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Happy School Lunch Week, UESiders!

And we can be increasingly proud of what we’re serving up to young New Yorkers…    That our school lunches are progressively more healthy…  That every child gets a lunch…  And that what the kids don’t eat is, in more and more schools, composted!! 

Pause for a moment’s prideful feeling…

But just a moment…  There’s whole lot more crammed into the next 7 days:

Saturday, October 21st:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

With us will be the great 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!!

Then there’s this intriguing news from Market Manager Guramrit:  This Saturday at 82nd, we have the honor of being visited by the Great Greenmarket Pumpkin!!  Come say hi and get your pic taken with the hefty, orange gourd…  Guess its weight….  And win a mystery prize!!” 

G. adds:  “It’s that time of the year when we say farewell to Sikking Farm and take home the last of their gorgeous, fresh-cut 2017-season flowers…  Oh, and our featured ingredient this weekend is…  Broccoli!!” 

Great that the Master Knife Sharpener will be at her table, too!! 

Meanwhile…  We know you’ve  been keeping your thinking caps on in anticipation of this week’s market visit by representatives of NYC DOT who’re needing our help in putting together the UES’s Pedestrian WalkNYC wayfinding sign project!!  And, really, who better than an UESider knows what’ll be most interesting and/or helpful to tourists and/or fellow New Yorkers paying us a visit?!  

Last week’s recycling totals:  66 lbs. batteries; 21 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 10 pairs glasses;  11 compost bins; 30 bags of clothes.

So good to be back in the 11 bin mode!! 

Sunday, October 22nd:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street at First Avenue, 9am-3pm

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

At their tables  will be the great American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell, Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue and Norwich Meadows Farms!!

Lucky us!!  Yet another week  of the Healthy Eating Punch Out promotion!!  Shop all 4 food groups and head to the Market Manager table, get your card punched and head home with your very own mystery prize!!

On our own 4 groups list:  Phillips’ pears, Norwich Meadows okra, Sun Fed’s ground lamb and Ole Mother Hubbert’s chocolate milk!! 

Last week’s recycling totals:   3 lbs. batteries; 2 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  5 1/2 compost bins.

Another 5 1/2 BINS!!

Saturday, October 21st:  Schurz Park Harvest Festival

88th Street & East End Avenue, 11am-1pm

Puppets and face painting…  Maraca making and personalized twisty balloons…  Pumpkin-carving and a living, breathing scarecrow…  A dance party…  A ton of fun for the young uns!!  Free.  For more (scroll down)… 

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:  uppergreenside@gmail.com!) 

Monday, October 23rd:  On Screen at the 67th Street Library – “Edgar Allen Poe – Buried Alive” 

328 Easst 67th Street, 3:15pm

Step One in your prep for Halloween?  PBS’s American Masters’ exploration of the life and times of the guy who gave us “The Raven”…   You’ll even be seeing it before it hits TV screens!!  Free.

And then:

Monday,October 30th:  On Screen at the 67th Street Library – “Little Shop of Horrors”

328 East 67th Street, 3:15

Step Two in gearing up for a great Halloween?   The classic musical in which florist and special plant get wild and crazy!!  Free! 

Tuesday, October 31st:  Trick-or-Treat with Midtown East

Commencing at Tramway Plaza, Second Avenue at 59th Street,3-7pm

And we quote, “Check in at Tram Plaza, pick up trick-or-treat bags, get your face painted, snap a spooky photo in our photo booth, enter the costume contest…  Then head out to collect treats at 50-plus East Side businesses, 48th to 68th!!”  Totally free!!  For more and a map of participating businesses… 

November already:

Friday, November 3rd Invasive Species Summit

Ross Hall, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 10am-4pm

They’re everywhere and even in in our – with utmost affection – asphalt/concrete jungle!  Hear the latest on how we can combat the pesky invaders from 5 world-class experts!!  (For sure, weeding is not enough.)  Garden Members, $25.  Non-members, $29.  For more and tickets

This week in miscellany:

Whoa!!  We’ve got an official, contamined Brownfield Cleanup Site at 1299 First Avenue!  (Scroll down for a description of the neighborhood as it was 75 years ago and its geologic underpinings!) 

Yes, NYC’s got the most expensive stretch of subway on Planet Earth…  But just how much more expensive than anywhere else?  (What almost worse is that other cities spend less and still get get great looking stations!) 

In the activist mode:

Should you oppose (and think the Governor should, too)  the 68-story/park-alienating/shade-casting monolith of  a building being proposed for East Harlam

If you object to thousands of baby penguins dying  of – climate change caused – starvation

Iif you’d like to know what’s in your cleaning products and think the Governor should sign the bill so you could

And if you think the Atlantic’s most important food fish should be protected from overfishing…  

Ah, animals:

How wolves became dogs

Meanwhile, seems the hormone that makes some pooches more aggressive than others may have been identified!

And now we can tell when the dogs in our lives are depressed

NYC now has its 5th pet cafe!!

Greenness is happiness, 

UGS

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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.)

tetradium-glabrifolium and bumble  bee

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 gresham@nysenate.gov

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.

Yes!!

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:  uppergreenside@gmail.com!) 

mammillaria-dioica

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“…

Then:

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,

 UGS

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Happy 70th Anniversary of the First Televised White House Address, UESiders!!

Delivered by President Truman in a year when there were just about 40,000 TV sets in American homes.

Wow.

Yup, and lest we forget, it’s also National Get Funky Day!

How about we be both funky and green this week and beyond…

Commencing with:

Now through February 18th, 2018:  Never Built New York Exhibition

Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm

And again, we quote, “Never Built New York, co-curated by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin, and designed by Christian Wassmann invites visitors to discover the New York City that might have been through original prints, drawings, models, installations, and animations.”  Which is to say, many a NYC building’s been designed and never constructed.   Adults, $8.  Seniors, 4.  Children under 18 are free.  For the full rundown

Saturday, October 7th:  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, 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!!  

