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Happy Dawn of Regenerative Agriculture, UESiders!!

That’s the new term for a possible agricultural revolution focused on restoration of soil health (without chemicals) and, as that renewed soil health is achieved,  increased productivity and carbon sequestration!!   

Pretty much under the radar, then BOOM!  Within a week, The Times covers it in the last Sunday’s Review and a new organization –  Re(Store) It – pops up!

Stay tuned in 2018!!

But first, the wonderful December ahead: 

Friday, December 8th:  Eric Sanderson New York Streams Lecture

Hunter College, 68th Street & Lexington, 7pm

What does the man who gave us the brilliant and fun  “Mannahatta” have to say about our city’s mostly buried and forgotten streams?  Organized by the all-things-water group, NYC H2O.  Free!!

Saturday, December 9th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

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

So great that Nalesco Farms is back at 82nd, too!!

PLUS, our Master Knife Sharpener will be on hand and honing as well!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  76 lbs. batteries; 24 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 21 pairs of eye glasses; TBA compost bins; TBA bags of clothes; 10,300 lbs of paper!!

Ah…  Breaking records is so very sweet!!

Saturday, December 9th:  The First New York Cat Film Festival 

SVA Theater, 333 West 23rd Street, 3pm & 4:30pm

You read it right!  And have to say, the 2-part program each composed of several cat-themed films sounds really good!  $15 for each program.  For film programs/summaries and tickets

Sunday, December 10th:  Third New York Dog Film Festival

SVA Theater, 333 West 23rd Street, 2:45pm & 4:45pm

Yes, there’s a Dog Film Festival!!  And what better way to keep our animal film life in perfect balance!!  Same 2-part program.  $15 for each program.  For the films and tickets…   

Tuesday, December 12th: First Avenue Estates Oral Arguments

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, 2pm

From what we understand, this is the infamous Stahl Corporation’s last stand…  After decades of crying poverty, neglect and desecration of the landmarked First Avenue Estates York Avenue buildings (they’d purchased with intent to demolish), they have this one final appeal remaining.   With kudos to the many organizations – especially Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts – we can’t wait to hear the pitiful pleadings of guys in thousand dollar suits!!  (For a history of these sad goings-on…)

Tuesday, December 12th:  Historic Cooking Workshop – Sugar Plums and Wassail

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East  61st Street, 6:30pm

Guess what?  There’re no plums in sugar plums!!  And there’re plenty more 19th Century holiday treat-making twists and turns to explore!!  Members and students, $20.  Non-members, $25.   For reservations (required) or 212-838-6878!

Wednesday, December 13th:  NYC Wastewater Hearing

Council Chambers, City Hall, 10am

So, guess what?  Our city has the highest level of sewage polllution in all the U.S.A.  What’s more, 7 of the 11 long-range plans/solutions required by the Clean Water Act – many involving untested metholdology and chemical cocktails – have been approved without one bit of public input.   Time for sunshine!!  Time for spending city bucks bringing our waste water system out of the Dark Ages (as opposed to building garbage transfer stations).  Time for swimable/fishable NYC water!!   For more

Wednesday, December 13th:  Plastics – Killing Oceans, Killing Us

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

Plastic Free Water Partnership members Dr. JudyWeis and Sarah Edward-Eunomia spell out the more than looming threat and how its challenges could be met.   Fourth in the Sierra Club New York City’s 2017-2018 Sustainability Series.  Free.

Saturday, December 16th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

At their holiday tables will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Consider Bardwell,  Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Alewife, Gajeski, Hawthorne and NalescoFarms!! 

Adding to the market’s holiday spirit will be visits by the amazing Breuckelen Distilling and GrowNYC’s fabulous Regional Grains Project!!)  

Suddenly, it’s 2018:

Saturday, January 6th & Sunday, January 7th:  MULCHFEST!!

Carl Schurz Park, 86th Street & East End Avenue, 10am-2pm

Join the NYC Parks, the New York Department of Sanitation and GreeNYC and turn that once gorgeous Christmas tree into wood chips/mulch that’ll be nourishing our wonderful street trees throughout 2018!!  You’ll even be given a bag to take home!!  And keep this in mind:   More than 26,000 trees were recycled in 2017!!  We totally want to leave that number in the dust!!

Wednesday, January 10th:  Issues From Transportation Hell

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

Willliam Henderson (Executive Director of the Riders Council to MTA), Nick Sifuentes (Executive Director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign) and NYC Public Advocate Letitia James fill us on steps underway and envisioned to arrest NYC’s great subway meltdown.  Free.

Just a couple of activist items in our December miscellany file:

If you think our  designated National Monuments should remain intact…   (Then scroll down and check out the many fabulous tbirds, insects (and plants) near at hand on Long Island 

Should you believe The Clean Power Plan should stay in place

That net neutrality should be retained

And wolves continue to be protected

Casting a wider net:

For those who treated themselves to the moving segment on the subject of peaceful intra-family political disagreement, StoryCorps new project builds on how others have found common ground and their stories…  Could be even yours!!  For details… 

Some really good tips on making our holidays considerably that much greener!!

Seems like pesticides are on minds all over NYState…  Witness this message from NYS DEC that includes  instructions of how we must identify, track and totally understand the proper usage of all pesticides in our homes…  Here in the NYC, that would include items like Raid. 

And winners of NYS Department of Environmental Conservation 2017 Awards are… 

Green Mountain Power – those folks urging us to shed Con Ed and go green at both markets was featured on  the PBS News Hours this past Wednesday night… 

Connecticut’s standardized its recycling regs statewide (great!)… Wherever recycling’s available (huh?!!)…

In the We Should Be So Organized category, tip of hat to publisher Veolia for its book detailing, in multiple languages European, recycled paper grades!

