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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org. ((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!)
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:
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!
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)…
Then there’s the week in animals:
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…
If the French can teach their rooks (AKA crows) to collect refuse in parks, how ’bout we train our pigeons to do the same??!!
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
[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 email@example.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,