Monthly Archives: November 2017

Happy America Recycles Day, UESiders!!

Yes, and that day is this Saturday, November 18th!!

How should we celebrate?

Maybe by recycling something extra or taking an extra step we haven’t before…  Like starting to make sure everything we put put in our building’s recycling bins is 100%/soap-and-water clean…  Bringing compost to one of our four UES compost collecting sites…  Ripping mailing tape off cardboard boxes before you recycle…  Recycling bubble wrap at a UPS store…  Recycling plastic dry cleaner bags (with plastic bags)…

Easy stuff for us UESiders!!

And our reward?  A huge treat in the form of this weekend’s Leonid Meteor Shower!!  Maybe not the visibility of the up to 1o to 25 shooting stars per hour here on the predicted-to-be overcast East Coast but totally visible on the Slooh telescope livecast  streaming from the Canary Islands!! 

On to the next 7 days: 

Friday, November 17th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-9:30pm 

Star master John Pasmino’s subject this time round:  Stars that orbit and travel together!!   As always, free and fascinating!

Friday, November 17th:  19th Century Trivia Night

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Gardens, 421 East 61st Street, 7pm

Okay, history nuts:  Which pro-temperance president actually took out papers to become a bar owner? What engineering marvel revolutionized New York City trade?  You’re so smart?  Then get yourself over to MV Museum for four fast-paced trivia rounds while imbibing historic refreshments!!  Members, $10.  Non-members, $15.  For tickets (got to have them in advance) –  212-838-6878

Saturday, November 18th:  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 (of course!), Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd,  Cherry Lane, Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Alewife, Gajeski and Hawthorne Farms!!

(Yup, you’re right.  Green Pastures is no longer in the lineup.  They and their fabulous mushrooms have ended their season.)

Meanwhile, this week’s market is hosting a special event:  A visit by NYS’s own Hudson Valley Distillery and its amazing whiskey, gin, volka and applejack!  Whiskey, gin, vodka and applejack confected from locally sourced ingredients as in NYS fruit and grain!!

(Way back when, NYS  was a major grain producer, then the baton to be passed to the Midwest.  Now and  nurtured by GrowNYC, our state’s farmers are back in growing grain game!) 

Yup, the Master Knife Sharpener will be at her table and calling all turkey carvers!  

Last week’s recycling totals:  84 lbs. batteries; 27 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair glasses;  11 compost bins; 30 bags of clothes.

YET ANOTHER 11 BINS!!

Saturday, November 18th:  Carl Schurz Park Conservancy Volunteer Day II

Meet at 86th Street and East End Avenue, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Pretty irresistable…  Spending a couple of hours and knowing you made sure one of the UES’s most beautiful places stays that way!  (Be great if you let them know you’ll be coming!)

Sunday, November 19th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

THE LAST DAY OF 92nd’s SEASON…

And who’ll be with us for this last, great pre-Thanksgiving Greenmarket day?

None other than American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell, Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue and Norwich Meadows Farms!!

A wonderful group who’ll have near to everything you want to be on the table come Turkey Day!! 

The Master Knife Sharpener will be there and honing like crazy, too! 

(We’re already looking forward to next June when they’ll return!!)

Last week’s recycling totals: TBA batteries, cords, corks, cellphone, cartridges, glasses and batteries.   5 1/4 compost bins.

Tuesday, November 28th:  Air Quality & Asthma Forum

Heyman Auditorium, The Ramaz School, 125 East 85th Street, 6:30-8:30pm

An issue of continuing and mounting importance given the far east UES’s descending air quality, looming operation of the 91st MTS with its cavalcade of polluting garbage trucks and the recognized health impact on everything that breaths in the area.   Speakers include Assembly Member Seawright and Dr. Thomas Newman, Chief of Pulminary Care at Metropolitan Hospital.

Moving towards Christmas: 

Saturday, December 2nd:  Shred-A-Thon – Pre-Santa Edition 

82nd Street/St. Stephen Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First & York, 10am-2pm

As ever…

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.)

Heaertfelt thanks to Council Members Kallos and Garodnick and Assembly Member Seawright for their generous grants!!

