Thursday night storm Hercules blew in from Chicago to cover the streets of New York with up to 11 inches of snow in some places. Following the storm on the NY Times site and Twitter has produced some good information but most just some laughs at the name Hercules
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The MTA’s annual vintage subway ride was this past Saturday and I never miss an excuse to dress up.
Continue reading All Aboard The Nostalgia Train
This is CitiBike
This is how CitiBike works
Some people love CitiBike
And some don’t
But, you may be asking, why?
Good question. The easy answer is that there are always going to be people that hate on things that are good, no matter what. Cheap bikes that you can share with your fellow New Yorkers and you aren’t responsible if it gets a flat tire or worse stolen, what’s not to love?
Well there are some valid complaints:
first off the bikes and their Citibike bike racks take up a lot of space, as you can see from some of the above photos. And space in New York is very precious. Also Citibike made some placement faux paus like placing a bike rack on a famous SoHo art corner where street performers usually stand. Also All the Citibikes look the same which New Yorkers just hate in general.
Google Citibike protests and you will find many reasons why people didn’t like the new blue bikes; however, Citibike took off with many native NYers and tourists signing up leaving the bike racks empty. And why not? For less than $100 a year or $10 a day you can get unlimited access to the blue bike, which is hassle free and good for the environment. Native New Yorkers will always buck against corporations making changes to their city, even if it’s just cheap bikes, it’s in their nature. The island of Manhattan was made by unique natives taking control, from tent cities in Thompkins Square Park to the squatters laws that let your “friend” live in a $400/month rent control apartment in the East Village, New York is the epitome of for the people by the people in spirit.
This past Sunday I attended my first ever Pride Parade. In the span of three hours I got glitter poured on me, had my hand kissed by a very cute girl, and learned a few things.
1. New York is not only full of proud people but proud landmarks as well
2. Kids in NYC know what’s up
3. As do the Muppets
4. Your motorcycle is incomplete without some pride swag
5. Same goes for your Segway
6. NYPD has pride, too
7. There is a New York City gay flag twirling company called the Flaggots
8. 90% of the gay male popluation in NYC can walk better in heels than I ever will
9. The LGBT community is very generous
10. Edie Windsor emanates love and beauty
Seriously when her car drove by everyone went wild and it was understandable, not only was it her court case that brought down DOMA (RIP), but she and her late wife Thea Spyer were one of the first gay rights advocates in NYC. I honestly don’t know what it is about her, but the minutes she steps (or in my case rolls) into your presence your heart just lights up. I have a little bit of a girl crush on her, and can you blame me? Look how sexy she is at 83!
This Wednesday’s video comes from the Romano Archives , this footage of New York city shot in Kodachrome color film in 1939 by French tourist Jean Vivier is in impeccable condition and offers a rare look at NYC.
- 5 cent pina coloda!
- bring back the stair busses
- Rockefeller plaza looks the same almost 75 years later
- Women in 1939 did not dress as differently from women today as one would think, check out the hair turban on the lady at 1.35, back in style.