Monthly Archives: July 2017

Happy Heat Wave and Umpteenth Air Quality Alert Day, UESiders!!

Is this humidity/temp combination agony or what?  

Pretty much in line with New York Magazine’s distressing but totally worth reading current cover story

galeopsis speciosa

And with it mind, let’s get down to our usual making all weeks super green:

Saturday, July 22nd:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

With us will be American Pride Seafood, Sikking Flowers, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd, Green Meadows, Cherry Lane, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Alewife,  and Gajeski  Farms!!  

Alewife’s gorgeous basil fit for a bridal bouquet!!  

Cherry Lane delicious young eggplants and baby potatoes!!

Mother Hubbert’s yogurt and milk!!

Sikkings incredible lilies!!

BUT:

NO Master Knife Sharpener  this week.   (She’ll be lolling about in cool ocean waters.)

BUT:

Temperature permitting…  Noted cookbook author, area resident and 82nd Street Greenmarket shopper Dana Jacobi will be exploring the world of leafy greens beyond kale and collards!!  Meet, greet and sample delicious Greenmarket greens prepared by our ever so knowledgeable neighbor!  (If the day’s too scorching, stalwart Manager Guramrit will chef-in-chief!)  (Do check out Dana’s site: danajacobi.com.) 

AND THEN:

July 29th brings the latest installment of  cooking with our own UES foodies…  This time out with certified holistic nutritionist, real food devotee, recipe developer, food stylist wellness blogger and photographer, Mercedes!!  She’ll be whipping up something that reflects her passional for our Greenmarket’s local, seasonal food!!   (Her site: superfoodsaydeez.com/)  She’ll be with us 10am-1pm.

Last week’s recycling totals:  64 lbs. batteries; 28 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  11 compost bins;  and 26 bags of clothes.

Sunday, July 23rd:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street at First Avenue, 9am-3pm

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm

At their tables will be American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell and Norwich Meadows Farms!!

(Tomatoes!!  Fava beans!!  Baguettes of every size and many flavors!!  Freshest chicken!!  Clams!!) 

ONE LAST TIME:

Don’t forget to get yourself over to Manager Jaimie’s table and sign up for the 92nd Street Frequent Shopper Reward Program!!   Shop 5 weeks, get a $2 coupon and be entered into a raffle for a giant bag of produce!!

Last week’s recycling totals:   14 lbs. batteries; 9 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  22 pairs of eye glasses; 4 compost bins;  5160 lbs. of paper.   

ANOTHER 4 BINS!!  TWO AND A HALF TONS PLUS OF PAPER!!  22 PAIRS OF GLASSES!!

Holy crow.

Tuesday, July 25th:  Foster Pet Parent Orientation

 Animal Care Centers NYC Headquarters, 11 Park Place, Suite 805, 7-9pm

And we quote, “ACC never turns away an animal in need, and regularly rescues nursing moms with babies, kittens and puppies without moms, and injured and ill animals. These animals may need some extra TLC, outside of a Care Center, to get healthy and ready for adoption. nter the Foster Program, which places them temporarily in the homes of caring individuals who help prepare them for forever homes.”  Could be us, yes?  For the lowdown

Saturday, July  29th:  Pet Adoption Day at Biscuits & Bath  (Dogs Only)

Biscuits & Bath Sutton Place, 1064 1st Avenue at East 58th Street, 11am – 3pm

Great how dedicated this particular Biscuits & Bath outpost has become to finding forever homes for dogs lacking their own personal humans!  (And this is a dogs only event!)

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This week’s miscellany, commencing with some outrage:

As in, the MTA’s actually proposing cutting M67 and M72 service!!  

And in the activism mode:

Have objections to the behemoth mega tower proposed for 96th Street between First and Second?  Carnegie Hill Neighbors have made it pretty easy to speak up…   (To email Governor Cuomo)  

Lightening up a tad:

So, what world capital’s shaming all others in converting its erstwhile polluted-to-the-nth degree streams/canals/rivers into fantastic urban swimming pools??

We’re not there yet, but engineers are crazy trying to devise giant storage “batteries”… 

We do all know that, at present, the methodology for recycling ziplock bags is tear the ziplock off and toss, then recycle the bag (because lock and bag are different plastic grades)?  Well, seems like SC Johnson’s discovered European methodology that converts whole ziplocks, plain old plastic bags and even plastic film into garbage bags

Oh-oh!  Looks like China’s going to be much more picky about the recycled paper and plastics they import 

They’re recycling oyster shells in Alabama

How Bacitracin came into being

What our NYS Conservation Officers have been up to of late

Origin of the word “earth”?  It’s derived from the Old English word for “dirt”!!

