Monthly Archives: October 2018

Happy National Bat Week, UESiders!!

Not that NYC abounds in caves, but for those speelunkers among us, NYState’s asking that we humans steer clear of places favored by the 10% of bats that’ve survived the deadly white-nose syndrome and that’re especially susceptable to disturbance during their winter hibernation!!  

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And a most Happy Halloween Day and Week to one and all!!

Saturday’s also National Prescription Drug Takeback Day:

Saturday, October 27th:  National Prescription Drug Takeback Day

Lenox Hill Hospital, 100 East 77th Street, 10am-2pm

And don’t forget that we UESiders can drop off unwanted/out-of-date prescriptions year round at several locations just blocks away…  

That’s just for openers…  Then:

Saturday, October 26th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

10/27, 1am UPDATE from MM Margaret:  “Sadly the forcasted storm and its potentially heavy rain and high winds have caused a few more of our favorite 82nd Street farmers to cancel.   Still planning to attend as of now, Samascott Orchard, Hawthorne Valley, Maple Ave/ Sunfed Beef, Walnut Hill, Ole Mother Hubbert and Valley Shepherd Creamery.”

Mega Manager Margaret adds:  “Despite the bad weather forecast,the 82nd Street Market will be OPEN!!  Plus, Annabel will be back and all set to feature winter squash, a food group that includes ye olde pumpkins and could hardly be more seasonal!!”

Recycling totals 10/19   64 lbs batteries;  14 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  12 compost bins;  35 bags of clothes.   

Saturday, October 27th:  More Celebrating of Autumn at the Alice Aycock Pavillion

Sorry to say, CANCELLED DUE TO STORMY WEATHER!!

Saturday, October 27th:  Park Painting and Wetland Cleanup

132nd to 145th Streets on the Harlem River Greenway, 9:30am-12:30pm

Join our just-to-the-north neighbors in a thorough-going fall cleanup/improvement project on our wonderful, shared East River!!  Organized by CIVITAS.  For more and to RSVP… 

Sunday, October 28th:  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, Consider Bardwell, Meredith’s Bakery, Phillips and Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue Farms!!

Check out Norwich Meadow’s tiny, crunchy, delicious Mexican cucumbers!!

Alta Manager Margaret’s wisdom of the week:  “For all those who didn’t venture out Saturday, 92nd’s the A-Plus option to stock up on seasonal cooking and decor items!!  Happy Halloween, Greenmarketeers!!”

Recycling totals:  10/13 –  15 lbs batteries;  12 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  6 compost bins     10//20 – 17 lbs batteries;  16 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 9 pairs of eye glasses;  6 compost bins

Two 6 bin weeks in a row!!  

Launching into November: 

Thursday, November 1st:  World Science Festival Evening with Richard Dawkins & Brian Greene

Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, 8pm

Two pre-eminent minds – one ethologist/evolutionary biologist, the other mathematician//theoretical physicist , both great science communicators –  talk science and engage in Q&A!!  $55 and up.  For more and tickets 

Sunday, November 4th:  5th Annual GreenParkGardener NYC Pumpkin Smash!!

East River Esplanade via the the 63rd & York Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, 1-4pm

Only heroic Marathon stragglers left plodding up First…  So grab that soon-to-be-moldy Halloween jack-olantern and head down to the Esplanade for the Great Smashing of Pumpkins…  That’ll thereafter become compost gold!!  After-Smash treats for one and all!!  Doesn’t get more fun or green!!  

Friday, November 9th:  New York City’s Water System: 
A Talk by Adam Bosch  

Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, 7-9pm

Director of Public Affairs of NYC Department of Environmental Protection Patrick Bosch enlightens uf all on  the NYC DEP operates, maintains and protects the largest municipal water supply in the USA!!  Another great NYC H2O program!!  $20.  For more and tickets

Tuesday, November 13th:  “Yeti, Set Snow” Winter Show 

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, Central Park 

What happens when a young girl named and her friend cross paths with a snow-hating Yeti?  Kids of your acquaintance will love finding out!!  Another Marionette Theater classic!!  $8-$12.  For tickets and more… 

Wednesday, November 14th:  Coastal Resilliance – How to Improve It Forum

Seafarers and International House, 123 East 15th Street, 6:30pm

Experts Judith Weis (Professor of Biological Sciences, Rutgers), Kate Boicourt (Director of Resilience, Waterfront Alliance) and Noah Chesnin (NY Aquarium/Wildlife Conservation Society) weigh in on this all important subject!!  Organized by the Sierra Club of New York.  Free but contributions always welcome…

Sunday, November 18th:  Wastewater & Nature Tour – A Walking Tour 

Hunters Point Avenue Station, Long Island City, 1-3pm

From Newtown Creek to a storm water mitigation program to the digester eggs to the Newtown Creek Nature Walk…  All this in honor of – ahem – World Toilet Day!!  Organized by NYC H2O, FLUSH and the Newtown Creek Alliance.  Free but donations welcome.  To RSVP (a must)…

Sunday, November 18th:  Shred-A-Thon – Thanksgiving 2018 Edition

92nd Street Greenmarket, First Avenue between 92nd & 3rd Streets, 10am-2pm

Reminder:

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 enduring support of Shred-A-Thons!!