Tuesday, December 5th:  Greening the Grid – New York’s Energy Future Forum

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, 6:30pm

Leading  thinkers (check ’em out) propose ways New York can adopt and even thrive as a coastal city in an age of rising waters!  Members, $15.  Non-members, $25.  Seniors, students and educators, $20.  For more and tickets…  

Miscellany, activism and some eco background up first:

As in this from the Sunday Times, “America’s Wildest Place Is Open for Business”

(And if you object...)

Panning further south, if you’re of the opinion the sage grouse merits continued protection… 

Going global,  there’s a looming, worldwide sand shortage… 

(There’s already a sushi chef shortage…)

Moving onto home turf, this from Channel 13

Hummm…  While we contend with gaping holes, collapsing wall and boiler plates planting plans, check out what the Esplanade just to our south has in its Christmas stocking… 

Then there’s the furthest south of 2 mega towers City Planning’s attempting to foist on the UES

And if there’s a need for further persuasion to make a call/write a letter in support of INTRO 0800, how about some adorable, tug-at-your-heart-strings, local kids

Moving on to cheer:

And the role played by us ordinary joes in NYC’s crime decline!

Whoa!  As if donating $100M to Alzheimer’s research wasn’t enough for one week, seems like Bill Gates will soon be embarking on building a high tech city!

Absolutely, recycling has a history and here’s a brief summary of it’s 1970’s origin!!

How about this for an astonishing NYCares volunteer opportunity:  Judging a NYC  high school debate!!

YES!!  Milkweed isn’t just essential for Monarch butterflies, its fluff (separated from seeds) is being used as winter clothes’ insulation!!  (Meaning farmers’ll want to grow it!!)

Debating getting the shingles vaccine?  Read this…  (And thanks to reader Gerry Levine for the tip!)

NYC’s home to –  they get to soccer ball size – puffball mushrooms!

For those of us wimps not up to 26.2 mile runs, there’s the Sorta Marathon!

Animal time:

Windshield wiper-loving vultures… 

The Nose Knows Bat Info Quiz

Kind of weird, but herewith the lowdown on turkey tails, why we don’t eat them and who does

The NYS DEC’s having a meeting on trout streams and fishing in Queens

That while a NYC teenager pursues fishes for nightmarish snakeheads!

Cats through history and in human lives

Then there’s this from the Hudson River Almanac:

10/28 – Manhattan: I took my pessimistic father, Cipriano Guzman, to fish the Hudson River today at the marina on Dyckman Street. He had not fished the Hudson since the early 1980s, and he did not believe the reports from the Hudson River Almanac of the abundance of fishes in the river. Then he caught a 13″ blackfish (tautog) that was eventually released after much admiration. Now he is a believer. He was using conch meat (marine mollusk) for bait – expensive, but well worth it for the special moment.  –  Felix Guzman

a tautog

[In the Hudson River, tautog (Tautoga onitis), or blackfish, must be 16″ in length with no more than four fish in possession during the season that runs October 5th to December 14th. –  Tom Lake. ]

Happiness is greenness,

UGS

 
 

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Happy Vanilla Cupcake Day, UESiders!

It’s National Game & Puzzle Week, too!!

Most important of all, it’s National Santa Letter Week…  So get those kids formulating their wish lists and let the Amazon deliveries commence!!

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(Of course, we’ve not forgotten Veterans Day…  And we recommend this remembrance from the great people of StoryCorps…)

And now for the week ahead: 

Saturday, November4th:  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 (of course!), Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd, Green Pasture, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Alewife, Gajeski Farms AND…

The return of Hawthorne Valley Farm with their certified organic and biodynamic produce, meat, dairy, baked goods, and lacto-fermented vegetables (think krauts and kimchi)!!  

Market Manager Margaret adds: “Rumor has it that there may be some Peconic Bay Scallops out there this weekend… One of fall’s most precious and delicious taste treats!” 

Yup, the Master Knife Sharpener will be at her table, too!   And you Master Turkey Carvers:  The Thanksgiving count’s begun! 

