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Staten Island Update

Our on-the-spot reporter, Meredith Sladek, writes about bike related issues, mostly in Staten Island where she resides.

It looks like the DOT is not putting back vital bike lanes on a well traveled route on the Island. Already the most limited borough to ride in, this only makes matters worse.

Her article:
Bicycle lane removed from Father Capodanno Blvd on Staten Island
By Meredith Sladek
NY Bicycle Transportation, Examiner.com
* November 18th, 2010 10:03 am ET

The DOT took a backslide today in their committment to a more sustainable New York City, as they released their decision to remove the bicycle lane from the layout of Father Capodanno Blvd on Staten Island after the road’s recent re-pavement, as reported in today’s Staten Island Advance.

The three-mile lane is one of the longest bike lanes of Staten Island, which has a mere disconnected handful in comparison to the other boroughs. Father Capodanno was a vital, solid connection between the sharrows-marked route on Bay Street leading to the ferry and New Dorp roads Midland Ave and North and South Railroad Ave. DOT intends to turn the northbound side into a bus lane, and the inland southbound side into a turning and parking lane.

Read the whole article here.

Cranksgiving and Hipstamatic contest-for Charity!

Tomorrow is the annual Cranksgiving, a charity fun ride to raise money and food donations for the hungry.

Here are some nice details written by the fine folks at the NY Bike Jumble: (there is also a contest in here)


Cranksgiving 12
The 12th Annual Bicycle Street Race to Benefit Saint Mary’s Soup Kitchen and City Harvest

On November 20th, 2010 at 2:00pm in Tompkins Square Park, over 200 cyclists will gather to begin the twelfth annual Cranksgiving, a charitable ‘alleycat’ bicycle street ride. In Cranksgiving, riders race around Manhattan purchasing Thanksgiving dinner ingredients at designated grocery stores, arriving at the finish line with a bag full of food to be donated to various charities.

Cranksgiving is a race, but riders of all abilities and stripes come out to participate in the fun! Bring a bag, some money, and a good lock, as this year’s prizes include messenger bags from Bailey Works, MER, Seagull and Chrome, $150 gift certificates for 5.10 shoes, A Torker Cargo T bike donated by Brooklyn Bike and Board, as well as 3 $100 gift certificates courtesy of the Gilt group, to be redeemed at Gilt.com.
This year’s race features unparalleled opportunities to donate, even before the ride! Tiny’s Sandwich Shop (129 Rivington Street) is offering up to $6 off of their delicious sandwiches when you donate $25 and over at the store. Also, inn conjunction with the race, Hipstamatic is donating $1 to Cranksgiving for every photo uploaded to http://community.hipstamatic.com/contests/24 . Finally, if you can’t make the ride or get to any of the donation locations, go to www.cranksgiving.org to pledge to the Cranksgiving fund, benefiting City Harvest and the New York Bicycle Messenger Foundation.

Last year’s Cranksgiving helped feed over 100 families through Saint Mary’s soup kitchen on the Lower East Side, City Harvest and the New York Bike Messenger Foundation. This year, as more and more people find themselves in desperate times, Cranksgiving hopes to step it up and smash all previous records.

To more learn more about Cranksgiving, visit cranksgiving.org

Stolen bike

Got my bike stolen today and hoping for some APB help in the rare chance I can recover it.

Black Trek 1.2 with red detail – Shimano WH-R500 wheelset
Retail label from Metro Bicycles – Serial Number EN 14781
Proudly affixed to the frame are 2 stickers from Time’s Up! and BIKESNOBNYC

Was stolen on Thursday 11/11/10 between 2pm and 4pm from a bike rack on 50th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues in Manhattan.

If anyone has any information please contact Mike at mchayne@aol.com

Mike ONeill
mchayne@aol.com
212-255-9821

Witness needed

2 cyclists are injured in Greenpoint Brooklyn and are looking for any witness information.

Posting from L magazine:

Greenpoint Cyclists Injured in Franklin Street Hit-and-Run Need Your Help
Posted by Benjamin Sutton on Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Were you in the vicinity of the intersection of Franklin Street and Cayler Street in the Greenpoint/North Williamsburg industrial border zone on the evening of October 23? Do you live near there, pass through or drink at Diamond frequently? If so, maybe you could help a couple of cyclists who were badly injured there that evening by a hit-and-run driver and are looking for witnesses to the crash. Drop them an e-line at the address above (franklinstreetbikeaccident [at] gmail), and help bring the near-deadly driver to justice! (NYShitty)

Bicycle Film Festival

The 10th annual Bicycle Film Festival is in San Francisco this weekend.