Yes, the Master Knife Sharpener will away yet another Saturday.

But Mega Market Manager Margaret has this suggestion as the magical intersection of summer and fall produce continues:  “What about some spaghetti squash with summer’s last basil made into a pesto?  Or corn and pumpkin chowder made Manhattan-style with tomatoes instead of ( or in addition to) cream? “

Sounds totally delicious, yes?

And if you haven’t tried the smoked duck breast…  The Cherry Lane’s fairy tale egg plants…  Samascott’s pears…

Last week’s recycling totals:  74 lbs. batteries; 23 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  2 pair of eye glasses; 11  compost bins; 36 bags of clothes.

You go, 82nd Street!!

Saturday, October 7th:  Fido & Friends Adoption Event

Central Park East Meadow (enter at Fifth Avenue & 60th Street), 1pm 

Feels like just the day to find that furry NY friend you’ve been longing for and give him/her a forever home!  Organized by the Animal Care Centers of NYC, the ASPCA and NYPD! 

Sunday, October 8th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street at First Avenue, 9am-3pm

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

At their tables will be the great American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell, Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue and Norwich Meadows Farms!!

Uber Market Manager Margaret continues, “And now’s also the time to start preserving some of this season’s bounty by freezing, canning or pickling your favorite fruits and veggies.  Make some tomato sauce and can or freeze it, or make pretty much any vegetables into lacto-fermented pickles.”

YUMM!!

Meanwhile…

The Healthy Eating Punch Out promotion rolls on!!  Get yourself to 92nd Market Manager Jaime’s table, get your Healthy Eating Punch Card, buy something from each of the 4 food groups and get your card punched.  Four punches later, you collect your very own Greenmarket mystery prize!

Last week’s recycling totals:   14 lbs. batteries; 5 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  TBA compost bins.

A record 130 composters filled those 4 bins!!   

Sunday, October 8th:  Shred-A-Thon – Pre-Columbus Day Edition

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Streets, across from the Greenmarket, 10am-2pm (rain or shine) 

We’re officially in the countdown mode…

JUST remember:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take those hardcovers to Goodwill or Housing Works.)

Yet again, we thank Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for the unflagging  support and Assembly Member Seawright for her sponsorshop!!

Sunday, October 8th:  Green Park Gardeners’ Monarch Migration Festival

Andrew Haswell Green Park, East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 2-5pm  (rain date:  October 15th)

Where we’ll be heading post-Shred-A-Thon…  The UES’s first celebration of its official status as a stop on the Monarch butterfly migration route that’s been made possible by groups like the fabulous Green Park Gardeners who’ve created a urban oases of native plants with nectar the beautiful insect loves and sustains it on its thousands-of-miles journey!  What better reason to party down with family fun (including pets)!!  We’re talking butterfly info galore, a garden tour, milkweed seed releases, pix of attendees o ld and young  in butterfly wings, (temporary, of course) butterfly tattoos and more!  Free!  Come one and all!!  Free.  For more

Wednesday, October 11th:  City Council Subcommittee on Zoning & Franchise Hearing

Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan, 12pm

So we know the mayor’s intent on rezoning East Harlem, 104th to 132nd/Park to Second with a 32-story cap.  Lots of objections, of course, but not by the City Planning Commission.   For arguments pro and con (google for even more)… The mayor’s plan itself… To submit testimony if you can’t be there yourself (due by 6pm, Friday, October 13th):  correspondence@council.nyc.gov.

Wednesday, October 11th:  Farm Bill Food Fight Forum

Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, 6:30pm

And we quote, Every 5 years Congress votes on legislation that creates and renews federal programs that affect everything we eat, how farmers grow our food, and how they treat our soils, water and air. The last bill was passed in 2014.  The Sierra Club panelists will report on what issues are at stake”…  Big issues at stake as we approach renewal and reversals! 

A bit easier going:

Friday, October 13th to Sunday, October 15th:   New York Coffee Festival

Metropollitan Paviillion, 125 East 18th Street

Think live experiences featuring over 100 coffee brands, eateries, equipment suppliers, and experts including Stumptown, Bluestone Lane, La Marzocco, Starbucks Reserve (Starbucks Resserve!) and many more!  $24.50 to $100.  For complete details and tickets

Saturday, October 14th:  Volunteer Days at Schurz Park

East End Avenue & 86th Street, 9:30am-12:30pm  

No better way to spend a fall Saturday than volunteer gardening in gorgeous Schurz Park!  For more and to sign up (always  helpful to know how many will be wielding their trowels)… 

Saturday, October 14th:  Free Helmet (and Fitting) Event  

Carl Schurz Park at East 84th Street and John Finley Walk, 11am-2:30pm

Nothing better than a custom fit helmet to make one’s cycling adventures safe.  Made possible by CM Kallos!  Only one requirement: You must RSVP!

Saturday, October 14th:  Open House New York – Tour of the Rockefeller University Campus

1230 York Avenue, 10am-4pm

What lies behind the tall fence, amidst those lush, beautiful gardens?  The world’s leading biomedical research university, an historic library, the office of that newly minted Nobel Prize winner and more!  Why wouldn’t we want to partake of a free, guided tour?!   No tickets or reservations required!!

Thursday, October 19th:  Senior Health Fair & Free Flu Shots 

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street, 11am-2pm

Always something more to learn about cultivating good health at any age and there’ll be lots of knowledge to glean here…  And the winter protection of an annual flu shot!!  Yet again, sponsored by CM Kallos!   Completely free, but you must RSVP

Thursday, October 19th to Sunday October 22nd:  The Food Film Festival

AMC Empire 25, Times Square, 234 West 42nd Street

Four days of fabulous food, fabulous drink and fabulous films about food!!  (Who knew this fun thing’s been going on for a decade?)  Tickets $45-$125.  For full details…  

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:  uppergreenside@gmail.com!) 

On the horizon:

Friday, November 3rd:  Invasive Species Summit

Ross Hall, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 10am-4pm

They’re everywhere even in our – with utmost affection – asphalt/concrete jungle!  Hear the latest on how we can combat the pesky invaders from 5 world-class experts!!  (For sure, weeding is not enough.)  Garden Members, $25.  Non-members, $29.  For more and tickets

Miscellany…  Commencing with some activism:

How ’bout they get the GMOs out of America’s (still!) #1 cookie:  Oreos!!

If you think New York’s  historic Tin Pan Alley should be spared the wrecking ball

On the upswing:

City University of New York (CUNY) now has a solar newsletter supporting/spurring solar development in NYC!!

General Motors plans on offering 20 new electric vehicles by 2023!

Seems so obvious..  Dow Packaging is collaborating with Specialty Plastics to make trash bags from recycled plastic scrap!!

Ocourse, our city’s trees are so much more than park-ish ornaments on our streets…   They contribute to physical well-being and, some say,  deserve at least some funding from health monies

How Manhattan street numbering got to be the mess that it is

Okay…  So there’re not one…  But TWO fishing tackle shops in Garment District!! 

Hey, young people!!  The 6 best college majors for a green career!!

Courtesy of The Times,  sync your calendar with the solar system!!

Then there’s Consumer Reports’ fall bargain shopping and activity (like painting) advice

Howdy, critters:

Doesn’t get any cuter than sand cat kittens…  (And is the species ever interesting!)

Tracking 8 tiny turtles on the Illinois prairie so their species can survive!  (They’ve got a relationship with bison, too!)

The sounds and amazing family saga of a pod of orcas

Guess the animal by its tail

Yes, it’s possible to reduce even your pet’s furry carbon footprint!! 

Very sincerely green,

UGS

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Happy Seventy-fifth Anniversary of the 5-Day Week and National Public Lands Day, UESiders!!

Hard to believe it’s been just since 1933 that Americans have enjoyed 2 complete day weekends and even then General Motors was the sole inaugurator!  Workers like coal miners were still putting in a 5 1/2 day-week!!

Meanwhile, whether one’s able to pay a visit to or volunteer in one of America’s great public spaces this Saturday, we treasure every acre of them!! 

Going to be some week:

Saturday, September 30th:  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!!  

Only one low note:  The Master Knife Sharpener will be absent the next two Saturdays…

Last week’s recycling totals:  68 lbs. batteries; 13 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  1 pair of eye glasses; 11  compost bins; 35 bags of clothes.

Brilliant!

Sunday, October 1st:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street at First Avenue, 9am-3pm

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

With us will be the great American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell, Sun Fed Beef/ Maple Avenue and Norwich Meadows Farms!!

AND…

The Healthy Eating Punch Out promotion continues!!

(You remember, yes?  Buy something from each of the 4 food groups – fruit, vegs, grains and protein – and you get a punch on your Healthy Eating Card.  Get 4 punches and you’ll be the recipient of a great Greenmarket mystery prize!!)

Stop by Market Manager Jaime’s table to get your card!!

Last week’s recycling totals:   23 lbs. batteries; 16 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  4 compost bins.

A record 130 composters filled those 4 bins!!   

Throughout October:  Fall Outdoor PuppetMobile Shows

All Over Our City

This autumn’s featured presentation:  “Cinderella Samba”, an update and relocation of the storybook classic to Brazil!  Organized by the City Park Foundation.  Free.  For the schedule

Wednesday, October 4th:  Trash Free Public Waters Public Meeting

Newtown Creek  Visitor Center, 327 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, 6-7:30pm

During which the NYC DEP reviews their draft plan to address the “floatable” trash  that washes off streets and into our waterways.  Needless to say, this’s primo aspect of the city’s Stormwater Management Plan!  A jaunt out to Booklyn but worth it, we say!  Free.  For more and to register…   (To read what other cities – like San Francisco – are doing…) 

Saturday, October 7th: Grand Victorian Banquet and Ball

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 East 61st Street, 7pm-1am

And we quote, ” An authentic evening of 19th-Century dancing and dining…  Commencing with a festive garden reception, followed by 1 19th-Century dinner,  then music and dancing in the ballroom!!  All at the lovely Mount Vernon Museum!!   Dinner and the ball, $95.  Ball only, $35.  For more and tickets

Sunday, October 8th:  Shred-A-Thon – Pre-Columbus Day Edition

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Streets, across from the Greenmarket, 10am-2pm (rain or shine) 

Only a week away now!!

BUT remember:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take those hardcovers to Goodwill or Housing Works.)

Yet again, we thank Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for the unflagging  support and Assembly Member Seawright for her sponsorshop!!

Sunday, October 8th:  Green Park Gardeners’ Monarch Migration Festival

Andrew Haswell Green Park, East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 2-5pm  (rain date:  October 15th)

Where we’ll be heading post-Shred-A-Thon…  The UES’s first celebration of its official status as a stop on the Monarch butterfly migration route and made possible by groups like the fabulous Green Park Gardeners who’ve created the urban oases of native plants with nectar the beautiful insect loves and that sustain it on its thousands-of-miles journey!  What better reason to party down with family fun (including pets)!!  We’re talking butterfly info galore, a garden tour, milkweed seed releases, pix of attendees o ld and young  in butterfly wings, (temporary, of course) butterfly tattoos and more!  Come one and all!!  Free.  For more

Coming up fast:

Saturday, October 14th:  Volunteer Days at Schurz Park

East End Avenue & 86th Street, 9:30am-12:30pm  

No better way to spend a fall Saturday than volunteer gardening in gorgeous Schurz Park!  For more and to sign up (always  helpful to know how many will be wielding their trowels)… 

Saturday, October 21st: Becoming Skilled with Map and Compass Class 

Chamber of Commerce Building, Park Street across from Stewart’s Shop,  Tupper Lake,  New York, 10am-3pm

Larn the basics of map reading, compass use,and putting both together to navigate city streets or the back-country.   Intended for men or women with little or no navigation skills and modest levels of physical ability, the class will be a blend of classroom-style instruction and boots-to-the-ground practice!  $50.  To sign up:   adkfoothillsgs@gmail.com or call 518-637-6193….  (How come they don’t do classes like this in NYC??!!) 

