Happy Passover and Easter, UESiders!!
May your holidays be full of joy and family!!
(On a lesser note, guess what? This Sunday’s also the first day of the NYS 2018 trout and salmon fishing season!!)
As the second week of our so-called “spring” commences:
Saturday, March 31st: 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, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Consider Bardwell, Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Gajeski, Hawthorne and Nolasco Farms!!
Market Manager G sez: “It’s an eggcellent day to come to the market!! We’re celebrating Easter a day early with some colorful and natural egg dyeing. And don’t forget to get your winter warrior cards stamped. This Saturday is the last day!!”
Also of primo importance: Do not forget to sign the Greenmarket funding petition at Manager G’s table!!
Recycling totals: 3/17 – 40 lbs batteries; 20 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 12 compost bins; 26 bags of clothes. 3/24 – 76 lbs. batteries; 30 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 6 pairs eye glasses; 12 compost bins; 39 bags of clothes.
And then it’s April:
Sunday, April 1st: The Easter Parade & Bonnet Festival
Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets, 10am
A total, ultimate NYC classic!! Bring on those bonnets!!
Every Wednesday: Mindfulness Meditation at the Asia Society
Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium, Asia Society of New York, 725 Park Avenue, 12:30-1pm
Sure, we have a certain affection for our New York stress… But relief’s wonderful, too. Sessions under the guidance of master Archimedes Bibiano. Free for members. Non-members, $10. Seniors and students, $5. For more…
Thursday, April 5th: Special East River Fifties Alliance Meeting
Morso Restaurant, , 420 East 59th Street, 8am
The 95-story 58th Street Zombie Mega Tower’s trying to come back to life with the developer now turning to the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals with this gathering vital to dvising neighborhood strategy for the upcoming BSA meeting on Tuesday, April 10th!! This is big, people!!
Thursday, April 5th: Harlem Creek Walking Tour
Meet at 100th Street and Central Park West, 6:30-8:30pm
Trace the now hidden course of this once lively waterway with urban explorer Steve Duncan!! Another great NYC H2O water-centric event!! (We’ve done the also buried Spring Street tour and it was wonderful!!) For more and tickets…
Saturday, April 7th to Sunday, April 15th: Participatory Budgeting Vote
Sites TBA but they’ll be all over the UES, including the Greenmarket
Until then, here’s the list of most worthy nominees!! And, of course, we’ll be keeping you in the loop!!
Tuesday, April 10th: 58th Street Mega Tower Appeal Hearing
NYC Board of Standard and Appeals, 22 Reade Street, 9:30am
A pivotal moment/meeting for the fabric of/life in the East 50’s!! Be there if you possibly can, residents!! Bus transport provided and departing at 8:15. For full details and to reserve your seat downtown… (And to whom to write to at the BSA if you can’t attend…)
Wednesday, April 11th: World War I Commemoration & Celebration of York Avenue
In front of the Webster Branch Library, 1465 York Avenue between 77th & 78th, 11am
Okay, so WWI didn’t end till November 11, 1918 and York Avenue wasn’t renamed (previously it was Avenue A) until 1928… No UESider turns down an invitation to party by/with its electeds – in this case, AM Seawright!!
Saturday, April 21st: Shred-A-Thon – Earth Day Edition
82nd Street/St. Stephen Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First & York, 10am-2pm
We’re in the countdown mode:
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.)
Thank you, AM Seawright and CMs Kallos and Powers for funding Shred-A-Thons!!
Saturday, April 21st: NYC H2O Cleanup at Conference House Park
Conference House Park, Staten Island, 10am-2pm
Up to date with your shredding? Well, here’s another Earth-friendly activity to celebrate the day… Tending to the health of precious NYC wetlands!! Transportation and lunch provided… A hands-on seining adventure with naturalist Seth Wolney adds to fun!! In partnership with CM Borelli and – who else? – Partnership for Parks!! For full details and to sign up…
Tuesday, April 24th: East River Crew’s Community Rowing Season Begins!
East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 4:30 pm
We’re more than ready to be out on our East River in one of the Crew’s wonderful boats savoring the most wonderful perspective on the UES and the Esplanade!! A true and great UES experience!! Row or just enjoy!! Free!!
Friday, April 27th: Electronics Recycling Collection
Schurz Park, East End Avenue between 84th & 85th, 10am-4pm
If it’s tech, bring it on!! But no appliances, fridges or microwaves!! Free… For the full list of what’ll be acccepted and not…
Looking forward to May:
Monday, May 7th: 5th Annual Friends of the Esplanade Spring Benefit
Bar Felice, 1591 First Avenue, 6:30-8:30pm
Such a great community endeavor!! Such great food!! Such good company!! The best raffle ever!! Be a part of our Esplanade’s rebirth!! For details…
Mondays – Thursday, July 9th – August 9th: Green Girls Summer Institute
IS 204/Oliver Holmes, Long Island City, 9am-3pm
And we quote, “Based in Long Island City, Green Girls – ages 10 to 13 – travel to all five boroughs to study New York’s dynamic urban forests, parks and waterways, encouraging them to realize their potential to create change within their natural environment and learn about future careers in the sciences.” Free!! For more and to apply…
Miscellany… With a pause for a bit more activism:
Say what? Seems that as things presently stand with proposed congestion pricing, surcharges would also apply to wheelchair accessible taxis…
Should you oppose exploitation of our wilderness areas…
On the sunnier side of the street:
Bring on urban farming (especially encasing great-looking futuristic apartment buildings)!!
Who knew the UES was home to the Institute for Study of the Ancient World? And here’s what they get up to… (Think Babylonian astronomy for openers!!)
Or that we had a reigning mushroom expert in our midst… (He’ll be missed.)
Not a New Yorker, but another savior of our green heritage…
Be great to see displays like this in the produce department in our hood…
Time for the furry, finned and even slimey:
The great American spring migration has commenced!! And Hawk Mountain keeps a wonderful tally of the flow…
Robotic fish (we like ’em)…
Then there’s fish plastic surgery!!
And from the Hudson River Almanac:
3/12 – Yonkers: During a tour of the lower Hudson Valley, we made a stop at the Sarah Lawrence Center for the Urban River at Beczak. Elisa Caref gave us our first glance at this season’s glass eel migration, straight from their fyke net. Other treasures in the net included a juvenile mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus) and small mud crabs. Several oyster shells gave evidence to this important mollusk surviving, at least in small numbers, on the Yonkers waterfront.
The salinity was a very low 2.0 parts-per-thousand (ppt). – Chris Bowser, Rebecca Houser, Steve Stanne, Susan Pepe, Martice Smith, Grace Ballou, Aidan Mabey, Ashawna Abbott, Lyndi Hall, Alex Curtze, Erin Lefkowitz, Ryan Palmer, Elisa Caref.
(Here’s NYS’s 2018 shellfish harvesting schedule!!)
Our inspiration is green,