Brooklyn’s Dead Horse Bay got its name how…??

Totally off the reservation:

Jane Austen fanatics?!  Here’s a Jane Austen quiz!! 

Back on with this lovely make-it-yourself deodorant formula from 82nd Market Manager Guramrit:

“What do you do to hydrate your face on a hot day (besides drinking water)? Make your own facial mist!   Here’s my recipe using lavender and lemongrass essential oils. 

Lemongrass is a natural deodorizer (yay no more smelly armpits, you can spray your pits with this too!), purifies the skin and promotes pure-toned skin (‘makes you feel so clean), naturally repels pesky bugs, helps promote a positive outlook and heighten your awareness. If used in massage, it also soothes tense muscles. 

Lavender is very versatile and great for just about anything. It’s calming, peaceful and helps reduce imperfections in the skin. Think floral, light and refreshing. 

What you need:

• 1 spray bottle • water • essential oils • a drop or five of fractionated coconut oil • optional: teaspoon aloe Vera 

How you make it:

1. Combine water and at least 10 drops of essential oils in a spray bottle. 

2. Shake once bottle is sealed and add in coconut oil and aloe if you’d like. 

3. Shake and store in the fridge for a refreshing cooling mist at any time of day! 

Use after cleansing or when you need to cool down!”

Time for some animals:

More proof all the time that there were once polar dinosaurs!! 

Yes, even pigeons can be loved…  (This is special, folks!!)

The difference between horns and antlers?? Horns consist of bone encased in the protein keratin (also found in human fingernails), are grow on both males and females and won’t regrow if they’re damaged or removed.  Antlers consist of bone covered by living skin (“velvet”) which supplies blood as the bone grows.  Antlers are exclusive to male deer,  fall off seasonally then regrow!!

The beauty and biology of bird eggs

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

7/13 – Orange County, HRM 36: I watched five white ibis picking around in the vegetable garden until 7:45 PM, when they flew to a nearby tree and then disappeared for the night. (They were seen by others on July 14 until late morning, when they disappeared, and have not been seen since.)  – Kent Warner

                                                   Those White Ibises

[The American white ibis (Eudocimus albus), a wading bird more commonly found in marshes and wetlands along the southern Atlantic coastal states, is an “accidental” (found fewer than three times) in Orange County. There was a previous sighting of an immature bird on July 13, 2011 in the Town of Warwick. –  Ken McDermott.]

7/13 – Westchester County: A hiker along a rocky beach in lower Westchester County happened upon a piece of “worked” chert today indicating a Stone Age artifact. This was a small (51 mm) and rather thin (6-7 mm) projectile point made of high grade black chert (probably Normanskill). The presence of Hudson River Indians and their artifacts dates back to at least 11,000 years ago, so this find was a delightful reminder of the impressive time depth of the Hudson River Valley.  – Tom Lake

[This spear-thrower (atlatl) point appeared to be a preform, a work in progress. While it was not immediately recognizable as a “type,” it did have enough form to suggest that it was not a utilitarian tool. Typing Stone Age projectile points often seems like finding images in clouds: one person’s horse is another’s ostrich. This seemed to be a preform for a Fox Creek-type point that have been dated from AD 400-650 on Hudson Valley archaeological sites. The black lithic (rock) from Greene and Albany counties is typical of these points as well. In our area, this time period is called the Middle Woodland, when hunters and gatherers were increasing their dependence on new technologies such as horticulture, ceramics, and the bow and arrow, eventually leading to more permanent settlements. The type site is Fox Creek, a tributary to Schoharie Creek in Schoharie and Albany Counties, and was named by New York State Archaeologist Bob Funk.  – Tom Lake.]

Until (green) September,

UGS

 

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Happy 40th Anniversary of the Big Blackout, UESiders!!

Good that we’re 4 decades distant from those unhappily tumultuous,hours!!

Down here on First in the 60’s, fate was kind. A boring couple of hours out on the fire escape, watching the few passersby below, eating Fudgsicles, finally retreating inside to cold showers…   And, if memory serves, we walked to work the next morning!!  

haplocarpha scaposa

On to a many-faceted weekend and – knock-knock – flawless shredding event:

Saturday, July 15th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

At their tables will be American Pride Seafood, Sikking Flowers, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd, Green Meadows, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Alewife,  and Gajeski  Farms!!  