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:  uppergreenside@gmail.com!) 

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 28th, 29th & 30th:  Hack:  Trash:  NYC

Galvanize NY, 315 Hudson Street

Seeing as our recycling rate remains stuck at a mortifying 17%, just how are we going to send not even an ounce of waste to landfill in 2030?  Hear the experts weigh in.  Weigh in yourself with a piece of the solution and maybe even wind up with some prize money!  Tickets for professionals, $25.  Student tickets, $10.   For more and tickets (that go on sale on October 10th)…

Wednesday, October 25th:  Community Cafe Conversations @ 67th Street Library – Mental Health & Aging

67th Street Branch Library, 328 East 67th Street, 5:30-7:30pm

Haven’t we been saying that great, new things are going on at the 67th Street Branch…?  Now, they’re launching a program, drawing on those unequaled local resources, New York-Presbyterian-Cornell and MSK-PDA.   Not only will  Conversation #1 showcase research being done on mental health, aging and the wisdom of experts, but it’ll also very much incorporate your ideas, experience and questions.  Free.  To RSVP (a must)…  

(Future conversation topics:·  Thursday, November 16, 5:30-7:30PM: Obesity and Nutrition and  Thursday, December 14, 5:30-7:30PM: Depression and Anxiety.)

Saturday, October 29th:  Run the River 5K

Icahn Stadium, 20 Randall’s Island, Randall’s Island Park, 10am-1pm

Beginning and ending at Icahn Stadium (wehre Yusain Bolt set a world record) , the run itself threads through the lovely park’s landscape with its georgous city views!  All that and you’ll be raising bucks to sustain island wetlands and shoreline, support the Queens Library and Riverkeeper!  Add in a great after-party!   Kids welcome, too!  Participation, $5-$30.  For the total rundown ( !)…   

On to November:

Saturday, November 4th:  Landmark Bushwick Breuckelen Beer Walking Tour

Meet at 31 Belvedere Street, Brooklyn, 4pm

Once upon a time – and maybe soon again – Bushwick was the center was a German-American beer brewing hotspot…  Much of that success due to the area’s quality water! Walk the historic Brewers Row, learn its history from beer savant Chris Heuberger and down a brew or two!!  Organized by that all-things-water group, NYC H2O!  $30.  For more and tickets

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Miscellany…  A job opportunity first:

Hunter College’s facilitating the search for a Garden and Nutrition Coordinator to manage a community garden at Harlem Renaissance High School.

On to this week’s dose of activism:

Should you object to the Feds over-riding NYS’s Department of Environmental Conservation’s denial of water quality certification for a fracked oil pipeline

And then:

NYC’s Landmarks Commission has been dropping the ball for years…  Case and point:  Demolition of our oldest building (circa 1760) in 1936.  But, at least, there’s a photographic record

More than half NYC’s children attend overcrowded schools!!

So where does all that icky debris from these hurricanes we’re having go

Happy to hear NYState’s updated its solid waste management regs…!!   (Somehow they skipped over prohibiting transfer stations from residential neighborhoods!) 

For sure not enough, but just how many wheelchair accessible subway stations are there in NYC?

And looks like NYC’s going to be more stringent in lowering greenhouse gas emissions from existing buildings!

The evolution of NYC building address numbers

What the NYTimes tells us is necessary for the the Apocolypse!

Whew!

handy guide to the world of grains

Seems like more ways of cleansing recycled plastic – even carpet – for higher end areuse are coming online!!

What did the kids in your life do last summer?  (This one built a house!!)

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Dylan’s name’s been added to Nobel plinth at the Museum of Natural History

Bring on the animals:

How about some (celebrity) canine poetry…?

Bats and their fans on Staten Island

Come to think of it, yes, a lot of our antipathy to certain animals has its roots in superstition…  (Even for us highly evolved types!) 

Good on all you petition signers:   Seems like  sea turtles could be with us for at least a bit more time!

Same for some endangered NYS mussels!!

How to tell how old a deer is

Uh, that wall?  Seems like it’d get in the way of butterly migration

Inn the meantime, here’s your Bird Migration Update

How butterfly wings get their colors

How about these feline accessories..?

And best ever…  Training your dog in Yiddish!!

Yours in evergreenness,

UGS

 

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Happy Beginning of NYC’s 2017 Fall Season, UESiders!!

Sure looking like a time of beautiful weather, yes?

And seeming to us the most active autumn ever!   

Witness the following:

Saturday, September 23rd:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

Market Manager Supremo Margaret offers this eloquent fall market wisdom:

“We are at the magical time of year when the markets are still full of summer produce and the fall specialties are starting to show up.  Tomatoes, peaches, strawberries and raspberries meet cauliflower, honeynut squash, apples, pears spaghetti squash, pumpkins and more!”

Delivering on that fall promise are 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!!  

And, you bet, the Master Knife Sharpener will be on hand, too!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  56 lbs. batteries; 24 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  2 pairs of eye glasses; 11 1/4  compost bins; 42 bags of clothes.

So great!

Sunday, September 24th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street at First Avenue, 9am-3pm

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

BREAKING NEWS:   This Sunday Greenmarkets Healthy Eating Punch Out debuts!!

And what might the Healthy Eating Punch Out be, you ask?

Easy!!  Buy something from each of the 4 food groups – fruit, vegs, grains and protein – and you get a punch on your Healthy Eating Card.  Get 4 punches and you’ll be the recipient of a great Greenmarket mystery prize!!