Meanwhile, Boston’s on the verge of banning single-use plastic bags, offering shoppers the choice of reusable bags, recyclable paper bags or compostable plastic bags for a charge of 5-cents instead!!  (A compostable bag option!!)

There’s a new master plan for the 42nd Street Library and we the public are invited to attend its (second) public presentation

All praise to glasses company Warby Parker which’s already provided eye exams/vision screenings and 20,000 pairs of free glasses for kids in 130 NYC schools and is now expanding that program to include all 227 community schools!!  They’ve even designed an array of stylish frames for those one in five kids (!) needing glasses to choose from!  Wow, yes!!

Wandering off the reservation:

If not the world’s most dangerous plant, it’s right up there…  The Giant Hogweed!!

Time for some critters:

Remember how New Yorkers should care for baby birds fallen from nests?  Here’s more about  the great place the little ones should taken (if they can’t be returned to nest):  The Wild Bird Fund on Columbus and 87th!! 

Dogs opening Christmas presents…  Or not!

Best squirrel and chipmunk videos

Why cats are afraid of cucumbers

Wishing you the most wonderful holiday season,

UGS

 

 

 

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Happy Mason Jar Day, UESiders!!

Also National Fritter and Bartender Appreciation Day!!

No reason why we can’t choose to designate a Happiness Is Being Upper East Sider Day, right?

Let’s get on it in 2018, people!!

But, first things first…  i.e. The active week ahead:  

Friday, December 1st:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Star master John Pasmino’s subject this Friday:  Preparing to view Northern Lights!!  Yes, we have to get lucky, but it’s possible even given NYC’s own bright lights!!    As ever, free and amazing!

Friday & Saturday,  December 1st & Second:  Holiday Candlelight Tours of the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

421 East 61st Street, 6:15pm & 7:30pm

You’re right…  A ton going on at the MV Museum and no more charming way to commence the holiday season than a visit and step back into pre-Christmas 1830…  Complete with traditional confections and live period music!!  Couldn’t be more family friendly.  Members, $10.  Non-members, $20.  Children, $5.  Reservations required or 212-838-6878!  

Saturday, December 2nd:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

Some of the gang vacayed last week, but the full winter crew’s back this Saturday!!  Yup, American Pride Seafood (of course!), Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Consider Bardwell,  Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Alewife, Gajeski and Hawthorne Farms!!

Delighted to say our Master Knife Sharpener will be with us, too!!  

Last week’s recycling totals:  81 lbs. batteries; 22 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 12 1/4 compost bins; 35 bags of clothes.

Yes, now that the seasonal 57th Street Market is closed, DSNY is finally able to give 82nd Street its rightful increase in bins…  Well, they gave us 12, so make that “rightful increase in bin”…  And we filled it and then some!!

Saturday, December 2nd:  Shred-A-Thon – Pre-Santa Edition 

82nd Street/St. Stephen Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First & York, 10am-2pm

Last of the year, people!!

Just keep in mind…

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take your hardcovers to Goodwill or Housing Works.)

Thanks to Council Members Kallos and Garodnick and Assembly Member Seawright for their so generous shredding grants!!

Sunday, December 3rd:  Carl Schurz Park Tree Lighting

86th Street and East End Avenue, 5pm

Can’t say it better than this, “Gather ’round the tree at 86th Street for caroling, hot chocolate, candy canes, and Insomnia cookies (while supplies last)!”   What’s more, your voices’ll be joining those of the the great choral group Cantori New York and accompanied by Orbital Brass!!

Tuesday, December 5th:  Meet the Author – “The Living Forest”

TreesNY, 100 Gold Street, 3rd Floor, 6-8pm

And we quote, “From the leaves and branches of the canopy to the roots and soil of the understory, the forest is a complex, interconnected ecosystem filled with plants, birds, mannals, insects and fungi.  Some of it is easily discovered, but many parts remain difficult or impossible for the human eye to see.  Until now…”    Secret beauty now made visible by the writer/photographer team of Joan Maloof and Robert Llewellyn.   Organized by the fabulous people of TreesNY.  Free.  For more and to RSVP 

Tuesday, December 5th:  Greening the Grid – New York’s Energy Future Forum

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, 6:30pm

Leading  thinkers (check ’em out) propose ways New York can adopt and even thrive as a coastal city in an age of rising waters!  Members, $15.  Non-members, $25.  Seniors, students and educators, $20.  For more and tickets…  

Then:

Monday, December 11th, Friday, December 15th & Friday, December 29th:  Kids Holiday Workshop at the Swedish Marionette Theater

Swedish Marionette Theater, Central Park, West 79th Street & West Drive  

After they take in the Theater’s great “Three Bears Holiday Bash” show, young ones’ll have the additional treat of decorating a dreidel (12/11), making an elf stick puppet (12/15) or a Kwanzaa stick puppet (12/29)!!   Kids, $8.  Adults, $12.   For more and tickets

Tuesday, December 12th:  Historic Cooking Workshop – Sugar Plums and Wassail

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East  61st Street, 6:30pm

Guess what?  There’re no plums in sugar plums!!  And there’re plenty more 19th Century holiday treat-making twists and turns to explore!!  Members and students, $20.  Non-members, $25.   For reservations (required) or 212-838-6878!

Suddenly, it’s 2018:

Saturday, January 6th & Sunday, January 7th:  MULCHFEST!!

Carl Schurz Park, 86th Street & East End Avenue, 10am-2pm

Join the NYC Parks, the New York Department of Sanitation and GreeNYC and turn that once gorgeous Christmas tree into nourishing wood chips/mulch that’ll be nourishing our wonderful street trees throughout 2018!!  You’ll even be given a bag to take home!!  And keep this in mind:   More than 26,000 trees were recycled in 2017!!  We totally want to leave that number in the dust!!

