Happy Tenth Annual World Science Festival Weekend, UESiders!!

Couldn’t be more apropos at this particular moment, yes?! 

And aren’t we lucky it’s happening in NYC?!!

So, count fish…  Study the heavens…  Attend one of multitudinous, fascinating talks, videos, workshops and events and more..  Check the full program out!!


You could have a pretty darned perfect Saturday right here on the UES!!  Think music, treats, a stellar river view and fun at the Pier 90 Project and with Esplanade Friends!!

Let the weekend and new week begin:

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

Saturday, June 3rd:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

It’s Cooking with Kallos Saturday, people!!  And what will  our Council Member/chef be preparing from fresh, locally-grown/caught Greenmarket ingredients??  Find out and enjoy 11am-1pm!! 

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

YES and the Master Knife Sharpener will be with us, too!!

Last week’s recycling totals –  56 lbs. batteries; 11 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair of eyeglasses; 12 compost bins and 40 bags of clothes

Just brilliant!! 

Saturday, June 3rd:  Pier 90 Project – Summer 2017!!

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

Another great day for New Yorkers of all ages by our wonderful river…  Enjoying the music  of the great John Putnam Trio…  Getting your young face painted (even if you’re over 21, don’t hold back!)…    Snacking on goodies from the great COFFEED…  And every bit of it free!!    (Rain date:   Sunday, June 4th)

Saturday, June 3rd:  Saturday Night Lights – Stargazing in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1, 2 Furman Street,  Brooklyn, 7-11pm

And we quote:  “Brooklyn Bridge Park lights up the night’s sky with high-tech interactive and stargazing activities! Step up to a telescope for an up-close look at the moon, Jupiter, and beyond. Back on Earth, join the one-and-only Bill Nye the Science Guy for a Q&A session and book signing. Then, take part in UP! Umbrella Project, a participatory experience created by Pilobolus in collaboration with MIT Distributed Robotics.   Armed with an LED-lighted umbrella, create your own exploding stars and a total eclipse, along with physicists and astronomers in a larger-than-life celebration of our universe. Astronauts Yvonne Cagle and Leland Melvin will also be on hand for space exploration and autograph signing. ”  Free.   And pretty darned awesome.   For more (scroll down)

Saturday, June 3rd:  Movies Under the Stars – “Mission Impossible:  Rogue Nation”

John Jay Park, 77th Street & Cherokee Place, 7:30pm

Unfold that sand chair or stretch out on a blanket  and watch Tom Cruise and team take on their most impossible mission yet:  Eradicating the Syndicate…  The Syndicate being an international rogue organization committed to destroying the IMF!   Free, of course!  Sponsored by Council Member Kallos, of course!!  To sign up… 

Every Wednesday Commencing June 8th:  Compost on the Go!! 

SE corner of Lexington & 96th Street, 7:15-10:00am

YES!!  UES compost collection expands yet again!!  This time making it easy to drop off your compost a stone’s throw from the Lex subway entrance whether you’re on your way to work, heading out to knock off morning errands or just wanting to empty your collection container/freezer more often!!   GrowNYC and DSNY, we thank you big time!!  We UESiders will fill those bins!!

Thursday, June 8th:  Climate Smart Communities Webinar

On Whatever Device Is Handy, 10:30am-12pm

Calling all New Yorkers concerned about future storms/flooding…  The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has a webinar for us…  A webinar packed with preventative info and possible available funds!!   For the lowdown

Friday, June 9th:  Roller Skate Night at Isaacs Park!

Stanley Isaacs Playground Rink, 6-8pm

Free roller skate rental (or bring your own)!!  A live DJ!!   Open to all ages!!  Sponsored by Council Member Ben Kallos.  Did we mention it’s totally free??!!  For more….  To RSVP  (you need to)…

On the horizon:

Tuesday, June 13th:  Growing Food, Growing Healthy Community

Deepak HomeBase, ABC Home on the Mezzanine, 888 Broadway, 7-8:30pm

Discover how such food leaders Stephen Ritz, Tony Hillery, Robert Graham, and Diane Hatz are transforming eating in the Bronx, Harlem and beyond in NYC.  $25.  For more and tickets

Saturday, June 24th:  Care Captain Street Tree Stewardship

Meet at Frederick Douglas Circle, 110th Street and Central Park West, 10am-2pm

Calling all Tree People!!  Make a quantum leap in your tree wisdom in just 4 jam-packed hours strolling the edge of Central Park!!  Learn how to ID trees, assess their health issues and to properly care for them!  Then there’s a tree’s inner life…  How life changes for trees when they leave the forest and enter the urban streetscape!   Please bring water and shoes comfortable for walking. Attendees will receive a street tree care kit, so make sure you register!  

