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 >>
Citi Bikes are like any other bicycle: There's no special technology on them that might prevent riders from kissing pavement from time to time. Which is why bike rental service Bike and Roll NYC's new helmet share system seems so overdue. Smart and safe, a rarer combination than you might think.
For the legions of city-dwellers without air-conditioning, summer in a cramped New York apartment means lethargy in front of an oscillating fan, ice cubes, and a uniform of underwear and not much else. In the days of packed tenement housing, New Yorkers even took to sleeping on the roofs or the fire ... More >>
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 >>
It's typical for people in Orthodox Jewish communities to dress conservatively; you'll often see women in long-sleeved tops and full skirts or men in pants and high-collared shirts strolling through southern Brooklyn. What's unusual is the lengths some will go to make sure their neighbors follow t ... 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 >>
According to an important statistical analysis of New York City's hipster makeup, you may be incorrect if you've held to the common perception that Brooklyn is New York's hipster-est borough. In fact, the survey suggests that there may be significantly more hipsters in...Manhattan. WTF, survey?
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It seems the idiocy-spewing family-values robot is human after all. According to The Enquirer, a tell-all book about Palin that will come out next week says she once scored with future hoops star Glen Rice (less than a year later, she was pregnant and eloped with Todd). She did coke off a ... More >>
Here's footage from the hotly anticipated World Naked Bike Ride, which finally happened this Sunday. "As soon as the cops split the shorts came off," reports WNBR NYC. Seems like a ready-made tagline for next year's event. There was apparently a significant police presence limiting nudity this year: ... More >>
"A Second Avenue bike lane is next to the Israeli Consulate," notes CBS 2 reporter Marcia Kramer in a sensational report last night on extensions to Manhattan bike lanes. "Imagine if the man on the bike was a terrorist." Just in case you thought this city was getting more sane about the ongoing tra ... 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."
viaMore nudity news you can use: The 2011 World Naked Bike Ride is on Saturday. This has always seemed rather uncomfortable (banana seat?) but it is for a good cause, that is, protesting harmful environmental effects from cars and oil dependencies and promoting alternative transportation. It' ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyWho would have known this was hidden in the back of an East Village diner? Eating in the great outdoors. Is there a greater pleasure in life? Quite frankly, no. And now that the weather has warmed, it's finally time for al fresco dining. New York surprisingly has many option ... More >>
The first two weeks of the year saw the New York Police Department crack down on wild bike riders, delivering "an all-time high" amount of tickets for offenses like "going the wrong way, running lights, making illegal turns and riding on the sidewalk," according to a report in today's New Yor ... More >>
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 >>
16 Handles' trash can is padlocked to one of the rare bike racks, displacing bike parking spots. Bike riders know that, even though the city is now veined with bike lanes, encouraging an increase in the volume of pedal-driven traffic, the number of bike parking spots in the city has actually ... More >>
We've often wondered whether you could get a DUI for biking under the influence -- or a BUI, as it were -- in New York City. Thankfully, J. David Goodman at the New York Times City Room blog tackles this very question. And the final word is: biking under the influence is not explicitly illega ... 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.
The new bike lanes on First and Second Avenue that run from Houston to 34th Street are positioned between the sidewalk and a line of parked cars to protect bikers -- which means delivery trucks can no longer double park right next to businesses, causing new frustrations to downtown business o ... More >>
In 2007 NYPD, fed up with the big, rowdy Critical Mass bike events, made up a new parade regulation requiring all bicycle gatherings of 50 or more to get a permit. (Critical Mass usually involves hundreds of bikes.) The Five Borough Bike Club filed suit, claiming the arbitrary reg violated cy ... More >>
Everyone, even if they don't care about bike lanes, seems to be looking forward to the naked bike ride scheduled for Saturday. The spectacle is meant to draw attention to the bikers' plight in Williamsburg, where the city scrubbed the Bedford Avenue bike lake, leading to a guerrilla hipste ... More >>
Now that it has seven acres of Coney Island beachfront property in its mitts, the city isn't wasting time gearing up for next summer. In addition to inviting Lola Staar to return, today the Economic Development Corporation posted on its website a 54-page Request for Proposals for an interim a ... More >>
In 2005 Transportation Alternatives' Noah Budnick hit a pothole on Sands Street in DUMBO and cracked up badly. So he and the rest of TransAlt are especially happy to see the Sands Street bike path completed, affording bikers coming on and off the Manhattan Bridge, or just tooling around the n ... More >>
A You Tube vid of a young Lower East Side cyclist -- some have theorized he's a bike messenger -- delivering a brutal beatdown to a pedestrian outside the public restrooms on Allen and Delancey made the rounds on web sites and blogs last week: The vid shows the two travelers coming into conflic ... More >>
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