Happy Bill of Rights Day, UESiders!!
December 13th being the day that, in 1952, the Constitution and Declaration of Independence were transferred from storage in the Department of State to an alcove specially constructed for the documents’ display in the National Archives building!!
Check out the Archives’ video on why and how the move was made…
That while contemplating the greatness of each/both…
And enjoying every minute of the pre-Christmas holiday week ahead:
Saturday, December 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, Samascott, Ole Mother Hubbert, SunFed Beef, Alewife, Hawthorne Valley, Walnut Hill, Consider Bardwell and Nolasco Farms!!
As you make out this Saturday’s shopping list, Mega Manager Margaret advises: “In celebration of Grains Week, 82nd Street’ll be hosting both the great Greenmarket Regional Grains Project (add superb supplies for your holiday baking needs to locally grown beans and unique pastas made from heirloom grain varieties) and Springbrook Farm Distillery (primo spirits to get you into the holiday mood – just in case you’re not there yet)!!”
Then adds: “Unfortunately the unseasonably cold weather upstate has kept the ground frozen preventing Alewife from harvesting the remainder of their crops so they will not be in this week. They are hoping this weekend’s warmer weather will cause enough of a thaw so they can harvest for next week. Stay tuned!”
Last but hardly least, this Margaret wisdom: “So many gift options at the market this time of year… Example: For those folks on your list who have everything try gifting them some Greenmarket tokens so they can choose for themselves and support our local farmers at the same time!! Stop by the info tent for details!!”
Last Week’s Recycling Totals – 85 lbs batteries; 17 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 make-up wands; 11 pairs of eye glasses; 13 compost bins; 40 bags of clothes
YET ANOTHER 13 BIN WEEK!!
Sunday, December 16th: 119th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count
For the UES: Central Park
Who wouldn’t want to be part of America’s longest-running citizen science project? The Central Park count organized/hosted by NYC Audubon. For more and to volunteer (and scroll down to page 19)…
Tuesday, December 18th: Holiday Celebration & Concert for Peace
Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Avenue, 7pm
Commemorating the World War I Armistice, the concert features the award-winning and UES favorite Cantori Chorus. Sponsored by the Office of Assembly Member Seawright. Free, but do RSVP or 212-288-4607…
Wednesday, December 19th: CM Powers’ City Hall in Your Borough
Hunter College, West Building, 904 Lexington Avenue, 6:30pm
Start accumulating all those questions you’ve been yearning to pose to the Mayor and members of his administration!! There’ll be updates on municipal projects, too!! See you there!!
Get ready for 2019:
Saturday Friday, January 4th to Monday, January 13th: Mulchfest 2018!!
Remove ornaments, lights and tinsel and get that tree out and curbside on your usual Sanitation pick-up days… No wrapping your tree in plastic either!!
OR BETTER STILL…
Saturday, January 11th to Sunday, January 12th: Chipping Weekend!!
Carl Schurz Park, East End Avenue at 86th Street, 10am-2pm
Transport that tree up to Schurz Park, watch it be chipped and depart with not only a bag of mulch but the satisfaction of knowing your holiday tree’ll be enriching street and park trees throughout the city throughout the coming year!!
Wednesday, January 9th: Open Space Dialogues – Healthy Spaces, Active Places Forum
New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, 6:30pm
Representatives of government, nonprofits, and neighborhood groups discuss and enlighten on how to create opportunities for active physical recreation in our parks!! Free but please RSVP…
Friday, February 15th to Monday, February 18th: Great Backyard Bird Count
So, okay, backyards are in short supply on the UES… But have we ever got parks and an Esplanade… And birds are forever turning up in non-park NYC locations!! To get yourself into this wonderful loop (and scroll down to page 19!!)…
In the miscellany/pre-Christmas activism file:
If your of the opinion that factory farms shouldn’t be exempt from reporting their toxic air emissions…
Or – on the local front – that the area south of Union Square is deserving of landmark protection…
Onto the good foot:
And the green good foot:
How about Made-in-NYC holiday gifts…
How about a NYS New Year’s Day/First Day hike (great for the whole family)…
What wrapping paper is and isn’t recyclable:
Continuing down the green Christmas road, how about LED Christmas lights??!
