How does Staten Island get spared the attack of the snow?
Screen shot from Google alert of National Weather Service predictions.
Tornado warnings for NYC. Stay indoors in Brooklyn and Queens.
Gothamist, citing the National Weather Service, reports one has touched down along the Belt Parkway.
Here’s the first pic I’ve seen of a tornado touching down in the Jamaica Bay.
It’s by Kevin Kuffner. Used with permission.
My latest radio story is a saga: my mostly failed quest to get the city to remove abandoned bikes. We also made a cool SeeClickFix map to help. But alas, we were too digital and not officially derelict enough.
The life cycle of a bike left to rot on NYC streets is long, and intentionally so. The complaint process is as clunky as the cast off bikes themselves and the criteria for removal is stiffer than the U-lock holding this pilfered cruiser to a bike rack on Bleecker Street.
The first obstacle is opinion. What you consider an abandoned nuisance taking up prime bike parking real estate is property to someone else. Most bikes reported to the city as abandoned aren’t abandoned enough to be removed (see definition below).
Before we started collecting abandoned bike photos, the City received 429 official complaints since July, the start of the fiscal year. Of those, just 60 bikes were removed, less than 15 percent.
That’s because …
I stumbled upon the SoHo gamelan walk just now. If you rush you can still catch them.
The neighborhood possesses a rare architectural feature: cast iron buildings. Quite delightful for gentle banging metalaphonic fun as it turns out. Each building sounds a little different. So a few members of Gamelan Son of Lion are helping make edificial music.
Hear the city.
Organized by Daniel Goode. At danielgoode.com
A big smilemaker for my walk home.
My NY boosterism is in full effect. I’ve culled the OHNY lists to recommend my favorite to all of you who I think will enjoy seeing NY from a different next weekend as part of Open House NY. To be honest, there seems like less free access to unerground tunnel, secret space than I remember in the past, but there’s still TONS to do. So …
See all there is to do here as a PDF.
And sign up here or view the events in non-PDF here.
I want to do so many. Join me! I will be deciding and signing up this afternoon so let me know if you have favorites and we can coordinate.
My top pick (because I’m a public works/infrastructure dork) The Newtown Creek Giant Egg Tour. You know the plant on the skyline. Now go inside it.
This Architecture building workshop looks fun for all ages.
I also really like this one, but it is a hike, literally. Five mile walk along old Croton Aqueduct.
Public art bike tour could be fun. (A couple of you already doing this, so that’s a plus)
Watching glass blowing at Brooklyn Glass (Fiery drama!)
This one is easy, but what the hell is the Salmagundi Club (plush and swank)
Some of you might want to do this one for convenience, Upper West Side stories walking tour.
Ones I like that might be full, can’t tell.
Secrets of the street grid revealed on a bike tour. (Would be my fav I think but looks full, have to check)
On why NYC has no good politicians anymore: (in thick outer borough accent) “New York is filled with non-New Yorkers. You got Hoosiers in from Indiana here four years calling themselves New Yorkers. No. Listen, when you talk like me, then you’re a New Yorker.