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,



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