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Spud Pile Failure Caused East River Ferry India St Pier Ramp Collapse

East River Ferry Ramp Plunged into East River © Alan Tansey

The biggest craziest news in Greenpoint last week was the East River Ferry ramp collapse at India St Pier. No one was injured thankfully, but their motto, “Relax, we’ll get you there,” is a bit ironic.

There is no telling when service will resume from that location. In the mean time, passengers can take a FREE shuttle bus to No. 6th St. Us Greenpointers sure do love shuttle buses, right folks?

And finally there is some insight as to what happened.  Continue reading

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India St East River Ferry Pier Update + Shuttle Bus

The East River Ferry is for many Greenpointers a great way to commute to the city and because of the recent collapse of the pier last week, you may have to find yourself an alternative mode of transportation for at least a few more weeks as the investigation continues.

A shuttle bus service has been announced that will take ferry riders from India St to North 6th St Pier beginning tomorrow, 2/18 during the morning and evening commute. Continue reading

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East River Ferry’s India St Pier Ramp Collapsed in Greenpoint (Photos Added!)

East River Ferry Plank Fell Into The East River; Image @daviddymmel

We Greenpointers absolutely love riding on the East River Ferry, but what happened this morning around 9am at the India St pier is very unsettling.

The Daily News reported that after commuters had crossed the ramp and were safely on the ferry, the ramp detached and plunged into an icy cold East River. Needless to say, we are thankful no one was injured, but they were understandably pretty freaked out.

Service is suspended at this time and an investigation into WTF happened is happening. More photos after the jump!  Continue reading

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one*two*three*speed + Anna Karina

Anna Karina from "A Woman is a Woman" inspires one*two*three*speed bike helmets bow reflectors.

Ladies, do you find that all bike accessories for girls are just boys stuff in pink? Featured Valentine’s Market vendor one*two*three*speed makes handmade accessories for classy cyclists with the motto “stick a bow on your helmet.” It’s about time we can look cute on our bikes and be safe! Continue reading

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No Cars On McGuinness Blvd – A Virtual Reality with Streetmix

I’m just going to go out on a limb and say it. I hate cars.

See the above image? It’s my vision for McGuinness Blvd using an online App called StreetMix that I read about in this article on Hyperallergic.

Do you notice there are no cars in my design?

I think cars are stupid, especially in a city like New York, where so many people are crammed together, sharing what we all don’t have enough of  - space – especially open natural space. Continue reading

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Hot & Bothered: How To Not Lock Your Bike Like An A-Hole (Even If You Have a Baby)

For the most part, we keep it positive on Greenpointers, but some things should be called out – like the way this bike (with a gigantic baby seat) was parked. I know that giving birth and then living with the thing for 18 years is deserving of A LOT of sympathy, but that doesn’t give you an “it’s okay to be an a-hole” pass. This “wave style rack” could fit 4 -maybe 6 bikes on it.

With the new CitiRacks being installed allover, like this one on Manhattan Ave, there is more bike parking, but those new racks can hold at least 4 bikes per rack, again if you don’t park like an a-hole.

Parking on the edges with either the front or back end of your bike hanging off and not covering the entire middle of the circle, makes it so that more than two bikes on either side can be easily locked to the new racks.

More biking etiquette guides:

Basic Bike Lock Etiquette and Safety (Gothamist)

Bicycle Park (NYC DOT)

Locking Your Bike (Bike New York)

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GREAT! G Train Receives A Report Card: More Cars During Peak Hours

The G train has been reviewed by the MTA and there are promises for improvement.

As we know the northern section of the G (between Greenpoint Ave & LIC) was damaged during Sandy and restoration requires the G to shut for 12 weekends in 2013 and for five weeks in the summer of 2014.

How has this impacted your weekend commuting so far? What alternatives are you exploring for getting into and out of Greenpoint?

The review found that G train ridership, “while growing, is relatively light compared to that of other subway lines, and that it performs well as measured by on-time performance and wait assessment measures.”

As a G train rider, would you agree with this?

But “sharing the tracks with the F train causes more wait times, especially since G riders make twice as many transfer than most subway riders.” Damn F train!

One opportunity to improve service includes adding trains during the afternoon peak to run every 8 minutes instead of 10 minutes. This sounds great!

Senator Squadron said that “now G train riders will be en route to much-needed relief that may one day lead to the G meaning great.”

What does the G mean to you? Is adding trains during peak hours enough? What have your recent experiences been on the G train?

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Reminder: No G Between Greenpoint Ave & Court Sq. This Weekend

From MTA Weekender:

Reminder: due to Sandy Recovery work there are no trains between Nassau Av and Court Sq. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service.

Manhattan Ave shuttle buses run between Nassau Av and Court Sq, stopping at Greenpoint Av and 21 St.

McGuinness Blvd shuttle buses run between Lorimer St and Court Sq,
stopping at Nassau Av, Greenpoint Av and 21 St.

Weekends, 11:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Jul 5 – 8 • Jul 12 – 15 • Jul 19 – 22

I know this totally blows, but this giff makes up for it just a little wee bit.

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July Bicycle Sale & Keg Fundraiser (7/13) at Silk Road Road Cycles

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The G Train is down for many weekends to come – so why not get on a bike?

Since you can’t rely on the subway, rediscover NYC on a bicycle.

Silk Road Cycles we will be offering $50 off any bicycle in stock for the month of July!

Also on Saturday July 13thCelebrate Summer at Silk Road Cycles!

We will be hosting a keg party fundraiser for Jill Smith, who will be competing in the Lake Placid Ironman to raise money for the Ironman Foundation.

11am – 7pm: come buy a bicycle, pump up your tires before your beach bound cruise, get that flat fixed!

8pm – 11 pm: drink brews in support of the Ironman Foundation; beer, video projection… $10+ suggested donation

Silk Road Cycles
76 Franklin St.
Brooklyn NY 11222
(corner of Franklin and Calyer)
718-389-2222
silkroadcycles (AT) gmail.com

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Sponsored post courtesy of Silk Road Cycles.

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Is MTA bringing Citibike to Greenpoint?

There have been talks about the MTA partnering with Citibike to foot the bill for bike docking stations in Greenpoint and LIC given the G train service outage beginning next weekend.

I got on the phone with Citibike and the MTA to find out whether this is happening.

The short answer from the MTA is that “it is being discussed” but “there is no timeline.” Part of the discussion includes the MTA paying for the bikes.

Ronald Leiva, representing Citibike said that it’s “a possibility,” but that I should consider it a “rumor” with “no hard evidence” but that he is “not denying that it is not happening.” He went on to say that there is also “no timeline”, but he did mention that if the MTA were to pay for the program they would get their logo on the bikes. Score! Maybe they could put the G train logo on it.

When questioned as to why Greenpoint was not initially included, he said that the DOT chose the locations which are in more densely populated areas around bridges. Apparently the Queensboro Bridge and our beloved Pulaski don’t count.

According to the Daily News, Greenpoint was in the initial plans which, ”were scaled back, and those neighborhoods were excluded after equipment stored in a Brooklyn warehouse was damaged by Superstorm Sandy flooding.”

Leiva of Citibike went on to say that as they receive more “sponsorship” aka advertising dollars they will expand outward and that they will likely expand into Greenpoint, but this may not be for “a few years” – unless the “rumors” about partnering with the MTA become a reality in the short term.

Do you want Citibike in Greenpoint? Were you disappointed when Greenpoint didn’t receive a docking station? Will you use Citibike in place of G train service to LIC?

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