And so easy to get those punches given 92nd’s great line-up of farmers/bakers/fishermen…  American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell, Sun Fed Beef/ Maple Avenue and Norwich Meadows Farms!!

Head to Market Manager Jaime’s table to get your card!!

Last week’s recycling totals:   12 lbs. batteries; 22 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  4 packed-to-the-top compost bins.

Hey, Sanitation!  Please leave us dedicated 92nd Street composters another bin!!

Sunday, September 24th:  Fall Safe Disposal Event

North Plaza, Union Square, 10am-4pm

Safely dispose of electronics and other potentially harmful household products like batteries, paint, pesticides and medicine at the NYC Department of Sanitation’s NYC SAFE events.  (Just keep in mind:  Only NYC residential waste will be accepted (no business or institutional waste permitted).   For more

Sunday, September 24th:  Tree Care on 78th Street Event

Meet at Second Avenue at 78th Street, 10:30am

Tree Steward (and professional baker) Sara Ansari leads the charge to prune, cultivate and plant bulbs in street tree beds on 78th from Second Ave to York.   Even more incentive to lend a hand:  Coffee, cider and slices of one of Sara’s signature cakes!

Sunday, September 24th:  Letterpress Printing Workshop –  19th Century-Style

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 2-5pm

Inspired by the Museum’s current exhibit, “Democracy in Print”, learn how American newspapers once were printed and produce stationary for yourself via that very same 19th Century letterpress process!!  A tour of the museum tops off a great afternoon!  Members, $10.  Non-members, $15.  Reservations required:  212-838-6878. 

Thursday, September 28th:   2017 Miss Subways Pagent

The City Reliquary Museum, 370 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, 7pm

And why would such an event be included in these pages…?  Could be because a certain Master Knife Sharpener – also distinguished by her sense of humor – is a contender!  Think “Hedra” as you pay a visit to the site…  Maybe even attend!!

Saturday, September 30th:  Lemon Creek Beach Clean-Up

Lemon Creek Park, 175 Johnston Terrace, Staten Island, 10am-12pm

There’s beach cleaning in spring…  There’s beach cleaning in fall…  Critical at both times of the year for salt marshes like the mouth of Lemon Creek with its hefty wildlife population!!  Clean up till noon, then enjoy a seining net adventure led by naturalists Clay and Seth Wollney that’ll reveal some of the creatures you’ve just helped to protect!!  Transportation and cleanup gear provided.  For more and to sign up

Take a deep breath:

 

Monday, October 2nd:  Oktoberfest at Solar One

Stuyvesant Cove, East River Esplanade at 23rd Street, 6:30-10pm

Celebrate fall and support the decade-plus of Solar One’s leading the charge for all things clean NYC power!  (There’s a lovely garden in the Cove, too!)  $100.  For more (including the origin of Oktoberfest) and tickets

Sunday, October 8th:  Shred-A-Thon – Pre-Columbus Day Edition

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Streets, across from the Greenmarket, 10am-2pm (rain or shine) 

It’s all the paper you can carry/roll/drive and it’ll be shredded time again!!

BUT, as always, do keep in mind:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take those hardcovers to Goodwill or Housing Works.)

As ever, we thank Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for the many years of  support and Assembly Member Seawright for her stalwart sponsorshop!!

Sunday, October 8th:  Green Park Gardeners’ Monarch Migration Festival

Andrew Haswell Green Park, East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 2-5pm  (rain date:  October 15th)

Yup, the Upper East Side’s now a recognized stop on the Monarch butterfly migration route and it’s groups like the fabulous Green Park Gardeners who’ve created urban oases of native plants with nectar the beautiful insect loves and that sustain it on its thousands-of-miles journey!  What better reason to party down with family fun (including pets)!!  We’re talking butterfly info galore, a garden tour, milkweed seed releases, pix of attendees  in butterfly wings, (temporary, of course) butterfly tattoos and more!  Come one and all!!  Free.  For more

Friday, October 13th:  Saving the American Ash Summit

Ross Hall, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 10:30am-12:30pm

The magnificent and truly iconic American Ash tree…  Prime target of the infamous Emerald Ash Borer.   In just 13 years the invasive bug’s spread from Michigan  (where it was discovered) and is now menacing Ashes in the American northeast and Canada.  The NYBG’s assembled a panel of experts to lay out the history, scope of the challenge  and what we can do to slow its advance.  Members, $10.  Non-members, $20.  To register… 

Saturday, October 14th:  Volunteer Days at Schurz Park

East End Avenue & 86th Street, 9:30am-12:30pm  

Just right that UES fall volunteer gardening season commences with beautiful Schurz Park!  For more and to sign up (really helpful to know volunteer headcount when planning projects)… 

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 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:  uppergreenside@gmail.com!) 

 

Wednesday, October 25th:  Community Cafe Conversations @ 67th Street Library – Mental Health & Aging

67th Street Branch Library, 328 East 67th Street, 5:30-7:30pm

Haven’t we been saying that great, new things are going on at the 67th Street Branch…?  Now, they’re launching a program, drawing on those unequaled local resources, New York-Presbyterian-Cornell and MSK-PDA.   Not only will  Consersation #1 showcase research being done on mental health and aging and the wisdom of experts, but it’ll also very much incorporate your ideas, experience, and questions.  Free.  To RSVP (a must)…  

(Future conversation topics:·  Thursday, November 16, 5:30-7:30PM: Obesity and Nutrition and  Thursday, December 14, 5:30-7:30PM: Depression and Anxiety.)

Miscellany:

Apologies for being late on this, but entries for the 2017 (High School) Energy Reduction Challenge are due on September 29th!  Winners of the challenge will be  high schools that over a 2 month period reduce their energy consumption by at least 25%, with the top 5 to be awarded $10,000!   For more and to enter…   

Back on track:

Consumer Reports weighs in on “sin taxes” on sugary drinks… 

And then there’s what multi-national food companies have gotten up to in Brazil…. 

