Monthly Archives: September 2017

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.

Brilliant!

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!!

AND…

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!!

BUT remember:

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:   adkfoothillsgs@gmail.com 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:  uppergreenside@gmail.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)…  

(Future conversation topics:·  Thursday, November 16, 5:30-7:30PM: Obesity and Nutrition and  Thursday, December 14, 5:30-7:30PM: Depression and Anxiety.)

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

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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:

Should you object to the Feds over-riding NYS’s Department of Environmental Conservation’s denial of water quality certification for a fracked oil pipeline

And then:

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

More than half NYC’s children attend overcrowded schools!!

So where does all that icky debris from these hurricanes we’re having go

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?

And looks like NYC’s going to be more stringent in lowering greenhouse gas emissions from existing buildings!

The evolution of NYC building address numbers

What the NYTimes tells us is necessary for the the Apocolypse!

Whew!

handy guide to the world of grains

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!!)

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Dylan’s name’s been added to Nobel plinth at the Museum of Natural History

Bring on the animals:

How about some (celebrity) canine poetry…?

Bats and their fans on Staten Island

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!!

How to tell how old a deer is

Uh, that wall?  Seems like it’d get in the way of butterly migration

Inn the meantime, here’s your Bird Migration Update

How butterfly wings get their colors

How about these feline accessories..?

And best ever…  Training your dog in Yiddish!!

Yours in evergreenness,

UGS

 

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Happy Beginning of NYC’s 2017 Fall Season, UESiders!!

Sure looking like a time of beautiful weather, yes?

And seeming to us the most active autumn ever!   

Witness the following:

Saturday, September 23rd:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

Market Manager Supremo Margaret offers this eloquent fall market wisdom:

“We are at the magical time of year when the markets are still full of summer produce and the fall specialties are starting to show up.  Tomatoes, peaches, strawberries and raspberries meet cauliflower, honeynut squash, apples, pears spaghetti squash, pumpkins and more!”

Delivering on that fall promise are 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!!  

And, you bet, the Master Knife Sharpener will be on hand, too!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  56 lbs. batteries; 24 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  2 pairs of eye glasses; 11 1/4  compost bins; 42 bags of clothes.

So great!

Sunday, September 24th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

BREAKING NEWS:   This Sunday Greenmarkets Healthy Eating Punch Out debuts!!

And what might the Healthy Eating Punch Out be, you ask?

Easy!!  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!!

And so easy to get those punches given 92nd’s great line-up of farmers/bakers/fishermen…  American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell, Sun Fed Beef/ Maple Avenue and Norwich Meadows Farms!!

Head to Market Manager Jaime’s table to get your card!!

Last week’s recycling totals:   12 lbs. batteries; 22 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  4 packed-to-the-top compost bins.

Hey, Sanitation!  Please leave us dedicated 92nd Street composters another bin!!

Sunday, September 24th:  Fall Safe Disposal Event

North Plaza, Union Square, 10am-4pm

Safely dispose of electronics and other potentially harmful household products like batteries, paint, pesticides and medicine at the NYC Department of Sanitation’s NYC SAFE events.  (Just keep in mind:  Only NYC residential waste will be accepted (no business or institutional waste permitted).   For more

Sunday, September 24th:  Tree Care on 78th Street Event

Meet at Second Avenue at 78th Street, 10:30am

Tree Steward (and professional baker) Sara Ansari leads the charge to prune, cultivate and plant bulbs in street tree beds on 78th from Second Ave to York.   Even more incentive to lend a hand:  Coffee, cider and slices of one of Sara’s signature cakes!

Sunday, September 24th:  Letterpress Printing Workshop –  19th Century-Style

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 2-5pm

Inspired by the Museum’s current exhibit, “Democracy in Print”, learn how American newspapers once were printed and produce stationary for yourself via that very same 19th Century letterpress process!!  A tour of the museum tops off a great afternoon!  Members, $10.  Non-members, $15.  Reservations required:  212-838-6878. 

