Friday, July 14, 2006

Rally against Ratner

Did I mention Time's Up is leading a ride to the Ratner Rally on Sunday?

the BIKE RIDE meets at 12pm on Sunday, July 16th at the Fulton Ferry Landing Peir

***Ride to Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn's Rally***

NEW ENCLOSURES: DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN tours & tackles Brooklyn Bridge Park, Metrotech, Downtown Brooklyn Rezoning, BAM Cultural District, Atlantic Malls, Atlantic Yards

NEW ENCLOSURES: Ride to Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn's Rally
A bike ride tour to explore & expose the current redevelopment of Downtown Brooklyn.

The current narrative for downtown Brooklyn is relentlessly upbeat:
Brooklyn is booming in an unparalleled renaissance.

Is there another side of the story? This ride will explore some of these mega-projects and probe their less heralded impacts: privatized open space, demapped public streets, gentrification, business improvement districts, surveillance cameras, eminent domain, astroturf lobbying, private security forces, quality of life, the war on vendors.

Is Brooklyn becoming a privatized zone for high-income consumption?

The ride will conclude at 2pm in Grand Army Plaza, where Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn is holding a rally against the Atlantic Yards mega-project. Times-Up! is a member of the Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn Coalition.

more info on the Atlantic Rail Yards Project at:

Develop Don't Destroy
No Land Grab
Atlantic Yards Report
On NY Turf
Daily Gotham

In even bigger news...Reality TV show star Jia Santos

was hit by a bus while riding her bike. news story

'Project Runway' Contestant Seriously Injured'

By WENN| Friday, July 14, 2006

HOLLYWOOD - A contestant on the latest season of Project Runway was seriously injured by a New York City bus near the climax of the fashion reality show.

Hungarian model Jia Santos, real name Eliza Jakubek, was struck by a bus while cycling to the Heidi Klum-hosted program's studio.

The 18-year-old's agent, Avenue Models' Javier Hernandez, tells the New York Daily News, "She was dragged underneath the bus.

"She fractured her skull and her eye socket and was in critical condition for three days. Now she has been in intensive care for a month.

"Everyone from the show has been really supportive and offered their help to get her parents a visa to visit her in the hospital and work on a benefit for her."

After waking up in hospital, Hernandez's first words were, "Am I still on Project Runway?"

My first words would have been a little different.

In even Greater news...The European Cycle Messenger Championships were held in Helsinki Finland...July 6th-9th.

Here is a little blub from wikipedia

"Although the idea of modern bicycle messengers is thought to have originated in North America, it has now spread throughout the developed world. The attraction of this service is that it provides a cheap and fast method of sending messages around an inner-city area with heavy traffic. The bicycle messenger is most common outside America in northern and eastern Europe, with large and organised bodies of couriers in such cities as London, Berlin, Copenhagen, Zurich, Warsaw, Budapest and Dublin, among others. In London motorcycle couriers are as common as bicycle couriers for historical reasons and most couriers services provide both motorbike and bicycle couriers.
There is an annual European Cycle Messenger Championships, or "ECMC", which takes place in a different city on the continent every year. Strangely, the concept has never really caught on in southern Europe, which is the heartland of world competitive cycling. As a result, there are very few bicycle couriers in Portugal, France, Spain or Italy.

Josh Whitesnake from Mess NYC has a photo report.

on the mess site you can check out a report on the Chunk 666 chunkcatholon and get a link to the video of the flaming bikes of death


Blogger David J said...

Great post Michael!
Isn't it funny what the call development! It seems to be a word that now totally belongs to the activities of ruthless profiteers, scallywags and scoundrels with full support of Government who would otherwise need to really consider more complex and inclusive ways of developing their cities!
I liked the Wikipedia entry on bicycle couriers, that must have had heaps of input it is very informative.
Once again you’ve filled your post with heaps of information. This blog is like a one stop bicycle media outlet for me. I visit most days and usually find your posts to be very informative. I often follow your links to other great sites and am really becoming familiar with the New York scene. It’s heart warming to know that there are people out there who are prepared to fight for a saner world…. Even if that does mean dressing up and acting the clown… Nothing wrong with that….

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