Monthly Archives: September 2018

Happy Voter Registration Day, NYC Climate Week & NYC Architecture & Design (AKA Archtober) Month, UESiders!!

Can there be a single resident 57th to 96th, Fifth to East End that isn’t registered and poised for the November vote…  But just in case, couldn’t be easier be it by mail, in person or online!!

Meanwhile, do check out all the great Archtober events/programs/details!!

That along with The Times on Climate Week and progress being made around our world!!

And happening in and around us during Climate Week on the UES:

Saturday, September 29th:  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,  Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski,  Ale Wife, Hawthorne, Walnut Hill Farm and Cherry Lane Farms!!

We’ll be having a special guest, too!!  At long last, none other than Gotham’s most culinary Council Member Ben Kallos will be joining us for his Fall 2018 edition of Cooking with Kallos, 10am-12pm!!  What’ll he be whipping up?  A delicious, market- friendly, shishito pepper dish!!

Then there’s this from Mega Market Manager Margaret:  “Be sure to get some beautiful flowers from Sikking Farm since the blooming season’ll soon be over!!  Oh, and have you tried our 2 new meat options?  Just follow your nose to the SunFed Beef tent where they’re pretty much cooking up samples of their grass-fed beef, pork & lamb non-stop!!   Or looking for something ready-to-eat?  Try a French, Italian or Spanish-style sausage from Walnut Hill!!” 

And for the many who’ve asked, yes, our Master Knife Sharpener is steadily recovering!!

Recycling totals 8/18-9/15:   276 lbs batteries;  64 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  15 pair of eyeglasses;  46 compost bins;  167 bags of clothes      9/22:  53 lbs batteries;  21 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  1 make-up wand; 14 compost bins; 31 bags of clothes.  Paper shredded:  TBA!!

You read that bin number right!!  14!!  A NEW RECORD!!

(Thank you, Sanitation, for finally giving us 14 empty bins to fill!!)

Saturday, September 29th:  They’re Our First Avenue Street Trees Day -Chapter I 

Meet at NW corner of First & 79th Street, 10am-1pm

Let’s get those 79th to 86th tree beds cleaned, cultivated and mulched!!  Go home having enjoyed refreshments, plus with your very own trowel, knee pads, garden gloves and a lot of new neighborhood friends!!  RSVP, please...

Sunday, September 30th:  It’s My Park Day at Stanley Isaacs Park

Southeast Corner of First Avenue & 96th Street, 1-4pm

The annual sprucing up, bulb planting and thorough-going mulching in and around this wonderful, much-used neighborhood park!!   Come dressed to get down and mulchy and ready to consume lip-smacking refreshments!!  

Saturdays,  September 29th & October 20th & 27th:  Celebrate Autumn at the Alice Aycock Pavillion

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

Fall afternoons don’t get better than Saturdays at the Pavillion!!  Think music, fun for kids, ice cream, the fabulous  river view and more!!  Free!!  For more and rain dates…  

Saturday, September 29th:  Scale 15 – A Special Tour of the Former Little Hungary in Yorkville

Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, 12, 3 & 5pm

And we quote, “Hungarian theater company HOPPart brings their unique show SCALE 1:5 to the streets of New York by using a portable sound system and headphones to take the audience for a walk around the neighborhood of Yorkville formerly known as Little Hungary…”  Traces of Czech and German communities are on the agenda, too!   And it’s a program honoring Vaclav Havel!!  Free!!   To RSVP for 12pm…  for 3pm or for 5pm… 

Sunday, September 30th:  The 92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

At their tables will be 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!!

To which Alta Manager Margaret adds these 4 points:   1. “After a 2-week absence, Market Manager Guramrit returns to 92nd Street!!  2.  This’ll be Sikking’s last weekend of the season at 92nd so be thinking flowers-flowers-flowers!!  3. Yes, their beautiful vegetables, but check out Halal Lamb at the Halal Pastures table!!   4.  Last but hardly least, do not forget those frequent shopper cards!!

Recycling totals  8/1-9/16:  63 lbs batteries;  37 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  25 1/2 compost bins      9/23 – 14 lbs batteries; 11 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 5 1/2 compost bins 

5 1/2 bins was 2017’s record…

Let’s make it 6 in 2018!!