Miscellany, commencing with the usual activist items:

If you think harmful chemicals should be removed from our household goods

And/or you believe that NYS needs an infinitely greener single-use plastic bag policy… 

If you believe the Clean Air Act should remain in place

In the general mode:

Winter storm safety tips

Further on the safety subject:  Four vaccines that are – depending on age – pretty much a must

Moving onto items NYC:

Going to take outrageously inspired/innovative solutions to master our housing crisis and here’s one

As our weird fall weather continues, still time to get in final touches to that garden of yours!

Truly NYC has almost every landscape, even the exurban.  Case and point, the wilds of Staten Islands and two derelict building complexes (happily, soon to be rehabbed!)…

We’ve got important Revolutionary War sites, too!!

Plus we have wild black walnuts!!

And light shows – in Madison Park and the Seaport District – all over town!!

But, so far, no  wooden (semi) skyscrapers

From The Times travel section,:  36 Hours in Latino New York!

That and how to choose the best – if not perfect – Christmas tree!!

NYC’s pre-Thanksgiving Day parades

(And the real story of Plymouth Rock…)

Last but hardly least:

On the abiding problem of email inbox clutter, the Organzing Goddess has really solid advice

Animal time:

Okay…  Reintroducing beavers via parachute in the 1950’s??!!  (And how Idaho’s going about it today!)

The Ultimate Wild Turkey Guide

Here’re some of those turkeys – along with a whole lot of other critters – in New Jersey woodlands

fish that thrives at 26,000 feet under

Question answered:  Where’s that bird going with that seed/nut in its bill?

We say it’s the greenest time of the year,

UGS

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Happy America Recycles Day, UESiders!!

Yes, and that day is this Saturday, November 18th!!

How should we celebrate?

Maybe by recycling something extra or taking an extra step we haven’t before…  Like starting to make sure everything we put put in our building’s recycling bins is 100%/soap-and-water clean…  Bringing compost to one of our four UES compost collecting sites…  Ripping mailing tape off cardboard boxes before you recycle…  Recycling bubble wrap at a UPS store…  Recycling plastic dry cleaner bags (with plastic bags)…

Easy stuff for us UESiders!!

And our reward?  A huge treat in the form of this weekend’s Leonid Meteor Shower!!  Maybe not the visibility of the up to 1o to 25 shooting stars per hour here on the predicted-to-be overcast East Coast but totally visible on the Slooh telescope livecast  streaming from the Canary Islands!! 

On to the next 7 days: 

Friday, November 17th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Star master John Pasmino’s subject this time round:  Stars that orbit and travel together!!   As always, free and fascinating!

Friday, November 17th:  19th Century Trivia Night

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Gardens, 421 East 61st Street, 7pm

Okay, history nuts:  Which pro-temperance president actually took out papers to become a bar owner? What engineering marvel revolutionized New York City trade?  You’re so smart?  Then get yourself over to MV Museum for four fast-paced trivia rounds while imbibing historic refreshments!!  Members, $10.  Non-members, $15.  For tickets (got to have them in advance) –  212-838-6878

Saturday, November 18th:  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 (of course!), Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd,  Cherry Lane, Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Alewife, Gajeski and Hawthorne Farms!!

(Yup, you’re right.  Green Pastures is no longer in the lineup.  They and their fabulous mushrooms have ended their season.)

Meanwhile, this week’s market is hosting a special event:  A visit by NYS’s own Hudson Valley Distillery and its amazing whiskey, gin, volka and applejack!  Whiskey, gin, vodka and applejack confected from locally sourced ingredients as in NYS fruit and grain!!

(Way back when, NYS  was a major grain producer, then the baton to be passed to the Midwest.  Now and  nurtured by GrowNYC, our state’s farmers are back in growing grain game!) 

Yup, the Master Knife Sharpener will be at her table and calling all turkey carvers!  

Last week’s recycling totals:  84 lbs. batteries; 27 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair glasses;  11 compost bins; 30 bags of clothes.

YET ANOTHER 11 BINS!!

Saturday, November 18th:  Carl Schurz Park Conservancy Volunteer Day II

Meet at 86th Street and East End Avenue, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Pretty irresistable…  Spending a couple of hours and knowing you made sure one of the UES’s most beautiful places stays that way!  (Be great if you let them know you’ll be coming!)

Sunday, November 19th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

THE LAST DAY OF 92nd’s SEASON…

And who’ll be with us for this last, great pre-Thanksgiving Greenmarket day?

None other than American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell, Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue and Norwich Meadows Farms!!

A wonderful group who’ll have near to everything you want to be on the table come Turkey Day!! 

The Master Knife Sharpener will be there and honing like crazy, too! 

(We’re already looking forward to next June when they’ll return!!)

Last week’s recycling totals: TBA batteries, cords, corks, cellphone, cartridges, glasses and batteries.   5 1/4 compost bins.

Tuesday, November 28th:  Air Quality & Asthma Forum

Heyman Auditorium, The Ramaz School, 125 East 85th Street, 6:30-8:30pm

An issue of continuing and mounting importance given the far east UES’s descending air quality, looming operation of the 91st MTS with its cavalcade of polluting garbage trucks and the recognized health impact on everything that breaths in the area.   Speakers include Assembly Member Seawright and Dr. Thomas Newman, Chief of Pulminary Care at Metropolitan Hospital.

Moving towards Christmas: 

Saturday, December 2nd:  Shred-A-Thon – Pre-Santa Edition 

82nd Street/St. Stephen Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First & York, 10am-2pm

As ever…

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.)

Heaertfelt thanks to Council Members Kallos and Garodnick and Assembly Member Seawright for their generous grants!!

