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Happy Earth Day, UESiders!

Whether you garden, march, head over to the Esplanade for some music or just laze around at home (in a really green way)…

This Week in Central Park (thanks to reader Roger)

Let Earth Day and Earth Weekend 2017 begin:

Friday, April 21st:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-8:30pm 

Star master John Pasmino and lucky attendees explore the moon’s surface with binoculars!!  Free and, as always, fascinating!

Saturday, April 22nd:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

At their tables will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Comfort Bardwell Cheese, Ole Mother Hubbert, Hawthorne Valley, Samascott and Gajeski Farms!!

AND…

It was a last minute decision to return to the market last week after their winter hiatus, but they came and bearing bunches of lilacs!!  Who knows what flowers they’ll have for this week?  All we know is that great Sikking Farms is back at 82nd Street!!)

Last week’s recycling totals:  54 lbs. batteries; 19 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 11 1/4 compost bins; 31 bags of clothes.

So impressive!! 

Saturday, April 22nd:  EARTH DAY First Avenue Street Tree Mulch-A-Rama

Meet on the SE corner of 60th and First Avenue, 9am-1pm

Join the great group of volunteers from Redeemer Presbyterian Church as they (us, too!)  cultivate and mulch street beds 60th-72nd Street mulch!!    Tools, treats and excellent company provided!!

And the day’s not over yet:

Saturday, April 22nd:  EARTH DAY with the Pier 90 Project!

Pier 90, East River Esplanade at 90th Street, 12pm

The quintessential UES Earth Day experience!!  Complete with live music, food treats galore, fishing with free bait, and comfortable seating where you can just kick back and enjoy the river view!!  Then, at 3:30 pm, environmental educator/ecologist/urban naturalist Gabriel Willow arrives to lead a green riverside tour!  Entirely free, folks!! (We’ll be heading up after mulching!)

Still more fun:

Saturday, April 22nd:  EARTH DAY on Union Square

Union Square, 12-7pm 

Because you don’t want to miss the exploring the possibilities offer by the 70-plus environmental non-profits and businesses and their green services and wares.  Lots of kids eco on offer, too!with the latest and greenest…  Live performances and a  myriad of kids’ eco activities, too!  Free!!  

Almost but not quite done: 

Sunday, April 23rd:  It’s My Park Spring Cleaning Day

Stanley Isaacs Park, 96th Street and First Avenue, 11am-3pm

For a moment there, seemed like the day would be one mess of rain…  Now, they’re calling for some rain early morning…  So, we’re going for it, people!!  Especially as Isaacs Park is a primo First Ave connection to the Esplanade!  Bed cultivation,  plants installed, mulch applied, kids’ play equipment given a spray down and maybe – if Parks allows – some of the Belgian stone choking tree beds pried out !  As ever, tools and refreshments provided. See you there!!

Coming up:

Saturday, April 29th:  DEA Drug Take Back  Day

Sites Around the City, 10am-2pm

The good news is there’re now a host of NYC collection sites.  The bad?  Still – so far – no UES locations!  And this with traditional site Lenox Hill/Northwell Hospital ready, will and able to host again!!  Let’s all keep fingers crossed and keep checking the DEA list!

Saturday, May 6th:  Identification Day!

Museum of Natural History, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall, Central Park West at 77th Street, 12-4pm

Think “Antiques Roadshow” for that odd bone you found on the beach…    The rock that sure looks like a fossil… Those arrowheads your grandfather left you…  No dollar amounts involved, but the experts sure do weigh in, we wind up with knowledge and maybe natural treasures!!  Fun even if just checking out what others have brought!! Free.

Back in the great UES volunteer mode:

Sunday, May 7th:  It’s My Park Day – Esplanade Edition

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am-3pm

Year 3 of the Scrape/Paint Esplanade Railings Project.  Days of endless, sad-looking railings on our Esplanade are past!!  Now that neglected metal’s the focus of a classic Esplanade Friends’ spruce up!  As always, painting gear (you do want to have the new painting glove experience!), refreshments and great company are supplied!

Let’s get this out of the way:

The new EPA administrator has his own way of celebrating Earth Day:  Rejecting a scientific study and approving an agricultural chemical that lowers IQs in children and causes memory loss and neurological disorders in adults.

On the other hand:

There’s this lovely bit of human goodness

Moving into our usual miscellaneous miscellany mode: 

Among the several landmarked buildings recognized for superior restorations are 5 located on the UES!! 

MUG (as in Manhattan User’s Guide) some choice bits of Carnegie Hill this week…  (Thank you, reader Kathleen Treat!)

NYC’s not alone in beginning to weigh giant storage buildings against the need for more housing for humans… 

What will Elon Musk get up to next?  Answer:  Electric semi trucks!!

Some IKEA stores are now accepting gently used furniture…  Rewarding those who bring it with a $20-off purchases of $150 or more…

Of course, we want our NYC grass cared for sustainably!!

Seven commonly made recycling errors…   (And we don’t want to make any, do we?!) (Thanks to reader John Steinberg for the tip!)

Unlikely items that can not only be recycled – even by great art institutions – turned into art

Advice for those lucky enough to have rent-stabilized apartments

How to stop at least some of those wretched robo calls

Ten mysterious NYC bridges

Art from orange peels…  (Even has a history!)

Time for a few animals:

A baby chick, bad feet and a happy ending…  (Do these critters grow fast or what?!) 

Upcoming local pet adoption events…  (Love “rabbits only”!)

11 signs your cat is happy

And the latest gem from the Hudson River Almanac: 

4/6 – Stanfordville: A river otter was busily fishing in a pond near here today. In the few minutes I watched, the otter caught four fish, including a large bluegill sunfish. – Deborah Tracy-Kral

That River Otter

[The river otter (Lontra canadensis) is native to New York State and a member of the Mustelidae family (mustela, Latin for weasel) along with other mammals such as the mink, fisher, pine marten, and various other smaller weasels. For more on river otters, visit DEC river otter web page. Tom Lake]

The greenest of Earth Days to one and all,

UGS

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A Most Happy Passover and Easter, UESiders!!

Eat, drink and bathe in the glow of family… 

Then prepare for all the great stuff coming our way on this year’s Earth Day!!

But first, there’s the pretty darned green week ahead: 

Saturday, April 8th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

Present to cater to all your holiday needs will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Comfort Bardwell Cheese, Ole Mother Hubbert, Hawthorne Valley, Samascott and Gajeski Farms!!

(One more time:  Have you tried Hudson Valley Duck’s duck breast?!)

Last week’s recycling totals:  76 lbs. batteries; 21 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 pairs eye glasses; 12 compost bins; 30 bags of clothes.

Yes, people, ANOTHER 12 BIN WEEK!! 

