Monthly Archives: April 2018

It’s the International Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare, UESiders…

So, given recent events, let’s keep that in mind…

And how about – if you haven’t already expressed your disatisfaction with the Parks Department using child and all-human-unfriendly pesticides in our NYC parks – send Commissioner Silver an email to that effect?!  (Sample message:  Please stop using all pesticides in NYC Parks!!)

Keeping with the protection of Parks’ spirit…  It’s National Parks Week, too!! 

Keeping with the over-riding subject LIFE,  it’s also National Donate Life Week…  (Incredible that a single donor can save 8 lives and heal so many others!)  To sign up to become a donor… 

Now fasten seatbelts for the upcoming seven days: 

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, please!!  Free…  For the full list of what’ll be acccepted and not… 

Saturday, April 28th:  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,  Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski, Hawthorne and Nolasco Farms!!

Market Manager-in-Chief Margareet is most happy to announce:  “Sikking Flowers returns to 82nd Street this weekend!!  A true sign of spring!!”

Last week’s recycling totals:   51 lbs batteries;  23 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 39 pairs of eye glasses; 12 compost bins; 35 bags of clothes. 

We should have the shredding poundage next week!!

 

Saturday, April 28th:  National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Lenox Hill Hospital, 100 East 77th Street, 10am-2pm

Whew!!  Been ages since the DEA’s designated a UES a drug drop-off site…  And not for want of Lenox Hill Hospital trying hard!!  So come shed those unwanted and/ or ridiculously out-of-date medicine bottles and contents!!

Saturday, April 28th:  Asphalt Green’s Big Swim, Big Kick

Asphalt Green, 1750 York at 91st Street, 11am-4:30pm

Swim…  Play soccer…  Or do both!!  Free!!  (But you can donate to promote fitness of our fellow New Yorkers through sports!!)  For more

Saturday, April 28th:  NYC Parks 11th Annual Street Games

Thomas Jefferson Park, First Avenue at 111th Street, 11am-3pm

Four solid hours of retro play!!  Think pogo sticks, hula hoops, yo-yo’s and plenty more (like wheelchair basketball)!!  Free!!  Prizes!!  For the total rundown

Saturday, April 28th:  What’s in NYC’s Trash Talk

67th Street Branch Library, 328 East 67th Street, 2:30-4:30pm

Uber recycling expert (and UESider) weighs in on what we’re tossing and how we – who’ve reduced our waste by that stunning 40% –  can whittle it down even further!!  Free!!

Sunday, April 29th:  Alice Aycock Pavilion Re-Opening Celebration

East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 1-4pm

Been many a year of restoration, but now this extraordinary Esplanade structure and space is ready for the enjoyment of all!!  Think art talk (the Pavilion being a work of art), music, ice cream treats and all kinds of other fun for kids!!   Free, of course!!

And then it’s 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 prizes ever!!   Be a part of our Esplanade’s rebirth!!  For details

Friday, May 11th:  The Sociology of Horseshoe Crabs Lecture

Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, 7-9pm

How many ways have these weird-looking creatures been deployed for human betterment…  From fertilizer to medicine!  More than  time we learned something about them, too, and Professor Lisa Jean Moore is the person to fill in that missing info!   It’s another great NYC H2O lecture, folks!!   Free but a donation suggested.  For complete details

Sunday, May 20th:  High Bridge Walking Tour

Meet at the High Bridge, 2301 Amsterdam Avenue at 172nd Street, 12pm

Our city’s oldest bridge (think 1848) has been through plenty in its 180 years, including signature NYC neglect and vandalism.  But thanks to the 2012-2015 renovation, its once again a public pleasure, engineering marvel and NYC icon!!  Renovation project manager Bryan Diffley leads yet another great NYC H2O outing!!  $30.  For tickets and more

Tuesday, May 29th to Monday, June 4th:  11th Annual World Science Festival

Venues throughout NYC 

An amazing array of talks/lectures and hand-on experiences for folks of all ages and science proficiency ranging from robotics to a fish count in NYC’s waters!!  Really, not to be missed!!  For details (and are there plenty) and tickets

Coming up: 

Sunday, July 15th to Thursday, July 19th:  Watershed Institute for Teachers

Cold Spring, New York

How about this for a wonderful deal, you grown-ups:  Five days in a at “summer camp” exploring forests, waters, science, history, the NYC Watershed and its water supply system…  Going on field trips…  Getting the gist of some 20 hands-on activities like timber milling…  With nights spent in charming cabins??!!  Ending on Day 5 with your earning 24 credit hours if you’re a teacher or non-formal educator!!  And all 100% free!!  For more and to sign up (by May 15th)… 

7  Summer  2018 Weekends:  NYS First Time Camper Program

All Around NYState

And we quote, “First-time campers will be provided with a family tent, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, camp chairs, camp stove, lantern, and even firewood. A Camping Ambassador will meet families at the campsite and help them get camp set up with a Camping 101 lesson. To make the weekend getaway even more fun, campers will have an opportunity to learn from experts how to fish, hike, bird watch, paddle and more!!”  For more and to sign up

 

Earth Day 1970

Young Marchers, First Earth Day, April 22, 1970

In the miscellany file:

Plenty of great-sounding summer programs for kids grades 3-12  at the Center for Architecture…  (Get ’em designing green at a tender age!)

Very much enjoyed NYS DEC’s comment on a water quality application filed in connection with a proposed gas line project… 

Rooftop solar right next door in East Harlem now…  (When on our UES??!!)

Most annoying the UWSide’s getting a second Trader Joe’s while we have yet to have one…

Volunteer opportunties don’t get any more lovely and important than this one

Pause for some activism:

If you think constructing a technologically dated, highly polluting incinerator upstate New York is a poor idea…  (Check out “the proposal”)

Or that another attempt to open up pristine Bristol Bay to toxic metals’ mining should be allowed… 

Or that rules for disposal of toxic coal ash should be relaxed

Or that zoning for NYC building heights is already high enough

In a more zen mode:

Who knew Sanitation fielded their first micro-grant ($2,000)  competition with winners devising the most innovative organic waste management strategies?!!  And the winners and strategies are…  

brief history of state dinners

Hello, animals:

Inexplicable in the current environment, but  fish heading up 4 American rivers will soon be having an easier “passage”… 

The red-cockaded woodpecker rebounds

seal in the Gowanus…  (Guide the poor thing to cleaner waters!!)

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

4/13 – Rockland County:  The warm weather had wildlife out and moving.  I came upon a large snapping turtle waiting for a chance to cross the path into Congers Lake.  I gingerly measured the turtle’s carapace (18-inches long by 12-inches wide) – Chris Galligan

snapping turle

That Snapping Turtle

4/13 – Manhattan:  We checked our collection gear at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25 four days this week.  While our traps and pots did not catch a si ngle fish, we did catch an incredible number of invertebrates that, collectively, support fishes as prey.  Included were no fewer than 100 shore shrimp (Palaemonetes   sp.), a dozen sand shrimp (Crangon septemspinosa), isopods and a few mud crabs (Panopeidae). –  Siddhartha Hayes

sand shrimp

A Sand Shrimp in the Sand

In everlasting greenness,

UGS

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Happy, Happy Earth Day, UESiders!!

And have you ever earned the joy of those 24 hours…  You who’ve so amped up your recycling that Sanitation’s reduced the projected number of trucks that’ll be heading to the the MTS by 40%!!

And we’re just getting started on the length, breadth and artfulness of our recycling, yes?? 

Yes!!

Meanwhile, happy Volunteer Week and Poetry Month, too!!  (Check out the Library of Congress’s celebratory selections from their recorded poetry collection…)

And lest we forget…  Today’s NYC Landmarks Day!!  April 21st is also World Fish Migration and World Record (as in vinyl) Day!!   April 28th is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day!!  (And the 18th was Bat Appreciation Day!!)

Fasten your seatbelts for the weekend and week ahead:

Saturday, April 21st:  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,  Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski, Hawthorne and Nolasco Farms!!

Market Manager G announces:  “We’ll be missing our friends Consider Bardwell, BUT Valley Shepherd returns this weekend!!   And stay tuned for a big mystery surprise next Saturday, April 28th!!”

(Look for Consider Bardwell when 92nd Street reopens late June!”)      

Recycling totals:  4/7/2018 – 62 lbs batteries;  10 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 12 compost bins; 26 bags of clothes;  4/14/2018 – 77 lbs batteries;  8 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 4 pairs of glasses;  12 compost bins; 30 bags of clothes 

Just great!!

