Buzzfeed, the Internet fun-stuff aggregator (and the people behind the Kim Kardashian store vigil) have been doing some great original content lately. Sometimes you just have to give back to the web, you know? The most recent example is a YouTube bike tour down NYC’s oldest North-South street, starting in the Bronx and ending up in Bowling Green. And since watching a real time video like that would take approximately 5 hours, it’s been sped up to fit into a nice 5 minute clip with some funky grooves. We just hope the rider was wearing a helmet.
The Observer was beginning to suffer withdrawal. It had been more than two weeks since Michael Kimmelman filed his last piece for The Times Art Section, after a run of nearly one architecture review a week. We should have seen his latest one coming, but The Observer must admit that we did not.
It is not simply because defining bike lanes as architecture could be a subject open for debate, at least under Mr. Kimmelman’s starchiest-loving predecessor (to be fair, he did write about the Time Square pedestrian plazas) but also because the Gray Lady has not exactly been a friend to the cycling movement, consistently criticizing the godhead Janette Sadik-Khan.
But for Mr. Kimmelman, recently returned from Europe, cycling is almost a perfect conveyance.
Cycling with Style
His glasses were brown, semi-rimless and matched the crisp white gloves he wore to replace modern-day fingerless bike gear. He had a black bowler hat with a tiny brown feather tucked into the lip and a red bow-tie complimented his brown, red and tan checkered suit. And, as he twirled a woman around, moving with bousterous live swing music, the rest of the sidewalk crowd watched, dazed by the energy of his imprompteau dance.