Happy National Green Juice and Peanut Brittle Day, UESiders!

But most of all a Happy (Chinese) New Year of the Rooster!!

Let’s start the 2017 round of newsletters with a particularly beautiful NYC initiative:  The Breast Milk Bank… Especially beneficial for pre-term babies…  Spread the word!

Add some great NYC-area news:  Off-shore wind power’s coming to Long Island!  

Then mix with some Upper East Side positivity:  Another stumbling block for the proposed and vehemently opposed 850-foot 58th Street skyscraper

Breathe deeply.

On to the fine week ahead:

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

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

On hand will be our full winter-season crew:  American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Comfort Bardwell Cheese, Alewife, Nolasco, Ole Mother Hubbert, Hawthorne Valley, Samascott and Gajeski Farms!

Do check out Gajeski’s tiny, delicious pea shoots and Valley Duck’s amazing duck breast!!

Recycling totals 1/7, 1/14 & 1/21/17 – 52, 74 & 46 lbs. batteries; 10, 11 & 28 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  1/14 –   2 pairs eye glasses;  1/7, 1/14 & 1/21 – 10, 11 & 9 compost bins; 1/7, 1/14 & 1/21 – 25, 31 & 27 bags of clothes.

One great way to kick off  ’17:  A NEW RECORD – 11 COMPOST BINS!!  

Saturday, January 29th:  Central Park Winter Jam

Bandshell Area (enter at 72nd Street), 11am-3pm

Arctic golf…  Ice bowling…  A sleeping bag stuffing competition… Frost-friendly music… A dozen more fun/quirky winter events for all ages…  There’s even a warming tent!!  Totally free, people!   For full details

Sunday, January 29th:  Real/Fake Science – An Inter-Active Experiment Salon

63 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn, 7:30-10:00pm

Six maybe/maybe-not  scientists test attendees’ ability to discern real scientific fact from baloney!!  Got to be so fun!!  $30.  For more and tickets

Sunday, February 4th:  18th Annual Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

At Grand & Forsythe Streets in Sara Delano Roosevelt Park, 12pm-4:30pm

Steep yourselves in the fun, food and all-around culture in Manhattan’s our own, great  Chinatown!!   Free for one and all!!  For the total rundown… 

On the horizon:

Sunday, February 12th:  Second Avenue Winter DayLife 

LowLine Lab, 140 Esssex Street between Rivington & Stanton Streets, 11am-4pm

Pickle dogs?  Pizza balls?  Portobello subs?  All that and more from food meccas of the great Essex Street Market and served up in the miraculous LowLine Lab underground garden!   Free!  For more

Friday, February 24th:  Modern Art Foundry Tour

Steinway Mansion Carriage House, 18-33 41st Street, Astoria, 12:30pm 

Three generations of the Spring Family have cast works as diverse as Central Park’s Alice in Wonderland and this year’s Breeder’s Cup!  They’ll even be pouring molten bronze during the tour!! Organized by Unmapped Cities.  $35.  For more and tickets… 

Plenty of miscellany, bad foot first:

Albeit not yet approved by either the NYC Landmarks or Community Board 8’s Landmarks Committee, somehow second-rate crafts store Michael’s is angling to be next tenant in the drop-dead beautiful Gustavino-tiled space under the 59th Street Bridge (site of the erstwhile Food Emporium and in lieu of the neighbor’s deeply felt wish for a Trader Joe’s).  The chain might even be permitted to install visible ductwork and otherwise tinker with the irreplaceable tile because… You guessed it…  While the bridge itself is landmarked, the interior space is not!!   Stay tuned…

Have to say we were surprised that the condition of our UES streets rank among the city’s worst

No surprise, there’s going to be concerted pressure to do lots of drilling on public lands…  With World Heritage Site Chaco Canyon – even pre-Trump – in the cross hairs.  (Should you object…)  

Could there possibly be an excuse for lead paint still posing a threat to the health/development of American children in 2017…??!!  (If you think this problem should be addressed…)

Of course, we’re not alone in our garbage dump misery…  A sorry state shared with a North Brooklyn neighborhood

And now there’s a Frankenstein GMO grass 

50/50:

A pair of Staten Islanders were caught falsifying docs that gasoline-contaminated soil had been fully remediated…   When it wasn’t…  And still isn’t.

Sun shining now:

Huge tip of the hat to Florida for its November defeat of a ballot initiative seeking to make it harder and more expensive to switch to rooftop solar power! 

