Friday A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 58. East wind around 7 mph.
Friday Night Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 3am, then a chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 55. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
And as of now they're planning to spend the weekend with us:
As for the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast, this week's official selection is...
With May making a rainy, back-and-forth entrance, we’re recommending Brooklyn Pilsner to keep your cool while the weather is unreliable. Its clean, classic refreshment makes it a welcome companion if you’re waiting to sneak in a quick ride, or if you give in and hunker down for the weekend.
But hey, you never know when the sun's gonna come out, and anyway there's too much going on to hunker. On Saturday there's the 2nd Sunnyside Family Fun Bike Ride:
This Saturday at 12pm, come out to the 2nd Sunnyside Family Fun Bike Ride through #Sunnyside & #Woodside. This casual ride is free and open to people of all ages! And here are five Sunnyside residents who will be participating! 🚴♀️🚴♀️🚴♂️🚴♂️🚴♂️ pic.twitter.com/6K58pRJWdB— Jimmy Van Bramer (@JimmyVanBramer) May 1, 2019
And on Sunday there's a slightly larger ride:
This Sunday, May 5th, 32,000 cyclists will ride the 42nd Annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour #TDFBBT. 🚲— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) May 1, 2019
Please check NYC's weekend traffic advisory to #KnowBeforeYouGo: https://t.co/cqP74IzRnN. Street closures are implemented and enforced by NYPD. pic.twitter.com/dMklb5oO96
If you're not taking part, make sure you note all the bike lane closures and plan accordingly:
In addition to vehicular lane closures there will be #bikenyc lane closures along the #TDFBBT course.— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) May 1, 2019
Northbound Queens #bikenyc lanes closed 5/5 from 8am to 1:30pm:
Shore Blvd: Ditmars Blvd to Astoria Park South
Vernon Blvd: 31st Ave to 44th Dr
Pulaski Bridge bike path pic.twitter.com/ZptUl42P8c
Northbound Brooklyn #bikenyc lanes closed 5/5 from 9am-2:30pm:— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) May 1, 2019
Greenpoint Ave: McGuinness Blvd to Franklin St
Franklin St: Greenpoint to Kent Ave
Kent Ave: Franklin St to Williamsburg St
Williamsburg St: Kent Ave to Flushing Ave
Flushing Ave: Williamsburg St to Navy St pic.twitter.com/jBAKykfn4r
Of course starting today there's also the Bike Expo:
Bike Expo NY, America’s most-patronized consumer bike show, returns to the Lower East Side Fri/Sat May 3 & 4.— Bike New York (@bikenewyork) April 24, 2019
E-bikes, bicycle tourism, a big Taiwan bike industry delegation, top apparel & accessories, stationary & slow 🚲 races & more! Full info here https://t.co/Tre0pHWN62 pic.twitter.com/GcbH9aaUlZ
And if that's not enough for you there's bike racing at Orchard Beach all day Sunday, including kid's races.
Out on the streets, the 19th Precinct has busted a serial bike thief:
Serial bicycle thief arrested. 🚲— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) May 1, 2019
Great work by Neighborhood Coordination Officer Cebulski & our Field Intelligence Officer for identifying & arresting the suspect wanted for (4) bike thefts on the #UpperEastSide since January. pic.twitter.com/pmUHjNe1S0
And ticketed a private sanitation truck driver for doing what they do best:
Our crackdown on private sanitation trucks will not end & Officer Burke is committed to the cause.— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) May 2, 2019
Early this morning he issued more tickets this time for driving in a bike lane & dangerously cutting across all lanes of traffic on 2nd Avenue & 75th Street. @NYPDTransport pic.twitter.com/bPItnw5CN5
Also, the NYPD has apparently gone into the bike share business:
Could this mean they're anticipating a crackdown on placard abuse?
No word as yet on from whom the bikes were confiscated:
But most do appear to have bells on them so presumably they didn't come from the infamous "No-Bell Bust:"
"There's a backstory here—we do not give out a lot of summonses for no bells on bikes," O'Neill told reporters on Thursday afternoon. "This was a group that, they meet periodically, and there's videos out there, you gotta take a look at what these bike groups do. They ride in group, en masse, the wrong way up major avenues, they play chicken with buses and trucks. This was a tool that the officers from Manhattan South to prevent this behavior from happening that day."
Addressing the Gothamist story that published photos of him riding bikes without bells, O'Neill added, "And I will be happy to report to New York City that I do have a bell on my bike now."
Sounds like somebody needs to explain to the Commissioner the difference between an alleycat and a ride-out:
Bike messenger Shardy Nieves, who has organized the 4/20 Race and Bake event for six years and who was arrested that Saturday for an open container warrant from 2015 (it was later dismissed), said that O'Neill was confusing his group with the younger "wheelie guys" who organize more impromptu rideouts.
"It's not a mob of people taking over First Avenue, these are all bike messengers," Nieves told Gothamist. "It's like, we replicate the working day for a messenger. This is all older people, you know? Working class people that on the weekend, they wanna ride with their coworkers and have a good time."
Yes, the "mob of people taking over First Avenue" would be the drivers.