Meanwhile, 150 individuals composted at 92nd Street on 9/16!!

Sunday, September 30th:  Party on Park

Park Avenue 118th Street to 125 Street, 12-4pm

So great that the brilliant summer closing of Park Avenue to auto traffic has been expanded –  albeit small-scale – to one day and 7 blocks in fall season!!  Be a ton of fun attractions, including our Civitas friends at 124th Street!!  For the total rundown… 

Holy crow, October already:

Saturday, October 14th:  MV4NY Environmental Stewardship Day

Ruppert Park, 92nd Street & Second Avenue, 10am-1pm

Another fabulous family event organized by Moslem Volunteers of New York, the group that’s bringing ailing Ruppert Park back to life in so many way!!  This time out, think bulb planting and mulching combined with arts & crafts, refreshments and knowing you’re also a part of beautifying a invaluable UES park!!  (Rain date  October 20th…)

Saturday & Sunday, October 13th & 14th  Czech Beer Days

Bohemian Spirit Restaurant, 321 East 73rd Street, 5-11pm on the 13th, 5-10pm on the 14th

The Bohemian Spirit Restaurant at Bohemian National Hall will be presenting special edition of Czech beers Pilsner Urquell, Czechvar and Praga during the Open House New York Weekend!!  So, come!!  Grab a pint on draft for just $4!!

Sunday, October 14th:  It’s My Park Day North!

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am – 3pm

Year 5 of Esplanade Friends’ reinvention of the once forlorn planter at 96th with another round of tulip, daff,  crocus and grape hyacinth bulbs!!  Enjoy great snacks and company while you plant!!  Go home with your own, state-of-the-art trowel!!  Then prepare yourself for waves of pride as the planter bursts with beauty come next spring!!  (Be great if you’d RSVP:  uppergreenside@gmail.com!) 

Sunday, October 14th:  It’s My Park Day South!!

Green Park Garden, East River Esplanade at 62nd Street 2-5pm

Look forward to next spring! Please join the amazing Green Park Gardeners to plant daffodils, tulips and other bulbs (generously donated by Friends of the East River Esplanade) and/or help with end-of-season maintenance!!  If you’d let them know you’re coming so they can plan:  greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com.    ((BYO trowel and gloves!)  (Heavy rain cancels. Rain date Sunday, Oct. 21, 2-5 pm.)

Miscellany…  Activism and some items with teeth up first:

As we move towards banning pesticide/insecticide use in our parks, how about we stop spraying them on American crops!!

Interesting that remediation of soil on the future site of 401 East 92nd –  to be constructed on Holmes Towers property –  is deemed necessary only when a new building’s to go up…  When NYCHA tenants have resided in the Holmes complex for more than 50 years…

Not that the UES doesn’t have its own troubles with development run wild, but our neighbors south of 14th Street could use some letter signing assistance…   (Scroll down and click!)

Seems Con Ed’s been naughty and gotten itself fined

So,  moments after new trash bins land on our far UESide corners, a design competition for the Bin of the Future is launched

In the RIP file:

The Times’ Village Voice remembrance… 

Brighter:

In spite of its many woes –  fiscal, political, a crime wave – Brazil’s pushing ahead with reforestation and carbon sequestration!!  (Don’t miss the infographic!) 

There’s also a new (Canadian) concept for street design…  The Dynamic Street!!

Hey, we can recycle anything, even zinc oxide sifted out of steel dust!

Amazing new storm graphics on the Weather Channel

couple who’s documenting every flowering plant on Mother Earth

Consumer Reports weighs in on fruits and veggies with superpowers!!

A NYS map tracking changing leaves from Buffalo to NYC…  (We’re still pretty green!!)

How to prepare those small appliances for recycling (in your building’s bin)…   

Be great if these spices appeared on Greenmarket tables

Hummm…   Seems like we live in a world awash in invisible particles!! 