Miscellany…  Some activism front and center:

If you oppose fracking in New York State in general, the Delaware River Basin in particiular and think our governor should, too… 

Or should you support the (endangered) Endangered Species Act

Believe that Congress should act to protect/update America’s water supply… 

Or – going local – think hours at the 42nd Street Library should be expanded

On the middle ground:

Far from ignoring its many sins, Dow’s ponying up grants exploring how to recycle the presently unrecyclable chip bags,  standup pouches, candy wrappers and juice pouches.

Moving to bright:

Cheers for Suburu and their zero-waste factory!!

Rockefeller U’s 2018-19 concert series… 

A storm-resillient park on the Queens waterfront

A garden job opportunity!!  To wit:

Company: Poetic Landscapes Inc, in Manhattan.
Needed immediately a P/T gardener from now till end of Dec with an opportunity to resume the job in the spring.  Current tasks include: mass planting of tulips and kale, mulching, fall clean up of gardens and later on winter and holiday decorations.  Salary contingent upon experience and qualifications. Average 20 – 24 hrs a week (the more experienced and reliable you are, the more responsibilities you could assume).  Schedule somewhat flexible but must be available at least 2-3 days a week. Must have a good temperament, listen well to instructions, have strong work ethics, be physically fit with physical stamina.  Resume and a cover letter preferable.  Again, please reply to poeticlandscapes@verizon.net

Sigh:

Interior elements that once graced Glaser’s 116-year old bakery are now up for sale…    

Bring on those animals:

Tiny puppies in equally tiny Halloween costumes

The past week in bird migration…  (How gorgeous is a purple finch?!!)

No surprise, advanced tech’s now saving elephants from poachers!! 

Five critters we should endeavor to avoid 

The Central Park Squirrel Census and downright colorful history of squirrels in America/NYC…  (October seems to be Squirrel Awareness Month!!)

Big-beaked toucans defending their turf

Baby turtles departing the Rockaway Peninsula

And the Bird of the (Halloween) Week is – most appropriately –  the barn owl!!  (Hear one very gently hoot!!)

One last tip of the hat to the Animal of the Week…  A friendly, 3-flavored bat sandwich!!  (Who knew they hang – literally – out together?!)

Never forgetting the Hudson River Almanac:

10/13 – Manhattan: Battery Park City Parks hosted a public catch-and-release “Go Fish” program in Wagner Park in Battery Park City. Using bloodworms and sandworms, the catch of an estimated 400 anglers reflected the complex makeup of the fishes of the Upper Bay of New York Harbor. Most were residents, either permanent or seasonal, such as oyster toadfish, summer flounder, cunner, tautog, black sea bass, and striped bass. Certain year-classes of striped bass winter among the piers on the west side of Manhattan. The bluefish we caught was biding its time in the estuary until winter drives it out to sea. High hook among the fishes was black sea bass (10). – Craig Hudon, Peter J. Park

black sea bass

A Black Sea Bass

10/16 – Manhattan: The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater hosted a sail this afternoon out of the 79th Street Boat Basin for the United Nations International School. We set our 8-foot otter trawl in 25-30 feet of water on the west side of the river between 90th and 95th streets. With a 125-foot-long head-rope, we towed the net for eight minutes. Our catch was rather remarkable and featured hogchokers as well as young-of-year northern kingfish, striped bass, alewives, a 40 (mm) Atlantic croaker, and twenty blue crabs.  – Krista Norris

atlantic croaker

That Atlantic Croaker

[Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulates) is a member of the drum family of fishes that also includes freshwater drum, black drum, northern kingfish, spot, weakfish, and silver perch. Most of them have a highly specialized swim bladder that serve as sound-producing organ. This has led to the colloquial family name of “drum.” C. Lavett Smith]

