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A message from the Reverend

It’s our Democracy, stupid!
All problems can be traced to our inability to convene, to meet – physically – in public space. Meeting in public, the oldest form of Democracy, is also the most modern. It is resisted by a byzantine system of police permits, insurance, surveillance. Our campaign for mayor must pull the wires out of the ears, get up off the couch, go outside and find more and more citizens… So this weekend, we’re using our headquarters as a musical trampoline – to jump out into the streets and parks. -Rev

Friends we hope you will come to one of the many events this weekend as we celebrate the successful signature drive and launch the next phase of the campaign. Join The Rise of the Fabulous 500 Neighborhoods.

Friday, August 21st, 6pm — Late at Head Quarters BANDS & BEER
Elect-a-lujah! : The Second Coming Fundraiser Bands and Dance Party ’til late, free beer until its gone
Featuring Hot Bands :: SQuamous Os / Big Pig / Champagne Sequins / Dolly Trolly / Amie Amis / Thrill Velocity / KY Wah

Saturday, August 22, 10 am — 1 pm at Head Quarters BLOCK PARTY
Whose Summer Streets? Our Summer Streets. This is the last block party of the month so stop by, say Hi, enjoy a car free Lafayette St. Live WVRB radio all day. Bring a shirt to print on. We welcome your baked goods!

Saturday, August 22, 5 — 9pm at Head Quarters ART & STRUGGLE
We host artist and activist collective ArtsAndStruggle’s opening reception for Far From Ordinary an exhibit of new work featuring art by:
Maryann E. Auguste Kožnar, Marissa Blaszko, Christopher Hutchinson, Libor Kožnar, Mariette Pathy Allen and more.
And don’t miss amazing live performances by SpiritChild, Rebel Diaz, Readnex, Adan (guitar/singer), Kahlil Kahn, Stephanie Rooker & Fesah Rollins

Sunday, August 23rd, 5 — 8 pm PICNIC
Elect-a-llujah Revival BBQ & Picnic at Queensbridge Park
Join The Life After Shoping Gospel Choir, Reverend Billy and the whole spirited team. We got coals, you bring edibles. Heavy rain cancels.

Vote Rev Billy Head Quarters is located at 250 Lafayette between Prince and Spring. Both the Block Party & BBQ/ Picnic are seriously family friendly. And once again, thank you to the many people who helped with the signature drive.

Join us!
Savitri

donate and volunteer at www.voterevbilly.org

Harlem community garden tout. August 29th

A great way to see the community gardens of Harlem.

Walk or bike.

Harlem gardens tour. Saturday, August 29th.
A message from the parks department:
We are delighted to report that the Parks & Recreation Dept. of NYC
will be supplying transportation ( trolley) for our upcoming Harlem
Gardens Tour. For those of you who might wish to bike, or walk, or
join along the way–or simply have a tour schedule in advance of the
tour, we’ve included the schedule here.

For further info, please call 212.662.2878, or e-mail haja216@aol.com

We’ll hope to see you at Harlem Green, rain or shine!!!

Schedule:
HARLEM GREEN: A Tour of Harlem Gardens
Saturday, August 29

1.The Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden, 219 West 122nd Street–10:00am (Breakfast)

2. Little Green Acres—122nd & 8th Avenue–10:45am

3. The West 124th Street Garden –11:15am

4. The Clayton Williams Garden–8th Ave @ 126th St. –11:45am

5. The PBC’s William B. Washington Garden –12:15pm

6. Harlem Rose Garden – 4 East 129th Street– 12:45pm

1:15-1:30 water break

7. Community Leaders of West 146th Street- 226-234 West 146th Street—1:30pm

8. Edgecomb Avenue Garden Park Sanctuary—339-341 Edgecomb Ave @ 149th Street: 2:00pm

9. The Convent Avenue Garden-151st and St.Nicholas–2:30pm

10. The William A. Harris Garden– 153rd and St. Nicholas–3:00pm

BARBECUE!!

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Big weekend in Seattle

Ryan from go means go wanted to let everyone know about a bunch of bike events this weekend.

Also the bicycle film festival will be coming there for the first time. Sept. 10-11th

Video Friday…8/21/09

Ok, its back. My weekly bike video roundup.

First off a video by JC of Cyclehawk Studios.
Goldsprints from the NYC bicycle film festival in June.

Luke Stiles with the tattooed chest, dropping the hammer.

Eric Xue from grandmighty put this video together from when he tagged along with Resil,Manny,Axel and myself(Carl) for some filming in the east bay.
Gettin High with the Gnarcotix.

Now silly rabbit, freestyle fixed gear tricks are for kids. When the skinny jeans set start bustin these moves…then I’ll be impressed.

European Junior Championships Indoorcycling 2009 Carla Hochdorfer Henriette Hochdorfer Artistic Cycling Juniores Women Pair, European Champions 2009.

Now here is a video, remembering American sports legend, Marshall “Major” Taylor, track bike champion in an annual race in Boston.