Here is an article form the San Francisco Chronicle about festival director Brendt Barbur and 10 years showcasing bike movies.
Bicycle Film Festival founding director Brendt Barbur can smell NYC, wants to sing.

The idea for the Bicycle Film Festival festival came to founding director Brendt Barbur while he was recuperating from being doored in New York City back in 2000.

Ten years later, the fest pulls in about 300,000 people, and screening venues run the gamut, from the Barbican in London to a Seattle art gallery.

The festival hits San Francisco this week, and the movies will show in two venues: Mission Workshop at 40 Rondel St. and the old-timey Victoria Theater on 16th Street. The films screen on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and various pre- and after-parties happen throughout the run, including a Kick Off Party on Wednesday at the Knock Out at 3223 Mission. The Kick Off party is free, and several DJs start the turntablism at 9 pm.

Read more: here.

Attacker on the Queensboro bridge

Not only do you have to watch out for car doors and random pedestrian crossings but now you can add naked deranged assailants to the list.

A prop man on the the TV show Nurse Jackie was attacked on the Queensboro bridge this morning while riding to work. He was knocked off his bike by an unprovoked attacker who was naked by the time the police caught up with him.

Read more here.

Speedy recovery to Joel Custer who has just undergone surgery for lost teeth and a possible broken jaw.

Art Show at Brooklyn Bike and Board-Martinez Gallery


NEW YORK – Martinez Gallery presents an exhibition at Brooklyn Bike and Board, which will be converted into a gallery by the Dutch design team Kaptein Roodnat. Ten ma jor graffiti ‘kings’ have created 10 original works using bikes as their walls and trains. Case2 used to ‘piece’ the trains — paint the cars top to bottom — in the 1970s and ‘80s “just so I
could see my name go by.” The work in this show lets him and his fellow artists/vandals drive the train and show their work throughout the city.

Even before they were painted, all the bikes in the show met Brooklyn B&B owner Brian Gluck’s vision of beauty through function. “Bicycles are machines that should make your life easier and improve your livelihood. Like those stupid little short handlebars… they don’t make any sense. You’re not going to fit in between cars that are narrower than your
hips and shoulders anyway. They’re not functional, they’re dysfunctional.” Most of the store’s bikes have been recycled from “ancient rustbuckets brought back to life.”

Graffiti kings painting well-designed bikes, however, layers new form onto function. The show celebrates transforma tion, from rusty junk to refurbished bike to art object. It also celebrates mobility, accessibility, and freedom. Look at any courier and that package in your hands for proof that a bike can get you around the city faster than a car or a subway.
And now that a monthly MetroCard costs more than 100 bucks, workers of all collars are opting for bike commuting.

Derelict – cast-off bikes – meets derelict – repeat offender artist — in RE: CYCLES. Ironically, they meet in rapidly gen trifying Prospect Heights – but it’s an irony entirely appro priate for bicycles. Originally a plaything of the rich, bicycles are now the livelihood of the delivery guy, the cardio workout of the hedge fund trader, and the great hope of urban
green movements.

Similarly, graffiti confounds art as a rich man’s game. It steals its canvas from the city, and its geniuses land in jail. (Graffiti is a felony.) Two DIY cultures merge in RE: CYCLE, resulting in art that gets you around. Gluck says of painted bikes, “You don’t have to spend $400 on a wheel set to look cool or to look ‘custom’ (and, usually, like everyone else).
The sharpies and spray paint used on these bikes are accessible to anyone and will make your bike a piece of art.” And that piece is always moving, always visible.

To showcase the mobility and to fill the gap left by museums prevented from showing art by criminals, the show will roll up one day each week in front of various cultural and civic institutions, including MOMA, the Met, the Guggenheim, and the Whitney Museum.

