Happy 199th Birthday to that great and nature-loving New Yorker, Walt Whitman,  UESiders!!

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars,
And the pismire is equally perfect, and a grain of sand, and the 
                                     egg of the wren,
And the tree-toad is a chef-d’oeuvre for the highest,
And the running blackberry would adorn the parlors of heaven,
And the narrowest hinge in my hand puts to scorn all machinery,
And the cow crunching with depress’d head surpasses any statue,
And a mouse is miracle enough to stagger sextillions of infidels.

(How ’bout we send W.W. our good wishes with a Twitter like?)

Happy Past Week of Dueling Manhattanhenges, as well!!  A week that included not only a 3-day weekend and 4 days of Air Quality Alerts, but 2 consecutive days without rain!!

Meanwhile, people, Saturday’s both National Trails and National Smile Day!!

As you ready that smile for the Greenmarket, check out the coming week:

Saturday, June 2nd:  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,  Sikking Flowers, Samascott, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski,  Ale Wife, Hawthorne and Nolasco Farms!!

Count on the Master Knife Sharpener being with us, as well!! 

Last but hardly least, Market Manager Supreme Margaret sez:  “Cherry Lane’ll be coming back, which most likely means there’ll be luscious strawberries, too…  Along with farmer Lou Dare’s smiling face…  Both well worth waiting for!!😊”

Recycling totals 5/19:   67 lbs batteries;  15 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  15 pairs eye glasses;  11 compost bins; 34 bags of clothes      

We’re on a eye glasses roll!!

Saturday, June 2nd:  National Trails Day at Riverdale Park AND Willow Lake

Riverdale Park, The Bronx, 9am-12pm
Willow Lake, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, 10am-2pm

Celebrate National Parks Day with the great Parks’ Stewardship Team and the Natural Areas Conservancy folks learning how to identify and safely remove invasive plants along trails!! Time permitting,  volunteers will also be trained in erosion control!!  For details, directions and to sign up for Riverdale Park or  Willow Lake…  

Saturday, June 2nd:  Jamaica Bay Cleanup

Canarsie Pier, Gateway National Recreational Area, Brooklyn, 10am-12pm

A whole host of great New Yorkers – from United By Blue, the National Park Service, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, and Natural Areas Conservancy – will be gathering for the critical spring cleanup of the Pier area…  And saving a huge accumulation of winter debris from winding up in our Atlantic!!  Every hand needed!!  For the lowdown and to register

Saturday, June 2nd:  Celebrate at the Alice Aycock Pavilion

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

Primo weekend pleasure with great music (and totally dance-able), kid-friendly fun, ice cream treats and the company of great New York neighbors from the UES and beyond!!  And let’s not forget that that ever wonderful, soothing river view…  Free!!  Organized by Esplanade Friends!!  Spread the word!!

Sunday, June 3rd:  Grand Acquisitors – A Walking Tour

Meeting location provided with registration/ticket purchase, 10:30am

Walk the blocks and know the gorgeous UES buildings where many of America’s – and the world’s – foremost art collectors resided and enjoyed their masterpieces!!  Organized by Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts and led by architectural historian Matt Postal!  Members, $10.  Non-members, $20.  

Wednesday, June 6th: Manhattan Solid Waste Board Spring Fundraiser

Starret-Lehigh Building, 601 West 26th Street, 6-8pm

Love composting ?  Want to connect with some really great people who love it, too?  People who like you want it to spread to every presently compost-unfriendly nook and cranny of our great city?  Want to hear how that might happen from the likes of  Ron Gonen, the guy who introduced compost collection in NYC?  Here’s your chance!!  There’ll be great food and drinks, too!!  General admission, $45.  Student/Non-profit/Government, $30.   For tickets

Wednesday, June 6th:  How Tall Is Too Tall Conference

Einhorn Auditorium, Lenox Hill Hospital, 131 East 76th Street, 7pm

In reponse to the ever more sky-scraping buildings going up across NYC and, in particular, the UES, Civitas and urban planner Frank Fish present their height proposal…  To which representatives of the CB8,  the Real Estate Board and the Regional Planning Association will respond!!  Needless to say, hugely important to UES quality of life!  Free but RSVP required!!     

