Tuesday Rain likely, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tuesday Night Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 3am, then a slight chance of showers between 3am and 4am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 39. South wind 6 to 11 mph becoming west 12 to 17 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Be prepared with rain gear and fenders, or if you don't want to commit you can always go multi-modal with public transit and Citi Bike--just check the status of your favorite station first:
⚠️Service Alert: The E 12 St & 3 Ave station has been temporarily removed today (1/7) to accommodate Con Ed work. This station will be reinstalled in about 2 weeks. Check the app/map for available stations.— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) January 7, 2019
⚠️Service Alert: The University Pl & E 8 St station will be temporarily deactivated today (1/7) to accommodate construction. This station will be reactivated in 2-3 days. Check the app/map for available stations.— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) January 7, 2019
Also, if you're a late night Brooklyn Bridge commuter note this upcoming walkway maintenance:
In news that will surprise nobody, NYPD officers react antagonistically when you ask them not to park in bike lanes while making donut runs:
Nothing like getting harassed by the @NYPDnews to start the week in #BikeNYC. This here is Officer Florez. Officer Florez decided that he couldn't be inconvenienced by parking his car three feet to the right while getting his breakfast at Dunkin Donuts this morning. 1/ pic.twitter.com/eHAlhpYEfI— Eric Helms (@EricPHelms) January 7, 2019
Also, the reason they park illegally is that there isn't "adequate" parking:
We don't know what that 2017 placard is... but it's not an authorized @NYPDnews vehicle and it's not 2017.— placard corruption (@placardabuse) January 7, 2019
But @NYPD52Pct "has to" park illegally on the greenway outside their free parking lot because there isn't "adequate" parking.#placardcorruption pic.twitter.com/LeI7lWb8fU
Cool. So does that mean I get to steal because there isn't adequate money in my pocket?
In tragic news, New York City lost another cyclist this past Friday, along a stretch of road in Brooklyn that is unconscionably dangerous:
Hector Ayala, 41, was biking across Linden Boulevard at Crescent Street when he was struck by a 2018 Dodge Van at about 4 a.m. said police.
Ayala was less than one block away from his home at the Louis Heaton Pink houses when he was hit, according to police.
Nevertheless, despite the dire situation in this part of Brooklyn, Williamsburg continues to get all the attention from the local media. Here's another installment in the ongoing dissection of the L train shutdown:
With the news that the L train shutdown may be no longer, Brooklynites are feeling frustrated, confused, and relieved—sometimes all at the same time. https://t.co/D1tLr22rAl pic.twitter.com/qHmqOeOC9K— Curbed NY (@CurbedNY) January 7, 2019
Will rent concessions offset decreased bicycle sales?
Shawn Wolf, the co-owner of bicycle shop King Kog, was pleased to get a 15 percent discount on his two-year lease on Grand Street in Williamsburg. He moved his shop to the busy cycling thoroughfare just over two weeks ago. “I would say we definitely got a bit of a deal on this location because of the looming shutdown,” he tells Curbed. However, Wolf also hoped to sell bikes to people seeking an alternative commute. “It does affect how we planned to do business in terms of how many people would be looking for their first bike in a long time,” he adds.
Only time will tell. However, you can count on petitions from selfish people who want their parking back:
While Wolf is excited about Grand Street’s redesign—part of the shutdown mitigation plan—neighboring businesses are now hopeful they’ll have leverage to reverse a new dedicated bus lane that’s eliminated parking on one side of the street. “I’m willing to do anything it takes … because we need our parking back,” said Luis Palomo, co-owner of Bahia Restaurant. “My neighbors are asking me to start a petition.”
If Luis Palomo is the point person for all his neighbors' parking concerns, perhaps he should open a parking facility.
Finally, this week's Go Back To Jersey! award goes to Thomas P. Roberts of Lawrenceville:
Pedestrians are a danger to themselves. Jaywalkers appear out of nowhere when they dart into the street between cars and trucks. Many will cross against the light if they see no immediate approaching vehicle — or if they just happen to be in a hurry.
Of course the only reason there aren't more pedestrian deaths is that we've got to maintain a constant state of hyper-vigilance due to all these selfish, reckless drivers. Still, it's great to see the Times publishing the victim-blaming rants of people who live a 60-mile drive from Times Square.
Mr. Roberts touches all the bases too, including a gratuitous mention of those crazy bike messengers:
And let’s not forget the bicycle couriers who move in a state of anarchy unto themselves.
Not only is this a rather vexing bit of syntax:
I'm just irritated that I don't understand what it means if bike couriers "move in a state of anarchy unto themselves." I've not seen those words combined in that order before.— Peter Flax (@Pflax1) January 7, 2019
But he also neglects to point out that those anarchic-unto-themselves couriers killed exactly zero people last year.
The Times must have hit "publish" instead of "delete."