Monthly Archives: February 2018

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 walking back of protections for American’s migratory birds

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! 

Seems another NYC/NJ tunnel – this one purely for moving freight presently moved by barge – is contemplated… 

An underground farm in Tribeca

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!!

London’s hedgehog shortage addressed…!!

More of us humans should serenade birds… 

Plenty going on in the Hudson River Almanac:

Of course, border collies are masters of reseeding fire-ravaged forests

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

Masked shrew

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

Skilletfish

[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,

UGS

 

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Happy Year of the Dog and World Whale Hippopotomus Days, UESiders!!

Canine lovers (and who isn’t?), last Sunday’s Times surveyed surprising breed preferences by borough and neighborhood!! 

Whales and we human owe the U.S. Coast Guard a vote of thanks for plotting a Bering Sea shipping route that’d minimize interference with wildlife subsistence and minimize pollution!!  (If you like to express that thanks…)

And should you be wishing for the amazing hippo to remain roaming Mother Earth in years to come (their population’s declined 95%)…

On to the week ahead:

Friday, February 16th:  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:  The apparition of Venus…  The planet which alternates as morning and evening star!!    Free and always fascinating!!

Saturday, February 17th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

At their Week 2 Olympic tables will be 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!!

Market Manager Supremo Margaret says:  “Yes, Nolasco will be there tomorrow! They’ll have some storage crops and sprouts and shoots from the greenhouse!”

Last week’s recycling totals:  76 lbs. batteries; 10 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 12 1/4 compost bins; 23 bags of clothes   

Moving ever closer to averaging 13 bins…  

Saturday, February 17th:  Moon Over Manhattan Lunar Year Celebration!!

The Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, 1pm

Fun for all the family in the new Year of the Dog begins…  Think Asian lunar year traditions including music, crafts (like lion puppet making), a lion dance and a kung fu demonstration!  Members, $7.  Non-members, $12.  Children under 16 and seniors, $5.  For more and tickets…

Sunday, February 18th:  Washington’s Birthday Ball

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 1-3pm

What better way to celebrate Washington’s b’day than by mastering traditional 19th-Century dances (taught by costumed pros) and toasting our peerless first president with tasty refreshments of that long-ago time!!  Members and children, $10.  Non-members, $15.   Reservations required

Wednesday, February 21st:  Get Involved With Your Park Workshop

Southbridge Towers Community Room (right next door to 100 Gold Street)

As if there was any doubt that our parks are totally in need of our care!  At this introductory workshop, you’ll learn how you and your neighbors can come together to support and improve your community greenspaces! Meet staff members that can help you get started, network with other interested community members and hear from experienced volunteers (like our own great Naomi Moriyama of Samuel Seabury Playground) who are already doing amazing work in their parks!!   To register (click on trainings)...  For more and questions:   Rebecca Elzinga at (212) 602-5342 or relzinga@cityparksfoundation.org.

Sunday, February Saturday, February 24th:  Monarch Butterflies Are New Yorkers Too Lecture

67th Street Library Branch, 328 East 67th Street, 2pm

Another in GPG NYC’s series of great, Manhattan-centric gardening talks…  This time out:  Christina Delfico – Roosevelt Island community gardener par excellance and Monarch afficianado – fills us in on the truly epic saga of the butterfly’s life cycle, thousands-of-miles migration and the many easy ways to make our UES an an appealing stop on the beautiful insect’s way!!  Free.  

Whoa!  Then it’s March:

Saturday, March 3rd to Sunday, April 22nd:  The 16th Annual Botanical Garden Orchid Show

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx

The annual botanical classic showcasing – literally – thousands of orchids on display!!  If not on your NYC bucket list, add forthwith!!    For more and to reserve your tickets

Friday, March 9th; Saturday, March 10th; Monday, March 12th; Tuesday, March 13th & Wednesday, March 14th:  ReelAbilities Film Festival – Reel Shorts! 

67th Street Branch Library, 328 East 67th Street

A meticulously curated series centered on life’s challenges –  from physical limitations to increasing the minimum wage to aging and beyond!!  (Yes, are our neighborhood libraries ever broadening their horizons!!)   Free!  For more and times…   

Wednesday, March 21st:  Mapping New York (AKA “Mappy Hour”) Event!