Same to this Harlem tenement restoration/conversion to modern affordable housing…  Complete with architectural detail!  (Hello, NYCHA!!)

Ditto for the Central Park Conservancy for joining forces with Best Buddies International and adding New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities to its staff !!

And good on Walmart for ramping up its “How2Recycle” label…  

And great there’s increasing use of geo-location to confirm that electronics recycling firms deserve their eSteward designations

Excellent history of the hundred-year Second Avenue Subway saga…  

What’s Ron Gonen (the brilliant young guy who brought total plastic recycling and compost collection to NYC) been up to since he departed Sanitation?

No kidding, NYState isn’t in the streamline mode when it comes to its infrastructure projects

Still in the transport mode, herewith 5 possible routes for one-seat public transport to JFK

History and movement in another form…  As in centuries of amazing NYC records – stuff it’s hard to believe still exists – headed to new homes here and in Albany for restoration, digitization and continuing care

The Lower East Side Ecology Center has two positions open:  Project Manager and Organics Recovery Coordinator!

Ten ways to be greener when we fly

The science of holiday scent(including potato latkes)...

Neglected  but still standing (unlike our Penn Station!) and with prospects, check out Buffalo’s once-upon-a-time train station…  (In the Americans-Need-Their-Heads-Examined Department:  Rather than rehab this deco jewel, another station was built…?)  

Micro breweries are SO 2016…  Especially now that NYC has its first and very own meadery!

The science of snowflakes

Ten of the quietest places on our earth

The best gear for our outdoor adventures

NYState summer camps for 11 to 17-year olds

That stalwart NYC street tree, the London Plane

So what’s the big deal about the cinchona tree?  (Hint:  Where malaria and gin and tonic cross paths!)

Yet another installment in the Hidden NYC Story

Not so hidden?  That 2 shots in “The Seven-Year Itch” were filmed outside 164 East 61st Street!

NYC’s first restaurant

Stepping off the reservation:

Best decor colors for your astrological sign

Up at Mount Sinai, they’re making 3D copies of New Yorkers skulls!  (All to the good!!)

Humphrey Bogart, chess aficionado…?!  (Woody Harrelson, too!!??)  (Continue scrolling down for NYC’s oldest water tank!) 

Critter time:

No kidding, you don’t have look like an animal to be one

Yes, cats get the flu and they’ve been coming down with bad cases of it here in NYC!!

And, of course, there’s a (sort of) cat encyclopedia

Who knew some blue jays reside year round in NYC…? 

Or that there were rescue (from hoarding!) ducks…?

Really?  Moths vs. bats…!

And from the great Hudson River Almanac:

12/28 – Manhattan:  At a midday low tide, we went to check our fish traps for the last time in 2016 at the River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park.  As has been the case lately, all four crab pots were empty, but our killifish traps yielded isopods, colonial tunicates, a few sand and shore shrimp, a mud crab and one long-clawed hermit crab.  Though sea squirts were still present on many of our traps, we’re beginning to see them fall off as a result of dropping temperatures.  Our most exciting finds of the day were skilletfish and a rock gunnel! – Nina Zain, Melissa Rex  

(Rock gunnels are small (usually less than 300mm long), slender fish of northern waters, often mistaken for eels, but actually related to tropical blennies.  Their scientific name Pholis refers to “one who lurks in a dark place”.  Rock gunnels have an adaptation that allows them to briefly remain in sheltered and wet intertidal habitats above the tide line and breathe atmospheric oxygen.  – Tom Lake)

12/31 – Beacon – Yesterday I found a first-year Iceland gull on the Beacon waterfront.  Late this afternoon, among many other gulls, I spotted two first-year Iceland gulls. – Curt McDermott

(In the 23 years of the Hudson River Almanac, we have recorded 14 species of gulls in the watershed along the tidewater Hudson, the Mohawk River and adjacent uplands:  Bonaparte’s gull, Franklin’s gull, glaucous gull, greater black-back gull, herring gull, Iceland gull, ivory gull, laughing gull, lesser black-backed gull, little gull, greater black-backed gull, herring gull, Iceland gull, ivory gull, laughing gull, lesser black-backed gull, little gull, mew gull, ring-billed gull and slaty-backed gull. – Tom Lake)

WOW! 