Last week’s recycling totals:  76 lbs. batteries; 23 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 7 pairs glasses;  11 compost bins; 33 bags of clothes.

ANOTHER 11 bins!!

Saturday, November 11th to Sunday, December 31st:  The Three Bears Holiday Smash!

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Central Park

Drawn from  the stories of Hanukkah, “The Night Before Christmas,” and Kwanzaa, think a kid-centric variety show/sing-along celebrating the holiday season in song, dance and – best of all, maybe – puppetry!  (The Swedish Cottage’s quite the treat, too!) Adults, $12.  Children, $8.  For more and tickets

Saturday, November 11th:  Biscuits & Bath Puppy/Dog Adoption Event

Biscuits & Bath, 1064 First Avenue, 11am-3pm

You know there’s someone furry out there waiting your forever home!!  Adoptions include vaccinations, spay/neuter, a pre-registered microchip, an identification tag, a collar and a certificate for a free initial exam at a participating veterinarian!  Event sponsored by NYC Animal Care Centers. 

Saturday, November 11th:  Veterans Day Celebration with “War & Pieced”

Folk Art Museum, 2 Liincoln Square, 12-7pm

Mark this Veterans Day with guided tours of the extraordinary  War and Pieced quilt exhibition, hands on activities for all ages, a veteran poetry reading and  a screening of the 1964 classic film “Zulu!”.  (And “Zulu!” really is first rate!!)   Free, but you must RSVP

Saturday, November 11th & Sunday November 12th:  Artist Open House 2017

373 Broadway, 3rd floor,  1-6pm

What’s a working artist’s studio like?  Visit Czech-American painter Franta Nedved’s atelier – and those of many other artists in 373 and neighboring 368 Broadway – and find out!  Free!  (Bet you’ll then want to further explore that art-centric Soho neighborhood further!)

Sunday, November 12th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

With us will be American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell, Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue and Norwich Meadows Farms!!

And uber Market Manager Margaret says, “Ask at Sun Fed Beef this week about ordering one of their free range, heritage breed turkeys for the holiday…  Or you could think entirely out of the box and pre-order a ham or roast beef!”

The Healthy Eating Punch Out promotion continues…  Shop the 4 food groups and take your card to Market Manager Jamie, get it punched and head home with that ever mysterious prize!!

(UGS’s  updated 4-group list:  Phillips’ pears, any of Norwich Meadows’ squashes, Sun Fed’s ground lamb (for lamb burgers) and Mother Hubbert’s chocolate milk!!) 

Last week’s recycling totals:   Marathon Sunday.  No collection.

(Will this be another 5 1/2 bin week?)

Monday, November 13th:  Food on the Page – Cookbooks and American Culture

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Gardens, 421 East 61st Street, 6:30pm

Cultural historian and author of the above named book, Megan Elias sheds light on all that cookbooks say about society…  And it’s way more than what we aspire to eat!!  Members, $25. Senior members, $10.  Non-member adults, $40. Students with ID, $10.  For reservations (a must) – 212-838-6878…

Wednesday, November 15th: Street Co-Naming of Ms. Magazine Way

The Southest Corner of 32nd Street & Avenue, 11am-12:30pm

And we quote, “Join us for a festive event honoring Gloria Steinem, her 1972 founding of Ms. Magazine  and the occasion 45th anniversary of a publication by women for women!”  45 years…  Come one, come all!!

Thursday, November 16th: Hungarian Short Film Event

American Hungarian Library, 215 East 82nd Street, 7pm

The American Hungarian Library and Historical Society hosts five of the best Hungarian short films of the last years, including Oscar- winnning “Sing”!  All screened in Hungarian with English subtitles!  (Even during Soviet days, Eastern European filmmaking was revered!)  Free, but donations accepted.  For more

Friday, November 17th:  19th Century Trivia Night

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Gardens, 421 East 61st Street, 7pm

Okay, history nuts:  Which pro-temperance president actually took out papers to become a bar owner? What engineering marvel revolutionized New York City trade?  You’re so smart?  Then get yourself over to MV Museum for four fast-paced trivia rounds while imbibing historic refreshments!!  Members, $10.  Non-members, $15.   For tickets (got to have them in advance) –  212-838-6878

