New York City is starting to slowly recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, a week after ripping into the Eastern coast.
flooded streets on Ave C right near the hard hit Con Edison power plant-East Village, Manhattan
Damage ranges from minor disruptions in school and work loss to horrific destruction to neighborhoods closest to the tidal effects of the storms rising waters.
Casey Neistat of hilarious bike theft and bike lane video fame spent four hours in the height of the storm on bicycle, capturing incredible footage of lower Manhattan.
He received $500 for his footage from an Al Gore project and used themoney to buy clothing for hurricane victims on Staten Island. He documented the experience and gave us a glimpse of the forgotten borough and how destroyed it was.
There has been a huge outpouring of donations and volunteering especially in Red Hook Brooklyn and the Rockaways.
Many people were able to donate their time and arrive in decimated areas by bicycle.
Here is just one of many crews who rode out to the Rockaways over the weekend.
Meanwhile after closed subways, long gas lines and things like this:
Many New Yorkers discovered the best way to get around:
Bike paths and bridges were flooded with bike commuters who hopefully people found it a fast and safe way to get to work.
Need a bike of your own? Time’s Up has a whole fleet of recycled bikes ready to go for around $160.
There kept at their Brooklyn space at 99 South 6th St.
Here is an article:
Your Commute Post-Sandy – Courtesy of Time’s Up!
Worrying about what Monday morning commute will look like tomorrow? Many New Yorkers are – but not Time’s Up!
“Time’s Up! will open their Williamsburg space at 7am Monday & Tuesday with affordable Dutch-style bikes ready for the morning commute”
What does this mean for NYC, we will let them tell you:
“Volunteers from Time’s Up!, a non-profit Environmental Group, are working day & night fixing recycled affordable Dutch-style bikes ($140 & up) to have available for stranded commuters getting to work Monday morning.
WHEN: Monday, 11/5 and Tuesday 11/6, 7:00 am – 10:00 am
WHERE: 99 South 6th Street, Williamsburg, around the corner from the pedestrian entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge
Meanwhile, Time’s Up was providing power in the East Village by homemade bike powered generators and were able to charge thousands of local residents cell phones.
Here is the story:
Lower Manhattan Power Outage Brought Community Together To Help Needy Residents
Time’s Up New York
“I built these bikes for the Occupy Wall Street protests,” bicycle mechanic and Time’s Up New York volunteer Keegan Stephans said. The bicycle-powered generators he built were originally used to bring power to people in Zuccotti Park. After police broke up the protests, Stephens wasn’t sure the bikes would ever be used again, but kept them in the back of his Rivington Street bicycle repair shop next to ABC No Rio.
After the storm, the bikes were back and generating pedal power courtesy of Time’s Up New York. The “direct action environmental group” set up two stations in Lower Manhattan, one on Rivington Street and another at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space. Volunteers pedalled to power 20 or 25 cellphones at a time for local residents badly in need of a way to communicate.
Imagine this scenario. A devastating hurricane rocks the Eastern seaboard causing major damage, flooding subway tunnels and knocking out power to thousands of NYC residents. You have to get to work and there are no trains. Buses are free, but have massive lines and delays. Take a car? Even more lines and hundreds of angry motorists line up for hours for gas. What to do?
Don’t worry you’re not alone.
Here is a video from the Streetfilms.org crew of Clarence Eckerson, Elizabeth Press, and Robin Urban Smith, who stationed themselves at the entrance to the Ed Koch bridge (59th St.) to document some alternative modes of transportation.
There are no subways into Manhattan from Brooklyn so shuttle buses have been set up to ferry people across…except that their aren’t enough of them.
Need more convincing? How about this photo from Gothamist showing a huge lineup at Barclay’s Center where a bus station has been established to get people from Brooklyn to Manhattan for work and school.
More on this story here.
Ok, what about driving? Let’s say you can offer a ride share or carpool with others? Hope you have gas. Gas stations are running on short supply due to high demand. Don’t forget there are a lot of people who drive in from New Jersey and much of the state has no power…which means…No gas and they have a higher demand since a lot of people are relying on portable generators. 80% of New Jersey’s gas stations are closed according to CNBC’s Amanda Drury.
Brookylnspoke.com recently filled this report of his own building super trying to help out directing traffic on 4th Ave in Brooklyn and a massively cued up gas station.
Don’t forget, if you are lucky enough to have gas and can make it into Manhattan…there is NO POWER from 42nd street on down, which means no traffic lights and every intersection is a guessing game with stressed out, non-courteous drivers.
That’s why, I suggest…bike riding! Oh yeah, and Mayor Bloomberg announced “it’s the best way to get around the city.” Then he went and endorsed President Obama because he felt he was the better candidate for dealing with our planets changing climate…Gasp.
So come on New Yorkers, get on your bicycles.
Here is an article from the NY Times:
One Way Around the Traffic Muddle in Brooklyn: Riding a Bicycle
By: Kate Taylor
November 1st, 2012 (Photo by: Benjamin Norman-NY Times)
In post-storm New York, the bike is having a moment of sorts. With subways still not running under the East River or between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, traffic snarled in many places and lines for buses stretching for blocks, many people in Brooklyn took to bicycles on Thursday to get where they had to go.
