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Weather: Mostly sunny today, with a high in the low 80s. On Saturday partly sunny, isolated storms, high in the upper 80s. Mostly sunny on Father’s Day, again in the upper 80s.
Parking lot on the other side: In effect today, suspended tomorrow for Juneteenth.
Construction of a two-way bike path on the Brooklyn Bridge side towards Manhattan will begin on Monday evening, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday.
As a “radical reinterpretation of a New York icon,” as he put it, the construction will transform the innermost lane towards Manhattan into a two-meter-wide bike path. With the addition of the cycle path, which is expected to open in autumn, the bridge promenade will only be accessible to pedestrians.
“It will be part of a very ambitious plan,” said Mr de Blasio at a press conference. “We’re in the process of creating a record 30 miles of protected bike paths this year.”
In January, Mr de Blasio announced plans for the cycle path for the first time. It’s part of an effort to create safer bike lanes for cyclists, who have long said crossing the bridge is a bit of a headache as excited tourists pose for selfies and pedestrians clog the bike lane.
“Everyone who, like me, has tried to ride a bike across the bridge has seen the two great roles of the Brooklyn Bridge converge,” Senator Brian Kavanagh said at the press conference Thursday.
“If you’ve tried crossing this path, you’ve seen the pedestrians, New Yorkers, and tourists gazing at the great New York skyline many times,” he said. “Bikes trying to meander through this crowd are not ideal from any perspective, either from the perspective of tourists or from the perspective of New Yorkers trying to get around.”
City cycling spiked during the pandemic as people tried to avoid public transport for safety reasons.
As life returns to normal, leading Democratic candidates for mayor’s office say they support building more bike lanes and reducing car traffic in the city.
Brooklyn District President Eric Adams told the New York Times that he would build 300 miles of protected bike lanes in four years.
Mr. Adams, Scott M. Stringer, Maya D. Wiley, and Raymond J. McGuire all said they were helping to expand the city’s bike-sharing program, Citi Bike.
Yang gets backlash for comments on being mentally ill
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The Times’ Melissa Guerrero writes:
While people are still connecting through virtual events and programs, venues and organizations are hosting in-person events as the summer season approaches and more people get vaccinated. Here are suggestions for maintaining a New York social life this weekend:
On Friday at 6 p.m., Visit the front stairs of the National Arts Club in Manhattan to see a performance by trumpeter Alphonso Horne as part of a collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
For more information on this free event, please visit the club’s Instagram page.
Enjoy a musical event in celebration of June 15th by artist Troy Anthony on Saturday at 8 p.m. Described as “Awakening to Personal and Collective Liberation”, the event is part of The Shed’s “Open Call” series.
Visit the event page for the livestream.
On Saturday from 10 a.m., visit the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts for an all-day program of events on Fort Greene Place on Lafayette Avenue. Attendees can expect performances, wellness activities, and more.
RSVP free on the event page.
It’s Friday – celebrate.
I had never met my neighbor before, but I often spotted him in the East Village. I’m pretty sure everyone in the neighborhood knew who he was: the guy who went everywhere and did everything on roller skates.
I once watched from the back seat of a cab drive in and out of traffic while it was pushing a newborn in a stroller and asking drivers to blow their car horns.
Another time, from a bench outside, I was amazed to see him grab a takeaway coffee and slide across the linoleum floor of the shop while other customers turned their heads to watch.
But I was surprised to see him up close when he knocked on the door of my apartment one afternoon. He didn’t introduce himself, but got straight to the point.
“I’ve locked myself out,” he said. “Do you mind if I jump over your fence to get into my garden? I think I left my sliding door open. “
I invited him in before I realized he was wearing his roller skates. He slid effortlessly through my living room and turned the old wood into his personal ice rink.
When he got to the garden he took off his skates and tossed them one by one over the ivy-covered chain link fence before lifting himself up.
“Thanks,” he muttered.
Back in my apartment, I heard him turn on music through the wall.
– Ricky Lewis
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