Happy Countdown To Christmas, UESiders!!

Yup, we’re going to be brief…

Herewith, the week:

Friday, December 16th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Starmaster John Pasmino discusses the way the moon moves about in our sky as she – the moon, in Mr. Pazmino’s parlance! – orbits the Earth and figures in world culture!  Free and wonderful.

Saturday, December 17th:  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, Hawthorne Valley, Samascott and Gajeski Farms!

PLUS…   Barring snow falling or drenching rain, 11am-1pm, old friends The Opera Collective will be joining us for caroling as only they can!! 

AND… Even if the weather’s most foul, you can drop off those dull knives of yours – along with your phone number and address – with Market Manager Guramrit!  The Master Knife Sharpener will swoop down as the market closes, take them home for honing and deliver to your residence on Monday!

Last week’s recycling totals:  66 lbs. batteries; 17 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 pairs of eye glasses; 10 compost bins; 31 bags of clothes.

Yet again!!  10 bins!!  

Thursday, December 22 & Wednesday, December 28th:  Park Avenue Armory Holiday Tour

643 Park Avenue & 67th Street, 10am

A beautiful building as its loveliest in festive mode…  Get over there!!  For more and tickets… 

As the New Year begins:

Saturday, January 7th & Sunday, January 8th:  MULCHFEST!!

Schurz Park, 86th Street & East End Avenue, 10am-2pm

Sure, Sanitation picks up trees curbside, but…  Remove lights (all of ’em), ornaments and netting, get that tree up to the Schurz Park tree chipping site and go home with a bag of mulch that your block’s street trees will love!!

Thursday, January 12th: Climate-Adaptive Design – Creating Resilient Waterfronts Webinar

On Your Computer Screen, 10:30am-12pm

And isn’t this a concern a community like ours, bounded by a flood-inclined estuary/river?  Learn from experts from the CAD Studio (a partnership between Cornell Landscape Architecture, Cornell Water Resources Institute, and the DEC Hudson River Estuary Program) in the comfort of your own home!  For more and how to participate/tune in…  (Think our Sanitation Department’s availed itself of CAD’s wisdom?)

Thursday, January 12th & the Second Thursday of Every Month:  Monthly Land Use Clinic 

CM Kallos’ Office, 244 East 93rd Street, 5-6pm

The ins and outs of Landmark and Historic District creation…  How the Landmarks Commission, the Department of Buildings, zoning and land use work…  Mysterious stuff, but experts from the Historic Districts Council have the lowdown!!  Sponsored and hosted by the CM.  Free but a reservation’s required:  212-860- 1950. 

A dash of mid-December miscellaneousness: 

Giant congrats to South Villagers, CM Corey Johnson, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and more for their ultimate success in a years’ long campaign that’s landmarked 1,250 (That’s right! 1250!) meaningful buildings since 2003!! 

As the USDA creeps ever so slowly towards prohibiting carrageenan in food labeled organic

Three decades of global water change…  And is there ever change!  As per The Times…and Nature 

Really?  A Museum of Ice…?

Who sold the most CDs in 2016?  (Hint:  Initials are W.A.M.!)

The New York American Museum of Natural History is now the oldest, most iconic, and most recent science museum to cut its ties to fossil fuels! 

Add a thimble-full of the adorably furry:

koala hug

And of the grandly finned from the Hudson River Almanac:  

12/1 – New York Harbor, Upper Bay: This year we’ve had more than 100 recorded whale sightings and have added more than 20 individual whales to our Gotham Whale/New York City Humpback Whale Catalog. The catalog keeps track of identifying individual fluke patterns of humpback whales – their fluke markings are quite unique, almost like fingerprints. This year’s whale sightings occurred in the Lower Bay of New York Harbor and off Long Island’s south shore.  A year ago, a humpback whale was sighted directly under the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, almost making it into the Upper Bay.  However, recent humpback whale “Gotham,” NYC0055 in our catalog, was the first to make it into the Upper Bay as far upriver as the George Washington Bridge, 22 miles north of the Narrows. – Paul L. Sieswerda

Yes, our yule log will be green,

UGS

 

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