Happy Thanksgiving, UESiders!!

Happy National Buffalo Day and National Take A Hike Day, too!

No need to leave NYC to celebrate any of the above, people!

The Museum of the American Indian‘ll be partying down on our national mammal all Saturday and NYC Parks has a ton of hiking opportunities happening right here in our 5 boroughs!

And there’s no better place to celebrate Thanksgiving than our big-hearted city! 

Meanwhile… 

As we hit the trails, purge our lives of unwanted paper and prepare for major turkey gluttony, let’s keep in mind that this Sunday’s also World Remembrance Day for Traffic Victims…  And we’ve sure had our share of them on the UES this year…

Don’t forget the NYCares Coat Drive:

Friday, November 18th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Starmaster John Pasmino details the wonders of bare-eye (amazing what the naked eye can take in even in bright NYC) and binocular star-gazing, focusing on the Pleiades, the Hyades, the Rosette, the Orion/Orion nebulae and “asterisms”.  As ever, great and free!  

Saturday, November 19th:   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, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Cherry Lane, Samascott and Gajeski Farms!

Last day for Valley Shepherd and Cherry Lane till next summer!!

But great they and the rest of our great farmers/fishermen/beekeepers/bakers will be with us this Saturday and ready to take care of our many Thanksgiving needs with freshest, highest quality, most delicious stuff going! 

AND…

Our irreplaceable Master Knife Sharpener will be returning and – with your Turkey Day honing in mind – look for her to be 82nd Street by 9:30am!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  54 lbs. batteries; 14 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 3 pairs of eye glasses; 10 compost bins; 36 bags of clothes.

Happiness is 10 full-to-the-top compost bins!!

Saturday, November 18th to Sunday, November 19th:  Gotham Groove!

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, 10am Saturday to 6pm Sunday

Pretty fabulous way to launch “New York at Its Core”, the Museum’s much-heralded new show…  Think 32 hours of non-stop fun and surprises, live music, spoken word performances, movies, dance and interactive activities for the whole family.  Tickets from $8-$20.  Advance purchase very much advised

Sunday, November 20th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Street, 9am-4pm

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

The Market’s last day till next June…

Before we know it the great folks at American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Wager’s Cider Mill, Ole Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Norwich Meadows and Stannart Farms will return!

And this Sunday they’ve got what you need for that perfect Thanksgiving spread!!

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

YES!!  Another proud 5 bin day, you brilliant composters!!

No stopping till collection at 92nd Street is year round!!  

Sunday, November 20th:  Shred-A-Thon –  Pre-Turkey Day Edition

Opposite the 92nd Street Greenmarket, West Side of First Avenue between 92nd Street, 10am-2pm

RAIN OR SHINE!!

Will we or will we not fill the shredding truck to the brim again?  (The Shredding Force seems to be with us!) 

Will we average more than a Shredee every 30 seconds?  (Smart money’s says we will!!)

What’s 100% certain is we’ll have daffodil bulbs – as long as they last – for one and all willing to plant them around their street trees!!

Meanwhile, do recall:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Donate your hardcovers at Goodwill or Housing Works.)

As always our thanks to Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for their many years of generous grants and Assembly Member Seawright for sponsoring the event! 

Just below the horizon:

Tuesday, November 29th:  NYGives Day 2016

The Non-Profit/Profits of Your Choice

The 24-hour New York-giving challenge that’s well on its way to becoming a holiday season tradition!   So many deserving causes…  So many of our fellow/sister New Yorkers in need…  Open that wallet!!  Swipe that credit card!!

Saturday, December 3rd:  Family Folk Art Gallery Tour & Silhouette Portraits

American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, 1-2:30pm

Specially designed for the 4-12-year old set to acquaint them with the artistic expression closest to their own… Folk art…  Topped off with participants sitting for their very own silhouette portrait by noted paper cut artist Jenny Lee Fowler!  Free to members.  (You’ll want to join!)  For more

Then:

Sunday, December 18th:  117th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count

South Pump Station of the Reservoir, 85th Street & Fifth Avenue, 8am 

Be a part of American’s the longest running citizen science bird project, ever more essential to measuring of avian health!  And what’s better than citizen science followed by partying down with great treats at Central Park Arsenal?!!  For the total rundown (including counts in all 5 boroughs)…

On to miscellany:

Virtually never bring up an issue that involve a phone call, but here’s an exception:  The geo-thermal heating/cooling tax credit bill passed by both houses and presently sitting on the Governor’s desk.  Should you think he should sign it…  (Takes about 5 seconds!)

Glad we are that the NYC DEC is demanding further and more rigorous testing of Hudson River areas contaminated by GE

And now for some tree-love:

Lest anyone doubt the benefits of city trees

Or tree beauty… 

Or that tree grief is real

Lighter now:

Just the moment for a Presidential Facial Hair Contest!

Snapped a particularly fabulous pic of one of our NYC parks?  Enter it in the 2016 It’s My Park Photo Contest!! (Scroll down…)

The accidental birth of the Cheeto!

Time for critters:

Seven sounds that kitties make and what they mean

This week’s Bird Migration Update

guinea pig/parsley eating contest!

As ever, we close with a borrow from the Hudson River Almanac:

11/3 – Manhattan, HRM 0.5: The yellow-breasted chat at the Trinity Church (adjacent to Wall Street) was seen today from late morning through late afternoon, showing itself for at least six birders. The chat was found in the smallest shrubs along the north border of cemetery. We have had only two yellow-breasted chats at Trinity Church in more than 200 checklists so they are pretty rare both at the church and in general. – Ben Cacace & Philip Ribolow

[The Trinity Episcopal Church in lower Manhattan (the third Trinity Church at that location) was built in 1846. When completed, it was the tallest structure (the spire at 281 feet) in New York City. Tom Lake.]

We are ever so thankful and green, 

UGS

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Enjoy your Veteran’s Day, UESiders!

Can’t have enough 3-day weekends…

Most useful for sorting through papers in need of shredding, yes?

