This past Saturday, I spent 1 hour stationed on Franklin and kept tally of how many bikes passed me by. The weather was a bitchin’ 60 degrees and the good people of Greenpoint ditched their salty snow gear for tees and floppies (flip flops, as people tend to call them).
The awesome dudes of Silk Road Cycles have donated a $70 tune-up to the lucky Greenpointer who can guess how many bikes passed on Franklin in the span of, I’ll say it again, 1 hour.
HINT: This hour occurred from 12-1pm.
Leave your answers in the comment section by this THURSDAY 5/8 at 11:59 pm and we will announce the winner (the person who comes closest to the correct number) on FRIDAY. Good luck, Greenpointers!! May the best man/woman/child win.
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The Department of Transportation (DOT) is set to unveil their plans for the Greenpoint waterfront route at Community Board 1′s next meeting.
The DOT is proposing the conversion of West Street into a one-way street between Eagle and Quay Streets. The plan also calls for moving utilities that are currently above ground on West Street underground.
The big change will be the construction of a two-way bike lane. The bike lane will connect to the Kent Ave bike lane at Bushwick Inlet and continue north to the planned pedestrian bridge at Ash and Commercial streets which will connect the Brooklyn waterfront to Queens.
The CB 1 meeting at which the presentation will take place will be held on Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30PM at the Swinging 60’s Senior Citizen Center, 211 Ainslie Street.
DOT is teaming up with Alta Bicycle Share to introduce a 24/7, 365 days bike share program that will include areas in North Brooklyn. Its aimed to launch Summer 2012. You can “Suggest a Station,” depending on how close (or how far) you want it to be. An obvious and convenient choice for Greenpoint is the Indian St. ferry terminal. The program is best for quick rides. Its privately funded through membership fees, not taxpayer dollars. The bike are sturdy and built for safety but helmets are not included though strongly encouraged. Here is a listing of upcoming bike share demonstrations in Brooklyn.
This Friday you can register your bicycle for free with the 94th Precinct to enhance your chances of getting your bike back in the event that it is ever stolen.
Bicycle is marked with an identification number using an engraver. A decal is affixed to the bicycle, which is difficult to remove. In the event that it is removed “void” appears on what remains of the decal.
In the event that the bicycle is stolen and recovered, it can be traced back to the owner through I.D. number.
Friday August 26, 2011
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
100 Meserole Avenue (between Manhattan and Lorimer)
Crime Prevention Officer Henry 718-383-3979
The 3rd annual Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride will be held on Saturday July 30, 2011. “The Epic” is a 40-mile ride from Newtown Creek in Greenpoint around Brooklyn’s 27-mile waterfront and on to Rockaway Beach. The ride will start at the foot of Manhattan Avenue at Newtown Creek at 9:00 AM sharp. Riders must arrive at 8:30 to check in. Registration is now open at www.brooklyngreenway.org. Cost is $20 per rider.
You must register by 3:00pm on Friday, July 29th, in order to be included on the official ride check-in list. If you register after 3:00pm on July 29th, you must print out your Paypal receipt and bring it with you to the ride on Saturday morning.
Dmitry Gudkov is a photographer and Greenpoint resident who’s been doing a photo series on New Yorkers who bike in the city. Five of these portraits are being used in the Ride Guide/magazine for the upcoming Five Boro Bike Tour. The magazine, which is included in the ride packet for each of the 30,000+ riders of the Tour, features 5 cyclists, one representing each borough of NYC.
Representing the borough of Brooklyn is none other than Greenpoint’s own Sheryl a.k.a. Ms. BitchCakes. Not only that, but she is photographed in front of the Terminal Warehouse and its giant “GREENPOINT” sign in the background. I think that’s pretty cool. You can see the piece here and Dmitry’s wonderful shots of Sheryl here.
I can’t possibly keep up with everything going on in the ‘hood, I have a halfway decent social life, ya know. So I’m gonna start doing some link lovin’ to other nice folks who find out interesting bits about our nabe. Props to them, yo.
Studio B opens a rooftop garden just in time for the warm weather and to piss off their neighbors even more so than usual! So far no musical talent (?) I’m interested in seeing, but maybe there might be one or two events worth checking out. – Brooklyn Vegan
The Daily News reports on the rise in bicycle related accidents in Greenpoint and Williamsburg this morning. And I’m actually happy to see that the stance is on the side of the motorist.
I see these people on bicycles all over the place and the fact is they don’t watch where the fuck they’re going. This ain’t the wide open spaces of Kansas where you, Toto and your vintage Schwinn can pick daisies and put them in your basket. This is a city for God’s sake. And you riding halfway in the street up Manhattan Ave on Saturday afternoon like your riding through the meadow is fucking absurd.
And I really don’t appreciate you chaining your shit to the poor skinny ass trees that have a hard enough time growing among the pollution and toxic oil spill soil. Half of you wouldn’t even eat an egg that wasn’t free range and delivered via a midwife yet you’ll strap your bike to living thing with a chain that weighs more than you.