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
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
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…
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:
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!
Kind of weird, but herewith the lowdown on turkey tails, why we don’t eat them and who does…
That while a NYC teenager pursues fishes for nightmarish snakeheads!
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
[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,