Lip-smacking corn is upon us!!  

Tiny newest potatoes!!

Beets of many colors!!

Real tomatoes!!

BUT:

NO Master Knife Sharpener  this week…

INSTEAD:

With us will be Madrette, Mystic Mistress of Canine Paw Reading!!  Escort your favorite pup to the market, let Madrette plumb his/her furry fortune over time to come, have his/her picture taken with the great Madrette and give him/her the pleasure of chowing down on some meaty market treats!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  75 lbs. batteries; 28 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  11 compost bins;  and 35 bags of clothes. 

Yes!!  Back in the 11 bin groove!!

Saturday, July 15th:  10th Annual City of Water Day!

All Over NYC, 10am-4pm

Exhibitors galore (like I Fish New York!)…  A myriad of activities (think rowing with our own East River Crew)…  Wonderful tours (for instance, “The Lilac”, a  retired, steam-powered Coast Guard cutter…  Food (of course!)…  Truly, something for everyone of us!!  And all of it’s FREE!!    For everything you might want to know

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

Sunday, July 16th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street at First Avenue, 9am-3pm

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm

It’s Cooking with Kallos Sunday at 92nd!!  And what will our multi-talented Council Member/chef whip up??  As previously stated, that’s a District 5 secret.  Be there, find out and savor 11:30am -1:30pm! 

And, of course, with us will be American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell and Norwich Meadows Farms!!

(Double whoa!!  Central Bakery’s raisin bread!!  Mother Hubbert’s eggs and chocolate milk!!  Anything from American Pride, Meredith’s, Consider Bardwell, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms!! ) 

ONE MORE TIME:

Don’t forget to get yourself over to Manager Jaimie’s table and sign up for the 92nd Street Frequent Shopper Reward Program!!   Shop 5 weeks, get a $2 coupon and be entered into a raffle for a giant bag of produce!!

Last week’s recycling totals:   26 lbs. batteries; 12 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  9 pairs of eye glasses; 4 compost bins.  

Double the previous week’s bins, people!!

Sunday, July 16th:   Shred-A-Thon –  One More Time at 92nd Street Edition

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Streets, across from the Greenmarket, 10am-2pm (rain or shine) 

Yes, same time, same place…  Plus a ton of guilt!!

Even more reason to keep in mind:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take those hardcovers to Goodwill or Housing Works.)

And we can’t say it enough…

Another huge thank you to the folks who make these events possible:  Council Members Kallos and Garodnick and Assembly Member Seawright!!

Monday, July 17th:  Partnership for Parks Academy Workshop

The Arsenal, 830 Fifth Avenue at 64th Street, 6:30-8:30pm

Calling all New Yorkers with a yen to see your park more green/flowering/ready and available for quiet and/or active enjoyment?  Get yourself to P4P’s workshop and learn the ropes, many of them at least a little political.    Free with dinner provided!!  To learn more and sign up

Coming up soon:

Tuesdays, July 18th & 25th, Wednesdays, July 19th & 26th, Thursdays, July 20th & 27th:  Summer Dance at the Museum of the American Indian

One Bowling Green, 11am-1pm

Summer dance as hoop dancing combined with Native American songs and storytelling led by Grammy-winning Ojibwa/Oneida artist, Ty Defoe.  Free.  (Great for kids!)  For more

Fridays, July 21st & August 4th:  Evening Bat Walks in Central Park

Meeting place provided with ticket purchase, 8pm

Join Bradley Klein, Danielle Gustafson and member of the New York City Bat group (!) for a stroll through Central Park and encounters with the various bat species that call NYC home sweet home!  Organized by the Museum of Natural History.  Adults, $40.  Children 12 and under, $25.   For tickets

Tuesday, July 25th:  The NYC Food Waste Fair 

Brooklyn EXPO Center, 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn, 9am-6pm

Restaurateurs!!   Grocery and convenience store proprietors!!  Any and every one whose business involves food!!  New York’s Zero Waste Project wants to equip you with the knowledge (like NYC law), tools and connections to build a waste prevention plan from scratch, take existing programs to the next level and zero out your (love this new-to-us phrase) food waste footprint!!   Early bird tickets, $25.  General admission, $50.  For complete info

Coming up soon:

Tuesday, July 25th:  Foster Pet Parent Orientation

 Animal Care Centers NYC Headquarters, 11 Park Place, Suite 805, 7-9pm

And we quote, “ACC never turns away an animal in need, and regularly rescues nursing moms with babies, kittens and puppies without moms, and injured and ill animals. These animals may need some extra TLC, outside of a Care Center, to get healthy and ready for adoption. nter the Foster Program, which places them temporarily in the homes of caring individuals who help prepare them for forever homes.”  Could be us, yes?  For the lowdown

