Happy Read Across America  and Banana Cream Pie Days, UESiders!

Don’t know if by accident or design, but lovely that Read Across America coincides with Dr. Suess’s birthday! (He’d be 113 today!)

seemannia sylvarica

seemannia sylvarica

Now, fasten your seat belts firmly for at least the four weeks ahead:

Friday, March 3rd:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Starmaster John Pasmino explores the new bright planet in our night sky… Replacing Venus which shone over us all winter and now is rapidly sinking into western twilight is Jupiter, soon-to-be dominant feature of our evening sky. Free!

Saturday, March 4th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

Even if it’s below 32, with us will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Comfort Bardwell Cheese, Ole Mother Hubbert, Hawthorne Valley, Samascott and Gajeski Farms!

Same ify-ness re Nolasco Farm this Saturday…  Their winter stores are running low.

REMINDER:  Coming up March 25th:  Our market hosts GrowNYC’s Regional Grain Project and it’s mouth-watering selection of food and drink, all made with NYS’s home-grown grain!!  Yet another special event we can thank the great GrowNYC and Manhattan Market Manager Margaret for!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  64 lbs. batteries; 28 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair eye glasses; 11 compost bins; 25 bags of clothes.

YES!!  Back in the 11-bin groove!!

Wednesday, March 8th: Bomb Trains, Oil Barge Anchorages & Trumpish Happenings F0rum

Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, 6:30pm

The Sierra Club in the persons of Roger Downs (of the Albany chapter) and author Rachel Makleff weigh in on all the above.  Moderated by NYC’s Bonnie Weber. A 28-minute clip from “The Hudson River at Risk” – detailing the the bomb train and oil barge threats – will be screened for attendees.  Free.

Thursday, March 9th:  Free Mammogram Screening

Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright’s Office, 1365 First Avenue between 73rd & 74th, commencing at 9am

All insurances accepted.  Fees and co-payments all waived.  Free for uninsured women over 40 who’ve not had a mammogram in more than a year.  All anyone needs is an appointment (and it’s a must):  800-564-6868!  

Thursday, March 9th:  Spa Day in the 19th Century – Making Up For a Night on the Town

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

So how did great-great-great-great-grandmother come by flawless complexion and soft-as-can-be hands?   With an array of all-natural cream and make-up concoctions we make ourselves with the help of the UES experts on all things 19th Century!!  (Then take in the Museum newest exhibit:  “Dressing for 19th Century New York City!) Members and students, $15.  Non-members, $20. Reservations advised:  212-838-6278. 

The waiting will be over:

Saturday, March 11th:  Shred-A-Thon –  Ides of March Edition

82nd Street/St. Stephen Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First &  York, 10am-2pm (rain or shine) 

A week and a day and counting…

But do remember:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Donate those hardcovers at Goodwill or Housing Works.)

Our thanks to Council Members Garodnick and Kallos for their many years of generous Shred-A-Thon support and Assembly Member Seawright for sponsoring the event!

Saturday, March 11th: Welcoming Royalty to Our Parks & Backyards Lecture

Garden Room, 67th Street Library, 328 East 67th Street, 2-4pm

The “royalty” being their majesties, monarch butterflies!!  Eminent natural and butterfly expert Don Riepe shares his wisdom not just about monarchs – their life cycles, their amazing migrations, the threats to their continuing existence – but how we can lend helping hands to all butterflies once common to NYC.  Presented by GreenParkGardenersNYC via a Partnership4Parks grant. Free and with a fabulous door prize:  A gift certificate to the Natural History Museum’s Live Butterfly exhibit!!

Coming up soon:

Friday, March 24th:  A Hudson River School Legacy Exhibition

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

Whether or not you’re familiar with what’s considered the first American school of art, you’ll be wowed by the amazing assemblage of paintings that’ll be on the Society’s gallery walls…  Our Hudson River Valley seen and rendered by brilliant 19th Century eyes and hands.  Members free.  Non-members, $20.  Seniors,$15. Students, $12.  Children, $6. For more…   

More and more active:

Saturday, April 8th:  Randall’s Island Spring Waterway Cleanup


Sponsored by outdoor brands United by Blue and REI (their efforts resulted  in 177 cleanups and removal of 995,291 pounds of trash in 2016), here’s yet another brilliant volunteer opportunity as we prepare our UES for spring/summer enjoyment!!  All cleanup supplies provided!  Volunteers eligible to win United By Blue prizes! More details to follow…

Saturday, April 22nd:  EARTH DAY with the Pier 90 Project!