Tuesday, December 5th:  Greening the Grid – New York’s Energy Future Forum

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, 6:30pm

Leading  thinkers (check ’em out) propose ways New York can adopt and even thrive as a coastal city in an age of rising waters!  Members, $15.  Non-members, $25.  Seniors, students and educators, $20.  For more and tickets…  

Miscellany, activism and some eco background up first:

As in this from the Sunday Times, “America’s Wildest Place Is Open for Business”

(And if you object...)

Panning further south, if you’re of the opinion the sage grouse merits continued protection… 

Going global,  there’s a looming, worldwide sand shortage… 

(There’s already a sushi chef shortage…)

Moving onto home turf, this from Channel 13

Hummm…  While we contend with gaping holes, collapsing wall and boiler plates planting plans, check out what the Esplanade just to our south has in its Christmas stocking… 

Then there’s the furthest south of 2 mega towers City Planning’s attempting to foist on the UES

And if there’s a need for further persuasion to make a call/write a letter in support of INTRO 0800, how about some adorable, tug-at-your-heart-strings, local kids

Moving on to cheer:

And the role played by us ordinary joes in NYC’s crime decline!

Whoa!  As if donating $100M to Alzheimer’s research wasn’t enough for one week, seems like Bill Gates will soon be embarking on building a high tech city!

Absolutely, recycling has a history and here’s a brief summary of it’s 1970’s origin!!

How about this for an astonishing NYCares volunteer opportunity:  Judging a NYC  high school debate!!

YES!!  Milkweed isn’t just essential for Monarch butterflies, its fluff (separated from seeds) is being used as winter clothes’ insulation!!  (Meaning farmers’ll want to grow it!!)

Debating getting the shingles vaccine?  Read this…  (And thanks to reader Gerry Levine for the tip!)

NYC’s home to –  they get to soccer ball size – puffball mushrooms!

For those of us wimps not up to 26.2 mile runs, there’s the Sorta Marathon!

Animal time:

Windshield wiper-loving vultures… 

The Nose Knows Bat Info Quiz

Kind of weird, but herewith the lowdown on turkey tails, why we don’t eat them and who does

The NYS DEC’s having a meeting on trout streams and fishing in Queens

That while a NYC teenager pursues fishes for nightmarish snakeheads!

Cats through history and in human lives

Then there’s this from the Hudson River Almanac:

10/28 – Manhattan: I took my pessimistic father, Cipriano Guzman, to fish the Hudson River today at the marina on Dyckman Street. He had not fished the Hudson since the early 1980s, and he did not believe the reports from the Hudson River Almanac of the abundance of fishes in the river. Then he caught a 13″ blackfish (tautog) that was eventually released after much admiration. Now he is a believer. He was using conch meat (marine mollusk) for bait – expensive, but well worth it for the special moment.  –  Felix Guzman

a tautog

[In the Hudson River, tautog (Tautoga onitis), or blackfish, must be 16″ in length with no more than four fish in possession during the season that runs October 5th to December 14th. –  Tom Lake. ]

Happiness is greenness,

UGS

 
 

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Happy Vanilla Cupcake Day, UESiders!

It’s National Game & Puzzle Week, too!!

Most important of all, it’s National Santa Letter Week…  So get those kids formulating their wish lists and let the Amazon deliveries commence!!

heliotropium-foertherianum

(Of course, we’ve not forgotten Veterans Day…  And we recommend this remembrance from the great people of StoryCorps…)

And now for the week ahead: 

Saturday, November4th:  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 (of course!), Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd, Green Pasture, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Alewife, Gajeski Farms AND…

The return of Hawthorne Valley Farm with their certified organic and biodynamic produce, meat, dairy, baked goods, and lacto-fermented vegetables (think krauts and kimchi)!!  

Market Manager Margaret adds: “Rumor has it that there may be some Peconic Bay Scallops out there this weekend… One of fall’s most precious and delicious taste treats!” 

Yup, the Master Knife Sharpener will be at her table, too!   And you Master Turkey Carvers:  The Thanksgiving count’s begun! 

Last week’s recycling totals:  76 lbs. batteries; 23 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 7 pairs glasses;  11 compost bins; 33 bags of clothes.

ANOTHER 11 bins!!

Saturday, November 11th to Sunday, December 31st:  The Three Bears Holiday Smash!

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Central Park

Drawn from  the stories of Hanukkah, “The Night Before Christmas,” and Kwanzaa, think a kid-centric variety show/sing-along celebrating the holiday season in song, dance and – best of all, maybe – puppetry!  (The Swedish Cottage’s quite the treat, too!) Adults, $12.  Children, $8.  For more and tickets

Saturday, November 11th:  Biscuits & Bath Puppy/Dog Adoption Event

Biscuits & Bath, 1064 First Avenue, 11am-3pm

You know there’s someone furry out there waiting your forever home!!  Adoptions include vaccinations, spay/neuter, a pre-registered microchip, an identification tag, a collar and a certificate for a free initial exam at a participating veterinarian!  Event sponsored by NYC Animal Care Centers. 

Saturday, November 11th:  Veterans Day Celebration with “War & Pieced”

Folk Art Museum, 2 Liincoln Square, 12-7pm

Mark this Veterans Day with guided tours of the extraordinary  War and Pieced quilt exhibition, hands on activities for all ages, a veteran poetry reading and  a screening of the 1964 classic film “Zulu!”.  (And “Zulu!” really is first rate!!)   Free, but you must RSVP

Saturday, November 11th & Sunday November 12th:  Artist Open House 2017

373 Broadway, 3rd floor,  1-6pm

What’s a working artist’s studio like?  Visit Czech-American painter Franta Nedved’s atelier – and those of many other artists in 373 and neighboring 368 Broadway – and find out!  Free!  (Bet you’ll then want to further explore that art-centric Soho neighborhood further!)

