Happy World Ocean Day, UESiders!!

What better time to set aside a few hours for a beach clean-up…  Support the Billion Oyster Project and its dedication to the restoration/health of our magnificent harbor  (just eating an oyster at a partner restaurant is a donation form!)…  Sign up to do some citizen science for NYS’s Blue Crab Recreational Study…  Get up to speed on (and scroll down to) Boyan Slat’s remarkable, crowd-funded Ocean Cleanup that’ll soon be deployed in the plastic-riddled North Pacific…  

Closest to home?  A late Tuesday afternoon outing in one of the great East River  Crew‘s wonderful boats on the Esplanade at 96th …  Row yourself or just ride and savor being out on the amazing Atlantic Ocean estuary that our East River is!!  

Saturday’s also NYS Outdoors Day!!  (Check out the Outdoors Day event at the Mount Loretto Unique Area on Staten Island!!) 

We say it’s World Ocean and Outdoors Day all week…  Make that all year long:

Saturday, June 9th:  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!!

Our Master Knife Sharpener will be on tap, too!! 

Now that it’s June, what wonderful coming-into-season fruit and vegs will be appearing on our farmers tables…??

Recycling totals 5/19:   73 lbs batteries;  18 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  6 pairs eye glasses;  11 compost bins; 34 bags of clothes      

Longing to get back in the 12 bin mode…

Saturday, June 9th:  The Great Randall’s Island Treasure Hunt  

Randall’s Island Park, Field 80, 10am-2pm

Join Alliance guides for an adventure unlocking Island secrets, searching for treasure and exploring the Park!  Plus…  Learn how to use map and compass while navigating a fun course…  Check out the Alliance’s Gallery of Maps…  The larger-than-life musical puppet show…  The ton of prizes, too!!  Free.  Just right for ages 5 and above.  For more

Monday, June 11th:  “Albatross –  A Love Story for Our Time from the Heart of the Pacific” Screening

GrowNYC’s Project Farmhouse, 76 East 13th, 6-9pm

The NYS Association for Reduction, Reuse & Recycling, Project Farmhouse and GrowNYC present Chris Jordan’s moving film detailing the effects of plastic pollution on the Midway Atoll and its avian population.   Free.   For more (and the trailer)

Tuesday, June 12th:   40th Annual Museum Mile Festival

Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th Street, 6-9pm (rain or shine)

Six of the world’s great museums, their fantastic collections and current fabulous shows open and free to all!!  For the complete rundown

Coming up soon:

Thursday, June 21st:  Make Music New York Day

Everywhere in the City

Think 5,000 participating musicians…  Think hundreds of concerts all over New York…  Including our own Schurz Park where artists Xav A and Lady Z will be performing,  5:45 to 8:30pm!!  (For more…)  Co-sponsored by Borough President Brewer.  Free!!  (For events citywide… )   

Tuesday, June 19th:  New York Solar & Storage Summit

Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street, 8am-6pm

Be a part of planting solar’s flag (and our ability to store that energy) ever further!!  There’ll be a host of energy, utility and government people there and they need our eyes on them and our prodding!!   $25-$50.   For more and to register

Saturday, June 23rd:  Paddle the Never Sink Reservoir

Meeting place and time provided with ticket purchase… 

And we quote, “Come paddle on the Neversink Reservoir with NYC H2O! The Neversink Reservoir is the highest in elevation in NYC’s water system with it’s spillway at 1,440 feet in elevation…!”  Organized by the great NYC H2O.   Van transportation from Greenwich Village.  Both kayaks and canoes available.   $25-$100. And you must register (it’s free) with the NYS DEP for watershed access.    For tickets and more…

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…!!

Only 3 weeks now!!

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.)

We thank CMs Kallos and Powers and AM Seawright for their staunch support!!

