Recreating the Warriors’ famous trip, leather vest optional.
I am not a bike messenger and I have never touched a “fixie.” When one of my tires goes flat, I stare at it for a while, and then I take it into the shop and pay a professional to repair it. So why did a girl like me pay $5 on a recent Saturday night to ride in a three-borough, 30-mile, sundown-to-sun-up Warriors-themed bike ride? Because it sounded like an adventure, and an excuse to stay up really, really late.
The Warriors is the 1979 cult action film that follows New York City gangs in an overnight chase from a park in the Bronx all the way down to Coney Island. For its 25th anniversary, Track Or Die and Cycle Hawk organized a ride that more or less replicated the film’s route, only on bikes, and with checkpoints and challenges along the way. The city we live in today is not quite the dystopian crime world depicted in the movie — for example, in real New York, turns out you can’t throw a baseball bat at a cop’s knees and then just walk away like it never happened — but one thing the movie gets right is that this city has secrets you can discover only if you get out of your home turf. Here’s some of what I discovered on the ride: (more…)
The Grove Alley party looks bright and summery, and it’s happening in September. So summer is still alive. via Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
Damn, it’s September already, which unfortunately means the summer is coming to a close and the return to a depressing life of sweatshirts and flannels and bundling up. Let’s not focus on that though. Let’s focus on squeezing the last bit of life out of this summer, which lasts until September 21, and enjoy it instead of being sour and admitting the defeat of the winter’s return. So because we know you don’t want to give up just yet, here’s your final installment of 93 Days of Summer. (more…)
Hey 90s kids, are you tired of only being pandered/advertised to by BuzzFeed lists, dance parties, TV marathons, film remakes and reboots and sequels, music samples and band reunion tours? We know, when will anyone ever pay attention to the 90s? The Brooklyn Cyclones are doing their part next Wednesday, August 27 with a 90s Nickelodeon night. Why should you go, besides the baseball? Well, Kel Mitchell is throwing out the first pitch, so it’ll answer your “Hey, where’s Kel Mitchell been these days?” question. (more…)
Oh yeah, show off why don’ you? Jerk. via Flickr user Jeffrey Ball
It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating summer’s arrival, but believe it or not, it is almost over already! Before you blink and it is too late to really enjoy a beach day, head down this weekend to the 24th Annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest. On Saturday, August 16 at the Coney Island Boardwalk near Wonder Wheel Park there will be food, music, and festivities to accompany the competition. (more…)
Who will win? Probably the person who can hit the ball the hardest. via Flickr user Jonathan Gleich
Handball, everyone loves handball. The players love it because of its simplicity and fast pace, and spectators because of…well, the same thing. Still, like all sports, we have to determine who the best in a regional or national area is, and you can see that happen this Saturday when finally, the Red Bull Slaps handball tournament comes back to Coney Island. (more…)