Happy Bat Week, UESiders!!

The perfect compliment to a Happy Halloween!!

Perhaps you’ve noticed the excellent H’ween costuming of street trees on 73rd Street between First and Second?


Spooky decor happening on your block?? Send those pix along!! 

And bat enthusiasts?  There’s this…  And this…!!

(Oh yes, tomatoes were once accused of being werewolf fellow travelers!) 

On to the scary-it’s-so-green, boo-filled week ahead:

Saturday, October 29th:   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!

You bet our Master Knife Sharpener will be present and honing, too!!  (Look for her around 11!)


Calling all kids!!  Natalie Cronin, mom, Greenmarket regular and Tinker Tree’s chief play artist will be joining us for singing, story reading and more with a Halloween theme!  (There’ll even be pumpkins full of compost worms!!)

Last week’s recycling totals:  56 lbs. batteries; 15 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 10 compost bins; 41 bags of clothes.

Love those 10 bin weeks!!

Sunday, October 30th:  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!

Bring on the cauliflowers…  The cabbages…  The spaghetti squashes…  The Brussel sprouts!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  43 lbs. batteries; 8 lbs.cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 5 compost bins

All hail those 5 compost bins!! 

Monday, October 31st:  Houdini Seance/Channeling

Sojourn Restaurant, 224 East 79th Street, 12pm

Who knew that 224 East 79th was the place the magician of legend called home?  Who knew that the man died on Halloween?  Who knew that not only is there a Society of American Magicians, but they’ll be marking the 90th year since Houdini’s passing by gathering at 224 and attempting to contact the gentleman in the netherworld?  Gotta be there!!  (A plaque honoring Houdini will be unveiled at 224 on Wednesday, November 2nd!)  For full details

Wednesday, November 2nd:  UES NYS Senate & Assembly Candidate Debates

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street, 6-9pm

As we approach election day, nothing more important than real knowledge of candidates for each and every office!  Free but do reserve a place

Thursday, November 3rd:  Pier 90 Ribbon Cutting!

Pier 90, East River Esplanade at 90th Street, 9:30

This is a moment, people…  Esplanade Friends leader Jennifer Ratner not only relentlessly reasoned with/argued with/cajoled/made the case that this bare-bones but lovely riverside space should be open to New Yorkers daily and year round…  AND she – along with every one of you who signed a petition, made a call or just paused at the Pier while on a weekend stroll – prevailed!!  So come celebrate the moment we and the NYC Parks Department officially give this wonderful gift to ourselves!!   Just, please, RSVP: special.events@parks.nyc.gov or 212.408.0111!  

Thursday, November 3rd:  Buried Lives in Washington Square Park  Lecture

Judson Memorial Church, 239 Thompson Street, 6:30-8pm

The recent reconstruction of Washington Square Park revealed…  Well, let’s start with centuries old brick burial vaults!  Joan Geismar who served as the reconstruction’s archaeological consultant has many a tale to share about those vaults and a ton more history uncovered in one of our city’s very old places.  Free but reservations required, 212-475-9585 x35 or rsvp@gvshp.org.

Monday, November 7th:  Food Waste in the City – Waste Not, Want Not Forum

Milbank Chapel, Tisch Food Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street – Milbank Chapel, 6-8pm

Here’re a couple of less bandied about food statistics:  #1 – Uneaten food is the single largest component of U.S. municipal solid waste and, #2:  Each year, about 40 percent of all food in the United States goes uneaten.  Horrible, but what to do?  Experts from an array of food-related disciplines have some great and do-able ideas!  Free but reservations required…     

Down the way:

Friday, December 2nd & Saturday, December 3rd:  Native American Art Market

Museum of the American Indian, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House, 1 Bowling Green, 

From pottery to basketry to beading to masks and so much more!  Just in time for Christmas!  Free.  For full details

Architecture-centric miscellany gets the ball rolling this week:

THREE LOUD CHEERS for the NYC Council and its expanding energy regs to mid-sized buildings!

Wow!  Seems that ungentrified NYC areas were considerably less affected by Sandy devastation!

Some new interesting architecture happening round about NYC but not so much on the UES…  (Think the agressively ungreen metal shed that is the MTS…)

In the One-More-Time Department:  The Frick’s engaged yet another architect to devise what’ll hopefully be a contexturally seamless expansion…

Further on the subject:  The storefront for Art & Architecture’s “Letters to the Developer” project, “Please make our city less crappy..”

NYC secret rooms…  (Including one at the Frick!)

And, yes, you’re totally right…  NYC construction and expenditure on it is breaking records

The net widens:

A combined bus and subway map app…  Bring it on?!!

Another great NYC program, this one making it still easier to recycle our superfluous stuff – and don’t we all have it? –  while making sure it goes to those most in need: DonateNYC!  

On our 2017 to-do list:  Attending the Library of Congress’s twice-a-year Open House!

Cast your vote for the most environmentally unfriendly American executive/elected official!

An airline happy to ship elephant heads!  (Should you disapprove…)

Got keep our eyes peeled for Oak Wilt Disease that’s now appeared in a third NYS location

Coming soon:  Solar panels in colors and assorted finishes!

Okay, so now a Round-Up ingredient’s showing up in our food…  (If you disapprove…) 

No end to human weirdness, i.e.:  New research from Hulu says that so many people are so eager to join the conversation about TV shows they fib about having watched them.  According to the study, 46% of 18-49-year olds admitted to lying about watching a show, with the number jumping to 55% for 18-34-year olds. Men are the champion fibbers with 62% in the 18-49 demo admitting to being less than truthful versus 32% of women!!

For the truly entertainment world-addicted, there’s the “I Was There Too” podcast!

Kudos to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for their fun online pumpkin-carving designs!   (For design stencils…)

Ah, animals:

THREE MORE CHEERS!!  Five years of negotiation and the Antarctic Ross Sea’s just been declared a protected marine park!!  The world’s largest by far!! 

YES!  Federal court’s ruled that future effects of global warming are sufficient to earn an animal endangered status in the present!!  (Three cheers for the bearded seal!!)

Of course, we needed “A Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City”!!

Seven other animals that purr

Singing mice

Nine creepy cat movies (complete with great clip of cat-watching-creepy-cat-horror-movie)!! 

The latest Hawk Mountain migration update

Halloween for Hudson River Almanac, too:

10/10 – Ulster County, HRM 72: Twice I spotted what looked like an albino turkey vulture flying around with other vultures and wondered what it was until they all landed and I could see it in the company of the other birds. It was an albino vulture. Later it left with the flock and headed toward Tillson Lake. I have many vultures here in what Heinz Meng once described as an “established roost that may be decades old.” –  Carol O’Byrne

albino black vulture

[In my opinion the photos of the bird appear to show an albino black vulture based on the rather short tail and its association with a number of other black vultures. Albinism is rare in raptorial birds but – given that caveat – is more likely in turkey vultures and red-tailed hawks than any other North American raptor. It is very rare in black vultures –  Scott Crocoll.]

Our H’ween will be orange, black and green,


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