Monthly Archives: April 2019

Happy (Newly Esstablished) National Food Waste Awareness/Winning on Food Waste Reduction Month, UESiders!!

Pretty darned amazing that, in 2019, federal entities EPA, USDA and FDA have joined in an effort to reduce American food waste by 30-40%  by 2030!!

So, government folks, count on NYC UESiders – already established composting champs – to continue filling ever more of those big green bins!! 

On to the week ahead:

Friday, April 26th:  Schurz Park Electronics Recycling Event

Carl Schurz Park, East End Avenue & 86th Street, 10am-4pm

So you’ve been postponing that trip over to Best Buy with a taxi full of aged electronics…  Lucky you, you’ll soon be able to shed it all-but on your front doorstep!!  Organized by Lower East Side Ecology Center.  Free.  For what’s accepted

Saturday, April 27th:  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, Ole Mother Hubbert, SunFed Beef,  Ballard Honey, Alewife, Hawthorne Valley (with  Consider Bardwell items), Gayeski and Nolasco Farms!!

Market Manager Ciana has these treats in store for us:  “I’ll be highlighting spring greens! Different ways to store them so they keep fresh longer without plastic, sticking with GrowNYC’s April theme of Plastic Cleanse month.   And this week’s cooking demo will be featuring – you guess it! – a variety of greens!!”

(We all can celebrate #plasticcleanse month by loading up on re-usable produce bags available at Ciana’s table!!)

Last but couldn’t be farther from least, our one and only Master Knife Sharpener will be making her annual April return to 82nd Street and will she ever be primed to hone!!

Last Week’s Recycling Totals –  71 lbs batteries;  18 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;   2 pairs eye glasses; 12 compost bins;  43 bags of clothes

Brilliant for a holiday weekend!!

Friday, April 26th:  Battle of the Boroughs – City Nature Challenge Part I at Schurz Park

Meet at 86th Street & East End Avenue, 9am-12pm

The challenge:  Make as many observations – identifying weeds, birds, bugs, fungi, lichens – in this gorgeous park as you can!!  Plus have fun and help record nature under the guidance of UESider and champion iNaturalist contributor, Susan Hewitt!!   No need to RSVP, but feel free to contact @susanhewitt for more details…

Saturday, April 27th:  Earth Love Day on Roosevelt Island

Good Shepherd Plaza Farmers Market, 9am-2pm

How green are our Roosevelt Island neighbors?  Deep compost-and-battery- collecting green!!  As in celebrating their Earth Love Day with a compost give-back, eco activities and info on how the Island can be even greener!!  For more… 

Saturday, April 27th:  Car Free Earth Day

Broadway from Times Square to Union Square, 9am-3pm

Explore near 30 blocks of the Great White Way on foot and with six stops where we can add to our environmental smarts!!  Free.  For the complete lowdown...  

Saturday, April 27th:  Walking with Warhol Tour

Meeting place disclosed with ticket purchase, 11am

Oh, yeah, there was The Factory downtown…  BUT, newcomers, one of the hippest individuals ever resided right here on the UES!!  AND guided by architectural historian Matt Postal you can discover where in the hood he lived and hung out!!  Organized by Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts.  Members, $15.  Non-members, $25.  To sign up

Saturday, April 27th:  Spring Celebration at the Aycock Pavillion

60th Street  & the East River Esplanade, 1-4pm 

Spring season on our wonderful Esplanade begins with live music from Home Cookin’, ice cream treats,  a ton of fun for kids and more!!  An Esplanade Friends’ event!!  For more and future Saturday fun

It really is May:

Friday, May 3rd – Sunday, May 5th:  Jane’s Walk Weekend

Throughout the City

No better description of the great annual festival inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs:  “During Jane’s Walk weekend, the simple act of exploring the city is enhanced with personal observations, local history and civic engagement.  Jane’s Walk encourages people to share stories about their neighborhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities and connect with visitors and neighbors alike.”  Free!!  For Walks and to register

Saturday, May 4th:  Historic Workshop – Herbs

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street,  2pm

Learn how herbs were once vital to concoction of necessities from cosmetics to cleaning supplies…  Then make some of your own with the fabulous herbs growing right in the Museum’s lovely garden!!  Adults, $15.  Members & Students, $10.  For tickets

Sunday, May 5th:  P.S. 267 Spring Fling

63rd Street between Second & Third, 11am-3pm

And we quote:  “Get ready for the greatest block party ever!”  Think carnival rides, games, bouncy houses, face painting, Game Truck, BBQ and so much more!  Plus you’ll be supporting one of our great UES schools!!  For more