What our NYS Conservation Officers were up to this week

Then there’s the week in animals:

Yes, deer come in many sizes and even with fangs

Knitted/crocheted gear for your kitty

Never was sure why protection of menhaden (a fish) was so vital…  Know now and it really matters…  They’re whale food!!  But industry turns tons of them into petfood and fish oils…

Thirteen things we didn’t know about goats…!!  

If the French can teach their rooks (AKA crows) to collect refuse in parks, how ’bout we train our pigeons to do the same??!!

Baby donkeys…!!

Then there’s the mystery solved by from the Hudson River Almanac:

9/11 – Queens, New York City: From time to time, we report from Jamaica Bay and Raritan Bay for the Almanac as “sister estuaries” or as the extended watershed. This is one of those times. Captain Vinnie Calabro, aboard his charter boat the Karen Ann out of Howard Beach in Queens, fished Jamaica Bay today, as he does almost every day of the year. Using live blue crabs for bait, Vinnie caught five sheepshead, the heaviest of which weighed 18 pounds. – Tom Lake

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A Sheepshead and Its Teeth!

[Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus) is one of three species of “porgies” (Sparidae) that occur in the Hudson River… The others being the scup and the pinfish.  While they are now uncommon, at one time, sheepshead were so common that Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn was named for them. With their well-developed incisor-like teeth, they feed on barnacles, mussels, crabs, and oysters encrusted on pilings, piers, jetties and wharves. The first documented occurrence of sheepshead in the Hudson River was a 67 mm fish captured in a fish trap from lower Manhattan on September 15, 2004. Sheepshead are now species number 180 on our Hudson River Watershed fish list. E-mail trlake7@aol.com for a copy of the list. Tom Lake]

(And we’ve always thought the decapitation of some poor sheep inspired the name!)

In enduring greenness,

UGS

 

 

 

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We’ve returned, UESiders!! 

We all need to fasten our seatbelts for a dense and rewarding fall!!

Beginning with:

Saturday, September 15th:  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,  Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski,  Ale Wife, Hawthorne, Walnut Hill Farm, Sun Fed/Maple Avenue and Cherry Lane Farms!!

And Mega Manager Margaret further says:  “Please stop by the information tent and welcome new 82nd Street Market Manager (and neighborhood resident!), Annabel!!  This week she’ll be featuring peppers, now at the peak of their season and at the market in several varieties ranging from super sweet to firery hot!!”

Yup, that makes it New Face #2 at 82nd Street these last few weeks!!

Now in charge of the Compost/Clothing/Recyclables table – taking Moises Enriquez’s place – is Genny Rodriguez!! 

Last but not least, most sorry to say there’ll be no Master Knife Sharpener this Saturday…

(And not to worry:  Great Manager G will still be presiding over the 92nd Street Market when she returns from her much-deserved 2 weekend vacay!!)

Recycling totals 8/18 to 9/15:  TBA

(Can’t wait to add up all that’s accumulated while we were away!!)

Saturday, September 15th:  National Coastal Cleanup Day at Harlem River Park

139th Street and the Harlem River to the Park,  9:30am-12:30pm

Join the UES advocates of Civitas for a thorough-going fall cleanup combined with bench and park house painting!!  For more, directions and RSVPing (a must)

Sunday, September 16th:  The 92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

With us will be 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!!

A bit of a long shot as her knee recovers, but the Master Knife Sharpener might be at her table, too…

But, for sure, while Market Manager G is off on holiday the next 2 Sundays, 82nd’s great new Manager Annabel will be filling in!!

Meanwhile, Ultima Manager Margaret advises:  “Unfortunately, Hurricane Florence’s made even our faraway ocean extremely rough…  Meaning, for us, fishermen haven’t been able to fish as much as they usually do and that likely there’ll be little to no seafood available at Sunday markets, so…  Think about chicken from Ole Mother Hubbert’s…  Or beef, pork or lamb from Sun Fed for your center-of-the-plate protein this week!!”

UM Margaret adds, “Do get that Frequent Shopper Card punched and win one of several great prizes!! 

Recycling totals  8/19 to 9/16:  TBA

(How many bins?!! How many pounds?!!)

Sunday, September 16th:  Adoptapalooza Pet Adoption Event

North Plaza, Union Square, 17th Street between Broadway & Park Avenue, 12-5pm

Always a good time to give a orphan canine or kitty a Forever Home!  Sponsored by the Animal Care Centers of New York!!

