Cycling, 1898, Home from CI, BE 4.98

The Sunday, April 3, 1898 edition of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle features a special eleven page pull-out illustrated section devoted solely to the recreational sport that had captured the city – bicycling. It was probably the most comprehensive look at the phenomenon of cycling ever assembled in a newspaper before or since, and highlights cycling when it was at its peak, the first time around.

There were articles about advances in bicycle design and new accessories and innovations. The article featured a section about the newest cycling outfits for men and women. There was a story about long distance cycling trips, some as far away as Saratoga Springs, as well as shorter day trips within the five boroughs, Long Island and Westchester.

The state of roadways and the acceptance of bicycles as transportation were discussed, as was the political will to improve the pathways and streets for bicycle traffic. They wrote about the many different clubs that had formed, and lastly, there was even an article about trick riding, with illustrations. It’s fascinating, and one cannot help but make comparisons to the phenomenon of cycling in New York in 2014. (more…)

metrotech-summer-festival-050313All summer long, there will be sports, movies, music, and other free events at the MetroTech Commons, Forest City Ratner Companies announced yesterday. It’s part of a new summer festival called Summer@MetroTech that kicks off May 17 with a rooftop film. Other events include a Bastille Day celebration, lunchtime sports broadcasts, a science festival, and live music at noon and in the evenings. BAM’s R&B Festival, the BEAT Festival and Rooftop Films are part of the lineup. For a full calendar, go here.
Photo by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Two kayaking teams from Red Hook and Gowanus will go head to head in what they are terming the first “regatta” to take place on the polluted Gowanus canal, reported The New York Daily News. “This is the first race where the entire course, and the ensuing awards banquet will be held completely on a U.S.-government sanctioned Superfund site,” said Owen Foote, a member of the team the Gowanus Dredgers. The Dredgers will face off with the Red Hook Boaters June 15. Each group plans to raise $500 to help underwrite the Dredgers’ educational program about New York City waterways.
Gowanus Canal to Host Its First Regatta in June [NY Daily News]

It was widely reported today that the New York Islanders will begin their 2015-16 hockey season at the Barclays Center. This afternoon Marty Markowitz, Bruce Ratner and team owner Charles Wang made the announcement at the stadium. Mayor Bloomberg was also present, and according to the New York Daily News he hopes the move will help the struggling team to “get their mojo back.” This partnership had been in talks for several years. The Barlcays Center, with only 14,500 seats for hockey games, will be the smallest arena in the NHL.
NHL Franchise to Relocate to Brooklyn in 2015 [NY Daily News]

This past Saturday, political satire group the Tax Dodgers played a crooked game of baseball with kids in Sunset Park, literally stealing bases from the children — the “99 percent” — while parents looked on. “We make the rules,” explained one of the Tax Dodgers. When the game wrapped up, a group of mostly Occupy Wall Street activists marched to the Sunset Park Rent Strike building where residents and activists briefly spoke to the crowd. (more…)

When speculation first arose about the possibility of the Islanders moving to the Barclays Center, there was some question over whether the arena could actually accommodate ice hockey. In a statement yesterday, Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark removed that potential barrier: “The Barclays Center will have an ice rink that can support professional hockey,” he told The Daily News.

By now, you’ve probably heard that voters in Nassau County said no to spending $400 million on renovating the Coliseum. That’s left the future of its anchor tenant, the New York Islanders, up in the air. The team’s owner, Charles Wang, has said that the team would honor its lease that goes through 2015. At that point, everything’s up for grabs including, says CBS Sports, moving west to join the Nets at the Barclays Center. “Aside from a passing vote or another county on Long Island stepping up to build an arena, this would be the next best solution,” says the CBS writer. What do you think of that idea?

park-slope-armory-1109.jpgThe ribbon-cutting at the Park Slope Armory’s refurbished athletic facilities held more than a year and a half ago is looking rather premature in hindsight. The Brooklyn Paper says that the Park Slope Armory opening has been delayed again, something to do with both the glacial pace of classroom as well as the inability to get the FDNY to set a date to inspect. They can’t even give us a ballpark figure, said Nica Lalli, CB6′s Parks Committee chairwoman. They can not give us anything that will satisfy our need to know. We asked it 15 ways, but they did not budge and give us a date. Once the fire department does sigs off, the Department of Homeless Services can hand over control to the YMCA; at that point the Y will have another couple of months of its own work to do, though some of the recreation programs for kids will not have to wait.
At the Armory, Wait ‘Til Next Year [Brooklyn Paper]
Armory to Open in November [Courier Life]
Slope’s Armory Rec Center Delayed, Again [Brownstoner]
Photo by Crown Heights North