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Bat for Lashes at Webster Hall August 30!

The amazing Natasha Khan pulling a hair light with a cargo bike accompanied by a cohort of BMXers wearing animal masks in a forest at visual effects of viagra night–wait VolumePills, I feel faint. I have to sit down for a minute.

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Here’s Mom, the stunning Salma Agha rocking it Qawwali style in the biggest of big finishes in Salma in 1985.

Why Stop and Frisk Reform Matters for All New Yorkers and Especially Cyclists

Steve Vaccaro wrote a great piece  on Streetsblog about Judge Scheindlin’s ruling on NYPD’s Stop and Frisk policy earlier this week, how it relates to public safety and to cyclists in particular:

“Planners strive to create urban places in order to draw people into the public realm for the enrichment of shared experience. In a city as diverse as New York, a program of harassment that discourages racial minorities from being out in public or in certain neighborhoods is directly at odds with this goal. Judge Scheindlen found that the NYPD’s stop and frisk program was exactly that: a program of racially profiling black and Latino males for humiliating stops and frisks. She rejected the city’s rationale for the racial disparity in the program — that the majority of persons suspected and arrested for crime are black and Latino males. The circularity of this approach is self-evident. It impoverishes everyone’s experience of the city.”

The NYPD and the City of New York maintain that the practice is necessary to reduce the threat of gun violence. However, in 4 million stops between 2004 and 1012, which overwhelmingly targeted young black and Hispanic men, in only .014 of random stops were guns found.

In ruling that the practice violates the Constitution, Judge Scheindlin wrote, “The City’s highest officials have turned a blind eye to the evidence that officers are conducting stops in a racially discriminatory manner…. In their zeal to defend a policy that they believe to be effective, they have willfully ignored overwhelming proof that the policy of targeting ‘the right people’ is racially discriminatory and therefore violates the United States Constitution.”

How could the policy have gone on so long despite multiple lawsuits and widespread community protest? An excellent piece in Slate quotes the court record: “‘We own the block. They don’t own the block, all right? They might live there but we own the block. All right? We own the streets here. You tell them what to do,’ one lieutenant says (in the Schoolcraft tapes), exhorting his officers to enforce their will on the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant.”

The Streetsblog piece notes:

“Without suggesting that NYPD enforcement of traffic laws against cyclists is equivalent in any legal or political sense to the  racial  profiling and discrimination proven in Floyd, I’m not surprised that there are clear parallels between the two — since it is the same officers doing the policing. These parallels nicely illustrate the “community suspicion” principle underlying Judge Scheindlin’s finding of constitutional violations.

“In one seemingly race-neutral example of this “community suspicion” approach, an NYPD lieutenant was heard “instructing officers to stop anyone on a bike who is carrying a bag near an area where there have been car break-ins. ‘Those are good stops,’” the lieutenant asserted.

“Community suspicion” is not only unconstitutional, but has a chilling effect on community members’ willingness to venture out in public — a vital ingredient to the streets we all want…the stop and frisk program has mutated far beyond useful proportions. The force behind this mutation is the “numbers driven” approach, in which police performance is judged almost exclusively based on trendlines showing ever-diminishing incidence of serious “index” crimes, and ever-increasing incidence of “quality of life” and other lesser crimes. There likely is a baseline level of crime that even the safest big city can’t root out without becoming a police state, and we may well be approaching that point in New York. Judge Scheindlin found that despite the enormous pressure on police to “hit the numbers” on certain types of enforcement, there was no institutional pressure to follow the Constitution.

“One result of this numbers-driven approach is that policing of traffic violence and other types of crime have been neglected, and the approach taken by the few police tasked with enforcement in those areas is too often infected by the same contempt and disrespect seen in the stop and frisk context — not only for crime suspects, but also for crime victims. Judge Scheindlin’s proposed solution includes a pilot program in which officers would wear body cameras so that reliable evidence of their conduct would be available to assess. This remedial step and the appointment of an independent monitor are a measured and reasonable first step toward redirecting NYPD away from the toxic (and Quixotic) quest for infinitely-diminishing crime statistics, and toward a constitutional approach to dealing with violent street crime and a greater focus on other areas, including traffic violence.”