Saturday, July  29th:  Pet Adoption Day at Biscuits & Bath  (Dogs Only)

Biscuits & Bath Sutton Place, 1064 1st Avenue at East 58th Street, 11am – 3pm

Great how dedicated this particular Biscuits & Bath outpost has become to finding forever homes for dogs lacking their own personal humans!  (And this is a dogs only event!)

fuchsia colensoi

In miscellaneous department:

No kidding, The Gateway is America’s most urgent transportation project!!

Yet another bit of old NYC in peril...  (Thank goodness the Greenwich Village Historic Preservation Society is on the case!!)

Shameful that an UESider would be caught trading in ivory…  But he was caught!

Plenty of bikes issues winding up in court

Find a cooling center anywhere in New York State

new tall-building elevator design…  (It can go sideways!)

A green steel mill!!

Oregon’s just passed a $15 tax on bicycles purchased for more than $200… 

More great NYS Becoming an Outdoors Woman courses

A free NYC and Long Island fishing guide from the NYS Department of Conservation

Wine storage vaults under the Brooklyn Bridge

Our NYS Conservation Officers have been busy

Time for animals:

How about we encourage McDonald’s to give up plastic straws (that wind up getting eaten by critters on land and in water)??

Never too early to be contemplating kitty’s Halloween costume…  Hummm…   Possibly  Leo the Lion?

A hippo family reunion…  (Yup, they absolutely recognize each other!!)

Stats on our NYC dog population

Measures that, in this year of 2017,  may be required for Fido to live in that nice building with you…!!

And the Bird of the Week is…

 

What would a week be without the Hudson River Almanac’s observations:

7/1 – Manhattan: On a visit to Inwood Hill Park a week ago (6/23), along the inlet of Spuyten Duyvil Creek, the horse-nettle (a nightshade) had flowers, and the white mulberries had fruit – wonderfully sweet. All the little weedy summer plants had flowers, including red and white clover, black medick, pineapple weed, common quickweed (Galinsoga), and field peppergrass (Lepidium). A small patch of foxtail barley had come up amid the more “ordinary” grass and Greene’s rush. English plantain had its little “crowns” and a few flowers of chicory, hedge mustard and fleabane provided a little color. A great egret was wading on the south side of the inlet where three stems of field garlic carried their odd inflorescence; white sweet-clover had flowers and Spartina sp. (cordgrass) was knee high.  In the Clove, spicebush was fully leafed and jewelweed was two feet high, but I saw just two blossoms. The glacial pothole, filled with spring water, had abundant tiny mosquitoes and larvae. Up on the ridge, white avens and the tiny white bells of common enchanter’s nightshade (not a nightshade) were everywhere. The woods were bright with hundreds of day-lilies, patches of them in all the less shady spots, their flowers leaning toward the light. Fleabane was plentiful and staghorn sumac had bright red fruit.  – Thomas Shoesmith

quickweed

7/5 – Manhattan: Guests naturalists from the Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Education Center helped us check our collection gear during a midday low tide in Hudson River Park at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25. Our crab pots were bustling with river life that included two blackfish/tautog (155, 210 mm – the latter was dead with some of its caudal fin missing, a white perch (210 mm), a gorgeous black sea bass (220 mm), and a lined sea horse clinging to the side of a pot. Our killifish traps collected a northern pipefish (190 mm) and two oyster toadfish (40, 85 mm). It was also a good day for sand shrimp, mud dog whelk snails (and their eggs), amphipods, and oyster drills.
– Gabby, Juliana, Elisa Caref, Jacqueline Wu

Yours in enduring greenness,

UGS

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Happy Manhattanhenge Weekend, UESiders!!

How best to celebrate?  With Starmaster John Pazmino says:

“Weather forecast is occasional showers on all days of Manhattanhenge.  If it rains in late afternoon and clouds move east off of Manhattan, the setting Sun MAY generate  rainbows. Take a moment to look WEST along your Manhattanhenge street to scan the sky for rainbows. They would be quite a whole semicircle centered on the street. You will see only the crest of the bow boxed in between the skyscrapers. If you chance to have an open view to the east, across East River you get more of the arc.  Take pictures!!”

