James Hook is hosting debates in a series called:
Open City Dialogue (OCD)
a bi-monthly lecture series curated by Greenpoint resident James Hook, and unraveling on alternating Mondays in the backroom of Peteâ€™s Candy Store.
Short (35-40 minute) lectures are woven together from the common thread of peopleâ€™s obsessions, with guests coming from all over Greater New York. Whether academic or crackpot; celebrated or unsung, our lecturers all have something to tell you.
THE GREAT WILLIAMSBURG
BIKE LANE WARS
FREE PUBLIC DEBATE
MONDAY, Jan. 25, 7:30pm
PETEâ€™S CANDY STORE
(709 Lorimer St., Brooklyn)
On December 8, 2008, at 3:30am, rogue bikers Quinn Hechtropf and Catherine Piccochi were nabbed by South Williamsburgâ€™s Satmar Hassidic communityâ€™s Shromrin Patrol for illegally re-painting a bike-lane that had the week before been controversially removed from Bedford Avenue by the city, for reasons murky at best. Thus began the great Willliamsburg Bike Wars, a Hipsters vs. Hassidim saga whose players include a whoâ€™s who of Bikesters, Hassidic High-rollers, and even Mayor Bloomberg himself! Join us at Peteâ€™s as we give out stage over to an array of players to hear out both sides of the issue.
Guests include Caroline Samponaro of Transportation Alternatives and Biking Rules!; Bike messenger Heather Loop,; Satmar representative and City Council Candidate Isaac Abraham, and Hassidic Bike Enthusiast and founder of Tarif Bike Geshaft Baruch Herzfeld.