10/16 – The Bronx:  Our Day-in-the-Life of the Hudson and Harbor program was held at Ferry Point Park in the Bronx where Westchester Creek meets the East River. We hosted 70 high school students from Renaissance High and West Bronx Academy as well as 89 fourth-graders from Barreto Park. After five hauls of our seine, we had collected seven fish species, including Atlantic silverside (high count with 200), striped killifish, mummichogs, and northern pipefish, as well as young-of-year black sea bass, winter flounder, and striped bass. Blue crabs were numerous as were a mix of sand shrimp and shore shrimp. – Chris Bowser, Laura Heady, Emma Clemente

[When those of my generation were in elementary school, the Hudson River Valley was never on the education menu. We learned of the Nile, the Ganges, the Yangtze, and maybe the Mississippi. Mentions of Native Americans included only the Iroquoian, never Algonquian speakers, the real Hudson River Indians. As for wildlife, native Hudson Valley species were substituted with bison, grizzly bears, New World Monkeys, and fauna of the Serengeti. It is heartening now to read of the intense teaching of this generation by a river-long and watershed-wide cadre of talented educators. –  Tom Lake]

We like our ghosts green,

UGS

 

 

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Happy National Seafood Month, 46th Anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and National Repair Saturday, UESiders!!

Perfect way to celebrate the edible creatures of of the sea??  A meal heavy on any of the marine deliciousness American Seafood has on offer!!

PLUS…

Consider downing some oysters at the great NYC restaurants supporting the restoration of our NYC harbor via the One Billion Oyster Project!! 

(Yes, we’re inquiring how we all might contribute shells from eaten-at-home oysters to that good work!!)

(And, no, oysters aren’t mammals!!)

THEN…

Position yourself in front of the TV and tune in the new series “Consumer Reports TV”...  Debuting this Saturday with an episode instructing us how to repair smashed cellphone glass!!

Meanwhile, there’s the 7 days ahead:

Saturday, October 19th:  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, Samascott,  Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski,  Ale Wife, Hawthorne, Walnut Hill and Cherry Lane Farms!!

Pretty unlikely the Master Knife Sharpener will be honing away…  But then we want her fit as a fiddle and ready to deal with our turkey-carving cutlery!!

Mega Market Manager Margaret words of the week for us grown-up shoppers are:  “Head for the Market Info Tent and take your best shot at guessing the weight of The Great Greenmarket Pumpkin (and acting like a kid if you like!) while posing for photos with the giant gourd!!  For actual little ones, grab a tasty Halloween treat featuring Greenmarket Grains, get creative with some coloring, then cozy up for  a special storytime with our favorite UES witch (the great Natalie Cronin) from 10am to noon!!” 

Last but hardly least, MMM Margaret reveals:  “Emeritus 82nd Manager G will be making a guest appearance at 82nd Street this Saturday!!”

Recycling totals 10/5:   52 lbs batteries;  11 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  2 pairs of eye glasses; 3 makeup brushes; 12 compost bins;  40 bags of clothes.   Paper shredded:  7620!!

Three tons plus shredded paper!!  (Bring on those make-up brushes!!)

Saturdays, October 20th & 27th:  More Celebrating of Autumn at the Alice Aycock Pavillion

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

On tap this Sunday the 20th:  Music by Gene Casey & the Lone Sharks, face and mini-pumpkin painting and ever delicious treats by the ice cream geniuses of Melt!!  Entirely free and welcoming to one and all!!  A Friends of the East River Esplanade program!!  For more and rain dates…  

Saturday, October 27th:  Park Painting and Wetland Cleanup

132nd to 145th Streets on the Harlem River Greenway, 93am1230pm

Join our just-to-the-north neighbors in a thorough-going fall cleanup/improvement project on our wonderful, shared East River!!  Organized by CIVITAS.  For more and to RSVP… 

Sunday, October 20th:  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, Consider Bardwell, Meredith’s Bakery, Phillips and Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue Farms!!

Made lamb burgers from Sun Fed last week…  Lip-smacking!!

Alta Manager Margaret’s has this wisdom of the week:  “We’ll be whipping up a classic, warming turmeric beverage long believed to ease seasonal ailments but, for sure, adding a little heat to the chilly weekend!”

Recycling totals 10/13:  TBA 

Saturday, October 21st, Friday & Saturday, October 26th & 27th:  The Murder Mystery at the Mount Vernon Hotel

421 East 61st Street, 6:15pm & 7:30pm  

Holy crow!!  A skeleton’s been found at the previously peaceful and unblemished Mount Vernon Hotel (Museum)!!  Not only that, but the likes of us are asked to sus out the guilty parties and by candlelight no less!!  Best for those 10 years old and up…  And adults, of course!!  Children under 12, $15.  Adults, $25.  For more and reservations (a must)

Saturday & Sunday, October  29thSunday, October 21st:  The Schurz Park Halloween Howl & Healthy Hound Fair

Schurz Park Hockey Court, East End Avenue at 87th Street,  11am-3pm

The UES classic, amazingly creative canine costume competition now melded with the latest in pet wellness info and products!!   Doesn’t get more family friendly!! Howl registration ($10 to benefit the Park Conservancy), 11am-1pm.  Hound Health Fair, 1-3pm.  Howl competition, 1-3pm. 