Explorers Club, 46 East 70th Street, 7pm

NYC Natural Areas Conservancy has a brilliant new program and describes thus:  “We all love New York City, nature, and maps and we’re bringing all three together with the relaunch of our interactive nature map!   Join us at the famed Explorers Club (we’ll also be taking a tour) to learn about the vision for the map that will help anyone with a computer or smartphone find NYC’s wetlands, forests, and trails.”  You’ll even be able to beta test the new map and give feedback on the redesign!  For more and to register (you should)...

Doesn’t get more miscellaneous than this week’s entries…  Commencing with an Olympics flashback from the NYS DEC archives:

Bobsled at Lake Placid

Driver Dana Fox and the rest of the 1936 Olympic bobsled team with their sled at the bottom of the Mount Van Hoevenberg bobsled run in Lake Placid, N.Y.

(No challenging the aerodymics of these athletes’ outfits!) 

UES green thumb alert:  Check out this wisdom for our next fall’s over-wintering gardens!!  (Thanks to reader Jill Bauer for the tip!)

Pause for an activist moment:

Should you oppose construction of a 23-mile long Williams pipeline carrying fracked gas under New York Harbor, tell the Governor by calling 877-235-6537…

Herewith, the proposed design for the Holmes Tower infill project

Meanwhile, seems like there’s a considerable amount of vacant property in our city’s possession...

Really?  They’re talking development on Governors Island??!! 

Not the most salubrious time to be venturing new food legislation but, as per Consumer Reports, there’s way too much arsenic showing up in our rice, including infant rice-based cereals!! 

FYI:  Despite overwhelming support for strengthened rules specifying humane treatment of animals on organic farms, current administrators at the USDA have failed to implement them by extending the effective date multiple times and have even proposed withdrawing them entirely.

Lighter now, including work, internship and volunteer opportunities:

CB8 has an opening for a hard-working, self-starter Community Assistant eager to make a difference in NYC… 

Season’s open to apply for summer internships at the Urban Green Council – prime player in moving NYC buildings to greater sustainability… 

Interested in spending a few summer weeks out of our steamy city?  Think volunteer NYS Adirondack/Catskill Campground Ambassador! 

Moving into another gear: 

Nominate your favorite new NYC building for this year’s MASterworks Awards…  (MAS as in Municipal Art Society!)

Can’t decide if it’s good or bad, but densified wood equal in strength to structural metals

Ah, retirement in Siberia

How about this for a beautiful highrise lobby

Plants turned into lights??

Once upon a time there were bagel famines in NYC??!!

But this week Brooklyn was home to the world’s largest bagel!!

The 100 most nutritious foods

Why NYC sweet gum trees deserve our thanks

NYC’s most interesting deckhand

And what were our NYS Environmental Police Officers up to this past month…?

Time for some animals:

Best compilation of squirrel videos to date…!!

Okay, we couldn’t help but be moved to help this poor, lonely, aging frog… 

So, really, how can nine finches that look so unrelated be genetically almost identical

Seems that the Korean DMZ – quite like the no-man’s-land around Chernobyl – has become an accidental but amazing wildlife sanctuary

Sure it’s post-Valentine’s Day, but it’s always time for an animal sweetheart quiz!!

The burrowing art of the Pacific mole crab

Indeed, why are elk flying over Kentucky??

Here’s to an intensely green Year of the Dog,

UGS

 

 

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Happy First Week of the Olympics, Forest Friday and soon-to-be Happy Valentine’s Day, UESiders!!

As the curling competition quietly whooshes in the background, let’s talk…  Sanitation.

Likely you’ve heard the NYC Sanitation’s been contemplating a commercial collection plan that would have carting companies picking up from assigned geographic zones.    Sounded both more efficient and – given far fewer trucks – better for a neighborhood’s air.   Then news started dribbling in on the results of a similar approach deployed by Los Angeles… With disastrous results, especially according to this editorial.   

Likely the truth lies somewhere in between but, as we’ve all experienced of late, those in charge of our city have proved pretty poor in both conception and execution and utterly resistent to public desire.

Witness the MTS and the brushing aside of the successful 79th Street pilot project that had trash placed curbside in the early morning, as opposed to sitting out as rat banquet-fare from 4pm till morning.

We shall have to be watchful, people.

