On a dreary spring day when even Greenmarket produce seemed drab, the colors inside the compost bins first caught my eye. Often the food scraps are beautiful in and of themselves; see the slideshow for more from several seasons.
It's not unusual for my local market to collect, twice a week, some 1,500 pounds of household food scraps. Surely some of the food was locally grown, but, by the looks of things, more was remotely sourced, especially during the colder months. These scraps, which otherwise would end up in a landfill — food accounts for about 17 percent of New York City's waste stream, according to GrowNYC, which operates the Greenmarkets — are instead transformed into compost for use in urban farms and gardens. See how easy it is to contribute to the compost stream.
These are three in a multiethnic series surely meant to drum up future business for the neighborhood — even if the tagline, "It's all under the bridge," suggests that bygones are already bygones. Others in the series include "visit" and "play."
"Socialize" sets the silhouette of a woman against the Mexican bandera; "eat" features a man and the flag of Ecuador. "Drink," awkwardly, depicts the Irish tricolor and a woman who, at least in outline, looks rather frumpy. It so happens, though, that the slogans, the silhouettes, and the national colors can be mixed and matched, as I saw from a number of other banners nearby. My sighting of an Irish lass, coupled with the implicit lure of a Guinness, was only a coincidence.
Kingsbridge Shopping District banners Various locations near Broadway and 231st St., Bronx
You'll get the early word on discoveries that haven't yet appeared on my website. Just today (Monday) I came across the soon-to-open Elmhurst branch of a well-regarded Indonesian restaurant from South Philly. As early as next week I hope to tell you more about the food, but no need to wait for me: Read more about Sky Cafe, spread the word (if you have any dining buddies who might enjoy "western Indonesian delights"), and perhaps pay a call on the restaurant yourself. If you do, tell us more on the EIT Facebook page — and click that "like" button, too. Thanks!