Saturday, June 24th:  Great Backyard Campout Day

Anywhere You Can Set Up a Grill, 12:00am-11:59pm

A park…  A campground…  Your backyard…  Your apartment terrace…  The idea’s for Americans to get themselves outdoors  and revel in it!!  Organized by the National Wildlife Federation and they’re hoping for at least 100,000 participants (sleeping out not required)!!    For more (there’re even prizes!)…  And New York State campgrounds… 

Sunday, June 25th:  92nd Street Greenmarket Re-Opens!! 

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

Fruit!  Vegs!  Baked goods!  Seafood!!  Honey!  Compost collection!!  Just 3 more weeks till 92nd Street returns!!


Cheers for the NYC DEC for rejecting the (new and unimproved)  EPA’s decision the Hudson has been sufficiently cleansed of PCBs!!

And it’s soon commence replanting trees felled to contained the Asian Longhorned Beetle

Seems childhood allergies are significantly higher in the U.S. than Europe…  

But if you think quality PE is a good thing for NYC kids

Can clean water really not be a right in New York State…?

Incredible the energy and effectiveness of the GVHPS (Greenwich Village Historic Preservation Society) now taking on chain/big box stores now threatening to strip the East Village of its character…   

New great guides for exploring NYC

The right tool for the right job

America’s most misspelled words

Time for some animals:

Wonderful that 60 Liberian chimps used in NY Blood Center experiments are going to retire… 

The laughing gull

Top 15 cutest baby animals…  (Yup, baby skunks and raccoons got mixed up!)

And this week’s installment from the Hudson River Almanac:

5/22 – Manhattan, HRM 1: We checked our collection gear on a rainy morning in Hudson River Park at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25. One of our crab pots held an oyster toadfish 230 millimeters {mm} long. The killifish traps contained several shore shrimp, mud crabs, amphipods, and mud dog whelk snails. – Melissa Rex, Toland Kister

An Oyster Toadfish

[Oyster toadfish, known colloquially as “oyster crackers,” are common along the Atlantic Coast and in New York Harbor. They set up shop on the bottom of the river and, with strong, sharp teeth, they crush and feed on shellfish such as crabs, oysters, and other bivalves. While they are most often found in salt or brackish water, they can tolerate low salinity and even freshwater for a short time. Tom Lake.] 

5/24 – Manhattan, HRM 1: We checked our collection gear this morning in Hudson River Park at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25. On one of the killifish traps we found two lined seahorses (85 mm, 100 mm); one was hanging on to the outside of the trap, the other was clinging to the rope. We have also begun to see mud dog whelk snail eggs along the traps and caught our first comb jellies of the season.
– Elisa Caref, Melissa Rex, Megan Moroney

A Comb Jelly Fish

[Comb jellies (Ctenophora) look like jellyfish but do not sting. Like true jellyfish, they are translucent, gelatinous, fragile, and essentially planktonic, drifting at the whim of the wind and current. Peanut to walnut-sized, they often occur in swarms, and are common in warm, brackish estuarine shallows. Gently scoop one with a wet, cupped hand and place it in a small clear container to see the “combs” – eight rows of cilia which beat synchronously to propel the animal lazily through the water. There are two common species in the Hudson – Leidy’s comb jelly or sea walnut (Mnemiopsis leidyi) and Beroe’s comb jelly or pink slipper comb jelly (Beroe cucumis); the former bioluminesces. Tom Lake, Steve Stanne.]

5/26 – Manhattan, HRM 1: We checked our collection gear in mid-morning in Hudson River Park at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25. On the rope of a killifish trap we found a lined seahorse (60 mm). The other traps had shore shrimp, amphipods, mud crabs, mud dog whelk snails, and oyster drill snails. – Megan Moroney, Melissa Rex

Mud Dog Whelk Snail

[The Atlantic oyster drill (Urosalpinx cinerea) is a small sea snail, a marine gastropod. The oyster drill preys on oysters by drilling though their shell to get at the animal inside. – Tom Lake]

An Oyster Drill Snail

An Oyster Drill Snail Plays Peek-A-Boo

We will be ultra green,


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