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!!
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And don’t forget that we UESiders can drop off unwanted/out-of-date prescriptions year round at several locations just blocks away…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
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:
Or should you support the (endangered) Endangered Species Act…
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!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bring on those animals:
The past week in bird migration… (How gorgeous is a purple finch?!!)
No surprise, advanced tech’s now saving elephants from poachers!!
The Central Park Squirrel Census and downright colorful history of squirrels in America/NYC… (October seems to be Squirrel Awareness Month!!)
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
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 (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,