Monday, May 6th:  6th Annual Esplanade Friends Spring Benefit

The Bentley Hotel, 500 East 62nd Street at York Avenue, 6:30-8:30pm

Set foot on our East River Esplanade of late?  Bet you’ve been amazed at the steady transformation…  The lovely landscaping along the Rockefeller U…  The GreenParkGardeners’ amazing natural pollinator-friendly garden…  The sea of flowering bulbs and summer flora in the 96th Street Planter…  The on-going work by Hospital for Special Surgery and Sloan-Kettering in the Seventies…   So much accomplished!!  So much to be done!!  And we all can be a part of a magnificent UES waterfront soon-to-be!!  Tickets from $150.  For complete details

Saturday, May 11th:  Shred–A-Thon – Pre-Memorial Day Edition

82nd Street Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First & York, 10am-2pm

Just keep in mind:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Hold on to your hardcovers for the time being!!)

We thank AM Seawright & CMs Powers and Kallos for their continuing support!!

Saturday, May 11th:  Watercolor Portrait Workshop

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 2pm

A companion piece to the Museum’s just-opened exhibit:  “Who Do Say You Are –  Portraiture Then and Now “…  Create your own portraits or self-portraits, all under the guidance of artist Palen Obesa!!  No experience necessary!!  Free…  For more and to reserve your place (a necessity)…    

Monday, May 13th:  The Hunter College Choir Presents Mozart’s Requiem

Hunter College Assembly Hall,  North Building, 695 Park Avenue (entry on 69th between Park and Lexington Avenues), 7:30pm 

One marvelous spring concert that includes not only the Requiem but the Vesperae solennes de confessore,  Laudate Dominum and Ave verum Corpus, too!!  Free.  For more…    (Thank you, Linda Goldsmith, for putting us in the know!!)

Sunday, May 19th:  It’s My Park Day at Isaacs Park 

Stanley Isaacs Park, First Avenue & 96th Street, 11:30am-3:30pm

Ready this much-loved and heavily-used playground/roller hockey rink/quiet seating public space to shine for the summer season!!  Think weeding, cultivation, applying compost/mulch and planting!!  Tools, gloves, kneepads, great refreshments and best company supplied!!   To sign on…   

Sunday, May 19th:  Greek Jewish Festival

280 Broome Street between Allen & Eldridge Streets, 12-6pm

For all our great city can sometimes seem to be losing character (especially where street fairs are concerned), it remains home to events like this one:  A celebration of the Romaniote and Sephardic heritage of Jewish immigrants from Greece!!  Think kosher Greek food,  homemade Greek pastries, traditional Greek dancing,  live Greek and Sephardic music and more!!  Be there!!  For more

Wednesday, May 22nd – Sunday, June 2nd:  2019 World Science Fair

Throughout the City

Science, yes, but totally accessible, mind-expanding and amazing fun!!   For this year’s extraordinary program line-up and to purchase advance tickets

Thursday, May 23rd:  2019 NYC Food Waste Fair

Brooklyn Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Avenue,  Building 77

And we quote:  “An interactive experience connecting food, beverage and hospitality professionals and home cooks alike with workshops forums, lectures and film on achieving zero food waste, sustainable waste management, on-site compostineg, anerobic digestion and very much more!!   (Encourage your favorite restauranteurs to attend!!)  Tickets, $20-$60  (Use “ILOVECOMPOST” for a 10% discount!!)  For complete details

Saturday, May 26th:  Marble Hill Walking Tour

Meet at Broadway & 225th Street, 11am-1pm

Engineer Bryan Diffley, Project Manager of the High Bridge restoration leads a walk exploring construction of the NYC’s 19th Century Harlem Ship Canal!!  Organized by the great NYC H2O.  $30.  For more and to reserve your place

Activist opportunities of the week:

Think Burger King should cease and desist the use of plastic cups…?

Eeek!  Company we NYCers would rather not keep:  America’s Smoggiest Cities

And in the You-Can’t-Be-Serious File:  Nine years later, cost to install an ADA elevator at the Hunter/68th Street Station on the Lex has leapt from a hardly modest $67.2M to $116M-plus...

Huh?  311 doesn’t cover all NYC

Breezier miscellany:

Heartening to know there’s progress on reducing existing plastics at least partially to raw materials usuable to make new products

Parks’ 2019 SummerStage schedule

Time to sign up NYS DEC’s First Time Camper Program…  Not only are first timers taught how to camp, but DEC provides family tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, camp chairs, lantern and even firewood!! 