1/13 – Manhattan:  We went to check our gear midday at the River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25.  As has been the case recently, we caught no fish in our pots and traps.  However we did catch four grass shrimp, eight sand shrimp, two small mud crabs, isopods and amphipods.  – Jackie Wu, Melissa Rex

(Students are often surprised to hear that there are shrimp in the Hudson River.  Shore shrimp and sand shrimp are small, usually not more than 40 millimeters long, but are real shrimp.  While larger commercial shrimp are rarely found in the estuary, we did catch one in our seine on September 19, 2000 at Englewood, N.J. This was a brown shrimp (Pennaeus aztecus), a true commercial ocean shrimp and identified by state ichthyologist Bob Daniels.  While this one measured only 80 millimeters, they can grow up to 230 millimeters. Tom Lake)  

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The World’s Most Successful Carnivore – The Red Fox

Yours in perpetual greenness,

UGS

 

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Happy Countdown To Christmas, UESiders!!

Yup, we’re going to be brief…

Herewith, the week:

Friday, December 16th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Starmaster John Pasmino discusses the way the moon moves about in our sky as she – the moon, in Mr. Pazmino’s parlance! – orbits the Earth and figures in world culture!  Free and wonderful.

Saturday, December 17th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

At their tables will be our full winter line-up…  American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Comfort Bardwell Cheese, Alewife, Nolasco, Ole Mother Hubbert, Hawthorne Valley, Samascott and Gajeski Farms!

PLUS…   Barring snow falling or drenching rain, 11am-1pm, old friends The Opera Collective will be joining us for caroling as only they can!! 

AND… Even if the weather’s most foul, you can drop off those dull knives of yours – along with your phone number and address – with Market Manager Guramrit!  The Master Knife Sharpener will swoop down as the market closes, take them home for honing and deliver to your residence on Monday!

Last week’s recycling totals:  66 lbs. batteries; 17 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 pairs of eye glasses; 10 compost bins; 31 bags of clothes.

Yet again!!  10 bins!!  

Thursday, December 22 & Wednesday, December 28th:  Park Avenue Armory Holiday Tour

643 Park Avenue & 67th Street, 10am

A beautiful building as its loveliest in festive mode…  Get over there!!  For more and tickets… 

As the New Year begins:

Saturday, January 7th & Sunday, January 8th:  MULCHFEST!!

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

Sure, Sanitation picks up trees curbside, but…  Remove lights (all of ’em), ornaments and netting, get that tree up to the Schurz Park tree chipping site and go home with a bag of mulch that your block’s street trees will love!!

Thursday, January 12th: Climate-Adaptive Design – Creating Resilient Waterfronts Webinar

On Your Computer Screen, 10:30am-12pm

And isn’t this a concern a community like ours, bounded by a flood-inclined estuary/river?  Learn from experts from the CAD Studio (a partnership between Cornell Landscape Architecture, Cornell Water Resources Institute, and the DEC Hudson River Estuary Program) in the comfort of your own home!  For more and how to participate/tune in…  (Think our Sanitation Department’s availed itself of CAD’s wisdom?)

Thursday, January 12th & the Second Thursday of Every Month:  Monthly Land Use Clinic 

CM Kallos’ Office, 244 East 93rd Street, 5-6pm

The ins and outs of Landmark and Historic District creation…  How the Landmarks Commission, the Department of Buildings, zoning and land use work…  Mysterious stuff, but experts from the Historic Districts Council have the lowdown!!  Sponsored and hosted by the CM.  Free but a reservation’s required:  212-860- 1950. 

A dash of mid-December miscellaneousness: 

Giant congrats to South Villagers, CM Corey Johnson, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and more for their ultimate success in a years’ long campaign that’s landmarked 1,250 (That’s right! 1250!) meaningful buildings since 2003!! 

As the USDA creeps ever so slowly towards prohibiting carrageenan in food labeled organic

Three decades of global water change…  And is there ever change!  As per The Times…and Nature 

Really?  A Museum of Ice…?

Who sold the most CDs in 2016?  (Hint:  Initials are W.A.M.!)

The New York American Museum of Natural History is now the oldest, most iconic, and most recent science museum to cut its ties to fossil fuels! 