Saturday, April 21st:  Shred-A-Thon – Earth Day Edition 

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

The day is finally at hand:

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 the fun!!  In partnership with CM Borelli and Partnership for Parks!!  For full details and to sign up

 

Saturday, April 21st:  Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival

All over the Island, Roosevelt Island, 11am

Think music and dance performances (12:30-5pm, Four Freedoms Park)…  A place to picnic and explore the host of great foodcarts (11am, across from Cornell Tech)…  The Japanese tea ceremony (11am, Southpoint Park)…  The Japanese cultural fair (12-3pm, Gallery RIVA)…  No stopping the fabulous Earth Day events!!  For more 

Saturday, April 21st:  Historic Printing Making Workshop 

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

Create your own hand-inked views of New York City and learn the history of the mono-type  print-making process under the guidance of artist  Julio Valdez who also curated the Museum’s current exhibit, “Perspectives of Diverse City”!!  Free!  To make your (necessary) reservation… 

Monday, April 23rd:  Albany March/Rally for the Climate

Free bus travel from many locations around NYC & NYS

For all  the environmental progress we’ve made, NYS renewable power stands as a pretty pitiful 3%!! Then – albeit we’re not fracking ourselves – there’re the assorted pipelines transporting and dated power plants utilizing fracked gas!!  Not a bad thing for the governor to hear dissatisfied voices!!  For more and that free transportation

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 NYC and our 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… 

Saturday, April 28th:  National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Lenox Hill Hospital, 100 East 77th Street, 10am-2pm

Whew!!  Been ages since the DEA’s designated a UES a drug drop-off site…  And not for want of Lenox Hill trying hard!!  So come shed those ridiculously out-of-date medicine bottles and contents!!

Saturday, April 28th:  What’s in NYC’s Trash Talk

67th Street Branch Library, 328 East 67th Street, 2:30-4:30pm

Uber recycling expert (and UESider) weighs in on what we’re tossing and how we – who’ve reduced our waste by that stunning 40% –  can whittle it down even further!!  Free!!

Sunday, April 29:  Alice Aycock Pavilion Re-Opening Celebration

East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 1-4pm

Been many a year of restoration, but now this extraordinary Esplanade structure and space is ready for the enjoyment of all!!  Think art talk (the Pavilion being a work of art), music, ice cream treats and fun for the kids!!   Free, of course!!

Already shaping up to be one intense May:

 

Thursday, May 3rd to Sunday, May 6th:  Frieze Art Fair

Randall’s Island Park

The annual uber fair with some of the world’s most exciting new talents combined with iconic names in modern and contemporary art on view!!   Yes, it’s eat, drink, make take in world class art and right in our own backyard!!  Tickets, $18-$108.  Kids under 12, free.   For more

Friday, May 4th to Sunday, May 6th:  Jane’s Walk NYC

The Length and Breadth of NYC!!

One of the best and most New York of any of our great city’s fabulous events!!  Think 200-plus different, intriguing walks (with ever more of them accessible) to choose from in 2018!!   And the offerings are

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

Sunday, May 20th:  DSNY Spring Safe Disposal Event

120th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenues, 10am-4pm

Bring on those mouldering cans of transmission fluid and shellac, unwanted medicines and cosmetics (!), pesticides, electronics and more.  For the complete list, how recyclables should be safely packaged, how to get to the event and more

Leaping right into miscellaneous activism:

If you think our methane emission standards should be maintained

Believe we should have and Congress should pass tougher data security protections...

Or that individuals imprisoned in NYS should be allowed ample reading material

Or that (universally considered) cruel wildlife snare traps ought to be banned in NYS... 

Or that uranium mining should be barred from the Grand Canyon

And stuff it’s necessary to know, especially on Earth Day eve:

Check out this outstanding Independent Lens doc on the chemicals in our H2O… 

America’s most endangered rivers

The 20 nations who are worst handlers of their plastic waste…  (Of course, we’re one of them…)

Those railcars of reeking NYC sewer sludge?  They’ve finally been emptied…  Into Alabama landfill/AKA Mother Earth.

Going more local:

Yikes!!  Might New Jersey get the drop on NYS on renewable energy score…?? 

NYC’s worst chain grocery chain is…  (Like there’s any doubt!)

Glaser’s, the UES’s 116-year old bakery, will be closing on July 1st… 

Sympathy for Gowanus Canal residents who are resisting loss on two counts…  Demolition of a 100-year old building and construction of a zillion gallon Combined Sewage Overflow tank!! 

So much lighter: 

Calling at parents and educators of NYC public school kids 5th to 12th grades:  As in years past, Czech artist Kamil Kubik’s Foundation is offering $500 art grants to foster the talents of gifted young artists!!  For more and to apply

Best 5 American cities for gardening...  (We rate!!) 

For sure, Germany’s leading the pack in diverse planting of green roofs!!  (There’s a German green roof that’s 93-years old!!)

The truth and beauty of pussy willows

NYC’s oldest townhouse…  (If it’s been “restored”, what state was it in before??!!) 

Of course, there’re green salons!!  (Starting leaning on yours!!)

