Happy Thanksgiving, UESiders!!

Happy National Buffalo Day and National Take A Hike Day, too!

No need to leave NYC to celebrate any of the above, people!

The Museum of the American Indian‘ll be partying down on our national mammal all Saturday and NYC Parks has a ton of hiking opportunities happening right here in our 5 boroughs!

And there’s no better place to celebrate Thanksgiving than our big-hearted city! 

Meanwhile… 

As we hit the trails, purge our lives of unwanted paper and prepare for major turkey gluttony, let’s keep in mind that this Sunday’s also World Remembrance Day for Traffic Victims…  And we’ve sure had our share of them on the UES this year…

Don’t forget the NYCares Coat Drive:

Friday, November 18th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Starmaster John Pasmino details the wonders of bare-eye (amazing what the naked eye can take in even in bright NYC) and binocular star-gazing, focusing on the Pleiades, the Hyades, the Rosette, the Orion/Orion nebulae and “asterisms”.  As ever, great and free!  

Saturday, November 19th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

With us will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Cherry Lane, Samascott and Gajeski Farms!

Last day for Valley Shepherd and Cherry Lane till next summer!!

But great they and the rest of our great farmers/fishermen/beekeepers/bakers will be with us this Saturday and ready to take care of our many Thanksgiving needs with freshest, highest quality, most delicious stuff going! 

AND…

Our irreplaceable Master Knife Sharpener will be returning and – with your Turkey Day honing in mind – look for her to be 82nd Street by 9:30am!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  54 lbs. batteries; 14 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 3 pairs of eye glasses; 10 compost bins; 36 bags of clothes.

Happiness is 10 full-to-the-top compost bins!!

Saturday, November 18th to Sunday, November 19th:  Gotham Groove!

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, 10am Saturday to 6pm Sunday

Pretty fabulous way to launch “New York at Its Core”, the Museum’s much-heralded new show…  Think 32 hours of non-stop fun and surprises, live music, spoken word performances, movies, dance and interactive activities for the whole family.  Tickets from $8-$20.  Advance purchase very much advised

Sunday, November 20th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Street, 9am-4pm

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

The Market’s last day till next June…

Before we know it the great folks at American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Wager’s Cider Mill, Ole Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Norwich Meadows and Stannart Farms will return!

And this Sunday they’ve got what you need for that perfect Thanksgiving spread!!

Last week’s recycling totals: 5 lbs. batteries, 2 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 5 compost bins.

YES!!  Another proud 5 bin day, you brilliant composters!!

No stopping till collection at 92nd Street is year round!!  

Sunday, November 20th:  Shred-A-Thon –  Pre-Turkey Day Edition

Opposite the 92nd Street Greenmarket, West Side of First Avenue between 92nd Street, 10am-2pm

RAIN OR SHINE!!

Will we or will we not fill the shredding truck to the brim again?  (The Shredding Force seems to be with us!) 

Will we average more than a Shredee every 30 seconds?  (Smart money’s says we will!!)

What’s 100% certain is we’ll have daffodil bulbs – as long as they last – for one and all willing to plant them around their street trees!!

Meanwhile, do recall:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Donate your hardcovers at Goodwill or Housing Works.)

As always our thanks to Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for their many years of generous grants and Assembly Member Seawright for sponsoring the event! 

Just below the horizon:

Tuesday, November 29th:  NYGives Day 2016

The Non-Profit/Profits of Your Choice

The 24-hour New York-giving challenge that’s well on its way to becoming a holiday season tradition!   So many deserving causes…  So many of our fellow/sister New Yorkers in need…  Open that wallet!!  Swipe that credit card!!

Saturday, December 3rd:  Family Folk Art Gallery Tour & Silhouette Portraits

American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, 1-2:30pm

Specially designed for the 4-12-year old set to acquaint them with the artistic expression closest to their own… Folk art…  Topped off with participants sitting for their very own silhouette portrait by noted paper cut artist Jenny Lee Fowler!  Free to members.  (You’ll want to join!)  For more

Then:

Sunday, December 18th:  117th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count

South Pump Station of the Reservoir, 85th Street & Fifth Avenue, 8am 

Be a part of American’s the longest running citizen science bird project, ever more essential to measuring of avian health!  And what’s better than citizen science followed by partying down with great treats at Central Park Arsenal?!!  For the total rundown (including counts in all 5 boroughs)…

On to miscellany:

Virtually never bring up an issue that involve a phone call, but here’s an exception:  The geo-thermal heating/cooling tax credit bill passed by both houses and presently sitting on the Governor’s desk.  Should you think he should sign it…  (Takes about 5 seconds!)

Glad we are that the NYC DEC is demanding further and more rigorous testing of Hudson River areas contaminated by GE

And now for some tree-love:

Lest anyone doubt the benefits of city trees

Or tree beauty… 

Or that tree grief is real

Lighter now:

Just the moment for a Presidential Facial Hair Contest!

Snapped a particularly fabulous pic of one of our NYC parks?  Enter it in the 2016 It’s My Park Photo Contest!! (Scroll down…)

The accidental birth of the Cheeto!

Time for critters:

Seven sounds that kitties make and what they mean

This week’s Bird Migration Update

guinea pig/parsley eating contest!

As ever, we close with a borrow from the Hudson River Almanac:

11/3 – Manhattan, HRM 0.5: The yellow-breasted chat at the Trinity Church (adjacent to Wall Street) was seen today from late morning through late afternoon, showing itself for at least six birders. The chat was found in the smallest shrubs along the north border of cemetery. We have had only two yellow-breasted chats at Trinity Church in more than 200 checklists so they are pretty rare both at the church and in general. – Ben Cacace & Philip Ribolow

[The Trinity Episcopal Church in lower Manhattan (the third Trinity Church at that location) was built in 1846. When completed, it was the tallest structure (the spire at 281 feet) in New York City. Tom Lake.]

We are ever so thankful and green, 

UGS

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