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Critical Mass-it’s not just for anarchists, union workers take it to the street on bikes.

Here is a press release from today’s union bike protest:

JANITORS, BIKERS AND “THE ETHICIST” RIDE AGAINST RACE TO THE BOTTOM IN NYC LUXURY BUILDINGS

-Working Conditions at some Cornerstone Luxury Residential Buildings Denounced as Substandard-

New York, NY – Cyclists swamped Park Avenue South today in the family-friendly Ride for the American Dream protest of a “race to the bottom” at some luxury residential buildings developed by TF Cornerstone.

“We don’t begrudge Cornerstone’s success,” said Larry Engelstein, Executive Vice President Elect of 32BJ. “But when you charge $5,000 for a 2 bedroom, shouldn’t you provide the workers who run these buildings with what they need to live and advance in New York City?” That’s what’s expected in our city, that’s what responsible landlords have been paying for decades.

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Cyclists and supporters of the New York City residential building service workers, including former New York Times Ethics columnist Randy Cohen, and Larry Engelstein, Officer of 32BJ SEIU, wore bright T-shirts and signs that read “$2 for the American Dream” while gathering outside Cornerstone’s headquarters on Park Ave South. Then rode across the Queenboro Bridge into the Long Island City waterfront where Cornerstone has several luxury buildings.

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“In a country as wealthy as ours, a prosperous employer has an ethical obligation to provide employees with decent benefits. Could the developers of luxury buildings increase their profits by refusing such minimal demands? Sure. Much as coal companies once increased theirs by hiring six-year-olds or factory owners by demanding a 60 hour week. But that’s not my idea of the American dream,” said Randy Cohen, former New York Times’ Ethicist.

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Building service workers charge that T.F. Cornerstone, one of the fastest growing real estate developers in New York City, is denying its service workers industry-standard security, retirement, safety-training, citizenship assistance, scholarships and advancement opportunities afforded to 55,000 building workers in the city.

For just $2 per hour per worker more, Cornerstone could stop this destructive race to the bottom that stands in the way of the American Dream for service workers.
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With more than 120,000 members in eight states and Washington, D.C., including 70,000 members in New York, 32BJ SEIU is the largest union of property service workers in the country and the largest private sector union in the states.

For more info:
cornerstonecutscorners.org

TA celebrates new bike sharing

Transportation Alternatives
is celebrating the new bike sharing program:
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Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
7-10pm
Roulette
509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn. (@3rd Street)

Valet bike parking will be provided on a first come, first served basis

For more information, please e-mail membership@transalt.org or call 646 873-6036.

Details from TA:

Transportation Alternative’s Citi Bike Celebration is less than two weeks away! Join us for drinks, dancing and a celebration of the wonderful ways Citi Bike will change New York City when it launches. On Thursday, August 23rd, we’ll Celebrate Citi Bike at Roulette with beer from Brooklyn Brewery and delicious food from Habana Outpost. Buy your tickets before Thursday, August 16th and you’ll be entered to win a David Byrne Messenger Bag.

There will be live music from Dujeous, a photo booth, bike ballet — a spectacularly choreographed dance on bikes — and a silent auction with items from local businesses as well as other fun festivities!

Auction sneak peak: All proceeds for the evening support T.A.’s advocacy campaigns. Here’s just a sampling of what will be available for bidding during the auction:
3-speed Linus Bike
Chef’s Tasting for Two at Anella (Greenpoint)
Case of 2008 Helix Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla, Washington
Pair of Learn the Ropes Classes from Brooklyn Boulders

Plus more from:
Nitehawk Cinema
Henry Public
The Meatball Shop
Brooklyn Winery
Darling
PDB Jewelry
Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store
Brooklyn Slate Co.
Owl and Thistle
Nona Varnado

and more…

Purchase tickets: here.

This Week at Times Up

This Week At Time’s Up!

