Happy Mother’s Day, UESiders!!

It’ll Global Big Day (a collective effort aiming to break the number of birds seen worldwide in a single day for yet another year), too!!

And this is #Infrastructure Week!

(There’s a fish count day coming up in June…)

But now for the week ahead:

Saturday, May 13th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

Can’t stop the big doins’ at the Greenmarket!!

You do recall that the great Greenmarket’s Grains Project’s returning to 82nd on Saturday, May 27th, yes?

Well, now add another round of Greenmarket Cooking with Kallos to your Saturday, June 3rd (11am-1pm ) calendar!!

 (Of course, the Council Member’ll be chopping and stirring at 92nd Street as well, likely early July!!)

And this week, at their tables will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Ole Mother Hubbert, Alewife, Samascott, Consider Bardwell, Sikking Flowers, Gajeski and Hawthorne Valley Farms!!

Happy to say,  Master Knife Sharpener Barbara Hess to be with us and honing, too!!  

Manager G’s off this Saturday, but the great Andrei will be filling in! 

It’s the last 2 weeks for Consider Bardwell and Hawthorne Valley, so let’s have them leave us with their Greenmarket cupboards bare!  (Look for Consider Bardwell at the 92nd Street Greenmarket when it reopens on Sunday, June 24th!) 

BACK TO 82nd…

In just 3 more weeks, Cherry Lane back  returns!!

Last week’s recycling totals –     57 lbs. batteries; 23 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 pairs of eyeglasses; 12 compost bins; 32 bags of clothes.  

Great to be in the 12 bin zone!!

Sunday, May 14th:  The Pier 90 Project Returns (on its Rainday!!)

Pier 90, East River Esplanade at 90th Street, 12-3pm   

Predictions of still more rain moderate and improve as each day passes!!   So fingers crossed that, come Sunday, we’ll all be lolling about on the pier…  Soaking up sun and soothed by lapping water…  Enjoying the music  of the great Grupo Guataca)…  Snacking on goodies from the great COFFEED…  And every bit of it free!!   Stay tuned…

Tuesday, May 16th:  EsplanadeFriends Spring Benefit 2017

Bar Felice, 1591 First Avenue between 82nd & 83rd Streets, 6:30-8:30pm 

Can it really be Friends’ 4th Annual Benefit?  Indeed, it is and 2016 was one amazing year of achievement, front and center of which is the opening of Pier 90 for all New York’s enjoyment, even on those weekends when there’s no live music, free cookies and ice cream!!  Coming up:  More public art, more greenery, rebirth of the erstwhile Con Edison site and so much more!!  But first, the benefit with Bar Felice’s great eats and atmosphere, Friends’ wonderful supporters and the best darned roundup of raffle prizes ever!!  You do want to be an Esplanade Friend, too!!     

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) 

And, as ever, the drill:

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.)

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!

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!  

Saturday, May 27th:  14th Annual Horseshoe Crab Festival

Meet at Jamaica Bay WIldlife Refuge, 9am

Then carpool  to nearby site to see the annual mating ritual of the ancient horseshoe crabs!! Other events during the day include children’s program and lectures on horseshoe crabs topics (bet there’re a lot of them!). For more info call (718) 474-0896; e-mail: don@littoralsociety.org.  Organized by NYC Audubon.  Free!

Suddenly, it’s June:

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 3rd:  World Science Fair Great Fish Count

17 Waterway Sites in All 5 Boroughs,  Westchester & New Jersey, 9am-4pm

And we quote:  “From Lemon Creek in Staten Island to the shores of the Bronx River, New York’s waterways are teeming with life — and it’s up to you to find it! Led by top marine scientists and biologists in 17 sites, the Great Fish Count gives attendees of all ages the chance to strap on a pair of waders, cast a net, and discover the underwater world in their own backyard!”  Gotta be great!!  Free.  For more and to sign up

Sunday, June 25th:  92nd Street Greenmarket Reopens!! 

92nd Street at First Avenue, 9am-4pm

Fruit! Vegs!  Baked goods!  Seafood!!  Honey!  Compost collection!!  Going to be great when 92nd Street returns!!

Let there be miscellany:

Say what?  Maryland’s set to become the U.S. leader in windpower?!

A promising new tool as powers-that-be look to fine-tune Vision Zero solutions… 

More new us:  The term “Pesticide Drift”

The good news:  U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the EPA had unlawfully issued 59 pesticide regulations between 2007 and 2012 for a wide variety of agricultural, landscaping and ornamental uses.

And the bad and worse: Seeds coated with bee-killing neonicotinoid insecticides are now used on more than 150 million acres of U.S. corn, soybeans, cotton and other crops – totaling an area bigger than California and Florida combined.   Water contamination from ag run-off is virtually out of control.

Sorry to say the NYS Emerald Ash Borer quarantine area has been enlarged… 

On the upswing:

Wow!!  So, so much to enjoy in  the great NYState outdoors!!  (Including fishing for –  how did this name ever happen – crappie!)

No question, the yen to fish is on the rise in NYC!!  (Seen the anglers lining our Esplanade!!)

Attention, fishing enthusiasts:  There’re new recreational flounder fishing regs!

Trust the Master Knife Sharpener to bring a farmer appearing on “Shark Tank” to our attention!

And the winners of the “I Voted” sticker design contest are…  

Seen the new navy-blue M15 local bus?

The Waldorf Astoria past, present and in the not-so-distant future

In the activist mode:

Should you support net neutrality… 

Let there be feathers, pollinating and furriness:

NYState’s celebrating its tenth anniversary of juvenile eel monitoring!!

You – yes, YOU – can participate in Monarch (butterfly) Watch’s Citizen Science Project!!

Whoa!  Interested if there’ve been any rat inspections in your hood…? 

How to make your own protective paw wax for dog and kitty

A baby wombat grows up  

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

5/4 – Stuyvesant, HRM 127: I got a nice photo today of an adult bald eagle in flight. When I looked at the image, I noticed that the bird had a blue band on its left leg, likely a New York State DEC band.  –  Kaare Christian

Bald Eagle S72

[After viewing Kaare’s photograph, I concluded that the blue band had alpha-numeric S72. This was a female, fledged in 2007 from bald eagle nest NY106 in Allegheny County, about 280 miles west of Stuyvesant, in Columbia County. – Pete Nye.]

5/5 – Newcomb: Some spring wildflowers were in bloom: trout lily, sessile-leaved bellwort, red trillium, toothwort, and Viola spp. were in abundance. Witch-hobble (Viburnum lantanoides) and shadbush (Amelanchier spp.) were also in bloom. Newly arrived migrant songbirds, seen and heard in the woods, included yellow-rumped, black-throated green, and magnolia warblers, as well as American redstart and a bonus red-breasted grosbeak. Unfortunately, the black flies were also starting to send out their scouts. – Charlotte Demers

Living in green,



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