Erin Go Bragh, UESiders!!

And thank you, gods ‘o weather for warming up just enough to not have ice cycles hanging from our shamrocks and shillelaghs! 

(They’re saving more frosty weather for our Saturday market…  Not that we care!!)

Oh!  It’s National Sleep Day, too!  (Good luck with that!)

As for the week (with more snow predicted) ahead:

All Spring & Summer:  Classes at the New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, Midtown Education Center, 20 West 44th Street & Bard College

Landscape Design…  The Art & Science of Successful Native Planting…  Floral Design…  Study to become an Urban Naturalist (and steward)…  Botanical Drawing…  Mushroom Papermaking…  Horticultural Therapy… And scores more fascinating courses…  (We’re contemplating printing with plants!).  For the total rundown 

Friday, March 17th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Star master John Pasmino explores globular clusters!  And what is a globular cluster, you ask?  Recognized and named by astronomer Herschel in the 1780s and shaped like a ball, a single globular cluster can contain as many as several hundred thousand stars with some visible even with binoculars!!  Free and, as always, fascinating!

Saturday, March 18th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

You scores who shrugged off sub-freezing weather and turned out for shopping and shredding will be viewing this Saturday’s weather prediction as small potatoes!

Same for our great farmers/fishermen – 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 – who’ll all be at their tables!

ONE LAST REMINDER:  Next Saturday and our market will be hosting GrowNYC’s Regional Grain Project with an amazing array of edibles, all made with NYS’s home-grown grain!!  Be sure to stop by Market Manager G’s table for the info pamphlet!  As ever, thanks to the great GrowNYC and Manhattan Market Manager Margaret for broadening our eating world!

Last week’s recycling totals:  71 lbs. batteries; 16 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 7 pairs of glasses; 11 compost bins; 21 bags of clothes.

11 bins on a frigid Saturday!!  WOW!!

Saturday, March 25th to Sunday, April 2nd:  Participatory Budgeting Vote

Up and Down the Upper East Side

And right at the 82nd Street/St. Stephen Greenmarket on Saturday, March 25th!  So important for us all to choose the UES projects that deserve Council Member Kallos’ incredibly generous $1M the most!  For the full schedule/locations/hours

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… 

Let the volunteer opportunities begin:

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 but even more so in 2017, it falls to us plain old Americans to stand tall for the integrity of our land, air, water and the people living on this Earth.  Stay tuned…

Time out for some fun that doesn’t involve a trowel: 

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

Pick up that trowel again:

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!

Sunday, May 21st:  Green Park GardenersNYC Volunteer Day

East River Esplanade at 62nd Street, Time TBA

A chance to wield your trowel (and learn plenty) from the group that’s pioneered native plant gardening on the UES!!  Details to follow, but mark that calendar!!

No shortage of miscellaneous:

As per Consumer Reports: 3 carbon monoxide alarms you absolutely SHOULD NOT buy!

Seems like California may well be compelling Roundup to include a cancer warning on its label!  

Think we better be prepared for a lot of petition signing, this week commencing with:

Has to a conflicting time for the Alaskan Sportsmen’s Alliance (think fishing gear and lots of guns), but they’re now asking for help protecting the Tongass and Bristol Bay

Support for an EPA ban of IQ-lowering pesticide chlorpyrifos

And if you’d prefer that our food inspection regulations – such as they presently are – not to be dismantled

If you think the endangered vaquita porpoise (only 30 left) should be saved

Back on the sunny side:

In case you haven’t seen this beautifully done map of worldwide waves of immigration…  (Thanks to reader Carol Rinzler for the tip!)

If you think the New York Botanical Garden is the best in the U.S.A, it’d like your vote…  (It’s currently in #3 place!) 

Uh, there’re 4 state budget proposals rolling about up in Albany…

The world’s first rooftop vineyard?  In Brooklyn!!

Where was NYC’s first city hall…?

Be nice when we have some spring to go along with the Central Park Conservancy Spring Guide!

Not that we aren’t up to our ears on the UES, BUT the Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project is something special, complete with teen volunteer opportunities! 

Thank you, DNAInfo, for informing us how to deal with salt on our shoes and boots!!

locally growing, edible weed?  On offer at the Union Square Market?

And this week’s most unfortunate-looking proposed NYC building is

Meanwhile, from the folks who’re bringing us that 100,000 square foot totally ungreen metal eyesore going up at 91st…  A salt shed that’s a candidate for best NYC building of the year…  (Scroll down to the map and you’ll see but 2 past winners are located on the UES…)

lifeline for those owning landmarked homes… 

Twenty NYC questions we all should be able to answer

The great Michigan pizza funeral

GMO defined

And now for the feathered and furry:

Cornell’s Ornithology Lab’s offering an online Warbler Identification Class

Those adorable but rascally Staten Island ponies

Even more adorable puppy/kitty BFFs

Unusual for us, but there’s a more than average touching GoFundMe appeal going for a cat needing surgery

We’re leprechaun green all 365/366 days a year,




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