One great prelude to the coming week:

Saturday, July 8th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

At their tables will be American Pride Seafood, Sikking Flowers, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd, Green Meadows, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother, Hubbert, Alewife,  Hawthorne Valley, and Gajeski  Farms!!  

Yes, the Master Knife Sharpener will be present and ready to hone up a storm!!

And COMING UP:  NEXT SATURDAY, July 15th, 11am-2pm –  Look for a visit from Madrette, Mystic Mistress of Canine Paw Reading!!  Escort your favorite canine to the market, learn his/her furry future, have his/her picture taken with Madrette and give him/her the pleasure of chowing down on some meaty market treats!!

Last 2 week’s recycling totals –   6/24:  39 lbs. batteries; 19 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  11 compost bins;  and 22 bags of clothes.  7/1:  87 lbs. batteries; 17 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 4 pairs of eyeglasses; 9 compost bins and 36 bags of clothes.

Saturday, July 8th:  Cider, Ale & a Short History of Imbibing in New York

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 7pm

What did New Yorkers like to drink in the 19th century?  Join the New York Adventure Club at the beautiful MVHM for a special ale and cider tasting along with a brief history of the what, why and how of New Yorkers drink  preferences in the 19th-Century.  Enjoy after-hours tours of the period rooms, delicious Blue Point Colonial Ale and Stella Artois cider and a scrupulously recreated 19th century specialty: syllabub!  Early bird tickets, $29.  General admission, $39.  For complete details

Sunday, July 9th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street at First Avenue, 9am-3pm

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm

With us will be American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell and Norwich Meadows Farms!!

(Whoa!!  Central Bakery’s pretzel bread and their baguettes!!  Mother Hubbert’s yogurt!!  Beets and purslane from Norwich Meadows!! ) 

REMINDER…

Don’t forget to sign up (at Manager Jaimie’s table) for the 92nd Street Frequent Shopper Reward Program!!   Shop 5 weeks, get $2 coupon and you’ll be entered into a raffle for a giant bag of produce!!

Last 2 week’s recycling totals –   6/25:  22 lbs. batteries; 19 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  2 1/4 compost bins.  7/2:  24 lbs. batteries; 11 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair of eyeglasses; 2 1/2 compost bins.

Sunday, July 9th:   Shred-A-Thon –  Back at 92nd Street Edition

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Streets, across from the Greenmarket, 10am-2pm (rain or shine) 

At last!!

As ever, just keep in mind:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take those hardcovers to Goodwill or Housing Works.)

And we can’t say it enough…

Thanks to Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for their many years of generous Shred-A-Thon support and Assembly Member Seawright for sponsoring yet another shredding event!

Sunday, July 9th:  Bastille Day on East 60th Street!

60th Street between Fifth and Lexington, 12-5pm

French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) hosts its annual street fête with tastings, film screenings, live music, a photo booth (wow!) and more…  Like Zouk dance lessons, being up-close  with a mime, can-can dancers and a car show of classic Citroëns.   This year’s prize drawings:  Vacations in Paris and Matinique, gourmet gift baskets, dinners at French restaurants and even more!  Proceeds benefit  FIAF.   Free admission!!   (Perfect after Greenmarket and Shred-A-Thon!)

Saturday, July 15th:  10th Annual City of Water Day!

All Over NYC, 10am-4pm

Exhibitors galore (like I Fish New York!)…  A myriad of activities (think rowing with our own East River Crew)…  Wonderful tours (for instance, “The Lilac”, a  retired, steam-powered Coast Guard cutter…  Food (of course!)…  Truly, something for everyone of us!!  And all of it’s FREE!!    For everything you might want to know… 

Thursday, July 20th:  Mental Wellness – A Forum on Healthy Aging

Weill Cornell, Uris Auditorium, 1300 York Avenue, 6-8pm

How to maintain that great attitude of yours and respond affirmatively should something go awry, as per experts from Weill Cornell, New York Presbyterian and University of Albany!     A host of sponsors including Senator Krueger, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House CB8  and GrowNYC!  RSVP online or call 212-490-9535.