Ten fun facts about our Central Park

Last Sunday’s Times devoted its Metropolitan section to that urban endangered species:  Unique and irreplaceable local businesses…  

The week in critters:

NYC’s favorite dog breeds

Life and perilous times of the platypus…  (You bet, there’s a “platypus app!!)

And from the Hudson River Almanac…  The Fish of the Week:

4/7 – Hudson River Watershed: This week’s fishes are from the genus Acipenser which, for us, includes Atlantic, lake, and shortnose sturgeon. They are numbers 11-12-13 (of 228) on our watershed list of fishes. (If you would like a copy of our list, e-mail: trlake7@aol.com.)

[Sturgeon are long-lived fishes. They are the stuff of myth and legend. In terms of evolution, they are a very ancient class of cartilaginous (non-bony) fishes whose ancestry can be traced back several hundred million years.

Both Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon are endangered species, protected by federal law, and possession of either species is prohibited. Research and monitoring by the DEC Hudson RiverFisheries Unit is conducted under a National Marine Fisheries Service permit number 20340. Their presence on the Federal Endangered Species list comes as the result of many factors including over-harvesting.

Atlantic Sturgeon

An Atlantic Sturgeon & Happy Fishman

Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus) are an anadromous species, in that they live most of their lives in marine waters, traveling long distances along the Atlantic coast, visiting other estuaries, but demonstrating fidelity by returning to their natal rivers to spawn. They can grow to immense sizes, as was most recently shown with the discovery (June 2018) of a 14.1-foot-long female on the bottom in the vicinity of Hyde Park. A sturgeon of this size seems mythical. There have always been stories from “old timers” of giant sturgeon at least 14-feet long. Of course, we never believed them. Fully adult Atlantic sturgeon can commonly grow to 6-8-feet long and weigh as much as 200 pounds.

Shortnose sturgeon (A. brevirostrum) are considered an estuarine species in that they spend most, if not all, of their lives in the brackish and freshwater reaches of the estuary where they spawn. However, they are capable of, and on occasion do, enter marine waters. On average, the adults are much smaller than Atlantic sturgeon, usually less than four-feet-long and averaging 15 pounds.

Lake sturgeon (A. fulvescens) are known from the Saint Lawrence River as well as lakes Erie, Ontario, Oneida, Cayuga, and Champlain. They were added to our watershed fish list in 2017, when we were apprised by Doug Carlson that the lake sturgeon had made their way from Oneida Lake into the Mohawk River, and thus our watershed. While lake sturgeon can grow to immense sizes, much like the Atlantic sturgeon, most do not exceed five-feet-long and 80 pounds.

4/17 – Haverstraw Bay, HRM 36: We caught a large shortnose sturgeon (808 millimeters (mm)) today during our juvenile Atlantic sturgeon survey. The shortnose was nearly 32-inches-long, approaching the maximum size for the species. We also caught a small Atlantic sturgeon (268 mm). It is a treat to see these small juvenile Atlantic sturgeon (this one was not much more than ten-inches-long) and to contemplate that one day, they might grow to be eight-feet-long and weigh hundreds of pounds.  [Note: one inch = 25.4 millimeters (mm)] –  DEC Hudson River Fisheries Unit

Tiny Sturgeon

That Little Sturgeon

Happiness is greenness,

UGS

 

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Happy Passover and Easter, UESiders!!

May your celebrations be brimming with family and warmth!!

Happy upcoming – as on Monday – Earth Day and World Penguin Days, too!!

Happening this Earth/World Penguin Day week:

Now to Friday, May 3rd:  Isabella Rossellini in “Link Link Circus”

Frederick Loewe Theatre, Hunter College, 68th Street between Park & Lexington

Who knew Ms. Rossellini’s been working on a Masters in Animal Behavior at Hunter the last few years??  One product of that experience:  This one woman/comedic and scientifically-informed show co-starring her very own dog, Pan!!   Tickets, $42.  Students, $15.  For yours…    

Friday, April 19th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-9:30pm 

Starmaster John Pasmino explains the total what, who and when of black holes…  The man’s always at his best when the subject’s most complex!!   Free!!

Saturday, April 20th:  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, Ole Mother Hubbert, SunFed Beef,  Ballard Honey, Alewife, Hawthorne Valley (with  Consider Bardwell items), Gayeski and Nolasco Farms!!

