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Two Coney Island Rides Friday (8/19)

Quick clarification:

There are two Coney Island/Fireworks rides on Friday.

One hosted by the 5 Borough Bike Club and the other Time’s Up.

Go figure.

First the 5bbc ride:

Friday, August 19, 2011

Day Ride
CONEY ISLAND FIREWORKS
6:45 PM sharp, Union Square North (17th St & Park Ave South), or 7:30 PM, Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge (South 5th Pl & South 5th St), or 8:00 PM, 11th St & Prospect Park West, Brooklyn. 15 miles, easy pace.

More info visit: 5bbc.org

And Time’s Up

Coney Island Cyclone Ride Fri, Aug 19th, 7:00 pm, Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge (SW corner of Chambers and Centre St/Park Row) OR 7:25 in Brooklyn at the Carroll St Drawbridge (btw Nevins and Bond) OR 7:50 at the 69th St Pier in Brooklyn at the Shore Pkwy bike path entrance (take 68th St)

More info: Time-up.org/cyclone-ride

Wonderdonk!

What the hell is Wonderdonk? An upcoming bike-in-movie event at the Onderdonk House, the oldest Dutch Colonial house in Brooklyn.

Press:

Come join 2 (w)heels, Cinebeasts and the Onderdonk House for the second installment of the “Wonderdonk Bike-In Movie Series” on the border of Ridgewood and Bushwick. It is held at the Onderdonk House, which is the oldest Dutch Colonial house in NYC! Join us on the bucolic grounds for animated shorts by local filmmakers and the animated movie, The Point (1971). Bike or walk to the location as there is plenty of space for bikes inside! There is a $7 suggested donation but kids are free! B.Y.O.Picnic Blanket. BBQ and refreshments will be available from local busineses Cafe Ghia and Barcey’s Coffee. There will also be a ‘Bushwick Print Lab’ which will be creating live silkscreen prints for moviegoers!

What: Wonderdonk Bike-In Movies Series, featuring The Point (1971)
When: August 27th, 2011, 8:30pm (gates open at 7:30pm)
Where: The Van der Ende-Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Avenue (corner of Onderdonk Ave)
Who: The 2(w)heels Collective and Cinebeasts

Facebook event.

Website: 2-w-heels.org

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Village Voice article about cyclists hit and run.

Back in November, 2010, Michelle Matson and her boyfriend James were seriously injured by a speeding car. After a rather useless investigation by the local police, with a “you should be thankful your alive,” attitude, the couple had to resort to there own information gathering including a flyer campaign, looking for witnesses.

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In this weeks village voice reporter Camille Dodero retells the story and the lack of effort by the cops even though there was a lot of evidence to work with.

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Hell on Wheels: Anatomy of a Greenpoint bike accident
By Camille Dodero Wednesday, Aug 17 2011
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On October 23, James Paz remembers something inhuman slamming into his bike, the terrifying sensation of his body hurtling through the air, and the instinct of trying to land with-out smashing his face on the Brooklyn asphalt. He remembers struggling to his feet and looking back for his girlfriend, Michelle Matson, who’d been pedaling behind him down Franklin Avenue on her beat-up cruiser. And he remembers that she wasn’t there.

Read more: here.

Pedalpushers Club and Levi’s new tour

Recently Levi’s jeans released a new line for the urban bike commuter including a water resistant pair of skinny jeans with it’s own built in u-lock holder, the 511 commuter. (source: highsnobiety.com)

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Last week Levi’s teamed up with Urban Outfitters to launch a city-wide tour to show off the line along with bike repair and musical guests.

My friends over at the Pedalpusher Club, who are t-shirt designers and printers (who made my bikeblog tshirts) have come up with a line of shirts for the tour.

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They’ve created six unique designs for the tours biggest stops: Portland, NYC, Philly, LA, Austin, and SF as well as they’re “Ride More Drive Less” design available at every stop featured at participating Urban Outfitter shops. Nice to see this small company get some much deserves exposure with the big boys.

Wrenched NYC-chrome party 8/18

Chrome has been throwing some killer parties in their stores the third Thursday’s of the month.

This Thursday is the launch of Wrenched NYC.

