Friday Rain likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. High near 62. Southeast wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Friday Night Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 9pm, then a chance of showers. Low around 50. South wind 13 to 16 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
But the situation improves for the weekend:
To help things along, the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for...
With slowly climbing temperatures ahead, we’re recommending some early season Brooklyn Summer Ale this weekend. Yes, technically it’s spring, but we know the crisp, light body of Summer Ale is just as at home in the first warm days of the year as in the heart of the summer. Grab one and start planning for the prime riding months ahead.
Summer gets a little bit closer with every bottle.
As you've no doubt noticed, we're running out of room on the Queensboro Bridge:
THE PATH PAIN: Daily dodge for cyclists & pedestrians squeezed by shared path on Qboro Bridgehttps://t.co/OXjAY5y1HU— Jose Martinez (@JMartinezNYC) April 25, 2019
“On nice spring and summer days, you’ve got tons of pedestrians and tons of bicycles going over the bridge,” Arfield said. “The path is not wide enough for two bikes and a pedestrian or two pedestrians and a bike. It’s a recipe for disaster.”
But relief could be coming...eventually:
DOT spokesperson said upcoming work on the bridge will require drivers to be diverted on to the south outer roadway, but added the agency will study “different lane scenarios” to see if it can eventually be converted to a pedestrian path.
“If found to be feasible, this conversion could be timed to coincide with the completion of the construction,” the DOT said in a statement.
We're also getting some money from the state for pedestrian upgrades:
Though some some parts of the city are getting more than others:
The state has committed $5 million to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation toward creating a dedicated ramp that will connect cyclists from the Roosevelt Island Bridge down to the island’s east promenade onto a new two-way, three quarters of a mile path along the waterfront—separate from traffic on Main Street. A $793,000 check will also be cut to NYC Park’s toward creating new bicycle and pedestrian links to nearby Randall’s Island.
Just over $2 million in state funds will be allocated to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) project to overhaul 13 Harlem River crossings that connect Manhattan and the Bronx to make it easier on cyclists and those on foot to travel between the two boroughs. Additionally, DOT will receive $1.7 million to construct pedestrian islands, expand street medians, and other pedesterian-friendly enhancements.
There's not a single decent round-the-clock bicycle connection between Manhattan and the Bronx, but presumably there's a good reason the Roosevelt Island Bridge well get $5 million and all the Harlem River crossings combined will get less than half that.
Meanwhile, earlier this week the local news warned us of the dangers of
rideouts "bike-outs," and with reported injuries now officially at one (1) you can rest assured that fighting the scourge of teenagers on bicycles will be a top priority for the NYPD this summer:
Warm weather brings increased lawlessness in NYC as teens take to the streets with aggressive “bike-outs,” attacking members of the community. With one man already injured, NYPD Bike Patrol Officers will be called on to keep the community safe. https://t.co/ypBM3ruqDl— NYCPBA-GC (@NYCPBA_GC) April 25, 2019
No doubt you can also expect a lot more of this:
Spoke with five cyclists who shared their own stories of police harassment. One said that being a bike messenger and cyclist of color, is like a "double whammy." https://t.co/nFuCi7rEzP— Julianne Cuba (@Julcuba) April 25, 2019
More than 50 armed officers swarmed Tompkins Square Park — and later Union Square Park — where riders were gathering for the sixth annual “Race and Bake” bike event. But before the event could start, cops arrested the race’s organizer, Shardy Nieves, on a four-year-old open container warrant that was immediately dismissed by a Bronx judge. The cops had shown Nieves pages from his social media account, and indicated that they had stalked him to the event. While there, police also confiscated kids’ bikes for not having bells on them, even though they weren’t riding them at the time — a clear violation of the law that requires cyclists actually be in motion.