Just a reminder, Sunday is Father’s day and there is a classic road racing event in Harlem.
Here is a press release I was sent:
Rockstar Games, the venerable publisher of the Grand Theft Auto series and Red Dead Redemption, is proud to present the 37th annual Harlem Cycling Classic. Founded by the late David Walker, an NYPD Community Affairs Officer, the event celebrates health, fitness, and the vibrant Harlem neighborhood. The day begins with races for amateurs and professionals alike, as well live performances by DJ Lance Rock of Yo Gabba Gabba! and hip-hop icons Biz Markie and Mister Cee. Adding to the atmosphere will be New York Cityâ€™s celebrated Wafels & Dinges and Frites & Meats food trucks for all in attendance and Jumbotron screens highlighting the dayâ€™s events.
The event will take place this Sunday, June 20 at Marcus Garvey Park, located at 121st Street and Fifth Avenue. Festivities begin at noon and will last until 6:00pm
Yesterday was the second day of festivities for this year’s bicycle film festival which also happens to be the 10 year anniversary of bike movie
mayhem. Thursday was the opening of the joy ride art show which is becoming a festival tradition. Artists from around the world show off paintings, photographs and sculpture all pertaining to…you guessed it, the bicycle. The show is at the Dash Gallery, 172 Duane St. in lower Manhattan. Last night the < a href="http://www.poleriders.blogspot.com"> PoleRiders showed up with their now famous pole dancing trike to the gleeful joy of the gallery partipants. Although an art installation of it’s own, the trike couldn’t fit in the gallery so the party ended up in the streets. This of course quickly brought the NYPD who never want to miss a party having anything to do with bikes. They claim they were responding to complaints of neighbors angry with excessive noise. The police responded by blasting some sort
of new sound canon which of course is…even worse excessive noise.
pictures and a report back from Animal
Tonight there are lots of bike movies at the festival including: “the Birth of Big air.” about bmx legend Matt Hoffman. The festival runs through Sunday and all screenings are in Manhattan at the Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd ave. between 2nd and 1st Ave.)
Tomorrow there is a ton going on:
There is the BFF block party, out front of the anthology, 12-7pm. Another BFF tradition. A whole days worth of tricks events, vendors and a gathering of NYC bike culture. Think of it as a bicycle block party.
At 4:00pm there will be a screening of “the best of BFF.” I am proud to have a documentary I helped to make called: “Warriors, the bike ride.” Back in 2002 the messenger community decided they wanted an event that all city riders could be a part of. Something that would really symbolize NYC, especially post 911. The answer was a ride based on the cult classic the warriors. 800 people participated in this all night event that followed the path of the movie warriors from the Bronx to Coney Island. Along with bike punk legend and film maker Chris Ryan (Team Spider) and award winning film maker Jesse Epstein, we compiled hundred hours of tape to show off this amazing time. There will also be a screening of another classic. Andrew Lynn and Elizabeth Press’s “Still We Ride” about the crackdown on critical mass following the Republican National Convention in 2004. There will be a bike ride to this 4:00pm screening hosted by Chris Ryan and Time’s Up. Here are details:
Title: Still We Ride Ride
Date: Saturday, June 19th, 2010
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: 99 S 6th St, Williamsburg Brooklyn
Summary: Has it really been 5 (!) years since the STILL WE RIDE premier at the Bike Film Fest? Why yes it has, and now SWR is headlining Bicycle Film Festival’s greatest hits as the BFF celebrates its 10 (!!) year anniversary… feeling old yet?
Details: Well work off those years with a Times-up! Still We Ride RIDE, starting at the X-up Brooklyn Space, the ride will be led by SWR co-director Chris Ryan as he takes you on an exploratory tour of key locations, arrest points, and detention centers, while not forgetting to highlight the strengthening of bicycling community and video collectives, who are now so strong, organized and efficient, that they may secretly owe a debt of gratitude to the NYPD and their relentless persecution.
1:30 PM – Meet in front of the XUP space at 99 South 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
1:45 PM – Ride over WillyB Bridge…
2:00 PM – Pick up riders on Manhattan side WillyB Bridge (then see the Manhattan Sights)
3:15 PM – Pick up Tompkins Square Riders (then see East Village sights)
3:40 PM – Lock up at the BFF Street Party @ Anthology Film Archives…
4:00 PM – See the movie… recommended to get tix in advance (SWRR riders will get a special SWR Gift)
Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
BIKES ROCK SANTOS PARTY HOUSE
96 Lafayette St.
8:00 – 4:00
Free with BFF Password: BIKES ROCK
9:00 Frances Rose
Complimentary Brooklyn Brewery Beer from 8:00 – 9:00
Brooklyn Brewery specials all night
This Father’s Day, Pro cycling comes to Harlem for the 37th Annual Skyscrapper Classic.
Here is a press release: Get out of the house of Father’s Day! Join other families and bike enthusiasts for a day of racing, games, prizes, music and food at the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic, presented by Rockstar Games.