Mega Market Manager Margaret’s sez:  “Spring is creeping slowly upon us and April showers are truly bringing us some Flowers!   Meaning Sikking Flowers will be back with us this week with seasonal blooms to brighten holiday tables and the week ahead!!  Plus, our new market manager, Ciana, will be featuring both Easter and Passover recipes so be sure to stop by the info tent for a sample!  Oh, and remember April is #plasticcleanse month, so we’ll be selling re-usable produce bags all month! Get one or two just and fill ’em with spring greens!!”

Yes, people, Sikking Flowers returns to 82nd Street this Saturday!!

Last Week’s Recycling Totals –  75 lbs batteries;  22 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;   2 pairs eye glasses; 13 compost bins;  53 bags of clothes

However many bins Sanitation gives us, we UESiders fill ’em!!

Coming up fast:

Friday, April 26th:  Arbor Day 

Everywhere There’s A Tree

A day to admire and love our NYC trees wherever they grow…  So why not (after recycling electronics) take a stroll along a UES Avenue or through a UES park admiring the trunks, branches and foliage described in your The Central Park Tree Guide

Friday, April 26th:  Schurz Park Electronic Recycling Event

Carl Schurz Park, East End Avenue & 86th Street, 10am-4pm

So you’ve been postponing that trip over to Best Buy with a taxi full of aged electronics…  Lucky you, you’ll soon be able to shed it all-but on your front doorstep!!  Organized by Lower East Side Ecology Center.  Free.  For what’s accepted

Friday, April 26th – Monday, April 29th:  Earth Day City  Nature Challenge

Your City Neighborhood, Round the Clock

Learn more about your local flora and fauna while helping scientists document the nature in your neighborhood and having one great time!!  From April 26th to 29th, over 150 cities and millions of people on 6 continents will compete to make the most observations of wild plants and animals in their areas!!  All you need is the free mobile app iNaturalist to join in on the fun! And talk about family friendly!!  (Reminder:  The person with the most iNaturalist entries ever lives right among us on the UES!!)  For the complete lowdown

Saturday, April 27th:  Walking with Warhol Tour

Meeting place disclosed with ticket purchase, 11am

Oh, yeah, there was The Factory downtown…  BUT, newcomers, one of the hippest individuals ever resided right here on the UES!!  AND guided by architectural historian Matt Postal you can discover where in the hood he lived and hung out!!  Organized by Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts.  Members, $15.  Non-members, $25.  To sign up

Saturday, April 27th:  Spring Celebration at the Aycock Pavillion

60th Street  & the East River Esplanade, 1-4pm 

Spring season on our wonderful Esplanade begins with live music from Home Cookin’, ice cream treats,  a ton of fun for kids and more!!  An Esplanade Friends’ event!!  For more and upcoming Saturday fun

Monday, April 29th:  Beyond Plastics Forum

Pace University, Pace Plaza, 3 Spruce Street, Bianco Room, Manhattan, 6–8pm

A variety of experts speak to the challenges and potential for victory posed by a world awash in you-know-what!!  (But, hey, we’re a state that’ll soon be banishing plastic bags!!)  Free.  To pre-register (a must)… 

Then, suddenly, it’s May:

Wednesday, May 1st:  Monthly Kill Your TV Reading Group

Logos Bookstore,   1575 York Avenue between 83rd & 84th Streets, 7 pm 

The group discusses Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor!!

Friday, May 3rd – Sunday, May 5th:  Jane’s Walk Weekeknd

Throughout the City

No better description of the great annual festival inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs:  “During Jane’s Walk weekend, the simple act of exploring the city is enhanced with personal observations, local history and civic engagement.  Jane’s Walk encourages people to share stories about their neighborhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities and connect with visitors and neighbors alike.”  Free!!   For Walks and to register

Saturday, May 4th:  Historic Workshop – Herbs

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street,  2pm

Learn how herbs were once vital to concoction of necessities from cosmetics to cleaning supplies…  Then make some of your own with the fabulous herbs growing right in the Museum’s lovely garden!!  Adults, $15.  Members & Students, $10.  For tickets

