Happy Another Rainy Saturday, UESiders!!
Promising to be a damp day quite like the one earlier this week when we headed downtown for a solid waste meeting at the EPA’s NYC headquarters.
Plenty of representation from city and state entities attended, along with big time environmental groups, academics, consultants, and local greenies like ourselves… With everyone we chatted with – like ourselves – wondering what was going on in the heads of the seasoned, knowledgeable EPA people in the room…
The answer: Determination. That despite not having received a 2018 budget… Or having to give up a floors-worth of offices with many now sharing cubicles… And not being sure one month to the next of having a job. Whatever Washington gets up to, they won’t be driven out.
Going to be interesting looking back on this time…
On to the week ahead and a jammed-packed Saturday:
Saturday, February 24th: 82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket
82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm
Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm
With us will be our friends at American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Consider Bardwell, Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Gajeski, Hawthorne and Nolasco Farms!!
Great to have Nolasco with us another a second week in a row!! (Check out their greens!)
Last week’s recycling totals: 79 lbs. batteries; 12 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 11 compost bins; 21 bags of clothes
As we approach a quarter ton of batteries collected!!
Saturday, February 24th: Monarch Butterflies Are New Yorkers Too Lecture
67th Street Library Branch, 328 East 67th Street, 2pm
At last! Christina Delfico’s long-awaited Monarch butterfly talk!! Enter the library a Monarch blank slate. Exit a budding expert on the fabulous insect’s life, its amazing life cycle, its many thousands-of-miles migration and the how we can make our UES hood a choice stop on the beautiful insect’s way!! Free. Be there!!
Saturday, February 24th: Central Park Lantern Night Hike
Meeting Place to be announced, 7pm
Doesn’t get much more magical than exploring this wonderful space – its history, its wildlife and especially its noctunal wildlife – under the leadership of great Urban Park Rangers!! Free with highly prized tickets distributed by lottery. To get in the running…
Tuesday, February 28th: Trivia Night – Movie Edition
Metro Baptist Church, 410 West 40th Street, 6:30pm
Categories include Oscar nominees and winners, classic musicals, sci fi, animated films and many more!! The competion: Other keen teams of five! Add prizes, refreshments (you can BYOB) and that the great Metro food pantry and roof garden benefit!! Individual tickets, $20. Teams, $85. For more and those tickets…
March already and what is it about the 8th:
Thursday, March 8th: Women’s History Month Celebration
Abigal Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st Street, 6pm
And who better to throw the party than the woman who represents us up Albany way, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright? To RSVP (you must): SeawrightR@NYAssembly.gov or 212-288-4607…
Thursday, March 8th: Good Spirits Ladies Cocktail Competition
Good Spirits, 22 Battery Plaza, Manhattan, 6-9pm
So, ladies… And ladies only… Sure, it’s great that your mixologic accomplishments are legendary… But now it’s time to see how they measure up against others equally adept with bottles, shakers and swizzle sticks!! Tickets, $60-$70. For details…
Thursday, March 8th: John Jay Park Exercise Area Community Meeting
The Town School, 540 East 76th Street, 6:30pm
CM Kallos has allocated funds, the space is ever more in use, even Parks is in gear, so come let the powers-that-be know what improvements you’ve been wanting lo’ these many years!! And do spread the word!!
Thursday, March 8th through Wednesday,April 25th: GVSHP Spring Programs
Length & Breadth of the Village
Commencing with a 50th Anniversary celebration of the Fillmore East… Followed by tours/lectures covering the Village Irish, Village Poets, The Bowery and a whole lot more!! Organized by the great Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. Fillmore Anniversary – Members, $10; Non-members, $15. The rest are free but require registration. For full roster of events, details and tickets/sign up…
Whew. Now let’s get this chunk of miscellaneous activism out of the way:
Should you object to the dumping of fracking waste water in upstate NYS’s Delaware River Basin…
Or rather dramatic cuts in NOAA funding…
Or contemplated NYS cuts in in-home care for seniors…
All around NYC:
JP Morgan Chase’ll soon be replacing their 52-story headquarters at 270 Park with a 70-story edifice at the same address. Fingers crossed it’ll be as green as it’s big!
And we think we have noise problems…
Further on the use of treated lumber in high rise construction: A 70-story largely lumber skyscraper may soon be coming to Tokyo!!
No surprise that even the tiniest park view significantly enhances an apartment’s value…
What?! Just a stunt but, still, there once was a champagne subway car!!
Well off the beaten path:
How to make your own sourdough starter (in partnership with our own free-roaming, airborne UES yeasts) …
The world’s largest flowering plant… (Beautiful as it is, the scent is even more extraordinary!)
Time for some critters:
Calling all New Yorkers with a terrace or garden!! Project Feeder Watch – essential to monitoring bird populations – needs you!!
More of us humans should serenade birds…
Plenty going on in the Hudson River Almanac:
2/7 – Garrison, HRM 51: A light freezing rain over an inch of wet snow revealed shrew runways below, etched as dark lines in the snow at Garrison School Forest. Each runway had a branching pattern, with a 15-foot main stem and side branches every few feet. I encountered four of these during a half-mile walk in the oak forest, each nearly identical. The runways were so narrow they must have been made by a small species, most likely masked shrews (Sorex cinereus). Their taxonomic order of small mammals, Eulipotyphla, translates to “truly fat and blind.” – Ed McGowan
2/9 – Manhattan, HRM 1.5: I had a rare treat at Saint Luke’s Garden in the West Village today. While counting an unusually high number of American robins (13) picking at the lawn, I heard an unfamiliar song. I looked up and saw a beautiful male house finch singing away. A female soon landed in the same tree (his mate?). – Robert Shapiro
[The house finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) is a gorgeous rosy-red songbird native to the Western U.S. They were illegally introduced as caged birds to our area at New York City in 1940. They are frequently confused with the native purple finch (H. purpureus) as they are both found in the watershed. – Tom Lake]
2/9 – Manhattan, HRM 1: We checked our collection gear in Hudson River Park at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25. Nestled in a colony of sea squirts was a 37.5 millimeter (mm) skilletfish! Sea squirts, or sea grapes, are marble-sized tunicates, colonial marine invertebrates, that attach themselves to substrate. These filter-feeders have two siphons through which they take in and expel water. (Photo of Skilletfish courtesy of Melissa Rex) – Siddhartha Hayes
[The skilletfish (Gobiesox strumosus), is a small benthos-loving fish (“benthos” being flora/fauna living on ocean/lake/any-body-of-water bottoms) and somewhat related to gobies and blennies. Their name comes from a dorsally-flattened body with a large, roundish head that altogether look like a skillet. The skilletfish was added to the Hudson River Checklist of Fishes in April of 2012 from a 52 mm skilletfish caught by The River Project. – Tom Lake]
May your week be ultra green,