Thursday, September 28th:   2017 Miss Subways Pagent

The City Reliquary Museum, 370 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, 7pm

And why would such an event be included in these pages…?  Could be because a certain Master Knife Sharpener – also distinguished by her sense of humor – is a contender!  Think “Hedra” as you pay a visit to the site…  Maybe even attend!!

Saturday, September 30th:  Lemon Creek Beach Clean-Up

Lemon Creek Park, 175 Johnston Terrace, Staten Island, 10am-12pm

There’s beach cleaning in spring…  There’s beach cleaning in fall…  Critical at both times of the year for salt marshes like the mouth of Lemon Creek with its hefty wildlife population!!  Clean up till noon, then enjoy a seining net adventure led by naturalists Clay and Seth Wollney that’ll reveal some of the creatures you’ve just helped to protect!!  Transportation and cleanup gear provided.  For more and to sign up

Take a deep breath:

 

Monday, October 2nd:  Oktoberfest at Solar One

Stuyvesant Cove, East River Esplanade at 23rd Street, 6:30-10pm

Celebrate fall and support the decade-plus of Solar One’s leading the charge for all things clean NYC power!  (There’s a lovely garden in the Cove, too!)  $100.  For more (including the origin of Oktoberfest) 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) 

It’s all the paper you can carry/roll/drive and it’ll be shredded time again!!

BUT, as always, do 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.)

As ever, we thank Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for the many years of  support and Assembly Member Seawright for her stalwart 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)

Yup, the Upper East Side’s now a recognized stop on the Monarch butterfly migration route and it’s groups like the fabulous Green Park Gardeners who’ve created 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  in butterfly wings, (temporary, of course) butterfly tattoos and more!  Come one and all!!  Free.  For more

Friday, October 13th:  Saving the American Ash Summit

Ross Hall, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 10:30am-12:30pm

The magnificent and truly iconic American Ash tree…  Prime target of the infamous Emerald Ash Borer.   In just 13 years the invasive bug’s spread from Michigan  (where it was discovered) and is now menacing Ashes in the American northeast and Canada.  The NYBG’s assembled a panel of experts to lay out the history, scope of the challenge  and what we can do to slow its advance.  Members, $10.  Non-members, $20.  To register… 

Saturday, October 14th:  Volunteer Days at Schurz Park

East End Avenue & 86th Street, 9:30am-12:30pm  

Just right that UES fall volunteer gardening season commences with beautiful Schurz Park!  For more and to sign up (really helpful to know volunteer headcount when planning projects)… 

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 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:  uppergreenside@gmail.com!) 

 

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  Consersation #1 showcase research being done on mental health and aging and the wisdom of experts, but it’ll also very much incorporate your ideas, experience, and questions.  Free.  To RSVP (a must)…  

(Future conversation topics:·  Thursday, November 16, 5:30-7:30PM: Obesity and Nutrition and  Thursday, December 14, 5:30-7:30PM: Depression and Anxiety.)

Miscellany:

Apologies for being late on this, but entries for the 2017 (High School) Energy Reduction Challenge are due on September 29th!  Winners of the challenge will be  high schools that over a 2 month period reduce their energy consumption by at least 25%, with the top 5 to be awarded $10,000!   For more and to enter…   

Back on track:

Consumer Reports weighs in on “sin taxes” on sugary drinks… 

And then there’s what multi-national food companies have gotten up to in Brazil…. 

Why we needed a new, higher Bayonne Bridge

How to make apples last longer

Find out when fall foliage peaks anywhere in the U.S.!

Canada now has the world’s longest hiking trail…??!!

As we move on to animals:

Hey, but America’s got the world’s largest bat colony!!

And NYState has fall Freshwater Fishing and Boating News

How squirrels sort their nuts

Development of a baby beaver

Yours in abiding greenness,

UGS

 

 

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Happy Drive Electric Week and World Canals Conference 2017, UESider!!

The conference to be  held in Syracuse in our own NYS state – home of the Erie Canal – this September 24th-25th!!