Here is a video about Zack Hoffner from Zlogblog.com who I interviewed earlier. Its on his event in Seattle called, “Future Tense”

And this one found on Trackosaurusrex.com,
Ah, those wacky, Italians:

Now this video is causing a lot of Hype…MC SPANDEX, Performance. A roadie rapping about Performance, the name of the game…and he always rides through the pain. Truly Hilarious.

and

For two days in London Europe descended on a piece of tarmac for what proved to be one of the exciting hardcourt bike polo tournament of the year.

And, Palms Cycles in LA..This is the first annual Quadcomp that palms Cycles has put on. Included best trick comp, foot down(not shown), and lbc sprints comp.

video about Brooklyn Machine Works:

Time’s Up dance Party Ride this Thursday.

20071010_corbijn_joydivision_400x400Come ride with Time’s Up and the sound bike
Dance Party from the 80’s

80s Dance Ride
Thursday 8/20/09, 7:00pm in Tompkins Square Park

I promise there will be some Joy Division.

Alleycat in Fort Worth Texas

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from the Fixedfortworth forum (you have to join to comment)

caption this photo.

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sent to me by Bart King of www.bartking.net (from Portland)

Over 650 and growing on twitter.

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Tweet Tweet my own horn,
654 followers on Twitter for bikeblognyc.
Thanks.

You BlockHead!!

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Maybe Charlie Brown didn’t get the best moniker for his antics trying to kick a football, but its a fitting name for this new stem created by ITP gradutes Che-Wei Wang and Taylor Levy:
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The unique designers have created a solid block of 7075 aluminum, on the heavy side but…indestructible.

According to the designers,
“The first 5 people to purchase the stem from us can use the discount
code, agoodword, to get 25% off.”
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Visit CWanT.com for the goods.

more about the designers…
“CW&T” is Che-Wei Wang and Taylor Levy. They are both graduates of ITP
at NYU. cw&t leverage technology and computing to reconsider the ways
we keep time and construct space. They currently teach architecture at
Pratt Institute and work in Brooklyn, NY.

Time’s Up events, Summer Streets.

(I didn’t write this btw, but I’m always down to promote the best cycling organization in NYC-Time’s Up)

**Saturday, August 22nd will be 2009’s last Summer Streets Auto-Free day!
Make sure to bike or skate over to Time’s Up!’s table at Astor Place Cube between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.- we will have a variety of community-building and sustainable activities such as free bike repair, a dance area and dance ride, and free kids bike decorating. See events listing for more details:
VIDEO from last week:

PHOTOS! here at flickr

Lets make every Summer Streets better than the last!
times-up.org

D.O.T. Summer Streets Information

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NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES!
– Shadow mechanics to assist mechanic classes and workshops
– Volunteer coordinators to help bring new volunteers into the fold and link up with committees or campaigns and events
– Fundraising coordinator to help coordinate fundraising meetings and activities
– Archivists

If you are interested please email events to: timesup@gmail.com

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–SUPPORT TIME’S UP! Environmental Organization today by making a tax-deductible donation or becoming a member Here.
You can even donate real estate!
ALL DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE

Time’s Up! is a 20-year-old nonprofit, grassroots environmental organization working to make New York City- and the world- a healthier and more sustainable place to live. All of our events and campaigns are free and open to the public- educational and fun bike rides, bike repair workshops, movie nights and presentations, community garden workdays and outreach, bike and public space advocacy and more.

Time’s Up.org

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Come join us for the rides, events and workshops listed below. Details follow the headlines.

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1. CONEY ISLAND CYCLONE RIDE
Friday, August 21st
7 p.m.- Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge
7:25- Carroll Street Drawbridge, Brooklyn (between Nevins and Bond)
7:50- 69th Street Pier, Brooklyn (Shore Parkway Bike Path Entrance)
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2. GREENING THE GOWANUS
Saturday, August 22nd, 10 a.m.
Degraw Street off Nevins Street, Brooklyn
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3. SUMMER STREETS- TIME’S UP! at ASTOR SQUARE CUBE
Saturday, August 22nd, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Astor Place Cube at Lafayette & 8th Street
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4. HISTORY, MYSTERY, MURDER AND MONEY TOUR
a.k.a. the Lower Manhattan Historic Ride
Saturday, August 22nd, 10 p.m.
Manhattan Entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge (SW corner of Chambers and Centre St./Park Row)
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5. CRITICAL MASS: MANHATTAN
Friday, August 28th, 7 p.m.
Union Square, North Side
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6. RIVERSIDE RIDE
Saturday, August 29th, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)
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7. PEDAL TO PRESERVE PELHAM BAY PARK
Sunday, August 30th, 9 a.m.
Meet up point: Bike & Roll Pier 84, Hudson River Park, 12th Avenue at 43rd Street
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8. CALENDAR MAILING PARTY AND VOLUNTEER MEETING
Monday, August 31st, Starts at 4:30- come when you can!
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets
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9. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** Now in NYC and Brooklyn! **
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday Workshops will be held at ABC No Rio which is located at 156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets.
Wednesday and Sunday Workshops will be held at Time’s Up! Brooklyn which is located at 99 South 6th Street off Bedford Avenue
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BOOKMARK OUR EVENTS CALENDAR!