In addition to the thrilling races, families can enjoy live performances by DJ Lance Rock of Yo Gabba Gabba! and hip-hop icons Biz Markie, Mister Cee, amongst other performers.
The annual bike race brings together amateurs and Olympians alike in a day of family entertainment and high-end cycling. World-class cyclists scheduled to compete include Olympic Champion Walter Perez of Argentina and four-time World Champion Franco Marvulli as they race for the $15,000 first prize on the 0.75 mile, perfect square racecourse. In addition, families can register to participate in the children and community races.
(photo by David August Trimble, from last year’s race.)
The late David Walker, an NYPD Community Affairs Officer, founded the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic with the purpose of inspiring children to ride bicycles for exercise; to introduce them to a healthy lifestyle; to provide a productive outlet to harness their energy; and to teach safety, responsibility, and sportsmanship. The present-day event pays homage to the classic American bike races of the Roaring Twenties that were rich with speed, money, and glamour.
Cyclists can register in advance to compete at bikereg.com Race day registration will be available onsite.
Rockstar Games Presents 37th Annual Harlem Cycling Classic. June 20 in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park.
For further information, please visit: skyscraper-harlembikerace.com
Here is a press release about an event next year bringing the fine traditions of Italian cycling to NYC.
6,000 people riding in a group? Uh-oh…the NYPD isn’t going to like that.
Gran Fondo New York brings Italian cycling culture to the worldâ€™s greatest city. The inaugural Gran Fondo New York is set to take place on May 8, 2011. The 105-mile professionally managed event will feature the excitement of starting in New York City, a timed climb to the top of Bear Mountain, beautiful scenery, charming towns and the camaraderie of group cycling.
Gran Fondo is a popular cycling event stemming from Italy. With a peloton of 500 to 10,000 participants, a Gran Fondo covers at least 100 miles and goes over challenging terrain. In France and the UK such events are known as cyclosportives.
The Gran Fondo New York course will take the 6,000 cyclists from New York City to New Jersey across the iconic George Washington Bridge with stunning views of Manhattan. Riders will follow the Hudson River upstream on Route 9W and nearby rural roads and after 50 miles, arrive at Harriman State Park. There, the five-mile climb up to the top of Bear Mountain will be chip-timed. Riders can measure themselves against New York’s finest cyclists, teammates and friends. After descending, the course will wind its way back to the city. Along the way, cyclists will enjoy well-stocked rest stops with New York-style bagels, pretzels and doughnuts, energy gels, water, soda and electrolyte drinks. Throughout the day, medical and mechanical support will circle the course for anyone in need of assistance.
The undulating terrain of the course will challenge participantsâ€™ strength and stamina. The event is a great opportunity for competitive as well as recreational cyclists, with each participant choosing their own speed at which to complete the event. While the climb to Bear Mountain is the featured timed section, there are other challenging climbs en route that will also be timed.
After the race, prizes will be awarded across age groups, teams and Lui+Lei (him&her) categories. Among the meal options will be New York-style pizza and hot dogs, pasta and cake. Throughout the awards ceremony, raffle prizes will be distributed. Included in the entry fee will also be a professionally designed cycling jersey and various gifts from the sponsors of the event.
â€œOur goal is to bring quintessential Italian cycling culture to the world’s greatest city. The combination of ‘Italianita’ and NYC will make Gran Fondo New York an event not to be missed,” says Lidia Rekas the eventâ€™s organizer.
Mark your calendars, registration opens on August 1, 2010.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call +1 212 933 4033 or check grandfondony.com
Harry Bubbins has been an activist and organizer in the South Bronx for years. Through the organization Friends of Brook Park he has helped establish community gardens, organized environmental tours and help bring to light local struggles of the South Bronx area.
The latest mission has been to provide water access to Mill Pond Park. Here is a recent blog entry and video:
A bucolic canoe trip along the serene shores of a recently built park on the Harlem River in the South Bronx of New York City. With interview of local residents who support advocacy efforts to make the waterway accessible to all.
Mill Pond Park Along Harlem River-
As Part Of Yankee Stadium Replacement Parks Project, New 10-Acre Waterfront Park Opens with no official waterfront access.
Mill Pond Park, a new 10-acre waterfront park created along the Harlem River does not currently allow human power boating access. Help us make canoeing possible in the safe protected coves.
As part of the Yankee Stadium Replacement Parks Project, the City invested $64 million in funds to transform this waterfront site into a new ten-acre park, but with no actual water access.
Parks plans to unveil the newly-restored historic 25,800-square-foot Power House building in Mill Pond Park and will seek an operator to develop 12,900 square feet of space for public programming on the buildingâ€™s second floor. Friends of Brook Park wants to provide public canoe programming, environmental educational services and mollusk restoration with our Bronx-based partners.
As you can see from this video,such recreational opportunities are safe, desirable and highly needed in our South Bronx community.
For more information about how you can help achieve waterfront access in the Bronx, visit: www.friendsofbrookpark.org
The Bicycle Film Festival is Ten Years old this year! Although it’s already started in other cities…This week it comes home to its birth place…NYC.