Add a thimble-full of the adorably furry:

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And of the grandly finned from the Hudson River Almanac:  

12/1 – New York Harbor, Upper Bay: This year we’ve had more than 100 recorded whale sightings and have added more than 20 individual whales to our Gotham Whale/New York City Humpback Whale Catalog. The catalog keeps track of identifying individual fluke patterns of humpback whales – their fluke markings are quite unique, almost like fingerprints. This year’s whale sightings occurred in the Lower Bay of New York Harbor and off Long Island’s south shore.  A year ago, a humpback whale was sighted directly under the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, almost making it into the Upper Bay.  However, recent humpback whale “Gotham,” NYC0055 in our catalog, was the first to make it into the Upper Bay as far upriver as the George Washington Bridge, 22 miles north of the Narrows. – Paul L. Sieswerda

Yes, our yule log will be green,

UGS

 

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Happy International Human Rights Day, UESiders!!

Not exactly a worldwide high watermark happening in that regard of late, but we are reminded what the aspiration  is and should be…

Example:  The $11,348,182.62 donated by 29,783 individuals to 898 NY non-profits a week ago Tuesday, November 29th!  (Take NYGives’ short survey and win another $50 for the non-profit of your choice!) 

And this week’s suggested good holiday deed:  Food Bank of NYC and Borough President Brewer’s Holiday Diaper Drive benefiting homeless and low-income parents and little ones!   So easily done via the Food Bank’s Amazon Wish List!

Meanwhile, the official Pantone Color of the Year 2017?  Greenery…   Err…  Greenery, no less!!

But let’s talk the coming week:

Saturday, December 10th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

At their tables will be our full winter line-up…  American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Comfort Bardwell Cheese, Alewife, Nolasco, Ole Mother Hubbert, Samascott and Gajeski Farms!

PLUS At the manager’s table will be guest chefs, neighbors and contributors to the Studio Apartment Cookery InstagramAlex and Andre! 

Barring below 32 weather, the Master Knife Sharpener will be with us as well!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  76 lbs. batteries; 21 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 4 pairs of eye glasses; 10 compost bins; 22 bags of clothes.

Never gets old…  Those 10 bins!!  (So full, even our great Sanitation bin pick-up guy is pleading for at least another bin…  If not 2 more!!

Sunday, December 11th:  Czech Center Annual Holiday Festival

Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, 2-6pm

And we quote, “Come taste the flavor of Czech Christmas…”  Complete with traditional music, brilliant Czech voices, animated films for the youngsters and a Czech Christmas market!  Free!

Sunday, December 11th:  Blessing of the Animals

Christ Church, 524 Park Avenue at 60th Street, 2pm 

And we quote, “This service includes a procession of animals to the altar for blessing. All pets must be accompanied by their owners; all owners must be accompanied by their pets. Hosted by Cindy Adams, the New York Post, and Christ Church. Seating on first come first served basis. Space is limited. No RSVP required.”  Free and one lovely thing.

Monday, December 12th:  Historic Holiday Cooking Workshop

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

Prepare and then devour 19th Century holiday classics plum pudding and ginger nuts in the Museum’s 19th Century kitchen!!   Members and students with I.D., $20.  Non-members, $25.  Reservations required:  212-838-6878.

And 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 the Central Park Arsenal?!!  For the total rundown (including counts in all 5 boroughs)

Thursday, December 15th:  Beneath the Battlefield Archival Exploration

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

Not exactly holiday themed, still… 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!  Organized by Atlas Obscura.  $35.  For more and tickets...

Miscellany both local and from abroad:

Lovely to see our previous Council Member Jessica Lappin ( now president of the Downtown Alliance but still living up our way) highlighted in last Sunday’s Times!

It’s that time of the year again…  The time when you can apply to become a Community Board 8 member!  (No question but in these challenging times, Community Board 8 wants and needs us!!)

We’re thinking with you on-board powers-would-be as responsive to us as they are to folks downtown/the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

Further on the subject of preservation to our south, a current target for splinter building replacement:  137 Centre Street…  (Should you disapprove…) 

What??!!  Two-thirds of the food ads on Nickleodeon are for junk food??!!   (If you disapprove…)

Oh and some parties would like to be drilling near Chaco Canyon!!  (Should you disagree…) 

That while 4 cities announce they’ll be banning diesel vehicles!

Lightening up:

The best December Central Park walk…

Be especially interesting after reading Atlas Obscura’s graphic take on the Central Park before it was

Don’t we love our NYC Recycling Heroes…  Case and point:  Rick Schulman of the Upper West Side!  (Thanks for reader Jacquelyn Ottman for the tip!)

