Wednesday A 20 percent chance of showers before 9am. Partly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 45 by 9am. West wind 11 to 15 mph.
Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. West wind 9 to 11 mph.
Look out for work on the 49th Avenue Bridge starting today that will rob you of the bike lane:
#49thAveBridge work 12/6-12/30, 10AM-2PM will require closures in one direction at a time. Parking will be removed from the bridge to allow for a travel lane. Vehicular traffic & #bikenyc will share the lane during work. Sidewalk remains open to peds. @NotifyNYC pic.twitter.com/GqWoQ7LHiq— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) December 5, 2017
And starting on Thursday the 7th you'll get to ride on the new Gerritsen Inlet Bridge bike lane:
On 12/7, between 8AM & 10AM, the current temporary pedestrian/#bikenyc lane on the #GerritsenInletBridge will shift onto the newly constructed lane. Those using the path will be guided to the new lane by barriers and signs. @NotifyNYC pic.twitter.com/5HzcnDxgQB— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) December 5, 2017
Also keep your eyes peeled for a missing bike:
Have you seen this bicycle? Bicycle was removed from a person without permission or authority to do so. Please ☎️ 718.697.8712 with any information #statenisland #800577TIPS pic.twitter.com/gRIXVowpJk— NYPD 121st Precinct (@NYPD121Pct) December 5, 2017
Hmmm, have they checked over at the 122nd Precinct?
Because that's the first place I'd look.
GREENPOINT, Brooklyn — New York City’s Citi Bike program is popular. A lot of riders love getting around town by bike. But the location of one Citi Bike rack is a big problem for a podiatrist in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The rack is right in front of his office and patients are having a tough time getting in.
“It’s really the wheelchair patients. The patients with the walkers, those are the ones that are having a hard time,” Dr. Vincent Meliso told me. "We’re more concerned with them falling more than anything else.”
Here's the statement--and podiatry practice--in question:
It's hard to take issue with the good doctor here, since he doesn't seem to have any problem with the Citi Bike program in general or the presence of a station on his block in particular:
He just wants the station divided in such a way that people with limited mobility can pass more easily:
At the same time, you have to wonder why drivers are dropping people off right in front of the station instead of just before it, and I can't help but suspect it may have something to do with the Dumpster, which I can no longer unsee:
Not to mention the wall of parked cars:
Sure, the Citi Bike station is an obstacle, but it seems like you'd have to be lucky enough to catch a break in between all the cars before you'd even encounter it.
So again, while the doctor's point is well taken, it's funny how when it comes to curbside obstructions we always blame the new thing (the Citi Bike station) instead of the thing that's been an impediment for so long we just consider it a part of the landscape (endless rows of parked cars). I wonder how Howard would attack this problem:
Who hasn't squeezed between two parked cars only to encounter a mountain of garbage bags on the sidewalk?
It doesn't have to be this way. Or at least it shouldn't.