1. SARA D SUSTAINABILITY SERIES – BIKE REPAIR AND SAFETY
Friday, August 10th, 6:30-8:30pm
M’Finda Kalunga Garden (Entrance on Rivington between Forsyth and Chrystie)
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2. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, July 13, 7:00pm (2nd Friday of the Month)
Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park
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3. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, July 14, 9:00pm
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn (Northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave. and Eastrern Parkway Intersect.)
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4. 21st CENTUREY SCHIZOID RIDE
Sunday, August 12, 6pm
Tompkin Square Park at the big Gaia tree
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5. TIMES UP RADIO HOUR
Tuesday Nights from 9-10pm
http://www.radiohive.org/category/shows/times-up
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6. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
In both NYC and Brooklyn locations!
See events listing for details.
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FOLLOW US ON TWITTER!
www.twitter.com/@nyctimesup

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Times-Up-Environmental-Organization-NYC/160412097389829

BOOKMARK OUR EVENTS CALENDAR! http://times-up.org/calendar/calendar.php

Become a member at http://times-up.org/index.php?page=membership-support

Sign up for our volunteer list by e-mailing timesupvolunteer@gmail.com

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1. SARA D SUSTAINABILITY SERIES – BIKE REPAIR AND SAFETY
Friday, August 10th, 6:30-8:30pm
M’Finda Kalunga Garden (Entrance on Rivington between Forsyth and Chrystie)
http://www.facebook.com/events/350479195031988/

Extend your green network and build your sustainability skills! Lower East Side-base nonprofit organizations Green Map System and Time’s Up are teaming up for a series of free workshops and practical trainings in community sustainability. Carbon-free mobility! Green collar jobs! Waste reduction! This week, Time’s Up! volunteers will be teaching Bicycle Repair and Safety! Come spend your Friday in a lovely community garden with Friends, learn, share, and help build community!

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2. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, August 10th, 7:00pm (2nd Friday of the Month)
Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park and Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge
http://times-up.org/index.php?page=brooklyn-critical-mass

Second Friday of every month, meeting at Grand Army Plaza. Come out and join Critical Mass in Brooklyn. Celebrate cycling, and assert your right to the road — Brooklyn style!

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3. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, August 11th, 9:00pm
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn (Northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave. and Eastrern Parkway Intersect.)
http://times-up.org/index.php?page=moonlight-ride-prospect-park

Second Saturday of the month, every month. This is a safe, peaceful ride that visits many of the little-known treasures the park has to offer.

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4. 21st CENTUREY SCHIZOID RIDE
Sunday, August 12, 6pm
Tompkin Square Park at the big Gaia tree
http://www.facebook.com/events/385770371477184/

Discover the sights and sounds behind the making of the Talking Heads, and the little known influences on the downtown NYC music scene in general, by bike, listening and dancing to a carefully prepared tapestry of songs from that era.

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5. TIMES UP RADIO HOUR
Sunday Nights from 7pm-8pm
http://www.radiohive.org/category/shows/times-up

Times Up!, the NYC Direct Action Environmental Organization, now has a show exclusively on Radiohive. Hosted by Geoff and Keegan. Tune in Tuesdays from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM EST. Details: The Time’s Up! Radio Hour will keep you abreast of Time’s Up!’s current campaigns. Hosts Geoff and Keegan will introduce you to the volunteers who are spearheading those campaigns, update you on past victories, and inform you of upcoming events and ways you can get involved. Come listen to our radio show, join our bike rides, and volunteer to save the planet!

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6. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
In both NYC and Brooklyn locations!

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=bike-co-op
*MANHATTAN WORKSHOPS*
156 Rivington Street, between Suffolk and Clinton Streets in the Lower East Side

MONDAY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOP, 156 Rivington St
Every MONDAY, 6:30 p.m.
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

THURSDAY FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP, 156 Rivington St
Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.

*BROOKLYN WORKSHOPS*
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue under the Williamsburg Bridge

TUESDAY WOMEN AND TRANS BICYCLE REPAIR NIGHT
Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
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

WEDNESDAY FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.

