Happy Better Than Black Friday/Cat Friday, UESiders!

And we semi-quote, “The best Black Friday deal in all NYC has fur and 4 paws!”

Yes,  the ASPCA has a bunch of lovable felines –  from kittens to mature –  in need of forever homes!!  There’re wonderful puppies and dogs, too!! 

So many ways to spread holiday good:

Now to December 31st:  Christmas Mittens, Gloves, Scarves & Socks Drive

Terrence Cardinal Cook Cathedral Library, 560 Lexington Avenue at 50th Street, Monday-Thursday: 10am-6pm, Friday, 10am-5pm

The women of the nearby New Providence Women’s Shelter will so appreciate the gift of gently worn scarves, gloves and mittens and pairs of brand new socks.  (The scarves, gloves and mitten could be new as well!)   Drop off whenever the library’s open!  For more or 212-752-3824. 

Now Through the Winter Months:  NYCares Coat Drive

Many Drop-Off Sites Across the City

If it’s winter, we want all New Yorkers wearing warm coats!  Donate your own gently worn item or contribute $20 via the NYCares site!  For the drop-off location map (including our own Precinct 19 and Manhattan Mini-Storage on 62nd)… 

Now to December 30th:  Three Bears Holiday Bash

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, Central Park

Family holiday fun with roots in  Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas tales as rendered by the ever charming Marionette Theater!  Adults, $10.  Children, $7.  For tickets, directions and more… 

Friday, November 26th:  Sixth Annual Cat Friday

ASPCA Adoption Center, 424 East 92nd Street between First & York, 11am-7pm

Cats of every age, color and size, from sleek to fluffy…  Dogs running the gamut of breeds both pure and mixed… Whether feline or canine, all spayed/neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped!   All fees waived for adoption of cats a year and older, plus a free kitty carrier while supplies last!!  For more…  

Saturday, November 26th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm      (Every Saturday, Year Round) 

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm  (Every Saturday, Year Round)

With us will be Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Samascott Orchards, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert and Gajeski Farms!

American Pride Seafood’s giving themselves a well-deserved, post-Thanksgiving Saturday off, but they’ll be back next week…

Same for our Master Knife Sharpener…  She honed like a crazy woman last week!


Much as we’ll miss Valley Shepherd, Consider Bardwell and their fabulous cheeses return this Saturday!!

Tried Mother Hubbert’s egg nog and butter yet??!

Duck bacon, people!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  77 lbs. batteries; 15 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 pairs of eye glasses; 10 compost bins; 41 bags of clothes.

Ten – contents totally jammed/pounded down – bins!!   (Moises is asking for more!!)

And last week’s recycling totals from 92nd Street:  7 lbs. batteries; 4 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 21 pairs of eye glasses; 5 compost bins!!

That makes 4 consecutive weeks of 5 bins!! 

Tuesday, November 29th:  NYGives Day 2016

The Non-Profit/Profits of Your Choice

The 24-hour statewide New York-giving challenge!!   So many deserving causes…  So many of our fellow/sister New Yorkers in need…  Open that wallet!!  Swipe that credit card!!  For participating non-profits… (But choose your own good cause/causes!)

And 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 the Central Park Arsenal?!!  For the total rundown (including counts in all 5 boroughs)


Many a volunteer opportunity in NY Parks throughout the city this long holiday weekend… 

Seems like the FDA might be leaning towards allowing the dumping of treated sewage in the Long Island Sound! (If you disagree…)

Not quite our hood, but last week saw the designation of 11 new Midtown East Landmarks!!

Great, too, that land’s finally assembled for Bushwick Inlet Park!

Amsterdam, Holland’s answer to natural gas

The California Democratic party now refuses contributions from Big Oil…

More on the rare pumpkin ash tree…   Previously discovered in Central Park and now…  The Bronx! 

Off the reservation:

Ummm…  Crystal formation is so beautiful

Back on:

“The New Shapes of New York” quiz…

And while you digest:

A Thanksgiving food quiz!


Ah, happiness is humans helping out animals

This week’s Migration Update

White-tailed deer…  Bobcats…  The diamond-backed terrapin and more…  The NYS DEC wants your opinion on wildlife issues!!

That would a week be without the Hudson River Almanac:

11/11 – Inwood Hill Park, HRM 13.5: It was 62 degrees at midday and very windy. We were seeing a very low tide just a few days before the upcoming so-called “Super Moon” (11/14).  The inlet of Spuyten Duyvil Creek was a mud flat. Four Canada geese, the first I had seen here in a few weeks, flew off as I arrived; the great egret I’ve seen all summer wasn’t here today. A flock of blackbirds – eighty at least, mainly brown-headed cowbirds – was foraging busily in the grass, moving constantly. Nearly all the flowers in the park had finished, but yam-leaved clematis still had a few blossoms along with its weird little fruits. – Thomas Shoesmith

yam-leaved clematis

yam-leaved clematis

We like our weekends long and green,



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