Only 9 days till, but first:

Saturday, November 12th:   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, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Cherry Lane, Samascott and Gajeski Farms!

No, no more Green Pastures mushrooms till next summer…

And a Saturday – the first in a long time – without our Master Knife Sharpener…  BUT she’ll be back next Saturday and at her table at a freakishly early 9am to tend to your Thanksgiving cutlery needs!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  71 lbs. batteries; 22 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 pairs of eyeglasses; 10 compost bins; 35 bags of clothes.

A 10-bin-filled to-overflowing week!!

MOISES IS ASKING FOR AN 11th BIN FOR THIS SATURDAY!!

Sunday, November 13th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Street, 9am-4pm

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

Post-Marathon and back at their tables will be American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Wager’s Cider Mill, Ole Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Norwich Meadows and Stannart Farms!

Everything you need for your perfect Thanksgiving spread and more!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  No collection on Marathon Day but back big time this Sunday!

And may this be yet another 5 bin market day!! 

Wednesday, November 16th:  From the Field Lecture

Wallach Orientation Center, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 77th Street Entrance, 7pm

What’s it like to hunt for tribolite fossils north of the Arctic Circle…?  To research leech digestive tracts in the wild of Cambodia…?  Learn all about it from the dedicated museum curators who lived it!  Free.  For more and tickets..

Friday, November 18th:  Rightful Heritage – Franklin D. Roosevelt &  the Land of America

Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, 6:30pm

Historian Douglas Brinkley expounds on FDR’s lesser known efforts to expand, protect and preserve the nation’s public lands. Armory members, $10.  Non-members, $15.  Seniors & students, $12.

And then:

Sunday, November 20th:  Shred-A-Thon –  Pre-Turkey Day Edition

Opposite the 92nd Street Greenmarket, West Side of First Avenue between 92nd Street, 10am-2pm

Nine days and counting till you bring on the paper, people!

But remember:

NO cardboard or plastic handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take those hardcovers over to Goodwill or Housing Works.)

Major thanks to Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for their grants and Assembly Member Seawright for sponsoring the event!) 

Coming up fast:

Tuesday, November 29th:  NYGives Day 2016

The Non-Profit/Profits of Your Choice

The 24-hour New York giving challenge that’s well on its way to becoming a holiday season tradition!   So many deserving causes…  So many of our fellow/sister New Yorkers in need…  Get out that wallet/credit card!!

Friday, December 2nd & Saturday, December 3rd:  Native American Art Market

Museum of the American Indian, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House, 1 Bowling Green, 

From pottery to basketry to beading to masks and so much more!  Just in time for Christmas!  Free.  For full details

Thursday, December 15th:  Beneath the Battlefield Archival Exploration

New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street, 6pm

Explore the Battle of Gettysburg – America’s bloodiest – as experienced by the ordinary soldier and via original documents lodged in the unequaled Gilder Lehrman Collection!  Downright incredible, right?!  Organized by Atlas Obscura.  $35.  For more and tickets...

A light dose of miscellany this time out:

Lucky as we’re being with First Avenue Estates, be nice to give East Village preservationists a hand in saving a group of 175-year-old homes on 7th Street!

Wow!!  Get out the smelling salts!!  The NYC Department of Sanitation now has a really impressive/info-packed site AND newsletter!! 

NYS DEC’s no slouch either…  Witness their new, online I FISH NY Beginners Guide!

(For those hunting bear and/or deer in NYS this fall, the DEC’s asking that you participate in a voluntary program studying diseases – like Lyme – common in and the general health of big game…)  

DEC’s also asking for our help in locating black bear dens!

Yikes!!  Seems Arby’s doing real business with its venison sandwiches

Interested in how NY voted neighborhood-by-neighborhood…?

Thanks to The Times’ F.Y.I. column for laying out the basics of street tree pruning responsibility

Always animals:

Humans teaching a pelican to…  Be a pelican!

This week’s Bird Migration Update

petition to legalize bodega cats

From the Hudson River Almanac as we close:

10/7 – Manhattan: We checked the killifish traps at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25 and found a juvenile butterfish (Peprilus triacanthus). Butterfish are rather small (less than 10 inches long, rhombus-shaped (formerly in the genus Rhombus) and recognizable by their lack of pelvic fins. While they are known to be prime forage for predators like bluefish and striped bass, the Gulf of Maine Institute describes them as “… one of our best table fish, fat, oily, and of delicious flavor.” – Elisa Caref

American Butterfish

American Butterfish

Pelvic fins??!!

Sincerely green,

UGS

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Happy New York Marathon, UESiders!!

Let’s cross fingers the weather’s perfect for running and that even the slowest makes it to the finish line with a personal best!!

(Hey, Sunday’s also Origami Day, too!!  And today’s brilliant photographer Walker Evans – you know his classic images even if you don’t know his name – birthday!!)

Yup, one full week ahead:

Friday, November 4th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

This meeting’s topic:   Skyscape photography with simple digital cameras!!  All under the tutelage of Starmaster John Pazmino.  Free!  

Saturday, November 5th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Gajeski and Green Pastures Farms!

Yup, sadly this past Saturday was the last till spring for Sikking Farms and their beautiful, grown-outdoors flowers!

We’ll console ourselves with another week of our Master Knife Sharpener!!  (Look for her around 11!)

And that tomatoes are still really tasty!!

(Market Manager Emeritus Andrei will be filling in for Guramrit!) 

Last week’s recycling totals:  66 lbs. batteries; 17 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 10 compost bins; 39 bags of clothes.

ANOTHER 10 BIN WEEK!!

Sunday, November 6th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

CLOSED ON MARATHON SUNDAY!!

(THE MARKET RETURNS NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13th!!)