Monday, September 17th:  City Council Parks Committee Meeting

250 Broadway, 14th Floor Committee Room, 1pm

Item #1 on the agenda:  The urgent need to enforce protections for a network of public parks known as “Jointly Operated Playgrounds” (JOPs) of which there are 268 in the city, spread across all five boroughs and 49 of 51 City Council districts…  And subject critical to UESiders given the on-going threat/battle to save the 96th Street Marx  Brothers Playground from a developer’s maw…  Can’t attend?  Give CM Kallos’ office a call (212-860-1950) or shoot him an email…  How about an email to Committee Chair Barry Grodenchik, too…

Thursday, September 20th:  Town Hall With Council Member Kallos

MSK Research Laboratories, 430 East 67th Street, 6pm

The annual community gathering to meet, learn, exchange ideas, discover UES opportunies, get engaged and more from representatives of city departments, local groups, your neighbors and the CM himself!!  See you there, folks!!

Thursday, September 20th:  Logos Bookstore Poetry Group Meeting

1575 York Avenue  between 83rd & 84th Streets, 7pm

The group gathers to read and discuss “Best Remembered Poem” edited and annotated by Martin  Gardner, commencing with the work of Thomas Hood!!

Friday, September 21st:  New York on Film – Gangsters, Immigrants & Labor

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum Garden, 7pm

Again, we quote, “Film historian, author and former CUNY Graduate Center Professor Robert Singer and Professor Frank Percaccio take you on an exciting romp through New York’s history on celluloid through rarely seen silents and more…”  Yes, and did we say they’ll be screening in the garden?!!  Members & students, $10.  Non-members, $15.  For tickets

And then, at last…  The countdown to Shred-A-Thon begins:

Saturday, September 22nd:  Shred-A-Thon – Hello Fall Edition

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

One more time:

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 always, we thank AM Seawright and CMs Kallos and Powers for their steadfast support of Shred-A-Thons!!

Saturdays, September 22nd & 29th & October 20th & 27th:  Celebrate Autumn at the Alice Aycock Pavillion

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

Remember those great late spring/early summer Saturdays at the Pavillion??  Well, they’re back!!   Back and complete with music, fun for kids, ice cream, the fabulous  river view and more!!  Free!!  For more and rain dates…  

Sunday, September 23rd:  Hazardous Waste Collection

North Plaza, Union Square, 10am-4pm

Safely get rid of those out-of-date electronics, old/unneeded prescriptions, paint, dead compact fluorescent bulbs, pesticides (like the dread Roundup) and more!!  Cars should approach from Park Avenue South and 20th Street and a walk-in area’s available for residents coming by public transportation.   For the total rundown

Sunday, September 23rd:  Marble Hill Walking Tour

Broadway & 225th Street, The Bronx, 12-2pm

Bryan Diffley, Project Manager of the High Bridge restoration, describes why and how the Harlem  River was re-engineered, bridged over and – along with Manhattan Island – changed forever!!  $30.  For tickets and more (including more great NYC H2O events)

Monday, September 24th:  Variety (as in fruits and vegs) Showcase New York

GrowNYC’s Project Farmhouse,  76 East 13th Street, Daytime Session – 12-3pm, Evening Session – 5-8pm

Think – and we quote – “…an interactive mixer designed to build community between plant breeders, organic farmers and eaters where attendees have the unique experience to taste new and in-development vegetable, fruit & grain cultivars with the breeders that created them, share opinions, talk about needs & preferences and learn about the importance of organic plant breeding!”  Amazing, yes?  $100.  For more and tickets…   (There’ll also be interactive tables at a free, public outdoor space 2 blocks away at the Union Square Greenmarket from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm!!) 

On the horizon:

Thursday, September 27th:  Queensboro Bridge Area Committee Meeting

New York Blood Center, 310 East 67th Street, 6:30pm
Presented will be NYC Economic Development’s plan for the cluttered hellscape that’s the present state of our East River Esplanade 60th to 62nd Street…  Keep designs like Battery Park and the High Line in mind people…  We don’t have settle for less inspiration, innovation and/or beauty!!  

