Happy Fire at the 91st Street MTS, UESiders!
Virtually all metal, not even finished and the thing catches fire–
Well, enough of that!!
How about we celebrate National Seafood Month and let our friends at American Pride Seafood lead the way?
As Halloween nears:
Saturday, October 28th: 82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket
82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm
Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm
Think Halloween Market this Saturday… What with face painting, warm cider and storytime from 10-12!!
And, of course, you should come in your costume if you and/or your kids are so inclined!!
Enjoying it all at their tables will be American Pride Seafood (of course!), 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!!
Same for our Master Knife Sharpener who offers this advice: “Time to get serious about that turkey carving gear!”
The results of UGS’s 3-week-long pear tastiness test: All Samascott pear varieties are equally delicious!
Last week’s recycling totals: 52 lbs. batteries; 23 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 pairs glasses; 10 1/2 compost bins; 28 bags of clothes.
Sure are collecting an amazing number of eye glasses in 2017!!
Saturday, October 28th: Green Park Gardeners Fall Volunteer Day
Andrew Haswell Green Park, East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 1-4pm (Rain date: Sunday, November 5th, 205pm)
Who’d pass up a chance to wield a trowel planting bulbs in the UESide’s one and only gorgeous native plant garden?!! There’ll be tidying for winter, too. Just bring yourself, that trowel and your gardening gloves!! And please RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, October 28th: Esplanade Friends Presents Halloween on the Esplanade!
East River Pavillion beneath the Alice Aycock Sculpture, East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 1-4pm
Celebrating Halloween, yes, but also the opening of the renovated Pavillion!! Think music by the great John Putnam Trio… Ice cream sandwiches by Melt… Kid fun galore… The nearness of the river… The astonishing view… All free!!
Sunday, October 29th: 92nd Street Greenmarket
92nd Street at First Avenue, 9am-3pm
Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm
At their tables 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 Master Knife Sharpener will be present and honing, too! (…Unless there’s meaningful rain!)
The Healthy Eating Punch Out promotion rolls on!! Yup, shop all 4 food groups and head to the Market Manager table, get your card punched and head home with a mystery prize!!
(UGS’s updated 4-group list: Phillips’ apples, Norwich Meadows beets, Sun Fed’s steak and Mother Hubbert’s yogurt!!)
Last week’s recycling totals: 6 lbs. batteries; 4 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 4 1/2 compost bins.
Tuesday, October 31st: New York Textiles Summit
John E. Reeves Great Hall, Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 West 27th Street, 7:30am-4:30pm
The subject: How to drive innovation and overcome challenges in textile production and recovery. The organizers: New York Product Stewardship Council, Re-Clothe NY Coalition and the Product Stewardship Institute. Who should attend: Manufacturers, retailers, recycling/reuse organizations, the fashion industry, state/local governments, researchers, nonprofits and clothing consumers like us!! Tickets: $15-$50. For more and tickets…
Wednesday, November 1st: Astor at 50 Street Festival
Astor Place, 11am-3pm
And we quote, “The “Alamo” Cube turns 50! Join the official birthday party for the iconic sculpture by Tony Rosenthal, installed in 1967 as part of the “Sculpture and the Environment” project, organized by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Share your birthday wishes, celebrate on the sidewalk, create and collage mini spinning cubes, fold origami cubes, learn the history of the Cube with mini-walking tours around the square, keep the cube spinning for charity, and much more!” Free for one and all. To RSVP…
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…
Just below the horizon:
Sunday, November 12th: Mansions, Money and Scandal – Gilded Age Splendor on the Upper East Side – Part 3, From Guggenheim to Downton Abbey
Meeting place reveal with ticket purchase, 11am
Alan M. Engler, MD leads a tour focused on UES history, architecture and – you bet! – scandals from Frick to Carnegie, Vanderbilt and Rockefeller and the architects who designed the grand robber baron palaces that still endure! ! Organizaed by the Municipal Art Society. Member, $20. Non-members, $30. For tickets…
How about we begin with some miscellaneous cheerfulness:
Kudos to Congressional bipartisanship in drawing up bills funding migratory bird research and to make Federal building more bird-firendly! (Now let’s see if they pass…)
Great that NYState’s concentrating on clean water, including making sure that Hudson River water gets even cleaner!!
And that Philippe de Montebello – erstwhile director of the Met – is leading the $15M renovation of the Hispanic Society of America (a treasure house of Goyas, Picassos, Velaquezes and more)!!
Are we or are we not happy that NYC’s finally, really getting down on the owners of businesses using electric bikes for deliveries? (Report to both 311 and CM Kallos’s office!)
Pausing briefly for some activism:
If you think rules governing nursing homes shouldn’t be loosened…
Same for a roll-back in air quality requirements…
Ditto if you object to the proposed increase in price for visits to our National Parks…
Or the sage grouse loing its protection…
Then, going local, there’s still that proposed alienation of East 96th Street/East Harlem’s Marx Brothers Park land to build another mega tower! Should you think Governor Cuomo should veto the bill that’d allow it (S.6721 and A.8419), give him a quick call at 518-474-8399!
Back on the miscellany beat:
Doesn’t seem like we could do without the FDR, but elsewhere “expressways” are disappearing…
Who would have guessed there’s a vital seedbank in Syria…
The Times on disaster preparedness…
Some odd prose, but a uew approach to historic preservation…
The right way to clean a toaster oven… (Step One: Unplug!)
An Arctic jellyfish…
Then there’re bee hotels…
Just who’s the toughest bird…?
We close with these from the Hudson River Almanac:
10/10 – Hudson River Estuary: We frequently get questions from students regarding sharks in the Hudson River, specifically large sharks that would make us wary to go into the water! Our checklist of Hudson River Watershed Fishes notes smooth and spiny dogfish sharks, but only a single “big shark” record, a dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus) at Peekskill (1898). However, from John Waldman’s Heartbeats in the Muck, we read of many other unsubstantiated records including a hammerhead shark at Cornwall (1870s), several dusky sharks as far upriver as Peekskill (1881), a sand tiger shark (Carcharias taurus) at Peekskill (1952), and another dusky shark at Newburgh (1966). Until the middle of the nineteenth century, Manhattan’s commercial waterfront (see Fulton Market, since 1823) dumped raw organic refuse into the harbor, particularly the East River. This practice may have contributed to the famous shark attack in the Upper Bay of New York Harbor in 1870 when a school of sharks attacked a sailboat. Large sharks in the Hudson River that might give you pause before going in the water are possible, but… – Tom Lake
[These reports bring to mind a bizarre tradition among some anglers, that is to say the dumping of fish from faraway places along the river. There have been several instances where anglers have brought home dead blue sharks and hammerhead sharks from ocean adventures and left them along the shoreline of the Hudson to confuse us. In 1994, an angler dumped a huge number of longnose gar along the Saw Mill River. That one had us stumped for a while. By analyzing stomach contents, however, ichthyologist C. Lavett Smith concluded that the gar had come from the Potomac River in Virginia. – Tom Lake.]
10/13 – Manhattan: At low tide near midday at Inwood Hill Park, a great egret was stalking the inlet of Spuyten Duyvil Creek along with 60 Canada geese, half of them swimming and half walking on the mud. The woods were silent except for an occasional blue jay, but I glimpsed a red-bellied woodpecker. The Osage orange trees were beginning to drop their fruit. – Thomas Shoesmith
Ever so green,