Satruday, July 29th:  Feral Cat Caretaker Certificate Course

Jackie Robinson Recreation Center 85 Bradhurst Avevue, Manhattan, 11am-1pm

And we quote, “Learn the basics of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and colony care in this hands-on workshop. Attending a TNR certification workshop is the first step to gain the knowledge and skills needed to help the feral and stray community.  Upon completion of the workshop, you will become a Certified TNR Caretaker and be eligible for free or low-cost spay/neuter, trap loans, transportation for cats and traps, educational and networking events, newsletters, community outreach materials, and other services and support.”  Organized by the NYC Feral Cat Initiative and ASPCA.  Free.  For more and to sign up… 

Saturdays, August 5th, 12th and 19th:  NYC Summer Streets

The Route:  Fifth Avenue & 72nd Street to 72nd & Park…  South on Park to Broadway at 14th…  South on Broadway to Foley Square, 7am-1pm

Seven miles of car-free streets for 6 wonderful hours!!  Think rock climbing…  Freebees…  Free bike rental and more!!  For the rundown

Miscellany-light this time out:

Been demonstrations of the air-cleansing Smog Free Tower across Europe…  Now China.  How about in NYC on First Avenue, say, in Stanley Isaacs Park,  at the ever more polluted junction of First and 96th?!

There’s recycling  a la NYC and then there’s recycling L.A.-style… 

AI sorting cardboard cartons…??! !  Indeed!!  (Scroll down!)

Consumer Reports wisdom on how to buy the right-sized air conditioner

Oh, yeah, there’re patents on sliced bread!

Been yearning for your very own Einstein letter…?

But with medium weight activism:

Should you have concerns about Monsanto’s  new GE seeds

If you think America’s water should be cleaner for all citizens

Or that Marine National Monument  Papahānaumokuākea should be preserved

And if you feel strongly enough about GMO labeling of food that you’ll sign another petition…   (What a good person you are!!)

Hey, creatures of fur, shells and fins:

Talk about a heart-warming kitty story

From the Hudson River Almanac:

6/27 – Manhattan, HRM 1: While completing a microplastics tow for the Hudson River Park Trust around the near-shore area between Piers 26 and 32, we found two juvenile American lobsters in our collection bottle, both about 25-26 mm [photo of juvenile lobster courtesy of Carrie Roble].  –  Carrie Roble

who knew even baby lobsters could be so tiny

[Lobsters (Homarus americanus) in Upper Bay of New York Harbor? John Waldman offers a clue: Peter Kalm (1748) was told that European colonists had never seen lobsters in the New York area. They only ate lobster from New England shipped by well boats, until a well boat broke in pieces near Hell Gate stocking the East River and environs with lobsters. In recent times, divers have occasionally come upon lobsters in the vicinity of Liberty Island. – Tom Lake]

[Microplastics are small plastic particles in the environment, generally less than 5.0 mm in diameter. They can come from a variety of sources, including cosmetics, clothing, and industrial processes. Because plastics do not break down for many years, they can persist in the environment at high levels, particularly in aquatic and marine ecosystems. As a result they can be ingested and incorporated into and accumulated in the bodies and tissues of many organisms. – National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration]

6/29 – Manhattan: We checked our collection gear during a midday high tide in Hudson River Park at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25. A crab pot held an oyster toadfish (185 mm); a larger toadfish was collected by a killifish trap (340 mm). Another killifish trap caught two black sea bass (90, 105 mm). Other aquatic life included shore shrimp (Palaemonetes sp.), though many fewer than a month ago, mud crabs, including one about the size of a quarter, our largest of the season, six blue mussels the size of orange seeds, amphipods, and mud dog whelk snails. We also found a long-clawed hermit crab (Pagurus longicarpus) living in a mud dog whelk snail shell, our first one since late April. – Jacqueline Wu, Juliana, Zef, Justin

that black sea bass

So very good to be green,  

UGS

 

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Happy Bicentennial of the Erie Canal, Happy 90th Birthday to the Strand Bookstore and Happy July 4th, UESiders!!

Why not celebrate all three with a first class 3-for-1 Frick/Morgan/Neue Galerie Museum deal…? 

Then raise a glass of the bubbly that those emails we sent has the Coast Guard  reconsidering crude oil shipping on our Hudson River

Then visit one of the 3 vintage phone booths positioned in Times Square and be reminded how lucky we are to be Americans…

Who’ve got one lovely week ahead:

Saturday, July 1st:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

Market Coordinator Emeritus Margaret’s says, “In celebration of July 4th, Manager Guramrit will be grilling!!  Stop by around noon to see what market deliciousnesses wind up over the charcoal!!  

As ever,  with us will be American Pride Seafood, Sikking Flowers, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Duck, Valley Shepherd, Green Meadows, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife,  Hawthorne Valley, and Gajeski  Farms!!  

(Hudson Valley Duck is giving itself a well-deserved week off!)

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

Last week’s recycling totals –   TBA

Sunday, July 2nd:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm

Back and better than ever with old friends American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips and Norwich Meadows Farms and the new faces of Central Bakery and Consider Bardwell!!