Sunday, November 12th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

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

And uber Market Manager Margaret says, “Ask at Sun Fed Beef this week about ordering one of their free range, heritage breed turkeys for the holiday…  Or you could think entirely out of the box and pre-order a ham or roast beef!”

The Healthy Eating Punch Out promotion continues…  Shop the 4 food groups and take your card to Market Manager Jamie, get it punched and head home with that ever mysterious prize!!

(UGS’s  updated 4-group list:  Phillips’ pears, any of Norwich Meadows’ squashes, Sun Fed’s ground lamb (for lamb burgers) and Mother Hubbert’s chocolate milk!!) 

Last week’s recycling totals:   Marathon Sunday.  No collection.

(Will this be another 5 1/2 bin week?)

Monday, November 13th:  Food on the Page – Cookbooks and American Culture

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Gardens, 421 East 61st Street, 6:30pm

Cultural historian and author of the above named book, Megan Elias sheds light on all that cookbooks say about society…  And it’s way more than what we aspire to eat!!  Members, $25. Senior members, $10.  Non-member adults, $40. Students with ID, $10.  For reservations (a must) – 212-838-6878…

Wednesday, November 15th: Street Co-Naming of Ms. Magazine Way

The Southest Corner of 32nd Street & Avenue, 11am-12:30pm

And we quote, “Join us for a festive event honoring Gloria Steinem, her 1972 founding of Ms. Magazine  and the occasion 45th anniversary of a publication by women for women!”  45 years…  Come one, come all!!

Thursday, November 16th: Hungarian Short Film Event

American Hungarian Library, 215 East 82nd Street, 7pm

The American Hungarian Library and Historical Society hosts five of the best Hungarian short films of the last years, including Oscar- winnning “Sing”!  All screened in Hungarian with English subtitles!  (Even during Soviet days, Eastern European filmmaking was revered!)  Free, but donations accepted.  For more

Friday, November 17th:  19th Century Trivia Night

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Gardens, 421 East 61st Street, 7pm

Okay, history nuts:  Which pro-temperance president actually took out papers to become a bar owner? What engineering marvel revolutionized New York City trade?  You’re so smart?  Then get yourself over to MV Museum for four fast-paced trivia rounds while imbibing historic refreshments!!  Members, $10.  Non-members, $15.   For tickets (got to have them in advance) –  212-838-6878

On the horizon:

Tuesday, November 28th:  “Wasted!  The Story of Food Waste” Screening 

GrownYC’s Project Farmhouse, 76 East 13th Street, 7-9pm

A hit at the Tribeca Film Festival, exec produced by Anthony Bourdain, the film’s about solutions to the huge world problem – but especially in the U.S. of A. – of incredible food waste.  Film followed by a discussion led by Emily Bachman, GrowNYC’s ompost Program Manager.  Free but with a suggested donation, $10.  To RSVP (you must)…

Thursday, November 30th:  Sissinghurst – Reviving Vita Sackville-West’s Garden

General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street, 6:15pm

Over time even one of  the world’s garden of gardens designed by one of the world’s gardeners of gardeners needs refocusing…  In this case, the famed, historic, once white- on-white Sissinghurt Castle garden of poet/novelist/gardener Vita Sackville-West.  A lot for us all to learn in this NY Botanical Garden talk by Sissinghurt’s present head gardener, Troy Scott Smith…  And we don’t even have to go to the Bronx!!  Organized by the Horticultural Society of New York and the Royal Oak Foundation.  For more and to register or  212-480-2889 x201…  In either case, give deploying  17FNYHORT discount a shot!

December already:

Friday & Saturday,  December 1st & Second:  Holiday Candlelight Tours of the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

421 East 61st Street, 6:15pm & 7:30pm

You’re right…  A ton going on at the MV Museum and nNo more charming way to commence the holiday season than a visit and step back into pre-Christmas 1830…  Complete with traditional confections and live period music!!  Couldn’t be more family friendly.  Members, $10.  Non-members, $20.  Children, $5.  Reservations required or 212-838-6878!  

Saturday, December 2nd:  Shred-A-Thon – Pre-Santa Edition 

82nd Street/St. Stephen Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First & York, 10am-2pm

Same old, but it matters…

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 always,  we thank Council Members Kallos and Garodnick and Assembly Member Seawright for their generous grants!!

Saturday, December 9th:  The First New York Cat Film Festival 

SVA Theater, 333 West 23rd Street, 3pm & 4:30pm

You read it right!  And have to say, the 2-part program each composed of several cat-themed films sounds really good!  $15 for each program.  For film programs/summaries and tickets

Sunday, December 10th:  Third New York Dog Film Festival

SVA Theater, 333 West 23rd Street, 2:45pm & 4:45pm

Yes, there’s a Dog Film Festival!!  And what better way to keep our animal film life in perfect balance!!  Same 2-part program.  $15 for each program.  For the films and tickets…   

On to miiscellany with this week in activism up first:

If you think NYC and NYS shouldn’t be dailing back efforts to keep raw sewage out of  our city’s waterways… 

How about this for a great course of study for the right teen:  The Learning Gardens High School Training Program which  – and we quote – “offers 5 months of garden-based learning, exploring topics including urban gardening, growing food and biodiversity during which students develop leadership skills, learn how to instruct younger students, and earn high school credit after completing 60 hours of instruction. Students who successfully complete the Training Program will have the opportunity to participate in a paid summer internship with City Parks Foundation.”  For high school freshman, sophomores and Juniors from February to June 2018.  Applications due, January 15, 2018.  To discuss in full detail:  mhara@cityparksfoundation.org or call  212-360-2744!    

