Happy Pollinator Week, UESiders!!


Ah, yes!!  Those wonderful butterflies, bees, birds, bats and bugs making possible one out of three bites of nourishment we humans consume each day!!  

Live, be well and multiply, you invaluable creatures!!

And a most happy beginning of summer to all us humans!!

Going to be some weekend and upcoming week:

Friday, June 22nd:  Skate Night on the Upper East Side

Stanley Isaacs Playground, First Avenue at 96th Street, Family Session – 5-6:30, Adult Session – 7-9pm

Skate or just make your best dance moves to a live DJ’s playlist!!  Bring your own skates or avail yourself of those provided!!  Sponsored by CM Kallos and NYC Parks.  Totally free, but registering is a must…   

Saturday, June 23rd:  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!!

NEWS FLASH!!  The Master Knife Sharpener’s has just confirmed she’ll be at the market!!

Then there’s this from Uber Market Manager Margaret:  “For those of you missing Consider Bardwell’s delicious cheese not to worry ’cause they’ll now be with us at the Sunday 92nd Street Greenmarket!! 

Recycling totals 6/9:  64 lbs batteries;  10 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  6 pairs eye glasses;  10 compost bins; 50 bags of clothes!!

You folks are definitely cleaning closets!!

Saturday, June 23rd:  Trash Talk – Local Poets Respond to Stuff We Throw Away

Bloomingdale Library Branch, 150 West 100th Street, 2:30-4:30pm

Poet and all-around solid waste activist Jacqueline Ottman and friends read their own works on the subject and hope you bring and share your own!!  Free.  For more

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

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, Consider Bardwell, Meredith’s Bakery, Norwich Meadows Farm,  Phillips Farm Vegetables, Sun Fed Beef / Maple Avenue Farms and NS Wager’s Cider Mill!!

An already fantastic line-up, all the more so by the addition of Sikking Farms and their stunning flowers!!

So great that 82nd Street Manager G’ll have things running smooth and food demos delicious at 92nd Street, too!! 

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!! 

As ever:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take hardcovers to Goodwill or Housing Works.)

As ever, giant thanks to CMs Powers and Kallos and AM Seawright for their unflagging support of Shred-A-Thons!!

Sunday, June 24th & Thursday, June 28th: Composting with the Green Park Gardeners

East River Esplanade at 62nd Street, Sunday: 10am-12pm, Thursday: 2-4pm

The calm of the river… The gorgeous Green Park Garden an arm’s length away… The righteous pleasure of turning humble vegetable scraps into the black gold of compost!!  Novices and old hands…  All welcome…  Just wear comfortable clothes you won’t mind getting dirty!!  For more, give Composter Supremo Marise a call:  212-688-1632…

Tuesday, June 26th:  Summer Garden Concert with Stout

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 6-8pm

Another lovely evening in the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum garden, this time with accoustical duo Stout providing the music…  Beautifully rendered, family friendly tavern tunes!!  Members free.  Non-members, $15.   Kids under 12, $5. Babies free.  For more and tickets

Wednesday, June 27th:  The Second Annual UES Garden Party

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 6-8pm

A celebration honoring all those green-thumbed volunteers who devote their time, energy and dollars to making our Upper East Side bloom!!  Free, but you must RSVP (and do tell us where you garden):  uppergreenside@gmail.com

On the horizon:

Sunday. July 1st:  Monteverdi & Bartok – A Classical Recital

Hungarian House, 213 East 83rd Street, 5pm

Think 4 singers (featuring Kinga Cserjési), 2 violins, cello, and piano,  a guest appearance by members of the Choral Society of the Hamptons…  All making the beautiful music!!  Perfect for a late Sunday afternoon!!  $10 in advance.  $20 at the door.  For more and tickets…  

Monday, July 9th:  Sims Municipal Recycling Facility Tour 

424 Second Avenue, Sunset Park, Booklyn, 5-6:30pm

Whether it’s truly state-of-the-art as claimed, this is the place where our recyclables are sorted, baled and shipped to manufacturers who use them to make new things. Got to be fascinating!!  Free.  For more and how to get there

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

As for this week in miscellany and activism:

Back on the subject of pollinators:   Here’s what NYS’s doing… And not (like pesticide bans) to protect them…  (And, guess what?  Ozone/air quality’s an issue for bees, too!) 

Should you believe the new Congressional Farm Bill should provide adequate funds for nutritional programs… 

If you think protections for migratory birds should be maintained

Going brighter:

Another way to advance NYC composting…  GrowNYC’s Crazy for Compost Program and volunteers lending a hand to Greenmarket Compost Coordinators like 82nd Street’s great Moyses!!  Check it out… 

Say what?   Comparitively small $, but the U.S. Department of Energy is funding anything solar…?  

