In an effort to build community in the block association's small catchment, we're looking for interesting local events to post to the website calendar. Got an idea? Why not submit it in the comments section below. Know of film screenings, plays, concerts, restaurant or business deals very nearby for all to enjoy? That's what we have in mind. Or perhaps you are an artist or performer and have a show coming up? Send us your tips, and we'll try to get them on the calendar. If you have something to post, what we need from you is the date, time and description plus a website or email to which we can direct our visitors for further information.
By Caitlin Hawke
Go Green: Two Upcoming E-Waste Collection Events on the Upper Upper West Side
E-wasting away again in Manhattanville,
Searchin' for my next taker of junk.
Some people say that there's a reason to pay,
But LESEC's drop-off is a free slam dunk.
~ With apologies to Jimmy Buffet
Ok, so I am no Gerry Goffin or Jimmy Buffet, but my lyrics beat my singing, which tells you something.
The point is that you don't have to pay someone to haul away your electronics for recycling. Not with two upcoming -- and free! -- drop-off events co-organized by the Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC), an amazing resource if you are looking to recycle unwanted and unneeded items such as textiles, old computers, dead cellphones, portable devices and much more. Their FAQ will tell you what is accepted and how to deal with precious data on old devices. And you can sign up for their very good newsletter on their site.
So, to get rid of your e-waste in the near future, the first drop-off event will be on Saturday, August 16, 2014, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., on La Salle Street. La Salle is at the level of W. 124th Street, and the truck will be on La Salle just east of Broadway. For more information contact Joan at (212) 666-6157 or Lower East Side Ecology at (212) 477-4022.
Then on Sunday, September 21, 2014, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., right here in our area there will be another event sponsored by the Columbus-Amsterdam BID (thanks Peter Arndtsen and Bloomingdale Family Days!). Drop-off will be on the west side of Amsterdam Avenue between W. 109th and 110th Streets. For more information call Columbus-Amsterdam BID, (212) 666-9774, or Lower East Side Ecology, (212) 477-4022.
There will be textile recycling bins at both events, too.
So now you have no excuse not to clear out your closets. Who knows, you might just find your lost shaker of salt.
By Caitlin Hawke
Kale is to this decade what arugula and mesclun were to the last. A hot green. Until what seems like five minutes ago, you never saw kale except on top of your wintry CSA basket. And then you sort of dreaded what to do with it. Didn't you?
Well, kale's time has come. Glance at most any menu, and you will find a kale salad. But none will hit all the high notes that our very own Henry's shredded kale salad does thanks to Chef David Ferraro's sense of yin and yang.
Shredding kale is a surface-area-to-volume taming of what we used to think of as a tough, leafy green. Chop it into its slaw twin, and you have a snappy, toothsome, yet completely unobjectionable bed of greens.
After all is slawed and done, Henry's gets to the gussying up part of salad making. Into that kale bed are tossed sweet red grapes and coarse-chopped salty almonds. Then comes a layer of delicious finely-grated parmesan cheese that anchors this as a savory salad. And then the crowning glory of that sweet-tart dressing. The surface area comes into play again as the frilly edges of the chopped kale hang onto that dressing for dear life. The salad is a collision of crunch; savory heaped on savory with sweet and tang for good measure. If you want to bat it out of the park and make it your whole meal, ask for the seared, paprika-coated chicken breast to top it off.
Full disclosure: this salad makes me want to buy an apartment next door. Become a vegetarian. Grow my own kale. You name it.
For any given dog day of summer lying in wait for us in the next weeks, you now have Henry's to thank for a respite: order up a fine kale shred. A crisp rosé. Tuck into a slice of the house bread (which you will need in order to sweep your salad plate clean). And enjoy the beauty that is a healthy but scrumptious meal right here in the neighborhood.
Thanks to Henry Rinehart, for years we have had his eponymous restaurant going strong at 2745 Broadway on the northwest corner of W. 105th Street. A cavernous space once filled with the jazz notes of Birdland, Henry's packs in a regular clientele and keeps things interesting with seasonal specials for Mother's Day diners, Thanksgiving feasters, the Sederless and more.
The jazz is gone but not forgotten because an open secret of this spot is the completely entertaining "Sing for Your Supper @ Henry's" series that touches down every so often. And sells out. (Note: book in advance). It's presented by the New York Festival of Song and curated by the multitalented Steven Blier, a block association neighbor. If you haven't attended, you haven't availed yourself of a hyper local treat. It's one of those neighborhood hidden treasures just lying in wait.
For its song cycles. For its community. And sweet Lord, for its kale. Henry's is what I would call a darn good reason to be in this neighborhood.
by Caitlin Hawke
Update: For all you kale groupies, thanks to Henry Rinehart and Chef Ferraro, the recipe may be downloaded at the link below.
HENRY'S KALE SALAD RECIPE: