Happy Seventy-fifth Anniversary of the 5-Day Week and National Public Lands Day, UESiders!!
Hard to believe it’s been just since 1933 that Americans have enjoyed 2 complete day weekends and even then General Motors was the sole inaugurator! Workers like coal miners were still putting in a 5 1/2 day-week!!
Meanwhile, whether one’s able to pay a visit to or volunteer in one of America’s great public spaces this Saturday, we treasure every acre of them!!
Going to be some week:
Saturday, September 30th: 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 Pasture, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Alewife, and Gajeski Farms!!
Only one low note: The Master Knife Sharpener will be absent the next two Saturdays…
Last week’s recycling totals: 68 lbs. batteries; 13 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair of eye glasses; 11 compost bins; 35 bags of clothes.
Sunday, October 1st: 92nd Street Greenmarket
92nd Street at First Avenue, 9am-3pm
Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm
With us will be the great American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell, Sun Fed Beef/ Maple Avenue and Norwich Meadows Farms!!
The Healthy Eating Punch Out promotion continues!!
(You remember, yes? Buy something from each of the 4 food groups – fruit, vegs, grains and protein – and you get a punch on your Healthy Eating Card. Get 4 punches and you’ll be the recipient of a great Greenmarket mystery prize!!)
Stop by Market Manager Jaime’s table to get your card!!
Last week’s recycling totals: 23 lbs. batteries; 16 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 4 compost bins.
A record 130 composters filled those 4 bins!!
Throughout October: Fall Outdoor PuppetMobile Shows
All Over Our City
This autumn’s featured presentation: “Cinderella Samba”, an update and relocation of the storybook classic to Brazil! Organized by the City Park Foundation. Free. For the schedule…
Wednesday, October 4th: Trash Free Public Waters Public Meeting
Newtown Creek Visitor Center, 327 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, 6-7:30pm
During which the NYC DEP reviews their draft plan to address the “floatable” trash that washes off streets and into our waterways. Needless to say, this’s primo aspect of the city’s Stormwater Management Plan! A jaunt out to Booklyn but worth it, we say! Free. For more and to register… (To read what other cities – like San Francisco – are doing…)
Saturday, October 7th: Grand Victorian Banquet and Ball
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 East 61st Street, 7pm-1am
And we quote, ” An authentic evening of 19th-Century dancing and dining… Commencing with a festive garden reception, followed by 1 19th-Century dinner, then music and dancing in the ballroom!! All at the lovely Mount Vernon Museum!! Dinner and the ball, $95. Ball only, $35. For more and tickets…
Sunday, October 8th: Shred-A-Thon – Pre-Columbus Day Edition
First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Streets, across from the Greenmarket, 10am-2pm (rain or shine)
Only a week away now!!
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.)
Yet again, we thank Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for the unflagging support and Assembly Member Seawright for her sponsorshop!!
Sunday, October 8th: Green Park Gardeners’ Monarch Migration Festival
Andrew Haswell Green Park, East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 2-5pm (rain date: October 15th)
Where we’ll be heading post-Shred-A-Thon… The UES’s first celebration of its official status as a stop on the Monarch butterfly migration route and made possible by groups like the fabulous Green Park Gardeners who’ve created the urban oases of native plants with nectar the beautiful insect loves and that sustain it on its thousands-of-miles journey! What better reason to party down with family fun (including pets)!! We’re talking butterfly info galore, a garden tour, milkweed seed releases, pix of attendees o ld and young in butterfly wings, (temporary, of course) butterfly tattoos and more! Come one and all!! Free. For more…
Coming up fast:
Saturday, October 14th: Volunteer Days at Schurz Park
East End Avenue & 86th Street, 9:30am-12:30pm
No better way to spend a fall Saturday than volunteer gardening in gorgeous Schurz Park! For more and to sign up (always helpful to know how many will be wielding their trowels)…
Saturday, October 21st: Becoming Skilled with Map and Compass Class
Chamber of Commerce Building, Park Street across from Stewart’s Shop, Tupper Lake, New York, 10am-3pm
Larn the basics of map reading, compass use,and putting both together to navigate city streets or the back-country. Intended for men or women with little or no navigation skills and modest levels of physical ability, the class will be a blend of classroom-style instruction and boots-to-the-ground practice! $50. To sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-637-6193…. (How come they don’t do classes like this in NYC??!!)
