Happy New York State Path Through History Weekend, UESiders!!

Statewide, of course, with many choice sites in NYC!!

Meanwhile…

Only mid-June and we’ve already amassed 5 air alert days…  Ugh!!

More reason still to nurture our trees (like giving them big drinks of water on torrid days yet to come)…

On to the week ahead:

Friday, June 16th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Star master John Pasmino’s subject this time out:  The summer Milky Way and surrounding stars!!  Free and, as always, so fun!

Saturday, June 10th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

Market Manager Margaret scoop on this week, “Lots of sugar snap peas, strawberries, heads of lettuce and greenhouse tomatoes!!    Samascott’s got strawberries and they are incredible!! Get there early because they are sure to go quickly!  Same for Sikking flowers…  Last Saturday, they sold out by noon!!  Oh, yes!!  Green Meadows Farms and their fabulous shitake mushrooms are back with us, too!!” 

And,also at their tables  will  be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Valley Shepher, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife,  Hawthorne Valley, and Gajeski  Farms!!  

Lucky us, the Master Knife Sharpener will be at her table, too!!

What a fabulous group!

Last 2 week’s recycling totals –   6/1:  42 lbs. batteries; 17 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  9 compost bins (Sanitation only gave us 9 and poor Moises did a lot of heavy tamping down!) and 42 bags of clothes.  6/9 –  66 lbs. batteries; 14 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 24 pairs of eyeglasses; 11 compost bins and 22 bags of clothes.

(DOS gave us only 9 bins??!!  Hey, DOS!!  We are so much better than that!!)

Thursday, June 22nd:  Oak Wilt Workshop

Grand Conference Room, Trees New York, 100 Gold Street, 6:30pm

Slowly but surely oak wilt’s making inroads among NYC trees…  Identified just last fall in Brooklyn’s Greenwood Cemetery!!  An essential defense: knowledgeable New Yorkers able to identify the symptoms and report an afflicted tree!!  Be one of those knowledgeable New Yorkers!!   Free.  For more and to reserve a place…  

Saturday, June 24th:  Great Backyard Camp Out 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!!  Old 92nd Street friends and new ones (Consider Bardwell from 82nd with their – goat cheese, pork and maple syrup!  Central Bakery’s and their fantastic breads and foccaccia!) Just 2 more weeks till 92nd Street returns!!

Coming up soon:

Tuesday, June 27th:  How Are Parks Built?  The NYC Parks Capital Process

Southbridge Towers Community Room, 90 Beekman Street, Manhattan, 6:30pm

Ever wondered how the playground, dog run or ball field in your park got there?   Here’s our chance to learn basics on how NYC Parks funds, designs and constructs our green spaces…  And how we citizens might make them even better!!  Organized by the City Parks Foundation.  Free but you’ll need to register...

Then it’s July:

Thursday, July 6th:  Green Your Event Seminar

GrowNYC Project Farmhouse, 76 East 13th St,  6:30pm

Master the fine art of reducing waste and maximizing recycling at festivals, block parties, athletic events…  You name it…  From the folks who really know how!!  Free but reservations a must!

Saturday, July 15th & Sunday, July 16th:  Formula E Grand ePrix New York

Red Hook, The Brooklyn Waterfront

Electric car racing arrives in NYC!!  And who owns one of the eTeams?  None other than Michael Andretti, son of designated Race Driver (of non- electric Formula 1 cars in the 20th) Century Mario!!  $42-$150.   For more and tickets

Miscellany, stretching activist muscles first:

If you think NYState’s solar farms should be pollinator friendly

And if you also believe that NYState – like Minnesota – should protect those same pollinators from death by pesticide… 

And if you’re also of the opinion that our National Monuments should remain  National Monuments

Then, on the excellent news front:

Assembly Member Seawright was the force behind passage of A.7214, legislation requiring the New York State Department of Health to conduct a study on the high incidence of asthma in Manhattan and to prepare a remediation plan…  Legislation especially pertinent to UES and the area adjacent to the 91st Street MTS!!   (The Senate’s also passed the bill and it’s now en route to the Governor.)

Then there’s this from  the most excellent 1000+ Friends (of Parks):  “When was the last time you saw a press release headline like this: “VETERANS GROVE REOPENS WITH NEW PLAY EQUIPMENT, MONTHS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE”   It happened in Queens last week when NYC Parks Queens Borough Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski today joined Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Council Member Daniel Dromm, students from St. Bartholomew Academy, and local community members in Elmhurst, Queens, to celebrate the reopening of Veterans Grove after a $2.3 million reconstruction project. The scope of work included a full makeover of the park and surrounding sidewalk, and was completed months ahead of the expected timeline. ”  Double wow, huh?  (Read the rest of the story…)

Prince was an anonymous donor fostering solar energy entrepreneurship!! 

shout-out for Rochester, just named NYState’s 11th Certified Climate Smart Community!!

Okay, so it is the day after Flag Day…  Still fascinating to learn the ins and outs of our 5 boroughs’ separate, distinct and totally individual flags!!

tip of the hat to how Akron’s adapting to its population decline:  Converting a Robert Moses-style belt highway into smaller streets, parks and an urban forest!

Might we have had enough of clever neighborhood renames?  (But fines?)

Poking a toe off the reservation: 

Ever hear of The City Reliquary?  Us neither, but it’s just put out a request for proposals for its upcoming exhibition, “NYC Trash:  Past, Present & Future”!  You don’t have to be a waste management expert, collector of NYC Department of Sanitation ephemera or even an enthusiast of reuse/recycling…  You can just be an ordinary mortal with an interest the past, present, or future of trash in New York City!!  So, let your mind creatively wander and then contact Sarah Celentano, nfo@cityreliquary.org, 718-782-4842!  (Thanks to reader Nick Knoll for the tip!)

Just a tiny taste of the animal kingdom:

ALERT:  There’s a LOST COCKATIEL on the UES…  “Muey” went missing today (Thursday) near Rockefeller University at 64th and York.  Muey’s yellow and grey with orange cheeks.   Call Tara: 347-205-3332.

For those of you crazy enough to have a cable package so vast it includes Epix channels, don’t miss “Eagle Huntress” now being offered On Demand!!

Green from the ground up,

UGS

 

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