Weather: Mostly sunny today, with a high in the 80s. On Saturday, partly sunny, scattered thunderstorms, highs in the upper 80s. Usually sunny on Father’s Day, again in the upper 80s.
Parking on the alternative side: Effective today, suspended tomorrow for June 17th.
Construction of a two-way bike path on the Brooklyn Bridge side toward Manhattan will begin Monday evening, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.
A “radical reinvention of a New York City icon,” as he put it, the construction will transform the innermost lane leading to Manhattan into an eight-foot-wide bike path. The addition of the bike path, which should open by fall, will make the bridge promenade reserved for pedestrians.
“It will be part of a very ambitious plan,” de Blasio said at a press conference. “We are currently working to create a record 30 miles of protected bike lanes this year.”
Mr de Blasio first announced plans for the cycle path in January. It’s part of an effort to create safer cycle routes for cyclists, who have long said crossing the bridge is a bit of a headache, with excited tourists posing for selfies and pedestrians obstructing the cycle path. .
“Anyone who has tried to cross the bridge on a bicycle, like me, has experienced the confluence of the two great roles of the Brooklyn Bridge,” State Senator Brian Kavanagh said at the press conference Thursday.
“If you’ve tried crossing this path, you’ve seen pedestrians, New Yorkers, and tourists often gazing at the great New York skyline,” he said. “The bikes trying to make their way through this crowd are not ideal from any point of view, either from the point of view of tourists or from the point of view of New Yorkers trying to get around.”
Cycling around town skyrocketed during the pandemic as people tried to avoid public transport for safety reasons.
As life begins to return to normal, leading Democratic mayoral candidates say they are in favor of building more bike lanes and reducing car traffic in the city.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams told the New York Times he would build 300 miles of protected bike lanes in four years.
Mr. Adams, Scott M. Stringer, Maya D. Wiley and Raymond J. McGuire have all said they support the expansion of the city’s bike share program, Citi Bike.
Yang faces backlash for comments on mental illness
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And finally: Your social weekend
Melissa Guerrero of The Times writes:
While people are still connecting through virtual events and programs, as the summer season approaches and more people are getting vaccinated, sites and organizations are hosting in-person events. Here are some suggestions for maintaining a New York social life this weekend:
In person: Stoop concert with Alphonso Horne
At Friday at 6 p.m., visit the Steps of the National Arts Club in Manhattan to attend 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, visit the club’s Instagram page.
Virtual: “The Revival: It’s our duty”
Enjoy a musical event to celebrate Juneteenth by artist Troy Anthony on Saturday at 8 p.m. Described as a “wake-up call for personal and collective liberation”, the event is part of The Shed’s “Open Call” series.
Visit the event page for the livestream.
In person: “Soul of Brooklyn: Juneteenth” block party
At Saturday from 10 a.m., join the Museum of Contemporary Arts of the African Diaspora for an all-day program of events on Fort Greene Place at Lafayette Avenue. Participants can look forward to performances, wellness activities and more.
RSVP for free on the event page.
It’s Friday – celebrate it.
Metropolitan newspaper: Outdoor skating
I had never met my next door neighbor, but I noticed him often 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 looked in the back of a cab as it skated in and out of traffic while pushing a newborn baby in a stroller, prompting drivers to honk their horns.
Another time, from an outside bench, I was amazed to see him grab a coffee and slide onto the store’s linoleum floor as other customers turned their heads to watch.
But I was surprised to meet him up close when he knocked on my apartment door one afternoon. He didn’t show up, he just got right to the point.
“I locked myself in,” he said. “Do you mind if I jump over your fence to enter my garden?” I think I left my sliding door open.
I invited him before I noticed he had his roller skates on. He glided effortlessly across my living room, turning the old wood into his personal ice rink.
When he reached the garden, he removed the runners and threw them, one at a time, over the chain-link fence covered with ivy before climbing up.
– Thank you, he mumbled.
Back home, I heard him put music through the wall.
– Ricky Lewis
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