Happily, close to zero action in our neck of the woods, but if you’re elsewhere, here’s how to stay well out of SantaCon’s path

Cheerleading as an Olympic sport?

Bring on the animals:

Sure, it’s a 100 miles off our coast and underwater, but the deep-as-Grand-Canyon Hudson Canyon’s been nominated as a national marine sanctuary!!

rescued red-tailed hawk released in – where else? – Central Park!!   

A 100 year-old, 23 pound lobster (no kidding, is the thing huge or what?) returned to the wild… Thanks to a vegan!!

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After an absence of 75 years, fishers (AKA fisher cats) return to Mount Ranier Park!!

Meanwhile, in 2016, we’re harvesting turtles in NYState!  (Should you think the practice should end…)

Rest in peace, Eagle #629-03142…  At age 38, our oldest banded bald eagle and witness to his species near death and recovery…

This week’s migration update!

rogue beaver as Dollar Store burglary perp…  (Hat tip to reader Katherine Winkleman!) 

And one baaaad kitty already under arrest…  (Thanks reader Rita Donaghy!)

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Not enough cuteness for you so far…  Try mother cat and purring baby squirrel!!

Our holiday dreams are so green,

UGS

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Happy, International Dog Film Festival Week, UESiders!!

Kind of strange Dog Film Festival Week’s in December when the actual festival happens in October… Next up: October of ’17…   But who cares?!  It’s great there is one and it’ll be in NYC!  And, as forewarned is forearmed, you have 10 long months ahead to conceive, shoot, edit and enter your canine oeuvre

Meanwhile…

Yet another way to easily give:  Amazon Smile!   You sign up, shop and Amazon contributes .05% of your purchase to a non-profit of your choice!  Any number of great organizations participate, even the most local and tiny!  For more…  

Be ready for a busy week:

Friday, December 2nd:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

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

Starmaster John Pasmino examines the world of star atlases throughout history, be those atlases print, digital or both!  Come with your own favorite!  As ever, great and free! 

Saturday, December 3rd:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

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

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

A lot of folks in post-Thanksgiving recovery last Saturday, but there’ll be a full house this week… American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Samascott and Gajeski Farms!

And, yes, Consider Bardwell Cheese will be present and making their season debut!

AND, joining us for the first time ever, will be the great Nolasco Farm with their wonderful vegs from from both fields and greenhouse!! 

NEWSFLASH: Cooler weather or no, the Master Knife Sharpener will be present and honing!!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  61 lbs. batteries; 10 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 3 pairs of eye glasses; 10 compost bins; 41 bags of clothes.

Yes, yet again, a big, fat 10 bins!!!

Sunday, December 4th:  Holiday Tree Lighting at Schurz Park

86th Street and East End Avenue, 5-6pm

An Upper East Side family classic  complete with the Cantori Choir, Orbital Brass, candlelight, candy canes, hot chocolate and caroling!  

Tuesday, December 6th:  Council Member Kallos’ Holiday Party!

The CM’s District Office, 244 East 93rd Street, 5-7pm

Seasonal cheer and a prime opportunity to get acquainted with the CM and staff members who so devote themselves to tackling our many UES challenges!

Wednesday, December 7th:  Kill Your TV Book Group Discusses “Dracula”!

Logos Bookstore, 1575 York Avenue, 7pm

The spooky timeless tale gets a workover from fine UESide minds!  Casual, free and attendees get a 20% discount that evening.  (Parents:  Lily’s Story Time for the under-5 set Mondays at 11am is a bonafide neighborhood treasure!) 

Thursday, December 8th:  A Call to Action – From Your House to the White House

High School of Art & Design, 245 East 56th Street at Second Avenue, 6:30pm

And we quote, “Join Council Member Dan Garodnick and local organizations to learn how you can get involved and fight for the values that make New York City great!”  Now and always, you’re needed!   For more…  And to RSVP: dangarodnick.evenbrite.com

Thursday, December 8th:  Zoning at New Heights 

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street, 6:30pm

A forum/lecture/Q&A with a panel of experts deliberating existing NYC zoning laws – in particular, those pertaining to building height – and whether they’re working in 2016…  Hummmm.  An accompaniment to another of the Museum’s new shows:  “Mastering the Metropolis:  Zoning 1916-2016”.  Co-organized by the Municipal Art Society.  Adults, $14.  Seniors & Students, $10. For more and tickets… 