On the horizon:

Tuesday, November 28th:  “Wasted!  The Story of Food Waste” Screening 

GrownYC’s Project Farmhouse, 76 East 13th Street, 7-9pm

A hit at the Tribeca Film Festival, exec produced by Anthony Bourdain, the film’s about solutions to the huge world problem – but especially in the U.S. of A. – of incredible food waste.  Film followed by a discussion led by Emily Bachman, GrowNYC’s ompost Program Manager.  Free but with a suggested donation, $10.  To RSVP (you must)…

Thursday, November 30th:  Sissinghurst – Reviving Vita Sackville-West’s Garden

General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street, 6:15pm

Over time even one of  the world’s garden of gardens designed by one of the world’s gardeners of gardeners needs refocusing…  In this case, the famed, historic, once white- on-white Sissinghurt Castle garden of poet/novelist/gardener Vita Sackville-West.  A lot for us all to learn in this NY Botanical Garden talk by Sissinghurt’s present head gardener, Troy Scott Smith…  And we don’t even have to go to the Bronx!!  Organized by the Horticultural Society of New York and the Royal Oak Foundation.  For more and to register or  212-480-2889 x201…  In either case, give deploying  17FNYHORT discount a shot!

December already:

Friday & Saturday,  December 1st & Second:  Holiday Candlelight Tours of the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

421 East 61st Street, 6:15pm & 7:30pm

You’re right…  A ton going on at the MV Museum and nNo more charming way to commence the holiday season than a visit and step back into pre-Christmas 1830…  Complete with traditional confections and live period music!!  Couldn’t be more family friendly.  Members, $10.  Non-members, $20.  Children, $5.  Reservations required or 212-838-6878!  

Saturday, December 2nd:  Shred-A-Thon – Pre-Santa Edition 

82nd Street/St. Stephen Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First & York, 10am-2pm

Same old, but it matters…

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 always,  we thank Council Members Kallos and Garodnick and Assembly Member Seawright for their generous grants!!

Saturday, December 9th:  The First New York Cat Film Festival 

SVA Theater, 333 West 23rd Street, 3pm & 4:30pm

You read it right!  And have to say, the 2-part program each composed of several cat-themed films sounds really good!  $15 for each program.  For film programs/summaries and tickets

Sunday, December 10th:  Third New York Dog Film Festival

SVA Theater, 333 West 23rd Street, 2:45pm & 4:45pm

Yes, there’s a Dog Film Festival!!  And what better way to keep our animal film life in perfect balance!!  Same 2-part program.  $15 for each program.  For the films and tickets…   

On to miiscellany with this week in activism up first:

If you think NYC and NYS shouldn’t be dailing back efforts to keep raw sewage out of  our city’s waterways… 

How about this for a great course of study for the right teen:  The Learning Gardens High School Training Program which  – and we quote – “offers 5 months of garden-based learning, exploring topics including urban gardening, growing food and biodiversity during which students develop leadership skills, learn how to instruct younger students, and earn high school credit after completing 60 hours of instruction. Students who successfully complete the Training Program will have the opportunity to participate in a paid summer internship with City Parks Foundation.”  For high school freshman, sophomores and Juniors from February to June 2018.  Applications due, January 15, 2018.  To discuss in full detail:  mhara@cityparksfoundation.org or call  212-360-2744!    

Edible answers the question, “What to do if your building doesn’t have a brown organics container…”

Why autumn/fall has two names… 

Thirteen secrets of the Staten Island ferry   

Ten actual ruins visible in Central Park

Ten – another ten! – cleaning myths and what to do instead

How to load a dishwasher right

Does a contest prize get more hysterical than your own monogrammed cheese

Animals:

The case of the missing shrew mummies

Sheep trained to recognize human faces

vintage cat magazine.