7 days later and Earth Day’s upon us:

Wednesday, April 19th:  Protecting Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict Meeting

United Nations Headquarters Conference Room 1, First Avenue and 46th Street, 3-5pm

For sure, we’ve got to come up with way to mitigate the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage sites, organized looting and illicit trafficking of precious artifacts and this conference is beginning!!  And so the discussion/strategy begins…  Free.  To RSVP (a must)…

Then, at last:

Saturday, April 22nd:  EARTH DAY First Avenue Street Tree Mulch-A-Rama

Meet on the SE corner of 60th and First Avenue, 9am-1pm

We’ll all be brimming with gratitude to the great group from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who’ll be cultivating and slavering First Avenue street tree beds with mulch 60th-72nd Street mulch!!  But you’re welcome, too!    Tools, treats and excellent company provided!!

After which you’ll need another kind of fun:

Saturday, April 22nd:  EARTH DAY with the Pier 90 Project!

Pier 90, East River Esplanade at 90th Street, 12pm

The quintessential UES Earth Day experience!!  Complete with live music, food treats galore, fishing and free bait, seating where you can just sit and savor the river view!!  Then, around 3pm, environmental educator/ecologist/urban naturalist Gabriel Willow arrives to lead a green riverside tour!  Entirely free, folks!!  (Remember when this wonderful space was inaccessible, behind gates?)

Restored, we’ll be heading downtown:

Saturday, April 22nd:  EARTH DAY on Union Square

Union Square, 12-7pm 

Because you don’t want to miss the exploring the possibilities offer by the 70-plus environmental non-profits and businesses and their green services and wares.  Lots of kids eco on offer, too!with the latest and greenest…  Live performances and a  myriad of kids’ eco activities, too!  Free!!  

Then, if you haven’t already pitched in on a neighborhood beautification: 

Sunday, April 23rd:  It’s My Park Spring Cleaning Day

Stanley Isaacs Park, 96th Street and First Avenue, 11am-3pm

No way we don’t want one of the premier vamps to our Esplanade and that gorgeous planter at 96th to look anything but its best, too…  Earth turned, flowering plants installed, mulch applied, kids’ play equipment spiffed and maybe – if Parks allows – some of the Belgian stone choking tree beds pried out !  As ever, tools and excellent refreshments provided…  Even knee-pads and gloves for you volunteers to keep!!   Be there!!

Saturday, April 29th:  DEA Drug Take Back  Day

Sites Around the City

But – so far – no UES locations and nobody knows why!  HOWEVER,  our electeds, along with Precinct 19 and Community Affairs at Lenox Hill/Northwell Hospital – both collection points of long-standing – are bearing down on  Drug Enforcement to provide us with at least one site!!    As of now, closest is Precinct 20, 120 West 82nd, BUT you can easily check on the list of  locations as the DEA adds to it!   (We’ll be watching, too!)

Miscellany, sigh-inducing stuff first:

It’s back…  As in the plan for a 700-foot tower/thing on 58th Street

Huh?!  NYState’s wild turkey season commences May lst?  (Yikes! Even more weird, NYS Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend’s set on Earth Day weekend, April 22nd-23rd!)

No, the FDA’s not presently testing for glyphosate, Round-up’s primary ingredient.  (If you think it should…)

On the other hand:

S.C. Johnson’ll soon be removing poisonous galaxolide from 80-plus of its products (like Windex, Glade and Pledge)!! 

Really, just what exactly does “non-GMO” mean…?

And in our hood:

Looks like NYC DOT’s intending to adjust timing of some 19 lights on York Avenue, making them more pedestrian friendly/safe…  Those lights being.:

York Avenue @ East 65th Street,  York Avenue @ East 68th Street, York Avenue @ East 70th Street, York Avenue @ East 71st Street, York Avenue @ East 74th Street, York Avenue @ East 75th Street, York Avenue @ East 76th Street, York Avenue @ East 78 Street, York Avenue @ East 80th Street, York Avenue @ East 81st Street, York Avenue @ East 82nd Street, York Avenue @ East 83rd Street, York Avenue @ East 84th Street, York Avenue @ East 85th Street,York Avenue @ East 86 Street, York Avenue @ East 87th Street, York Avenue @ East 88th Street, York Avenue @ East 89th Street and York Avenue @ East 90th Street!!

Who knows?  Somewhere on the UES might well be chosen for a DOT “shared streets” experiment…

All over the reservation:

How to keep your (Greenmarket) produce primo longer…  (Many a tip was news to us!)

Amazing, this collection of vintage pix of 42nd Street…  (Thanks you, reader Kathleen Treat!)

Yeah, so they’ve got a new butterfly preserve in south Texas…  We’ll soon be putting in Monarch/butterfly-friendly milkweed plants on First Ave islands!! 

And our favorite miscellany of this week is:

The 94-year old science brainiac who’s most recently made dramatic improvements in the solid state battery!! 

Ready for animals:

Scroll down to Page 9 to learn why NYS is “Bluebird Country” and how we can do to keep it that way!

Of course, baby armadillos are cute!!

A teen fox and a golf ball

Cats have their own thing about mail

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

3/25 – Norrie Point, HRM 85: I watched a ring-billed gull drifting out in the river. Something it had in its mouth caught my attention. A photo revealed that it was a palm-sized hogchoker. The gull was struggling to get the fish headed in the right direction before swallowing it. How the gull got the hogchoker was a mystery. Gulls do not dive like loons or cormorants, so the fish had to be on the surface. Yet hogchokers inhabit the bottom in the deeper reaches of the river– Justin Schmidt

A Hogchoker!

[Hogchokers (Trinectes maculatus) are flatfish, delightful little soles, ranging in size from a penny to the palm of your hand. Their coloring is mottled light and dark “squiggly” patterns of perfect camouflage and, like fingerprints and snowflakes, no two are exactly alike. If you stroke these little flatfish from head to tail, they are incredibly smooth. However, if you run your finger from tail to head, it will feel like fine teeth on a saw. Wise predators have learned to swallow hogchokers head first, to avoid “choking.” –  Tom Lake.]

Happiness is greenness,

UGS

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Happy National Teflon and Burrito Day, UESiders!!

All well and good, of course, but how about it’s a No Fooling Around, From Now On It’s National Solid Springtime Till Summer Arrives??!! 

Okay, we’ll take just seven days of continuous, cloudless, sunny skies, so we can fully enjoy: 

Friday, April 7th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-8:30pm 

Star master John Pasmino explains the usefulness of astrology software to astronomers!!  (The two “disciplines” do use many of the same planetary alignments!)  Free and, as ever, so fun!

Saturday, April 8th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

Could we actually experience sun on a Saturday??!!   (Knock on wood!!)

With us will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Comfort Bardwell Cheese, Ole Mother Hubbert, Hawthorne Valley, Samascott and Gajeski Farms!!

Per usual, Nolasco Farm may or may not appear!  (But we want them to!)

