Confession: There was a time when the M15 bus was a big part of my life. Sure, sometimes it was slow, sometimes it was crowded, sometimes it smelled. But the “luxury” of staying above ground and watching the streets pass by without spending what you would on a cab was somehow extremely pleasant. Other people, however, hate the bus, and the crosstown bus is one of the biggest recipients of that hate. “You could get there faster walking!” the people cry. But is it true?
Stunt-comedian Mark Malkoff (the guy who spent 5 days living in his bathroom last year) took to the streets to see if he could beat the M42 from 10th to Madison on a Big Wheel. Because Big Wheels are funnier than walking, and because he is a comedian — hence, this video.
We won’t ruin the surprise for you, but let it be known that we will not be purchasing a Big Wheel.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 6, 2011