ok, so......as ride reports go, it's pretty "minimal" um, lets see, maybe 15 miles, but in this city, fifteen miles on a bicycle is like an iron butt and um, an iron butt with gross "milk water" being sprayed on you by passing trucks and and iron butt with lots of people trying to open car doors into you and pull out in front of you and um, running lots and lots of red lights
anywho, to the report! i had a few extra minutes today and didn't want you all thinking i had died or something. i tried, as always, to have the bike in some shots
so i figured i'd use this opportunity to show you kids my new neighborhood, etc.
Greenpoint NYC, lets see, it's in Brooklyn, it's real Polish, the signs near my mailbox are in Polish and i think say something about not smoking in the hallways, but yeah, lots of kielbasa, etc.......
Welcome (this is the crappy warehouse part down near the East River)
I live on the second floor of the building at the extreme right, above the HR Block if you can read it. This is the center of the neighborhood and as such is the busiest street in area. The buses stop right in front of my place, all the time, 2 times, every hour from 1am-6am, and that is the least frequently they stop
Here's the park down the street, one of the larger parks in Brooklyn, if you look carefully you can see the Empire State building poking out of the trees, sometimes this building looks like the biggest thing in the world, other times not. Funny that in a city like New York, the tallest, most imposing building in the city is nearly 80 years old, whereas there are now dozens of taller buildings in much smaller cities around the world.
Right around the corner from the park is Matchless, its a cafe racer themed bar that has a bike night on Mondays. I swung by this past week and there was some really cool stuff, Ducs, old Triumphs and BSAs, some sorta rare 80s Japanese stuff and a Rockster
this was right up the street, looks like it'd been there a while, the master cylinder is laying on the front fender for some unknown reason, no license plate either
and just a little further i came across this neat custom. to me this is what a custom bike should look like, sorta flat tracker, sorta chopper, skinny tires and not a lot of "shine"
Back at the waterfront again, and a panorama of Manhattan. Empire State to the left. The Chrysler and former Pan Am (Met Life now i think) are center. The square one to the right is the UN building where I will hopefully be starting work next week. A paperwork snafu kept me from reporting for duty this week, oh well...........
Here is the last image from Greenpoint. McCarren pool was the largest public pool in the city, quite possibly in the country when it opened in the 1930s. It is now a concert venue after being abandoned for a long time. it's really big, probably the size of 5 or 6 Olympic sized pools.
A bit further afield (about 5 miles from my house) is Green-Wood Cemetery, one of the biggest in the city and home to over 500,000 graves, some of them on a scale i've never seen before in my life. The one above is easily 40-50 feet tall. I walked around for 2 hours, got lost and only covered about 10 percent of the place. I've always found cemeteries interesting mostly from a historic prospective, lots of famous people in this one, but also because they're everything i want a park to be, quiet, no kids, etc....... The rest of the photos are just from there, the last one being the grave of the founder of the ASPCA.
usually you see a few of these in a cemetery, there were easily hundreds if not thousands
absolutely huge, biggest mosaulem i've ever seen cept for Grants Tomb
a bit odd