Last week’s recycling totals:  33 lbs. batteries; 13 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 12 compost bins; 23 bags of clothes.

YES!!  WE ARE BACK IN THE 12 BIN MODE!!

Saturday, April 8th:  Baby Animal Encounters!

Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 77th Street, 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Zoologist Jarod Miller makes the introduction to some of the animal kingdom’s wildest, most interesting and – oh, yes! – cutest young ‘uns, along with engrossing info as to where and how they live and adapt. Tilted towards kids, of course, but just try and keep the adults away!!  $15 (but a members only event so join up!)  For more… 

We want sun and gentle breezes on Earth Day, too:

Saturday, April 22nd:  EARTH DAY First Avenue Street Tree Mulch-A-Rama

Meet on the SE corner of 60th and First Avenue, 9am-1pm

Yup, First Ave 72nd-79th’s been looking pretty perky since it received its February mulch/beauty treatment!!  But just wait till 60th-72nd gets it’s mini-makeover!!  So amazing the difference a couple of hours, a little soil cultivation and mulch makes!!   Tools, treats, good company all provided and in abundance.  No way it won’t be one wonderful Earth Day!!

UES Earth Day just gets better:

Saturday, April 22nd:  EARTH DAY with the Pier 90 Project!

Pier 90, East River Esplanade at 90th Street, 12pm

No better spot to celebrate Mother Earth!!  Absolutely, Esplanade Friends have laid the good stuff on with a trowel:    Think live music, food treats galore, fishing and free bait, seating where you can just sit and look out at our wonderful river!!  Then, long about 3pm, environmental educator/ecologist/urban naturalist Gabriel Willow arrives to lead a green riverside tour!  Entirely free, folks!!  (And this pier used a big, fat, empty zero!!)

Then, late afternoon/evening:

Saturday, April 22nd:  EARTH DAY on Union Square

Union Square, 12-7pm 

Seventy-plus environmental non-profits and businesses with the latest and greenest…  A  myriad of kids’ eco activities…  Live performances…  All free and green, folks!  

Add to the Earth Day weekend mix: 

Sunday, April 23rd:  It’s My Park Spring Cleaning Day

Stanley Isaacs Park, 96th Street and First Avenue, 11am-3pm

Last fall, Harlem teens and families from Shiray Tefila cultivated, raked and planted who knows how many daffodil, tulip and grape hyacinth bulbs.  Come late April, it’ll be time to plant and tidy for park goers’ summer enjoyment!  Tools, plants and excellent refreshments provided…  Even knee-pads for you volunteers to keep!! See you there!!

On the horizon:

Saturday, May 6th:  Identification Day!

Museum of Natural History, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall, Central Park West at 77th Street, 12-4pm

Think “Antiques Roadshow” for that odd bone you found on the beach…    The rock that sure looks like a fossil… Those arrowheads your grandfather left you…  No dollar amounts involved, but the experts sure do weigh in, we wind up with knowledge and maybe natural treasures!!  Fun even if just checking out what others have brought!! Free.

Back in the great UES volunteer mode:

Sunday, May 7th:  It’s My Park Day – Esplanade Edition

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am-3pm

Year 3 of the Scrape/Paint Esplanade Railings Project.  Days of endless, sad looking railings on our Esplanade are past!!  Bit by bit, that neglected metal is a classic Esplanade Friends’ spruce up!  As always, painting gear (you do want to have the new painting glove experience!), refreshments and company are supplied!

Then:

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, May 9th,10th & 11th:   3rd Annual Animated Spirits – New Animation from Europe Festival

Austrian Cultural Forum, 180 Maiden Lane, Hungarian Consulate General

So much going on in the world of animation way beyond and above Pixar!!   Details TBA but here’s what’s known right now!! 

Saturday, May 13th:  Attack of the Killer Megatowers – How to Preserve Quality of Life in a Changing UES Forum

St. Jean Baptiste High School, 173 East 75th Street, 10am-1pm

Urban planning consultants George James and Ethel Sheffer conduct a crash course on zoning issues…  Zoning issues thrown into high relief now that the mayhem of Second Ave Subway construction’s come to an end. Organized by Friends of the Upper Historic District.  Members, $10.  Non-members, $20.  

Sunday, May 21st:  Green Park GardenersNYC Volunteer Day

East River Esplanade at 62nd Street, Time TBA

A chance to wield your trowel (and learn plenty) from the UES’s pioneer native plant gardeners!  Details TBA, but get the date onto that calendar!!

Been a pretty miscellaneous week:

Three extremely loud cheers for NYS for standing up for our environmental regulations!!

Looks likely, too, that the NYS budget will include some $300M for environmental protection  

Kudos, too, for to the startup brewery that’s developed edible, biodegradable six-pack rings that neither entrap nor clog the digestive tracts of wildlife!!   (If you think other beverage producers – like Coke – should get right on board…)

In the Lest We Forget (But Poor Amtrak Won’t Let Us) Department:  Governor Christie’s 2010 cancellation of NJ’s share of funds to construct a new train tunnel under the Hudson River

Yes, we’ve noted this professional path before but, come on, waste water treatment plant training?!  

Should you be wondering why park conservancies exist…  (and/or why it’s great they share resources!)

Inevitable that developers’ attention would fix on the Garment Center district as prime for rezoning, high irises and luxury housing…  (But should you think the fashion, garment and ancillary businesses/jobs  should remain in place, retained and supported …) 

Worry not!!  Far from closing, Just Bulbs and its 36,000 light bulb inventory is just moving to larger quarters at 222 East 58th!  

Pretty snazzy new ferry to be plying East River waters…  (May more UES stops be added to it’s itinerary!) 

One piece each in print and on TV this week on the subject of waste/recycling (with NYC efforts coming of as pretty lame in comparison)…   (For crying out loud, India’s working to reduce dumps/landfill!!)

CB8’s been on the flat screen, too!  Catch our former Council Member Lappin – now president of the Alliance for Downtown New York! –  and host Will Sanchez on his MNN show, “Gotta Run” which wanders enjoyably around the subject of – you guessed it! – running!!  

Spring fun in NYS Parks…  Commencing with trout fishing!

Yikes!  The 92ndY ‘s just announced its summer course schedule!! 

In the animal world:

The great Monarch Watch’s put out the word for their new Monarch Watch Citizen Scientist Project…  Which entails – that’s right! – watching for monarch butterflies as they migrate through our city!!  (Do they ever pass through NYC; we’ve seen them with our very own eyes!)

Indeed, there is such a thing as a therapy goat

How do you train a dog to…  Well,  just watch!

And from the ever stellar Hudson River Almanac:

3/13 – Croton Point: I was walking around the Point at low tide this evening and came upon live oysters, one after another, not thousands, but maybe a few per square meter along that depth line. [Due to the vulnerability of these shellfish to illegal harvest in uncertified waters, the exact location is not stated.] – Gareth Hougham

Some of those oysters!