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1. CONEY ISLAND CYCLONE RIDE
Friday, August 21st
7 p.m.- Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge
7:25- Carroll Street Drawbridge, Brooklyn (between Nevins and Bond)
7:50- 69th Street Pier, Brooklyn (Shore Parkway Bike Path Entrance)

The Cyclone Ride goes to Coney Island Amusement Park (Brooklyn) from Manhattan. We should get there just in time for the fireworks! This is a casual ride at a relaxed pace.
Bring locks as we plan to lock up and ride the rides. Bring money for food and amusements, and a swimsuit if you plan to hit the waves. We usually spend about an hour and a half in the park, on the beach (and in the water!), on the boardwalk, at Nathan’s, and everyone has a GREAT time! Some people return on the subway, and others ride back at a faster pace.

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=cyclone-ride

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2. GREENING THE GOWANUS
Saturday, August 22nd, 10 a.m.
Degraw Street off Nevins Street, Brooklyn

Birds, bats, garbage, and plants! Volunteers are needed for the Clean & Green Gowanus clean up. The clean up will begin with the construction and painting of bird houses and bat houses (which will later be installed near the canal), followed by clean up and greening of Degraw and nearby streets and planted areas.

http://times-up.org/calendar/detail.php?calendarid=2328
www.gowanuscanalconservancy.org/

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3. SUMMER STREETS- TIME’S UP! at ASTOR SQUARE CUBE
Saturday, August 22nd, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Astor Place Cube at Lafayette & 8th Street

We will be featuring a wide variety of community-building and sustainable activities such as hoola-hooping, free bike repair, a dance area and dance ride, and free kids bike decorating. The Time’s Up! table provides information, calendars, maps, and apparel.
Last Saturday we ran out of wind-powered pinwheels at the kids bike decorating area- we had over 400! We are looking for more donations of pinwheels, bike decorating materials, and of course financial contributions!

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4. HISTORY, MYSTERY, MURDER AND MONEY TOUR
a.k.a. the Lower Manhattan Historic Ride
Saturday, August 22nd, 10 p.m.
Manhattan Entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge (SW corner of Chambers and Centre St./Park Row)

Visit glamorous and notorious Lower Manhattan’s most famous spots in history, infamy, and unparalleled opulence: including the world’s biggest gold vault; New York’s legendary Five Points (scene of Scorcese’s movie Gangs of New York); site of Capt. Kidd’s home; the most important place in the history of the USA; the building that still bears the scars of the Wall Street bomb that killed 36 people- and much, much more!

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=mhmm-tour

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5. CRITICAL MASS: MANHATTAN
Friday, August 28th, 7 p.m.
Union Square, North Side

Critical Mass is a spontaneous celebration of what our streets could look like. this fun group ride encourages new cyclists and creates safer streets and new green infrastructure. Strap some music to your bike and make sure to bring appropriate lights and bells.

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6. RIVERSIDE RIDE
Saturday, August 29th, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)

Come join bicyclists and skaters (and the occasional unicyclist) for a leisurely ride through Central and Riverside Parks. Weather? Our record suggests we only call off these rides when no one in their right mind would have fun. Appropriate for experienced skaters, and bicyclists of just about any skill level. We hope these rides encourage more folks to enjoy the parks at night, without motor vehicles, in a quiet, safe, relaxed setting. The ride is about 12 miles long, and we return to Columbus Circle around midnight.

Check out pictures at here.

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7. PEDAL TO PRESERVE PELHAM BAY PARK
Sunday, August 30th, 9 a.m.
Meet up point: Bike & Roll Pier 84, Hudson River Park, 12th Avenue at 43rd Street

Environmental and biking organizations from five boroughs are joining together to gain much needed attention for NYC’s biggest park- Pelham Bay- home to coyotes, wild turkeys, and red tailed hawks.
Join us for a 25-mile one-way bicycle ride along existing and proposed portions of the East Coast Greenway in Manhattan and the Bronx. Upon arrival at the Liberty Memorial in Pelham Bay, we will be working with local environmental groups to clear trash and invasive species, learn about the nature of the park and celebrate with a well-earned lunch (please pack your own).

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8. CALENDAR MAILING PARTY AND VOLUNTEER MEETING
Monday, August 31st, Starts at 4:30- come when you can!
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

Come be a part of Time’s Up! and help us plan our late summer and fall events! This is always a fun meeting with a lot of energy. Help suss out upcoming rides and events, including clown rides, garden clean-ups and more. New volunteers welcome.

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9. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** Now in both NYC and Brooklyn locations! **

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=bike-co-op

*MANHATTAN WORKSHOPS*
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WOMEN AND TRANS BICYCLE REPAIR NIGHT
Every Monday, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

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BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
1st Tuesday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Tuesday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Tuesday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Tuesday- Wheels and Spokes

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FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.

*BROOKLYN WORKSHOPS*
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FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue

Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.

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BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
Every Sunday, Lessons from 2-4 p.m., Open Workshop from 4-6 p.m.
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue

Come learn how to fix bikes from 2-4, and then work on your own bike from 4-6.
1st Sunday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Sunday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Sunday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Sunday- Wheels and Spokes

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