Thursday, December 8th:  Wreath Making at the Green Thumb Workshop

The Arsenal, 830 Fifth Avenue at 64th Street, 6-7:30pm

Learn how to make your very own, personalized, all-natural, uber-holiday wreath…  Plus, take in the Arsenal’s lovely 34th Annual Wreath Expressions exhibit!  All supplies provided, including pine cones and ribbon!  Free but you do need to register

Friday, December 9th:  Eric Sanderson – A Historical Perspective on Water in New York

Hunter College, West Building, Room 615, 7-8:30pm

You know Eric Sanderson…  Scientist/eminent landscape ecologist/visionary/author of the ground-breaking “Mannahatta” who’s now turned his great mind to the rest of NYC with his Welikia Project and, now, our city’s once varied and great streamscape!  You want to be there!  Free but a reservation is advised… 

Saturday, December 10th:  Create a Botanical Mini-Building

Watson Room 101, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 9:30am-4pm

Love the Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show?  Well, with instructor Madeline Yani’s guidance, you can create your own enchanting little structure from pods, bark and branches!  Members, $169.  Non-members, $189.  All materials provided but do bring a lunch and a box to transport your masterpiece home!  For more and to reserve a place

Coming up: 

Wednesday, December 21st:  Winter Telescope Party

Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Natural History, Central Park at 79th Street, 7pm

Steve Beyer, Brian Levine and Ted Williams guide us star-loving amateurs on a journey across the winter sky within the Planetarium and – if weather allows – out on the terrace looking through actual telescopes!!  (It really is unbelievable how much is visible even in our bright NYC skies!)  Members, $12.  Non-members, $15. Non-member Seniors and Students, $13.50. For more and tickets

On to miscellany:

Could be the Indian Point Nuclear Plant will soon be history… 

Last week it was folks wanting to dump waste in the Long Island Sound, this week and way out west,  it’s partially treated sewage in the Puget Sound!  (Should you object…)

Opposed to de-forestation?  There are companies out there turning Third World trees into fabric!  (If you think they shouldn’t

We could have something to learn from the effect of direct action by riders on Atlanta public transit

Not that we’re mean-spirited or stingy but, given our challenges, how come Sao Paulo, Brazil won the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayor’s Challenge?!  (Did NYC even enter?)

Love these indoor farm boxes!!  (You grow produce in them… In your home!)

And if you think Amazon should move to 100% renewable power for its servers… 

The 11 National Parks Americans most want to visit

Understanding your radiators

And the week in animals:

An abiding mystery:  Just why do cats love knocking things over…?

L.A.’s just added another hefty piece of real estate to its wildlife corridor

Meanwhile, the embattled sage grouse could use more of our help

Good gravy!  Just in case we’d forgotten the diversity of NYState, some New Yorkers need their wildlife pelts “sealed”…! 

Yup, there is a Bat Conservation International!!  (Check out the board of directors!)

A retirement home for whales

Doesn’t get any sweeter than “Parenting Help in ‘Kitten Season'”

The Hudson River Almanac never fails:

11/12/16 -11/18/16 – 11/17 – Hudson River Watershed: The season has arrived when we need to give thought to our wildlife viewing and photography habits. Cold weather can be especially challenging for birds. They run on a strict energy budget, balancing calories-in with calories-out, instinctively adhering to a conservation of energy. Every time we flush a winter bird by trying to get closer, the calories needed to escape deplete their reservoir. If they are near evening roost time, they will need to replenish to keep their “furnace” stoked all night. “Getting closer” should be much more a function of our optics than our legs.  – Tom Lake

Yours in contented greenness,

UGS

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Happy Better Than Black Friday/Cat Friday, UESiders!

And we semi-quote, “The best Black Friday deal in all NYC has fur and 4 paws!”

Yes,  the ASPCA has a bunch of lovable felines –  from kittens to mature –  in need of forever homes!!  There’re wonderful puppies and dogs, too!! 

So many ways to spread holiday good:

Now to December 31st:  Christmas Mittens, Gloves, Scarves & Socks Drive

Terrence Cardinal Cook Cathedral Library, 560 Lexington Avenue at 50th Street, Monday-Thursday: 10am-6pm, Friday, 10am-5pm

The women of the nearby New Providence Women’s Shelter will so appreciate the gift of gently worn scarves, gloves and mittens and pairs of brand new socks.  (The scarves, gloves and mitten could be new as well!)   Drop off whenever the library’s open!  For more or 212-752-3824. 

