Happy Cinco de Mayo,  International Tuba Day and (One Day After) Star Wars Day, UESiders!!

And Jimmy Fallon managed to marry the three

Speaking of three…  Three inches of rain in Central Park today!!

Shadbush in bloom

On to the week ahead:

Saturday, May 6th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

It’s CHEESE DAY at 82nd Street!

To quote Uber Market Manager Margaret:  “Favorite cheese purveyors Valley Shepherd, Consider Bardwell and Hawthorne Valley will all be at market and all our favorite dairy animals will be represented:  Cow (Hawthorne)… Goat (Consider Bardwell)…   Sheep ( Valley Shepherd)!!”

Wow, yes?!


Margaret says, “Asparagus season is in full swing and there will probably still be some ramps!”


Also with us will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Ole Mother Hubbert, Alewife, Samascott, Sikking and Gajeski Farms!!


Look for Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess to be at her table, too!!  


Come Saturday, May 27th, the wonderful Greenmarket Grains Project will be paying our market another visit!!

Last two weeks’ recycling totals –   Week of April 22nd:  54 lbs. batteries; 15 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 11 compost bins; 25 bags of clothes.   Week of April 29th:  66 lbs. batteries; 17 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 pairs glasses; 12 compost bins; 35 bags of clothes.

Wow, again!!

Saturday, May 6th:  The Pier 90 Project Returns!

Pier 90, East River Esplanade at 90th Street, 12-3pm   (rain date:  Sunday, May 14th) 

More live music (this time out, Pier 90 fave Grupo Guataca)…  Food treats galore from the great COFFEED…   A marvelous river view…   The company of other wonderful UESiders!!  Doesn’t get any better and it’s entirely free, folks!!

Saturday, May 6th:  Identification Day!

Museum of Natural History, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall, Central Park West at 77th Street, 12-4pm

Think “Antiques Roadshow” for that odd bone you found on the beach…    The rock that sure looks like a fossil… Those arrowheads your grandfather left you…  No dollar amounts involved, but the experts sure do weigh in, we wind up with knowledge and maybe natural treasures!!  Fun even if just checking out what others have brought!! Free.

Sunday, May 7th:  Spring Fling at East Side Elementary/PS 267!

East 63rd Street between Second and Third, 11am-3pm

Join PS 267 families, friends and neighbors for a Sunday full of fun for all ages!!  Fun as in carnival rides…  Games… Arts & crafts…  And good eats!!  All proceeds benefit the PS 267 PTA and the programs it supports.  Free admission. Games, rides and food start at just $1! 

Tuesday, May 9th & Every Tuesday till Fall:  East River Rowing with the East River Crew

96th Street at the East River Esplanade, 4:30pm to dusk (Rain cancels till the following Tuesday.)

Row, learn to row or just enjoy a fantastic late afternoon/evening on the water!  Learn about the natural life of our marvelous river/estuary!  Bring a hat, layers of clothing appropriate to the weather that day and sun screen!  No question, this is one of the UES’s Top Ten Loveliest Experiences!  Free!  For more and to print the waiver that’s a must...    

Saturday, May 20th:  Shred-A-Thon –  Pre-Memorial Day Edition

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

Coming up fast but remember:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Donate your 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 yet another shredding event!

Saturday, May 20th:  “Modern” Times – An Upper East Side Walking Tour

Meeting place info  provided with registration, 2pm

Architectural historian Matthew Postal enlightens on the premier UES examples of mid-century architecture, from buildings by Philip Johnson to Paul Rudolph to Edward Durrell Stone and more!  Organized by the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts.  Members, $10.  Non-members, $20.  To register (scroll down)…

On the horizon:

Sunday, May 21st:  It’s My Park Day Spring Plantathon Volunteer Day 

Meet at bottom of the East 60th Street ramp, 60th Street & York Avenue, 2-5pm  (If you run late, just proceed up and then down the ramp, 50 feet north and past the dog run to the Green Park Garden…  No way, you’ll miss it!) 

Wield your trowel and hand rake alongside Green Park Gardeners, the people who’ve created the beautiful, block-long native plant garden in the East River Esplanade’s Andrew Haswell Green Park!  You bring your tools, gloves and gardening experience…  The Gardeners’ll supply the butterfly-friendly plants!   Just let them know you’re coming: greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com!   