[Croton Point is well known for its ancient oyster shells (Crassostrea virginica), many that date to 4,000 years ago when the salinity regime in the estuary was optimal for their growth. The empty shells that have eroded out of middens are the residue of Native American harvesting at a time when the water quality was near pristine.  – Tom Lake.]

[With warm, dry summers and autumns, as well as relatively high salinities, the Tappan Zee remnant wild reefs oyster population, ten miles downriver, has been doing very well. We monitor recruitment as far north as Irvington (river mile 25) and each year in the early fall we observe a pulse in newly settled spat (larvae) upriver. The Croton Point oysters could very well be an extension of that recruitment. – Katie McFarland, Cornell University.]

With evergreenness,

UGS

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Happy National Pencil Day, National Turkey Neck Soup Day and – best of all – Take a Walk in the Park Day, UESiders!!

Our hood popped up plenty in this past Sunday Times

A comment on the Second Ave Subway completion in “The State of Your Block, 2017” (scroll down)…  BP Brewer’s thoughts on”What Does a Borough President Want?”  (Okay, she’s talking about Manhattan in general, but did you know the woman’s parented some 20 foster kids?!!)…  A complimentary overview in “A Neighborhood with Amenities“…   And–

We digress…  With a story we heard maybe a decade ago:

Rightfully impressed by the success of Chicago’s rodent control efforts, someone of importance in the then mayor’s office contacted the exterminator responsible with a very generous offer if that person would relocate to NYC.  “Only if you stop letting piles of garbage bags sit streetside for hours and move to stowing those bags in bins with snap covers,” was the reply. 

And so, The Times’ account of a recent rat control foray on the UES

(Evenings before pick-up, we’re always so impressed when we see the tidy closed bins at the curb in front of a pair of walk-ups on 67th between First and Second.)

On to the week ahead:

Now to Sunday, April 2nd:  Participatory Budgeting Vote

All Over the Upper East Side

You do want to weigh in on how that million dollars is spent in our community!!  (Thank you, CM Kallos!)  For where and when you can cast that ballot (scroll down)

Saturday, April 1st:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

A calmer Saturday after all the activity of last week!!

If only the weather would cooperate!!

Rain or shine, at their tables and under their canopies will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Comfort Bardwell Cheese, Ole Mother Hubbert, Hawthorne Valley, Samascott and Gajeski Farms!!

Maybe Nolasco Farm, too!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  51 lbs. batteries; 16 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 3 pairs eye glasses; 11 compost bins; 22 bags of clothes.

3rd week in a row for 11 BINS!!

Saturday, April 1, 2017:  Free Bike Helmet Event!

St. Catherine’s Park, First Avenue between 67th and 68th, 11am-2:30pm

Yup, a free, custom-fitted helmet!  Thanks again, Council Member Kallos!  Thanks to the NYC Department of Transportation, too! For complete details

Saturday, April 8th:  Baby Animals Encounters!

Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 77th Street, 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Zoologist Jarod Miller makes the introduction to some of the animal kingdom’s wildest, most interesting and – oh, yes! – cutest young ‘uns, along with engrossing info as to where and how they live and adapt. Tilted towards kids, of course, but just try and keep the adults away!!  $15 (but a members only event so join up!)  For more… 

Happy Earth Day, beginning with:

Saturday, April 22nd:  EARTH DAY First Avenue Street Tree Mulch-A-Rama

Meet on the SE corner of 60th and First Avenue, 9am-1pm

First came February’s great laying of mulch around First Avenue street trees, 72nd to 79th Streets by the fabulous Christine, Ralph and friends!  Now, the target’s First Ave 60th to 72nd!  Amazing what a little soil cultivation and mulch does for not just our trees but the whole look of an avenue/street!!  Tools, refreshments, good company and the great feeling you’ll have… The start of a perfect Earth Day!!

You’re now deserving of a break:

Saturday, April 22nd:  EARTH DAY with the Pier 90 Project!

Pier 90, East River Esplanade at 90th Street, 12pm

A particularly special place to celebrate Mother Earth…  Among fellow UESiders, on our own East River and enjoying the lovely pier that only months ago community will revived and reclaimed as public space!  Oh, yes, there’ll also be live music and ice cream!!  Then, long about 3pm, environmental educator/ecologist/urban naturalist Gabriel Willow arrives to lead a green riverside tour!  Doesn’t get any better folks!   Yes, and it’s free!!

And there’s no stopping the fun:

Saturday, April 22nd:  EARTH DAY on Union Square

Union Square, 12-7pm 

Seventy-plus environmental non-profits and businesses with the latest and greenest…  A  myriad of kids’ eco activities…  Live performances…  All free and green, folks!  

Then: 

Sunday, April 23rd:  It’s My Park Spring Cleaning Day

Stanley Isaacs Park, 96th Street and First Avenue, 11am-3pm

Last fall, Harlem teens and families from Shiray Tefila cultivated, raked and planted who knows how many daffodil, tulip and grape hyacinth bulbs.  Come late April, it’ll be time to plant and tidy for park goers’ summer enjoyment!  Tools, plants and excellent refreshments provided…  Even knee-pads for you volunteers to keep!! See you there!!

On the horizon:

Saturday, May 6th:  Identification Day!

Museum of Natural History, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall, Central Park West at 77th Street, 12-4pm

Think “Antiques Roadshow” for that odd bone you found on the beach…    The rock that sure looks like a fossil… Those arrowheads your grandfather left you…  No dollar amounts involved, but the experts sure do weigh in, we wind up with knowledge and maybe natural treasures!!  Free.

Sunday, May 7th:  It’s My Park Day – Esplanade Edition

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am-3pm

Year 3 of the Scrape/Paint Esplanade Railings Project.  Remember when every inch of classic railings north and south of 96th was peeling and/or rusting out?  No more and we’ll be spiffing up another block’s worth in ’17… Especially as we’ll now be equipped with revolutionary (at least to us!) new painting mitts (in lieu of brushes and fantastic for doing railings)!!  As always, best painting gear, refreshments and company is provided!

Saturday, May 13th:  Attack of the Killer Megatowers – How to Preserve Quality of Life in a Changing UES Forum

St. Jean Baptiste High School, 173 East 75th Street, 10am-1pm

Urban planning consultants George James and Ethel Sheffer conduct a crash course on zoning issues…  Zoning issues thrown into high relief now that the mayhem of Second Ave Subway construction’s come to an end. Organized by Friends of the Upper Historic District.  Members, $10.  Non-members, $20.  

Sunday, May 21st:  Green Park GardenersNYC Volunteer Day

East River Esplanade at 62nd Street, Time TBA

A chance to wield your trowel (and learn plenty) from the UES’s pioneer native plant gardeners!  Details soon, but mark that calendar!!