Edible answers the question, “What to do if your building doesn’t have a brown organics container…”

Why autumn/fall has two names… 

Thirteen secrets of the Staten Island ferry   

Ten actual ruins visible in Central Park

Ten – another ten! – cleaning myths and what to do instead

How to load a dishwasher right

Does a contest prize get more hysterical than your own monogrammed cheese

Animals:

The case of the missing shrew mummies

Sheep trained to recognize human faces

vintage cat magazine.

..The NYS DEC has this advice about cave enthusiasts and our threatened bats

And then there’s this from the “Hudson River Almanac:

10/21 – Sandy Hook, NJ: First light was blossoming in the east, and dawn over the Lower Bay of New York Harbor was not far off. The winds had shifted from west to south and the monarch butterflies were far fewer than yesterday. Those who made the attempt to head south flew close to the sand, tacking back and forth like a sailboat. At sunrise, the water behind the surf looked agitated: striped bass! The anglers on the beach had high hopes for trophy bass but every one that was landed fell in the 20-24 inch range [licensed anglers in New Jersey are allowed to possess one fish per day from 28 inches to less than 43, and one fish 43 inches or greater]. The surf was swim-wear friendly at a comfortable 65 degrees Fahrenheit. – Tom Lake and T.R. Jackson
 
[Artists have long revered sunsets in their work – the Hudson River School of painting comes to mind. But for me, I’ll take sunrise on an east-facing beach at dawn. The growing glow from first light to sunrise is a study in anticipation: rebirth, renewal, dawn of a new day. – Tom Lake.]

Let us now and always be green,

UGS

 

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Happy Marathon Weekend, UESiders!!

Yes, it’s that time of the year when – for a few minutes post-Marathon – First Avenue’s so tidy one could – momentarily – think one was on…  Well, not Fifth or Madison, but maybe Third Avenue!! 

It’s also Eat Smart Month!!  (We’ve got that one down!!)

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And there’s plenty more going on:

Friday, November 4th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Star master John Pasmino’s subject this time out:  End-life avaration of star radiation!  Say what??!!  That is, the series of energy production methods stars go through as the approach the grim astronomical reaper…  Their demise!   As ever, free and fascinating!

Saturday, November4th:  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 (of course!), 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!!

Happy to say, the Master Knife Sharpener will be present and honing, too…  And she reminds:  “Only 3 weeks till Turkey Carving Day!” 

May we have one more week of corn and tomatoes!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  64 lbs. batteries; 18 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 6 pairs glasses;  11 compost bins; 35 bags of clothes.

YES, 11 bins!!

Saturday, November 4th:  2017 Roosevelt Island Pumpkin Smash

Riverside, Lower Lawn, Manhattan Park between Buildings #20 and #30, 11am-2pm

And an actual historic event as from 2017 on, the RI  Pumpkin Smash becomes part of the Department of Sanitation’s official citywide efforts to reduce landfill waste via NYC Compost Project!  But let’s talk fun:  Smash that soon-to-be-compost pumpkin to smithereens, acquire a ton of eco info and partake of great refreshments!  There’s even a great raffle prize to be won:  A 30-day ferry pass!!   Free, of course!   (Let’s have more of these things across the UES!!)

Sunday, November 5th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

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

Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm

MARATHON SUNDAY!!  THE MARKET RETURNS NEXT SUNDAY!!

Last week’s recycling totals:   4 lbs. batteries; 4 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  4 1/2 compost bins.

YES!!

Tuesday, November 7th:  NYC ELECTION DAY

At Your Polling Place

And how do our city’s candidates shake out the environmentally…? 

Wednesday, November 8th:  Superscrapers Steal Sun and Sky

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

And we quote, “Stealing Sun and Sky is bad enough, but they destroy neighborhoods.  Determination of what a neighborhood’s character is, should be made by people who live there.”  So says (and rightly so) organizer of this information-packed forum, the Sierra Club.  Adults suggested donation, $6.  Students, $3.  (Meanwhile, looks like a City Council bill will limit highrises on the Lower East Side!) 

And then:

Saturday, November 11th:  Veterans Day Celebration with “War & Pieced”

Folk Art Museum, 2 Liincoln Square, 12-7pm

Mark this Veterans Day with guided tours of the extraordinary  War and Pieced quilt exhibition, hands on activities for all ages, a veteran poetry reading and  a screening of the 1964 classic film “Zulu!”.  (And “Zulu!” really is great!!)   Free, but you must RSVP

Thursday, November 16th:  Block by Block – Christopher Gray’s New York

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 FIfth Avvenue, 6:30pm

There’s no replacing architectural  historian Christopher Gray’s and his wonderful weekly “Streetscapes” columns in The Times!  High time the gentlemen and his unique perspective received this appreciation by friends and colleagues…  And may it be the first of many!   Members, $10.  Non-member, $20.  Seniors, students & educators, $15.  For more and tickets…

Last but hardly least:

Saturday, December 2nd:  Shred-A-Thon – Pre-Santa Edition 

82nd Street/St. Stephen Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First & York, 10am-2pm

You know how it goes…

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 and Assembly Member Seawright for their generous grants!!

This week’s collection of miscellaneous:

Planned, presently underway and completed projects in Central Park

Another victory for the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation!!  An 1866 building once home to Willem de Kooning!!

The greenest restaurant in NYC

…Which just happens to be one of the 6 businesses up for Green America’s People & Planet Award!  To vote

Have to say the Governor’s announcement of $2.3M in urban forestry grants for all of NYState sounds pretty paltry…   (NYC pays in the neighborhood of $1,600K per new tree!)

Meanwhile, NYState’s just launched a new Green Business Program!  (UES businesses!  Get onboard!!)

We pause for a moment of activism, as in:

If you think the air in our national parks should be clean

Moment ended:

Sure, they farm in Brooklyn…  Now in shippping containers!