Read the full article here

The Art Gallery That Calls Itself New York City

Out riding with four cycling friends, I recognized the bodega we were passing, and knew instantly we were about to speed by Welling Court, a short one block long L-shaped street on Vernon Avenue in Astoria. I squeezed my brakes and shouted for everyone to stop.

Stop the ride mid-block?

STOP???

They looked at me as if I had developed a case of temporary insanity.

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I told them we were at the entrance to one of New York’s great art galleries; they looked around at the nondescript setting, then back at me, now certain I had lost my mind. But I knew that we were at the entry point for a great urban exploration; in June, I had gone on my first Graffiti Art Ride with Shawn Carney.  Talk about an eye opener!

On Shawn’s ride we had reached this very corner and had only looked at Welling Court itself.  What we missed was an urban wonder.

Just four years ago, the residents of the Welling Court area of Astoria, seeking a way to battle urban decay and at the same time differentiate and beautify their area, decided that street art offered a unique way to improve their neighborhood.

Since then, more than 80 artists from across the world have come to this small enclave and painted storefronts, walls, and doors.   Chris Stain and Beau Stanton, members of the highly regarded Bushwick Collective , have pieces here.

For me, Beau Stanton was the turning point, the artist who showed me that graffiti was not an urban nuisance, but an art form which just happened to include buildings, walls, fences, and other public structures as materials for artwork.

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“The Heirophant” in Bushwick.

Whimsy, beauty, depth of field, a high level of skill; Whimsy, beauty, depth of field, a high level of skill; a real piece of art.

Many people seek out what is “new”:  The new club or restaurant.  The hottest new neighborhood.  Is the public canvas that graffiti art,sometimes called “muraling” or “tagging”, takes for its own can the art world’s latest new new thing?

Is this a new form?

Graffiti, which some believe to have originated in Philadelphia and developed into  an art form in the past 20 to 30 years in New York City…only goes back a few thousand years.

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The scratchings, phrases, and sexual innuendo painted on the walls of Pompeii ?

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Why limit the art experience to museums and galleries when a bicycle turns the entire city into an opportunity to view great art on a group ride to some of the most interesting and exciting street art sites?

The Five Borough Bike Club  has an upcoming day ride that will interest both art lovers and cyclists looking for a great ride through the city.  After last year’s successful Graffiti Ride, another was held earlier this summer; its success led the 5BBC to offer another Graffiti Ride, this one on August 10th, leaving at 10AM from Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn.

Each ride will be co-led by cyclist/artist Shawn Carney (check out her drawing of the day) and Fritz “SprayCan” VanOrden.  Locations visited will include a variety of sites across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. The route varies depending on the whims and interests of the leader; riders may visit Long Island City’s famed 5 Pointz , the above-mentioned Welling Court or the murals of the Bushwick Collective, but what is certain is that  riders will encounter beauty and invention that will open your eyes with wonder. The experience will be an intriguing urban exploration full of surprise and ah-ha moments of discovery;  and at least one artwork that will stop you dead in your tracks.

Along with viewing the graffiti art, the 5BBC ride promises riders a good workout, several bridge crossings to test your legs and your lungs, its famous two-minute bike check, and the warm camaraderie Club rides are known for.  Each ride has a lunch break, giving riders a chance to sample some of NYC’s finest eats before (or while viewing) the fine art on the walls of our city.

All riders on 5BBC rides must wear a helmet and all 5BBC rides are free and open to any cyclist.  Check out the link for more information.

Bicycle Utopia is pleased to welcome guest contributor Geoff Cohen. Geoff is a member and ride leader with the  Five Borough Bike Club. His many interests include writing, photographing the odd and beautiful in and around New York City, and cycling all over the place. When not occupied with the above, he is Executive Director of Shen Wei Dance Arts.