Happy International Pickle Week, UESiders!!
Celebrated for 10 days here in NYC with the crowning event set for – as well it should be – the Lower East Side – once home to 80 pickle pickling businesses – this coming Sunday, October 15th, 1-5pm on Orchard Street!! (Our personal fave: Guss’ Pickles, 87 Orchard Street.)
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Let’s get on with the week:
Friday, October 13th: Free Flu Shots for Adults
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Senior Center at St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, 10am-1pm
Time to get protected from this season’s flu bugs!! Made possible by State Senator Liz Krueger, Assembly Member Seawright and Council Member Garodnick. Appointments a must: 212-490-9535 or email email@example.com!
Friday, October 13th to Tuesday, October 31st: Hansel & Gretel’s Halloween Adventure
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, West 79th Street & West Drive, Central Park
And we quote, “Central Park and the Belvedere Castle serve as the backdrop for a magical explosion of music, dance and exciting encounters with a host of lovable characters. Hansel and Gretel once again embark on an adventure where beautiful mermaids, adorable monsters, swashbuckling pirates, charming vampires and a fabulous witch all intertwine for one unforgettable Halloween story!” Adults, $12. Kids, $8. For more and tickets…
Friday, October 13th to Sunday, October 15th: New York City Food & Wine Festival
Venues All Over Town
How many cuisines, chefs, vineyard products and pricey but worth-it events can be crammed into a bit more than a couple of days? Ours to find out!! Tickets from $85 to the semi-stratisphere. For full details…
Saturday, October 14th: 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, Sikking Flowers, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd, Green Pasture, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Alewife, and Gajeski Farms!!
Hey, and Master Knife Sharpener will be back and honing, too!!
Plus, Market Manager Guramrit has this news of what’ll be going on under her canopy: “This Saturday we’ll be joined by frequent market shopper and cookbook author Dana Jacobi who’ll share one of her favorite fall recipes with us: Apples, beets and carrots in a delicious slaw that’s a must have on all our dinner tables!” And G. advises, “Grab the last of the tomatoes, stock up on peppers, maybe get lucky with the final strawberries from Samascott and grab some unique apples, even one variety with a special pink surprise upon your first bite!”
Last week’s recycling totals: 77 lbs. batteries; 18 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 pairs glasses; 9 1/2 compost bins; 35 bags of clothes.
Saturday & Sunday, October 14th & 15th: Open House New York!
All Day Long In Great Places All Over Our City
For the last 14 years, Open House New York has provided denizens and visitors alike with entree to the finest of the city’s architecture and the folks who’ve designed, built and now preserve it!! For the wonders you can visit this time (and mostly free)… (One of them being the UES’s own Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden!!)
Sunday, October 15th: 92nd Street Greenmarket
92nd Street at First Avenue, 9am-3pm
Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm
With us will be our friends American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell, Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue and Norwich Meadows Farms!!
Look for the Master Knife Sharpener to be tabling, too!!
And Uber Market Manager Margaret has this advice, “The Healthy Eating Punch Out promotion continues, but it won’t last forever, folks!! Visit Market Manager Jaime’s table, claim your Healthy Eating card, buy something from all 4 food groups and collect your Greenmarket mystery prize! And stock up on summer bounty tomatoes, corn, peppers and eggplants while you still can!”
101/1/17 Compost collection: 5 1/2 bins.
Last week’s recycling totals: 8 lbs. batteries; 6 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 6 pairs of glasses; 5 1/2 compost bins.
That 5 1/2 bins is a 92nd Street record, you fabulous people!!
Upon us soon:
Sunday, October 15th: Carl Schurz Park Halloween Howl and Healthy Hound Fair!
Schurz Park Hockey Court, East End Avenue at 84th Street, 11am-3pm
The UES classic, so creative canine costume competition now melded with the latest in pet wellness info and products! Howl registration ($10 to benefit the Park Conservancy), 11am-1pm. Fair, 1-3pm. Howl competition, 1-3pm. For more… (Volunteers welcome, too!)
Sunday, October 15th: Green Park Gardeners’ Monarch Migration Festival
Andrew Haswell Green Park, East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 2-5pm
Rained out last weekend… Up, running, that much more fabulous and the UES’s first celebration of its official status as a stop on the Monarch butterfly migration!! Tour the Green Park Gardeners’ gorgeous, cutting-edge native plant garden, learn amazing monarch facts… Don a giant pair of butterfly wings (even we grownups)… Select your fave (but temporary) butterfly tattoo and be photographed… Join in a milkweed seed release… So fun for all the family, including pets!! See you there!! Free!! For more…
Tuesday, October 17th: Participatory Budgetary Assembly
Council Member Kallos’ Office, 244 East 93rd Street, 6pm
It’s October so it’s Participatory Budgeting time!! Time to get your amazing $35K-to-$1M projject that’ll be an amazing plus to life on our Upper East Side down on paper and onto the Participatory Budgeting ballot!! From green roofs for schools to upgrading park playgrounds to… Well, you know what your neighborhood wants/needs!! RSVP for the Assembly or submit your idea online…
Thursday, October 19th: Grand Central Cinema!
Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Station, 7am-5:30pm
Think a fabulous montage of scenes from star-studded movie classics all shot in Grand Central Station!! Add Q&A sessions with film scholar James Sanders and Meredith Conti of Metro North Railroad!! Hosted by the Museum of the Moving Image and Rooftop Films. Totally free. For more…
Thursday, October 19th: Recycling Volunteer Orientation
GrowNYC, 100 Gold Street, Manhattan, 6:30-8pm
Question: How do devoted but ordinary recyclers like ourselves become grand/know-it-all recycling Ph.D./savants? Answer: GrowNYC’s Recycling Orientation, that’s how!! In fact, this single session would qualify any one of us to be volunteer manager at compost collection events!! (Wouldn’t it be great to add compost collection at, say, PS. 183’s Saturday Flea and Farmers Market to UES collection sites?!) For more and to sign up…
Saturday, October 21st: 82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket
82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm
Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm
In addition to all our great farmers/fishermen/bakers/flower growers, with us this Saturday will be representatives of NYC DOT at work on the pedestrian WalkNYC wayfinding sign project!! To date, the few wayfinding signs we’ve spotted have all been in subway entrances/exits at Union Square, each detailing points of interest and amenities nearby. Now the project’s expanding with DOT reps intending to be at the 82nd Street Market and seeking our input on UES WalkNYC signage!! They want to know what we think??11 Pretty darned amazing, yes? Be thinking, people!!
Saturday, October 21st: 15th Annual My Dog Loves Central Park Fair
Naumberg Bandshell, Central Park (center the Park at 72md Street), 12-3pm
And, again, we quote: “Come, sit, stay, and celebrate Central Park and its dog community Tails will be wagging as the Central Park Conservancy and Central Park Paws host you and your canine for an afternoon of contests, training tips, games, and more” Open to all ages. The Fair is an on-leash event.” Free! To RSVP…
Sunday, October 22nd: It’s My Park Day!
East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am – 3pm
Year 4 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: firstname.lastname@example.org!)
Miscellany… Commencing – in keeping with this Sunday’s Green Park Gardeners’ Monarch Festival – with some Monarch Butterly reading…
1. From The Times, “Meddling with Monarchs”…
2. Wisdom from the Cape May, NJ’s Monarch Monitoring Project…
3. From The New Yorker on “The Butterfly Lady of Fire Island“…
We love this idea: Governor Cuomo’s announced that NYS’s holding a global competition for best ideas to re-imagine our historic and pretty vast canal system… Harnessing it as an engine for economic growth upstate as well as a world-class tourist destination!! For the full story…
Yes, looks like Dow’s big idea to make trash bags from plastic scrap is moving ahead…
And let’s keep our eyes on the Rubicon/TerraCycle partnership…
Pause for some activism:
Should you think that our South Bronx neighbors – afflicted for decades with Moses-ian/community dividing expressways – should be spared the DOT’s latest brainstorm: The Oak Point Ramps...
Should you believe our indoors environment should be as allergen-free and discouraging of asthma as NYC out-of-doors…
If you support continuing the Energy Star Program’s mission to rate appliances’ power efficiency…
Or oppose the use of body gripping traps for wildlife…
And praise for the activism of others:
Big tip of the hat to the Save Gansevoort people for following in the relentless footsteps of the Greenwich Village Historic Preservation Society!!
Another for Anthony Bourdain and his stance/action on food waste!!
Roaming about the reservation:
Needing a exterminator to make a call? Here’s great advice from NYS for how to choose the bug/critter eliminator with right certification/qualifications!
Have to check if it’s on offer up at 117th Street, but elsewhere in the country Costco’s selling a survivalist year’s supply of food!!
Check out what went on up around East 233rd Street during the Revolutionary War!! (Don’tmiss the map and the proposed sculpture to commemorate the event…)
Why were we not surprised to learn subway delays are up 237% since 2012…
We need some critters now:
The 13 smallest animals…
You bet, hairy armadillos have vocal chords and they use them!
And, of course, baby armadillos are really cute…
What happens when a little girl feeds crows…
What the dust on birds’ feathers reveals…
Then there’s this from the Hudson River Almanac:
10/5 – Manhattan: Inwood Hill Park seemed to be on the cusp of a season change. Along the inlet of Spuyten Duyvil Creek, the groundsel-bush (Baccharis halimifolia) was in full bloom and the smaller flowers of marsh elder (Iva frutescens) were beginning to open. Seaside goldenrod was still blooming and I saw one evening primrose. The path up through The Clove was strangely lacking in foliage probably due to a lack of rainfall; up on the ridge the plants looked drought-stressed. Some patches of poison ivy and a few Virginia creeper were red or chestnut-brown, but many leaves were withered while still green. Even sumac had very little color. Canada goldenrod was blooming nicely but the bluestem goldenrod flowers, though plentiful, seemed only half open. – Thomas Shoesmith
Yours in joyous greenness,