But then again, mushrooms were once farmed in Paris’s catacombs… 

For anyone crazy enough to purchase apple anywhere but at a Greenmarket, Consumer Reports weighs in on how best to get pesticides off the fruit (if it’s a pesticide that can actually be removed!)…

And the NYS Hike of the Month is…  Otter Creek Trails in the Otter Creek Forest!  (Scroll down past the deer hunting…)

A hat making museum and library

The history of the crosswalk

Quite a while till Earth Day, like next—  Oops! Don’t want to spoil this Earth Day quiz!

Hawaiian Common Gallinules

Animal time:

Just exactly how do amazing Monarchs make their thousands-of-miles migrations?    (Astonishing!!)  (No surprise, their trip’s starting late this fall.)

Seriouslyy?  Doping Iditarod sled dogs…?

new species of orangutan’s been discovered!!

Baby bats are multi-lingual…!!

Russians are putting their cats to work!!

And the migrating raptors passing over Pennsylvania’s Hawk Mountain last week:

Count to Date
*Season total is through October 30.

And then there’re these lovely excerpts from the great Hudson River Almanac:

10/12 – Manhattan: One of my seventh-grade students from The Speyer Legacy School, 59th Street and Ninth Avenue, wrote this poem upon discovering -during our Day in the Life program at Pier 1 – that the river was “alive”.   I especially love it because many of our New York City students are skeptical about there being life in the Hudson River, their backyard. –  Kimberly Schwab

The river’s murky waters flow
When looking they don’t seem too much;
But now I know there is much more
Than a murky waters flow.

There is a world that is beneath there
Of crabs and fish and shrimp,
Of periwinkles, little snails,
Of jellies, all too many.

Although it seems like
Murky waters,
The river is alive.
     – Ben Levine

10/12 – Queens: My students from the International High School for Health Sciences sampled the East River from Francis Lewis Park for the Day in the Life. As we were conducting water quality tests, we heard and then saw a flock of geese as they made a grand pass over us.  The students were so excited that they forgot about the tests and just watched the birds – they were seeing Canada geese for the first time in their lives.  This brought back memories of a movie, Nils Holgersson, from when I was a child in Albania.  Nils was a little boy who was a friend with wild geese and always traveled on the neck of a white goose. The movie was from a book by Selma Lagerlof, The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, that won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1909.  My students loved the experience of “a trip to the river,” especially the seining (they caught Atlantic silversides, winter flounder, hermit crabs, and shore shrimp). Their only complaint was that the experience was too short! – Mirela Shkoder

[Mirela and her students reflect the incredible international diversity of their school. Her 30 students, all recent arrivals to the United States, were from Honduras, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Columbia, Ecuador, Yemen, Iran, Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Laos, China and the Philippines. Their faculty were from Guyana, Dominican Republic, and Albania.  – Tom Lake.]

Yours in enduring greenness,

UGS

 

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Happy Fire at the 91st Street MTS, UESiders!

Virtually all metal, not even finished and the thing catches fire–  

If only–

Well, enough of that!!

How about we celebrate National Seafood Month and let our friends at American Pride Seafood lead the way? 

disanthus-cercidifolius

As Halloween nears:

Saturday, October 28th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

Think Halloween Market this Saturday…  What with face painting, warm cider and storytime from  10-12!! 

And, of course, you should come in your costume if you and/or your kids are so inclined!! 

Enjoying it all at their tables will be American Pride Seafood (of course!), 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!!

Same for our Master Knife Sharpener who offers this advice:  “Time to get serious about that turkey carving gear!” 

The results of UGS’s 3-week-long pear tastiness test:  All Samascott pear varieties are equally delicious!   

Last week’s recycling totals:  52 lbs. batteries; 23 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 pairs glasses;  10 1/2 compost bins; 28 bags of clothes.

Sure are collecting an amazing number of eye glasses in 2017!! 

Saturday, October 28th:  Green Park Gardeners Fall Volunteer Day

Andrew Haswell Green Park, East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 1-4pm  (Rain date:  Sunday, November 5th, 205pm)

Who’d pass up a chance to wield a trowel planting bulbs in the UESide’s one and only gorgeous native plant garden?!!  There’ll be tidying for winter, too.  Just bring yourself, that trowel and your gardening gloves!!  And please RSVP:  greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 28th:  Esplanade Friends Presents Halloween on the Esplanade!

East River Pavillion beneath the Alice Aycock Sculpture, East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 1-4pm

Celebrating Halloween, yes, but also the opening of the renovated Pavillion!!  Think music by the great John Putnam Trio…  Ice cream sandwiches by Melt…  Kid fun galore…  The nearness of the river…  The astonishing view…  All free!!

Sunday, October 29th:  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!!

The Master Knife Sharpener will be present and honing, too!  (…Unless there’s meaningful rain!)

The Healthy Eating Punch Out promotion rolls on!!  Yup, shop all 4 food groups and head to the Market Manager table, get your card punched and head home with a mystery prize!!

Then there’s this from Ultra Market Manager Margaret:  “Corn and tomato devotees, there’ll still be corn and tomatoes on Phillips and Norwich Meadows Farms’ tables!   Making Sunday brunch?  Sun Fed Beef has scrumtious breakfast sausage!  Then there’s Mother Hubbert’s amazing chocolate milk.  Bread and cheese more your thing?  Central Bakery and Consider Bardwell cheese are the perfect combo (with tables conveniently located right next to each other)!  Stop by and sample some cheese.  It’s pure treat, no trick!” 

(UGS’s  updated 4-group list:  Phillips’ apples, Norwich Meadows beets, Sun Fed’s steak and Mother Hubbert’s yogurt!!) 

Last week’s recycling totals:   6 lbs. batteries; 4 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  4 1/2 compost bins.

So impressive!!

