Sunday, June 19, 2011

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

The mermaid parade was a terrifically crowded celebration of everything nautical, and then some, in true Coney Island fashion.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Expanded Highline!

Yesterday I explored the newly opened extension of the Highline. The newest addition includes art installations that double as bird feeders, more seating areas, and additional spectacular views and railroad-based gardens.

It's worth checking out!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Lower Manhattan Splendor

While I typically don't hang around in the Financial District or Battery Park during my leisure time, this Sunday was an exception. And an absolutely lovely, mellow and fulfilling exception it was. So much so that it merits being called a staycation.

Some highlights of the day:

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Lock Bikes to Street Fixtures At Your Own Risk

Huh. Apparently a few years ago NYC decided to apply an administrative code, 16-122-B, to not only cars but to bicycles. The website, Bicycletter suggests that NYC decided to institute this code to bikes in order to protest events such as Critical Mass. According to their website,

"Previous City administrations deliberately did not apply 16-122(b) to bicycles so as not to discourage bicycle use. This new interpretation appears to be related to recent police actions against cyclists participating in Critical Mass, where NYPD has removed bicycles locked up by Mass participants. Outside of these actions, NYPD has removed locked bikes from the street in only a handful of isolated incidents: from areas in Midtown during the RNC, and from the Bedford Ave (L) and Second Ave (F/V) subway station entrances.

The 5BBC has not heard of any other use of this policy against everyday cyclists. But we suggest that cyclists avoid locking to subway entrances, or in any way that might block pedestrian traffic."

I apparently parked my bike this afternoon to a pole in front of some (self-)important building in Greenpoint this afternoon and returned to it a few hours later with this sign affixed:

Would NYPD actually have removed my bike if I hadn't returned back to it in such a timely manner? I don't know, but the threat effectively scared me.... so be warned!