Our week in miscellany:

Further on the call for the NYC need for a comprehensive 21st Century snow removal policy… 

And on the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s performance… 

Seen the proposed replacement for 666 Fifth Avenue…?

Given that things like engineered housing roll over the hundred-plus year-old structure nightly, no wonder the 59th Street Bridge will be getting $392M in repair work

Returning to the subject of snow, this suggestion for addressing slick sidewalks in lieu of corrosive, plant-kiling salt from our erstwhile 82nd Street compost maven Pamela Davis:   An unscented kitty litter/sand mix. (Cheaper than salt and kinder to paws!  Pamela keeps a bag in her car, too!) 

An oak wilt protection zone’s been established in Brooklyn (one of several in NYS)…

Meanwhile, there’s the tree with the biggest canopy…  (And a list of other “leafy wonders”!)

How about we help a struggling Appalachian community get a grant for a community garden (with easy online votes)?

Google cars switch-hit tracking earth-warming methane leaks… 

Who knew our Liberty Bell once went on a national tour…  (And helped to win WWI!)

Yeah, milkweed’s an actual weed and seems to grow in abundance everywhere but UES gardens where it and its monarch butterfly friends would be so welcome!!

Ready for animals:

Crustacean time!  A brief look at our city’s oysters past, present and future!  (Thanks to reader Jack Donaghy for the tip!)

Oh, joy!!  Oh, rapture!  NYS Oneida Lake walleye egg collection will soon commence!  (We can visit the hatchery!)

Seems like the wasting disease afflicting deer might be on the wane…

Why gulls’ feet don’t freeze

The 100 Most Important Cat Pictures

It is so good to be green,

UES

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Happy Earth Hour, UESiders!!

Yes, it’s that day (Saturday, March 25th) and time (8:30-9:30PM) again when we Green People not only abstain from driving even electric or hybrid cars, but also switch off everything in our homes that’s powered by fossil fuels – thus contributing to global warming – for a mere but meaningful 60 minutes!!  

We can do it, people!!

(The weather’ll be cooperating, too!)

Just set the DVR to record whatever’ll be happening with March Madness…  Take yourself, friends and family to a nearby park or your building’s roof with binoculars and study stars you’d normally not be able to see so clearly or at all…   And savor the feeling of being the fabulous, earth-conscious person that you are!!

Ah!  This just in from reader Gary Thalheimer:  The duck couple’s returned to the pond between 72nd/73rd on York!!

What a way to launch into the week ahead:   

Saturday, March 25th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

Great (fingers crossed and don’t we deserve it)  Saturday weather for the long-awaited treat:

GrowNYC’s Regional Grain Project’s visit to the 82nd Street Greenmarket!!

Amazing, all the great edibles now made with/from grains once again grown in New York State!!   Once again grown and available to us, thanks to GrowNYC’s efforts!!

Come!!  Learn!!  EAT!!

Then load yourself up with all the wonderful stuff grown/caught by our market’s fabulous farmers/fishermen/beekeepers: American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Comfort Bardwell Cheese, Ole Mother Hubbert, Hawthorne Valley, Samascott and Gajeski Farms!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  48 lbs. batteries; 18 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 11 compost bins; 24 bags of clothes.

ANOTHER 11 BINS!!

Saturday, March 25th to Sunday, April 2nd:  Participatory Budgeting Vote

Up and Down the Upper East Side

And right at the 82nd Street/St. Stephen Greenmarket on Saturday, March 25th! So important for us all to choose the UES projects that deserve Council Member Kallos’ incredibly generous $1M the most!  For the full schedule/locations/hours

It’s an April of sprucing up and enjoying our UES and beyond:

Saturday, April 8th:  Randall’s Island Spring Waterway Cleanup

Meet at the South Entrance of Icahn Stadium, 10 Central Road, Randall’s Island, 10am-12pm

Sponsored by outdoor brands United by Blue and REI (responsible for 177 cleanups and 995,291 pounds of trash removed in 2016), we’re counting this as the season’s first UES volunteer opportunity!  Totally family friendly!! All cleanup supplies provided!  Participants automatically entered to win United By Blue prizes!!  For a look at last year’s event

On to Earth Day:

Saturday, April 22nd:  EARTH DAY First Avenue Street Tree Mulch-A-Rama

Meet on the SE corner of 60th and First Avenue, 9am-1pm

First came February’s great laying of mulch around First Avenue street trees, 72nd to 79th Streets by the fabulous Christine, Ralph and friends!  Now, the target’s First Ave 60th to 72nd!  Amazing what a little soil cultivation and mulch does for not just our trees but the whole look of an avenue/street!!  Tools, refreshments, good company and the great feeling you’ll have… The start of a perfect Earth Day!!

Then head directly north for some relaxation:

Saturday, April 22nd:  EARTH DAY with the Pier 90 Project!

Pier 90, East River Esplanade at 90th Street, 12pm

A particularly special place to celebrate Mother Earth…  Among fellow UESiders, on our own East River and enjoying the lovely pier that only months ago community will revived and reclaimed as public space!  Oh, yes, there’ll also be live music and ice cream!!  Then, long about 3pm, environmental educator/ecologist/urban naturalist Gabriel Willow arrives to lead a green riverside tour!  Doesn’t get any better folks!   Yes, and it’s free!!

Thereafter, proceed south:

Saturday, April 22nd:  EARTH DAY on Union Square

Union Square, 12-7pm 

Seventy-plus environmental non-profits and businesses with the latest and greenest…  A  myriad of kids’ eco activities…  Live performances…  Even more free pleasure, folks!  

Sleep soundly and then arise: 

Sunday, April 23rd:  It’s My Park Spring Cleaning Day

Stanley Isaacs Park, 96th Street and First Avenue, 11am-3pm

Last fall, Harlem teens and families from Shiray Tefila cultivated, raked and planted who knows how many daffodil, tulip and grape hyacinth bulbs.  Come late April, it’ll be time to plant and tidy for park goers’ summer enjoyment!  Tools, plants and excellent refreshments provided…  Even knee-pads for you volunteers to keep!! See you there!!

Decompress, then:

Saturday, April 29th: People’s Climate March

All Across the Nation and NYC

As has always been the case but all the more so in 2017, it’s we the people who’ll be defending Mother Earth! Many NYC plans afoot…  Stay tuned!

Ah, May:

Sunday, May 7th:  It’s My Park Day – Esplanade Edition

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am-3pm

Year 3 of the Scrape/Paint Esplanade Railings Project.  Remember when every inch of classic railings north and south of 96th was peeling and/or rusting out?  No more and we’ll be spiffing up another block’s worth in ’17… Especially as we’ll now be equipped with revolutionary (at least to us!) new painting mitts (in lieu of brushes and fantastic for doing railings)!!  As always, best painting gear, refreshments and company is provided!