(Been going on for a while…  The canal and canal boat renaissance…  Witness the saga of the Lois McClure…) 

(Can’t tell you how many Priuses one sees in Massachusetts and Maine!  For one of the 276 Drive Electric Week events…)

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Enough (meaningful) fluff!  We’ve got a ton of ground to cover, commencing with the week ahead:

Saturday, September 16th:  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, Cherry Lane, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Alewife,  and Gajeski  Farms!!  

Let there be corn, corn and more corn!!  

More tomatoes!!

More delectable summer bounty of every kind!!

Last 4 weeks’ recycling totals:  164 lbs. batteries; 38 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  43 1/2  compost bins;  4 pairs of eye glasses; 115 bags of clothes.

WOW!!

Sunday, September 17th:  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!!

Peaches!!

Purple peppers!!

Herbs galore!!

Corn!  Corn!  Corn!!

Last 4 weeks’ recycling totals:   38 lbs. batteries; 19 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  22 pairs of eye glasses; 17 compost bins.

Yes, 92nd Street’s moving toward 5 bins!!

Saturday, September 16th & Saturday, October 14th:  Volunteer Days at Schurz Park

East End Avenue & 86th Street, 9:30am-12:30pm

Just right that UES fall volunteer gardening season commences with beautiful Schurz Park!  For more and to sign up (really helpful to know volunteer headcount when planning projects)… 

Saturday, September 16th: 13th Annual Vendy Award Competition

Governors Island, 12:30-5pm

Taste then and vote for best of the NYC’s 10,000 street food vendors who’ll be whipping up edibles from tempting savory eats to ice-cold treats!!  Tickets from $60-$300.  For more and tickets… 

And then:

Wednesday, September 20th:  NYC H2O Minetta Brook Walk

Meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 12 West 12th Street, 6:30pm  (rain date:  Thursday, September 21st)

We may have buried it well underground, but the Minetta Brook’s still there and even visible through some manhole covers!!  With urban explorer Stever Duncan as guide, trace the winding path of the humble, historic NYC stream.  Organized by the one and only NYC H2O.  $30.  For more and tickets

Saturday, September 23rd:  Biscuits & Bath Dog Adoption Event

1064 First Avenue at 58th Street, 11am-3pm

Been thinking of giving a deserving canine a forever home?  Time to act on that thought!  Especially as the event’s sponsored by the Animal Care Centers of NYC. 

Monday, October 2nd:  Oktoberfest at Solar One

Stuyvesant Cove, East River Esplanade at 23rd Street, 6:30-10pm

Celebrate fall and support the decade-plus of Solar One’s leading the charge for all things clean NYC power!  (There’s a lovely garden in the Cove, too!)  $100.  For more (including the origin of Oktoberfest) 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) 

Let the paper sorting begin!!

BUT, as always, do 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.)

As ever, we thank Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for their enduring support and Assembly Member Seawright for her stalwart sponsorshop!!

Friday, October 13th:  Saving the American Ash Summit

Ross Hall, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 10:30am-12:30pm

The magnificent and truly icon American Ash tree…  Prime target of the infamous Emerald Ash Borer.   In just 13 years the invasive insect’s spread from Michigan  (where it was discovered) and is now menacing Ashes in the American northeast and Canada.  The NYBG’s assembled a panel of experts to lay out the history, scope of the challenge  and what we can do to slow the bug’s advance.  Members, $10.  Non-members, $20.  To register… 

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 while you plant!!  Go home with your own, state-of-the-art trowel!!  Prepare yourself for the waves of pride as the planter bursts with beauty come next spring!!  (Be great if you’d RSVP:  uppergreenside@gmail.com!) 

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  Consersation #1 showcase research being done on mental health and aging and the wisdom of experts, but it’ll also very much incorporate your ideas, experience, and questions.  Free.  To RSVP (a must)…  

(Future conversation topics:·  Thursday, November 16, 5:30-7:30PM: Obesity and Nutrition and  Thursday, December 14, 5:30-7:30PM: Depression and Anxiety.)

