Alex Sverdlov had climbed the volcano alone a year ago. It took him three and a half days to reach the top and get back to sea level. The hike was peaceful and not steep, but it was challenging enough that he decided to summit the volcano again. He was an experienced outdoorsman and strenuous advent ... More >>
It's almost a wrap on another week, and it's time to start thinking about how to take advantage of the next 48 hours. Here's a look at our top weekend activities, which will help you indulge your inner -- or actual -- child.
A kayak experience through the East River
Saranac India Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company in Utica, New York Style: American IPA Serving style: Bottle Location: Little Pond Campground in the Catskills, which is somewhere upstate outside of the city. Don't ask me to explain it more than that. Cost: A fellow camper brought it, and I swip ... More >>
Yesterday, the Voice brought you news that Comptroller John Liu vehemently slammed Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration and the Department of Transportation, claiming that City Hall had not done enough to promote safety with New York's forthcoming bike share program. "Recent studies have found ... More >>
It's time to dust off that bike
Reporters repeatedly grilled Mayor Mike Bloomberg this morning about recent reports of the New York Police Department's surveillance of Muslim student groups at campuses throughout the Northeast. Bloomberg shot back at them that the NYPD policies are there to protect freedoms such as the free pres ... More >>
Last year, the Village Voice reported on the NYPD's "spectacularly offensive smear of American Muslims" in the form of a full-length Islamophobic training video. Now the AP comes forward with their investigative report that details how the NYPD watched Muslim students at colleges all across the Nort ... More >>
Take a free riding lesson
People who dislike treehouses are clearly not to be trusted.While we are somewhat irritated with the title of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith's classic and wonderful coming-of-age novel, being co-opted for anything imaginable related to Brooklyn, we have to say that Alexandra Meyn's Bro ... More >>
viaAccording to a new study from two Hunter College professors, approximately 1,000 pedestrians are hit by cyclists and sustain injuries severe enough for hospitalization yearly in New York state. About half of those -- 500 -- are in New York City. In reporting these stats, CBS mentions the c ... More >>
In the ongoing debate over bike lanes -- and who's either blocking them to cyclists or not using them properly as cyclists -- comes this video of a NYPD patrol car driving slowly and apparently leisurely along the Williamsburg Bridge bike path, which is ostensibly only for people who are either ridi ... More >>
Hooray for Hopstop, the go-to spot for finding out how to get to wherever you want to go in the New York City area, and elsewhere, too. Just the other day we were calculating how to get to a wedding in Brooklyn (thank you, God, for weddings in Brooklyn) and all of a sudden, after which trains ... More >>
Despite some very bitter and ugly public battles, a majority of New Yorkers approve of bike lanes, according to a poll released this week. The Quinnipiac University poll found that 56 percent of city voters say bike lanes "are good because it's greener and healthier for people to ride." The b ... More >>
Photo by Alex GoldmarkA blogger for Transportation Nation witnessed two cyclists being pulled over and ticketed in Manhattan for biking not on the sidewalk, but on the street -- just not in the available bike lane. According to the Department of Transportation, "you have the right to ride in ... More >>
Brooklyn Downtown StarListen, Prospect Park. The generous, benevolent Department of Transportation has bestowed upon you a big, green bike lane to keep you safe from all of those scary, lycra-clad cyclists. Big Brother (i.e., the city) says it keeps your babies safe and your Subarus dent-free, so ... More >>
Want to hear a good joke? "What is tougher than having one sleek mega-yacht for sale in a glutted market?" Wait for it. "The answer, for the moment at least, is having two mega-yachts on the market." Get it? But really, that's the beginning of an article in the New York Times, which reads lik ... More >>
Discord is brewing in the streets of New York. Or so the New York Times would have you believe, with its piece today on the latest urban conflict that plagues the people of our fair city: bike lanes. Last week, cyclists on Staten Island were mourning the loss of a local bike lane, which they ... More >>
Cyclists on Staten Island are getting worked up over a decision by the city Department of Transportation to strip away the bike lanes along Capodanno Boulevard in favor of a bus lane and a parking and turning lane. City officials, including a city councilman, the transportation commissioner, ... More >>
The Village Voice: Not blocking the bike lane.Oh, bike lanes. They are complex. It's so hard to know, for instance, where they stop and start, and how to actually use them. New Yorkers are accustomed to things being difficult, and maybe these new bike lanes are just so easy that our giant bra ... More >>
Take a kayak on the East River
Recent reports stating that bike ridership has reached 200,000-plus daily cyclists in New York City (more than any other U.S. city) have now come under fire. Cycling advocates are protesting that biking is not nearly as popular as all that -- yet.
