Wednesday A 20 percent chance of rain after 4pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 43. North wind around 7 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night Rain, mainly after 7pm. Steady temperature around 42. East wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Central Park may now be car-free (in theory anyway, if not in practice) though there's evidence it could be getting a new traffic light:
Over the weekend, I came upon this bizarre new sign on Terrace Drive (the 72nd St crosstown #bikenyc and walking/running path) in Central Park. @NYCParks @NYC_DOT, is there a new signal coming here? pic.twitter.com/5qbOZQFJ03— Ryan Smith (@smithry00) February 5, 2019
If so, will a ticketing sting follow? Speaking of which:
Meanwhile, further up on 1st:
PSA: police ticketing cyclists for "blowing red lights" at 20th st and 1st ave, claimed they'll "be out here for a couple of months" from r/NYCbike
Though the reception seems to be considerably more bike-friendly uptown:
This is how the NYPD should always respond to "small"/"minor" (quotations are my own) dangerous situations for #bikenyc or pedestrian issues. Quick, courteous, professional.— philip (@philipneumann) February 5, 2019
Thank you @NYPD23Pct pic.twitter.com/E2ojTsxIWy
If you commute between Manhattan and Queens, watch out for the Queensboro Bridge Kicking Salmon:
And finally, in news that should surprise nobody born after 1920 or who isn't Andrew "Dice" Clay, people really don't appreciate it when you make ethnicity-based generalizations about how they drive:
ANTI-SEMITIC? Democratic District Leader For Williamsburg Says He Is “Likely To D— Yeshiva World News (@YWN) February 5, 2019
Nick Rizzo is the Democratic D https://t.co/tsEV57QGv1
On Tuesday, he caused a Twitter-storm after he wrote “I think I’m likely to die in an extremely Brooklyn way, whether that’s getting hit by a Hasidic schoolbus while riding my bike or a heart attack while arguing with a pseudonymous southern Brooklyn twitter account.”
His tweet caused a backlash of people accusing him of being anti-Semitic.
First of all, everybody knows that buses can't be Hasidic.
But buses, no.
Also, he needn't be worried, at least statistically speaking:
Douglas M. Schneider, the Democratic District Leader/State Committee Member for Brooklyn’s 44th Assembly District blasted Rizzo by saying “Bikers have been killed by charter busses, tractor trailers, distracted drivers, sanitation trucks & car doors, but never a “Hasidic bus.” @nickrizzo’s fear of Hasidic drivers is irrational & bigoted. We cant tolerate bigotry from BK Democratic Party leaders. He should apologize.”
No word yet on heart attack stats from arguing with southern Brooklynites on Twitter.
We may have to check the NYC Open Data portal.