Happy 4th of July, UESiders!!
Happy barbecue!! Happy cold brews!! Happy fireworks on the East River!!
Let’s get down on the week ahead:
Saturday, June 30th: 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, Sikking Flowers, Samascott, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Gajeski, Ale Wife, Hawthorne and Cherry Lane Farms!!
Yes, and the Master Knife Sharpener will be with us for yet another week!!
Tomatoes… Tomatoes… Tomatoes!! So delicious!!
Now, we’re praying for corn…
Recycling totals 6/23: 71 lbs batteries; 14 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 7 pairs eye glasses; 10 compost bins; 38 bags of clothes!!
Wow, people!! Keep those eye glasses coming!!
Sunday, July 1st: The 92nd Street Greenmarket
92nd Street at First Avenue, 9am-3pm
Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm
Returning with the market will be the great American Pride Seafood, Back to the Future Farm/Ole Mother Hubbert Milk, Central Bakery, Sikking Flowers, Consider Bardwell, Meredith’s Bakery, Norwich Meadows, Halal Pastures, Phillips Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue Farms and NS Wager’s Cider Mill!!
Sikking’s flowers are pretty fantastic, yes?
6/24 Battery/Cords/Compost Recycling: TBA Paper Shredded: 6400 lbs.
Yes!! A fantastic 6400 lbs. !!
Sunday, July 1st & Thursday, July 5th: Composting with the Green Park Gardeners
East River Esplanade at 62nd Street, Sunday: 10am-12pm, Thursday: 2-4pm
Converting food scraps to the black gold of compost… A so important piece of the waste puzzle that’ll have us reducing UES garbage another 40%!! What’s more, composting’s fun!! Novices and old hands… All are welcome… Just wear comfortable clothes you won’t mind getting dirty!! For more, give Composter Supremo Marise a call: 212-688-1632…
Monday, July 2nd: Summer Seafood Boil at the Guggenheim
The Wright, Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue between 88th & 89th, 11:30am-330pm
Think Long Island clams, Gulf shrimp, Louisiana crawfish, and mussels with new potatoes and sweet corn, served with garlic butter and classic cocktail sauce!! The full range of liquid refreshment, too!! For reservations…
Wednesday, July 4th: Midsummer Night’s Swing at Lincoln Center
Plaza at Lincoln Center, 6pm
Dance to the fabulous music of the Mambo Kings Orchestra and DJ Trumix!! And thanks to brilliant dance instructor Marlon “International” Mills you have your salsa down!! $17 & $25. For tickets and more…
Thursday, July 5th: “Paddington 2” Screening
96th Street Branch Library, 112 East 96th Street, 2pm
The beloved teddy searches for a perfect gift for his soon-to-be 100-year old aunt!! Free. For more…
Monday, July 16th: New York Women, War & Patriotism, 1812-1918
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 6-7:30pm
And we quote, “Enjoy an after-hours evening at the Museum, and meet the descendants of Hildreth Meière, mural artist, designer, and member of The Colonial Dames of America. Meière was one of the thousands of women who enlisted in the Navy during WWI and her story is featured in the exhibit!! Plus: Enjoy a special selection of songs from the era of the Great War performed by Paul Errico! Members, free. Non-members, $9. But RSVPs required for all…
Tuesday, July 17th: What To Do With All That Stuff Forum
Draesal Hall, Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street, 6-8pm
Experts explain hoarding disorders and how they can be addressed, what the available resources are and more!! Sponsored by Assembly Member Krueger. Free. To sign up call 212-288-4607 or go to…
Thursday, July 26th: Free Mammogram Screening
1485 York Avenue between 78th & 79th Streets, 9am-2pm
Yes, free mammograms for women 40 and older who’ve not had a mammogram for more than a year. All insurances accepted, with co-pays and deductibles waived. Free for uninsured women over 40. Co-sponsored by Assembly Member Seawright & Council Member Kallos!! Just call for the required appointment: 800-564-6868.