Saturday, September 29th:  Cooking with Kallos at the 82nd Street Greenmarket

82nd Street between First & York Avenues, 10am-12pm

NYC’s most culinary Council Member will be joining us and in his chef’s apron/spatula-wielding mode for his long-postponed (due to weather) UES classic “Cooking with Kallos”!!   Be there, folks, for eats by and chat with the CM!!

Saturday, September 29th:  They’re Our First Avenue Street Trees Day -Chapter I 

Meet at NW corner of First & 79th Street, 10am-1pm

Let’s get those 79th to 86th tree beds cleaned, cultivated and mulched!!  Go home having enjoyed refreshments, plus with your very own trowel, knee pads, garden gloves and a lot of new neighborhood friends!!  RSVP, please...

Sunday, September 30th:  It’s My Park Day at Stanley Isaacs Park

Southeast Corner of First Avenue & 96th Street, 1-4pm

The annual sprucing up, bulb planting and thorough-going mulching in and around this wonderful, much-used neighborhood park!!   Come dressed to get down and mulchy and ready to consume lip-smacking refreshments!!  

Then, suddenly, it’s October:

Thursday, October 3rd:  The Energy Gang on Clean Energy Connections

The Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR, 44 Charlton Street at Varick Street, 6:30pm

The great people at Solar One invite us all to sit in while some of clean energy’s top thinkers and writers engage in lively conversation and debate!!  General admission, $25.  Student admission, $12.50,  For more and tickets

Moving on to the ever miscellaneous miscellany:

A major tip of the hat to the governor for ordering a statewide phase-out of HFCs (as in greenhouse gas hydrofluorocarbons) that trap thousands of times more heat than carbon dioxide!!

But do we have an equivalently green skyscraper in NYC??

What’s certain is we’re protecting migrating birds attracted to the  9/11 Tribute in Light... 

Calling all folks with 2 years of college (or equivalent experience) and a love of the natural world to enroll in the NYS Naturalist Internship Program!! 

A big, new state park in NYC

What have our NYS Conservation Officers been up to of late

Or our NYS Forest Rangers…  When they and other Environmental Officers weren’t winning awards for heroism 2016-2018!!

Going more local, The Times entitled their very excellent history of Madison Square Park “Life Before Shake Shack”!! 

Wondering how NYC got so under Albany’s thumb…??

No question, competent – not to mention great – handymen and women are in short supply.  Solution?  Home/apartment maintenance classes!!

Same for – distressingly – quality poll workers!!  (Think about signing up!)

And NYC’s best burger is

Talk about needlework (as in tapestry)..!!

Critter time:

Yet another invasive insect – this time, the multi-destructive spotted lanternfly – has appeared in NYState…  (And check out this video!!) 

And the southern pine beetle’s on Long Island

For the third time in 2018, a NYS record-sized fish has been caught…  A 14 lb. 10 oz. longnosed gar!!

longnosed gar

That Longnosed Gar!

Mummified, 750-years old baby penguins…?!!

Leopards native to Iraq…?!!

An albino alligator…!!

Whale adoption…!!

Why we want and really need to save the horsehoe crab!!

Then from the Hudson River Almanac:

9/4 – Manhattan, HRM 1: We started off the new month by checking our research sampling gear in Hudson River Park at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25. We were met with a staggering 23 young-of-summer juvenile blue crabs, all around 10 mm carapace width. We also caught eight young-of-year oyster toadfish all between 25-45 mm, as well as an adult (195 mm). The odd fish in the catch was a young-of-year striped bass (65 mm).
– Siddhartha Hayes, Melissa Rex, Toland Kister

oyster toadfish

An Oyster Toadfish

[Oyster toadfish (Opsanus tau), known colloquially as “oyster crackers,” are common along the Atlantic Coast and in New York Harbor. They set up shop on the bottom of the river and with strong, sharp teeth, they crush and feed on shellfish such as crabs, oysters, and other bivalves. Tom Lake] 

9/6 – Ulster Park, HRM 87: We have a lot of milkweed around our yard but had not seen any monarch caterpillars. Then, we found a monarch chrysalis attached to the siding of our house. This morning, “the emerald palace with the gold nails” (that’s how I remember it described when I was young) was now totally transparent and the emergent adult was hanging from the base. We had missed the moment of emergence but got to watch from then on. It did not take very long before the wrinkled wings had expanded, and after about three hours the adult monarch butterfly took off. – Carol Anderson, Peter Relson

monarch emerging

That Monarch

Feeling mighty green,

UGS

 

 

 

 

 

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Greetings, UESiders!!