Miscellany…  Activism first:

Should you object to cuts in the EPA budget

If you think the 500 some remaining right whales should be better protected

If you share the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s belief that the climate needs protecting

And would like America’s drinking water and water in our national parks to remain protected by the Clean Water Act… 

And that the Atlantic Menhaden – AKA “the most important fish in the sea” – also needs protection

Yikes!  We want the world’s seed banks to be invulnerable!! 

How come ferries are making stops everywhere on coastal NYC…?  Everywhere but the Upper East Side!

A big hunk of shame on the luxury condo owners demanding – as compensation for their “inconvenience” – $15K from the NYPL branch during its exterior renovation

On to the NYC/NYS centric:

Yes, First Avenuers have been burned by a recent extreme hookah bar experience, but who can possibly think loosening cabaret rules is a good idea?  Answer:  A bunch of City Council Members... 

YES!!  Owners of big, energy-wasting/polluting buildings should be obliged to modernize…  But given 12-plus years to comply??!!  N0t till 2030??  

A short history of NYC zoning and how it’s shaped our city…

The Marchetti Constant and  changes the Hyperloop might bring to our Northeast Corridor…  (Sure be a blessing to these folks with 2-hour plus commutes!)

Another gondola – as in tram gondola – on the NYC horizon?

That Green Mountain Power table at our markets?  They’re equipping individuals’ homes with their own power grids up in Vermont!! 

Meanwhile, how lucky is NYC to have our power lines underground!!   (And the questionable reasons more haven’t followed our lead…

Kudos double plus to the geniuses who’ve figured out how to  convert powder unspent bullets (the Army’s got a lot of them) into – among many uses – fertilizer!

Thousands – and we do mean thousands – of classic films on DVD available for streaming FREE from the NYPL!!

Yet another fabulous program from GrowNYC (the folks behind our Greenmarkets)…  “Farms at NYCHA”!!

NYC Parks has a ton of great fall teen-to-senior programs from outdoor nature adventures to fitness to arts and science to track & field (at Thomas Jefferson Park)…  

Great new books on our NYC during the Revolutionary War and WWI…  The NYFD and NYC’s Civil War draft rIots

NYC spy novel with clues found on landmarks

Attention, gardenders!!  Here’s your Handy Guide to Mulch!! 

“The Secret Life of the City Banana“…

The NYC experience with classic Belgian block and how to make it an accessible city surface…  (Love it we do, but we do want it out of our tree beds!)

A 1650 mile trail network would put 8 million residents within a half-mile of a trail?  What’s not to like?!  To learn more about the proposal….

Stepping off the reservation:

Title of The Times article on Finish sports says it all:   “Finland Has A Sports Nut Loose”

The medieval version of highlighting

Martha Stewart claim’s authorship, but some of us have been peeling hardboiled eggs by shaking for eons…

hundred year-old fruit cake found in Antarctica…  (Likely tastes as it did when removed from the oven!)

Last but not least:

Pizza history?  Yes!  And by a pizza historian!!

And, of course, you know about this weekend’s San Gennaro and Brooklyn Book Festivals!

Great Philippine Eagle

Bring on those ever lovin’animals:

Our own Hudson River estuary’s just been designated as critical to the spawning of the endangered Atlantic sturgeon…

Baby squirel Irma survivors…  (Why didn’t they show us the baby raccoon?!)

Bit of a stretch for us, but herewith..  Ten reasons to celebrate sharks!

They may be a tad weird, but glad to hear there’re more cities moving to save their bats!!

And cross fingers the lovely Mongollian weeping camel rite is preserved

Seven facts about dragon flies

How to move – as in arrangements that should be made – when you have furry family members/pets

Films starring dogs…  And only dogs…!!

Five ever so hardy critters who live high on Mount Everest!

Spot an Atlantic Sturgeon??  Swimming or belly up, the NYC DEC really wants to know!!

Brief but really great footage of an Arizona jaguar (and other AZ wildlife)

You may now rest your good green eyes for seven green days,

UGS

 

 

 

 

 

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