happy valentine’s day to all the cutters out there
photo via the twittertwatters
“I was swept away by the thought of what could be when I saw a million bikes in Beijing. And I see two in New York City — on a Sunday.” With these words, in November 1980 Mayor Edward Koch removed the barrier-separated bike lanes he had installed one month earlier between Greenwich Village and Central Park.
The 6- to 8-foot wide lanes ran northbound on 6th Ave. and southbound on 7th Ave., Broadway and 5th Ave. Chronically blocked by pedestrians, food vendors and trash, they were shunned by some cyclists, who found riding in traffic more efficient. Taxi and trucking interests protested taking street space for “invisible cyclists,” although DoT reported both lower accidents and increased riding on 6th Ave.
from transalt.org article about 1980s bike lanes in NYC; posted in memoriam of former Mayor Ed Koch who passed away last night
article continues: “The lanes, which were conceived and executed without consultation with the bicycling community, were the Mayor’s last move on behalf of cycling. This retreat and Koch’s escalating hostility to cyclists — culminating in the 1987 Midtown bike ban — set back NYC cycling for a decade. Future bike lane experiments must put a premium on consultation with the cycling community, enforcement of the lanes’ integrity, and patience. A one or two month transportation experiment proves nothing.”
‘Calm after the Storm: ‘Sesame Street’ Helps Kids with Sandy Aftershock’
During the first part of this week, I cut together a new one hour show consisting of several ‘street stories’ about Sesame Street cleaning up after a hurricane from our 2001 season. It will debut this Friday, Nov 9. Since we were dealing with the aftermath of Sandy, the process became an adventure of its own. Here’s a nice write up on it: http://www.tvworthwatching.com/post/Sesame-Street-Hurricane.aspx
Red Hook, post-Sandy, 10.30.12
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Fraggles and Ben Folds Five!!
Ffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu right before hot water music (Taken with Instagram)
We live in a world in which some of the people we are closest to are often not near us at all.
When we document our day-to-day existence in photographs and Instagrams, these people are absent. Their presence in our lives is absent in our digital memories.
Photographer John Clang’s series Being Together seeks to correct this. Using Skype and projectors, he captures families visually as they are virtually.
“In these images,” Clang told me over email, “I am marking the time for these families, enabling them to remember these strange moments of togetherness with the technology presently available. The picture doesn’t stop here, it lingers on in their memory. It embraces the intimacy and closeness of a family, no matter how far apart they are.”
Read more. [Images: John Clang]
please don’t do this to your animals. this cat looks really unhappy.
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