Monday, October 22nd:  East 86th Street Annual Meeting   

Church of the Advent of Hope, 111 East 87th Street, 6:30pm

Plenty of issues to discuss as this essential UES thoroughfare undergoes yet another wave of change.  Looks for many if not all our electeds to be in attendance, too!! 

Fast approaching:

Sunday, November 4th:  5th Annual GreenParkGardener NYC Pumpkin Smash!!

East River Esplanade via the the 63rd & York Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, 1-4pm

Only heroic Marathon stragglers left on First…  So grab that soon-to-be-moldy Halloween jack-olantern and head down to the Esplanade for the Great Smashing of Pumpkins…  That’ll thereafter become compost gold!!  After-Smash treats for one and all!!  Doesn’t get more fun or green!!

Friday, November 9th:  New York City’s Water System: 
A Talk by Adam Bosch  

Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, 7-9pm

Director of Public Affairs of NYC Department of Environmental Protection Patrick Bosch enlightens uf all on  the NYC DEP operates, maintains and protects the largest municipal water supply in the USA!!  Another great NYC H2O program!!  $20.  For more and tickets

Miscellany, kicking off with one item of activism:

Great that heat’s being put on supermarket chains across the U.S. to disengage from plastic bags…  Albertsons now!!

And possible activism:

Looks like the NYC public’ll be required to stand in defense of Governors Island

Meanwhile, our neighbors in Hell’s Kitchen prevailed and converted an erstwhile parking lot into Canoe Plaza Park!!  (Thanks to Hell’s Kitchen reader Kathleen Treat for the tip!)

Yes, you can get your very own daily air quality alert from NYState!

What our NYS Conservation Officers were contending with the last 7 days… 

Whoa!!  The weather we’ve been having is affecting the barley crop…  And therefore, possibly, beer production!!

Double whoa!!  The horrible invasive spotted lantern fly’s been spotted in Suffolk County

Wow!  The  Sunday Times’ special section with a map of every building in the U.S.A.!!

Then there’s the New Yorker voter turnout block-by-block map… 

No question, we need this guide to e-bikes

NYC  buildings that – as per New York Magazine – “stand out like sore thumbs

Of course, we’ve got wild apple trees in NYC!!

Seed Saving 101 (from NYState via Oregon)…

And tips on preserving this year’s harvest

Black pepper once had competition

Meanwhile, one of the world’s largest organisms – the aspen trees of the Pando  – is in deep trouble…

Wandering well off the reservation:

Another Viking boat found!!  (A Viking ship of more modern vintage is soon to be visiting NYC and welcoming visitors aboard!) 

TIme for the furry and finned:

Great pix from Cathedral of St. John the Divine’s 34th annual blessing of the animals…

Whew!!  Kitten saved from subway tracks…  With comment by the rescuer!!

Miniature horses as service animals

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

10/5 – Brooklyn:  A team of NYSDEC educators joined us at the Pier 4 beach in Brooklyn Bridge Park for a morning seine. Included among the fishes we caught were northern pipefish, Atlantic silverside, skilletfish, and bay anchovies (it had been more than a year since we last caught anchovies). The fishes of the day were two little silver perch 35 and 40 millimeters. Other life in the seine included blue crabs, hermit crabs, moon jellyfish, comb jellies, mud snails, and shore shrimp. The salinity in the East River was 24 parts-per-thousand.  (one inch = 25.4 millimeters) – Christina Tobitsch, Haley McClanahan, Shad Hopson, Chris Bowser

bay anchovy

A Bay Anchovy

10/12 – Manhattan, HRM 13.5: From Inwood Hill Park this afternoon, I counted four large skeins of brant heading down the river to the southwest. My best guess was that there were at least 250 birds. – Nathan O’Reilly

Brandt Goose

A Brandt Goose

[Legendary ecologist Dery Bennett used to mark the seasons by noting how brant, a small species of goose, would return to Sandy Hook (NJ) each autumn around Columbus Day to spend the winter. They would then leave Sandy Hook in late May the next year, “shoving off for the Canadian Arctic where they breed and fledge young.” Tom Lake]

Evergreenly, 

UGS

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Happy World Octopus Day, UESiders…

May the many-legged critters thrive!!  