Monday, May 6th:  6th Annual Esplanade Friends Spring Benefit

The Bentley Hotel, 500 East 62nd Street at York Avenue, 6:30-8:30pm

Set foot on our East River Esplanade of late?  Bet you’ve been amazed at the steady transformation…  The lovely landscaping along the Rockefeller U…  The GreenParkGardeners’ amazing natural pollinator-friendly garden…  The sea of flowering bulbs and summer flora in the 96th Street Planter…  The on-going work by Hospital for Special Surgery and Sloan-Kettering in the Seventies…   So much accomplished!!  So much to be done!!  And we all can be a part of a magnificent UES waterfront soon-to-be!!  Tickets from $150.  For complete details

Monday, May 13th:  The Hunter College Choir Presents Mozart’s Requiem

Hunter College Assembly Hall,  North Building, 695 Park Avenue (entry on 69th between Park and Lexington Avenues), 7:30pm 

One marvelous spring concert that includes not only the Requiem but the Vesperae solennes de confessore,  Laudate Dominum and Ave verum Corpus, too!!  Free.   For more…    (Thank you, Linda Goldsmith, for the tip!!)

Saturday, May 18th:  Empire State Native Pollinator Survey Training

North Meadow Recreation Center, Central Park, 10am-4pm

No mystery to green folks like ourselves the perilous state of our native pollinators…  But who knew NYState’s engaged in formal study of these vital critters that includes a citizen science component!!  Meaning that – with training – the likes of you and us can participate…  And that training’s soon to come to NYC in an immersive, 6-hour class covering basic pollinator biology, project survey methods and how to submit data to the project!!  Free but registering and soon is mandatory!!  For more on the survey   And sign up for training

Sunday, May 19th:  Greek Jewish Festival

280 Broome Street between Allen & Eldridge Streets, 12-6pm

For all our great city can sometimes seem to be losing character (especially where street fairs are concerned), it remains home to events like this one:  A celebration of the Romaniote and Sephardic heritage of Jewish immigrants from Greece!!  Think kosher Greek food,  homemade Greek pastries, traditional Greek dancing,  live Greek and Sephardic music and more!!  Be there!!  For more

Thursday, May 23rd:  2019 NYC Food Waste Fair

Brooklyn Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Avenue,  Building 77

And we quote:  “An interactive experience connecting food, beverage and hospitality professionals and home cooks alike with workshops forums, lectures and film on achieving zero food waste, sustainable waste management, on-site compostineg, anerobic digestion and very much more!!   (Encourage your favorite restauranteurs to attend!!)  Tickets, $20-$60  (Use “ILOVECOMPOST” for a 10% discount!!)  For the full monty

Shifting into ye olde activist gear:

Okay, so a Council bill was proposed to rein in building designs including multi-story voids like the one planned for Second and 62nd…  And, guess what?  The Council actually voted to allow even bigger voids!!  Should you oppose (scroll down)… 

How about the likes of Hershey start making non-palm oil candy?

If you support the House’s Saving America’s Pollintors Act (HR 1337) which would place restrictions on neonicotinoid insecticides (so toxic to birds a single seed coated with the stuff is enough to kill a songbird!!)… 

Reason number one zillion why we shop Greenmarkets:  The recent headline, “Busted”.  As in a whistleblower exposed lax enforcement by USDA food inspectors…  

bill requiring new or altered NYC buildings be constructed with 90% bird-friendly glass to reduce bird strike fatalities is moving through our City Council

Going brighter now:

Gorgeous as they look when viewed from our side of the river, no way those Roosevelt Island cherry trees aren’t even more stupendous up close and personal… 

Speaking of trees…  We like the sound and reality of tree seed-planting drones… 

Calling all 6th-12th grade teachers working in NYC!!  Think a Free, 5-day, 24-CTL credit hour program exploring the forests, waters, science, engineering, history, and world-famous partnerships of the NYC Watershed and water supply system!!  For more… 

Yikes!!  Real, live, actual bedbugs in the Fifth Avenue Apple Store

They’re giving out free seeds for tomatoes, eggplants, flowers and herbs at the Grand Army Plaza Central Library…    (Humm…  What a great idea!!)  

No question, disruption caused by UES construction can be more than a giant pain, but kind of pales when compared to what’s transpiring on West 69th

Ah, animals:

First and foremost, especially now it’s spring:  What to do if you encounter a baby animal… 

Yes, birds and bombs can co-exist

Rumor has it there’s a raccoon roaming on far East 73rd Street…

And, sad to say, rabid raccoons in Inwood Park… 

And the likes of rattlesnakes and bobcats abound just an hour away from NYC!!