Sunday, May 21st:  Green Park GardenersNYC Volunteer Day

East River Esplanade at 62nd Street, Time TBA

A chance to wield your trowel (and learn plenty) from the UES’s pioneer native plant gardeners!  Details soon, but mark that calendar!!

Miscellany commencing with a trio of mini-rants:

Really, how can business – especially corner businesses –  look out their windows at snow-covered  sidewalks, small mountains of snow blocking street crossings, obstructing bike lanes and bicycle island crosswalks…  And not do something??  Like picking up a shovel and getting to work!!  (If you think NYC is long overdue for a comprehensive and enforced snow clearing plan…) 

More change coming to 86th Street… 

See any resemblance between this proposed Brooklyn library and Second Avenue Subway ventilation towers? (Would city “designers/architects” be employable elsewhere?)

Feeling better:

Some lovely summer internship opportunities for high schoolers and those who’ve just graduated and they’re local:  i.e. The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum’s seeking teens with an interest in history, art, museums and/or a collaborative experience!!  For complete information and the application… 

And for the more mature…  GrowNYC’s  in search of seasonal Greenmarket managers!!  (Info sheet attached to this week’s email!)  

Looking briefly far afield:

Looks like archeologists have discovered the place where Pocahontas may or may not have saved John Smith’s life!

Back on NYC turf:

Of course, UESider/Greenmarket shopper/music historian Alan Light would be asked to share wisdom on the great Chuck Berry

And then:

NYS Department of Conservation-organized and guided fishing trip to Lake Ontario strictly for women… 

And why were UES Persian restaurants jam-packed last Monday, the first day of spring?

This ridiculous weather keeps up and deploying of Hungarian Scare Winter tactics may be necessary!

For those yearning to master waste water treatment

Whether we realize it or not, we’re all students of phenology!

The “I Voted” sticker design contest...

NYC’s own Fountain Pen Hospital!!

Why’s the Houston in Houston Street pronounced the way it is in NYC?

Thanks to Starman John Pazmino for how to see Venus twice in 24 hours, March 23rd-27th:

Yes, you can see Venus as BOTH evening and morning star in the next few days!  Step 1: Equip yourself with a pair of binoculars.  Step 2:  Locate a view open to the horizon at both sunrise and sunset. Step 3:  For evening sighting, wait till the sun sets, sinking just below the horizon.  Then scan the sky above 8 degrees to the right of above sunset point…  To Venus gentle twinkle!  Step 4:  For sunrise sighting, position yourself at least 10 minutes before rising time, then scan the sky above the horizon 8 degrees to the left of the sun’s first faintest rays. VOILA!  (And it wasn’t even on your bucket list!) 
Light on animals this time out, but they’re choice:
Happiness is greenness,
UGS

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Erin Go Bragh, UESiders!!

And thank you, gods ‘o weather for warming up just enough to not have ice cycles hanging from our shamrocks and shillelaghs! 

(They’re saving more frosty weather for our Saturday market…  Not that we care!!)

Oh!  It’s National Sleep Day, too!  (Good luck with that!)

As for the week (with more snow predicted) ahead:

All Spring & Summer:  Classes at the New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, Midtown Education Center, 20 West 44th Street & Bard College

Landscape Design…  The Art & Science of Successful Native Planting…  Floral Design…  Study to become an Urban Naturalist (and steward)…  Botanical Drawing…  Mushroom Papermaking…  Horticultural Therapy… And scores more fascinating courses…  (We’re contemplating printing with plants!).  For the total rundown 

Friday, March 17th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-8:30pm 

Star master John Pasmino explores globular clusters!  And what is a globular cluster, you ask?  Recognized and named by astronomer Herschel in the 1780s and shaped like a ball, a single globular cluster can contain as many as several hundred thousand stars with some visible even with binoculars!!  Free and, as always, fascinating!

Saturday, March 18th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

You scores who shrugged off sub-freezing weather and turned out for shopping and shredding will be viewing this Saturday’s weather prediction as small potatoes!

Same for our great farmers/fishermen – American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Comfort Bardwell Cheese, Ole Mother Hubbert, Hawthorne Valley, Samascott and Gajeski Farms – who’ll all be at their tables!

ONE LAST REMINDER:  Next Saturday and our market will be hosting GrowNYC’s Regional Grain Project with an amazing array of edibles, all made with NYS’s home-grown grain!!  Be sure to stop by Market Manager G’s table for the info pamphlet!  As ever, thanks to the great GrowNYC and Manhattan Market Manager Margaret for broadening our eating world!

Last week’s recycling totals:  71 lbs. batteries; 16 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 7 pairs of glasses; 11 compost bins; 21 bags of clothes.

11 bins on a frigid Saturday!!  WOW!!

Saturday, March 25th to Sunday, April 2nd:  Participatory Budgeting Vote

Up and Down the Upper East Side

And right at the 82nd Street/St. Stephen Greenmarket on Saturday, March 25th!  So important for us all to choose the UES projects that deserve Council Member Kallos’ incredibly generous $1M the most!  For the full schedule/locations/hours

Saturday/Sunday, March 25th & 26th: 22nd Annual Maple Weekend

Around New York State

Twirl a brace drill!  Pound a spile!  Inspect sap flow in the sugarbush!  Savor the aroma of sap boiling down and take the maple taste test at one of 15 NYS syrup producers!  Eat a pancake and syrup breakfast!!  Couldn’t be more family friendly. Organized in cooperation with NYS Department of Agriculture.  Free.  To plan your weekend… 

Let the volunteer opportunities begin:

Saturday, April 8th:  Randall’s Island Spring Waterway Cleanup

10am-12pm

Sponsored by outdoor brands United by Blue and REI (their efforts resulted  in 177 cleanups and removal of 995,291 pounds of trash in 2016), here’s yet another brilliant volunteer opportunity as we prepare our UES for spring/summer enjoyment!!  All cleanup supplies provided!  Volunteers eligible to win United By Blue prizes! More details to follow…

Saturday, April 22nd:  EARTH DAY with the Pier 90 Project!

Pier 90, East River Esplanade at 90th Street, 12pm

A particularly special place to celebrate Mother Earth…  Among fellow UESiders, on our own East River and enjoying the lovely pier that only months ago community will revived and reclaimed as public space!  Oh, yes, there’ll also be live music and ice cream!!  Then, long about 3pm, environmental educator/ecologist/urban naturalist Gabriel Willow arrives to lead a green riverside tour!  Doesn’t get any better folks!   Yes, and it’s free!!

Thereafter, head south:

Saturday, April 22nd:  EARTH DAY on Union Square

Union Square, 12-7pm 

Seventy-plus environmental non-profits and businesses with the latest and greenest…  A  myriad of kids’ eco activities…  Live performances…  Even more free pleasure, folks!  

