Friday A chance of rain before 8am, then a chance of showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. West wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Friday Night A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. Breezy, with a west wind 18 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph.
But once the wind sends it packing we should be able to enjoy some springy weather for the weekend:
And to enhance your enjoyment, the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast recommends...
...Bel Air Sour!
With spring getting off to a clear start, we’re recommending our bright and breezy Bel Air Sour this weekend. The tart, tropical edge of our dry-hopped sour ale is perfect for the warmer days, and the bright pink and teal of the label will keep things going through the increasingly shorter nights. Keep a sharp eye on your shelves, and you might even be lucky enough to find some of the first six packs of Bel Air Sour cans in New York City. Good luck!
Welcome back to life on the good side of the vernal equinox.
Yesterday, the following video went semi-viral:
#bikenyc has a new hero. This lady should be applauded by all for standing up against these ignorant tailgating dullards who use their cars as weapons to bully and intimidate cyclists. https://t.co/BTmA1kxgOe— Chesney Parks (@chesneycheckers) March 21, 2019
And if you're looking for the moment the ensuing Twitter thread hit rock bottom this may have been it:
Yes, who can forget other examples of Lena Dunham examples of people on two wheels confronting motorists, such as this one:
I totally thought I was watching "Girls" for a second.
If anything, she handled the situation exactly like the preschool teacher she mentions she is, right down to use of the phrase "safe choice."
Of course it is of course possible to applaud her for standing up for herself while simultaneously not recommending that course of action to other:
But there's no room on Twitter for that sort of nuance.
In other news, if you support dedicated bus lanes, this probably isn't what you have in mind:
@NYCTbus 7510 has done it again on the N/B B13, leaving at 7:27 AM (3 minutes early) and preventing a connection from the J train.— Samuel Santaella 👟🚲🌳🚆 (@TransitNinja205) March 21, 2019
Then, operator proceeds to DRIVE ON THE BIKE LANE AND PAINTED SIDEWALK, from Jackie Robinson Pkwy until Mount Neboh Cem.
Tagging @nyc311 in this. pic.twitter.com/TUdut0pkmQ
Though, happily, it appears that the 90th Precinct has finally turned their ticketing upon drivers in the chronically blocked Grand Street, at last fleetingly:
I would like to send a sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU to @NYPD90Pct for ticketing drivers parked in the Grand St #bikenyc lane today. Sorry that the offending drivers gave you a hard time, but trust me, the number of us thankful for the enforcement far out weigh them.— Jameson Edwards (@JamesonEdwards) March 20, 2019
Finally, the Brooklyn Paper takes a look at the movement for better bike infrastructure in Southern Brooklyn, though apparently they've got a tone-deaf Civil War buff writing their headlines:
Well that's an unfortunate headline.https://t.co/kiqgV8QjZZ— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) March 21, 2019
One of the group’s major goals is to revive a plan to lay bike lane from Bay Ridge through Southern Brooklyn to Queens along parts of the Bay Ridge Parkway, Avenue P, and Flatlands Avenue — a scheme the city considered back in 2011, before abandoning it after getting pushback from locals and pols, including Mayor DeBlasio, who then served as the city’s public advocate.
“I commend the city for responding to community concerns by halting its plans,” DeBlasio said at the time. “This was an important step forward that shows a willingness to respect the input of residents and community leaders.”
City transit chiefs understand the need for such a cross-borough bike lane, according to a Department of Transportation spokesman, who claimed the agency is working on new plans for that infrastructure.
Say what you will about de Blasio, but he's always been the consummate motorist.
Fortunately, things are looking better going forward:
The group’s efforts will only be amplified by state Sen. Andrew Gounardes’s (D–Bay Ridge) recently formed pedestrian-safety task force — whose ranks include Bike South Brooklyn member Brian Hedden — according to Hetteix, who noted an upcoming meeting of the task force and officials including Gounardes, Councilman Justin Brannan (D–Bay Ridge), Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus (D–Coney Island), and Transportation Department Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, will be an important step toward making the desired new bike lanes a reality.
Until you can ride a bike to and from Staten Island without putting it on a boat or going through Jersey then we can't really call ourselves a bikeable city.