In the age of the SEC shredding evidence of corporate wrongdoing and big telecoms demanding pension cuts (Verizon) while recording record profits…here in NYC it’s win one for the little guy.
Yes, the big story this week is a Brooklyn judge denied the lawsuit of a small group of rich angry neighbors who were somehow so distraught over a .9 mile stretch of bike infrastructure.
Yes…THE BIKES WIN!
Here’s more from the New York Times:
Judge Rejects Groupsâ€™ Effort to Remove Bike Lane
By: Michael M. Grynbaum
August 16, 2011
â€œA judge on Tuesday dismissed an effort by Brooklyn residents to remove a hotly contested bicycle lane installed by the city on Prospect Park West, in one of the most closely watched controversies over a signature policy of the Bloomberg administration.
Two groups sought removal of the bike lane that was installed in 2010 along Prospect Park West in Brooklyn.
The decision represented a significant victory for the city and its transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, whose campaign to create streets more oriented to pedestrians and bicyclists has divided New Yorkers and prompted a fierce political debate.
There are two Coney Island/Fireworks rides on Friday.
One hosted by the 5 Borough Bike Club and the other Time’s Up.
First the 5bbc ride:
Friday, August 19, 2011
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.
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)
What the hell is Wonderdonk? An upcoming bike-in-movie event at the Onderdonk House, the oldest Dutch Colonial house in Brooklyn.
“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
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.
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.
Hell on Wheels: Anatomy of a Greenpoint bike accident
By Camille Dodero Wednesday, Aug 17 2011
“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.
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)
(photo by: highsnobiety.com)
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.
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.
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 cityâ€™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 â€œTAKâ€ Sakamoto. Complimentary beer and vodka drinks provided by Asahi and Berentzen.
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 email@example.com
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).