Sunday, April 23rd:  It’s My Park Spring Cleaning Day

Stanley Isaacs Park, 96th Street and First Avenue, 11am-3pm

Last fall, Harlem teens and families from Shiray Tefila cultivated, raked and planted who knows how many daffodil, tulip and grape hyacinth bulbs.  Come late April, it’ll be time to plant and tidy for park goers’ summer enjoyment!  Tools, plants and excellent refreshments provided…  Even knee-pads for you volunteers to keep!! See you there!!

Saturday, April 29th: People’s Climate March

All Across the Nation and NYC

As has always been the case but even more so in 2017, it falls to us plain old Americans to stand tall for the integrity of our land, air, water and the people living on this Earth.  Stay tuned…

Time out for some fun that doesn’t involve a trowel: 

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 5th, 6th & 7th:  Jane’s Walks 2017

In 200-Plus American Cities and All Over NYC

Celebrating the life and work of the great Jane Jacobs, it’s a weekend of free walking tours led by fellow/sister New Yorkers who know and love their neighborhoods.  You could even conceive and lead a tour yourself! Hosted by the Municipal Art Society. For full details

Pick up that trowel again:

Sunday, May 7th:  It’s My Park Day – Esplanade Edition

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am-3pm

Year 3 of the Scrape/Paint Esplanade Railings Project.  Remember when every inch of classic railings north and south of 96th was peeling and/or rusting out??  No more and we’ll be spiffing up another block’s worth in ’17… Especially as we’ll now be equipped with revolutionary (at least to us!) new painting mitts (in lieu of brushes and fantastic for doing railings)!!  As always, best painting gear, refreshments and company is provided!

Sunday, May 21st:  Green Park GardenersNYC Volunteer Day

East River Esplanade at 62nd Street, Time TBA

A chance to wield your trowel (and learn plenty) from the group that’s pioneered native plant gardening on the UES!!  Details to follow, but mark that calendar!!

No shortage of miscellaneous:

As per Consumer Reports: 3 carbon monoxide alarms you absolutely SHOULD NOT buy!

Seems like California may well be compelling Roundup to include a cancer warning on its label!  

Think we better be prepared for a lot of petition signing, this week commencing with:

Has to a conflicting time for the Alaskan Sportsmen’s Alliance (think fishing gear and lots of guns), but they’re now asking for help protecting the Tongass and Bristol Bay

Support for an EPA ban of IQ-lowering pesticide chlorpyrifos

And if you’d prefer that our food inspection regulations – such as they presently are – not to be dismantled

If you think the endangered vaquita porpoise (only 30 left) should be saved

Back on the sunny side:

In case you haven’t seen this beautifully done map of worldwide waves of immigration…  (Thanks to reader Carol Rinzler for the tip!)

If you think the New York Botanical Garden is the best in the U.S.A, it’d like your vote…  (It’s currently in #3 place!) 

Uh, there’re 4 state budget proposals rolling about up in Albany…

The world’s first rooftop vineyard?  In Brooklyn!!

Where was NYC’s first city hall…?

Be nice when we have some spring to go along with the Central Park Conservancy Spring Guide!

Not that we aren’t up to our ears on the UES, BUT the Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project is something special, complete with teen volunteer opportunities! 

Thank you, DNAInfo, for informing us how to deal with salt on our shoes and boots!!

locally growing, edible weed?  On offer at the Union Square Market?

And this week’s most unfortunate-looking proposed NYC building is

Meanwhile, from the folks who’re bringing us that 100,000 square foot totally ungreen metal eyesore going up at 91st…  A salt shed that’s a candidate for best NYC building of the year…  (Scroll down to the map and you’ll see but 2 past winners are located on the UES…)

lifeline for those owning landmarked homes… 

Twenty NYC questions we all should be able to answer

The great Michigan pizza funeral

GMO defined

And now for the feathered and furry:

Cornell’s Ornithology Lab’s offering an online Warbler Identification Class

Those adorable but rascally Staten Island ponies

Even more adorable puppy/kitty BFFs

Unusual for us, but there’s a more than average touching GoFundMe appeal going for a cat needing surgery

We’re leprechaun green all 365/366 days a year,

UGS

 

 

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Happy Shred-a-Thon, UESiders!!

The countdown has begun…

Snow, rain, shine and/or frigid temperatures…

The shredding truck, shredding maestro Scott and UGS foot soldiers will be awaiting your bulging bags, boxes, wagons, carts and jam-packed-with-paper car/taxi trunks!!

(Samascott’s fabulous hot cider will be only a few steps away!!)

It’s going to be really fine next 7 days: 

Saturday, March 11th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

Cold?   Wind?  Snow-covered asphalt?  Ha!  Our farmers/fishermen are impervious and at their tables will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Comfort Bardwell Cheese, Ole Mother Hubbert, Hawthorne Valley, Samascott and Gajeski Farms!

But sorry to say, no Nolasco Farm.

DO KEEP IN MIND:  Only two Saturdays to go, it’s March 25th and our market hosts GrowNYC’s Regional Grain Project and it’s mouth-watering selection of food, all made with NYS’s home-grown grain!!  Yet another special event we can thank the great GrowNYC and Manhattan Market Manager Margaret for!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  77 lbs. batteries; 14 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 12 compost bins; 18 bags of clothes.

You read it right, people!!

12 BINS!!

Saturday, March 11th:  Shred-A-Thon –  Ides of March Edition

82nd Street/St. Stephen Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First &  York, 10am-2pm (rain or shine) 

Almost upon us!!

Just make sure:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Donate those hardcovers at Goodwill or Housing Works.)

As always, thanks to Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for their multiple years of generous Shred-A-Thon support and Assembly Member Seawright for sponsoring the event!

Saturday, March 11th: Welcoming Royalty to Our Parks & Backyards Lecture

Garden Room, 67th Street Library, 328 East 67th Street, 2-4pm

The “royalty” being their majesties, monarch butterflies!!  And the event?  It’s in celebration of the Green Park Garden’s (East River Esplanade and 63rd) certification as an official Monarch Conservation Area!!  The event’s all the more special given that naturalist and butterfly expert Don Riepe will be sharing his wisdom not just about monarchs – their life cycles, their amazing migrations, the threats to their continuing existence – but how we can make all NYC gardens more inviting  to all butterflies/pollinators!  Presented by GreenParkGardenersNYC via a Partnership4Parks grant. Free and with a fabulous door prize:  A gift certificate to the Natural History Museum’s Live Butterfly exhibit!!

