March 22nd, 2019: Your Weekend Forecast

Could be some more rain today:

Friday Weather

Friday A chance of rain before 8am, then a chance of showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. West wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday Night A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. Breezy, with a west wind 18 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph.

Sunrise: 6:56am

Sunset: 7:10pm

But once the wind sends it packing we should be able to enjoy some springy weather for the weekend:

Weekend Weather

And to enhance your enjoyment, the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast recommends...

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...Bel Air Sour!

GWB

With spring getting off to a clear start, we’re recommending our bright and breezy Bel Air Sour this weekend. The tart, tropical edge of our dry-hopped sour ale is perfect for the warmer days, and the bright pink and teal of the label will keep things going through the increasingly shorter nights. Keep a sharp eye on your shelves, and you might even be lucky enough to find some of the first six packs of Bel Air Sour cans in New York City. Good luck!

Welcome back to life on the good side of the vernal equinox.

Yesterday, the following video went semi-viral:

And if you're looking for the moment the ensuing Twitter thread hit rock bottom this may have been it:

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Yes, who can forget other examples of Lena Dunham examples of people on two wheels confronting motorists, such as this one:

I totally thought I was watching "Girls" for a second.

If anything, she handled the situation exactly like the preschool teacher she mentions she is, right down to use of the phrase "safe choice."

Of course it is of course possible to applaud her for standing up for herself while simultaneously not recommending that course of action to other:

But there's no room on Twitter for that sort of nuance.

In other news, if you support dedicated bus lanes, this probably isn't what you have in mind:

Though, happily, it appears that the 90th Precinct has finally turned their ticketing upon drivers in the chronically blocked Grand Street, at last fleetingly:

Finally, the Brooklyn Paper takes a look at the movement for better bike infrastructure in Southern Brooklyn, though apparently they've got a tone-deaf Civil War buff writing their headlines:

One of the group’s major goals is to revive a plan to lay bike lane from Bay Ridge through Southern Brooklyn to Queens along parts of the Bay Ridge Parkway, Avenue P, and Flatlands Avenue — a scheme the city considered back in 2011, before abandoning it after getting pushback from locals and pols, including Mayor DeBlasio, who then served as the city’s public advocate.

“I commend the city for responding to community concerns by halting its plans,” DeBlasio said at the time. “This was an important step forward that shows a willingness to respect the input of residents and community leaders.”

City transit chiefs understand the need for such a cross-borough bike lane, according to a Department of Transportation spokesman, who claimed the agency is working on new plans for that infrastructure.

Say what you will about de Blasio, but he's always been the consummate motorist.

Fortunately, things are looking better going forward:

The group’s efforts will only be amplified by state Sen. Andrew Gounardes’s (D–Bay Ridge) recently formed pedestrian-safety task force — whose ranks include Bike South Brooklyn member Brian Hedden — according to Hetteix, who noted an upcoming meeting of the task force and officials including Gounardes, Councilman Justin Brannan (D–Bay Ridge), Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus (D–Coney Island), and Transportation Department Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, will be an important step toward making the desired new bike lanes a reality.

Until you can ride a bike to and from Staten Island without putting it on a boat or going through Jersey then we can't really call ourselves a bikeable city.