All over the lot:
Come 2019, the Guggenheim’ll be open 7 days a week!!
First there was its amazing waste-to-energy plant… Now Copenhagen’s home to a ground-breaking solar building facade!!
Ho-ho-ho, you animals:
Meet the marine mammals of NYC… (Including the Santa-like – whiskers, belly – harbor seal…)
This week’s Hudson River Almanac installment:
12/5 – Staten Island: In late morning, on the east side of Brooks Pond in Clove Lakes Park in northern Staten Island, I spotted a varied thrush. It was robin-size with a dark bill, prominent orange eyebrows, an orange breast with a dark band, and its breast feathers were rough, not smooth. I saw it again twice more into mid-afternoon. The area is comprised of lawn with large oaks, sweet gum trees, brushy hedgerows with fruiting bittersweet, and multiflora rose along the pond. – Catherine Barron
[A record such as this one is accorded the description of an “Accidental.” In the parlance of Stan DeOrsey, these are birds that are found far out of their normal range, and while known to wander great distances, were not expected. The varied thrush (Ixoreus naevius) breeds in the evergreen forests of northwestern North America, from Alaska to northern California. While there have been several dozen records of varied thrush state-wide, the last known sighting on Staten Island was in November 1936. – Tom Lake]
12/5 – Hudson River Estuary: With the cold weather and subsequent cold-water season upon us, Kim Durham (New York State Sea Turtle Coordinator, Atlantic Marine Conservation Society) urges us to be on the lookout for stranded sea turtles. If you come upon a sea turtle, whether you think it’s alive or dead, immediately call the New York State Stranding Hotline at (631) 369-9829. Some sea turtles become paralyzed when “cold stunned,” giving the appearance of death but are actually in dire need of recovery and resuscitation. If you have photos or video, please send them to email@example.com. – Tom Lake
[Records of sea turtles in the lower estuary have been limited to Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii). Juvenile Kemp’s ridleys (2-3-year-olds) have been documented using Long Island Sound as an intermediate habitat and occasionally, but rarely, we find one in the lower estuary. The most recent Kemp’s ridley occurrence was last July when beach-walkers at Rockaway Peninsula noticed a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle in need of rescuing. The last report in the estuary was August 1995, when Buddy Long, trolling for bluefish, collected a prop-injured sea turtle in the river off Spuyten Duyvil (river mile 14). – Tom Lake]
12/6 – Manhattan: When we checked our research sampling gear in Hudson River Park at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25, we thought our pots and traps were empty. But there it was, our first sand shrimp of the season! – Siddhartha Hayes, Melissa Rex, Toland Kister
[Sand shrimp (Crangon septemspinosa) are delightful little crustaceans, generally less than 50 mm long. As their common name implies, they are brown, and their camouflage allows them to “dissolve” into sandy bottoms. Along with a few species of Palaemontes, they are colloquially called “grass shrimp,” owing to a preference for the hidden safety and security of aquatic vegetation. (They are the M&M’s of the river for the myriad of predators with which they share the river bottom.) When captured in numbers, they can be very frenetic, bouncing all over. Our students on the beach like to call them “popcorn shrimp.” – Tom Lake]
12/7 – Manhattan: A birding survey of Central Park today resulted in 40 species. Among the highlights were rusty blackbird, pied-billed grebe, barred owl and northern saw-whet owl. Notables at The Reservoir included Canada Geese (75), northern shoveler (43), gadwall, bufflehead, ruddy duck, and American coot. Raptors included the two owls, an immature Cooper’s hawk, and an American kestrel on The Great Lawn. There were four woodpeckers: red-bellied, male yellow-bellied sapsucker, downy, and a northern flicker. Both red-breasted and white-breasted nuthatches were found, along with brown creeper. Elsewhere in the park, there was a hermit thrush, northern mockingbird, and 40 common grackles in Mugger’s Woods, including a leucistic individual with a white head. – Robert DeCandido
May your Christmas and New Year be stupendously great and green,