Happy Vernal Equinox, UESiders!!
A first for us that local news stations engaged in a New Year-like coundown to the 5:58pm moment when the – so to speak – spring ball dropped!!
But, hey, it’s been a winter of weather craziness and why not at least dream of relief and consistency and spring as we once knew it…
Meanwhile, how about all those little green leaf tips beginning to poke through soil in gardens and tree beds up and down the UES??!!
As thought turns to making our streets and avenues green:
Saturday, March 23rd: 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, Samascott, Ole Mother Hubbert, SunFed Beef, Ballard Honey, Hawthorne Valley (with Consider Bardwell items), Gayeski and Nolasco Farms!!
Let’s hear from Market Manager G: “Another beautiful spring day at 82nd Street. Spring has truly sprung with beautiful plants from Gajeski, all the baby greens and of course your favorite ingredients for soup. Yes, it may officially be spring, but this back-and-forth weather still calls for some hearty and warming soups. Don’t worry, you can add all your favorite spring greens!”
Last Week’s Recycling Totals – 71 lbs batteries; 18 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 9 pairs eye glasses; 12 compost bins; 42 bags of clothes; 8,524 lbs. of paper
Bask in your ecological glory, you Shredees!!
Tuesday, March 26th: How Do Birds Learn Birdsong Lecture
Reidy Hall, Unitarian Church of All Souls, 115 Lexington Avenue, 7pm
How and when does a Zebra Finch learn to sing, and what effects does hearing a song have on its brain? How does sleep affect song learning? How does the learning of birdsong compare to the learning of speech in human infants? Good thing Dr. Ofer Tchernichovski of Hunter’s Laboratory of Vocal Learning has the answers!! Organized by NYAudubon and made possible by Claude and Lucienne Bloch. Free.
Tuesday, March 26th & Thursday, March 28th: Echoes of Ji.hlava Documentary Film Festival
The Cinema, The Czech Center, 321 East 73rd Street, 7pm
Screening a pair of great selections from the renowned Ji.hlava Festival: Best 2017 Czech Documentary “The Limits of Work” on the 26th and Best 2018 Central & Eastern European Documentary “Time Box” on the 28th!! (FYI: Eastern Europeans have been making great films since Day 1!!) Free. For film summaries and to RSVP...
Wednesday, March 27th: Invaluable Training – Muralist Mildred Meiere Prepares for World War I
Webster Library, 1465 York Avenue, 6pm
Celebration of Women’s Month continues with new light shed on the extraordinary life and times of artist Midlred Meiere who, putting her career on hold, enlisted and served in the our World War I Navy, providing vital mechanical drawings and maps… A story told by her daughter, Louise Meière Dunn. Presented by the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright and the Webster Library. Free but your rsvp required or 212-288-4067.
Saturday, March 30th to Sunday, April 7th: Participatory Budget Vote
Locations Around Districts 4 & 5 and Online (commencing on March 30th)!!
Really worthy community projects to choose from and all’s that needed is YOUR TOTALLY IMPORTANT VOTE!! Couldn’t be easier, folks!! Just be a resident of either CM Kallos’ or Powers’ Districts, be 11 years old or in at least 6th grade!! Let’s spend the CMs $1M really well!!
On to an even busier April:
Tuesday, April 9th: Presentation of the NY & NJ Harbors & Tributaries Study by the Army Corps of Engineers
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, 5-7pm
A study that matters to UESiders for at least 2 huge reasons: 1) Management/ mitigation of the increasingly severe storms affecting the waters surrounding our city and 2) the shocking proposal to run yet another fracked gas pipeline – the Williams Pipeline – and through the NYC harbor!! One of 7 meetings in the area studied. For the report… A summary of that report… And where to forward your comments…
Wednesday, April 10th: Mappy Hour Skills Series – Map Reading
718 Cyclery, 254 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, 7-9pm
Get familiar and comfortable reading a variety of types of maps, as well as knowing how to use your newly acquired knowledge for navigation in the woods or on whatever terra you might find yourself!! Sponsored by Mighty Hachet. $25. For more and to register (a must)…
Saturday, April 13th: Schurz Park Easter Egg Hunt!!
East End Avenue at 86th Street, 11am–1pm
Hunt for eggs!! Get a glitter cheek or hand stamp!! Get up close and personal with the Carl Schurz Easter Bunny!! Free!! (Parent Alert: Continuous waves of egg hunts commence at 11 and continue every 20 minutes until 1!)
MONDAY, APRIL 22nd: EARTH DAY!!
Monday, April 22nd: Earth Day Mystery Green Tour
Around Manhattan, Several tours at various times
Sites this year might include a river education lab right on the Hudson River, a zero-waste office, a state-of-the-art NYC Department of Sanitation facility and/or a rooftop farm!! A partnership between Atlas Obscura and The Earth Day Initiative. $28. For more and tickets…
Thursday & Friday, April 25th & 26th: Older Adult Employment Strategies, Support and Job Fair
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street, Thursday – 9:45am-1pm, Friday – 10am-1pm
Calling all older adults!! Interested in some gainful employment? Then tap into this dual session event organized by our Senator Krueger!! Thursday’s session covers job search strategies and support… Friday’s job coaching, resume development, a LinkedIn workshop, a photo shoot AND 20 employers seeking to hire older individuals!! The only three caveats here: Participants must be Senator Krueger constituents, must bring their present resume and must sign up or 212-490-9535. Co-sponsored by New York Public Library Science, Industry and Business Library.
