Earlier this month, Citi Bike announced that its bike renters had taken over 5 million rides. And while they're certainly the biggest name in the bike rental game today, if they were operating 100 years ago, they'd have some stiff competition from Monk Eastman, an eccentric Brooklyn-born gangster w ... More >>
Bicyclist cuts off cab driver. Cabbie gets mad. To spite biker, cabbie steps on gas to cut biker off. Cabbie loses control of car, plows into pedestrian. Pedestrian loses her foot. Cabbie goes to jail. That's the narrative we were all expecting, right? Turns out 24-year-old Faysal Himon, the driver ... More >>
Catch Vertigo in Brooklyn Bridge Park
People like eating outside, and they'll stop at almost nothing to do it. They will choke down steaming food as mysterious water droplets rain down from air conditioners above. Crowd a party of eight into one pitiful corner of shade. Inhale exhaust (or canal) fumes along with aromas of fine wine. But ... More >>
Solve the crime in Bryant Park
Yesterday, New York Daily News columnist Denis Hamill wrote a column called "I Hate Bike Lanes." A masterpiece of curmudgeonly Andy-Rooney grumbling, the column flashes back to Hamill's memory of building his own first bicycle out of "assorted discarded parts mined from the wood bins of our tenemen ... More >>
Shortly before the City's bike share program hits the streets, Comptroller John Liu has slammed City Hall for "pedaling past safety," saying today that Mayor Mike Bloomberg's administration and the Department of Transportation have not taken proper measures to protect cyclists. At a press conferenc ... More >>
The Voice just got some info suggesting that the New York Police Department might boost bike ticketing efforts, including setting up more cycling safety checkpoints around the city -- and the NYPD doesn't plan on informing the public beforehand. Here's what's up: a reader was recently riding away ... More >>
Ten House Dems have come down on Mayor Mike's response to the NYPD's Muslim spy scheme, decrying his reaction as "underhanded and unprofessional." As detailed by The Associated Press (via Washington Post), the pols have demanded that Bloomberg end out-of-state spying. The electeds' outcry stems f ... More >>
Holly A. HeyserFancy a New York City pigeon for dinner? Hank Shaw can hunt you one. Scouting out wild edibles is oh-so-trendy these days, and many of New York City's restaurants even have on-staff foragers. But then some people have been hunting and gathering for years and years, way before ... More >>
viaIn some more clothing and bike-related news, the World Naked Bike Ride was postponed Saturday due to inclement weather. "We weren't going to get the turnout we were hoping for," volunteer organizer Joe Sharkey told us. "The weather was looking pretty bad."
That's what Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz wondered about the problematic bike lanes, which he opposes, in our fair city. "Elevated bike lanes -- that's the answer," Markowitz told Brooklyn Paper, for some reason. That way, cars could be reckless and cyclists could be where they b ... More >>
Evolving.Are we there yet? Alas, no, we are not. There's still one last hurrah for this season of Top Chef, but now that we've suffered through the sight of Mike Isabella diving topless for conch, it should be all downhill from here.
Winter or summer, fair weather or foul, patrons of Magnolia Bakery park their cars in the bike lane in front of the store. It happens all year long but is particularly noxious for bikers when the pavement is icy: Magnolia Bakery customers park their cars -- often unattended -- in the bike la ... More >>
Meet New York bike-scene fixture Pablo Airaldi. He made friends with everyone—except ICE officials.
And I oughta know! *Main thing: Be aware of parked cars flinging their doors open. If you get hit, you will be propelled into traffic and die. This is not advisable. *Also be aware of the traffic itself. Try to ride halfway between the parked cars and the oncoming trucks and you'll probab ... More >>
Sal making his home state proud. Pics by Chris, more below.Salvatore Principato/Safety Scissors Coco 68 Saturday, September 25 OK, pop quiz, hotshots. Salvatore Principato is: a) DJ and lead vocalist of post-disco titans Liquid Liquid, b) a local vegetarian chef, c) also known as UniverSAL ... More >>
Robert SietsemaM&T's pepper with bean curd sheets.Food nerds still hemming and hawing about making Labor Day plans, take note: September 6 witnesses the first "Asian Feastival," a smorgasbord of eats in Queens.