Wednesday, May 24th:  First Annual Upper East Side Garden Party

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 6-8pm

Calling all UES gardeners!!   Come meet folks who like you make our parks, Greenstreets, bicycle islands, Esplanade gardens and street tree beds bloom!!  Yup, those who till UES earth and beautify it will be meeting, greeting and sharing all we’ve learned about making things grow in NYC!!   Sponsored by Assembly Member Seawright and Council Members Kallos and  Garodnick!  RSVP an absolute must and do include where you garden:  uppergreenside@gmail.com 

June already:

Thursday, June 1st:  Free Mammography Screening

78th Street between First & York, commencing at 9am

All insurances accepted with co-pays and deductibles waived.   Totally free for all uninsured women over 40 who haven’t had a mammogram in a year or more.  Appointments a must, so call 800-564-6868.  Funded by Cancer Program Services ofManhattan and Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert.  Hosted by Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright.  For questions and further details, contact AM Seawright’s office:  212-288-4607 or SeawrightR@nyassembly.gov.

Saturday, June 10:  Walk and Draw – An Artist’s Tour of Greenwich Village

Meeting site provided with reservation, 11am-1pm

Artist Nick Golebiewski leads the hunt for charming West Village details to sketch, providing along the way, sketching tips and tricks of the sketching trade!  Believe it or not, no artistic ability to thoroughly enjoy!  Pens and pocket sketchbooks provided!  And the Tour itself is free!!  For more and to register (scroll down)…

Miniscule miscellaneousness this week:

Hallelujah!  A Cornell scientist’s developed a polymer that’ll allow vastly more of the two most prevalent plastics (PE and PP) to be recycled together!!

Moneys for sustainable agriculture programs have, so far, survived the three continuing resolutions that’ve kept the 2017 Congressional budget from crash-and-burn…


The NYC Landmarks Commission strikes again…  (Scroll down to the Case Study!) 

On the DL:

The NYS DEC’s temporarily closed down shellfish harvesting areas in Southampton and Southold, Long Island! 

Back on bright:

Meanwhile, the DEC and NYS Office of Parks have  just announced their First Time Camper Program…  Instructing individuals and families who’ve never camped how!! 

Learn the Art of Composting from a bunch of our UES neighbors who really know how:  The Green Park Gardeners NYC.  Just check out their gorgeous garden on the Esplanade at 62nd or online…  Then email  greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com!

In search of America’s surviving drive-in theaters

On the animal trail:

NYS has a new channel catfish record…  As in more than 39 pounds!!  (Congrats fisherman Eric Scordo!)

German police adopt…  A hamster!!

The Great Wild Hogs of Texas Debate

And from the Hudson River Diary:

4/22 – Tivoli North Bay: This was the March for Science weekend across the nation in concert with Earth Day. Our Bard College students decided to display their own variation on the theme by displaying banners from our canoes reading “Marsh for Science.”

We explored the tidemarsh at Tivoli North Bay, discussing topics from Phragmites function to sea level rise modeling. We used the high tide to explore some tight channels behind a beaver dam built within the marsh. The trails were a treasure trove of flowers, including trillium and trout lily.  – Chris Bowser, Jim Herrington, Bard College Environmental & Urban Studies students

4/26 – Manhattan: In late afternoon we checked our collection gear at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25 and we found fish! One of our crab pots finally caught a lined sea horse 60 millimeters [mm] long that was hanging onto the edge of the wire pot with its prehensile tail. The killifish traps caught 100 shore shrimp, five isopods, 14 mud crabs, a surf clam, two isopods, and four mud dog whelk snails.
– Jacob Tuszynski, Hadassah Brenner, Jacqueline Wu 

4/28 – Manhattan, HRM 1: In late morning we checked our collection gear at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25. More fish! A crab pot caught an adult white perch (230 mm). Our killifish traps caught a lined sea horse (120 mm) and a blackfish (65 mm).   – Jacob Tuszynski, Jessica Lambert, Jacqueline Wu

The Blackfish

[Blackfish is a colloquial common name for tautog (Tautoga onitis), a rather common, bottom-dwelling fish of New York Harbor. Their colloquial name, blackfish, refers to the adults as they attain a deep, coal black color, but juveniles like this one are often greenish. Among their favorite foods are shellfish that they find in abundance in near-shore rocky areas. In the spirit of “you are what you eat,” blackfish, perhaps owing to their shellfish diet, are one of the most sought after food fishes. –  Tom Lake.]

4/20 – Putnam County:

The sky is blue,
The bees are buzzing,
The wind is blowing,
And the trees are rattling.
The flowers are blooming,
Bunnies are hopping,
And the birds are chirping.
The kids are playing, 
The dogs are barking,
And spring is wonderful.
      – Briana Soto, 3rd Grade, Lakeview Elementary, Mahopac

Forever green,




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