Saturday, November 5th & Sunday, November 6th:  2nd Annual Mini Maker Faire at Barnes & Noble

Every Barnes & Noble Store, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm & 5 pm

Think tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, engineers, science club members, students, entrepreneurs, hobbyists and makers of all kinds of interesting things gathering to learn from experts and each other, work on projects or just observe!  (Who knew there was a 1st Annual Mini Maker Faire?!)  For more

Sunday, November 6th:  Origami Day at the Museum of Natural History

NHM’s Grand Gallery, Central Park at 79th Street, 12-4pm

Speaking for ourselves, we’ve always want to fold a square of paper into a – say – triceratops!!  Museum origami experts will be enabling the likes of us to devise dinosaurs and more with our own two hands!  Free with Museum admission.  For more

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH:  ELECTION DAY!

At Your Polling Place

VOTE!!

Friday, November 11th to Wednesday, November 30th:  FIDE World Chess Championship 2016

Fulton Market Building, South Street Seaport Building, 11 Fulton Street

Reigning champion, 25-year-old Magnus Carlsen takes on 26-year-old Sergey Karjakin in a 12-round chess epic and we ordinary mortals can get closer – in person or via virtual reality broadcast – than ever in history!  Tickets, $75-$3,000 or watch via online VR!  (May the best mind win!!)

And then:

Thursday, November 17th:  Hudson Tunnel Open House

Sky Top Ballroom, Hotel Pennsylvania, 18th Floor, 4-7pm

Familiarize yourself with plans for the proposed, desperately needed new rail tunnel linking NY and NJ! Project personnel will be tabling and eager to answer questions!!  (Can’t break ground soon enough!!)  Free and open!!

Sunday, November 20th:  Shred-A-Thon –  Pre-Turkey Day Edition

Opposite the 92nd Street Greenmarket, West Side of First Avenue between 92nd Street, 10am-2pm

You know how it goes:  You bring the paper and the giant shredder truck turns it into microbits while you watch!

But, as always, do keep in mind:

NO cardboard or plastic handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take those hardcovers over to Goodwill or Housing Works.)

As ever, thank you, Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for your many years of so generous grants and Assembly Member Seawright for sponsoring the event!) 

How ’bout some miscellany:

Fans of GMO…  Read it and weep in The NYTimes

No kidding India and countries with like climates are challenged by the new HFC agreement…  

In the Good But Not Great Category:  Con Ed’s plan to reduce needy persons’ power bills via solar panels on Con Ed building roofs…  A reduction of maybe a welcome but puny $5 a month for some 6,000 customers.

Oh, really?  No street lights at 72nd & Second?!

Remember this this next time you drop a yogurt container into a recycling bin:  The Association of Plastics Recyclers reports demand for recycled PP/#5 plastic is approaching 300 million pounds a year!!

Long Island-distilled premium vodka…!

Now NYS law (Senate 4268/Assembly 7763) that we slow down before passing waste and recycling collection trucks…  This to better protect waste and recycling workers!

Best Halloween Costumes: Subway Edition…  

Secret talents of our NYC doormen

Of course, the Gingerbread Museum’s in Poland!

Special Treat:  Guramrit’s Aloo Gobi Recipe (her insanely delicious demo of 2 Saturdays ago)!!

Total time: 30-40 minutes, Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sized cauliflower (this is the gobi), chopped roughly or into small florets
  • 2 medium sized potatoes (aloo), diced into 1″ cubes
  • 1 medium sized sweet potato, diced into 1″ cubes
  • 1 medium to large onion, finely diced
  • 2 large ripe red tomatoes, chopped OR 1 14oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 inch ginger, chopped finely
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1-2 tablespoons tandoori spice (adjust depending on your desired spice level) or combine: Coriander, Cumin, Nutmeg, Red Pepper, Garlic, Paprika and Onion.
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon garam masala (these days, even McCormick’s includes it in their line)
  • 4 tablespoons cultured butter or 4 tablespoons coconut oil/olive oil (whatever you have is okay)
  • salt to taste
  • cilantro to garnish
  • squeeze of lemon to garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a large saute pan, melt butter or warm your oil of choice over medium heat.
  2. Add garam masala and tandoori spices. Toast until fragrant,
  3. Stir in onions, ginger and garlic. Saute until golden and soft. Wait until soft before adding in your salt.
  4. Toss in tomatoes. Let tomatoes reduce. If the sauce is too thick add in a splash or two of water.
  5. Add in potatoes and cover. Cook for about 10 minutes or until potatoes and sweet potatoes are slightly softened.
  6. Add cauliflower to the tomato potato mixture. Add more water if desired and adjust seasoning as you see fit.
  7. Stir and simmer aloo gobi curry for 10-15 minutes without the lid.
  8. Cover and remove from heat. Let sit for 5 minutes to cool.
  9. Garnish the aloo gobi with chopped cilantro, a squeeze of lemon, maybe a little more butter. Don’t forget the naan 😉
Happy Eating 🙂 

Hello, animals:

Can’t have too many adorable rescue squirrels…  (Tufted ears makes us think this is an English rescue squirrel!)

Or books of incredibly cute kitten pix!

Love the fishing jargon in this piece of How To Catch Walleye advice!

This week’s Bird Migration Update… 

Audubon relics discovered at the New York Botanical Garden!

With its population down to record lows, the bluefin tuna could use our help… 

What happens when you dress up as your dog’s favorite toy…?

Or when a rescue pig and kitten make friends…?

It’s an urban survivor of our NYC water quality bad and good…  The American eel

And the Bird of the Week is…  The (pretty cute) Common Potoo!

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How to train bumblebees

A new, custom-designed  home for evicted Utah bats

Last but hardly least, as winter approaches, the NYS DEC reminds us to avoid the not-so swanky caves and mines where most bats spend their winters!

Living and loving the green life,

UGS 

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Happy Bat Week, UESiders!!

The perfect compliment to a Happy Halloween!!

Perhaps you’ve noticed the excellent H’ween costuming of street trees on 73rd Street between First and Second?

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Spooky decor happening on your block?? Send those pix along!! 

And bat enthusiasts?  There’s this…  And this…!!

(Oh yes, tomatoes were once accused of being werewolf fellow travelers!) 