..The NYS DEC has this advice about cave enthusiasts and our threatened bats

And then there’s this from the “Hudson River Almanac:

10/21 – Sandy Hook, NJ: First light was blossoming in the east, and dawn over the Lower Bay of New York Harbor was not far off. The winds had shifted from west to south and the monarch butterflies were far fewer than yesterday. Those who made the attempt to head south flew close to the sand, tacking back and forth like a sailboat. At sunrise, the water behind the surf looked agitated: striped bass! The anglers on the beach had high hopes for trophy bass but every one that was landed fell in the 20-24 inch range [licensed anglers in New Jersey are allowed to possess one fish per day from 28 inches to less than 43, and one fish 43 inches or greater]. The surf was swim-wear friendly at a comfortable 65 degrees Fahrenheit. – Tom Lake and T.R. Jackson
 
[Artists have long revered sunsets in their work – the Hudson River School of painting comes to mind. But for me, I’ll take sunrise on an east-facing beach at dawn. The growing glow from first light to sunrise is a study in anticipation: rebirth, renewal, dawn of a new day. – Tom Lake.]

Let us now and always be green,

UGS

 

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Happy Marathon Weekend, UESiders!!

Yes, it’s that time of the year when – for a few minutes post-Marathon – First Avenue’s so tidy one could – momentarily – think one was on…  Well, not Fifth or Madison, but maybe Third Avenue!! 

It’s also Eat Smart Month!!  (We’ve got that one down!!)

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And there’s plenty more going on:

Friday, November 4th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-9:30pm 

Star master John Pasmino’s subject this time out:  End-life avaration of star radiation!  Say what??!!  That is, the series of energy production methods stars go through as the approach the grim astronomical reaper…  Their demise!   As ever, free and fascinating!

Saturday, November4th:  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 (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!!

Happy to say, the Master Knife Sharpener will be present and honing, too…  And she reminds:  “Only 3 weeks till Turkey Carving Day!” 

May we have one more week of corn and tomatoes!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  64 lbs. batteries; 18 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 6 pairs glasses;  11 compost bins; 35 bags of clothes.

YES, 11 bins!!

Saturday, November 4th:  2017 Roosevelt Island Pumpkin Smash

Riverside, Lower Lawn, Manhattan Park between Buildings #20 and #30, 11am-2pm

And an actual historic event as from 2017 on, the RI  Pumpkin Smash becomes part of the Department of Sanitation’s official citywide efforts to reduce landfill waste via NYC Compost Project!  But let’s talk fun:  Smash that soon-to-be-compost pumpkin to smithereens, acquire a ton of eco info and partake of great refreshments!  There’s even a great raffle prize to be won:  A 30-day ferry pass!!   Free, of course!   (Let’s have more of these things across the UES!!)

Sunday, November 5th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

MARATHON SUNDAY!!  THE MARKET RETURNS NEXT SUNDAY!!

Last week’s recycling totals:   4 lbs. batteries; 4 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  4 1/2 compost bins.

YES!!

Tuesday, November 7th:  NYC ELECTION DAY

At Your Polling Place

And how do our city’s candidates shake out the environmentally…? 

Wednesday, November 8th:  Superscrapers Steal Sun and Sky

Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, 6:30pm

And we quote, “Stealing Sun and Sky is bad enough, but they destroy neighborhoods.  Determination of what a neighborhood’s character is, should be made by people who live there.”  So says (and rightly so) organizer of this information-packed forum, the Sierra Club.  Adults suggested donation, $6.  Students, $3.  (Meanwhile, looks like a City Council bill will limit highrises on the Lower East Side!) 

And then:

Saturday, November 11th:  Veterans Day Celebration with “War & Pieced”

Folk Art Museum, 2 Liincoln Square, 12-7pm

Mark this Veterans Day with guided tours of the extraordinary  War and Pieced quilt exhibition, hands on activities for all ages, a veteran poetry reading and  a screening of the 1964 classic film “Zulu!”.  (And “Zulu!” really is great!!)   Free, but you must RSVP

Thursday, November 16th:  Block by Block – Christopher Gray’s New York

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 FIfth Avvenue, 6:30pm

There’s no replacing architectural  historian Christopher Gray’s and his wonderful weekly “Streetscapes” columns in The Times!  High time the gentlemen and his unique perspective received this appreciation by friends and colleagues…  And may it be the first of many!   Members, $10.  Non-member, $20.  Seniors, students & educators, $15.  For more and tickets…

Last but hardly least:

Saturday, December 2nd:  Shred-A-Thon – Pre-Santa Edition 

82nd Street/St. Stephen Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First & York, 10am-2pm

You know how it goes…

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 and Assembly Member Seawright for their generous grants!!