Here is a press release:

We are super stoked to tell you about the release of Chrome’s WRENCHED NYC — the second installment of our free bi-annual alternative guide to city living. As you may remember from WRENCHED SF, each issue focuses on one major city and provides readers with insight on places to eat, drink, shop, wander, party, and relax as suggested by a select group of each city’s creative and cultural contributors.

WRENCHED NYC taps into the brains of: Amy Gunther, Austin Horse, Dave Ortiz, Shadi, Gina Marie Scardino, Gino Ianncci, Joe Avedisian, John Igei, Jou-Yie Chou, Kyle Demmers, Michael Chernow, RB Umali, Ricky Powell, Rodney Smith, Squid, Steve Rodriguez, TAK, Troy Denning, Tyler Clemens, Abe Burmeister and Uli Rimkus.

WRENCHED Launch party, a night of mayhem: We’ll be celebrating the zine release in conjunction with our monthly concert series, Third Thursday. Press and public are invited to come celebrate the launch of WRENCHED NYC with Chrome and the WRENCHED mob.
When: Thursday, August 18th / 8pm EST (this Thursday!)
Where: Chrome NYC / located at 238 Mulberry Street in SoHo
Featuring: DJ set by Thatkidprolific, live music from Jeru the Damaja and one-night-only art instillations from WRENCHED-featured photographers: Ricky Powell, Shadi and Takuya “TAK” Sakamoto. Complimentary beer and vodka drinks provided by Asahi and Berentzen.

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This Sunday-Throwdown in the Boogie Down-Bronx, Alleycat

There’s a new alleycat in the Bronx this Sunday (8/20)

Throwdown in the Boogie Down!

Find out more at Urbancyclist Worldwide and nycmesskings.tumblr.com.

Time’s Up-Coney Island Ride

Time’s Up has been hosting these great rides to see fireworks at Coney Island. Here is the next installment,

Friday, August 19. Union Square, NYC

We leave 7p sharp (17th St & Park Ave South), or join us at:
7:30p (Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge) or
8p (11th St & Prospect Pk W., the “Bike Zone” at Celebrate
Brooklyn, just inside the park). 15 miles, easy pace,
as the crow flies.

Safe cycling, moon-lit schmoozing, and glorious fireworks await
you on this leisurely-paced 15-mile ride to Coney Island.
Using bike lanes and bike paths, both new and old, we’ll wander
from the East Village to Prospect Park and then off to Coney Island for
their weekly evening fireworks presentation. Ride ends at Windsor Terrace,
where some of the group will have a late dinner at Enzo’s Brickoven, and ride back
to Manhattan afterwards. Co-sponsored by Transportation Alternatives
and the Five Borough Bicycle Club. Please RSVP to fireworks@5bbc.org
and tell us which start point you’ll be using.Your hosts for tonight’s ride:
Ken Williams, Josh Gosciak, from 5BBC.

And this is how we’ll ride (with both hands on, though).

Bicycle debate on the Daily News live blog

Not sure if this type of thing is good for the NYC bicycling community or not, but I was contacted by the Daily News about an online debate they are having tomorrow and looking for your participation.

Find out more Here.

Vacation in Maine

I’m in lovely Bath Maine for the week on our annual family get-together. Enjoying the finer things.

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Posts are going to he a little sparse until next week.

Love
bikeblognyc

Book Release and Discussion-BIKE NYC

We’re having a book release and discussion for our new travel guide to cycling in NYC.

BIKE NYC by Marci Blackman, Ed Glazar and Michael Green

Saturday, August 6th at the Word Up Community Book Store
4157 Broadway @ 175th St.-Washington Heights
2-4pm

“Celebrate the release of Bike NYC: The Cyclist’s Guide to New York City by award winning writer Marci Blackman, Photographer, Ed Glazar and bicycle blogger Michael Green. Kurt Boone, a poet and freelance writer for Urban Cyclist Worldwide will host a discussion about cycling in New York City. After the discussion Marci and Ed will answer questions from the audience on cycling in the city. (Michael Green will not be in attendance due to family obligations.)

Press:

Urban Velo Magazine: review.

New York Press: article/interview.

Velojoy Cycling Blog: review.

Article about the Word Up pop-up shop book store in the NY Times.

Video of the Messenger Poet and host of the event: Kurt Boone–

Manhattan from Kurt Boone on Vimeo.