Why we needed a new, higher Bayonne Bridge

How to make apples last longer

Find out when fall foliage peaks anywhere in the U.S.!

Canada now has the world’s longest hiking trail…??!!

As we move on to animals:

Hey, but America’s got the world’s largest bat colony!!

And NYState has fall Freshwater Fishing and Boating News

How squirrels sort their nuts

Development of a baby beaver

Yours in abiding greenness,

UGS

 

 

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Happy Drive Electric Week and World Canals Conference 2017, UESider!!

The conference to be  held in Syracuse in our own NYS state – home of the Erie Canal – this September 24th-25th!!

(Been going on for a while…  The canal and canal boat renaissance…  Witness the saga of the Lois McClure…) 

(Can’t tell you how many Priuses one sees in Massachusetts and Maine!  For one of the 276 Drive Electric Week events…)

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Enough (meaningful) fluff!  We’ve got a ton of ground to cover, commencing with the week ahead:

Saturday, September 16th:  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 Meadows, Cherry Lane, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Alewife,  and Gajeski  Farms!!  

Let there be corn, corn and more corn!!  

More tomatoes!!

More delectable summer bounty of every kind!!

Last 4 weeks’ recycling totals:  164 lbs. batteries; 38 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  43 1/2  compost bins;  4 pairs of eye glasses; 115 bags of clothes.

WOW!!

Sunday, September 17th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street at First Avenue, 9am-3pm

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm

With us will be American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell and Norwich Meadows Farms!!

Peaches!!

Purple peppers!!

Herbs galore!!

Corn!  Corn!  Corn!!

Last 4 weeks’ recycling totals:   38 lbs. batteries; 19 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  22 pairs of eye glasses; 17 compost bins.

Yes, 92nd Street’s moving toward 5 bins!!

Saturday, September 16th & Saturday, October 14th:  Volunteer Days at Schurz Park

East End Avenue & 86th Street, 9:30am-12:30pm

Just right that UES fall volunteer gardening season commences with beautiful Schurz Park!  For more and to sign up (really helpful to know volunteer headcount when planning projects)… 

Saturday, September 16th: 13th Annual Vendy Award Competition

Governors Island, 12:30-5pm

Taste then and vote for best of the NYC’s 10,000 street food vendors who’ll be whipping up edibles from tempting savory eats to ice-cold treats!!  Tickets from $60-$300.  For more and tickets… 

And then:

Wednesday, September 20th:  NYC H2O Minetta Brook Walk

Meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 12 West 12th Street, 6:30pm  (rain date:  Thursday, September 21st)

We may have buried it well underground, but the Minetta Brook’s still there and even visible through some manhole covers!!  With urban explorer Stever Duncan as guide, trace the winding path of the humble, historic NYC stream.  Organized by the one and only NYC H2O.  $30.  For more and tickets

Saturday, September 23rd:  Biscuits & Bath Dog Adoption Event

1064 First Avenue at 58th Street, 11am-3pm

Been thinking of giving a deserving canine a forever home?  Time to act on that thought!  Especially as the event’s sponsored by the Animal Care Centers of NYC. 

Monday, October 2nd:  Oktoberfest at Solar One

Stuyvesant Cove, East River Esplanade at 23rd Street, 6:30-10pm

Celebrate fall and support the decade-plus of Solar One’s leading the charge for all things clean NYC power!  (There’s a lovely garden in the Cove, too!)  $100.  For more (including the origin of Oktoberfest) and tickets

Sunday, October 8th:  Shred-A-Thon – Pre-Columbus Day Edition

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Streets, across from the Greenmarket, 10am-2pm (rain or shine) 

Let the paper sorting begin!!

BUT, as always, do keep in mind:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take those hardcovers to Goodwill or Housing Works.)

As ever, we thank Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for their enduring support and Assembly Member Seawright for her stalwart sponsorshop!!

Friday, October 13th:  Saving the American Ash Summit

Ross Hall, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 10:30am-12:30pm

The magnificent and truly icon American Ash tree…  Prime target of the infamous Emerald Ash Borer.   In just 13 years the invasive insect’s spread from Michigan  (where it was discovered) and is now menacing Ashes in the American northeast and Canada.  The NYBG’s assembled a panel of experts to lay out the history, scope of the challenge  and what we can do to slow the bug’s advance.  Members, $10.  Non-members, $20.  To register… 

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 while you plant!!  Go home with your own, state-of-the-art trowel!!  Prepare yourself for the waves of pride as the planter bursts with beauty come next spring!!  (Be great if you’d RSVP:  uppergreenside@gmail.com!) 

Wednesday, October 25th:  Community Cafe Conversations @ 67th Street Library – Mental Health & Aging

67th Street Branch Library, 328 East 67th Street, 5:30-7:30pm

Haven’t we been saying that great, new things are going on at the 67th Street Branch…?  Now, they’re launching a program, drawing on those unequaled local resources, New York-Presbyterian-Cornell and MSK-PDA.   Not only will  Consersation #1 showcase research being done on mental health and aging and the wisdom of experts, but it’ll also very much incorporate your ideas, experience, and questions.  Free.  To RSVP (a must)…  

(Future conversation topics:·  Thursday, November 16, 5:30-7:30PM: Obesity and Nutrition and  Thursday, December 14, 5:30-7:30PM: Depression and Anxiety.)

Miscellany…  Activism first:

Should you object to cuts in the EPA budget

If you think the 500 some remaining right whales should be better protected

If you share the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s belief that the climate needs protecting

And would like America’s drinking water and water in our national parks to remain protected by the Clean Water Act… 

And that the Atlantic Menhaden – AKA “the most important fish in the sea” – also needs protection

Yikes!  We want the world’s seed banks to be invulnerable!! 

How come ferries are making stops everywhere on coastal NYC…?  Everywhere but the Upper East Side!