And for any who might be doubting, here’re 8 big fat reasons why octopi are deserving of their very own day!! 

With that…  On to the truly jam-packed week ahead:

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 12th, 13th & 14th:  Polish Documentary Film Festival

Ida K. King Recital Hall, Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue

Three days, 12 films (majority of political subjects) with directors and producers available for conversation!!  Free but you need to RSVP… 

Saturday, October 12th:  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,  Sikking Flowers, Samascott,  Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski,  Ale Wife, Hawthorne, Walnut Hill and Cherry Lane Farms!!

Still uncertain if our Master Knife Sharpener will be at her table honing or not…

Mega Market Manager Margaret’s news flashes of the week are:  “Market Manager Annabel will be featuring cabbage complete with fun cabbage facts, lots of delicious recipes and a tasty cooking demo!!  And don’t forget to see what our new meat producer, Sunfed Beef is cooking up and offering for samples!!  AND just 2 more weeks to treat yourself to some gorgeous Sikking flowers before their season with us ends!!” 

Recycling totals 10/5:   77 lbs batteries;  16 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  9 pairs of eye glasses; 11 compost bins;  25 bags of clothes.   Paper shredded:  TBA!!

Eye glasses total building…

Sunday, October 13th:  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, Consider Bardwell, Meredith’s Bakery, Phillips and Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue Farms!!

Fingers crossed Halal returns this Sunday! 

Alta Manager Margaret says:  “The clock is ticking on our seasonal markets so let’s get out out and enjoy all that 92nd has to offer while we still can!!  Example 1:  The last blush of summer vegetables…  Example 2:  The fall  fruit and vegs that’re now taking over market tables…  And don’t forget that frequent shopper card or to stop by the market info tent to see what Manager G’s cooking up!”

Recycling totals 10/6:  24 lbs batteries;  11 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  5 compost bins 

Saturday & Sunday, October 13th & 14th:  Open House New York 

Citywide!!

So many marvelous places, so many so infrequently available to New Yorkers…   So many on right here on the UES…  Check ’em out!! 

Saturday, October 13th:  MV4NY Environmental Stewardship Day

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

Another fabulous UES family event organized by Moslem Volunteers of New York, the group that’s bringing ailing Ruppert Park back to life in so many ways!!  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 public space!!  (Rain date  October 20th…)

Saturday, October 13th:  Dog Licensing Event

Bellevue Park South,  26th to 28th Streets between First & Second, 10am-1pm

Yeah, the NYC Health Code requires that you dog owners attach a license tag to your dog’s collar while in public…  Otherwise, fines!!  So hand over the $8.50 for spayed/ neutered dogs or $34 per year for non-spayed or non-neutered.  Plus, Fido’s licenses can be purchased or renewed for one to five years.  Plus, all credit cards accepted (but no cash)!!  For future and even nearer events

Saturday, October 13th:  Schurtz Park Harvest Festival

Locations throughout the Park, 11am – 1pm

A live-action scare crow…  Pumpkin decorating…  An actual  horse-drawn carriage ride…  Music by Thunder & Sunshine!!  Free, but you’ll need a timed ticket…   

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! Join the amazing Green Park Gardeners to plant daffodils, tulips and an array of other bulbs (generously donated by Friends of the East River Esplanade) in their state-of-the-art native plant garden 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.)

On the horizon:

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

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

These marvelous riverside afternoons of music, kid fun and ice cream at the Pavillion are already well on their way to being UES and Esplanade traditions!!  Entirely free and welcoming to one and all!!  A Friends of the East River Esplanade program!!  For more and rain dates  

Sunday, October 21st:  The Schurz Park Halloween Howl & Healthy Hound Fair

Schurz Park Hockey Court, East End Avenue at 87th Street,  11am-3pm

The UES classic, amazingly creative canine costume competition now melded with the latest in pet wellness info and products!!   Doesn’t get more family friendly!! Howl registration ($10 to benefit the Park Conservancy), 11am-1pm.  Hound Health Fair, 1-3pm.  Howl competition, 1-3pm. 

Monday, October 22nd:  East 86th Street Annual Meeting   

Church of the Advent of Hope, 111 East 87th Street, 6:30pm

Plenty of issues to discuss as this essential UES thoroughfare undergoes yet another wave of change.  Looks for many if not all our electeds to be in attendance, too!! 

November already:

Sunday, November 4th:  5th Annual GreenParkGardener NYC Pumpkin Smash!!

East River Esplanade via the the 63rd & York Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, 1-4pm

Grab that soon-to-be-moldy Halloween pumpkin and head down to the Esplanade for the Great Smashing of Pumpkins…  That’ll thereafter become compost gold!!  After-Smash treats for one and all!!  Doesn’t get more fun or greener!!

