March 2nd, 2018: Your Weekend Forecast

The High Bridge

(The High Bridge yesterday)

Hey, what gives with this weather?!?

Friday weather snow/rain

Friday Rain and snow. Temperature falling to around 34 by 5pm. Wind chill values between 20 and 30. Windy, with a northwest wind 14 to 19 mph increasing to 27 to 32 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Friday Night Periods of rain and snow, mainly before midnight. Low around 34. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. Windy, with a north wind 30 to 33 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

That's not fair.  

The city is even issuing a High Wind Warning:

It's not looking good:

Saturday isn't shaping up well either, but at least Sunday looks like a winner:

Weekend Weather, Saturday Messy, Sunday Lovely

Well, you know what they say: March comes in like some sort of aggressive animal, and it goes out like some sort of docile animal.

And of course no weekend would be complete without partaking in the fine offerings of the Brooklyn Brewery, and this weekend's Beer Forecast calls for...

Brooklyn Brewery logo

...Brooklyn Brown Ale!


With the weather oscillating from nearly-spring to deep winter, one thing is guaranteed: mud. In spirit of the stuff on your shoes, we're recommending Brown Ale for this weekend. Roasty enough to cut through the cold and damp, spry and refreshing for the warmth of the breaks of sun, and if you spill a little, it'll blend in with your already muddy clothes. Drink up and stay dry.

Though since the weather will be all over the place I might go with the Brooklyn Box Set:

West Side Greenway

That way I'm covered no matter what.

And if you're looking to take advantage of Sunday's good weather and make the world (or at least Queens) a better place, be sure to attend the march for protected bike lanes on Skillman and 43rd Avenues:

Protected Bike Lanes on Skillman/43rd Ave

Don't forget: almost one year ago, delivery cyclist Gelasio Reyes was killed on 43rd Avenue at 39th Street while biking home from work. In response to his death, the community--including Gelasio's family, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Community Board 2 Chair Denise Keehan-Smith, and advocates--came together to call on the DOT to design and implement a plan that brought protected bike lanes and other safety improvements to the vital connector routes on Skillman and 43rd Avenues. 

DOT did their job. Now it's time for us to do ours and fight to get that safety plan implemented. The cyclists and pedestrians of Sunnyside and surrounding Queens deserve nothing less. 

Here's the backstory from Streetsblog on why this push is so crucial:

In January, Van Bramer said his support for the 43rd/Skillman project was conditioned on safer pedestrian crossings near P.S. 11 on Skillman and P.S. 343 on 47th Avenue. Yesterday, he said that if DOT addresses those crossings, he would only support holding a “town hall meeting” his office canceled in December.

“If and when we get those traffic calming measures, then I certainly support a town hall meeting on the protected bike lanes,” he said. “I believe in protected bike lanes. I believe they make it safer. Having said that, I want to hear from the community, I want to hear from the community board, and that’s the process.”

It’s a very different message from last April, when Van Bramer said 43rd Avenue “needs to be safe for every single New Yorker at every single moment of every single day” and that “we can’t wait months.”

You know how it is on a long ride; sometimes people need a gentle push.  So help Van Bramer get up that climb.

Meanwhile, if you were planning to ride in Westchester this weekend, you might want to skip it due to coyote attacks:

coyote attacks

Yes, reader @leroys_dog informs me that coyotes have been on the attack north of the city, including on the South County Trailway:

coyote attacks

Police say around 2 p.m. Thursday, a coyote attacked a woman riding a bicycle on South County Trailway.

It missed her, biting her back tire instead.

If you're wondering #whatpressureyourunning, the story does not say.

There's also currently a state of emergency in the village of Hastings-On-Hudson, and as someone who: 1) rides on the South County Trailway and in lower Westchester often; and 2) has seen coyotes on the South County more than once, it sounds like I may have to reconsider my route choices for the near future..or at least add some items to my saddle bag:

Prepare for Coyote Attacks

Of course coyotes also live in my neighborhood park (Van Cortlandt), have made forays into Manhattan, and even terrorized Stephen Spielberg's sister, so I guess basically we're all doomed.  Here's how to live with coyotes, according to NYC parks:

coyote smart

Also, if one approaches you in a subway station and asks for a swipe from your unlimited MetroCard, just say no.

Finally, via Peter Flax, here's NBC News on the scourge of distracted pedestrians:

Basically lots of pedestrians are dying...and it's all their fault!

Distracted Pedestrians

"The Internet is full of videos of distracted pedestrians walking into poles and falling down stairs..."

The Internet is also full of videos of cats plunging toilets but I don't hear anyone calling that an epidemic:

Cat Plunging Toilet

Plus, despite the dangers of walking while distracted, the reporter walks across the street while talking to the camera without dying:

Distracted Reporter

And that's not even addressing the camera crew who must be walking backwards.

But wait, it gets worse.  Not only are pedestrians using their smartphones, but they're also on the pot:

On The Pot

Which, the story suggests, is why pedestrian deaths are up 16% in the Weed Belt:

Weed Belt

Okay, bear with me now.  [Takes big bong hit.]  Here's a crazy theory.  [Cough, cough.]  Like, so maybe the drivers in these states are stoned?  I mean marijuana isn't even legal here in New York, but every third car I pass when riding smells like the van in "Up In Smoke:"

Cheech & Chong

I'm suddenly in the mood to watch cat videos.

Plus, it's glaringly obvious drivers are also on their phones, and that they'e the ones hitting pedestrians in the first place, but the piece only acknowledges distracted driving for a split second at the very end of the report:

Distracted Driver

No, it's far easier to blame pedestrians (and of course cyclists) for not having the razor-sharp action movie skills necessary to evade America's deeply distracted motorists.

Makes total sense.

Waiting to hear if the coyote attack victims were on their phones at the time.