Happy International Human Rights Day, UESiders!!

Not exactly a worldwide high watermark happening in that regard of late, but we are reminded what the aspiration  is and should be…

Example:  The $11,348,182.62 donated by 29,783 individuals to 898 NY non-profits a week ago Tuesday, November 29th!  (Take NYGives’ short survey and win another $50 for the non-profit of your choice!) 

And this week’s suggested good holiday deed:  Food Bank of NYC and Borough President Brewer’s Holiday Diaper Drive benefiting homeless and low-income parents and little ones!   So easily done via the Food Bank’s Amazon Wish List!

Meanwhile, the official Pantone Color of the Year 2017?  Greenery…   Err…  Greenery, no less!!

But let’s talk the coming week:

Saturday, December 10th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

At their tables will be our full winter line-up…  American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Comfort Bardwell Cheese, Alewife, Nolasco, Ole Mother Hubbert, Samascott and Gajeski Farms!

PLUS At the manager’s table will be guest chefs, neighbors and contributors to the Studio Apartment Cookery InstagramAlex and Andre! 

Barring below 32 weather, the Master Knife Sharpener will be with us as well!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  76 lbs. batteries; 21 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 4 pairs of eye glasses; 10 compost bins; 22 bags of clothes.

Never gets old…  Those 10 bins!!  (So full, even our great Sanitation bin pick-up guy is pleading for at least another bin…  If not 2 more!!

Sunday, December 11th:  Czech Center Annual Holiday Festival

Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, 2-6pm

And we quote, “Come taste the flavor of Czech Christmas…”  Complete with traditional music, brilliant Czech voices, animated films for the youngsters and a Czech Christmas market!  Free!

Sunday, December 11th:  Blessing of the Animals

Christ Church, 524 Park Avenue at 60th Street, 2pm 

And we quote, “This service includes a procession of animals to the altar for blessing. All pets must be accompanied by their owners; all owners must be accompanied by their pets. Hosted by Cindy Adams, the New York Post, and Christ Church. Seating on first come first served basis. Space is limited. No RSVP required.”  Free and one lovely thing.

Monday, December 12th:  Historic Holiday Cooking Workshop

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

Prepare and then devour 19th Century holiday classics plum pudding and ginger nuts in the Museum’s 19th Century kitchen!!   Members and students with I.D., $20.  Non-members, $25.  Reservations required:  212-838-6878.

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)

Thursday, December 15th:  Beneath the Battlefield Archival Exploration

New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street, 6pm

Not exactly holiday themed, still… Explore the Battle of Gettysburg – America’s bloodiest – as experienced by the ordinary soldier and via original documents lodged in the unequaled Gilder Lehrman Collection!  Organized by Atlas Obscura.  $35.  For more and tickets...

Miscellany both local and from abroad:

Lovely to see our previous Council Member Jessica Lappin ( now president of the Downtown Alliance but still living up our way) highlighted in last Sunday’s Times!

It’s that time of the year again…  The time when you can apply to become a Community Board 8 member!  (No question but in these challenging times, Community Board 8 wants and needs us!!)

We’re thinking with you on-board powers-would-be as responsive to us as they are to folks downtown/the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

Further on the subject of preservation to our south, a current target for splinter building replacement:  137 Centre Street…  (Should you disapprove…) 

What??!!  Two-thirds of the food ads on Nickleodeon are for junk food??!!   (If you disapprove…)

Oh and some parties would like to be drilling near Chaco Canyon!!  (Should you disagree…) 

That while 4 cities announce they’ll be banning diesel vehicles!

Lightening up:

The best December Central Park walk…

Be especially interesting after reading Atlas Obscura’s graphic take on the Central Park before it was

Don’t we love our NYC Recycling Heroes…  Case and point:  Rick Schulman of the Upper West Side!  (Thanks for reader Jacquelyn Ottman for the tip!)

Happily, close to zero action in our neck of the woods, but if you’re elsewhere, here’s how to stay well out of SantaCon’s path

Cheerleading as an Olympic sport?

Bring on the animals:

Sure, it’s a 100 miles off our coast and underwater, but the deep-as-Grand-Canyon Hudson Canyon’s been nominated as a national marine sanctuary!!

rescued red-tailed hawk released in – where else? – Central Park!!   

A 100 year-old, 23 pound lobster (no kidding, is the thing huge or what?) returned to the wild… Thanks to a vegan!!


After an absence of 75 years, fishers (AKA fisher cats) return to Mount Ranier Park!!

Meanwhile, in 2016, we’re harvesting turtles in NYState!  (Should you think the practice should end…)

Rest in peace, Eagle #629-03142…  At age 38, our oldest banded bald eagle and witness to his species near death and recovery…

This week’s migration update!

rogue beaver as Dollar Store burglary perp…  (Hat tip to reader Katherine Winkleman!) 

And one baaaad kitty already under arrest…  (Thanks reader Rita Donaghy!)


Not enough cuteness for you so far…  Try mother cat and purring baby squirrel!!

Our holiday dreams are so green,


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