Sunday, October 22nd: It’s My Park Day!
East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am – 3pm
Year 4 of Esplanade Friends’ reinvention of the once forlorn planter at 96th with another round of tulip, daff, crocus and grape hyacinth bulbs!! Enjoy great snacks and company while you plant!! Go home with your own, state-of-the-art trowel!! Then prepare yourself for waves of pride as the planter bursts with beauty come next spring!! (Be great if you’d RSVP: email@example.com!)
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 28th, 29th & 30th: Hack: Trash: NYC
Galvanize NY, 315 Hudson Street
Seeing as our recycling rate remains stuck at a mortifying 17%, just how are we going to send not even an ounce of waste to landfill in 2030? Hear the experts weigh in. Weigh in yourself with a piece of the solution and maybe even wind up with some prize money! Tickets for professionals, $25. Student tickets, $10. For more and tickets (that go on sale on October 10th)…
Wednesday, October 25th: Community Cafe Conversations @ 67th Street Library – Mental Health & Aging
67th Street Branch Library, 328 East 67th Street, 5:30-7:30pm
Haven’t we been saying that great, new things are going on at the 67th Street Branch…? Now, they’re launching a program, drawing on those unequaled local resources, New York-Presbyterian-Cornell and MSK-PDA. Not only will Conversation #1 showcase research being done on mental health, aging and the wisdom of experts, but it’ll also very much incorporate your ideas, experience and questions. Free. To RSVP (a must)…
Saturday, October 29th: Run the River 5K
Icahn Stadium, 20 Randall’s Island, Randall’s Island Park, 10am-1pm
Beginning and ending at Icahn Stadium (wehre Yusain Bolt set a world record) , the run itself threads through the lovely park’s landscape with its georgous city views! All that and you’ll be raising bucks to sustain island wetlands and shoreline, support the Queens Library and Riverkeeper! Add in a great after-party! Kids welcome, too! Participation, $5-$30. For the total rundown ( !)…
On to November:
Saturday, November 4th: Landmark Bushwick Breuckelen Beer Walking Tour
Meet at 31 Belvedere Street, Brooklyn, 4pm
Once upon a time – and maybe soon again – Bushwick was the center was a German-American beer brewing hotspot… Much of that success due to the area’s quality water! Walk the historic Brewers Row, learn its history from beer savant Chris Heuberger and down a brew or two!! Organized by that all-things-water group, NYC H2O! $30. For more and tickets…
Miscellany… A job opportunity first:
Hunter College’s facilitating the search for a Garden and Nutrition Coordinator to manage a community garden at Harlem Renaissance High School.
On to this week’s dose of activism:
NYC’s Landmarks Commission has been dropping the ball for years… Case and point: Demolition of our oldest building (circa 1760) in 1936. But, at least, there’s a photographic record…
Happy to hear NYState’s updated its solid waste management regs…!! (Somehow they skipped over prohibiting transfer stations from residential neighborhoods!)
For sure not enough, but just how many wheelchair accessible subway stations are there in NYC?
Seems like more ways of cleansing recycled plastic – even carpet – for higher end areuse are coming online!!
What did the kids in your life do last summer? (This one built a house!!)
Bring on the animals:
How about some (celebrity) canine poetry…?
Come to think of it, yes, a lot of our antipathy to certain animals has its roots in superstition… (Even for us highly evolved types!)
Good on all you petition signers: Seems like sea turtles could be with us for at least a bit more time!
Same for some endangered NYS mussels!!
Uh, that wall? Seems like it’d get in the way of butterly migration…
Inn the meantime, here’s your Bird Migration Update…
How about these feline accessories..?
And best ever… Training your dog in Yiddish!!
Yours in evergreenness,