It is also the 25th anniversary of the Coney Island Mermaid Parade…Good times.
Placing: (full race results will be on 5 borogenerals soon)
1. austin (fixed)
Here are some pictures from my flickr site.
Dave August’s video from the start…
2:00pm, center of Tompkins Square Park.
Come dance down the streets to celebrate community, our public space, and the gardens! We’ll visit some gardens, throw some seeds balls, unleash some surprises, partake in ritual, stand up against some slimy developers and end with an after-party/ rally at Children’s Magical Garden
Come downtown and dance to save the community gardens! So far this year, five gardens have been attacked by developers! Over 50 gardens still endangered –21 in Harlem alone!The Children’s Magical Garden de Carmen Rubio is in Danger!
Lets do what we have always done when faced with a threat: Dress up, Play music, Dance and make some noise as we call for support from the garden creatures!
We all need places to play, to dream, to connect with each other and theworld. For NYC, community gardens are some of those places. So are the streets. Unfortunately, the public commons are under attack. Let’s revel in the places and people that are still untamed.
The parade will finish with a rally and press conference at Children’s Magical Garden.
Bring drums and instruments! Bring the kids! Bring food, plants and seeds to share!
Come by Times Up! (49 East Houston) on Saturday morning starting at 11am on to decorate yourself and bike!
raindate June 17th
I forgot tonight is Trixie…track bike skill shares and hangout for the ladies. All are welcome. Last month it was a lot of fun hanging out and trying different things on a track bike in a not-so-intimidating enviornment. Social…community. Hosted by Kym Perfetto.
and lets not forget, free beer for the ladies and anyone who brings a female competitor…
Image from coverage of G8 summit on UK Indymedia.org
Check out this article from the Independent on Bono’s whims.
I know…stick to ranting about bike issues. But everyone needs a little riotporn now and then, like when 10,000 demonstrators shut down access to the 33rd annual G8 summit which is being held at the Kempinski Grand Hotel in Heiligendamm in the old Duchy of Mecklenburg in the Northern German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on the Baltic Coast. Its lovely there this time of year and each room has free HBO and porn channels so George W. Bush can get some relaxation when not doing photo shoots.
Meanwhile…Bike month may be over in NYC and the cops are stealing bikes, but in Sunny Portland Oregon…bike month is just underway.
Yes its… Pedalpalooza
Check out this promo video
Listen to the KBOO bike show all about Pedalpalooza
Last Wednesday, cops decided having bikes locked up on East 6th street was a huge public nuisance and took it upon themselves to remove locked bikes. Some might call this theft and continual harassment of the bike community making people feel its generally illegal to operate or lock up a bike in NYC.
info from Time’s Up.
“Witnesses state that without any prior notice, the NYPD used circular saws to cut the locks off of about 50 bicycles on 6th street and allowed people to walk up and take bicycles without showing any proof of ownership. The NYPD then took away approximately 15 of the bicycles in an unmarked van. Bikes locked to D.O.T. bike racks were also seized. In at least one case, the NYPD sawed through a $100 lock even as the bike’s owner showed the police her key to open the lock.
Cinematographer Robert Carnevale was arrested while videotaping the bike raid after he asked one of the officers for his name. Carole Vale, a nurse observing the scene, was also arrested when she asked why Mr. Carnevale was being detained. Mr. Carnevale was held for 22 hours and Ms. Vale was held for 13 hours.”
According to Time’s Up! there appears to have been a bike sweep last Wednesday Night in which Police clipped the locks and confiscated bikes along a whole block.
The bikes were on 6th Street between 1st avenue & 2nd avenue were allegedly taken by the police without notice. Time’s Up! says they have received phone calls and emails from four witnesses. Time’s Up! says the first witness to contact them said the police allegedly clipped her lock even when she approached the police and offered to unlock the bike. Time’s Up! and civil rights attorney’s are interested in hearing from other witnesses or anyone who had their lock clipped or their bike disappear. You can email Time’s Up! at firstname.lastname@example.org
At this time the Police do not seem to have posted any warnings or notices to alert bikers not to chain up on the block. Time’s Up says they canvased the street Friday and did not see any notices. There were mixed reports why Police might have confiscated the bikes – one reason heard was that the bikes were chained to public property. Another was that the community board had complained bikes are an eye sore and that bikes were even taken from bike racks. In any case, in general, it is a violation of the 4th amendment to seize property in this manner.
Again Time’s Up is interested in hearing from witnesses or if you had your bike taken Wednesday night from 6th street.
Police Arrest Witness
He was arrested after asking for the officer’s name.
Times Up pictures of raid
Vlad’s video of the raid
my picture set
Sunday, the 3rd was the 3rd annual Tour De Brooklyn, hosted by Transportation Alternatives. See I don’t just post about messenger events. It was a fun ride through Brooklyn, although we did break out and go for pizza at coney island. DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, spoke and went on the ride. She’s down with bikes.