On to the week ahead:

Saturday, February 10th:  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, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Consider Bardwell,  Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski and Hawthorne Farms!!

(We’ll be sustaining ourselves through Week One of the Olympics with a couple of gallons of Samascott cider!)

Last week’s recycling totals:  91 lbs. batteries; 10 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 12 compost bins; 33 bags of clothes   

YET ANOTHER 12 BINS!!

Saturday, February 10th:  Schurz Park Volunteer Gardening Day

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

Yes, spring’s right around the corner and it’s time to get UES gardens ready!   So what if the weather’s a little damp this weekend…  It’ll also be in the 50-degree range!!  For more and to sign up

Sunday, February 11th:  Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Course

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, 4-30 minute classes 12-2pm

Create a heart-shaped masterpiece composed of classic cookie icing, sprinkles and candies!  And your cookie decorating professor will be…?  None other than Amy of Amy’s Bread!  Free with museum admission!  For more and to reserve your place

Thursday, February 15th:  Free Mammogram Screening

Stanley Isaacs Community Center, 415 East 93rd Street, 10am-4:30pm

Thanks to CM Kallos and the Italian American Cancer Foundation, mammograms will be available to any woman over 40 at no cost!!  All that’s required is that you call and make an appointment at  877-638-9090!! 

Saturday, February 17th:  Biscuits & Bath Forever Home Event

1064 First Avenue at 58th Street, 12-4pm 

Given the huge crowd at last week’s Union Square Petco adoption event, February’s a prime month to adopt the puppy/dog of our dreams!!  (And this is canines only.) Sponsored by the Animal Care Centers of NYC.  

Sunday, February 18th:  Washington’s Birthday Ball

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 1-3pm

Celebrate the birthday of America’s first president in true 19th-Century style with costumed dancers performing and teaching traditional country dances of the time!!   Festivities include toasts to George Washington and historic refreshments!!  Members and children, $10.  Non-members, $15.   Reservations required

Sunday, February Saturday, February 24th:  Monarch Butterflies Are New Yorkers Too Lecture

67th Street Library Branch, 328 East 67th Street, 2pm

Another in GPG NYC’s series of great, Manhattan-centric gardening talks…  This time out:  Christina Delfico – Roosevelt Island community gardener par excellance and Monarch afficianado – fills us in on the challenges of the butterfly’s life cycle, epic migration and how we can make our hood an ever more inviting rest stop on this wonderful insect’s way!!  Free.  

On to the week in miscellany and activism:

Commencing with the crusade that will not die:  Limitations on plastic bags!!  (And from yet another green group in a world where metrics are all!)

If you support early voting in NYState

If you object to the 20 billion gallons of sewage that find their way into NYC water each year… 

Or 72% cuts in U.S. clean energy programs

Giant Waste Management – so active and many times fined in all over the USA and in NYC –  is currently on the ropes for air quality violations at one of its upstate landfills!!  (Cross fingers no NYC waste’s buried there!)

Takes some nerve, but ag company (appropriately named) Grimmway Enterprises is actually suing Food & Water Watch for revealing that G.E.’s using oil waste water to irrigate crops!! 

No surprise given China’s import ban that U.S. stocks of contaminated scrap plastics and paper are growing at recycling facilities…  “Contaminated” plastics as in they went in bins dirty!  (We UESiders know what we recycle should be 100%/soap-and- water clean!) 

Time for Amazon to join Walmart, Lowe’s,  Home Depot, etc. and stop selling bee-toxic products!  

But:

Good on Johnson Controls – world’s largest car battery maker – for investing in Aqua Metals and its revolutionary lead extraction process!!  (Auto batteries contain lots of lead!)

For those unfamiliar with Story Corps always affirming animated shorts, click here

Sigh…  Yes, some 2,500 U.S. chemical sites are vulnerable to flooding

Looks like America’s tallest timber-framed mini-high rise will be going up in Newark…  (When it can be used, timber’s viewed as more sustainable…)

hemlock

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

We’ve seen these ugly white beads on NYC hemlocks…  Let us know if you do too,  and where the tree is!! 

Of course, there’s a NYS water well contractor certification program!!

The Times’ Bookshelf/Sam Roberts recommends these two items of NYC reading 

For those not under the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts newsletter, a ton worth knowing in those pages, including a grant to research Yorkville building deserving of landmark status!