Tuesday, July 31st: Queenboro Bridge Area Committee Meeting
New York Blood Center, 310 East 67th Street, 6:30pm
Under discussion this time out: Continued conceptual planning for Andrew Haswell Green Phase 3: Transition from East Midtown Greenway through the former Sanitation Building to AHG Phase 2B (i.e. immediately south of the Aycock Pavilion). A propos of that scathing Center for an Urban Future’s report, plans for this 3-block segment of the Esplanade’s been under discussion/”design” since 2005!! Meanwhile, the disaster that is Tram Plaza is cited as a design reference!! Be smart of us citizens to make sure that this certain-to-be-costly thing gets done right!!
As for week in miscellany:
Absolutely, kids once farmed in NYC… (One UES location being the site of the present-day Rockefeller University… Many of the “farmers” being children of Italian immigrants who’d settled on First between 60th and 65th!!)
Plants to avoid even touching (with names like “giant hogweed”) when you’re out in the wild…!!
Seems like the town of Hudson, New York is a hotbed of illegal ivory trading!!
Meanwhile, NYS Forest Rangers are, as usual, quite busy…
The Night of the Radishes…!
Let’s have some animals:
Baby hawks fledging… Baby ospreys taking to the air… Cornell’s Bird Cams are working overtime!!
And from the Hudson River Almanac:
6/11 – Crum Elbow, HRM 82: We caught a 6.5-foot-long, 187-pound female Atlantic sturgeon in our research net today. She was spawning – her eggs (caviar) were running – reconfirming this area as a spawning ground for her species (Acipenser oxyrinchus). In twelve years of catching adult Atlantic sturgeon in the river, this was only the second individual we caught that was actively spawning. Our sturgeon are collected, photographed, tagged, and released under Federal Permit 20340. – Amanda Higgs, Emilie Hickox, Russ Berdan, Gavan Greco
6/16 – Wallkill River, HRM 77: It was nineteen years ago today as I walked along the edge of a fallow cornfield listening to the “witchity-witchity-witchity” song of the common yellowthroat, that I spotted a piece of gray stone (chert) protruding slightly from a crack in the dry earth. It was the thin edge of a small projectile point, 47 x 25 millimeters (mm), staring up at me having eroded out of the soil. I had found a very old Indian spear point that was later dated to c. 12,500 years ago. The implications reconfirmed our sense of the incredible time-depth of our watershed. – Tom Lake
[This stone artifact was a Barnes-type fluted spear point, a style that originated in southwestern Ontario about 12,500 calendar years ago. The lithic material came from a bedrock quarry in Sussex County, NJ. These fluted points predate “arrowheads” by eleven thousand years and are a diagnostic tool of what archaeologists believe were the first of us, called Paleoindians, to enter the Hudson Valley. The Wallkill River Valley was a seasonal passageway for these hunter-gatherers from southwestern Ontario, through the Mohawk River Valley, then south along the Hudson River, stopping at stone quarries along the way, and following game herds into northern New Jersey. – Tom Lake]
6/19 – Manhattan: The resident pair of peregrine falcons put on quite a show today in Hell’s Kitchen. From the roof of my building I noticed a falcon calling out from the ledge of the building across the street. It was soon joined by its mate that had prey clasped in its talons. They sat there for a few minutes calling to each other, before bird number one took off, followed a moment later by bird number two. They soared directly overhead, doing three complete turns, before alighting on the apartment building on the opposite block. It made for a great morning! – Sean Gannon
[Hell’s Kitchen is a neighborhood on the West Side of Midtown Manhattan, bordered by 34th Street to the south, 59th Street to the north, Eighth Avenue to the east, and the Hudson River to the west. The name first appeared in September 1881 when a New York Times reporter went to the West 30s with a police guide to get details of a multiple murder. He referred to a particularly infamous tenement at 39th Street and Tenth Avenue as “Hell’s Kitchen” and said that the entire section was “probably the lowest and filthiest in the city.” Thus 39th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues became known as Hell’s Kitchen and the name was later expanded to the surrounding streets.) – Mary Clark
May even our fireworks be green,