On to the scary-it’s-so-green, boo-filled week ahead:

Saturday, October 29th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Gajeski, Green Pastures and Sikking Farms!

You bet our Master Knife Sharpener will be present and honing, too!!  (Look for her around 11!)

PLUS…

Calling all kids!!  Natalie Cronin, mom, Greenmarket regular and Tinker Tree’s chief play artist will be joining us for singing, story reading and more with a Halloween theme!  (There’ll even be pumpkins full of compost worms!!)

Last week’s recycling totals:  56 lbs. batteries; 15 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 10 compost bins; 41 bags of clothes.

Love those 10 bin weeks!!

Sunday, October 30th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Street, 9am-4pm

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

At their tables will be American Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Ole Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Norwich Meadows and Stannart Farms!

Bring on the cauliflowers…  The cabbages…  The spaghetti squashes…  The Brussel sprouts!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  43 lbs. batteries; 8 lbs.cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 5 compost bins

All hail those 5 compost bins!! 

Monday, October 31st:  Houdini Seance/Channeling

Sojourn Restaurant, 224 East 79th Street, 12pm

Who knew that 224 East 79th was the place the magician of legend called home?  Who knew that the man died on Halloween?  Who knew that not only is there a Society of American Magicians, but they’ll be marking the 90th year since Houdini’s passing by gathering at 224 and attempting to contact the gentleman in the netherworld?  Gotta be there!!  (A plaque honoring Houdini will be unveiled at 224 on Wednesday, November 2nd!)  For full details

Wednesday, November 2nd:  UES NYS Senate & Assembly Candidate Debates

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street, 6-9pm

As we approach election day, nothing more important than real knowledge of candidates for each and every office!  Free but do reserve a place

Thursday, November 3rd:  Pier 90 Ribbon Cutting!

Pier 90, East River Esplanade at 90th Street, 9:30

This is a moment, people…  Esplanade Friends leader Jennifer Ratner not only relentlessly reasoned with/argued with/cajoled/made the case that this bare-bones but lovely riverside space should be open to New Yorkers daily and year round…  AND she – along with every one of you who signed a petition, made a call or just paused at the Pier while on a weekend stroll – prevailed!!  So come celebrate the moment we and the NYC Parks Department officially give this wonderful gift to ourselves!!   Just, please, RSVP: special.events@parks.nyc.gov or 212.408.0111!  

Thursday, November 3rd:  Buried Lives in Washington Square Park  Lecture

Judson Memorial Church, 239 Thompson Street, 6:30-8pm

The recent reconstruction of Washington Square Park revealed…  Well, let’s start with centuries old brick burial vaults!  Joan Geismar who served as the reconstruction’s archaeological consultant has many a tale to share about those vaults and a ton more history uncovered in one of our city’s very old places.  Free but reservations required, 212-475-9585 x35 or rsvp@gvshp.org.

Monday, November 7th:  Food Waste in the City – Waste Not, Want Not Forum

Milbank Chapel, Tisch Food Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street – Milbank Chapel, 6-8pm

Here’re a couple of less bandied about food statistics:  #1 – Uneaten food is the single largest component of U.S. municipal solid waste and, #2:  Each year, about 40 percent of all food in the United States goes uneaten.  Horrible, but what to do?  Experts from an array of food-related disciplines have some great and do-able ideas!  Free but reservations required…     

Down the way:

Friday, December 2nd & Saturday, December 3rd:  Native American Art Market

Museum of the American Indian, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House, 1 Bowling Green, 

From pottery to basketry to beading to masks and so much more!  Just in time for Christmas!  Free.  For full details

Architecture-centric miscellany gets the ball rolling this week:

THREE LOUD CHEERS for the NYC Council and its expanding energy regs to mid-sized buildings!

Wow!  Seems that ungentrified NYC areas were considerably less affected by Sandy devastation!

Some new interesting architecture happening round about NYC but not so much on the UES…  (Think the agressively ungreen metal shed that is the MTS…)

In the One-More-Time Department:  The Frick’s engaged yet another architect to devise what’ll hopefully be a contexturally seamless expansion…

Further on the subject:  The storefront for Art & Architecture’s “Letters to the Developer” project, “Please make our city less crappy..”

NYC secret rooms…  (Including one at the Frick!)

And, yes, you’re totally right…  NYC construction and expenditure on it is breaking records

The net widens:

A combined bus and subway map app…  Bring it on?!!

Another great NYC program, this one making it still easier to recycle our superfluous stuff – and don’t we all have it? –  while making sure it goes to those most in need: DonateNYC!  

On our 2017 to-do list:  Attending the Library of Congress’s twice-a-year Open House!

Cast your vote for the most environmentally unfriendly American executive/elected official!

An airline happy to ship elephant heads!  (Should you disapprove…)

Got keep our eyes peeled for Oak Wilt Disease that’s now appeared in a third NYS location

Coming soon:  Solar panels in colors and assorted finishes!

Okay, so now a Round-Up ingredient’s showing up in our food…  (If you disapprove…) 

No end to human weirdness, i.e.:  New research from Hulu says that so many people are so eager to join the conversation about TV shows they fib about having watched them.  According to the study, 46% of 18-49-year olds admitted to lying about watching a show, with the number jumping to 55% for 18-34-year olds. Men are the champion fibbers with 62% in the 18-49 demo admitting to being less than truthful versus 32% of women!!

For the truly entertainment world-addicted, there’s the “I Was There Too” podcast!

Kudos to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for their fun online pumpkin-carving designs!   (For design stencils…)

Ah, animals:

THREE MORE CHEERS!!  Five years of negotiation and the Antarctic Ross Sea’s just been declared a protected marine park!!  The world’s largest by far!! 

YES!  Federal court’s ruled that future effects of global warming are sufficient to earn an animal endangered status in the present!!  (Three cheers for the bearded seal!!)

Of course, we needed “A Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City”!!

Seven other animals that purr

Singing mice

Nine creepy cat movies (complete with great clip of cat-watching-creepy-cat-horror-movie)!! 