Let there be animals:

Not enough that this item earned mention as last week’s Eco Tip:  How sweet is it that we can give a baby critters a big hand when we  recycle our mascara and other make-up wands??   (Bring ’em to the Greenmarket compost table!!)

Time for another installment of the Hudson River Almanac:

3/31 – Manhattan: We checked our research sampling gear in the Hudson River Park three days this week at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25. Each day we caught no fish but did collect a large number of grass shrimp, isopods, and mud crabs. – Siddhartha Hayes

[“Grass shrimp” is a collective common name for three native species of small shrimp found in the salty and brackish waters of the estuary including; two species of shore shrimp (Palaemonetes pugio and P. vulgaris) and sand shrimp (Crangon septemspinosa). Another larger, but much less common, native shrimp in the Hudson River is the brown shrimp (Penaeus aztecus). There is also an invasive species, the Oriental shrimp (Palaemon macrodactylus), native to estuaries and coastal Pacific Ocean waters of Russia, Japan, and South Korea. The “grass” reference comes from one of their preferred habitats: submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) in the estuarine shallows, colloquially referred to as “grass.” – Tom Lake]

4/4 – Haverstraw Bay, HRM 40-35: Our DEC Region 3 Hudson River Fisheries Unit caught a large (32-inches) shortnose sturgeon in their research gill net today. We took a fin ray to age the fish. Not unlike a tree, sturgeon fin rays have growth rings that we can count. While this was a large one, we did get one last year that was more than 39-inches. – Amanda Higgs

sturgeon

A Sturgeon

[Shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) and Atlantic sturgeon (A. oxyrinchus) are long-lived, native fishes. The former tends to spend its life in the estuary, while the latter is anadromous, returning from the sea to spawn. Of the two species, shortnose are the smallest, typically not exceeding 36-inches in length (Atlantics can reach 8-feet long). They are both endangered species, protected by federal law, and possession of either species of Hudson River sturgeon, is prohibited. Sturgeon caught for research are collected under federal permit. Their presence on the Federal Endangered Species list comes as the result of many factors, including past over-harvesting. They are not-infrequently caught (and released) by anglers as unintended by-catch while fishing for other species. -Tom Lake]

We will be eternally green,

UGS

 

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Happy Strangest Spring Ever, UESiders!!

And in that odd-ball vein…

Happy as we are for our West Side neighbors and Hudson River Park Friends to be receiving a $50M gift to complete work on the park, be nice if the governor would also turn his gaze east and to our much more needy Esplanade… 

More mixed feelings still re the news that Target will soon be siting one of its smaller scale stores at 1201 Third, SE corner of 70th, a space previously home to Gracious Home’s linens/lamps annex.  Likely the majority of Target merch will be clothes, beauty, decor and food-to-go (like we need more of that!), but let’s hope some of its well-priced household, cleaning and paper products  find their way onto those shelves!!

And, yes, it’s one less empty far UES storefront, bringing total vacancies to 144

Then there’s the zillion story building coming to east side of First between 79th and 80th…

Meanwhile, seems like a version of presently banned (but riden everywhere) e-bikes could soon be legal…  That version being the “pedal-assisted e-bike” which will somehow be limited to a speed of 20 mph or less.  (Will there be some easily identifiable physical difference between these bikes? Will anybody be clocking the on-the-street speed of these things?)  For a bit deeper background…  

Ah, and the NYC rotting sewer waste/Alabama landfill saga continues… 

Sure, all of that, but… 

How fabulous is it that, as of today, NYState’s officially closed all snowshoe trails for the season!!

Then there’s the excellent week ahead:

Friday, April 6th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Star master John Pasmino expands on the almost lost art/sport of watching artificial satellites.   (No more Sputnik, of course, but how ’bout  Tiangogn-1 heading earthward and flaming out last week?!)  As ever, free and fabulous! 

Friday, April 6th to Saturday, May 19th:  Social Housing – New European Projects

Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place

Creating new, adequate living places for a burgeoning population is a challenge worldwide.  But, as this marvelous small exhibit demonstrates, folks on the other side of the pond have solutions we can draw on!!  For more and hours…  (Thanks to reader Karen Lane for the tip!)

(Meanwhile, Sweden’s just announced architectural standards to promote sustainability and promote integration and greater equality!!)

Saturday, April 7th:  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, Hawthorne and Nolasco Farms!!

Market Manager G sez:  “The calendar says it’s spring, but what’s this about more temps in the 40’s and snow?!  So, come warm up with this week’s demo:  A light but nourishing soup at the market info tent!!   You’ll then be in just the right mood to join Greenmarket’s Plastic Cleanse and help reduce even more NYC waste!!  Not sure where to begin? Grab a Plastic Cleanse starter kit from me, G!”