Sorry to say long-time 92nd Street regular Stannart Farm is MIA  this year due to logistical challenges…  But, for sure, it’s not easy when you’re tabling at more than one NYC location.   

Meanwhile:

This Sunday, Market Manager (and registered dietitian) Jaimie will be featuring highlighting 92nd’s wonderful dairy producers. Stop by the info tent with your dairy questions and treat yourself to samples!!

AND…

This Sunday, the 92nd Street Frequent Shopper Reward Program launches!!   Sign up (at the Manager Jaimie’s table), shop 5 weeks, get $2 coupon and be entered into a raffle for a giant bag of produce!!

AND…

This Sunday, for the first time ever, our revered Master Knife Sharpener will be tabling at 92nd and looking to address your cutlery’s needs!!  (She tends to arrive around 11am.)

Looking forward, put a big, fat star on your calendar for July 16th!!  Cooking with (Council Member) Kallos will be at 92nd Street and stirring up something scrumptious!!

Last week’s recycling totals –   TBA

Saturday, Sunday & Tuesday, July 1st, 2nd and 4th: Independence Day Weekend at the New York Historical Society 

Central Park West at 77th Street 

Spend America’s long birthday weekend saluting U.S. soldiers and citizens of the past!  Example: All weekend-long the 3rd New Jersey Regiment will be encamped at the Museum.  On the 4th, in honor of our Citizenship Project, families will meet reenactors representing different Americans from the Revolutionary War, show their smarts in a trivia quiz and create fun crafts that explore what it meant to be an American more than 200 years ago—and what it means today!  Adults, $20.  Seniors, $15.  Students, $12.  Children, $6.   Free for members and, on July 4th, free for those 17 and under.  For the full 3-day schedule… 

Sunday, July 2nd:  Erie Canal 200th Birthday Parade

Commencing in front of Federal Hall, 11am

Join the the Lower Manhattan Historical Association,  Sons of the Revolution and the Colonial Dames of America for a festive walk along oldest New York streets with pauses at our city’s most meaningful early locations.   Going to be lovely for families!!

Then:

Saturday, July 8th:  Cider, Ale & a Short History of Imbibing in New York

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 7pm

What did New Yorkers like to drink in the 19th century?  Join New York Adventure Club at the beautiful MVHM for a special ale and cider tasting along with a brief history of the what, why and how of New Yorkers drink  preferences in the 19th-Century.  Enjoy after-hours tours of the period rooms, delicious Blue Point Colonial Ale and Stella Artois cider and a scrupulously recreated 19th century specialty: syllabub!  Early bird tickets, $29.  General admission, $39.  For complete details

Sunday, July 9th:   Shred-A-Thon –  Back at 92nd Street Edition

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Streets, across from the Greenmarket, 10am-2pm (rain or shine) 

Last Shred-A-Thon till fall, so get busy piling up that paper, friends!!

As ever, just keep in mind:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take those hardcovers to Goodwill or Housing Works.)

And we can’t say it enough…

Our 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, July 15th:  10th Annual City of Water Day!

All Over NYC, 10am-4pm

Exhibitors galore (like I Fish New York!)…  A myriad of activities (think rowing with our own East River Crew)…  Wonderful tours (for instance, “The Lilac”, a  retired, steam-powered Coast Guard cutter…  Food (of course!)…  Truly, something for everyone of us!!  And all of it’s FREE!!    For everything you might want to know… 

Saturday, July 15th:  “The Rivals” in Schurz Park

Enter at 86th Street & East End Avenue, 7pm

Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s classic brought to life by the New York Classical Theater group and presented under the stars at Schurz Park (among other NYC outdoor venues)!!  Free.  For more

Thursday, July 20th:  NYC H2O High Bridge Walking Tour

High Bridge, 2301 Amsterdam Avenue, 6:30-8pm

Bryan Diffley, Project Manager of the High Bridge renovation, leads a tour of NYC’s oldest standing bridge. An engineering treasure, High Briddge was built in 1848 and brought water from the Bronx into Manhattan via the Croton Aqueduct till 1955!  Thereafter, as is the American/NYC way, it was allowed to fall into disrepair, closed and then brought back to vibrant life.  Organized by the great NYC H2O.  $30.  For more and tickets

Tuesday, July 25th:  The NYC Food Waste Fair 

Brooklyn EXPO Center, 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn, 9am-6pm

Restaurateurs!!   Grocery and convenience store proprietors!!  Any and every one whose business involves food!!  New York’s Zero Waste Project wants to equip you with the knowledge (like NYC law), tools and connections to build a waste prevention plan from scratch, take existing programs to the next level and zero out your (love this new-to-us phrase) food waste footprint!!   Early bird tickets, $25.  General admission, $50.  For complete info

rubus spectabilis

Miscellany, local first:

Not that we’re begrudging, but while we remain on bended knee pleading for a pre-MTS-being-operative-traffic study , the Financial District’s getting one...