The latest Hawk Mountain migration update

Halloween for Hudson River Almanac, too:

10/10 – Ulster County, HRM 72: Twice I spotted what looked like an albino turkey vulture flying around with other vultures and wondered what it was until they all landed and I could see it in the company of the other birds. It was an albino vulture. Later it left with the flock and headed toward Tillson Lake. I have many vultures here in what Heinz Meng once described as an “established roost that may be decades old.” –  Carol O’Byrne

albino black vulture

[In my opinion the photos of the bird appear to show an albino black vulture based on the rather short tail and its association with a number of other black vultures. Albinism is rare in raptorial birds but – given that caveat – is more likely in turkey vultures and red-tailed hawks than any other North American raptor. It is very rare in black vultures –  Scott Crocoll.]

Our H’ween will be orange, black and green,

UGS

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Happy Final Phase of the South Village Historic District, UESiders!!

Gigantic congrats to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and its relentless leader, Andrew Berman.

Don’t we all know how much it takes to bring pause to the great wheel of real estate development!

If ever there was a candidate for a MacArthur Genius Award.

How wonderful for our city and its much stressed historic fabric!  

We say let’s have more feel-goodness this week:

October 21st:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Starmaster John Pazmino’s examines the motion and position of planets…  In our own solar system and beyond!!  Free.

Saturday, October 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 Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Gajeski, Green Pastures and Sikking Farms!

And, lucky us, there’s our Master Knife Sharpener!!  (Look for her around 11!)

Get some of those Green Pastures’ mushrooms on your Rising Sun steak!!

Spaghetti squash, people!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  78 lbs. batteries; 12 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 4 pairs of eye glasses; 10 compost bins; 36 bags of clothes.

Back in the 10 bin groove, people!!

Saturday, October 22nd:  Drug Take Back at Precinct 19!!

153 East 67th Street, 10am-2pm

Bring on those little, orange, dust-covered bottles of prescriptions untaken and long, long out-of-date and hand them over to the DEA for disposal!  Been an eon since we’ve had this opportunity to clear out medicine cabinets safely and uber greenly.   Free!!  (For other NYPD Precincts participating…)

Saturday, October 22nd & Sunday, October 23rd:  Giant Pumpkin Weekend at the Botanical Garden

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx

Monstrous pumpkins – as in weighing an actual ton – from all around the U.S!  Just look…  Take a ton of pix of the kids or selfies…  Meet the growers and learn how they do it…  Halloween perfection!!  Arranged in collaboration with the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth.  Adults, $22.  Seniors and students, $18.  Children 2-12, $8.  Kids under 2, free.  For  more and tickets…  (And check out “Scarecrow Nights” for the 10 and older crowd!)

Sunday, October 23rd:  92nd Street Greenmarket

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Street, 9am-4pm

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

At their tables will be American Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Ole Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Norwich Meadows and Stannart Farms!

Beautiful apples…  Beautiful squashes of every kind…  Sweet potatoes…  Beets…  Getting that Thanksgiving feeling!!   

Last week’s recycling totals:  26 lbs. batteries; 4 lbs.cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 5 compost bins  

Sunday, October 23rd:  It’s My Park Day 96th Street Style

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

Think 9/11 daffodils, blue Tulip Vincent Van Gogh, white-and-red-striped Tulip Expression, blue and white grape hyacinth/muscari…  Could be you planting them East Riverside and admiring your own handiwork when they burst into bloom next spring!  Tools, treats, great company and gorgeous river views all part of the package!!   Be there, folks!!

Sunday, October 23rd:  Celebrate Pier 90 – 10/23 Edition

90th Street & the East River Esplanade, 1-4pm

This week’s amazing, riverside treat:  The amazing music of John Putnam & Used Blues!!   Music, the view,  free refreshments and more!  We UESiders are making Pier 90 ours and our gift to all New Yorkers!

Sunday, October 23rd:  It’s My Park Day Bulbapalooza

The Green Park Garden, East River Esplanade at 62nd Street, 2:30-5pm

The Green Park Gardeners will be putting in bulbs down at 62nd Street, too, among their fantastic display of native plants in the Esplanade’s most beautiful garden…  One and all welcome to get down, dirty and learn from the best!! (Green Park Gardeners are master composters, too!!)  To RSVP: greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 26th:  Homage to Leos Janacek at the Czech Center

Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, 7pm

Czech opera sensations Adam Plachetka, Kateřina Kněžíková, and Petr Nekoranec perform selected works from Janáček masterpieces in the Bohemian Hall’s gorgeous ballroom!   Organized by the Czech Center New York in collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera and presented under the auspices of the Consulate General of the Czech Republic New York.  FREE!   For more…  And reserve (free) tickets… 

And then:

Saturday, Octobe 29th:  Brew at the Zoo!

The Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard, 7-11pm

And we sort of quote, “Beer vendors and 100 varieties of beers to sample, numerous food trucks, live music, and an abundance of DJ’s for a unique, 21-and-over evening..”  Plus multitudinous animals!!?  Spring for a VIP ticket and get access to the zoo’s Glow in the Dark Party, plus a VIP area with premium beer and hors d’oeuvres!  And there a costume contest!! Designated driver required.  Wow.  For more and tickets

Sunday, October 30th:  Celebrate Pier 90 – 10/30/Pre-Halloween Edition

90th Street & the East River Esplanade, 1-4pm

You loved them last summer…  You’ll love this fall…  Grupo Gataca and their fabulous Latin music!  A perfect meld with an afternoon by Music, the view,  free refreshments and more!  We UESiders are making Pier 90 ours and our gift to all New Yorkers!