Animals:

Say what?  Some scorpions are developing more potent venoms!

hundred year-old spider

Moving further along the insect road:  Are ants amazing or what?!

Adorable NYS critter, the American marten, has retractable claws like cats!

Winter footwear for Gotham’s canines

What it takes to save one cute little Florida sparrow species

One “bad” NYC bird…   

On which the Hudson River Almanac comments:

In 24 years of the Hudson River Almanac, we have recorded 14 species of gulls in the watershed, along the tidewater Hudson, the Mohawk River, and adjacent uplands: black-headed gull, Bonaparte’s gull, Franklin’s gull, glaucous gull, greater black-backed gull, herring gull, Iceland gull, ivory gull, laughing gull, lesser black-backed gull, little gull, mew gull (common gull), ring-billed gull, slaty-backed gull.  – Tom Lake

And adds:

1/26 – Manhattan:  Perhaps it was the weather, the ice, or just the season, but for two weeks fish have managed to avoid our collection gear in Hudson River Park at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25. The net of our collection today included shore shrimp, a sea anemone, and a lone, juvenile spider crab. –  Siddhartha Hayes

Common Spider Crab

[The common spider crab (Libinia emarginata) is found in Atlantic coastal waters from the Canadian Maritimes to the Gulf of Mexico. Their body is palm-size but their legs can grow to a foot-long. They will become more common in late winter and spring as the water warms. – Tom Lake]

1/29 – Town of Poughkeepsie:  Our group, the Soul of NY62, became concerned today when photos revealed what looked like monofilament fishing line around the foot and talons of the male bird from bald eagle nest NY62.  This is one of those times when you’d like to be able to intervene, but realistically know that the eagle will have to face the challenge by himself.  (In subsequent days, it appeared that the line either fell off or the eagle managed to cope.) – Justin Schmidt, Kate Connolly, Bob Rightmyer 

(If you spend time walking along the Hudson River, especially at popular fishing locations, you will frequently find balls of snarled fishing line and fish hooks, a reminder of the importance to carry out what is carried in during the pursuit of outdoor activities.  To not do so, risks injury or death to eagles, osprey, wading birds and shore birds, as well as other wildlife as they forage among our leavings. – Tom Lake)

1/31 –  Hudson Valley:  We had a full moon today that was also a “Blue Moon”, so named for the second full mooon in one month.  They are not common, thus the axiom “once in a blue moon”.  This was also the third of three consecutive Super Moons beginning with November’s full moon.  Our view of tonight’s full moon eclipse, also called a “Blood Moon”, was limited by our locationin the eastern U.S.  If we think of the full moon as being “white”, we could say we had, albeit briefly, a  Red, White and Blue Super Moon!! – Dave Lindemann

Even our valentine’s are green,

UGS

 

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Happy Ground Hog Day, UEsiders!! 

(Shadow or not, Staten Island Chuck will be heaving a sigh of relief…  No up close and personal with and being dropped by the mayor in 2018!!) 

Let’s stay with the good news drum beat:

*Vermont’s the first state to require producers/manufacturers to finance the collection and recycling of single-use, non-rechargable batteries!   

*Girls Who Code will be offering 2-week courses in two UES schools this summer!!

*New Yorkers are so clever and green!!  Witness what these ten and their companies are up to!!

*Then add the efforts of this gentleman/entrepreneur!!

Good on us, people!! 

salvia-microphylla

salvia microphylla

On to the next seven days:

Friday, February 2nd:  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:  The astronomical factors influencing changes in Earth’s climate!!    As ever, free and amazing!

Saturday, February 3rd:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

At their pre-Super Bowl tables will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Consider Bardwell,  Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski and Hawthorne Farms!!

Market Manager G offers this sage advice:   Grab your game day essentials from our local farmers!  Pick up a Super Bowl Snack Packet from the market info tent and even taste a sample around noon!”

Last week’s recycling totals:  83 lbs. batteries; 14 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 12 compost bins; 31 bags of clothes   

12 bins filled by an incredible 394 composters last week!!!  

394!!

Saturday, February 3rd & Sunday, February 4th:  FixUp!!