Here is what is in store.
Wednesday June 16th, 2010 The Bike Rocks party …artists to be announced. Thursday June 17th, 2010
The opening of the “Joy Ride” Art show
Dash Gallery 172 Duane St.
Opening Reception 6:00 – 10:00 June 17
Performance by Kembra Pfahler from the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black
After Party at Lit Lounge 93 2nd Ave. 10:00 – 4:00
DJ Ted Shred
Agathe Snow â€¢ Albert Maysles â€¢ Alex Hansen â€¢ Alessandro Zuek Simonetti â€¢ Amit Greenberg
Amy Franceschini â€¢ Anna Coroneo â€¢ Benjamin Hollingsworth â€¢ Benny Zenga â€¢ Brian Barnhart
Cheryl Dunn â€¢ Christian Thormann â€¢ Clayton Patterson â€¢ David Ellis â€¢ David Perez Shadi
David Trimble â€¢ David Victor Rose â€¢ Edwin De la rosa â€¢ Erik Foss â€¢ Fumie Ishii â€¢ Greg Ugalde
Jake Klotz â€¢ Jessica Findley â€¢ Julia Chiang â€¢ Kenzo Minami â€¢ Laura Mensinga â€¢ Leo Fitzpatrick
Massan/Pez â€¢ Nick Marinkovich â€¢ Ryan Humphrey â€¢ Rostarr â€¢ Spike Jonze â€¢ Takuya Sakamoto
Taliah Lempert â€¢ Tim Barber â€¢ Tod Seelie â€¢ Tom Sachs â€¢ Van Neistat â€¢ WK Interact
Friday, June 18th
The screenings begin. All movies are at the:
Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003
Premiering: “the Birth of Big Air”-The Matt Hoffman story.
Saturday, June 19th
Too Much going on.
1) Alleycat Race:
Here are the checkpoints to do in any order, and it has something to do with Clocks.
Manhattan Avenue + Kent st
64 Columbus avenue @ 63 < correction
225 w 43
Cooper sq + Astor place
6th Avenue + White st.
e 57 @ Madison
23rd + Madison
Flatbush + Hanson place
3rd Avenue + 84 st
Finish at the BFF street party on 2nd @ 2nd st.
2) BFF Street Party
The festival will also be premiering: Lucas Brunelle and Benny Zenga’s: Line of Sight
Sunday, June 20th
The premiere of: EMPIRE, Directed by Christian Thormann & Luke Stiles.
This weekend it’s all about the Bicycle Film Festival.
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From organizer Mellow Yellow: You might have awoken Sunday morning, like me, wondering if what happened Saturday was some sort of hallucination. Well, I can’t really say that I believe it still either, but as far as I know of reality, it did happen. We gathered together, we disrobed a bit together, joyfully painted each other, and did an awesome ride together. The joy in the streets and on the sidewalks and even in the cars was overpowering, while the joy in our hearts and bodies was beyond empowering…perhaps it was enlightening!
Thank you all for participating in all the ways that you did. This ride was a testament to how a diverse community can come together to create the space we need to be safe, supportive and free, instead of the usual fare we have had imposed upon us by those with delusions of power, thinking can exploit us and our energy while destroying our bodies and planet.
This ride was a huge success: About 200 participants, a very friendly atmosphere (as far as I know), a smooth ride with some great stops, and only one participant being ticketed for blocking traffic. That person was crucial to the success of the ride and I hope if he needs support, the community will be there for him. In fact, after an experience this intense and wonderful, we all might need some support as we return to the mundane life. Let’s do our best to be there for each other.
Let’s share our WNBR NYC experiences, the photos, the videos, the stories. The more of this we can do right away, the greater our impact will be in the days which follow. E-mail me links to your photos, or your firsthand accounts and we can put them up on the blog. Ignore those haters and trolls in the comments sections or blogs. Body-shame from sitting in cars or in front of computers has left them very insecure, fearful and helpless.
I hope everyone had as good a time as I did, and I know we will build on this success for future rides of similar nature. So many participants expressed deep gratitude for this ride. You are welcome, but please thank yourself too, for taking a risk to create the world you want! So many of you wanted to do this again…the only thing to it is to decide to do it, then get the word out! It is that simple. Saturday Night Nude Ride every week, anyone? We have lots of body paint left!
Since we did not get a chance on Saturday to acknowledge those in the community who helped make WNBR NYC 2010 great, I will do so here, in no particular order:
ABC No Rio
Traif Bike Gesheft
Band of Bicycles
Bike Snob NYC
Annas’ Independent Art
Enki at syncord.com
MNHTN & BKLYN Crititcal Masses
The Rude Mechanical Orchestra
Heelz on Wheelz
BP for showing us the true cost of our bad habits
AND OF COURSE ALL OF YOU! RIDERS! ALL YOU BEHIND-THE-SCENES VOLUNTEERS! MORAL SUPPORTERS!