Sunday, October 30th:  East River Vistas:  Architecture and Changing Lifestyles in Yorkville

Meeting place revealed with registration, 2pm

Farms of the 19th Century gave way to tenements and industry…  And now?  Schurz Park, walk-ups and luxury apartments (like the “universe’s biggest white brick highrise”), newcomers and life-long residents, national brand merchants and enduring neighborhood storekeepers and so much more.  Organized by Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District.  Members, $10.  Non-members, $20.  For more and tickets

And then it’s November:

Thursday, November 3rd:  Making Politics Palatable – Food and Partisanship in the Early Republic 

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

Explore how food from Federal Cakes to Jackson Jumbles contributed to early American Political and women’s history!!  Attendees get to sample the political edibles, too!  Co-organized with the Culinary Historians of New York.  embers, $25.  Senior Members, $22.  Non-members, $40.  Students, $10. For more and  reservations (required), 212-838-6878.  

Miscellany…  First and foremost:

NYC Parks line-up of great Halloween events

Getting serious:

Didn’t we think the issue of NYC buildings ending use of dirty heating oil was a done deal?  Turns out NO!  The City Council’s passed the bill moving us on the cleaner bio diesel, but the mayor’s yet to sign it.  Should you like to encourage him

Double the number of NYC street vendors…?!!!!

The left turn on 79th and York is no more

In the Why Are We Not Surpised File:  Internal documents reveal that both Syngento and Bayer are and have fully aware that their products kill bees!

California’s about the shut down its last functioning nuclear plant!  (Scroll over to page 5!)

And in the Well Away From the MTS Department, next fall’s opening at 7 East 96th of the Wetherby-Pembridge School, alma mater of Princes William and Harry… 

The UES gets its first co-working space

Hey, why shouldn’t it be mandatory that school lunch chicken be antibiotic free?!  (If you’re of the same mind…)

Yikes!!  Here’s a real life mystery…NYS/DEC Forest Rangers have now asked the public’s help in locating a hunter last seen in Hunter County and missing since November 2015!

Energy’s rising to ban seaweed extract carrageenan from organic-labeled food…  

Brighter:

A vodka pizza?!  A little neck clam pizza?!  Just 2 of 8 great new NYC pies!!

Yearning to organize a family nature club??  There’s funding available

Rent Londoners pay to royals that we’d all love to pay…  (805 years of it!) 

There’s a new accessible canoe and kayak launch site on Staten Island!  (Constructed with oil spill money!)

Then there’s camping at Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field!

Let there be animals:

Newsflash from our National Parks:  Parks’ etiquette!!

Wolverines could use our help

As could essential-link-in-the-ocean-foodchain, the menhaden…  (We gave ’em a boost last year!) 

possible Tasmanian Devil milk-based superbug killer…?! 

Yes, test your pollinator prowess

Daniel, the emotional support duck, takes flight…  In a plane!

A surfing pig…  (Complete with action footage!)

Of course, porcupines express their gratitude

Think the purple martin should be renamed the People Martin…?

Let’s dream in green, 

UGS

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Happy 100th Anniversary of the Planting of the First Central Park Tree and 224th Anniversary of the Laying of the White House Cornerstone, UESiders!

Don’t think they know what kind of tree that very first one was, but there’s some 19,999 more turning to multi-colored  glory in the present in the park!  (For your Central Park Fall Foliage Map…)

Meanwhile, wouldn’t be till 1800 that John Adams became the first president to take up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

A pretty slow build…  But then we in NYC are acquainted with construction projects that take a very long, long time, aren’t we?

Still on the anniversary beat:  There’s Lowline Lab’s first anniversary celebration…  Not to be missed!  (Scroll down.)

Just one bip in one truly active week:

Saturday, October 15th:   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 Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Gajeski, Green Pastures and Sikking Farms!

Sikking has some of the most gorgeous and unusual flowers… 

Gayeski’s spinach…!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  66 lbs. batteries; 17 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 4 pairs of eye glasses; 9 compost bins; 33 bags of clothes.Saturday, October 15th & Sunday, October 16th:  Open House New York

The Length and Breadth of the City

How many times have we all yearned to know just what exactly exists behind a particularly imposing NYC door?  How things look from Grand Central’s glass catwalk?  What an Apthorp apartment is like? Those places and at least 275 moreares all ours to experience…  Many open access, some requiring reservations, the majority free!  Great just scrolling down the list of “open houses”!! For complete details… 

Sunday, October 16th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Street, 9am-4pm

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

At their tables will be American Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Ole Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Norwich Meadows and Stannart Farms!

Most annoying but no surprise that Mother Hubbert’s chocolate milk sold out before our arrival last week!!    

Last week’s recycling totals:  51 lbs. batteries; 15 lbs.cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair of eye glasses; TBA compost bins.  

(Awaiting the bin total from Compost Maestro Doby!)

Sunday, October 16th:  The Carl Schurz Park 2016 Halloween Howl & Healthy Hound Fair 

Schurz Park , Costume Contest Registration, 11am-1pm; Costume Contest, 1-3pm; Healthy Hound Fair and Silent Auction, 12-3pm

What would the Halloween season be without the Howl during which 200-plus costumed canines will be strutting their stuff before a fashion industry coven of judges!  Prize categories:  Small dog, large dog, kids and dogs and group costume (minimum of 3 dogs/people combined)!  Of course, all proceeds benefit maintenance of the park’s 2 dogs runs!  

Saturday & Sunday, October 16th & 17th:  Lowline Lab’s 1 Year Anniversary

144 Essex Street, 11am-5pm

And how will they be celebrating?  By joining forces with North Face and Brooklyn Boulders to install a 40-foot climbing wall down under in the lab!  There’ll be free coffee from La Colombe and more!  All free.  First come, first get to tour the amazing lab and climb!  Free.  For more

Thursday, October 20th:  Power Greens Lecture

Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue between 39th & 40th Streets, 6:30-8:30pm

Award-winning cookbook author and UESide resident Dana Jacobi holds forth on the 15 leafy greens – from arugula to kale to watercress – detailed in her latest tome entitled – what else? – “The Power Greens Cookbook”!  Free.