ARTISTS:
CASE 2 (NYC)
FLINT 707 (NYC)
GIZ (NYC)
MOSCO (Mexico City)
RATE (Boston)
SINER (Los Angeles)
SKUF (NYC)
VFR (NYC)
WITNES (Los Angeles)

RE:CYCLES is on view 13 November – 31 January 2011,
Tuesdays – Sundays 9AM – 9PM / Martinez Gallery
c/o Brooklyn Bike & Board, 560 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, 212-619-2149, staff@martinezgallery.com
www.martinezgallery.com

Save Pablo


Pablo Airaldi is a valuable asset to our bike community, as a messenger, hosting events and recently the owner of the vintage and used bike shop in Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpointbikes.com.
He’s a knowledgeable and friendly shop owner who is facing deportation on some bs charges.
You can help by signing a petition to keep Pablo here in the US, where he belongs.

Here is more about his case:

Our friend Pablo Airaldi, one of the founders of Greenpoint Bikes, is currently being held in Hudson County Correctional Facility awaiting the possibility of deportation. Please sign the petition to support Pablo Airaldi and to show that Pablo is an asset to our community. Due to the fact that this website cannot authenticate “signatures”, this petition cannot be used for legal reasons and can only bring awareness to his case. You MUST SIGN A PAPER PETITION WITH YOUR FULL NAME AND ADDRESS TO HELP PABLO OUT LEGALLY.

Link to the petition here.

There will be an upcoming benefit show on November 19th.
Production Lounge. 113 Franklin St, Greenpoint Brooklyn.
Band Line-up so far:
Surfs up
Hank Wood & The Hammerheads
Cell Theorem
Guts For Garters
Beauty Apes

DJ Kimpanzee

More details as the come together: Facebook/events/Pablofundraiser

Rolling Orange Event–Dutch Days

Rolling Orange bike shop in Brooklyn, your home for dutch bikes and transport box bikes is hosting an event:

More from Rolling Orange:

Please join ROLLING ORANGE for a special bike tour on Saturday November 20th, during the 5 Dutch Days.

Dutch-born New Yorker of 25 years and Licensed NYC Tour Guide Ans Heerdink, takes us on a journey through New York’s Dutch history. The tour will lead us through areas of the original Dutch settlements, starting at Rolling Orange in BREUKELEN, over the Brooklyn Bridge to NIEUW AMSTERDAM, returning by water taxi to ROODE HOEK and finally back to Rolling Orange.

There are only 20 spots available so RSVP to ensure you’re going to be part of this unique tour through New York’s past.

DATE: November 20, 2010
TIME: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
RSVP: info@rollingorangebikes.com or +1 718 935 0695
PRICE: $15 per person

A limited amount of bikes are available for rental ($10)

Please feel free to forward the flyer and spread the word!

Learn more about the 5 Dutch Days: www.5dutchdaysnyc.org

I Love my Bike Book, update

Update on: I Love my Bike Book.
Hi everyone,
It has been a while since our last update, but I will try to keep this email to the point and not run on any tangents.

The book design, aka the finished product, has been delivered to Chronicle and is now going into its last round of minor edits, then off to production. It will be 160 pages, full color and will be retailing for $16.95! We love that we were able to keep the price point below $20! As of right now you can pre-order the book for sale from Amazon, Borders and Barns and Noble. If you are interested in purchasing the book for wholesale, please contact Emilie at Chronicle Books for a catalog emilie_sandoz@chroniclebooks.com. They are really fast at getting them out to everyone. They are available world wide (wholesale and retail), so their are no country code restrictions on purchasing. The official release date is 4/27/11. I have attached the final cover for you to view and share.

As always you can see some of the photos on our website ilovemybikebook.com or follow us on face book.

Our good friends at Marc Jacobs are going to be holding the release party in Boston at their Newbury st. location and they will also be hosting our book signing at the new Book Marc location in NYC! We will keep you posted on the details as the date grows near.

Other related news, Chris Piascik and Print Brigade have come out with another shirt for the Fall/Winter season to promote the book (See image attached). Hope you enjoy them! There is also a promo code that you can use right now for 25% off your purchase of anything on the site! Use the code: FALL10 when checking out :)
Go here for to check them out :) www.printbrigade.com

Print Brigade has also put out a little promo video to promote not only the I Love My Bike shirts, but to also promote all their other fun bike related products. Check it out here:

I Love My Bike from Jamie Murrett on Vimeo.

Ok, that was nice and quick. We hope everyone is well and we will touch base after the holiday.

Best,

Brittain and Matt