It's gonna be nice out this weekend, folks. Real nice. And we deserve it. The forecast for us at Voice HQ is in the 60s and sunny. Perfect for pillow fights, patio pinochle, and ... park-going, obviously.
The intensely devoted single-speed and fixed-gear bike culture of Williamsburg has long been a source of fascination for people unbearably attracted to fashionably scruffy, trim, roguish-looking people, as well as the rest of the people who ride bikes in New York, and of course, exploitative ... More >>
BravoAh, the wonder of the great outdoors. There's nothing like it for exposing people's more shadowy idiosyncrasies: Some of us hate tents. Some of us like to practice voodoo. And some of us are happiest throwing horseshoes. It was, in all, a somewhat revealing week for our Top Chef contesta ... More >>
People complain about bike lanes elsewhere in the city, too, but Staten Island seems to have more trouble with them than most. The Staten Island Advance tells us that new bike lanes are planned for the borough even as "half of the paint forming the Bay Street [bike] route has worn away" because of t ... More >>
The drive by responsible cycling advocates to get us all to stop at stop lights, wear helmets, and generally bike like Urkel has reached the propaganda phase. Transportation Alternatives has launched a Biking Rules Public Service Announcement and Photo Competition. Make and submit videos and photos ... More >>
With all the pale green bike lanes going in across town, you might think we have a bicycle-friendly mayor. Nothing could be further from the truth. The bike lanes are really his method of hectoring motorists by eliminating car-traffic lanes--as are the pedestrian malls at Times Square and Heral ... More >>
Where's your helmet, buddy? They're after us cyclists again! The recent crackdown on biker traffic violations in Brooklyn was just the thin end of the wedge: now Hunter College has released a study of midtown Manhattan bicyclist behavior, showing -- brace yourself -- that bikers are lax about fol ... More >>
The self-explanatory "Study Finds Cyclists Disobey Traffic Laws" story in yesterday's Times drew a predictably snide reaction from Queens Crap, which has endorsed forced licensing of cyclists: "You're supposed to stop at a red light even if you're in a bike lane, pal." Streetsblog, however, says t ... More >>
There was another moving street event in New York yesterday: Time's Up's annual Day of the Dead observance, which memorializes local bikers who have passes to the unseen section of "the infinite bike lane." About 25 bikers, many costumed in the manner of traditional Dia de las Muertas celebrants, p ... More >>
Montreal. Now that's a city that knows how to do a bike lane Bridge-bike sabotage may be on the rise, but city planners are taking concrete steps to protect non-car traffic in a flurry of projects that reduce car-space on roads for the sake of pedestrians and bikes—throughout the city, plans ... More >>
The Red Hook Bicycle Master Plan Design Competition from Brian Lehrer Live on Vimeo. It’s widely acknowledged that Red Hook is one of the worst neighborhoods for public transportation. But could it be the best neighborhood for biking? The Forum for Urban Design would like to think so. Inspired ... More >>
The Staples Center: Somebody is sabotaging bikers on the Manhattan Bridge by scattering staples and other sharp objects. Lately bikers along the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges have been receiving a shiny welcome: staples. Bike shops neighboring the bridges began to notice a spike in bikers comin ... More >>
Beer Biking = A natural buzz Photo: Greg Mango Dead Fuckin’ Last. DFL for short. It’s generally not the best way to finish a bike race or any other competition. But most races don’t begin at one bar and end at another. Most races aren’t called Chumpionships. “We’ve got one plan, on ... More >>
Given all the venom—not to mention all the tax dollars expended by the NYPD to suppress Critical Mass bike rides, it was something of a surprise to open the glossy new Bike Month NYC calendar and find a listing for this month's cycle showdown in Union Square. The calendar was funded by the Depa ... More >>
The Ditty Bops bike tour finally ends, 4,500 jittery and often moonlit miles later
Call them the bike-lane liberation front. On Saturday afternoon in Manhattan, about 30 cyclists donned rubber noses and clown gear and set off from Washington Square Park in search of vehicles parked in bike lanes. "Nothing can shame a driver into moving out of the bike lane more than a pack of ... More >>
New York City's Transit strike may have inconvenienced millions of bus, subway and car commuters. But from a biker's perspective, it made the city a dream. (Click for a halcyon slideshow.) There were no hooting horns and buses plowing you into the sidewalk. No cabs and delivery vehicles jamming ... More >>
At least the strike makes New York skinny
Drop in Enforcement Leaves Kayaks Vulnerable to Jet Skis
Ditch the Subway. Keep the Cab Fare. Miss the Bus. Try a Two-Wheeled Commute for a Change.
A Bike Week Calendar
Enjoy the outdoors, preserve trails, visit historic sites, and relax!
Action Adventure, Behavior Modification, No Lanyards
In a 24-Hour mountain bike race, life begins at 4 a.m.