Thereafter:

Saturday, June 9th:  Big Apple Knitting Guild’s Share the Talent Meeting

NY Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th, 1-4pm

Learn the techniques that distinguish the just okay knitter from someone really adept with those needles…  Like the fabulous knitters of BAKG!!  Choose from a host of great workshops…  Then sign up (it’s required)!!  Free!!

Sunday, June 24th:  The 92nd Street Greenmarket Re-Opens!!

92nd Street at First Avenue, 9am-3pm

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

At their tables will be our wonderful friends American Pride Seafood,  Back to the Future Farm/Ole Mother Hubbert Milk, Central Bakery, Consider Bardwell, Meredith’s Bakery, Norwich Meadows Farm,  Phillips Farm Vegetables, Sun Fed Beef / Maple Avenue Farms and NS Wager’s Cider Mill!!

Rumor has it that this season’s Market Manager might be somebody we know and love…!!

The countdown has begun!!

Sunday, June 24th:  Shred-A-Thon – Welcome Back 92nd Greenmarket 

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Streets, 10am-2pm

The best way we know to celebrate 92nd Street’s 2018  return!! 

Just keep in mind:

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.)

Many thanks to AM Seawright and CMs Kallos and Powers for their enduring support of  Shred-A-Thons!!

Miscellany, commencing with some alerts:

Commencing with NYS tips on how to be/stay tick free…

The issue came up a few years ago with who knows what result, but it’s back on the front burner again:  What’s going on in our building water towers and what’s being done to monitor their internal condition?  City/State‘s been investigating and  Channel 13’s “Metro Focus’s” covering that investigation… 

Things we all need to add to our emergency kits

Then items to ponder:

The Times weighs on American Public Health

And the NHL in very warm cities

greener future for food trucks… ?  Can’t wait!!

On the good foot:

CM Kallos’s just announced the 2018 Participatory Budgeting winners…   (Scroll down).

The governor’s just announced $250M to expand the number of EV charging stations in NYS!!

How great that the first – and massive – piece of the erstwhile Tappan Zee Bridge’s been put in place to shore up Hampton Bay’s Shinnecock Reef!!  (To see it drop…!!)

Always more interesting refinements to what should and shouldn’t be recycled

Rescues…  Fires…   Our NYS Forest Rangers have had a challenging week!! 

Let there be animals:

UES neighbor’s been fostering this lovely kitty awaiting a forever home…

France has its own invasive species…  A giant worm!!

homemade hummingbird nectar recipe

Always something great in/from the Hudson River Almanac:

5/14 – Manhattan  This morning, from the Baylander IX-514 that’s docked at the West Harlem Piers, Brian O’Hara, who works on the vessel, spotted a “pod” of what he believed to be dolphins swimming upriver.  They were too far away to get a reasonable phto with his cellphone camera, but he was able to make out that there were three of them.

ship

The Baylander

The Baylander is a Vietnam-era, decommissioned U.S. Navy ship that was used to train helicopter pilots to land at sea.  It’s moored at the West Harlem Piers Park at 125th Street in Manhattan and has become a makeshift museum-by-the-river as well as a community gathering space and educational resource for the West Harlem community. – Ira Gershenhorn

(These were likely bottlenose dollphins (Tursiops truncatus), occasional visitor to the Hudson River.  Bottlenose dolphins, as well as humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangeliae), have been sighted 20 miles downriver in the Lower Bay of New York Harbor, outside the Verrazano Narrows.

If you see a live and apparently healthy marine mammal or sea turtle in the Hudson River, please let the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society know.  If you have photos or video, please send them to sightings@amseas.org  

If you see a sick or injured marine mammal or sea turtle, please call the New York State Stranding Hotline (Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation) immediately:  631-369-9829 and ask for Kimberly Durham.

In contented greenness,

UGS

 

 

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