Long before everybody had a film festival and could make a movie with their iPhone in an instant, Rooftop Films was showcasing movie making artist works to the NYC public. What started as a renegade pop-up venue on a tenement roof in Manhattan has blossomed into a full fledged institution of cinema with submissions of film makers all over the world and screening events in great locations-besides building roofs.
This Monday, we are honored to be included in a outdoor cinema event which celebrates 20 years of short films, just a mere sampling of Rooftops huge archive.
The location couldn’t be better, under the cyclone rollercoaster at Coney Island. 7:30pm.
Here comes the bike culture connection: Jesse Epstein, Christopher Ryan and Me (Michael Green) had such an amazing time in 2002 being part of the Warriors bike ride, a messenger style race based on Walter Hill’s 1979 cult classic–The Warriors.
After forming our “gang” the Electric Vikings…we joined over 800 other participants to battle our way from the Bronx to Coney Island in a legendary bike event in NYC.
After having the ride of our lives…we decided to experiment in crowd sourcing video footage, way before it was cool and cut together a half hour documentary for the 2003 Bicycle Film Festival.
I know, there have been two other Warriors fun rides since the glory days of the early 00’s.
2014-Cyclehawk and Trackordie had a remake with a modern twist, checkpoints were done with photo evidence on Instagram #warriorsnyc.
Here is a time line of Warriors Movie and bike culture events.
1979-Walter Hill’s movie is released to the those New Yorkers who didn’t escape the “white-flight” of the late 70’s.
2002-The Messenger community organize a fun ride for a year based on the grimmey cult classic movie. 800 people come out to ride, get lost, get tattooed and survive the semi-gentrified world of NYC.
2003-The Bicycle Film Festival premieres the documentary: Warriors the bike ride. The documentary is lost in savage world of disgruntled spoilers and those pesky issues of copyright infringement.
2014-after years of cyclistists saying…”when’s the next Warriors ride?” Cycle hawk and Trackordie bust out another event in a very gentrified-NYC.
2015-A Warriors movie reunion is organized at Coney Island, screening the original movie with cast members and hardcore bands.
(There is another one scheduled for September 2016. Info: Here.)
2016-July 2nd, another Warriors fun ride is dug. Participants gather in the Bronx in their gang colors, take Instagram photos all over the city, battle in Sumo costumes and sing Kareokee in front of Barclay’s Center.
Its that time of year again, just when you thought it was safe to go outside, the 2016 Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) is making its NYC appearance from June 22nd to June 26th.
Although the event calendar does not look like it is updated yet, you can check back soon, we are sure, to see this years offering, a perennial long weekend packed with all kinds of amazing bicycling events.
BTW, now that we are on the subject, according the NYC Critical Mass facebook page, 15 cyclists rode at the 5/27/2016 Bike Month event, with no NYPD escort. Something to keep in mind for next month, which coincidentally falls on 6/24/2016, in the middle of the same weekend as the BFF. Still We Ride!
Could this be a long overdue permanent shift in NYPD resources to other assignments, such as to “Drivers Who Endanger Cyclists”, or just a random occurrence?
The 2016 edition of the Warriors Fun Ride is occurring on Saturday, July 2, according to a facebook event page, starting in Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, at 6 PM, and ending in Coney Island, Brooklyn, around 6 AM, the following morning. The all night ride is being organized by Cycle Hawk and Track or Die NYC.
Last held in August of 2014 (review1, review2), the ride is based on the 1979 cult classic movie “The Warriors“, an action thriller film, which centers on a Coney Island gang who must return to their home turf, largely on subways, after they are framed for the murder of a respected gang leader in the Bronx, but you do it by bike!
1) Your gang can be between 4-9 riders.
2) All bicycles are welcomed, the more creative, the better.
3) Special prize will be awarded to the gang with the best colors.
4) Each gang must have 1 active instagram account. This will help keep track of the points and give updates during the event.
5) Follow @WarriorsNYC on instagram.
Reportedly, a breakaway group of 8 rogue cyclists (instead of the registered 500 riders), complete with TWO sound bikes, managed to organize an ad hoc ride anyway, and braved the light brief rain, ending up at the bar Tender Trap in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, a possible site, for the after party of the WNBR.
Dry Brooklyn Bike Ravers on Kent Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn:
The WNBR, apart from celebrating what we really look like, takes on an even more serious tone this year, the rider’s nakedness symbolizing their vulnerability on the road, as cyclists Heather Lough and another yet named were already killed in May, raising the 2016 total to at least 8 cyclists killed in NYC.
Whether the NYC WNBR flops like the Bike Rave or not, there is always the Philly Naked Bike Ride to look forward to as well (date yet to be announced), a short 100 miles away where 1,000’s of cyclists ride free every year!
Last Friday night, cloudy, cool, and rainy in NYC, so NYC Critical Mass was not personally experienced, instead, opting to bike to the indoor, and heated annual free Bike Expo New York which closed at 8 PM that night (props go out to the volunteer mechanics from Recycle-A-Bicycle).
Meanwhile, in London, England, youtube video clearly shows a police officer hit a Critical Mass rider with his patrol car, run over and destroy another’s bicycle, and then take off, according to Evening Standard’s better youtube video. Not sure what led up to the confrontation? Apparently there was a questionable arrest before the cyclists’s surrounded the police car.
This contrasts with a report in Streetsblog, ironically today, which claims cycling is “booming” in London. I guess there are two sides to every story?
Here is an eyewitness account of the incident in London:
The spring edition of the NY Bike Jumble swap meet, the largest bicycle flea market in NYC, is coming again to the Old Stone House in Park Slope on Saturday 5/14/2016. Here is your chance to get a great deal on bicycles, accessories and clothing.
At 5th Ave. and 4th Street in Brooklyn, you’ll find vendors representing established bike shops as well as people with new and used bikes to sell.
Plus there will also be advocacy groups and bike mechanics from Time’s Up offering free bike repairs…so come on down!
Not so fast, it was reported only 4 cyclists showed up at the northern end of Union Square last month, at the usual 7 pm starting time, not even worthy an unwanted NYPD escort! That’s fewer than the number of cyclists killed this year in NYC.
Well, maybe we can take some solace in Critical Mass video from around the world, where the ride thrives, and hope for a better May when bike month begins?
Houston Critical Mass – 3/25/2016
Miami Critical Mass – 3/25/2016
London Critical Mass – 3/25/2016
Hamburg Critical Mass – 3/25/2016
April 23rd, 2016 | Category: General | Comments are closed
From 7 PM to 10 PM on Saturday May 14th, 2016 the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is hosting a fundraising “Bike Rave” described as “a glowtastic night ride along the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway” supporting the 14-Mile route that will connect neighborhood parks and open spaces from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. What a good cause?
Also during the ride, “a curated radio show by Newtown Radio will be streamed with a click of a button and played on portable speakers that you bring.” Cool or what?
The 8 mile route: “Starting in Greenpoint, the group will ride through Williamsburg, travel inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard, through DUMBO and Brooklyn Bridge Park and loop back to finish under the iconic Archway under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO”, where there will be “food, water and music and riders will compete for prizes for best decorated bicycles.” according to DNAinfo.
This international event, which can draw thousands, looks like it has great potential for a memorable night outdoors with fellow cyclists, based on videos from Vancouver, Canada,