SUNDAY FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Sunday, Open Workshop from 6 p.m.

Track or Die Alleycat, 8/11/12–NYC

Seen on: Urban Cyclist Worldwide:
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Date: Saturday August 11th, 2012

Time: Registration starts at 10:30am
Race starts at 12:00pm (sharp, Rain or Shine, we are racing)

Location: Washington Sq Park
Requirements : $5.00 & A Track Bike. (sorry, no gears guys)

BBQ/Awards Ceremony will be held after race. Participants eat FREE!!!

Are you the fastest, know the city better than anyone or do you just like to mash on your Track Bike? Come out & test your speed, skills & stamina. The name “Track Or Die” says it all. ARE YOU READY?

Help fund messengers documentary-Cinecycle

I just wanted to spread the word on a documentary project I truly believe in.

For over ten years film maker Daniel Leeb of Cinecycle has been immersed in the world of NYC bike messengers and the underground culture of Alleycat street racing.

Primarily he has followed two of the scenes most prolific riders and fiercest competitors, Alfred Bobe Jr. and Felipe.

Daniel is a superb film maker on this subject and has acquired years of footage and although the film is not yet complete, I know it Is going to be an amazing portrayal of this unique cycling lifestyle.

There is now a kickstarter page for this project to raise funds for its completion.

Here is more about the project from Daniel:

It was the summer of 2001 when I began a journey that has lasted over 10 years. I have followed and documented the rise of an underground subculture with its own language, code of conduct, mysteries, heroes and dreams. Racing along side these urban athletes, the world of the bike messenger has become my life, their community has become my family, and some of the fastest men on two wheels have become both my closest friends and the subjects of this documentary.

We are launching this Kickstarter to raise the funds necessary for post production and our last remaining shoots. After filming for 10 years, the editing process is no small task, especially when we are talking about editing 500 hours of footage down to 90 minutes. By participating in the project, you will become part of our family and you will aid in the completion of a film that is a true testament of human survival and a document of a magical time in New York when anything was possible … as long as you had a bike to get you there.

Video trailer:

Help fund this awesome project at their kickstarter page.

Race to Candyland 2

Race in Boston, August 18th to benefit the American Diabetes Association.

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NYC bike news cycle

Here are a bunch of NYC bike news that I decided to group into one post.

How about that bike sharing? Guys? Delays in Chicago could be similar to what’s taking so long here.

Chicago Delay Fuels Concern About New York Bike Sharing
–NY Times

Here are a couple stories from the Brooklyn Paper.

What’s the scariest bike lane in Brooklyn? Jay Street? That’s what their readers claim in an online poll.

Mean Streets: Jay Street is the scariest bike lane in Brooklyn.–Brooklyn Paper

Brooklyn Bridge Park advisory board member used her influence towards new velodrome project.

Greasing the Wheels. Bridge Park Velodrome pedaled by Crony, Some Allege.–Brooklyn Paper

There are new two-way bike lanes around Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, but tell that to the double parked cars.

Parked Cars Already Blocking Grand Army Plaza’s Two-Way Bike Lane–Prospect Heights Patch

And a plan to expand the bike and pedestrian path on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Here’s The Plan For An Expanded Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian And Bike PathGothamist

New Bike Shop/Juice Bar-Juice Pedaler

Whoah, this is the woman who runs my kids preschool, Parker’s Place.

Looks like there is a new juice bar and family oriented bike shop in Windsor Terrace Brooklyn.

Juice Pedaler-154 Prospect Park SW.

Juice Pedaler Sails Toward Summer Opening
A new bike shop-slash-juice bar will soon open its doors on Prospect Park Southwest.
By: Lauren Evans
Published: July 9th, 2012

Fort Greene’s Red Lantern Bicycles may be the only spot in the borough that offers up a beer with your bike repair, but Windsor Terrace will soon have its own, family-friendly take on the ultra-hip bikes-and-beverages phenomenon.