Gramercy, Bowery, Meatpacking, Soho, Inwood and Sunnyside, Time open varies location to location

GrowNYC’s newest boon to its fellow/sister New Yorkers…  Bam!!  You’ve got a broken (fill in the blank)?  More than likely one of the FixUp crew can get it back in good running order for a most modest charge!   For full details

On the horizon:

Saturday, February 10th:  Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour

329 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, multiple time slots

And we quote, “Show your Valentine you care with unobstructed views of the Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens skylines from an observation deck and a stroll through a glass-enclosed walkway built atop NYC’s shimmering silver, state-of-the art digester eggs”!!  We’re talking LOVE and it’s free!!  For more, directions  and to register… 

Sunday, February 11th:  Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Course

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, 4-30 minute classes 12-2pm

Create a heart-shaped masterpiece composed of classic cookie icing, sprinkles and candies!  And your cookie decorating professor will be…?  None other than Amy of Amy’s Bread!  Free with museum admission!  For more and to reserve your place

Wednesday, February 14th:  Manolo:  The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards Screening

Czech Center, 321 East 73rd Street, 7pm

Manolo as in Manolo Blahnick, of course.  And the film, a doc chronicling the non pareille shoe designer’s life and inspiration!   Free but with limited seating, you must RSVP

Friday, February 17th:  Free Mammogram Screening

Stanley Isaacs Community Center, 415 East 93rd Street, 10am-4:30pm

Thanks to CM Kallos and the Italian American Cancer Foundation, mammograms will be available to any woman over 40 at no cost!!  All that’s required is that you call and make an appointment at  877-638-9090!! 

Saturday, February 18th:  Washington’s Birthday Ball

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 1-3pm

Celebrate the birthday of America’s first president in true 19th-Century style with costumed dancers performing and teaching traditional country dances of the time!!   Festivities include toasts to George Washington and historic refreshments!!  Members and children, $10.  Non-members, $15.   Reservations required

Coming up fast:

Tuesday, February 20th:  NY Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling – NYC Chapter Meeting

290 Broadway, Room 27A, 9:30am

Topics will include sustainable materials management, plastic bags, commercial recycling, and organic waste…  Plus there’ll be updates on current recycling legislation at the federal, state, and local level.  Free and open to all, but you do need to register

Saturday, February 24th Monarch Butterflies Are New Yorkers Too Lecture

67th Street Library Branch, 328 East 67th Street, 2pm

Another in GPG NYC’s series of great, Manhattan-centric gardening talks…  This time out:  Christina Delfico – Roosevelt Island community gardener par excellance and Monarch afficianado – fills us in on the challenges of the butterfly’s life cycle, epic migration and how we can make our hood an ever more inviting rest stop on this wonderful insect’s way!!  Free.  

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Quercus-robur

All over the lot with miscellany…  Heaviness first:

If you believe Marx Brothers Park is a park (as opposed to space to be gobbled up by highrise development)…

Should you believe that NYState shouldn’t reduce funds for our libraries… 

Betwixed and between:

So when lots of Norwegian ice melts, some really interesting artifacts are being revealed… 

Cheerier now:

The Historic District Council’s 2018 six NYC buildings/neighborhoods in need of preservation are… 

Hummm…  This week Ithaca became NYState’s 18th Certified Climate Smart Community…  Might not the most reasonable aspiration for a city as varied and sprawling as NYC?  Your thoughts…? 

No figures on what might wind up in the air, but otherwise this upstate waste-to- energy pilot project’s sounding promising..  

A waste-to-energy plant focused on New England medical waste will be opening mid-2018…  (Wonder where UES hospital waste winds up and how it’s handled?)

How much stuff do we average Americans own…?  (Hint:  Plenty more than we think!!) (Thanks to reader John Steinberg for the tip!)

Are these NYS DEC Forest Rangers wild and crazy guys or what??!!  (Vertical training, indeed!)

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Anemone-occidentalis

In the critter department:

Sigh…  As of 1/28/18, the eastern cougar is officially extinct.  Or is it…?

Meanwhile, our NYS DEC is asking that we the people report sightings of beavers, gray foxes, weasels, minks, coyotes, and skunks on Long Island and New York City!!

Your choice:  Penguin, coral reef, reef lagoon and/or Farallon Island live cams!!

Why do cats meow…?

How could we have not previously known about the incredibly cute little quoll (and there’s plenty to know): 

Quolls

Yours in greenness,

UGS

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