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!! ) 


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,  



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