Now Through the Winter Months:  NYCares Coat Drive

Many Drop-Off Sites Across the City

If it’s winter, we want all New Yorkers wearing warm coats!  Donate your own gently worn item or contribute $20 via the NYCares site!  For the drop-off location map (including our own Precinct 19 and Manhattan Mini-Storage on 62nd)… 

Now to December 30th:  Three Bears Holiday Bash

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, Central Park

Family holiday fun with roots in  Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas tales as rendered by the ever charming Marionette Theater!  Adults, $10.  Children, $7.  For tickets, directions and more… 

Friday, November 26th:  Sixth Annual Cat Friday

ASPCA Adoption Center, 424 East 92nd Street between First & York, 11am-7pm

Cats of every age, color and size, from sleek to fluffy…  Dogs running the gamut of breeds both pure and mixed… Whether feline or canine, all spayed/neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped!   All fees waived for adoption of cats a year and older, plus a free kitty carrier while supplies last!!  For more…  

Saturday, November 26th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm      (Every Saturday, Year Round) 

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm  (Every Saturday, Year Round)

With us will be Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Samascott Orchards, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert and Gajeski Farms!

American Pride Seafood’s giving themselves a well-deserved, post-Thanksgiving Saturday off, but they’ll be back next week…

Same for our Master Knife Sharpener…  She honed like a crazy woman last week!

MEANWHILE… 

Much as we’ll miss Valley Shepherd, Consider Bardwell and their fabulous cheeses return this Saturday!!

Tried Mother Hubbert’s egg nog and butter yet??!

Duck bacon, people!!

Last week’s recycling totals:  77 lbs. batteries; 15 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 2 pairs of eye glasses; 10 compost bins; 41 bags of clothes.

Ten – contents totally jammed/pounded down – bins!!   (Moises is asking for more!!)

And last week’s recycling totals from 92nd Street:  7 lbs. batteries; 4 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 21 pairs of eye glasses; 5 compost bins!!

That makes 4 consecutive weeks of 5 bins!! 

Tuesday, November 29th:  NYGives Day 2016

The Non-Profit/Profits of Your Choice

The 24-hour statewide New York-giving challenge!!   So many deserving causes…  So many of our fellow/sister New Yorkers in need…  Open that wallet!!  Swipe that credit card!!  For participating non-profits… (But choose your own good cause/causes!)

And 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 the Central Park Arsenal?!!  For the total rundown (including counts in all 5 boroughs)

Miscellany: 

Many a volunteer opportunity in NY Parks throughout the city this long holiday weekend… 

Seems like the FDA might be leaning towards allowing the dumping of treated sewage in the Long Island Sound! (If you disagree…)

Not quite our hood, but last week saw the designation of 11 new Midtown East Landmarks!!

Great, too, that land’s finally assembled for Bushwick Inlet Park!

Amsterdam, Holland’s answer to natural gas

The California Democratic party now refuses contributions from Big Oil…

More on the rare pumpkin ash tree…   Previously discovered in Central Park and now…  The Bronx! 

Off the reservation:

Ummm…  Crystal formation is so beautiful

Back on:

“The New Shapes of New York” quiz…

And while you digest:

A Thanksgiving food quiz!

Ah,animals:

Ah, happiness is humans helping out animals

This week’s Migration Update

White-tailed deer…  Bobcats…  The diamond-backed terrapin and more…  The NYS DEC wants your opinion on wildlife issues!!

That would a week be without the Hudson River Almanac:

11/11 – Inwood Hill Park, HRM 13.5: It was 62 degrees at midday and very windy. We were seeing a very low tide just a few days before the upcoming so-called “Super Moon” (11/14).  The inlet of Spuyten Duyvil Creek was a mud flat. Four Canada geese, the first I had seen here in a few weeks, flew off as I arrived; the great egret I’ve seen all summer wasn’t here today. A flock of blackbirds – eighty at least, mainly brown-headed cowbirds – was foraging busily in the grass, moving constantly. Nearly all the flowers in the park had finished, but yam-leaved clematis still had a few blossoms along with its weird little fruits. – Thomas Shoesmith

yam-leaved clematis

yam-leaved clematis

We like our weekends long and green,

UGS 

 

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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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