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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