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.   


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!!


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!!


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!!


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, 



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