Day of the Chicken, the Ikea Bus and More

Curbed declared today the day of the chickens as restaurateur Alan Harding threatened to keep chickens in the backyard of his new place as a measure of revenge against the Brooklynites giving him heat for opening over a dozen restaurants in the borough with his partner Jim Mamary. They’ve been ranted at in community board meetings and had to pay over $20,000 in legal fees. Residents liken their expansions to a chain, even though the restaurants have different names and styles. [Curbed]

Urban Designer Mike Lydon explains that without properly investing in bike infrastructure, no city has a real chance of expanding biking opportunities for residents. He divides the aspects of the network into four parts and delineates what it takes to get beginner, intermediate, and expert bikers all on the roads and feeling safe. [Planetizen]

The free Ikea shuttle bus is providing all New Yorkers, not just shoppers, with easier access to the waterfront neighborhood that's served by only one bus line and cut off from the rest of the borough by the BQE. Only eight of the 19 riders on the first bus of the day last week actually went into Ikea. The rest enjoyed other parts of Red Hook. [2nd Avenue Sagas]

Bus riders flood mass transit in recent years while transit bigwigs fail to accommodate the increased ridership, the Post reports citing a report by the Straphangers Campaign. Between 1997 and 2007 the average weekly ridership increased 22 percent while buses only increased 15 percent. Riders claim to have to wait for more than two busses to pass until they can enter in worst-case scenarios. [Straphangers Campaign]


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