It wasn’t all sanctimony and acrimony at yesterday’s bike policy hearing at the City Council. Also? Brooklyn, uh, Beep Marty Markowitz broke out into song.
But first he delivered a blistering critique of the Prospect Park West bike lane, as he has repeatedly:
ON CENTRAL PARK WEST IN MANHATTAN, THE D.O.T. SOMEHOW FOUND A WAY TO INSTALL A TRADITIONAL BIKE LANE WITHOUT DRASTICALLY ALTERING THE STREET AND WITHOUT SHIFTING PARKING TO THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET. AND, OF COURSE, THERE IS NO BIKE LANE AT ALL ON 5TH AVENUE ALONG CENTRAL PARK OR ON THE AREA’S STREETS THAT LEAD DIRECTLY INTO THE PARK, LIKE EAST 59TH, EAST 72ND, AND EAST 79TH BETWEEN MADISON AND FIFTH AVENUES, ALL OF WHICH ARE JUST AS WIDE AS PROSPECT PARK WEST.
It’s a good point. But not as good as the joy of hearing Markowitz, who recently had throat surgery, belt out a song of his own composition to the tune of “My Favorite Things.” He was even magnanimous enough to reprise the song for the press in the elevator well outside the hearing room.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer arrived shortly thereafter to flog his responsible bike lanes policies. There were calls for song, dance, juggling–anything. Stringer demured. “I love and respect the borough president, but we roll a little different,” he said. “This is a very tough committee. That’s why Marty had to sing for his life.”