Friday, April 26th: Schurz Park Electronics Recycling Event
Carl Schurz Park, East End Avenue & 86th Street, 10am-4pm
So you’ve been postponing that trip over to Best Buy with a taxi full of aged electronics… Lucky you, you’ll soon be able to shed it all-but on your front doorstep!! Organized by Lower East Side Ecology Center. Free. For what’s accepted…
Saturday, April 27th: The New World of the Number 7 Train Tour
Meeting place provided with reservation, 10am-5:30pm
Veteran tour meister Jac EIchenbaum leads a series of 6 walks – each an gem – commencing with the the transportation corridor forged by the Number 7 from its first days serving the city in 1914!! $49. For more and to RSVP…
Saturday, May 4th: Keys to the City – The Ultimate Scavenger Hunt
All Around Town, 10am-4pm
And we quote, “50 clues, 2 boroughs, 1 winner. The Museum of the City of New York presents the ultimate New York City scavenger hunt”!! Yup, it’s raising funds for the MCNY while having a great time!! $50. For details and to sign up…
Monday, May 6th: 6th Annual Esplanade Friends Spring Benefit
The Bentley Hotel, 500 East 62nd Street at York Avenue, 6:30-8:30pm
Set foot on our East River Esplanade of late? Bet you’ve been amazed at steady transformation… The lovely landscaping along the Rockefeller U… The GreenParkGardeners’ amazing natural pollinator-friendly garden… The sea of flowering bulbs and summer flora in the 96th Street Planter… The on-going work by Hospital for Special Surgery and Sloan-Kettering in the Seventies… So much accomplished!! So much to be done!! And we all can be a part of magnificent UES waterfront soon-to-be!! Tickets from $150. For the total lowdown…
Monday, May 13th: The Hunter College Choir Presents Mozart’s Requiem
Hunter College Assembly Hall, North Building, 695 Park Avenue (entry on 6 between Park and Lexington Avenues, 7:30pm
If you’d like to weigh in as our state representatives engage in yet more debate on a plastic bag ban… (Hey, folks, if impoverished African nations can do it!)
And if you’d like NYS forests – home to our threatened bird population – protected, too...
And if you oppose delisting wolves as an endangered species, you could leave Governor Cuomo a message to that effect (518-474-8390, then press 1)…
Then there’s the incinerator proposed for the Finger Lakes region… Be good for the governor to hear you thoughts on that, too!!
Last but hardly least:
Pure miscellany now:
For those of us considering an Introduction to Bushcraft course…
Another challenging week for NYS Conservation Officers (Giant turtles!! Crocodilian pelts!!)…
Nine cities that’ll pay you to live there… (6 in America…)
Commencing with news of a raccoon on the A Train tracks today…
Predictions of spring fog equal warnings to drivers about migrating amphibians...
And those amphibians are migrating because…
We’ve noted kitty-related events in the Russian city of Zelenogradsk before… Now they’ve changed their pedestrian traffic signals– Well, just check ’em out!! (Scroll down for a postscript to a great dog story of a week or so ago!!)
Disease-fighting African prawns (AKA shrimp!)…
Lucky California with both Monarchs and Painted Ladies… (Thanks for the tip, reader Kathlene Treat!!)
ALERT!! The American Woodcock, one of the earliest birds migrating through NYC each spring, is especially prone to colliding with windows!! Be on the lookout for injured woodcocks on the UES, report them to NYC Audubon at 212-691-7483 and take that poor bird for treatment at Wild Bird Fund, 565 Columbus Avenue at 87th Street!!
Not forgetting the Hudson River Almanac:
3/8 – Hudson River Estuary: The New Jersey Hudson River Fishermen’s Association announced their 2018 Hudson River catch-and-release fishing contest winners. Among fishes caught in the Hudson River, frequent Hudson River Almanac contributor and master angler, Bill Greene, placed first in the common carp category with a 25 pound, 9 ounce fish caught at Long Dock Park in Beacon last March 31. Bill also won the channel catfish category with a 7 pound, 15 ounce catfish caught October 19, also at Long Dock Park in Beacon. – Tom Lake
Or The Fish of the Week:
3/10 – Hudson River Watershed: This week’s fish is the hogchoker (Trinectes maculatus), species number 222 (of 228) on our watershed list of fishes. (If you would like a copy of our list, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
[Hogchokers are flatfish, delightful little soles (Soleidae) ranging in size from a penny to the palm of your hand. Their coloring is mottled light and dark “squiggly” patterns of perfect camouflage, and like fingerprints and snowflakes, it would seem that no two are exactly alike. If you stroke these little flatfish from head-to-tail, they are incredibly smooth. However, if you run your finger from tail to head, it will feel like the fine teeth on a saw. Wise predators have learned to swallow them head first, to avoid “choking.”
We once offered a thesis: “… that the bottom of the river was carpeted with hogchokers.” This came from an observation Christopher Letts and I made in the 1980s after we completed an otter trawl in Haverstraw Bay. We could barely lift the net’s bag out of the water, at which point we asked the question, “How many hogchokers could fit in a five-gallon bucket?” (The five-gallon bucket has long been a standard unit of measure for rivermen.) The answer was 957 hogchokers. (Note: No hogchokers were hurt during this investigation.) – Tom Lake
Feeling a green spring coming,