Do We Need More Bike Racks In Greenpoint?

In typical March yo-yo weather style, we started to feel the warm dawn of spring when temps climbed to 70 degress, and then two weeks later the weather snapped back into a brilliant frost. At any rate, very soon we’ll be entering bicycle season. (Although of course for some of us it’s year round). We’ve examined the various types of bike racks along Manhattan Avenue, one of Greenpoint’s main bicycle thoroughfares, and the ways you can petition for more racks.

Upside down U-shape bike rack on Manhattan Avenue - Greenpoint
An upside down U-shape bike rack on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint.

Upside-Down U Shape
An oldschool design, these are pretty prolific all around NYC. They’re not the latest model, but they do the job. Report a broken rack here. Continue reading

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TONIGHT – Learn About Citi Bike in Greenpoint (1/13)

For all of you who felt so left out when Citi Bike didn’t include your beloved Greenpoint in its initial bike share launch, they will be expanding soon to a block near you. Come find out all about it tonight (1/13) at Community Board 1’s “Learn About Citi Bike” event at Swinging 60’s Senior Center (211 Ainslie St) at 6:30pm.

NYCDOT will present and NYC Bike Share staff will be on hand to answer questions about Citi Bike’s expansion in Brooklyn’s Community Board 1.

And for those of you who don’t need to commute using Citi Bikes, there is always impromptu spinning…

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Guess & Win: How Many Bikes Ride Down Franklin in 1 Hour?

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

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)
silkroadcycles (AT)


Sponsored post courtesy of Silk Road Cycles.

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West Street Waterfront Changes to Be Unveiled at CB1 Meeting (11/14)


Rendering of proposed changes on West Street. Source NYC DOT.


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.

Download the DOT Greenpoint/Williamsburg Waterfront Implementation PDF or visit  the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative to learn more.

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Suggest a Bike Station

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.

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94th Precinct Bicycle Registration

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
94th Precinct
100 Meserole Avenue (between Manhattan and Lorimer)
Crime Prevention Officer Henry 718-383-3979

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Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride

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 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.

Brooklyn Waterfront Epic RideSaturday, July 30, 2011 – 9am – 3pm
Manhattan Ave at Newtown Creek
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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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.

Sheryl by Dmitry Gudkov

 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.

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