Tuesday, November 13th:  “Yeti, Set Snow” Winter Show 

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, Central Park 

What happens when a young girl named and her friend cross paths with a snow-hating Yeti?  Kids of your acquaintance will love finding out!!  Another Marionette Theater classic!!  $8-$12.  For tickets and more… 

Wednesday, November 14th:  Coastal Resilliance – How to Improve It Forum

Seafarers and International House, 123 East 15th Street, 6:30pm

Experts Judith Weis (Professor of Biological Sciences, Rutgers), Kate Boicourt (Director of Resilience, Waterfront Alliance) and Noah Chesnin (NY Aquarium/Wildlife Conservation Society) weigh in on this all important subject!!  Free but contributions always welcome…

Sunday, November 18th:  Wastewater & Nature Tour – A Walking Tour 

Hunters Point Avenue Station, Long Island City, 1-3pm

From Newtown Creek to a storm water mitigation program to the digester eggs to the Newtown Creek Nature Walk…  All this in honor of – ahem – World Toilet Day!!  Organized by NYC H2O, FLUSH and the Newtown Creek Alliance.  Free but donations welcome.  To RSVP (a must)…

From the miscellany file:  

Major U.S. utility company Duke – of many waste pond/lake spillage/river & drinking water pollution incidents – is set to invest $500B in battery energy storage!!  

Seems like management of Roosevelt Island’s Octagon is set on evicting community art space and replacing it with a rental office

So much brighter:

Check out this News Hour piece on the good the Chinese embargo on our recycled stuff can bring…

There’s a move a foot to rename the John Jay Park Pool in honor of former, long-serving Parks Commissioner and UES resident Henry Stern!!   Should you agree, why not drop current Commissioner Mitchell Silver a line…??

The latest in Little Free Libraries ( a la LPizza Hut!)…

Bring on the animals:

The week in bird/raptor migration south

What bees do during solar eclipses…  (Elementary school kids helped find out!) 

A llama wandering the streets of Brooklyn

Spotted a monarch butterfly fluttering about the UES?  Report it…!!

Let’s wrap things up with a snippet from the Hudson River Almanac: 

9/20 – Brooklyn:  We had a busy day as second-graders from the Bronx came to Brooklyn Bridge Park to learn about seining in the East River and help identify our catch. We had staff working the nets from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM completing 22 hauls. Our final tally included striped bass, Atlantic silverside, northern pipefish, Atlantic menhaden, spot, comb jellies, and moon jellyfish. The catch of the day, however, did not come out of the seine net, but from along the rocky shoreline where there were several tide pools. There, as students beach-combed, they came across a pair of tiny young-of-summer horseshoe crabs…  One the size of a nickel, the other a dime!!  This marked the first time Conservancy staff have found horseshoe crabs in the Park!! – Christina Tobitsch

Baby Horseshoe Crabs

Those Baby Horseshoe Crabs!!

[The Atlantic horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) is a relic from a long-ago time. As an arthropod, they look more like a trilobite than a crab – their ancestry dates back 445 million years. They are considered a “vulnerable” species due to harvest pressures. New York State maintains a strict annual harvest quota that is fine-tuned as necessary.  – Tom Lake]

9/26 – Manhattan: At Saint Luke’s Garden in the West Village on Hudson and Barrow streets, I saw among the monarch butterflies two territorial ruby-throated hummingbirds vying for position on a large butterfly bush.  There was also a first for me, a hummingbird moth, that looked like a miniature lobster. – Robert Shapiro

hummingbird-moth_10

A Hummingbird Moth

Evergreeningly yours,

UGS

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Happy Home Energy Efficiency Day & Columbus Day/Three-Day Weekend, UESiders!!

Just the right time to be buying new mattresses, Consumer Reports tells us!!

Meanwhile…

Perhaps you noticed the spiffed-up look – tidy tree beds, freshly laid mulch – of street tree beds 79th to 86th…?

Or the results of It’s My Park Day at Isaacs Park…?

All thanks to efforts of great neighbor/volunteers from Redeemer Church, NYC Tree Stewards and folks of the UES hood!! 

And absolutely, people, there’re plenty more chances to be wielding a trowel yourself in the weeks ahead:

Saturday, October 5th:  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,  Sikking Flowers, Samascott,  Old Mother Hubbert,  Gajeski,  Ale Wife, Hawthorne, Walnut Hill Farm and Cherry Lane Farms!!

Mega Market Manager Margaret’s news flashes are:  “Only two weeks of beautiful flowers at 82nd left on Sikking Farm’s clock!!  As last Saturday’s down-the-block line attests, Samascott’s tables are over-flowing with the 2018 crop of apples and pears!!  Ballard’s Honey won’t be with us this week but, hopefully, will be returning next!!  Looking forward to October 20th, come to the market prepared for some special Halloween tricks and a special treat!”  

Went for Walnut Hill’s sopressa last week…  Totally delicious!! 

Yup, she’s feeling much improved, but our Master Knife Sharpener has another commitment – not involving knives – this weekend!!

Recycling totals 9/29:   61 lbs batteries;  19 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  12 compost bins;  34 bags of clothes   Paper shredded:  TBA!!

(Sanitation’s shorting our bins again!!)

Sunday, October 6th:  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, Consider Bardwell, Meredith’s Bakery,  Halal Pastures, Phillips, Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue Farms  and NS Wager’s Cider Mill!!

Alta Manager Margaret advises:  “Only 6 more Sundays left in 92nd Street’s season!!  (FYI, as usual, the market is closed for the NYC Marathon, this year on November 4th).   But back to this Sunday…  When Manager Guamrit will be featuring fennel in her ever outstanding weekly demo!!   And when, yes, the Frequent Shopper Program continues!!

Recycling totals 9/30  22 lbs batteries;  19 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair eyeglasses;  6 compost bins 

6 bins… !!   2017 RECORD OFFICIALLY BROKEN INTO TINY GREEN PIECES!!

Wednesday, October 10th:  EPA Regulation Rollbacks: Impact on Climate and Public Health Forum

Seafarers and International House, 123 E. 15th Street, 7pm

Addressing the subject will be Bridget Lee (Senior Attorney, Sierra Club, Litigating Coal Ash Rules), Alejandra Nunez (Senior Attorney, Sierra Club, Litigating Clean Power Plan and Car Emission Standards) and Vijay Limaye, Science and Health Fellow at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and former scientist at the EPA.  Free.

Thursday, October 11th:  From Dickens to Downton – Victorian to Edwardian Food

 The General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street, 6:15pm with reception following

Food historian, Carl Raymond details what was eaten and how it was prepared and served up in Merry Olde England from the Industrial Revolution to the beginning of World War I!!  Presented by the Royal Oak Foundation.  Can’t be anything but anything but fun!!  Members, $30.  Non-members, $40.  For tickets and more… 

Saturday, October 13th:  A Milliner’s Trade: Hat and Hair Ornaments Workshop 

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 1pm

Prominent hat designer Lisa McFadden – you’ll find her work in Women’s Wear – invites you to bring your baubles, beads, and stray earrings (the Museum’ll provide feathers, foundations, fabrics and trims) to repurpose into gorgeous period hatwear finery!!   Adults, $25.  Members & Students, $20.  For more and tickets

Saturday, October 13th:  MV4NY Environmental Stewardship Day

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

Another fabulous UES family event organized by Moslem Volunteers of New York, the group that’s bringing ailing Ruppert Park back to life in so many ways!!  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 public space!!  (Rain date  October 20th…)

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! Join the amazing Green Park Gardeners to plant daffodils, tulips and an array of other bulbs (generously donated by Friends of the East River Esplanade) in their state-of-the-art native plant garden 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.)

Thursday, October 16th:  World War I Centennial Commemoration  Evening

Lycée Français de New York, 505 East 75th Street, 6:30-9pm

And what better way for UESiders to mark the First World War’s Centennial than attending a screening of classic bio pic of the man for whom our own York Avenue was named…  Heroic WWI Sergeant Alvin York!!  There’ll be distinguished speakers and music, too!!  Free.  To reserve a seat

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

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

These marvelous riverside afternoons of music, kid fun and ice cream at the Pavillion are already well on their way to being a UES and Esplanade traditions!!  Entirely free and welcoming to one and all!!  A Friends of the East River Esplanade program!!  For more and rain dates…  

Thursday, October 25th & Friday, October 26th:  Little Red Lighthouse Tour  

Fort Washington Park, Riverside Drive at 155th Street, 12:30pm

Built in 1880, moved to its present location in 1921 and non-operable since 1948, this quaint, wonderful bit of history is wonderfully sited, remains mostly intact and is rarely open for the public to visit!!  Arranged by Untapped Cities with a first-come/first-served lottery opening at high noon, October 11th.  Free with Untapped Cities’ membership, $60.