This guy's real happy to hear the news. The shocking announcement a few weeks back that BKLYN Yard was permanently shutting down -- robbing Brooklyn of one of its best outdoor venues, and marooning several great reoccurring summer parties -- still lingers, but perhaps the highest-profile of those ... More >>
If your longtime, deeply suppressed fantasy has been to cross a large body of water, preferably in scenic Italy, in one of those bouncy houses popular among the playground set, well, wake up, because your dream is dead. Or, more specifically, guys who are way cooler, more enterprising, and cr ... More >>
Since his run-off victory, Democratic public advocate nominee Bill de Blasio has been taking it slow and cautious, as may be wise in a race where Democrats are heavily favored. But his Republican challenger Alex Zablocki (pictured) isn't lying down for him. Zablocki, not a me-too party hack but a Te ... More >>
The wild ones, a new cycle of cruising
Now South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is saying that when he disappeared for days, untraceable by his colleagues and even his wife, he wasn't hiking on the Appalachian Trail -- nude or otherwise -- but "recharging" in Buenos Aires. We're sure this will add to the yap-yap and blah-blah from self-r ... More >>
Oh, and now the mayor wants bikes off the subway. "They are just too big, particularly at rush hour," he said on his Friday morning WNYC radio show. Well, yeah, since the cars got so freaking crowded. Bloomberg is normally a cycling enthusiast: he turned Manhattan avenues into a bike path last summ ... More >>
David Yassky's office called to explain the Councilman's stand on south Williamsburg bike lanes, one of which Yassky and others recently asked the DOT to remove. Communications Director Jake Maguire reiterated Yassky's commitment to a bike-friendly Billburg, but says the way the DOT installed lane ... More >>
A Gothamist reader tips us to an trick the city is apparently pulling on cyclists down near the Brooklyn Williamsburg Bridge entrance: "The bike lane arrows turn and point to the sidewalk... 3/4 ways down the sidewalk I get stopped by 2 cops telling me that I can't ride on the sidewalk.... And then ... More >>
Last June, the Voice profiled a Georgia gun dealer who was being sued by Mayor Bloomberg for selling guns that got used in New York crimes. Jay Wallace, owner of Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna, flew up to New York City for the first time ever and dug in to fight the “billionaire bully" to "his last ... More >>
"Hitting a Bicyclist Just Got Easier," says Justine of Greenpointers. While she says she's happy enough that North Brooklyn is getting plenty of new bike lanes from the DOT, she's angry that one planned route will run along Manhattan Avenue. "Are they out of their fucking minds?" asks Justine. She ... More >>
This $15 Anya Hindmarch canvas shopping bag, with its cute motto and sailor concept, has for some unknown reason sparked a major kerfuffle. Being a rather messy lady, we prefer water-resistant to white canvas. Here are some alternatives that we prefer, for picking up dirty (read: organic) veggies fr ... More >>
Seen yesterday on Lafayette, near East 4th Street: The photo shoot for an upcoming city campaign promoting bike safety. Note the bike lane extending up onto the hood of the red car—wow.
Tall-bike clubs live free, ride high, and don't want your stinking logo
Wednesday night’s rush-hour commute was thicker and meaner than the first night of the New York City transit strike, and for bikers, it signaled the end of the free ride. Mayor Bloomberg decided to open up Fifth and Madison avenues to cars and trucks to ease the gridlock, reserving just one la ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg revised Manhattan traffic restrictions at a press conference this afternoon. Noting that Wednesday's morning commute was heavier than on the first day of the transit strike, the mayor said he was "adjusting" the city's contingency plan to help ease the gridlock caused by having c ... More >>
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