The brainchild of Windsor Terrace parents Nicole Bilu and Deborah Capone, the Juice Pedaler will offer customers not only bikes—for sale or to rent—but a healthy menu of juices, coffee and pre-prepared snacks.

Read more: here.

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Update and reminder on 32BJ Union Ride-Ride for the American Dream

Ethicist Randy Cohen who wrote a great piece on his style of riding in NYC in the NY Times, will be joining this ride for justice…

PEDALLING IN PROTEST – JANITORS AND BIKERS TO RIDE AGAINST “RACE TO THE BOTTOM” IN NYC LUXURY RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS

- Working Conditions at some Cornerstone Luxury Residential Buildings Denounced as Substandard-

New York, NY – Park Avenue South will be swamped with bikes this Friday with cyclists expected to turn out for a family-friendly ride to protest what many building service workers denounce as a “race to the bottom” at some luxury residential buildings developed by TF Cornerstone.

T.F. Cornerstone, one of the fastest growing real estate developers in New York City, is denying its service workers industry-standard security, retirement, safety-training, citizenship assistance, scholarships and advancement opportunities afforded to 55,000 building workers in the city.

For just $2 per hour per worker more, Cornerstone could stop this destructive race to the bottom that stands in the way of the American Dream for service workers.

VISUAL: Bikers, Doormen and Supporters Wearing Bright T-Shirts and Signs that Read “$2 for the American Dream”

WHAT: Ride for the American Dream

WHO: New York City Residential Building Service Workers
Supporters include Randy Cohen former New York Times Ethicist
Larry Engelstein Officer of 32BJ SEIU

WHEN: Friday, August 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm

WHERE: Outside 387 Park Ave South, (between 27th and 28th ST. ) Manhattan
(Train 6 to 28th Street)
(At 3:30pm the cyclists will bike across the Queenboro Bridge into Long Island City)

With more than 120,000 members in eight states and Washington, D.C., including 70,000 members in New York, 32BJ SEIU is the largest union of property service workers in the country and the largest private sector union in the states.

Time’s Up spearheading a Community Garden Sustainability Series

Everyone’s favorite environmental direct action and education group, Time’s Up, now in it’s 25th year is hosting a Sara D. Sustainability Series.

More Info:

TIME’S UP! & GREEN MAP SYSTEM TEAM UP WITH M’FINDA KALUNG COMMUNITY GARDEN FOR THE SARA D SUSTAINABILITY SERIES

WHAT: Sara D Sustainability Series includes free bike repair workshops, green job skill training, learning to compost and creating mud balls to clean our waterways.

WHERE: Enter M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden on Rivington Street (between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets) in Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side.

WHEN: The workshops will take place each Friday in August from 6:30-8:30pm:

• 8/10 – Bike Repair & Safety with Time’s Up!
• 8/17 – Green Jobs in our Community with Green Map System
• 8/24 – Composting, Bokashi & Mud Ball Making with MoS Collective
• 8/31 – Bike Repair & Safety with Time’s Up!

New York, NY – - Time’s Up! Environmental Group and Green Map System will be hosting free practical training workshops, the Sara D Sustainability Series, each Friday from 6:30-8:30pm in the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden, which is located in Sara D Roosevelt Park. Participants will be learning about carbon-free mobility, green jobs and waste reduction in this wonderful outdoor space. Workshops will be postponed for heavy rain.

“Presenters of the series all have strong experience in their field and passion for the subject they will be discussing. Each is eager to share their knowledge with New Yorkers of all ages,” says Bill DiPaola, Director of Time’s Up! Environmental Group.

“Come join us for this free, exciting opportunity to learn green collar job and sustainability skills, share your ideas with others, and take an active role in making our city more livable,” says Wendy Brawer, Director of Green Map System.

For updates, check Facebook events page.