Open Thread Wednesday 4/23/14

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  • ClaudeScales

    Having seen the photo on the Parks Dep’t site to which you helpfully linked, I’m thinking those may be crabapple trees.

  • miriamcb

    We go to Physiologic on Remsen. They are currently looking for new space in the neighborhood, but are open and will remain open. They have 4 chiropractors and my husband and I have seen all 4 of them. They are all knowledgeable and very capable. They have very friendly hours and will work with you if they don’t accept your insurance.

  • miriamcb

    We usually have Andrea at Rocco and Jezebel sit for our cat. We leave our cat at home and give her keys to take care of him (it’s actually her husband John who takes care of our cat). Their actual storefront is on Pineapple Walk and we found the price very reasonable and the service is seriously great!

  • DIBS

    The burden always rests with the cyclists as compared to the pedestrian. Few of them understand this and a vary large % of them simply ignore it and act like real dumbasses

  • Brixtony

    They are first rate – saved my life (or at least it felt like that).

  • Panina

    I recommend Skin Boutique 59 E. 54th Street 212 644 8581
    Juliana is a very nice young lady.

  • Greg

    I find the extra trek to the Manhattan Bridge on both sides to be long, inconvenient, and dangerously auto-congested enough to be wary of it as a viable replacement. And while I understand the importance of tourism, it seems strange to prioritize tourism over commuter transportation so strongly.

    I’d love to see a car lane on the BB given over to bicyclists. Perhaps on weekends auto traffic is light enough for that to work adequately for everyone.

  • TeddyNYC

    I used the bridge a couple of weeks ago. Was it closed for maintenance or some other reason?

  • cat

    Thanks for the info.

  • Bob Rowen

    30 mph bicycles VS 3 mph pedestrians inches apart don’t mix!

  • GHB

    My bad. No such repairs done. i guess it was just some guy who wanted to close the block and take a leak.

  • David on Middagh

    Take only leaks; leave only Clark bars.

    /runs away

  • Eddyde

    I wasn’t implying the bad cyclists were absolved, only that pedestrians are contributing to the problem. The bottom line is do the numbers show an increased number of accidents on the bridge or is it just perceived problem.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    They close it temporarily when the pile driving is close to the Squibb bridge.

  • Eddyde

    I understand, that is part of the problem. People who don’t ride bikes don’t understand the high level of concentration and control the cyclist has. For example; I often hear in regards to crossing an intersection”if I hadn’t stopped, I would have been hit” This simply isn’t true. The truth is actually the opposite, stopping suddenly is more hazardous as the cyclist is likely planing to pass behind the pedestrian. I know that it is human nature to stop when something is approaching at speed so I don’t blame people for doing it but it isn’t necessary. It only leaves them in the path the cyclist was going to take. The same goes for the bridge, just because a bike passes you by inches does not mean it was a “near miss” the cyclist is not planning in hitting you. The only likely cause of a collision is if a pedestrian suddenly darts into the path of an oncoming bike.

  • Greg

    Of course that would be an egregiously dangerous scenario. Thankfully it’s also pretty much impossible – I’m not sure you understand just how fast 30 mph would be.

    But there’s no doubt that the greater the speed differential, the more hairy the whole situation is.

  • Alec
  • miriamcb

    Does anyone know what’s going in where Mr. Video used to be?

  • Brooklyn biker

    100% of cyclists on the bridge are concentrating 100%, we have to, to avoid the significant majority of pedestrians who are oblivious to lane usage! not concentrating! studying their smart phones and taking pictures. I’ve had to weave in and out of a group exercise class, dodge wedding photo sessions and video shoots. I bike the bridge every morning when it is quite, I avoid it every evening. There are just too many ignorant, inattentive day dreamers.

  • Someone

    Since bikes are legitimate transportation vehicles they should also obey traffic laws pertaining to one way streets, red light and stop signs and be ticketed for breaking these laws.

  • Teresa

    As I said above, pedestrians do indeed need to be mindful of where they’re supposed to be. But in the area I’m talking about, cyclists are told that they should yield to pedestrians and they don’t. If 100% of cyclists are concentrating 100%, why are they ignoring what they’re supposed to do?

  • MonroeOrange

    ouch…well Brooklyn Biker? sounds like you just got a 100% smackdown using your own facts!

  • Andrew Porter

    I can hear the pounding of the pile drivers, and I live between Hicks and Henry, about 4 blocks from the construction. The noise is louder because the former Squibb building doesn’t screen the sound; it’s coming from the site between Cranberry and Middagh.

  • Andrew Porter

    Brace yourself: another drug store (and no, not marijuana).

  • Andrew Porter

    Lots of photos of the construction of the Pierhouse hotel and condos at the Curbed website, here:

  • miriamcb

    You’re kidding.