Here goes:

Now to Friday, October 5th:  August 21, 1968 Exhibition 

Czech Center Gallery, 321 East 73rd Street, 10am-6pm daily 

August 21, 1968 being the date the then Soviet Russia invaded the then-behind-the red-curtain Czechoslovakia to put down the freedom-seeking Prague Spring and commemorated in this group of remarkable photographs!!  

Saturday & Sunday, September 8th & 9th:  The Carl Schurz Park Conservancy Gracie Square Art Show

East End Avenue from 84th to 88th Streets, 10am-5pm (rain or shine)

Marvelous art of every discipline and style…  Engaging art activities for the younger set…  Delicious edibles from Yura’s on East End…  An annual UES classic that  not only sustains the Park but enables the evolution of its beauty!!  

Sunday, September 9th:  Grandparent’s Day!!

All Around the World

Enjoy!!

Tuesday, September 11th:  New York Cares 9/11 Day of Service

All Over the City, All Day

One of the many fine ways to mark this most solemn day in our city’s history…  Lending a hand with one of many tasks such as, in our case, helping to assemble meals for hundreds of thousands of those in need!!  For all the volunteer opportunities and to sign up…  

Tuesday, September 11th –  Style, Myth & Modernity in Greek Revival New York

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, Tuesday to Sunday, 11am-4pm

And we quote, “From furniture, to architecture to print,  the daily lives of 19th-century New Yorkers were infused with ancient Greek art and history. This exhibit presents some of the designs, artifacts and literature which inspired New Yorkers to embrace this ancient civilization and highlights the Museum’s treasured 19th-century Greek Revival furnishings and objects.”  Going to be one beautiful show!!  Free during Museum hours.

Friday, September 14th:   Ruppert Park Concert III – Another Musical Soirée

Ruppert Park, Second Avenue & 90th Street, 4-6pm

More delightful late afternoon music – this time by jazz/latin/soul artists Yasser Tejeda and Palotre – in the re-enlivened Ruppert Park!!  There’ll be refreshments, too!!  Presented by the Park’s great new stewards, the Moslem Volunteers for New York!!   Free!!

Friday, September 21st:  New York on Film – Gangsters, Immigrants & Labor

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum Garden, 7pm

Again, we quote, “Film historian, author and former CUNY Graduate Center Professor Robert Singer and Professor Frank Percaccio take you on an exciting romp through New York’s history on celluloid through rarely seen silents and more…”  Yes, and did we say they’ll be screening in the garden?!!  Members & students, $10.  Non-members, $15.  For tickets

Saturday, September 22nd:  Shred-A-Thon – Hello Fall Edition

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

You know how it goes:

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 always, we thank CMs Powers and Kallos and AM Seawright for their unflagging support of Shred-A-Thons!!

Saturday & Sunday, September 22nd & 23rd:  8th Annual Greater Adirondack Moose Festival

Indian Lake, New York

No way it can’t be great:Moose Festival

For details  

Saturday, September 22nd:  Jamaica Bay Sunset Ecology Cruise

Pier 9, Sheepshead Bay/Emmons Avenue, Booklyn, 3:30pm

Jamaica Bay in all its glory…  Its history…  Its ecology…  Its amazing feathered wildlife…  Its management issues…  All imparted by expert Don Riepe and Mickey Cohen!!  Then there’s the complimentary wine, cheese, fruit and drinks!!  Adults, $55.  Under 16, $25.   Sponsored by  Gateway National Recreation Area, NYC Audubon and the American Littoral Society.   For full into and tickets

