Happy Mother’s Day, UESiders!!
Have a delightful time with the family whether the promised rain comes or not!!
And know that in 2019, Mother’s Day is also the launch of International Compost Awareness Week… And National Small Business Week!!
And that tomorrow’s World Migratory Bird Day/inaugeration of the 2019 I Bird NY Challenge!!
Then there’s the jam-packed week ahead:
Now to Friday, May 17th at 5pm: Apply for the Watershed Forestry Institute for Teachers
Fresh Air Fund’s Sharp Reservation, Fishkill, August 18th-22nd
Explore the forests, waters, science, engineering, history, and world-famous partnerships of the NYC Watershed and water supply system… All while earning 24-CTLE credit hour!! Free!! For more and to apply…
Saturday, May 11th: 82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket
82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm
Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm
With us will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Sikking Flowers, Samascott, Ole Mother Hubbert, SunFed Beef, Ballard Honey, Alewife, Hawthorne Valley (with Consider Bardwell items), Gayeski and Nolasco Farms!!
The Master Knife Sharpener will be present and honing away, too!!
Market Manager Ciana adds: “Valley Shepard Creamery returns this Saturday and will we ever be happy to have them back!! As ever, they’ll have a great selection of sheep and goat products, from cheese to – if we’re lucky – yogurt!! We’re also re-stocked up with GrowNYC green reusable mesh produce bags that’ve been selling out!! Oh, and I’ll be cooking up some inspiration for the Mother’s Day meal!!”
Last Week’s Recycling Totals – 71 lbs batteries; 9 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 pairs eye glasses; 1 mascara wand; 14 compost bins; 42 bags of clothes
Give us 14 bins and we will fill them!!
Saturday, May 11th: Shred–A-Thon – Pre-Memorial Day Edition
82nd Street Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First & York, 10am-2pm
But do keep in mind:
NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.
REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings.
NO HARDCOVER BOOKS. (But paperbacks are fine.)
(Hold on to your hardcovers for the time being!!)
Our thanks to CMs Kallos and Powers and AM Seawright for making Shred-A-Thons possible!!
Saturday, May 11th: Shop Around the Corner Symposium
Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, 11am-3pm
Local small business owners, business experts and representatives of the City weigh in on the challenges of keeping a business alive and thriving in an era intense development and economic change!! Following a lunch provided by area legacy restaurants, Jill Eisner’ll lead a tour of Yorkville with a focus on its historic immigrant businesses!! General admission, $25. Friends & seniors, $20. Co-sponsored by Six to Celebrate, Friends of the Upper East Side Historical Districts NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and CM Kallos. For more and to register…
Saturday, May 11th: Jazz at Andrew Haswell Green Park
The East River Esplanade at 60th Street, 1pm
And we quote, “Join Council Member Ben Kallos and the NYC Parks Department and for a free afternoon of jazz in the park on Saturday May 11. Based in New York, singer/song-writer, Lara Bello conveys the music of her hometown Granada Spain: Flamenco, Arabic melodies and Mediterranean roots masterfully fused with African and Latin American rhythms.” Has to be great!! To reserve your seat…
Saturday, May 11th: Watercolor Portrait Workshop
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street, 2pm
A companion piece to the Museum’s just-opened exhibit: “Who Do Say You Are – Portraiture Then and Now “… Create your own portraits or self-portraits, all under the guidance of artist Palen Obesa!! No experience necessary!! Free… For more and to reserve your place (a necessity)…
Monday, May 13th: The Hunter College Choir Presents Mozart’s Requiem
Hunter College Assembly Hall, North Building, 695 Park Avenue (entry on 69th between Park and Lexington Avenues), 7:30pm
Saturday, May 18th: Spring Celebration at the Aycock Pavillion
60th Street & the East River Esplanade, 1-4pm
Spring season on our wonderful Esplanade begins with live music from Home Cookin’, ice cream treats, a ton of fun for kids and more!! An Esplanade Friends’ event!! For more and upcoming Saturday fun…
Sunday, May 19th: It’s My Park Day at Isaacs Park
Stanley Isaacs Park, First Avenue & 96th Street, 11:30am-3:30pm
Ready this much-loved and heavily-used playground/roller hockey rink/quiet seating public space to shine for the summer season!! Think weeding, cultivation, applying compost/mulch and planting!! Tools, gloves, kneepads, great refreshments and best company supplied!! To sign on…
Sunday, May 19th: Greek Jewish Festival
280 Broome Street between Allen & Eldridge Streets, 12-6pm
For all our great city can sometimes seem to be losing character (especially where street fairs are concerned), it remains home to events like this one: A celebration of the Romaniote and Sephardic heritage of Jewish immigrants from Greece!! Think kosher Greek food, homemade Greek pastries, traditional Greek dancing, live Greek and Sephardic music and more!! Be there!! For more…
Monday, May 20th: World War I – Its Impact, Its Aftermath, and Lasting Lessons for Today
Roosevelt House, 47-49 East 65th Street, 6-8:30pm
A mini-symposium on the after effects of The Great War combined with a mini-symposium and lit reception. Co-sponsored by AM Rebecca Seawright. Free! itothe For more and tickets (you need one)…