Pier 90, East River Esplanade at 90th Street, 12pm

A particularly special place to celebrate Mother Earth…  Among fellow UESiders, on our own East River and enjoying the lovely pier that only months ago community will revived and reclaimed as public space!  Oh, yes, there’ll also be live music and ice cream!!  Then, long about 3pm, environmental educator/ecologist/urban naturalist Gabriel Willow arrives to lead a green riverside tour!  Doesn’t get any better folks!   Yes, and it’s free!!

Thereafter, head south:

Saturday, April 22nd:  EARTH DAY on Union Square

Union Square, 12-7pm 

Seventy-plus environmental non-profits and businesses with the latest and greenest…  A  myriad of kids’ eco activities…  Live performances…  Even more free pleasure, folks!  

Sunday, April 23rd:  It’s My Park Spring Cleaning Day

Stanley Isaacs Park, 96th Street and First Avenue, 11am-3pm

Last fall, Harlem teens and families from Shiray Tefila cultivated, raked and planted who knows how many daffodil, tulip and grape hyacinth bulbs.  Come late April it’ll be time to plant and tidy for park goers’ summer enjoyment!  Tools, plants and excellent refreshments provided…  Even knee-pads for you volunteers to keep!!  See you there!!

Saturday, April 29th: People’s Climate March

All Across the Nation and NYC

As has always been the case, it falls to plain old Americans to stand tall for the integrity of our land, air, water and the people living on this Earth.  Stay tuned…

May already:

Sunday, May 7th:  It’s My Park Day – Esplanade Edition

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am-3pm

Year 3 of the Scrape/Paint Esplanade Railings Project.  Remember when every inch of classic railings north and south of 96th was peeling and/or rusting out??  No more and we’ll be spiffing up another block’s worth in ’17… Especially as we’ll now be equipped with revolutionary (at least to us!) new painting mitts (in lieu of brushes and fantastic for doing railings)!!  As always, best painting gear, refreshment and company is provided!!    

acer palmatum

acer palmatum

 As ever, worrying miscellany up first:

What can one say except that American companies are deeply involved:  “Deforestation Roars Back”…   

Pretty outrageous NYC sold the magnificent Immigrant Savings Bank building (once home to GrowNYC, OROE, TreesNY and many more city/green non-profits)…  But at least the structure and ground floor entrance will survive, albeit as features of luxury housing

Way over to the bright side: 

At last!  The City’ll be bearing down on buildings without numbers!!

Much wisdom UESider Jacquelyn Ottman’s take on NYC recycling in NYC…  (Especially love The Library of Things approach!)  

Yes, indeed, deodorized recycled plastic exists and it’s really good!

That P.C. Richard on East 14th?  Not long for this world

Who was the man with so buildings and institutions carrying the Lehman name?

Interesting Pratt’s done a report on the importance of auto repair shops!

Robots take a quantum leap…  (Happily, they’re American-made!) 

turraea nilotica

turraea nilotica

Hey, animals:

Really? There’re presently but a handful of grizzly bears in the uber wilderness North Cascade Mountains… Grizzlies that are an integral part of the clean water/abundant wildlife equation!!  (If you support the Park Service’s effort to increase the Cascade’s grizzly population…)

New species?  Not that it excuses the many – known and unknown – disappearing from Planet Earth, but to paraphrase “Smithsonian Magazine”, in the present we’re identifying new-to-us-humans-life at an astonishing rate!!

New species alert!!  As in the candy-striped hermit crab

How weird and wonderful is this:  Some magic component of Komodo dragon blood could well end our antibiotic crisis!! 

How about this for an arcane NYS activity to pursue with one’s dog…  Horn hunting!!

Russia has not 1 but 2 cat museums and we have none….??!!!  (Yes, we missed March 1st being World Cat Day…)

All hail the New Yorkers who assisted a raccoon marooned for hours atop a pole!

What would a week be without some Hudson River Almanac wisdom:

2/14 – Croton Point, HRM 35: While beachcombing today, I found some large bivalves (clams) along the tide line. I had never seen them this large or abundant. – Gareth Hougham

Wedge Rangia

Wedge Rangia

[Wedge rangia (Rangia cuneata) are a bivalve mollusk native to more southerly coastal and inshore brackish waters such as Delaware Bay and Chesapeake Bay. It is believed that they were inadvertently introduced to the lower Hudson River 25 years ago through the ballast water of commercial vessels. They are now found as far upriver as Newburgh. – Dave Strayer.]

We dream in green,





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