Saturday & Sunday, October 21st & 22nd:  Giant Pumpkin Weekend at the NY Botanical Garden

2300 Eastern Boulevard, The Bronx

And we quote, “Monstrous pumpkins from around the country—some weighing in at more than a ton—once again arrive at the Garden, arranged in collaboration with the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth.   Meet the growers, learn more about the growing process during Q&A sessions and enjoy photo ops with these giant gourds, on display through October 31st.   Adults, $28.   Seniors & Students, $25.   Children 2-132 free.  Members and children under 2, free.   For tickets and more ( including a look at 2017’s giants!)… 

Sunday, October 21st:  The Schurz Park Halloween Howl & Healthy Hound Fair

Schurz Park Hockey Court, East End Avenue at 87th Street,  11am-3pm

The UES classic, amazingly creative canine costume competition now melded with the latest in pet wellness info and products!!   Doesn’t get more family friendly!! Howl registration ($10 to benefit the Park Conservancy), 11am-1pm.  Hound Health Fair, 1-3pm.  Howl competition, 1-3pm. 

Suddenly, it’s November:

Sunday, November 4th:  5th Annual GreenParkGardenerNYC Pumpkin Smash!!

East River Esplanade via the the 63rd & York Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, 1-4pm

Grab that soon-to-be-moldy Halloween pumpkin and head down to the Esplanade for the Great Smashng of Pumpkins…  That’ll soon become compost gold!!  After Smash treats for one and all!!  Doesn’t get more fun or greener!!

Friday, November 9th:  New York City’s Water System: 
A Talk by Adam Bosch  

Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, 7-9pm

Director of Public Affairs of NYC Department of Environmental Protection Patrick Bosch enlightens uf all on  the NYC DEP operates, maintains and protects the largest municipal water supply in the USA!!  Another great NYC H2O program!!  $20.  For more and tickets

Miscellany:

No surprise, other NYC neighbors are needing our help saving another venerable building…  

Cornell and NYS DEC are collaborating on a lab to control invasive species presently attacking our hemlock trees

GE’s now well into the wind turbine business…  (Let’s hope, this time round, they won’t be leaving industrial pollution in their new products’  wake!!)

The origin of the plastic bag… 

The Central Park Fall Foliage Guide

Action never lets up for NYS Conservation Officers… 

A moment’s pause for some advocacy:

Should you think AT&T and Verizon could and should be greener

If you believe the latest attempt to alter The Frick should be resisted… 

And science:

The NYS DEC asks those “harvesting” Mallard and American Black ducks to submit carcasses so the diet of our feathered friends can be studied... 

So how do landfill operators try to keep tons of waste from leaching into drinking water supplies?  There’s a webinar to tell us… 

Going lighter:

Open House New York Weekend will be upon us soon…  (The UES’s own Bohemian Hall‘s included!)  

We New Yorkers are not alone in our irritation with an abundance of “street furniture”…     

Critter time:

Bird Count 101

And the week in bird migration south

A new NYS law allows pets to board any public transportation service in the event of a state of emergency and evacuation! 

NYS DEC’s urging us to be watchful for moose in the Adirondacks!!

And deer in the Bronx!!

Sorry to say all the “enumerators” needed have already signed up, but there’s going to be a Central Park squirrel census!!

squirrel census

She/He Wants To Be Counted!

What would a week be without Hudson River Almanac observations:

9/16 – Inwood Hill Park, HRM 13: The “fish-focus” of the Macaulay Honors College 2018 BioBlitz sampled the Hudson River at Inwood Hill Park in northern Manhattan over the last two days. We collected fish using killifish traps and seines. High count among the ten species of fishes we caught was Atlantic silverside (48). Seasonally resident fishes included naked goby, northern pipefish, winter flounder, summer flounder, hogchoker, oyster toadfish, white perch, American eel, and ten young-of-year striped bass. We saw Atlantic menhaden but did not manage to catch one.  In addition to fish, we also caught blue crabs, shore shrimp (Palaemonetes spp.), comb jellies, moon jellyfish, and mud snails. The river temperature was 78 degrees F, and the salinity was 14.0 parts-per-thousand (ppt). (Photo of hogchoker courtesy of Peter Park) – Peter J. Park

Hogchocker

A Hogchoker

[A “bio blitz” is a 24-hour biological inventory whose goal is to find as many organisms as possible within the confines of a predetermined location.  – Peter J. Park]

9/19 – Manhattan:  As we were sorting through our catch back at our WetLab on Pier 40, we were treated to an amazing sight. A few yards off our floating dock, a double-crested cormorant surfaced with its own catch-of-the-day, a 10-inch oyster toadfish. After a brief struggle, the cormorant ate the fish head first. – Toland Kister, Siddhartha Hayes

Black Comorant

A Black Comorant

Yours in enduring greenness,

UGS

 

 

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