A big hunk of shame on the luxury condo owners demanding – as compensation for their “inconvenience” – $15K from the NYPL branch during its exterior renovation

On to the NYC/NYS centric:

Yes, First Avenuers have been burned by a recent extreme hookah bar experience, but who can possibly think loosening cabaret rules is a good idea?  Answer:  A bunch of City Council Members... 

YES!!  Owners of big, energy-wasting/polluting buildings should be obliged to modernize…  But given 12-plus years to comply??!!  N0t till 2030??  

A short history of NYC zoning and how it’s shaped our city…

The Marchetti Constant and  changes the Hyperloop might bring to our Northeast Corridor…  (Sure be a blessing to these folks with 2-hour plus commutes!)

Another gondola – as in tram gondola – on the NYC horizon?

That Green Mountain Power table at our markets?  They’re equipping individuals’ homes with their own power grids up in Vermont!! 

Meanwhile, how lucky is NYC to have our power lines underground!!   (And the questionable reasons more haven’t followed our lead…

Kudos double plus to the geniuses who’ve figured out how to  convert powder unspent bullets (the Army’s got a lot of them) into – among many uses – fertilizer!

Thousands – and we do mean thousands – of classic films on DVD available for streaming FREE from the NYPL!!

Yet another fabulous program from GrowNYC (the folks behind our Greenmarkets)…  “Farms at NYCHA”!!

NYC Parks has a ton of great fall teen-to-senior programs from outdoor nature adventures to fitness to arts and science to track & field (at Thomas Jefferson Park)…  

Great new books on our NYC during the Revolutionary War and WWI…  The NYFD and NYC’s Civil War draft rIots

NYC spy novel with clues found on landmarks

Attention, gardenders!!  Here’s your Handy Guide to Mulch!! 

“The Secret Life of the City Banana“…

The NYC experience with classic Belgian block and how to make it an accessible city surface…  (Love it we do, but we do want it out of our tree beds!)

A 1650 mile trail network would put 8 million residents within a half-mile of a trail?  What’s not to like?!  To learn more about the proposal….

Stepping off the reservation:

Title of The Times article on Finish sports says it all:   “Finland Has A Sports Nut Loose”

The medieval version of highlighting

Martha Stewart claim’s authorship, but some of us have been peeling hardboiled eggs by shaking for eons…

hundred year-old fruit cake found in Antarctica…  (Likely tastes as it did when removed from the oven!)

Last but not least:

Pizza history?  Yes!  And by a pizza historian!!

And, of course, you know about this weekend’s San Gennaro and Brooklyn Book Festivals!

Great Philippine Eagle

Bring on those ever lovin’animals:

Our own Hudson River estuary’s just been designated as critical to the spawning of the endangered Atlantic sturgeon…

Baby squirel Irma survivors…  (Why didn’t they show us the baby raccoon?!)

Bit of a stretch for us, but herewith..  Ten reasons to celebrate sharks!

They may be a tad weird, but glad to hear there’re more cities moving to save their bats!!

And cross fingers the lovely Mongollian weeping camel rite is preserved

Seven facts about dragon flies

How to move – as in arrangements that should be made – when you have furry family members/pets

Films starring dogs…  And only dogs…!!

Five ever so hardy critters who live high on Mount Everest!

Spot an Atlantic Sturgeon??  Swimming or belly up, the NYC DEC really wants to know!!

Brief but really great footage of an Arizona jaguar (and other AZ wildlife)

You may now rest your good green eyes for seven green days,

UGS

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Heat Wave and Umpteenth Air Quality Alert Day, UESiders!!

Is this humidity/temp combination agony or what?  

Pretty much in line with New York Magazine’s distressing but totally worth reading current cover story

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And with it mind, let’s get down to our usual making all weeks super green:

Saturday, July 22nd:  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, Sikking Flowers, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd, Green Meadows, Cherry Lane, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Alewife,  and Gajeski  Farms!!  

Alewife’s gorgeous basil fit for a bridal bouquet!!  

Cherry Lane delicious young eggplants and baby potatoes!!

Mother Hubbert’s yogurt and milk!!

Sikkings incredible lilies!!

BUT:

NO Master Knife Sharpener  this week.   (She’ll be lolling about in cool ocean waters.)

BUT:

Temperature permitting…  Noted cookbook author, area resident and 82nd Street Greenmarket shopper Dana Jacobi will be exploring the world of leafy greens beyond kale and collards!!  Meet, greet and sample delicious Greenmarket greens prepared by our ever so knowledgeable neighbor!  (If the day’s too scorching, stalwart Manager Guramrit will chef-in-chief!)  (Do check out Dana’s site: danajacobi.com.) 

AND THEN:

July 29th brings the latest installment of  cooking with our own UES foodies…  This time out with certified holistic nutritionist, real food devotee, recipe developer, food stylist wellness blogger and photographer, Mercedes!!  She’ll be whipping up something that reflects her passional for our Greenmarket’s local, seasonal food!!   (Her site: superfoodsaydeez.com/)  She’ll be with us 10am-1pm.

Last week’s recycling totals:  64 lbs. batteries; 28 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  11 compost bins;  and 26 bags of clothes.

Sunday, July 23rd:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street at First Avenue, 9am-3pm

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm

At their tables will be American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell and Norwich Meadows Farms!!

(Tomatoes!!  Fava beans!!  Baguettes of every size and many flavors!!  Freshest chicken!!  Clams!!) 

ONE LAST TIME:

Don’t forget to get yourself over to Manager Jaimie’s table and sign up for the 92nd Street Frequent Shopper Reward Program!!   Shop 5 weeks, get a $2 coupon and be entered into a raffle for a giant bag of produce!!

Last week’s recycling totals:   14 lbs. batteries; 9 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  22 pairs of eye glasses; 4 compost bins;  5160 lbs. of paper.   