The Central Park Summer Guide

Trouble-shooting common air conditioner problems

Seems even a volcano eruption has a bright side

Don’t think any UES subway stations are quite in this state of delapidation, but check these elsewhere out 

No surprise, NYS Forest Rangers had a busy last 7 days

Green cleaning at home

Five must-see sights from the 1807 NYC Guide Book…!!

We always need animals:

pair of local kittens up for adoption

Then there’re these 4 mountain lion kittens

For all it’s pollinator week, it’s also fawning season


It’s Great Fish Count all the time across every borough in this week’s Hudson River Almanac:

6/2 – Manhattan, HRM 13.5: Students from Dinorah Hudson’s Advanced Placement science class helped us seine at Inwood Park for the Great Fish Count. In addition to many blue crabs of all sizes, were six species of fish, including Atlantic silverside, bay anchovy, summer flounder, winter flounder, mummichogs, and white perch, including one that was a foot-long!   – Rebecca Houser, Aidan Mabey. Dan Tainow

Great Little Fish Counter

Little Great Fish Counter

6/2 – Manhattan, HRM 1: For the Great Fish Count, we checked our research sampling gear in Hudson River Park at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25. Our catch was impressively large and diverse! In addition to two amazing (68, 85 mm) lined sea horses (Hippocampus erectus), we caught two tautog (185, 295 mm), and a large oyster toadfish (250 mm). – Siddhartha Hayes, Lauren Negron

6/2 – Manhattan, New York City: Randall’s Island, situated at the intersection of the Harlem River and the East River, hosted the Great Fish Count along with 50 participants. Our seine captured YOY Atlantic tomcod and bluefish, northern pipefish, a bay anchovy, and a new species to the Great Fish Count, a YOY Atlantic herring (50 mm). Salinity was 23.0 ppt and the water temperature was 63 F. – Chris Girgenti

[Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) are one of eight members of the herring family (Clupeidae) that includes, among others, American shad, blueback herring, alewife, and Atlantic menhaden. C. Lavett Smith’s Inland Fishes (1980) cites their occurrence in the estuary as very much a sometimes event having been found on occasion as far upriver as Indian Point. Tom Lake]

6/2 – Brooklyn, New York City: Bush Terminal, a reclaimed industrial site in a fairly urban area, provided the forum for today’s Great Fish Count. The seining team, with 79 onlookers, pulled in a net full of fish. Among them were mummichogs, YOY winter flounder, Atlantic silverside, northern pipefish, and a new fish to the Great Fish Count, a feathered blenny. The salinity was 20 ppt and the water temperature was a warm 79 F. 
– Mike McCann

[Feather blenny (Hypsoblennius hentz), a seasonally marine resident, is a small, scale-less fish with fleshy cirri “feathers” on their head. Their lower jaw has a row of small, close-set teeth like those of a comb, thus their family name, combtooth blennies (Blenniidae). Blennies are benthic dwellers where they often burrow in the soft bottom or find refuge in old mollusk shells. The first documented feather blenny for the Hudson River list was caught by the Manhattan River Project in 1994.  C. Lavett Smith]

6/2 – Queens, New York City: Fort Totten was a new site for the 2018 Great Fish Count and hosted nearly 200 attendees. Our seine collected eight species of fish, among them YOY Atlantic tomcod, a lined seahorse, northern pipefish, a summer flounder, YOY Atlantic herring (43 mm), and a new species to the Great Fish Count, a YOY spot. The salinity was a salty 24 ppt and the water temperature was 69 F. 
– Peter Park, Steve Stanne, Martice Smith

[Spot (Leiostomus xanthurus) are a sporadic visitor to the Hudson estuary. Their colloquial name, “Lafayette,” honors France’s Marquis de Lafayette. His visit to New York City in 1824, to be honored for his role in the American Revolution on behalf of the American Colonies, coincided with unusually large numbers of these palm-sized fish in New York Harbor. Spot are a member of the drum family of fishes that also includes freshwater drum, black drum, northern kingfish, croakers, weakfish, and silver perch. Most of them have highly specialized swim bladders that serve as sound-producing organs. This has led to the colloquial family name of “drum.” Tom Lake]

6/2 – Queens, New York City: Frank Charles Park, one of the most southern sites for our Great Fish Count, routinely produces large numbers of salt-loving striped killifish (Fundulus majalis). This year’s seining did not disappoint our 38 participants as we captured 216 striped killifish, by far the most prominent fish in our net. Among the other fishes were mummichogs, Atlantic silverside, and summer flounder. 

With greenest of summer wishes, 









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