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Best NYC birdwatching spots as spring migration peaks…

Plus Audubon NYC’s offering a ton of free spring migration bird watching events

From the Hudson River Almanac:

4/3 – Ulster County: A returning pair of osprey have been busy refurbishing their nest. Each adult has been bringing suitable material to the nest, and today, one of them brought a gorgeous bright-orange goldfish (goldfish have been extremely popular with bald eagles and osprey this spring!). – Jim Yates

ospreys

That Osprey Family

[As with many bald eagle and osprey nests that are judged to be vulnerable to human intrusion, exact locations are kept very discreet to protect the adults and their nestlings. Tom Lake]

And the fish of the week has a familiar name:

4/5 – Hudson River Watershed:   The alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus), a diadromous (migratory) species. The alewife is number 24 (of 228) on our watershed list of fishes. (If you would like a copy of our list, e-mail: trlake7@aol.com.)

alewife

Alewives!!

Alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) is one of two river herrings that include blueback herring (A. Aestivalis), that stream into the Hudson River estuary by the millions each spring to spawn. They penetrate far upriver into tidewater tributaries. Some are lifted above the Federal Dam at Troy, climb the Waterford Flight, and venture far to the west in the Mohawk River. Alewives are usually the first river herring to arrive in late March. Blueback herring, with slightly different timing, ordinarily arrive by late April.

Shoals of young-of-year alewives migrate seaward for most of the summer and autumn, following the message in their DNA to go to seawater. Some will return in 4-5 years as adults to spawn. But, to reach the ocean, requires them to navigate the lower estuary and New York Harbor where striped bass and bluefish are waiting to siphon off a large percentage. The odds of any one young-of-year herring reaching maturity is not much better than one-in-a-million. For that reason, to maintain a stable population, fishes like herring are programmed (adaptation) to produce millions of eggs. – Tom Lake

Why not dream of a 100% green world,

UGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Get Out and Vote for 2019 Your Participatory Budgeting Choices, UESiders!!

Actually getting out isn’t at all necessary…  There’s an online ballot, as well as voting at several UES locations  in both the Kallos district and the Powers district!!

Any and everyone who’s a resident of either CM Powers’ or Kallos’ district and 11-years old/in 6th grade is eligible to vote!! 

Let your will be known, citizens!!

And then: 

Saturday, April 6th:  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, Samascott, Ole Mother Hubbert, SunFed Beef,  Ballard Honey, Alewife, Hawthorne Valley (with  Consider Bardwell items), Gayeski and Nolasco Farms!!

Mega Market Manager Margaret’s advises:  “Manager G’s out-of-town, so the great Tutu will be covering this week’s market…  Another Saturday of delicious spring greens!!  Humm…  Think those certified organic greens…  Add a farm-fresh, hard-boiled egg…  Or some diced apple…  Or some crunchy, salty bacon…  Or some great goat cheese…  Or how about an all-of-the-above combo salad??!!”

(Yumm, we say!!)

Last Week’s Recycling Totals –  78 lbs batteries;  19 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;   12 compost bins;  51 bags of clothes

And those 12 bins were extremely tightly packed!!

Saturday, April 6th:  NYC “Ground War” Film Premiere

Florence Gould Hall Theater, 55 East 59th Street, 7:30pm

Investigating the death of his father, a filmmaker enters the world of golf, chemical lobbying, citizen activism and rampant pesticide use!   Presented by  37th National Pesticide Forum.  Free.  To secure your ticket, pick up at the theater Saturday, 12-7:15pm, utilizing the code ORGANIC!!

Sunday, April 8th:  World Health Day!!

Be Kind To Your Body All Day!!

Tuesday, April 9th:  Every Other Tuesday Knitting Social

AM Seawright’s Community Office, 1480 York Avenue between 78th & 79th, 2-4pm

Quote, “Join Neighborhood Knitters for Crafting and Consersation!!”  (As everyone who’s ever wielded a stitch holder knows, knitters do like to chat!!)  And we’re talking equal opportunity knitting/crocheting…  Come on, guys…  You’re welcome, too!!  And folks of all skill levels.  Just RSVP

Tuesday, April 9th:  Free Head & Neck Cancer Screening 

A free 10-minute screening…   A quick examination…  A few short questions…
A combination that could save your life!!  And, once again, free!!   For more…  Walk-ins welcome, but why not make an appointment?  