Sunday, March 12th & Monday, March 13th:  Just Food Conference

Various locations and time

On the remote chance Just Food’s not been on your radar…  The pioneer urban farming group’s been engaged in bringing fresh, locally grown food to under-served New Yorkers (now more than 250,000) for a decade and more.  This year’s conference theme:  A Call to Collaboration.  Tickets from $40.  For further details… 

Then:

Thursday, March 16th:  Cracking the Code – Fostering Public Participation in Zoning

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, 6:30

Can we stand idly by as our City sprouts endless spindly towers?  Or should we, at least, be mastering the basics of how what gets built and where!  Quote Jane Jacobs:  ” “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”  Yes.  Presented in cooperation with the Municipal Art Society.  Members, $10.  Non-members, $20.  Seniors, educators and students, $15.  For tickets and more... 

Saturday/Sunday, March 18th & 19th and Saturday/Sunday, March 25th & 26th: 22nd Annual Maple Weekend

Around New York State

Twirl a brace drill!  Pound a spile!  Inspect sap flow in the sugarbush!  Savor the aroma of sap boiling down and take the maple taste test at one of 15 NYS syrup producers!  Eat a pancake and syrup breakfast!!  Couldn’t be more family friendly. Organized in cooperation with NYS Department of Agriculture.  Free.  To plan your weekend… 

Sunday, March 26th:  Getting to Zero – Treasure in the Trash at the M11 Garage Tour

343 East 99th Street between First & Second, 11am & 1pm

Sanitation worker Nelson Molina’s spent 20 years extracting/curating items from glorious to strange from the things we’ve thrown out.  Now the accumulation/collection‘s on display on the second floor of the 99th Sanitation garage AND subject of an Open House tour!   (Can’t make this stuff up!)  Open House members, $10.  Non-members, $20.  For more and tickets

And we thought spring 2016 was busy:

Saturday, April 8th:  Randall’s Island Spring Waterway Cleanup

10am-12pm

Sponsored by outdoor brands United by Blue and REI (their efforts resulted  in 177 cleanups and removal of 995,291 pounds of trash in 2016), here’s yet another brilliant volunteer opportunity as we prepare our UES for spring/summer enjoyment!!  All cleanup supplies provided!  Volunteers eligible to win United By Blue prizes! More details to follow…

Saturday, April 22nd:  EARTH DAY with the Pier 90 Project!

Pier 90, East River Esplanade at 90th Street, 12pm

A particularly special place to celebrate Mother Earth…  Among fellow UESiders, on our own East River and enjoying the lovely pier that only months ago community will revived and reclaimed as public space!  Oh, yes, there’ll also be live music and ice cream!!  Then, long about 3pm, environmental educator/ecologist/urban naturalist Gabriel Willow arrives to lead a green riverside tour!  Doesn’t get any better folks!   Yes, and it’s free!!

Thereafter, head south:

Saturday, April 22nd:  EARTH DAY on Union Square

Union Square, 12-7pm 

Seventy-plus environmental non-profits and businesses with the latest and greenest…  A  myriad of kids’ eco activities…  Live performances…  Even more free pleasure, folks!  

Sunday, April 23rd:  It’s My Park Spring Cleaning Day

Stanley Isaacs Park, 96th Street and First Avenue, 11am-3pm

Last fall, Harlem teens and families from Shiray Tefila cultivated, raked and planted who knows how many daffodil, tulip and grape hyacinth bulbs.  Come late April it’ll be time to plant and tidy for park goers’ summer enjoyment!  Tools, plants and excellent refreshments provided…  Even knee-pads for you volunteers to keep!! See you there!!

Saturday, April 29th: People’s Climate March

All Across the Nation and NYC

As has always been the case, it falls to plain old Americans to stand tall for the integrity of our land, air, water and the people living on this Earth.  Stay tuned…

Suddenly, it’s May: 

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 5th, 6th & 7th:  Jane’s Walks 2017

In 200-Plus American Cities and All Over NYC

Celebrating the life and work of the great Jane Jacobs, it’s a weekend of free walking tours led by fellow/sister New Yorkers who know and love their neighborhoods.  You could even conceive and lead a tour yourself! Hosted by the Municipal Art Society. For full details…

Sunday, May 7th:  It’s My Park Day – Esplanade Edition

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 11am-3pm

Year 3 of the Scrape/Paint Esplanade Railings Project.  Remember when every inch of classic railings north and south of 96th was peeling and/or rusting out??  No more and we’ll be spiffing up another block’s worth in ’17… Especially as we’ll now be equipped with revolutionary (at least to us!) new painting mitts (in lieu of brushes and fantastic for doing railings)!!  As always, best painting gear, refreshments and company is provided!!    

All over the landscape miscellany commencing with:

Somehow eye donation  slipped through our net…  

If you’d like the new NYState budget to provide for water quality statewide

Should you think it’d be a good if Olive Gardens and the 1,500 other Darden Group eating spots were more sustainable and green...

How about this for a fabulous high school internship program…  Interning at the NYC District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s office!!  Available to sophmore, juniors and seniors and comes with $150 a week stipend.  Applications must be in by March 15th…   

Whew!!  Waldorf interiors are landmarked!!

But Our Lady of Peace (on 62nd Street) may well be lost to it’s exceptionally devoted congregation

58th Street antique shop was caught dealing in totally illegal mastodon ivory!!

Of course, the UES received the most parking tickets in 2016!  (Less than in 2015 but still the most!)

Yeah!  How come still no M86 bus stop at Second Ave?

Geo-position of the Shred-A-Thon is 40° 46′ 28.056″ N, 73° 57′ 4.8564″ W! 

The Museum of the City of NY is red hot with innovation these days!  Proof:  Its freshly minted Gilded Age Ap!

Add DelanceyPlace.com to the list of day-enhancing sites…  (Thanks to reader Kathleen Treat for the tip!)

Kudos to Kansas City for how they’re tackling homelessness

Same to the NYC Parks who’re giving aid to less well-heeled public spaces!

Trust Atlas Obscura to have searched the world for the best of odd-ball mini dioramas!

Orchids grow wild in NYC?!

Meanwhile, just as the NY Historical Society’s great Hudson River show opens, restorers are at work removing 180 years of paint, dirt and living from the walls of Hudson River master Thomas Cole’s home… Revealing the informal but lovely decorative detail painted by Cole

Oh, animals:

Proud that NYC has a pet crime investigator!!

NYState’s got new freshwater fishing regulations

Are sled dogs beautiful or what…?

pet raccoon

Turn off your cute-o-meters, folks…  This one’s off the charts:  Canine friar (in robe and cowel)!

A magazine devoted to bats

Then there’re moths vs. bats

host of pet adoption events, many on the UES!

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

2/19 – Rockland County, HRM 38: I first spotted a leucistic gray squirrel in my yard in Garnerville in early January. I had not seen it since until today and was concerned that maybe it hadn’t survived the hawks and owls. Happily, it was back today and was cleaning up seeds under the bird feeder and chasing away all the other squirrels. – Caroline McDonald

Everlastingly green,

UGS

 

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