Friday A 20 percent chance of showers after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 54. Breezy, with a southwest wind 11 to 20 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.
Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. Northwest wind 10 to 17 mph.
Saturday looks cool and crisp, but Sunday could take a turn for the wet again:
And so the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for...
With the cold and damp knocking at the door, we’re recommending a defensive position with Brooklyn Winter Lager. It’s rich and toasty but surprisingly dry, so you can drive out the cold without getting weighed down.
Don't worry, that's not real fur on the bottle.
Meanwhile, the 19th Precinct wants you to know they're *not* staging their bike lane enforcement:
To correct a whole lot of misinformation here, we don’t park cars in bike lanes for photos ops.— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) November 21, 2019
The photo we posted was just at the moment officers approached the vehicle. For your viewing enjoyment here are images of the window being rolled down. pic.twitter.com/5HG60OlRGq
First the moon landing, now this.
Also on the Upper East Side, Manhattan CB8 voted in favor of asking the DOT to "re-assess" left turns on 59th and 2nd:
#BikeNYC: @cb8m just voted to demand @NYC_DOT “re-assess” and possibly revoke a left turn ban at deadly 59th st & #2ndAveGap. In other words, @cb8m considers undoing the same traffic safety for pedestrians and bicyclists they approved at that intersection Sep 2018 🌊Out of touch!— Chelsea Skye (@pekochel) November 21, 2019
And the East River Bridge counds are in...and up!
We have the long-awaited #bikenyc counts for April-October 2019 for New York's East River bridges.— Steven Bodzin (home) (@stevenbodzin) November 21, 2019
Change compared to 2018: +11%!
Source data here (in PDF): https://t.co/ggy2bQpH83 pic.twitter.com/EPPmVYgsA5
Time for more space for cyclists and pedestrians on the Queensboro Bridge:
Walking and cycling conditions on the Queensboro Bridge need to be improved. I’m calling on @NYC_DOT to convert the two outer roadways to ADA-accessible pedestrian-only and bicycle-only paths. You can see the entire letter here: https://t.co/GY5rCir0Tf pic.twitter.com/xmoUSm3KFH— Gale A. Brewer (@galeabrewer) November 21, 2019
Heading uptown, Dyckman Street Bike Lane 2.0 is taking shape:
Dyckman Street Bike Lane 2.0 pic.twitter.com/W26LZ3HnH5— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) November 21, 2019
And finally, the Smithsonian explores the parallels between bikes in the 19th century and scooters today:
The two-wheelers revolutionized personal transport—and led to surprising societal changes. https://t.co/GjwCkK10aD— Smithsonian Magazine (@SmithsonianMag) November 21, 2019
From the very beginning, though, riders were also mocked as fops pursuing a ludicrous pastime. Pedestrians back then were the prime users of roads and sidewalks, so cycles seemed like dangerous interlopers. A Baltimore newspaper called the bicycle “a curious two-wheeled device...which is propelled by jackasses instead of horses.” One New Haven, Connecticut, newspaper editorial even encouraged people to “seize, break, destroy, or convert to their own use as good prize, all such machines found running on the sidewalks.” As long ago as 1819, a New York man wrote a letter to a newspaper complaining that you “cannot enjoy a walk in the evening, without the danger of being run over by some of these new-created animals.”
Ah, the more things change... You can expect a certain tabloid columnist to lift that "jackass" line any moment now.