Only a week away now:

Sunday, October 23rd:  It’s My Park Day 96th Street Style

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

Think beautiful blue Tulip Vincent Van Gogh, white-and-red-striped Tulip Expression, blue and white grape hyacinth/muscari…  Could be you planting them East Riverside and admiring your own handiwork when they burst into bloom next spring!  Tools, abundant refreshments, great company and gorgeous river views all part of the package!!   Be there, folks!!

Sunday, October 23rd:  It’s My Park Day Bulbapalooza

The Green Park Garden, East River Esplanade at 62nd Street, 2:30-5pm

The Green Park Gardeners will be putting in bulbs down at 62nd Street, too, among their fantastic display of native plants in the Esplanade’s most beautiful garden…  One and all welcome to get down and dirty in the best possible way!! (Green Park Gardeners are master composters, too!!)  To RSVP: greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com

On the Halloween vamp: 

Saturday, October 29th:  “Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at the Met

Grace Rainey Pavilion, Metropollitan Museum, 11am & 1pm

And we quote, “Have a little faith—just like Linus! Bring the family and get in the Halloween spirit at The Met as we present this Peanuts classic. See the whole film with live music by New York’s own Rob Schwimmer ensemble. Come in costume because if you miss the parade following the screening…good grief!”  $40.  For tickets

Then things get pleasingly scary:

Monday, October 31st:  Halloween at the Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 77th Street, 4-7pm

Thirty-plus museum halls open for trick-or-treating,…  Arts and crafts…  Roaming cartoon characters…  Live music and more…  A Halloween to remember!!   (Do wear your costume!)  Members, $12.  Non-members, $14. For tickets and more

Ever so miscellaneous this time out:

Think scientists’ time would be better spent working on new antibiotics than apples that don’t brown after being sliced… 

NY Presbyterian – working with the NYFD – now has an ambulance that treats stroke victims on the spot!

Wild Wonders of the U.S. quiz

How the meditate (on the subway (even at rush hour according to The Times)

Your apartment heating rights

host of astronomy events in our parks

Pumpkin chucking season is upon us!

Cooking immortal James Beard on the sandwich

Bring on the animals:

Likely that the Florida fresh-water mussel (AKA the Suwannee moccasinshell) will soon be placed on the endangered list…  Same for the Black Warrior waterdog

In the meantime, you can help protect America’s frogs (as they have in Europe)…  And the rusty patched bumblebee!

The just-deceased Thai king once designated his pet poodle FouFou an air marshall!

Best native plants to bring birds to the UES… 

Hard as it is to believe that there is such a thing, NYS Furbearer Trapping & Hunting Season begins October 25th…  Muzzleloader Season for Bear & Deer commences on the 15th…  (Muzzleloader?!!)

Yup, chickens suffer from depression...  Cure:  A baby turkey!

kitten survivor of Hurricane Matthew… 

dog reunited with his Syrian family

Twin baby koalas…OMG!!

blonde woodpecker…

blonde crested woodpecker

blonde crested woodpecker

We close with wisdom and news from the Hudson River Almanac: 

What’s a kettle of birds? Almanac editor Tom Lake defines it as:  “Kettle” is a birding term that describes an aggregation of birds, usually raptors or vultures, often circling overhead in warm, rising thermals. The circular upward movement of the group appears like a cauldron of birds being “stirred” by the wind, thus a kettle. While kettles can occur almost any time of the year, they are particularly common during fall migration.

9/24 – Manhattan: Chris Anderson, former staff member of The River Project, came back today to dive in the river at Pier 26 as a part of the Hudson River Park’s SUBMERGE festival. While diving, he hand-caught a large lined seahorse, 130 mm.   [SUBMERGE is a free New York City marine science festival produced by the Hudson River Park Trust to promote better understanding our coastal waters.] – Jacqueline Wu

the lined seahorse

lined seahorse

9/26 – Upper Bay, New York Harbor: There have been (unsubstantiated) angler reports of little tunny (Euthynnus alletteratus) inside the Narrows of the Upper Bay of New York Harbor. While “false albacore” are not on our watershed fish list, it would not be surprising if they made an occasional visit. In Chesapeake Bay they are known to occasionally venture inland into brackish water. – Peter Park

little tunny

little tunny

[The little tunny is the most common tuna in the Atlantic Ocean. It is found in warm temperate and tropical waters of the western Atlantic ranging from Brazil to the New England. Occurring in large schools and weighing up to 36 pounds, it is one of the smaller members of the tuna family. Tom Lake.]

9/29 – Manhattan, HRM 2: While going through our horseshoe crab tank inside our River Project Wet Lab at Pier 40, we found a skilletfish (40 mm), an Atlantic silverside, and a juvenile winter flounder. All three fish were unexpected “bonus” fish that had snuck in from the river via our flow-through system. – Jacqueline Wu

It’s a green river of fish on our western flank,

UGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Signed Paris Climate Treaty and Columbus Day, UESiders!

A possible brake on the climate change slide, a 3-day weekend AND shredding??!!  Does it get any better in our good green world??!!

And then there’s the rest of week ahead: 

Friday, October 7th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Starmaster John Pazmino’s explains one of the most mysterious phenomena in the world of astrodynamics:  The insertion of a leap-second to the global clock at the end of this – a leap – year!  Free and utterly down to earth!

Friday, October, 7th:  Plating the Past – Tasting the 19th Century

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

And just what exactly were America’s premier dining taste treats of the 18oo’s?  Not only do attendees get to taste but nibble from pieces of lovely period china!  Then take in the Museum’s new exhibit, “A Taste for the Fantastic: Setting the Table in 1820s New York”!!  Members, $55.  Non-members, $65.  Advance ticket purchase required: 212-838-6878.  (The Museum’s a Open House New York participant!)

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

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Gajeski, Green Pastures and Sikking Farms!

As more and more fall more fruit and vegs mound on our farmers’ tables… 

Everyone’s tomatoes are still tasty…

And we’re loving Cherry Lane’s okra and tiny eggplants… 

Not to mention Valley Shepherd’s brie…  

Last week’s recycling totals:  73 lbs. batteries; 24 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 pairs of eye glasses; 8 compost bins; 34 bags of clothes.