Tuesday, April 9th:  Presentation of the NY & NJ Harbors & Tributaries Study by the Army Corps of Engineers

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, 5-7pm

A study that matters to UESiders for at least 2 huge reasons:  1) Management/ mitigation of the increasingly severe storms affecting the waters surrounding our city and 2) the shocking proposal to run yet another fracked gas pipeline – the Williams Pipeline – through the NYC harbor!!  One of  7 meetings in the area studied.  For the report…  A summary of that report…  And where to forward your comments

Wednesday, April 10th:  Mappy Hour Skills Series – Map Reading

718 Cyclery,  254 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, 7-9pm

Get familiar and comfortable reading a variety of types of maps, as well as knowing how to use your newly acquired knowledge for navigation in the woods or on whatever terra  you might find yourself!!  Sponsored by Mighty Hachet.  $25.  For more and to register (a must)

Saturday, April 13th:  Environmental Stewardship Day at Ruppert Park

Ruppert Park, Second Avenue Entrance, 10am-1pm  (rain date April 27th)

Join our friends and Ruppert Park Stewards, the Moslem Volunteers for New York as they transform this long-neglected public space into an UES jewel/oasis!!    Beautify, plant and mulch!!   Partake arts, crafts music, refreshments and more!!    Totally family friendly!!  Just let them know you’re coming (a must)…

Saturday, April 13th:  Schurz Park Easter Egg Hunt!!

East End Avenue at 86th Street, 11am–1pm

Hunt for eggs!!  Get a glitter cheek or hand stamp!!  Get up close and personal with the Carl Schurz Easter Bunny!!  Free!!  (Parent Alert:  Continuous waves of egg hunts commence at 11 and continue every 20 minutes until 1!) 

Saturday, April 13th:  Free Bike Helmet Fitting  Distribution Event

John Jay Park, 77th Street  Cherokee Place, 11am-2:30pm

Get ’em – available for all ages – while supplies last!!  Just be prepared to be appear in person  and learn how to properly fit and wear your helmet before you take possession. Adults over 18 receiving a helmet must sign a waiver and a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign a waiver for children under age 18.  To sign up (a must)…

Sunday, April 14th:  First NYC Maple Fest

100 West 77th Street, 10am

Hosting (and we quote), “the finest artisanal Maple Sugarmakers from throughout the Northeast!”  Taste and smell curated, artisanal syrup sweetness…  Sample maple candy and beverages…  Expand your syrup product knowledge!!  Sponsored by Grand Bazaar and Maple Craft Foods.  Free!!  

Coming up soon:

Friday, April 26th:  Arbor Day 

Everywhere There’s A Tree

So why not (after recycling electronics) take a stroll along a UES Avenue or through a UES park admiring the trunks, branches and foliage described in your The Central Park Tree Guide

Friday, April 26th:  Schurz Park Electronic Recycling Event

Carl Schurz Park, East End Avenue & 86th Street, 10am-4pm

So you’ve been postponing that trip over to Best Buy with a taxi full of aged electronics…  Lucky you, you’ll soon be able to shed it all-but on your front doorstep!!  Organized by Lower East Side Ecology Center.  Free.  For what’s accepted

Friday, April 26th – Monday, April 29th:  Earth Day City  Nature Challenge

Your City Neighborhood, Round the Clock

Learn more about your local flora and fauna while helping scientists document the nature in your neighborhood and having one great time!!  From April 26th to 29th, over 150 cities and millions of people on 6 continents will compete to make the most observations of wild plants and animals in their areas!!  All you need is the free mobile app iNaturalist to join in on the fun! And talk about family friendly!!  (Reminder:  The person with the most iNaturalist entries ever lives right among us on the UES!!)  For the complete lowdown

Monday, April 29th:  Beyond Plastics Forum

Pace University, Pace Plaza, 3 Spruce Street, Bianco Room, Manhattan, 6–8pm

A variety of experts speak to the challenges and potential for victory posed by a world awash in you-know-what!!  (But, hey, we’re a state that’ll soon be banishing plastic bags!!)  Free.  To pre-register (a must)… 

And so another month commences:

Monday, May 6th:  6th Annual Esplanade Friends Spring Benefit

The Bentley Hotel, 500 East 62nd Street at York Avenue, 6:30-8:30pm

Set foot on our East River Esplanade of late?  Bet you’ve been amazed at steady transformation…  The lovely landscaping along the Rockefeller U…  The GreenParkGardeners’ amazing natural pollinator-friendly garden…  The sea of flowering bulbs and summer flora in the 96th Street Planter…  The on-going work by Hospital for Special Surgery and Sloan-Kettering in the Seventies…   So much accomplished!!  So much to be done!!  And we all can be a part of a magnificent UES waterfront soon-to-be!!  Tickets from $150.  For complete details

Monday, May 13th:  The Hunter College Choir Presents Mozart’s Requiem

Hunter College Assembly Hall,  North Building, 695 Park Avenue (entry on 69th between Park and Lexington Avenues), 7:30pm 

One marvelous spring concert that includes not only the Requiem but the Vesperae solennes de confessore,  Laudate Dominum and Ave verum Corpus, too!!  Free.   For more…    (Thanks to Linda Goldsmith for the tip!!)

