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!!


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


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.) 


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!!) 


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.   


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,



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