Sunday, October 9th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

First Avenue between 92nd & 93rd Street, 9am-4pm

Compost Collection, 9am–1pm 

At their tables will be American Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Ole Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Norwich Meadows and Stannart Farms!

Amazing how beautiful and delicious every farm’s herbs are this fall!!    

Last week’s recycling totals:  43 lbs. batteries; 12 lbs.cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 pairs of eye glasses; 5 compost bins.  

Yes, 5 whole, incredible bins!!

Monday, October 10th:  Shredding at Precinct 19

At the Precinct, 153 East 67th Street, 4-6pm

Hurrah!  Week day evening shredding!   Bring all the sensitive docs you can carry!  Then register all your electronic devices and bicycles with the NYPD’s Operation ID Program!   And it’s all totally free!!    

And then:

Saturday, October 15th & Sunday, October 16th:  Open House New York

The Length and Breadth of the City

How many times have we all yearned to know just what exactly exists behind a particularly imposing NYC door?  How thing look from Grand Central’s glass catwalk?  What an Apthorp apartment is like? Well, here’s our chance to gain more than just a peak at 275-plus of our city’s most special places, many of them open access, some requiring reservations, the majority free!  Great just scrolling down the list of “open houses”!!  For complete details… 

Sunday, October 16th:  The Carl Schurz Park 2016 Halloween Howl & Healthy Hound Fair 

Schurz Park , Costume Contest Registration, 11am-1pm; Costume Contest, 1-3pm; Healthy Hound Fair and Silent Auction, 12-3pm

What would the Halloween season be without the Howl during which 200-plus costumed canines will be strutting their stuff before a fashion industry coven of judges!  Prize categories:  Small dog, large dog, kids and dogs and group costume (minimum of 3 dogs/people combined)!  Of course, all proceeds benefit maintenance of the park’s 2 dogs runs!  

Get ready:

Sunday, October 23rd:  It’s My Park Day 96th Street Style

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

Think the 96th Street planter’s been gorgeous in years past?  We’ve got the most beautiful bulbs ever to for 2016 planting!!  Come and lend a hand…  Tools, abundant refreshments, great company and gorgeous river views all part of the package!!   Be there, folks!!

Sunday, October 23rd:  It’s My Park Day Bulbapalooza

The Green Park Garden, East River Esplanade at 62nd Street, 2:30-5pm

The Green Park Gardeners will be putting in bulbs down at 62nd Street, too, among their fantastic display of native plants…  One and all welcome to get down and dirty in the best possible way!!  To RSVP: greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com

Friday, October 28th:  Teens Take the Met Night

The Met Fifth, The Met Breuer, The Met Cloisters, 5-8pm

Yup, folks 13 to 18-years old will be taking possession of the 3 Mets with a host of gallery activities (including music, snacks, dancing and making art!) and every bit of it’ll be FREE!  For complete details

Vamping to Halloween: 

Sunday, October 30th:  In Search of  the Tenderloin and Tin Pan Alley Walking Tour 

Meeting place revealed after registration, 11am-1pm

From the 1870s to circa 1910, the Tenderloin – 23rd Street west of Fifth – was Manhattan’s most famous
red-light district, home to vice, palmy hotels, high-stakes gambling parlors, brothels, saloons, dance halls and Tin Pan Alley, legendary birthplace of the American music business.  Learn all about ’em with author/music and local historian David Freeland!  Organized by Save Chelsea.  $20.  For more and to sign up… 

Wednesday, November 2nd:  Public Summit for the Future of Penn Station

The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, 7-9:30pm

A panel of the City’s leading urban visionaries, architects and planners discuss recently proposed plans for the station’s redesign with following Q&A.  Organized by the Museum of the City of New York and Untapped Cities.  Museum, MAS, Design Trust for Public Space, AIA, Regional Plan Association Members, Students & Seniors with valid IDs, $5.   Non-members, $10.  For tickets…  (Be sure to read this Times opinion piece and the Joint MAS-RPA Statement!)

Sunday, November 6th:  Municipal Art Society Beekman & Sutton Place Tour

Meeting place revealed with ticket purchase, 2pm

An intriguing tour description…  With the mysterious goings-on to be revealed having happened right in our own backyard!   MAS member, $20.  Non-members, $30.  For more and tickets… 

Miscellany good:

No details yet even on the Times’ site but seems aircraft manufacturers have signed on to reduce CO2 emissions!!

Suffolk County’s passed a plastic bag ban, to take effect in 2018!!

And regrettable:  

Suppose it was only a matter of time till the nitrate (as in fertilizer) content of our drinking water would be on the rise… 

How much meaningful environmental legislation passed by the NYS Assembly awaits NYS Senate action…?  Scroll down and count

Even so:

Solar’s an ever more substantial NYC power source

possible wave of the future?  Superblocks like those in Barcelona?

Veteran’s Day’s just been designated as NYS’s newest free fishing day! The requirement for a license and enrolling in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry will be waived for November 11, 2016!

Release your inner wreath-making artist and maybe/possibly have your expert handiwork on display at The Arsenal!! 

Never too much advice on how to make (especially our city) gardens more bird and butterfly friendly!

And as we approach our UES’s It’s My Park Day, here’s NYC’s official Greenest Street!

Yes!  We love Milkweed and want all of it we can get growing in NYC!!

We can smell through our skin??!

If you’re ever called upon to debate the privatizing of water

Leaving the reservation for a sec:

Okay, so we all know what a droll individual our Master Knife Sharpener is…  Case in point, this vintage video she forwarded earlier this week… 

Time for critters:

Much as we totally support wind power, see what you think about the positioning of a giant turbine in bird/bat sensitive area

The first baby orangutan born at our National Zoo in 25 years!

We say this hermit crab looks mighty fine for a 40-year old! 

This week’s Bird Migration Update

Beyond cute and tear-provoking, this orphaned kitten with a heart condition and some good human friends

In evergreenness,

UGS

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