Thursday, May 23rd:  2019 NYC Food Waste Fair

Brooklyn Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Avenue,  Building 77

And we quote:  “An interactive experience connecting food, beverage and hospitality professionals and home cooks alike with workshops forums, lectures and film on achieving zero food waste, sustainable waste management, on-site composting, anerobic digestion and very much more!!   (Encourage your favorite restauranteurs to attend!!)  Tickets, $20-$60  (Use “ILOVECOMPOST” for a 10% discount!!)  For the full monty

A moment for some miscellaneous activism:

If you think stream-lining applications (i.e. making it easier to get them) for off-shore drilling is a poor idea

And that clean water protections should remain unchanged

And that prohibitions against importing ivory into the U.S. should stay in place

Why not lend downtown neighbors a hand with the same kind of up-zoning issues we’re fighting up here…?

Then:

As bad as we thought our infrastructure is

The state of the modern American Bison

Another NYS landfill fails to play by the rules

On the upswing:

Opposition to the Williams pipeline is stiffening what with a protest march across Brooklyn Bridge set for Thursday, April 18th at 5:30pm.

Amazing none presently exists, but Borough President Brewer, Council Speaker  Johnson and Council Member Rosenthal have proposed creation of a database of empty storefronts in NYC…

There’s now a process for recycling lithium ion batteries!! 

New Mexico’s committed itself to 100% carbon free energy by 2045

No surprise but now there’s science:  Greener childhoods result in happier adults

Brighter and lighter:

Ancient Roman fast food

Time for some animals:

And a pair of adorable local kitties in need of a forever home… 

Yup (and we love it!), our NYS Environmental Conservation Officers are doing a trout census

Victory for endangered frogs!!

Spring migration begins with a single eagle… 

The ferret and the atomic particle accelerator

Cats and their names

Why zebras have stripes

As ever, we close with the Hudson River Almanac:

3/26 – Manhattan, HRM 2: Our eel mop is deployed outside of The River Project’s Wetlab on Pier 40 and is set to capture glass eels coming in from the sea. The eel mop did well this week with other fishes as well. They included two immature naked gobies (25-30 millimeters (mm)) and an immature back sea bass (25 mm). 
– Siddhartha, Diamond Leonard, April McIlwaine, Toland Kister

[Eel mops are a basketball-sized tangle of polypropylene tentacles placed in the river and found by glass eels to be a very cozy way-station on their trip upstream. The mop can be lifted out, shaken, and glass eels will fall into a waiting bucket. The Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission literature has the perfect name for the mops: Medusa device. Medusa was a priestess in Greek mythology. In a fit of anger, the Greek goddess Athena, daughter of Zeus, transformed Medusa’s hair into a head of snakes. As the eel mop gyrates in the current, it conjures that image.  – Note: one inch = 25.4 millimeters (mm)]  – Tom Lake

3/26 – Manhattan: We made our weekly check this afternoon on our research sampling gear in Hudson River Park at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilacat Pier 25 and found what has been the usual assemblage of invertebrates that populate the inner pier area of Manhattan’s west side. They included shore shrimp, mud dog whelks, isopods, and mud crabs. 
– Siddhartha, Diamond Leonard, April McIlwaine, Toland Kister

3/29 – Hudson River Watershed: This week’s fish is the naked goby (Gobiosoma bosc), a seasonally resident marine species. The naked goby is number 207 (of 228) on our watershed list of fishes. If you’d like a copy of our list, email:  trlake7@aol.com.

naked goby

A Naked Goby

Naked gobies are small estuarine fish, usually less than 75 (mm) long, found in shallow, sandy inshore areas of the lower estuary. They lack scales on their body, hence the common name “naked.” Their pectoral fins form a disk on their abdomen and when kept in aquaria, will often “stick” themselves to the side of the glass. In the distant past, when the river had extensive oyster beds – their preferred habitat – it is likely that the naked goby was much more common. – Tom Lake

Yours in perpetual greenness,

UGS

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