“I’m extremely glad I have a bike right now — it’s one of the best assets you can have,” said James Emery, 22, who was riding on Thursday afternoon from Williamsburg to Red Hook to help a friend whose screen-printing business had been flooded.
Looking to rent a bike from an individual? Why not use the new social networking bike rental Liquid which you may remember as Spinlister (they changed their name)
They are now offering coupons for a FREE bike rental (up to $25.00) for hurricane Sandy relief. Find out more here.
How about riding in a group which have become known as “bike trains.” Blogger Doug Gordon, of Brooklyn Spoke, will be leading a train tomorrow (11/2/12) meeting at Gorilla Coffee (97 Fifth Ave-Brooklyn) at 8:15am.
And for one more bonus story, here is a real life account of one cyclists journey into a blackened Manhattan, post Sandy.
Even McDonalds is Closed: One Biker’s Post-Sandy Journey from Brooklyn to Manhattan
Today is November 1, 2012, three (give or take) days since Hurricane Sandy pummeled New York City. Duty called on the Upper East Side of Manhattan today, so I decided to bike from Crown Heights, over the Manhattan Bridge, and up the east side of Manhattan to Grand Central. And back. The following is a photo essay of the ride:
Then onto the survival of Saturday’s post apocalyptic cacophony of mutated bicycles, known as BIKE KILL.. (photo from DJ Dirtyfinger)
My favorite bike there: Big Bird
With the disclaimer: (photo’s by: Jonathan Beck AKA @BklynBiker)
Then it was on to this thing called Sandy, which some ditzy meterologist on the idiot box described as a historic event we’re not likely to see for a long time. Seems to me, based on data and empirical fact from just about every climate scientist in the world…that due to man made Climate Change, this massive storm is only the beginning of what will see.
That’s why I appreciated the work of a few brave environmentalists from 350.org who held this banner in Time’s Square on Sunday evening.
I didn’t venture out to much except for my storm chaser crew who went for a few walks around the block and the occasion view of the nearby Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.
My neighborhood of Park Slope wasn’t hit too bad except for a few smashed storefronts and knocked over trees, we got lucky.
I did finally venture out on Tuesday with a few friends on bike. We took a quick trip down to Red hook and saw the effects of flooding.
My heart goes out to all those who have experienced loss and are coping with the effects of hurricane Sandy. Rebuilding lives should be the number one priority. When the the water recedes, I hope this can be a wake up call to begin real discussions about the reality of climate change and what’s in store for the future of our planet.
Title: USAC Elite Track National Championships
Seen on: PROLLY
From Prolly:Track racing videos are always a thrill to watch:
“Just a few fun shots from the 2012 Track National Championships in Carson, CA. Includes Friday night racing of Team Pursuit, Women Kierin, Men Sprint, and PARA Men and Women Individual Pursuit.
Posted near Halloween, so obvious use of Misfits song.”
This just in…Mayor Bloomberg is also a radical zealot like our D.O.T. Commissioner JSK. At a recent meeting of transportation
authorities he declared bikes are more important then cars.
More from Gothamist: Cyclists Are More Important Than Cars, Bloomberg Declares
By: John Del Signore
October 26th, 2012
Today Mayor Bloomberg made an appearance at a major gathering of transportation agencies from across the nation and, with NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan at his side, said out loud what the tabloids have always suspected he feels on the inside: People in cars are third class citizens. Originally, “the streets were there to transport people,” Bloomberg said. “They are not for cars… One of the original ways was walking.” And he didn’t stop there.
“Cyclists and pedestrians and bus riders are as important, if not, I would argue more important, than automobile riders,” Bloomberg declared calling for more investment in mass transit and more of the “complete streets” designs that his DOT has been shoving down the NY Post’s throat for years now.
I’m a little late on this but there is a Design Book Fair this weekend at the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T) One program in particular seems very exiting to the world of cycling with a panel discussion on leading innovators into the design of bicycles.
The first Designers & Books Fair is set is set to launch on the last weekend of October in New York City—Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28. The Fair exhibition hall will include approximately 35 U.S. and European design book publishers and booksellers displaying and selling the newest titles for the Fall and upcoming holiday season as well as important backlist titles. Special Fair discounts (up to 30%) will be available on many books. There will also be rare and out-of-print book dealers; demonstrations of book arts, including calligraphy, letterpress printing, and bookbinding; and book signings. A special feature of the Fair will be programming in two auditoriums adjacent to the exhibition hall that will include presentations, interviews, and panel discussions—all with leading members of the international design community.
Right after the announcement of the course for the 100th Tour de France, here is some minimalist artwork…
TOUR CANDY 2013
Check out these gorgeous minimal artworks by the Netherlands based designer Chungkong. Away from his day job designing brand identities and advertising for his clients Chungkong spends time creating his own artwork, his posters are really eye catching. Chungkong strips the subjects down to their bare bones and brings them to life in vibrant and playful designs, covering a variety of subjects from cult movies, books and sports.