Tuesday, October 31st:  New York Textiles Summit

John E. Reeves Great Hall, Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 West 27th Street, 7:30am-4:30pm

The subject:  How to drive innovation and overcome challenges in textile production and recovery.  The organizers:  New York Product Stewardship Council, Re-Clothe NY Coalition and the Product Stewardship Institute.  Who should attend:  Manufacturers, retailers, recycling/reuse organizations, the fashion industry, state/local governments, researchers, nonprofits and clothing consumers like us!!  Tickets:  $15-$50.  For more and tickets

November already:

Wednesday, November 1st:  Astor at 50 Street Festival

Astor Place, 11am-3pm

And we quote, “The “Alamo” Cube turns 50! Join the official birthday party for the iconic sculpture by Tony Rosenthal, installed in 1967 as part of the “Sculpture and the Environment” project, organized by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.  Share your birthday wishes, celebrate on the sidewalk, create and collage mini spinning cubes, fold origami cubes, learn the history of the Cube with mini-walking tours around the square, keep the cube spinning for charity, and much more!”  Free for one and all.  To RSVP…    

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

Just below the horizon:

Sunday, November 12th:  Mansions, Money and Scandal – Gilded Age Splendor on the Upper East Side – Part 3, From Guggenheim to Downton Abbey

Meeting place reveal with ticket purchase, 11am

Alan M. Engler, MD leads a tour focused on UES history, architecture and – you bet! – scandals from Frick to Carnegie, Vanderbilt and Rockefeller and the architects who designed the grand robber baron palaces that still endure! !  Organizaed by the Municipal Art Society.  Member, $20.  Non-members, $30.  For tickets…

How about we begin with some miscellaneous cheerfulness:

Kudos to Congressional bipartisanship in drawing up bills funding migratory bird research and to make Federal building more bird-firendly!  (Now let’s see if they pass…)

Hats off to chef Jose Andres for serving up more than 2 million meals to struggling Puerto Ricans!!

Great that NYState’s concentrating on clean water, including making sure that Hudson River water gets even cleaner!!

And that Philippe de Montebello – erstwhile director of the Met – is leading the $15M renovation  of the Hispanic Society of America (a treasure house of Goyas, Picassos, Velaquezes and more)!!   

Are we or are we not happy that NYC’s finally, really getting down on the owners of businesses using electric bikes for deliveries?  (Report to both 311 and CM Kallos’s office!)

Pausing briefly for some activism:

If you think rules  governing nursing homes shouldn’t be loosened

Same for a roll-back in air quality requirements 

Ditto if  you object to the proposed increase in price for visits to our National Parks

Or the sage grouse loing its protection

Then, going local,  there’s still that proposed alienation of  East 96th Street/East Harlem’s Marx Brothers Park land to build another mega tower!  Should you think  Governor Cuomo should veto the bill that’d allow it (S.6721 and A.8419), give him a quick call at 518-474-8399!  

Back on the miscellany beat: 

Doesn’t seem like we could do without the FDR, but elsewhere “expressways” are disappearing… 

Who would have guessed there’s a vital seedbank in Syria

The Times on disaster preparedness

A lost Rodin found in…  New Jersey!

Some odd prose, but a uew approach to historic preservation

Why/how leaves change color in fall

The right way  to clean a toaster oven…   (Step One:  Unplug!)

And NYC’s best bagels to be toasting in that very clean oven… 

Animal time:

An Arctic jellyfish

How to nourish our bees during winter

Then there’re bee hotels

Just who’s the toughest bird…?

Whew! 

We close with these from the Hudson River Almanac:

10/10 – Hudson River Estuary: We frequently get questions from students regarding sharks in the Hudson River, specifically large sharks that would make us wary to go into the water! Our checklist of Hudson River Watershed Fishes notes smooth and spiny dogfish sharks, but only a single “big shark” record, a dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus) at Peekskill (1898). However, from John Waldman’s Heartbeats in the Muck, we read of many other unsubstantiated records including a hammerhead shark at Cornwall (1870s), several dusky sharks as far upriver as Peekskill (1881), a sand tiger shark (Carcharias taurus) at Peekskill (1952), and another dusky shark at Newburgh (1966). Until the middle of the nineteenth century, Manhattan’s commercial waterfront (see Fulton Market, since 1823) dumped raw organic refuse into the harbor, particularly the East River. This practice may have contributed to the famous shark attack in the Upper Bay of New York Harbor in 1870 when a school of sharks attacked a sailboat. Large sharks in the Hudson River that might give you pause before going in the water are possible, but…  – Tom Lake

[These reports bring to mind a bizarre tradition among some anglers, that is to say the dumping of fish from faraway places along the river. There have been several instances where anglers have brought home dead blue sharks and hammerhead sharks from ocean adventures and left them along the shoreline of the Hudson to confuse us. In 1994, an angler dumped a huge number of longnose gar along the Saw Mill River. That one had us stumped for a while. By analyzing stomach contents, however, ichthyologist C. Lavett Smith concluded that the gar had come from the Potomac River in Virginia.  – Tom Lake.]

10/13 – Manhattan: At low tide near midday at Inwood Hill Park, a great egret was stalking the inlet of Spuyten Duyvil Creek along with 60 Canada geese, half of them swimming and half walking on the mud. The woods were silent except for an occasional blue jay, but I glimpsed a red-bellied woodpecker. The Osage orange trees were beginning to drop their fruit. –  Thomas Shoesmith

Ever so green,

UGS

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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 UESiders know 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 a florist and a very unusual 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 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’s 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

If you’d like the greater sage grouse to retain its Endangered Species protection… 

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!

Now we can tell when the dogs in our lives are depressed

And now (and then some), NYC has its 5th pet cafe!!

Greenness is happiness, 

UGS

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