yorkers!

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, dirty and learn from the best!! (Green Park Gardeners are master composters, too!!)  To RSVP: greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 26th:  Homage to Leos Janacek at the Czech Center

Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, 7pm

Czech opera sensations Adam Plachetka, Kateřina Kněžíková, and Petr Nekoranec perform selected works from Janáček masterpieces in the Bohemian Hall’s gorgeous ballroom!   Organized by the Czech Center New York in collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera and presented under the auspices of the Consulate General of the Czech Republic New York.  FREE!   For more…  And reserve (free) tickets… 

And then:

Saturday, Octobe 29th:  Brew at the Zoo!

The Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard, 7-11pm

And we sort of quote, “Beer vendors and 100 varieties of beers to sample, numerous food trucks, live music, and an abundance of DJ’s for a unique, 21-and-over evening..”  Plus multitudinous animals!!?  Spring for a VIP ticket and get access to the zoo’s Glow in the Dark Party, plus a VIP area with premium beer and hors d’oeuvres!  And there a costume contest!! Designated driver required.  Wow.  For more and tickets

Sunday, October 30th:  Celebrate Pier 90 – 10/30/Pre-Halloween Edition

90th Street & the East River Esplanade, 1-4pm

You loved them last summer…  You’ll love this fall…  Grupo Gataca and their fabulous Latin music!  A perfect meld with an afternoon by Music, the view,  free refreshments and more!  We UESiders are making Pier 90 ours and our gift to all New Yorkers!

Sunday, October 30th:  East River Vistas:  Architecture and Changing Lifestyles in Yorkville

Meeting place revealed with registration, 2pm

Farms of the 19th Century gave way to tenements and industry…  And now?  Schurz Park, walk-ups and luxury apartments (like the “universe’s biggest white brick highrise”), newcomers and life-long residents, national brand merchants and enduring neighborhood storekeepers and so much more.  Organized by Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District.  Members, $10.  Non-members, $20.  For more and tickets

And then it’s November:

Thursday, November 3rd:  Making Politics Palatable – Food and Partisanship in the Early Republic 

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 East 61st Street, 6:30pm

Explore how food from Federal Cakes to Jackson Jumbles contributed to early American Political and women’s history!!  Attendees get to sample the political edibles, too!  Co-organized with the Culinary Historians of New York.  embers, $25.  Senior Members, $22.  Non-members, $40.  Students, $10. For more and  reservations (required), 212-838-6878.  

Miscellany…  First and foremost:

NYC Parks line-up of great Halloween events

Getting serious:

Didn’t we think the issue of NYC buildings ending use of dirty heating oil was a done deal?  Turns out NO!  The City Council’s passed the bill moving us on the cleaner bio diesel, but the mayor’s yet to sign it.  Should you like to encourage him

Double the number of NYC street vendors…?!!!!

The left turn on 79th and York is no more

In the Why Are We Not Surpised File:  Internal documents reveal that both Syngento and Bayer are and have fully aware that their products kill bees!

California’s about the shut down its last functioning nuclear plant!  (Scroll over to page 5!)

And in the Well Away From the MTS Department, next fall’s opening at 7 East 96th of the Wetherby-Pembridge School, alma mater of Princes William and Harry… 

The UES gets its first co-working space

Hey, why shouldn’t it be mandatory that school lunch chicken be antibiotic free?!  (If you’re of the same mind…)

Yikes!!  Here’s a real life mystery…NYS/DEC Forest Rangers have now asked the public’s help in locating a hunter last seen in Hunter County and missing since November 2015!

Energy’s rising to ban seaweed extract carrageenan from organic-labeled food…  

Brighter:

A vodka pizza?!  A little neck clam pizza?!  Just 2 of 8 great new NYC pies!!

Yearning to organize a family nature club??  There’s funding available

Rent Londoners pay to royals that we’d all love to pay…  (805 years of it!) 

There’s a new accessible canoe and kayak launch site on Staten Island!  (Constructed with oil spill money!)

Then there’s camping at Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field!

Let there be animals:

Newsflash from our National Parks:  Parks’ etiquette!!

Wolverines could use our help

As could essential-link-in-the-ocean-foodchain, the menhaden…  (We gave ’em a boost last year!) 

possible Tasmanian Devil milk-based superbug killer…?! 

Yes, test your pollinator prowess

Daniel, the emotional support duck, takes flight…  In a plane!

A surfing pig…  (Complete with action footage!)

Of course, porcupines express their gratitude

Think the purple martin should be renamed the People Martin…?

Let’s dream in green, 

UGS

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