Happy Shred-a-Thon, UESiders!!

The countdown has begun…

Snow, rain, shine and/or frigid temperatures…

The shredding truck, shredding maestro Scott and UGS foot soldiers will be awaiting your bulging bags, boxes, wagons, carts and jam-packed-with-paper car/taxi trunks!!

(Samascott’s fabulous hot cider will be only a few steps away!!)

It’s going to be really fine next 7 days: 

Saturday, March 11th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

Cold?   Wind?  Snow-covered asphalt?  Ha!  Our farmers/fishermen are impervious and at their tables 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!

But sorry to say, no Nolasco Farm.

DO KEEP IN MIND:  Only two Saturdays to go, it’s March 25th and our market hosts GrowNYC’s Regional Grain Project and it’s mouth-watering selection of food, 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:  77 lbs. batteries; 14 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 12 compost bins; 18 bags of clothes.

You read it right, people!!

12 BINS!!

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) 

Almost upon us!!

Just make sure:

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.)

As always, thanks to Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for their multiple 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!!  And the event?  It’s in celebration of the Green Park Garden’s (East River Esplanade and 63rd) certification as an official Monarch Conservation Area!!  The event’s all the more special given that naturalist and butterfly expert Don Riepe will be sharing his wisdom not just about monarchs – their life cycles, their amazing migrations, the threats to their continuing existence – but how we can make all NYC gardens more inviting  to all butterflies/pollinators!  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!!

Sunday, March 12th & Monday, March 13th:  Just Food Conference

Various locations and time

On the remote chance Just Food’s not been on your radar…  The pioneer urban farming group’s been engaged in bringing fresh, locally grown food to under-served New Yorkers (now more than 250,000) for a decade and more.  This year’s conference theme:  A Call to Collaboration.  Tickets from $40.  For further details… 


Thursday, March 16th:  Cracking the Code – Fostering Public Participation in Zoning

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, 6:30

Can we stand idly by as our City sprouts endless spindly towers?  Or should we, at least, be mastering the basics of how what gets built and where!  Quote Jane Jacobs:  ” “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”  Yes.  Presented in cooperation with the Municipal Art Society.  Members, $10.  Non-members, $20.  Seniors, educators and students, $15.  For tickets and more... 

Saturday/Sunday, March 18th & 19th and Saturday/Sunday, March 25th & 26th: 22nd Annual Maple Weekend

Around New York State

Twirl a brace drill!  Pound a spile!  Inspect sap flow in the sugarbush!  Savor the aroma of sap boiling down and take the maple taste test at one of 15 NYS syrup producers!  Eat a pancake and syrup breakfast!!  Couldn’t be more family friendly. Organized in cooperation with NYS Department of Agriculture.  Free.  To plan your weekend… 

Sunday, March 26th:  Getting to Zero – Treasure in the Trash at the M11 Garage Tour

343 East 99th Street between First & Second, 11am & 1pm

Sanitation worker Nelson Molina’s spent 20 years extracting/curating items from glorious to strange from the things we’ve thrown out.  Now the accumulation/collection‘s on display on the second floor of the 99th Sanitation garage AND subject of an Open House tour!   (Can’t make this stuff up!)  Open House members, $10.  Non-members, $20.  For more and tickets

And we thought spring 2016 was busy:

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…

Suddenly, it’s May: 

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 5th, 6th & 7th:  Jane’s Walks 2017

In 200-Plus American Cities and All Over NYC

Celebrating the life and work of the great Jane Jacobs, it’s a weekend of free walking tours led by fellow/sister New Yorkers who know and love their neighborhoods.  You could even conceive and lead a tour yourself! Hosted by the Municipal Art Society. For full details…

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, refreshments and company is provided!!    

All over the landscape miscellany commencing with:

Somehow eye donation  slipped through our net…  

If you’d like the new NYState budget to provide for water quality statewide

Should you think it’d be a good if Olive Gardens and the 1,500 other Darden Group eating spots were more sustainable and green...

How about this for a fabulous high school internship program…  Interning at the NYC District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s office!!  Available to sophmore, juniors and seniors and comes with $150 a week stipend.  Applications must be in by March 15th…   

Whew!!  Waldorf interiors are landmarked!!

But Our Lady of Peace (on 62nd Street) may well be lost to it’s exceptionally devoted congregation

58th Street antique shop was caught dealing in totally illegal mastodon ivory!!

Of course, the UES received the most parking tickets in 2016!  (Less than in 2015 but still the most!)

Yeah!  How come still no M86 bus stop at Second Ave?

Geo-position of the Shred-A-Thon is 40° 46′ 28.056″ N, 73° 57′ 4.8564″ W! 

The Museum of the City of NY is red hot with innovation these days!  Proof:  Its freshly minted Gilded Age Ap!

Add DelanceyPlace.com to the list of day-enhancing sites…  (Thanks to reader Kathleen Treat for the tip!)

Kudos to Kansas City for how they’re tackling homelessness

Same to the NYC Parks who’re giving aid to less well-heeled public spaces!

Trust Atlas Obscura to have searched the world for the best of odd-ball mini dioramas!

Orchids grow wild in NYC?!

Meanwhile, just as the NY Historical Society’s great Hudson River show opens, restorers are at work removing 180 years of paint, dirt and living from the walls of Hudson River master Thomas Cole’s home… Revealing the informal but lovely decorative detail painted by Cole

Oh, animals:

Proud that NYC has a pet crime investigator!!

NYState’s got new freshwater fishing regulations

Are sled dogs beautiful or what…?

pet raccoon

Turn off your cute-o-meters, folks…  This one’s off the charts:  Canine friar (in robe and cowel)!

A magazine devoted to bats

Then there’re moths vs. bats

host of pet adoption events, many on the UES!

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

2/19 – Rockland County, HRM 38: I first spotted a leucistic gray squirrel in my yard in Garnerville in early January. I had not seen it since until today and was concerned that maybe it hadn’t survived the hawks and owls. Happily, it was back today and was cleaning up seeds under the bird feeder and chasing away all the other squirrels. – Caroline McDonald

Everlastingly green,



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