Tuesday, May 21st: Every Other Tuesday Knitting Social
AM Seawright’s Community Office, 1480 York Avenue between 78th & 79th, 2-4pm
Quote, “Join Neighborhood Knitters for Crafting and Conversation!!” (As everyone who’s ever wielded a stitch holder knows, knitters do like to chat!!) And we’re talking equal opportunity knitting/crocheting… Come on, guys… You’re welcome, too!! And folks of all skill levels. Just RSVP…
Wednesday, May 22nd – Sunday, June 2nd: 2019 World Science Fair
Throughout the City
Science, yes, but totally accessible, mind-expanding and amazing fun!! For this year’s extraordinary program line-up and to purchase advance tickets…
Thursday, May 23rd: 2019 NYC Food Waste Fair
Brooklyn Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Avenue, Building 77
And we quote: “An interactive experience connecting food, beverage and hospitality professionals and home cooks alike with workshops forums, lectures and film on achieving zero food waste, sustainable waste management, on-site compostineg, anerobic digestion and very much more!! (Encourage your favorite restauranteurs to attend!!) Tickets, $20-$60 (Use “ILOVECOMPOST” for a 10% discount!!) For complete details…
Saturday, May 24th: Skate Night at Isaacs Park
Stanley Isaacs Park, First Avenue 96th Street, Family Session 4-5pm, Adult Session 5:30-7pm
A great afternoon/evening outdoors and on roller skates AND complete with live DJ, jumbo games, some available skates for the skate-less and plenty more… Just be sure to bring socks!! Sponsored by CM Kallos. Free!! To reserve a place and skates…
Saturday, May 26th: Marble Hill Walking Tour
Meet at Broadway & 225th Street, 11am-1pm
Engineer Bryan Diffley, Project Manager of the High Bridge restoration leads a walk exploring construction of the NYC’s 19th Century Harlem Ship Canal!! Organized by the great NYC H2O. $30. For more and to reserve your place…
Saturday & Sunday, June 1st & 2nd: Outdoor Fest 2019 – Campout on Staten Island
Henry Kaufman Campgrounds, Staten Island
Think camping out under the stars, a 5K night trail race, an ultra trail run, survival skills training, yoga, slacklining, stargazing with real telescopes and astronomers, live entertainment, available transportation and beer by Sierra Nevada!! No kidding, the best campout!! $40-$155. For details and to sign up…
Tuesday, June 4th: Annual Manhattan Public Water Board Hearing
255 Greenwich Street, Eighth Floor, Room 8-S1S2, 2pm
Water rates, yes, but NYC water-centric organizations like SWIM are also focusing on our stormwater infrastructure – or lack thereof – situation.
A little activism:
Or oppose the fossil fuel-bearing Williams pipeline being a constructed in NYS, yes, there’s another petition to sign… (Relentlessness is a big part of how such things get beat!)
Then on to miscellany:
Headlining Schurz Park’s great “Park Notes” is the importance of this wonderful UES green space as a regional habitat corridor!! (Yes, monarch butterflies – and many another critter — now migrate through the UES!!)
Pesticide enforcement… Monitoring circus elephants… Lost pets and more… NYS Conservation Officers have had a busy week…
Very deep tip of the hat to Chobani founder and CEO will be paying off school lunch debt incurred by Rhode Island public school students!!
UES fans of Quatorze Bis late of 79th Street… It’ll soon be reopening on the NE corner of First and 82nd Street!!
Time for animals, present and past:
Yes, there is such a thing as a recycling dog...
It’s a bees’ life in London…
And from the Hudson River Almanac:
4/27 – Brooklyn, New York City: Naturalists from the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy hauled up a Billion Oyster Project-research-oyster cage and were pleasantly surprised to find three tautog, six skilletfish, and five young-of-year oyster toadfish. The combination of the cage being undisturbed all winter and the dense layers of mud on the oyster clusters seemed to make the bottom ideal habitat. – Christina Tobitsch
4/29 – New York City: Over the last four days, hundreds of citizen scientists contributed nature observations as a part of an international competition called the City Nature Challenge. The results page from the four-day event cited more than 25,000 observations including no fewer than 1,600 different species. Unsurprisingly, some of the most abundantly documented species were invasives, such as garlic mustard, mugwort, and Japanese knotweed. – Christina Tobitsch
(Led by UES Susan Hewitt, a crew of UES naturalists were making their own observations at Schurz Park!!)
And the Fish of the Week:
4/26 – Hudson River Watershed: This week’s entry is the butterfish (Peprilus triacanthus). Butterfish are classified as a temperate marine stray and is the only member of its family (Stromateidae) in our watershed. Butterfish are number 212 (of 228) on our watershed list of fishes. If you would like a copy of the list, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
[The butterfish is a small (6-10 inches), rather rhombic-shaped, silvery fish lacking pelvic fins. They are found in the lower estuary when the river warms, and salinities rise, and they will frequently linger in the Upper Bay of New York Harbor well into autumn. Butterfish are an important forage species for high-end predators such as bluefish, striped bass, summer flounder, marine mammals, and birds of prey. Their common name may, in part, be derived from assessments like one from the Nova Scotian Institute of Science (1939) who describes them as “… one of our best table fish, fat, oily, and of delicious flavor.” Tom Lake]
Let the paper be shredded,