Sunday, April 27, 2008

God Bless This Bike...


Wow, where do i begin? i guess i should start by saying that i am very excited to now enter the world of blogging. This blog will be dedicated to the bikes of NYC. If you are a local to the city then you know that most of the streets in Manhattan are populated with yellow cabs, pedestrians, and bikes. I moved here to NYC in August of 2004, with big dreams of becoming a designer, and working for a major design house. As most of you know NYC is a very expensive city to live in, esp. if you are new to the city and don't know all the "in's and out's". So it comes to no surprise that most of the young New Yorker's are in debt. I myself fell victim of this when i was putting myself out there, going to all the parties, making sure i was in all the right clothes (you get the picture). So in May of 2007 i decided to make the move to pay off all my credit card debt, but at least have some sort of life. I was looking on Craigslist for a vintage bike that i could fix up, and use as my sole entertainment. Within a day i had found a "vintage 50's Schwinn beach cruiser" for the price of 175.00, upon seeing this i met the guy in Union Square and paid him on the spot. The bike was in good condition (minus the blown out seat, and gold sparkley hand grips) and came with a lock. I was so excited about it i rode it home to Brooklyn that day straight from work. Since that day this bike has opened my eyes to a whole new world of the biking community which i am getting more and more excited about. Thus the debut of the blog....

To begin this blog i wanted my first post to be called, "God Bless This Bike" simply because me and a friend took part in the "Blessing of the Bikes" this morning in Harlem. I got up and left my house at 7:00 am and rode over to a friends place in Chl
esea and together we took the train up town to 125th st. and Amsterdam to have our bikes blessed with holy water to protect us from the dangers of the streets of NYC. The event was great it started at 10:00am, and was about 30 minutes. There were probably about 100 bikers present in full biking gear as we stood in the middle of the cathedrals main aisle. It was an impressive site for sure. Afterwards we rode down the west side hwy. to Battery Park City, and back up to Union Square and parted ways. To say the least the experience was amazing.

Photos by: Megan H.

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