This week’s collection of miscellaneous:

Planned, presently underway and completed projects in Central Park

Another victory for the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation!!  An 1866 building once home to Willem de Kooning!!

The greenest restaurant in NYC

…Which just happens to be one of the 6 businesses up for Green America’s People & Planet Award!  To vote

Have to say the Governor’s announcement of $2.3M in urban forestry grants for all of NYState sounds pretty paltry…   (NYC pays in the neighborhood of $1,600K per new tree!)

Meanwhile, NYState’s just launched a new Green Business Program!  (UES businesses!  Get onboard!!)

We pause for a moment of activism, as in:

If you think the air in our national parks should be clean

Moment ended:

Sure, they farm in Brooklyn…  Now in shippping containers!

But then again, mushrooms were once farmed in Paris’s catacombs… 

For anyone crazy enough to purchase apple anywhere but at a Greenmarket, Consumer Reports weighs in on how best to get pesticides off the fruit (if it’s a pesticide that can actually be removed!)…

And the NYS Hike of the Month is…  Otter Creek Trails in the Otter Creek Forest!  (Scroll down past the deer hunting…)

A hat making museum and library

The history of the crosswalk

Quite a while till Earth Day, like next—  Oops! Don’t want to spoil this Earth Day quiz!

Hawaiian Common Gallinules

Animal time:

Just exactly how do amazing Monarchs make their thousands-of-miles migrations?    (Astonishing!!)  (No surprise, their trip’s starting late this fall.)

Seriouslyy?  Doping Iditarod sled dogs…?

new species of orangutan’s been discovered!!

Baby bats are multi-lingual…!!

Russians are putting their cats to work!!

And the migrating raptors passing over Pennsylvania’s Hawk Mountain last week:

Count to Date
*Season total is through October 30.

And then there’re these lovely excerpts from the great Hudson River Almanac:

10/12 – Manhattan: One of my seventh-grade students from The Speyer Legacy School, 59th Street and Ninth Avenue, wrote this poem upon discovering -during our Day in the Life program at Pier 1 – that the river was “alive”.   I especially love it because many of our New York City students are skeptical about there being life in the Hudson River, their backyard. –  Kimberly Schwab

The river’s murky waters flow
When looking they don’t seem too much;
But now I know there is much more
Than a murky waters flow.

There is a world that is beneath there
Of crabs and fish and shrimp,
Of periwinkles, little snails,
Of jellies, all too many.

Although it seems like
Murky waters,
The river is alive.
     – Ben Levine

10/12 – Queens: My students from the International High School for Health Sciences sampled the East River from Francis Lewis Park for the Day in the Life. As we were conducting water quality tests, we heard and then saw a flock of geese as they made a grand pass over us.  The students were so excited that they forgot about the tests and just watched the birds – they were seeing Canada geese for the first time in their lives.  This brought back memories of a movie, Nils Holgersson, from when I was a child in Albania.  Nils was a little boy who was a friend with wild geese and always traveled on the neck of a white goose. The movie was from a book by Selma Lagerlof, The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, that won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1909.  My students loved the experience of “a trip to the river,” especially the seining (they caught Atlantic silversides, winter flounder, hermit crabs, and shore shrimp). Their only complaint was that the experience was too short! – Mirela Shkoder

[Mirela and her students reflect the incredible international diversity of their school. Her 30 students, all recent arrivals to the United States, were from Honduras, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Columbia, Ecuador, Yemen, Iran, Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Laos, China and the Philippines. Their faculty were from Guyana, Dominican Republic, and Albania.  – Tom Lake.]

Yours in enduring greenness,

UGS

 

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