Sunday, September 23rd:  Marble Hill Walking Tour

Broadway & 225th Street, The Bronx, 12-2pm

Bryan Diffley, Project Manager of the High Bridge restoration, describes why and how the Harlem  River was re-engineered, bridged over and – along with Manhattan Island – changed forever!!  $30.  For tickets and more (including more great NYC H2O events)

Monday, September 24th:  Variety (as in fruits and vegs) Showcase New York

GrowNYC’s Project Farmhouse,  76 East 13th Street, Daytime Session – 12-3pm, Evening Session – 5-8pm

Think – and we quote – “…an interactive mixer designed to build community between plant breeders, organic farmers and eaters where attendees have the unique experience to taste new and in-development vegetable, fruit & grain cultivars with the breeders that created them, share opinions, talk about needs & preferences and learn about the importance of organic plant breeding!”  Amazing, yes?  $100.  For more and tickets…   (There’ll also be interactive tables at a free, public outdoor space 2 blocks away at the Union Square Greenmarket from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm!!) 

Saturday, September 29th:  Cooking with Kallos at the 82nd Street Greenmarket

82nd Street between First & York Avenues, 10am-12pm

NYC’s most culinary Council Member will be joining us and in his chef’s apron/spatula-wielding mode for his long-postponed (due to weather) UES classic “Cooking with Kallos”!!   Be there, folks, for eats by and chat with the CM!!

Saturday, September 29th:  They’re Our First Avenue Street Trees Day -Chapter I 

Meet at NW corner of First & 79th Street, 10am-1pm

Let’s get those 79th to 86th tree beds cleaned, cultivated and mulched!!  Go home having enjoyed refreshments, plus with your very own trowel, knee pads, garden gloves and a lot of new neighborhood friends!!  RSVP, please...

Sunday, September 30th:  It’s My Park Day – Isaacs Park

Stanley Isaacs Park, First Avenue & 96th Street, 1-4pm

Tidy this much used park up for winter and plant a host of tulips, daffs, crocuses and grape hyacinths for spring beauty!!   There’ll be refreshments, of course, and you’ll depart with your own trowel, knee pads, garden gloves in hand!!   If you’d RSVP

Then, in October:

Tuesday, October 2nd:  Solar One Oktoberfest Celebration/Benefit

Under the tent at Solar One,  East River Esplanade at 23rd Street

Oktoberfest beer…  Delicious Bavarian snacks…  Oompah music…  Yes, all the trimmings of a traditional Munich Oktoberfest and every penny benefitting the great, green work of Solar One!!   $85 and up.  For more and tickets

Sunday, October 14th:  It’s My Park Day on the Esplanade

96th Street & the East River Esplanade, 12-4pm

Ready the Esplanade’s beautiful planter for winter and plant a host of bulbs – daffs, tulips, crocuses – for yet another gorgeous riverside spring display!!   We have the tools and great refreshments!!   Please do RSVP… 

Monday, October 15th:  Meet & Greet 19th Precinct Neighborhood Coordination Officers

MS 167/Robert F. Wagner Middle School, 220 East 76th Street, 7pm

Meet and offer your observations and suggestions to the men who’re keeping us safe!!  RSVP a must:  212-452-0613, Michael.Lombardi@nypd.org or Christoph.Helms@nypd.org.

And what would a newsletter be without a bit of miscellany:

A serious item up first…  That being the mayor’s plan to revise Community Boards..

Then:

What?  NY drivers rank in the top five in the U.S.??!! 

Bring on the solar-powered schools and electric school buses!! 

A kitchen-use study

Not only has the NYS DEC got a Bird ID challenge/contest (with prizes) going, but…

They’ve just released The Hudson River Comprehensive Restoration Plan!! 

Here’s a Citizen Science project:  Head-counting the horrible, invasive Asian long-horned beetles when you check your swimming pool filters!! 

Six great fall tours from the Historic Districts Council

Decoding your seashell finds

Or some animal gleanings:

Rescuing baby kangaroos on – where else? – Kangaroo Island… 

Mosquito protection advice

Check out the exotic bird feet of the American coot

From sea turtles to bears to blue crabs to a teenage skunk…  NYS Conservation Officers have had another busy week...

Be back full of renewed green energy soon,

UGS

 

 

 

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