Recycling totals:  85 lbs batteries;  15 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 12 compost bins; 31 bags of clothes.  

Brilliant, folks!!

Thursday, April 12th:  Community Board 8 Forum on Homelessness

Ramaz School, 125 East 85th Street, 6:30pm

Join members of the Health, Seniors, & Social Services Committee of Community Board 8, along with elected officials and community members, to discuss homelessness in New York City and, in particular, on the UES.   What’s being done and how can we all help?  

On the horizon:

Saturday, April 14th:  New York March for Science

Washington Sqaure Park, 9am-1pm

Commencing with a teach-in (9-10am and we love the retro touch!) on the vital importance of evidence based science!!  For more…  (If you can’t make it, consider signing the petition!)

Saturday, April 14th:  Ridgewood Reservoir Tour

Meeting site accompanies registration, 10:30am

NYC H2O’s Jonathan Turer leads an exploration of the one-time NYC water source, now an unspoiled green treasure in our city’s heart!  A collaboration with the Historic District Council.  Friends of the Council, $15.  Non-members, $20.  For tickets and more…  

Saturday, April 21st:  Shred-A-Thon – Earth Day Edition 

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

Better be sorting:

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, CMs Kallos and Powers and AM Seawright, for your wonderful grants!! 

Friday, April 27th:  Arbor Day

All Across America

Tidy up the tree beds on your block…  Consider gathering funds for a street tree guard…  Adopt a Bicycle Island Garden on First or Second…  So many ways to care for the trees who do so much for the air we breathe… 

Then, in the month of May: 

Wednesday, May 9th:  Albany Lobby Day for School Speed Cameras

Departing NYC by bus at 6am

Present law permits only 140 school speed cameras for the entire state!!  Way, way far from enough parents and a whole host of interested groups now say and they’re heading for the state capital to weigh in!!  Should you wish to join forces…  

On to this week’s miscellany collection:

UES’s Beekman Theater seems to be programming one-night screenings of interesting, non-Hollywood films…  Last week “Hitler’s Art” (as in the art H. hated), this week  “Distant Sky: Nick Cage & Bad Seeds Live in Copenhagen… 

Who’s making our subway signage and where

Why we want to be exercising young no matter what life form we are…  

NYC teens (some of the super contributors) curating the life and times of our subway system on Wikipedia

Amazing what our Conservation officers get up to in just one week

Of course, there’s a bit of activism in the mix, too:

If you think protection of our migratory birds should be continued

Should you believe NYS should ban polystyrene/styrofoam

Or that Lowe’s should stop carrying paint strippers containing methylene chloride (it produces fumes implicated in some 60 deaths) …

Totally off the beaten path:

Innovation in pasta shapes

Some of the places where legends (of varying degrees) once lived and/or played in our metropolitan area 

An acupuncture vet

A totally different kind of cooperative effort (searching for the lost)

Yet another UES surprise…  The Albertine, a book club of long-standing, devoted to French literature… 

Check out the miniature T.Rex fossil unearthed in Montana

Let there be animals:

Like the miraculous wood frog

Penguin (including babies) cam!! 

A fantastic library of animal videos from the CA Academy of Sciences…

Brush up on identifying those lovely spring bird songs

None roaming the streets and bi-ways of NYC (yet), but for when we’re elsewhere in NYState, why not lend a citizen science hand studying signs of black bears and other wonderful wildlife??    iSeeMammals makes it easy and fun!

NYS DEC’s way upping their video game with this on the Atlantic Sturgeons frequenting our Hudson River

To have a bodega cat…  Or not

The 19-year old dog who found a forever home

And from ye olde and great Hudson River Almanac:

3/27 – Hudson River Estuary Eel Project Update: As our stream temperatures reached 40 degrees F, we began to see eel numbers pick up in the tributaries. We are now up to ten sites with reported catches to date including: Richmond Creek, Staten Island (50), Blind Brook, Rye (81), Sarah Lawrence Center for the Urban River at Beczak, Yonkers (503), Furnance Brook, Cortlandt (1,790), Minisceongo Creek, West Haverstraw (3,719), Quassaick Creek, Newburgh (2,000), Fall Kill, Poughkeepsie (50), Black Creek, Esopus (500), Enderkill, Staatsburg (5), and Saw Kill, Tivoli (20). – Chris Bowser

Eels

Some of those glass eels

Being green is ever so fine,

UGS

 

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