That mysterious puddle on East 64th…?  Mystery no more thanks to the great NYC H2O, The Times and This East Side !   (Do sign up for more UES-centric news from This East Side!) (And inform yourself as to what excellent else NYC H2O’s been up to this spring...) 

Tons of great outdoor activities this month all across NYState, including the Hike of Month in The Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness !!

And in that regard, herewith the best insect repellents

Millennial  food choices and their effect…  (Pretty darned good!)

Then there’s the (surprising) millennial love of libraries!

With a wider lens:

Seems Europe’s leading the way to cleaning up the sickening/dangerous amount of space junk orbitting Mother earth

How folks compost around the U.S

Electric garbage trucks

Seeding trees with drones

Classic American train stations explained

In the activist mode:

Our New York State is first in the nation to enact an anti-child marriage law!!   (For those who missed Nicholas Kristof’s telling NYTimes Op-Ed…)

Should you think bee-killing pesticides should be banned worldwide

Or that seismic testing in aid of offshore oil exploration but endangering whales should be prohibited…  

Or that Wendy’s chicken suppliers should drastically improve their treatment of the birds… (Don’t watch the video.)

Remember the city’s proposal to pave the Putnam Trail and the community’s dogged resistence?  It’s alive with the most recent development involving Parks’ inadequate approach to storm water management… 

No surprise, but it looks like Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)  will be the one to introduce the bill to substantially weaken the Endangered Species Act.  Stay tuned.

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer, will be added to California’s list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7th, California’s Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) said.  (In your court, NYState!)

Moving on to fun:

Get that thinking cap on because (and we quote):

“The Citizens Committee for New York City is partnering with the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB) and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to launch a new grant initiative: NYC Reuse and Repair. Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded for the purpose of starting new reuse or repair projects, undertaking related research projects, or initiating other activities that will help lead to replicable reuse or repair models in all five boroughs of NYC.  Contact Katie Grassle at Citizens United for more information (kgrassle@citizensnyc.org212-822-9567).” 

(We’d love to hear those ideas, too!!)

The origin of waffles/waffle irons… 

NYC’s summer reading bent… 

Yes, animals:

Absolutely, we want to be Audubon “Good Eggs” and pledge to share beaches everywhere with nesting birds!!

We’ve made note of this previously, but it’s that time of year when it’s good to know what to do if one encounters a baby bird that’s fallen out of it’s nest…  (And if the little thing’s truly stranded, head directly to the Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine on Columbus at 88th!) 

One last feathered friend item:  A celebrity hummingbird rescue!!

The weird but wonderful Animal of the Week is

What would a week be without a snippet from the Hudson River Almanac:

6/18 – Yonkers: The crew of the Groundwork Hudson Valley’s Science Barge pulled their “Medusa” eel mops out today for the last time. We had seven elvers but no glass eels. We have begun what we hope will be a summer-long study of the “beautiful swimmers,” the Atlantic blue crab. Last week we caught five; today our traps, baited with porgies or scup, collected 30, all males. The biggest was seven inches across its carapace (most averaged five to six inches). We also caught a baby oyster toadfish 50 millimeters [mm] long – fittingly in the oyster cage. To top the week off, a coyote was videotaped on a spit of land at the mouth of the Saw Mill River at its confluence with the Hudson. We speculated that it was eyeing the mallards and Canada geese.  – Bob Walters

The Blue Crab

[The Atlantic blue crab’s scientific name is Callinectes sapidusCallinectes is from the Greek Callisto, meaning “most beautiful,” and nectes meaning “swimmer.” Its trivial name, sapidus, is from Latin meaning “savory.” It fully deserves deserve both the descriptive and culinary attributes.  Medusa was a priestess in Greek mythology. In a fit of anger, the Greek goddess Athena, daughter of Zeus, transformed Medusa’s hair into a head of snakes. The eel mop conjures that image as its threads swirl in the currents, attracting glass eels looking for sanctuary. Tom Lake.]

Yours in evergreenness, 

UGS

 

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