Tuesday, June 26th:  Tenement Chic – An Upper East Side Walking Tour

Meeting place provided with registration, 5pm

Seems – given the prevelance of  beautiful and ornate stonework – UES walk-ups have been designated “tenement chic”!!   So says no less than Friends of the Upper Side Historic Districts and the Lower East Side Jewish Consdervancy!!  Urban historian Barry Feldman leads the tour.   Members and seniors, $18.  Non-members, $22.  For more and to sign up

 

And then it’s July:

Tuesday, July 10th  Zoning Greener Solar – Facilitating Solar Adoption

The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, 6-8pm

Laurie Kerr of the Urban Green Council and NYS Solar Ombundsman Deric Meister weigh in on how NYC needs to update its building code to promote expansion of solar!!  $10.  To RSVP…  

Time for miscellany and activism:

As in if you think Lyme Disease research should be funded

Or if you oppose clear-cut logging of Alaska’s Tongass Forest

If you take issue with a Farm Bill containing major exemptions to the  

Or believe wolves should retain their Endangered Species protection

Or object to the dumping of partially treated sewage into the nation’s river, lakes and coastal waters… 

Believe that adequate funding is an absolute necessity for our underfunded, unstaffed NYC Parks

On the sobering statics score:

Pretty horrible but not surprising that the UES could be doing better on the rodent prevalence/density score…  (Worthwhile taking a look at the recent, exhaustive NYC rat study…)

An Armageddon on our insect life…  

No wonder we purchase our meat at Greenmarkets…!!

NYC air as art…?

Let’s lighten up:

Streetcars making a comeback in America…??

Public art in the Russian hinterlands

Consumer Reports on organizing one’s passwords

Europe’s oldest tree…  (And we’re talking old!)

Never dull moment for NYS Conservation Officers 

How to pick the perfect watermelon…!!

As for our animal pals:

Love the title of this from The Times:  “The Hudson Isn’t Dirty.  It’s Alive“!!

More than 3 cheers!!  Mountain gorilla population is on the rise!!  (Thanks to reader Carol Rinzler for the tip!)

Same for Chad and their elephant conservation success!!

Among the youngest Manhattanites, count as-yet-to- be-named baby hawks born to feathered parents Christo and Amelia!!

Australia’s cat-proof fence and the reason why it exists

An avocado-loving NYC squirrel

NYC’s baby pigeons

Why dogs dig holes

Tick myths debunked

Animals who especially favor summer

Roman cats with an appreciation of ancient ruins

Hope for coral!!

Not forgetting the Hudson Rier Almanac:

5/22 – Norrie Point: Two classes of 5th graders from Wappinger Junior High helped us sample the river life in the cove at Norrie Point. We caught the local fish species including American eels, banded killifish, tessellated darters, and pumpkinseed sunfish. There was also a puzzler, a small dark crab the size of a dime. A closer look under a hand lens revealed it to be a white-fingered mud crab. The water temperature was 63 degrees. – Tom Lake  

Little crab

That White-Fingered Mud Crab

5/20 – Brooklyn – The pinxterbloom azalea ((Rhododendron periclymenoides), a spectacular pink-and-white confection, bloomed today.  The common name is dereived from the Dutch name for Pentecost, one of the 3 great feast of the Christian year.  It comes 50 days after Easter (actually 49, since it’s always on a Sunday) and the Dutch, for whom it was a major holiday, brought it to New York.  BY the early 19th Century, it had become primarily a holiday for both enslvaed and free African-Americans in the Hudson Valley, a day off to meet relatives and friends.  — Thomas Shoesmith

Rhododendron periclymenoides

Rhododendron Periclymenoides

5/23 – Yonkers – A second grade class from the Bank Street School in Manhattan arrived at Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban Riber with much anticipation.  We hauled our seine and caught five kinds of fish including American eel, bay anchovy, Atlantic tomcod, mummichog, northern pipefish, 20 crabs and 18 shrimp! – Gabby Carmine  

Evergreenedly yours,

UGS

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