Brooklyn Cycling Made ‘Perfect’ In Samsung’s Galaxy

During a year in which NYC cycling deaths actually increased compared to the previous two years, smart phone manufacturer Samsung produced a TV commercial “Samsung Galaxy: A Perfect Day” posted to youtube on 11/10/2016, which already has over 1,814,000 views, idealizing youths cycling on Brooklyn streets all day on their own showcasing some of its famous neighborhoods.

At two points in the full video, the kids are biking on South 6th Street, in Williamsburg, home to the Time’s Up! Bike Coop!

Rumor has it, Time’s Up! received some of Samsung’s over $530 billion in assets for the use of their bike vending machine, building, and sidewalk for the shoot.


Screenshot from “Samsung Galaxy: A Perfect Day” youtube video 0:39.

In scanning some of the over 680 comments in the youtube video, they can be broken down into three general reactions:

1) What is the name of the song in the video? Answer: the Pixies’s “Where Is My Mind?” (1988) covered by Nada Surf (1999)

2) Something to the effect of, people feeling lonely and isolated, wishing their childhood were like what they were seeing in the video.

3) An isolated anti-bike rant: “Nice ad EXCEPT encourages kids to do dangerous stuff on their bikes. Riding off sidewalks into intersections, hogging the road, not stopping at stop signs, etc. Irresponsible of Samsung and its ad agency.” by a youtube user.

In spite of the fantasy depicted, the only real suggestion, is maybe to change the music to an artist who was actually born in Brooklyn, like Lou Reed’s “Street Hassle”, “Perfect Day” or Garland Jefferies’s “Wild in the Streets” to stick with the strong NYC theme of the video. Well at least 3/4 of Nada Surf were born in NYC.

Leave below in the comments what songs you think would go best with the video.


From the xup website:

Saturday December 31st, 2016
Three meet-up locations:
9:45PM at the Brooklyn-side entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge
OR at 10PM at Washington Square Park Arch, Manhattan
OR at 10:20pm Madison Square Park, 23rd & Broadway, Flatiron Sidenewyears2007_askew

Photo credit to Fred Askew (2007).

This is usually a fun, and large bike ride, no matter how cold the weather, and always free, so come on out, celebrate the closing of 2016, and who knows what 2017 holds in store for us?

If you are not going to do the bike ride you can meet up at Belvedere Castle and join the revelry where the ride usually ends in Central Park to a free fireworks show!

Giving Tuesday-Energy Bikes to Standing Rock

Looking for something Green and pro-active for the planet for #givingtuesday? How about this: 

Austin Horse and George Pigeon, two great animals, are taking self powered bicycle generators to the brave water protector’s camp at Standing Rock, North Dakota. Engergy Bikes for #DAPL Protest

From Austin Horse:

“Our goal is to bring new working energy generators & bikes and install them to support the water protectors protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline.”

Find out more and fund:


Beach Ride – Sunday, 9/11/2016 11:30 AM – Grand Army Plaza

Change of plans, because tropical storm Hermine has forced the City to close all NYC beaches, so the beach ride will occur on Sunday, September 11th, 2016, 11:30am–Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn instead.

From Time’s Up:
Join us for a leisurely bike ride out to Rockaway Beach to enjoy an endless Summer afternoon of swimming, and relaxing on the beach!

Invite your friends! Meet new ones! Let’s have a party on the beach!.

source of the event.

Kickstarter-Airlok, High Security Bike Storage Hanger

The world’s first high security bike storage hanger. Combines ultimate protection and elegant storage for your bike indoors or outside.

Find out more at their Kickstarter page.

Bike Theft With A Happy Ending.

Sent to me from Jordan Schau from Pure Cycles:
Here’s a story of one man’s quest to recover his stolen bike with the help of social media and a slice of pizza.

Over 1.5 million bikes are STOLEN each year in the US.

Half of all cyclists report having had a bike stolen at some point.

The vast majority of these bikes are not recovered…but every once and a while a lucky rider manages to get their missing bike back…but it usually doesn’t include ransom notes demanding hot dogs…

On April 19th, New Yorker Nick Diodato became another sad statistic of bike theft. His Pure Cycles’ Wallace was stolen from his apartment building by an enterprising thief. Nick wasted no time setting out to get his bike back.

Armed with surveillance footage of the suspect, a handful of flyers, and a flair for film – Nick took to the streets to ask the city for a hand reuniting him with his ride and #FindNicksBike was born. Nick mobilized his mission on social media – creating a video call to action for New Yorkers.

Despite the best efforts of Nick, the NYPD, and the friendly people of New York, on July 2nd the campaign to #FindNicksBike came to an inconclusive end. From back-alley chop shops, high-end bike stores, and even the seedy underworld of Craig’s List – no stone was left unturned, but Nick’s Wallace was still nowhere to be found…

It looked like Nick’s bike would never be recovered… until the afternoon of July 31st when Nick received a call on his tip line and, just like that, the search was back on! A mysterious caller* had information on Nick’s stolen bike, and they were willing to help him out in exchange for some demands of their own….chiefly pizza and hotdogs. With the help of three local bike shops Nick followed a trail of clues across Manhattan and was reunited with his bicycle! 

The moral of the story is don’t ever give up…and if someone wants to trade you pizza for a bike, don’t hesitate!

Beach Ride – Sunday, 8/28/2016 11:30 AM – Grand Army Plaza

Sunday, August 28th, 2016, 11:30am–Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn.

From Time’s Up:
Join us for a leisurely bike ride out to Rockaway Beach to enjoy an endless Summer afternoon of swimming, and relaxing on the beach!

Invite your friends! Meet new ones! Let’s have a party on the beach!.

source of the event.

Philly Naked Bike Ride – 9/10/2016 – 5 PM

Yes, only a short 100 miles away from NYC, is the MASSIVE 8th Annual Philly Naked Bike Ride (PNBR) scheduled for Saturday 9/10/2016 starting at 5 PM from a location yet to be disclosed. The public event is free.

You can also check out the PNBR facebook page, and facebook event for more frequent detailed updates.

WARNING: Video shows some naked people of both genders riding bicycles!

Bike Jumble – Park Slope – Saturday – 9/10/2016 – 10am to 4pm

Start to save your pennies, because the next Brooklyn Bike Jumble (the largest bicycle flea market in NYC) is on Saturday 9/10/2016 from 10 am to 4 pm, beside The Old Stone House at Washington Park, 336 3rd Street (bet. 4th and 5th Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Park Slope) where you can buy both new and used bicycles, parts, clothing, and other accessories.

Reportedly, representatives from both Time’s Up!, and Recycle-A-Bicycle will be in attendance too.

Click here here for vendor sign up.

Warriors the bike ride screening-Rooftop Films @ Coney Island 8/8/16

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.

Then it happened again, in July of this year…

Warriors Fun Ride 7/2/16
So Monday 8/8/16 take a ride to Coney Island, come out and plaaaaaay. I know you can Dig it. 


You can say, “we fought all night to get back to this?”

Event info: 

Rooftop films Summer Shorts Series.

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.

Photo’s from Gothamist.