A love of biking and a passion for maps inspired graphic designer Jacqueline VanDusen to bike every street in Brooklyn and document her journey on Instagram.
See Bed Stuy from a bike seat on a series of free tours running twice a week through the fall.
Bicycles may be the thing here in 21st century Brooklyn, but all of the borough’s current bike venues have nothing on Coney Island’s former bicycling stadium.
When you envision a post-bike-ride snack, you probably think along the lines of granola bars, smoothies or energy drinks. But for the Brooklynites of yesteryear, cycling was much more than a sport, and eating with fellow bikers could go well beyond replenishing electrolytes.
With the expansion of Citi Bike and local push for bike lanes, Brooklyn is getting easier to traverse. But not for everyone.
Good news for North Brooklyn bicyclists: Work on the much-delayed Pulaski Bridge bikeway will start Monday, September 14. It might even be completed by the end of this year, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol told Streetsblog.
The highly anticipated bike path was originally set to open in 2014, but a series of delays relating to the contractor, design challenges, and funding held up construction. Last month, the Department of Transportation announced newly discovered drainage design issues would delay the bikeway even further, until April 2016.
The drainage design complications were fixed more quickly than expected, according to Lentol.
A bike-in movie is pedaling over to Williamsburg in honor of the neighborhood’s 15 new Citi Bike stations. Bike-relevant flick E.T. The Extra Terrestrial will be playing at 8 p.m. tonight, August 25.
The free event includes valet (bike) parking and special giveaways for the first 450 Citi Bike members to show up. As you might suspect, the whole shebang is hosted by Citi Bike.
Workers at Broadway and Whipple in Williamsburg Friday
Citi Bike Friday moved on to installing stations in Bed Stuy, having finished installing new stations in Greenpoint and Williamsurg over the last two weeks. Workers Friday started on a station at Tompkins and Willoughby in Bed Stuy.
Williamsburg also got a new station Friday at Broadway and Whipple, close to the border of Bushwick and Bed Stuy. Citi Bike installed at least five new stations in Bed Stuy over the last few days, according to its own map. New locations are:
- Myrtle Avenue and Marcy Avenue
- Myrtle Avenue and Lewis Avenue
- Park Avenue and Marcus Garvey Boulevard
- Nostrand Avenue and Myrtle Avenue
- Willoughby Avenue and Tompkins Avenue
Citi Bike has invaded Greenpoint this week. Two new stations were installed Wednesday and Thursday, and nine more stations are being installed today.
Residents were quick to tweet their excitement over the new stations in this transit-challenged area. The two new stations up and running are located at the corner of Franklin and Dupont streets and at the corner of Franklin and Milton streets.
A look at Brooklyn, then and now.
The Bedford Rest was established as a destination and rest stop in the late 1890s for the hundreds of cyclists enjoying Bedford Avenue and Eastern Parkway. As the years passed, and the cycling fad waned, the Rest maintained its reputation as a fine restaurant and event space near the excitement of Ebbets Field and Automobile Row. All was well, until Prohibition.
When we think of Prohibition today, it’s remembered as a time when the nation disastrously toyed with a powerful experiment in social engineering. Banning alcoholic beverages seems ridiculous today. No doubt people thought so then, too, and were shocked when it actually happened.
Between 1920 and 1933, alcohol was illegal in the United States. The effects were devastating not only to consumers, but to businesses.
Across the country, breweries, distilleries, wine and spirits merchants, restaurants, saloons and bars went out of business by the thousands.Organized crime, based on bootlegging, grew and flourished.
The country went dry on January 17, 1920. By November of that year, the Bedford Rest was finished. Although the Rest had been running out of steam for years, Prohibition was the final nail in its coffin.