ANOTHER 4 BINS!!  TWO AND A HALF TONS PLUS OF PAPER!!  22 PAIRS OF GLASSES!!

Holy crow.

Tuesday, July 25th:  Foster Pet Parent Orientation

 Animal Care Centers NYC Headquarters, 11 Park Place, Suite 805, 7-9pm

And we quote, “ACC never turns away an animal in need, and regularly rescues nursing moms with babies, kittens and puppies without moms, and injured and ill animals. These animals may need some extra TLC, outside of a Care Center, to get healthy and ready for adoption. nter the Foster Program, which places them temporarily in the homes of caring individuals who help prepare them for forever homes.”  Could be us, yes?  For the lowdown

Saturday, July  29th:  Pet Adoption Day at Biscuits & Bath  (Dogs Only)

Biscuits & Bath Sutton Place, 1064 1st Avenue at East 58th Street, 11am – 3pm

Great how dedicated this particular Biscuits & Bath outpost has become to finding forever homes for dogs lacking their own personal humans!  (And this is a dogs only event!)

diplacus rupicola

This week’s miscellany, commencing with some outrage:

As in, the MTA’s actually proposing cutting M67 and M72 service!!  

And in the activism mode:

Have objections to the behemoth mega tower proposed for 96th Street between First and Second?  Carnegie Hill Neighbors have made it pretty easy to speak up…   (To email Governor Cuomo)  

Lightening up a tad:

So, what world capital’s shaming all others in converting its erstwhile polluted-to-the-nth degree streams/canals/rivers into fantastic urban swimming pools??

We’re not there yet, but engineers are crazy trying to devise giant storage “batteries”… 

We do all know that, at present, the methodology for recycling ziplock bags is tear the ziplock off and toss, then recycle the bag (because lock and bag are different plastic grades)?  Well, seems like SC Johnson’s discovered European methodology that converts whole ziplocks, plain old plastic bags and even plastic film into garbage bags

Oh-oh!  Looks like China’s going to be much more picky about the recycled paper and plastics they import 

They’re recycling oyster shells in Alabama

How Bacitracin came into being

What our NYS Conservation Officers have been up to of late

Origin of the word “earth”?  It’s derived from the Old English word for “dirt”!!

Brooklyn’s Dead Horse Bay got its name how…??

Totally off the reservation:

Jane Austen fanatics?!  Here’s a Jane Austen quiz!! 

Back on with this lovely make-it-yourself deodorant formula from 82nd Market Manager Guramrit:

“What do you do to hydrate your face on a hot day (besides drinking water)? Make your own facial mist!   Here’s my recipe using lavender and lemongrass essential oils. 

Lemongrass is a natural deodorizer (yay no more smelly armpits, you can spray your pits with this too!), purifies the skin and promotes pure-toned skin (‘makes you feel so clean), naturally repels pesky bugs, helps promote a positive outlook and heighten your awareness. If used in massage, it also soothes tense muscles. 

Lavender is very versatile and great for just about anything. It’s calming, peaceful and helps reduce imperfections in the skin. Think floral, light and refreshing. 

What you need:

• 1 spray bottle • water • essential oils • a drop or five of fractionated coconut oil • optional: teaspoon aloe Vera 

How you make it:

1. Combine water and at least 10 drops of essential oils in a spray bottle. 

2. Shake once bottle is sealed and add in coconut oil and aloe if you’d like. 

3. Shake and store in the fridge for a refreshing cooling mist at any time of day! 

Use after cleansing or when you need to cool down!”

Time for some animals:

More proof all the time that there were once polar dinosaurs!! 

Yes, even pigeons can be loved…  (This is special, folks!!)

The difference between horns and antlers?? Horns consist of bone encased in the protein keratin (also found in human fingernails), are grow on both males and females and won’t regrow if they’re damaged or removed.  Antlers consist of bone covered by living skin (“velvet”) which supplies blood as the bone grows.  Antlers are exclusive to male deer,  fall off seasonally then regrow!!

The beauty and biology of bird eggs

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

7/13 – Orange County, HRM 36: I watched five white ibis picking around in the vegetable garden until 7:45 PM, when they flew to a nearby tree and then disappeared for the night. (They were seen by others on July 14 until late morning, when they disappeared, and have not been seen since.)  – Kent Warner

                                                   Those White Ibises

[The American white ibis (Eudocimus albus), a wading bird more commonly found in marshes and wetlands along the southern Atlantic coastal states, is an “accidental” (found fewer than three times) in Orange County. There was a previous sighting of an immature bird on July 13, 2011 in the Town of Warwick. –  Ken McDermott.]

7/13 – Westchester County: A hiker along a rocky beach in lower Westchester County happened upon a piece of “worked” chert today indicating a Stone Age artifact. This was a small (51 mm) and rather thin (6-7 mm) projectile point made of high grade black chert (probably Normanskill). The presence of Hudson River Indians and their artifacts dates back to at least 11,000 years ago, so this find was a delightful reminder of the impressive time depth of the Hudson River Valley.  – Tom Lake

[This spear-thrower (atlatl) point appeared to be a preform, a work in progress. While it was not immediately recognizable as a “type,” it did have enough form to suggest that it was not a utilitarian tool. Typing Stone Age projectile points often seems like finding images in clouds: one person’s horse is another’s ostrich. This seemed to be a preform for a Fox Creek-type point that have been dated from AD 400-650 on Hudson Valley archaeological sites. The black lithic (rock) from Greene and Albany counties is typical of these points as well. In our area, this time period is called the Middle Woodland, when hunters and gatherers were increasing their dependence on new technologies such as horticulture, ceramics, and the bow and arrow, eventually leading to more permanent settlements. The type site is Fox Creek, a tributary to Schoharie Creek in Schoharie and Albany Counties, and was named by New York State Archaeologist Bob Funk.  – Tom Lake.]

Until (green) September,

UGS

 

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