Friday Mostly sunny, with a steady temperature around 34. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. West wind 10 to 16 mph.
Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 19. Wind chill values between 10 and 15. West wind 8 to 15 mph.
The weekend looks pleasant by January standards:
But next week could be another story:
So get out there and enjoy the balmy 30-degree temperatures, and if you need some help the Brooklyn Brewery has you covered with their Weekend Beer Forecast, which calls for...
A classic winter weekend calls for our classic Brooklyn Lager. Its unique dry-hopped aroma and smooth finish are at home no matter where your adventures take you, whether you’re braving icy streets or holing up on the couch. Grab a bottle, or find it in cans for maximum portability .
As for braving the streets or holing up on the couch, an ideal weekend should involve plenty of both.
Speaking of the streets, via the tipline, here's something to watch out for on the East River bike path:
On the east river bike path near the south seaport heliport there’s a spot before the Governors Island Ferry terminal where the bike path diverts on to the footpath because of a temporary work site - the groove between the two paths can catch your wheel especially when it’s raining. Three people from my office (me included) have wiped out at that spot this morning (which is every bike commuter from my office that takes that path).
I'll note it when I head down to the helipad for my weekly trip to my Hamptons house.
It's much better out there in January without all the riff-raff.
A little further uptown, Citi Bike will be increasing coverage in the East Village:
Infill is coming! Here's how it will beef up service in the East Village.👇— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) January 24, 2019
According to the DOT materials, there are 50 existing Citi Bike docking stations within the boundaries of Community Board 3*; 19 of those will see of expansion of anywhere between two and 27 bikes ... with four more stations added overall.
This is great news, but what we really need is some outfill:
And while de Blasio has pledged to increase bus speeds by keeping the bus lanes clear:
The 2.5 million daily riders who depend on our buses deserve fast and reliable bus services — that’s why we're increasing bus speeds over the next two years by keeping bus lanes clear. Because being the #FairestBigCity means having more time for you and your family. pic.twitter.com/yeFDNHTPfR— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) January 24, 2019
He'll make no such commitment to clear our chronically blocked bike lanes:
I asked de Blasio about expanding crackdown on parked cars in bus lanes to include bike lanes. He does not seem interested. Says effort is about improving part of the mass transit system that serves 2.5M riders per day. Says bike lanes are important but don’t reach as many people— Grace Rauh (@gracerauh) January 24, 2019
So until bike lanes move as many people as the bus he's not going to clear them, and instead he's going let them remain unusable.
It's enough to send you into a fit of rage:
Which is more likely:— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) January 24, 2019
1) "...a man on a bike hit his rear window with his fist out of nowhere."
2) A driver put a man on a bike in danger and the man lost his shit.
Not to condone violence but anyone who rides a bike knows the feeling.https://t.co/h1CTwjBN3l
Sources say the Uber driver was travelling with two passengers near E. 40th Street and 5th Avenue when a man on a bike hit his rear window with his fist out of nowhere.
The driver turned onto another street to evade the bicyclist, but ran into gridlock. Sources say the bicyclist caught up with the vehicle and smashed its windshield with his bike lock.
Yes, of course hitting people and things with your u-lock is never even remotely okay, but this happened around E. 40th Street and 5th Avenue, and if you can ride through that part of town without feeling the urge to lash out then you're operating on a higher plane.
Of course we know the rage that boils up when a driver is cavalier with your life, and at least one news outlet spoke to cyclists about the dangers they face out on the streets.
Just kidding! They declared the cyclist "emotionally disturbed" and spoke to someone who "has been a livery driver in the city for 20 years, and hasn't experienced anything like this, but is prepared for it:"
This is not to discount the many risks car service drivers face, but he can relax when it comes to people on bikes, lock-wielding cyclists are an abberation at best.
On the other hand, ask a cyclist who's been riding for 20 years how often they've had a run-in with a car driver, and they'll tell you they stopped counting 19 years ago.
Finally, yesterday evening some Park Slope residents held a
group therapy session meeting about the 9th Street bike lane:
Heads up, all #bikenyc in #parkslope! Just head abt an "emergency meeting" tonight being held by people against 9th St's bike lane, which has helped make this dangerous street safer for peds/bikes — pls show up and speak up! 6:30 pm, All Saint's Episcopal Church, 7th Ave/7th St pic.twitter.com/6nO1ZDMsB3— David Herman (@DHermanStudio) January 24, 2019
Sounds like they checked all the boxes:
It’s about safety. Everyone here LOVES bikes. First Responders. Ambulances. No helmets. It’s got it all.— JarekFA (@JarekFA) January 25, 2019
Must be the Whoopi Effect.