Wednesday, October 29, 2008
All Americans vote on the same day, November 4th, for the President. Don't let anyone stop you - and don't accept a provisional ballot unless there is absolutely no other option. Whatever you do, don't walk away without voting! And if you do vote on a provisional ballot - document the whole process.
You can find your polling place or learn about early voting here (http://www.voteforchange.com/).
Report any voting problems here (http://truth.voteforchange.com/).
And get ready to campaign over the next year to get a real progressive mayor in New York City. The huge network that we've organized for Obama over the past year can be put to good use in preventing Emperor Bloomberg from buying yet another term in office.
Enough with the subsidies for Trump-esque developers building multi-million dollar condos and the Financial Industry's predatory practices. Where has that brought us? Billion dollar bonuses for wall street while people loose their homes. New York wants CHANGE.
My great grandfather worked in a steel mill here in Brooklyn. That makes me a 4th generation New Yorker. It's time to make this a city for the people again. So that people like my great grandfather aren't pushed out by the rich, so that they aren't burdened with debt and forced to close their family business when the chain stores move in. Hard working New Yorkers deserve a mayor who works for them, not for the corporations, developers, bankers and brokers.
It's time to get the "Republican in Independents Clothing" OUT and give New York City back to the people. These are our streets, not Wall Street.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I don't know how the US survives without the Red, Yellow, Green lights for both stopping and going.
Browsing the photo exhibition of Christiania residents with bike.
Either a quick stop or every other bike already left and this one remains...
One of the most fun night rides I've had in Copenhagen - riding into Nørrebro and back.
Nørrebro Train Station
Fisketorvet is a mall that brings a special suburban feel right into the heart of Copenhagen. It could be a US mall, except for the housewares stores full of Danish design, oh and the prominent bicycle parking that you can just glide right into. It's 20 feet from the entrance. Even the sprawl in Copenhagen gives bicycles priority.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I first went to a Bakery on Istegade, drawn in by the classic pretzel shaped sign that indicates a bakery in Denmark. This one was OK, but what I would call a 2nd tier bakery. After veering off the busy street and looking for that hidden bakery that always exists, I found Enghave Konditori on Enghave Plads 7.
They had exactly the Frøsnapper I was looking for. I'll definitely be back.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
There are two things that US Americans usually find really annoying when they visit Denmark. First, everything closes really early, and many (most) shops aren't open at all after 6pm or at all on Sundays. Second, for the most part, Danish businesses require that credit card transactions are made with a card containing a chip, and if you are lucky enough to have a card with a chip, you'll still be charged a 5-7% fee for using a 'foreign' credit card. A quick Google search will find many ex-pat blogs bemoaning the fact that they can't participate in normal Danish life until they get a Dankort, the ubiquitous danish credit card that incurs no fee and has the required chip.
To prepare for your trip to Denmark, don't plan on shopping from 9am to 9pm like you would in most big American cities, if you do, you'll be disappointed. Also, prepare to take out lots of cash from the ATM and use that to pay. You'll get a better price in the stores and in some cases this will be your only option. (And don't bother trying to explain that it's actually impossible to get a credit card with a chip in it to anyone at a store in Denmark, they don't want to hear it.)
These are two issues I've known since I first lived here in the 90s. But today, I discovered a new one. You can't buy contact solution in the pharmacy or grocery store. Yes, New Yorkers, you heard that correctly. That one product that we're always buying at 3am on the way home from a bar, cannot be purchased anywhere in Denmark except (are you ready for this?) at an Opticians shop. That's right, you have to depend on the opening hours of a glasses shop to get contact solution.
Of course, these aren't big deals, and as long as you're prepared, they won't get in the way of enjoying the worlds best bicycling country and I might add, the worlds best pastries. I had one today at Jakob's Bageri (Holmbladsgade 9) on the way to Amager Strand Park. It was unreal how good it was, and no matter how many times the lovely girl at the bakery tried to help me say the name, I couldn't. I should have bought six.
In case you've wondered what I've been riding... here's the first bike I had until Sunday. It has since gotten a punctured tire (somewhere near Christiania) so I had to trade it in for another.
This one was a Batavus with brooks saddle - SRAM, etc. It was a very nice ride!
I specifically asked for a girl's bike with a basket - otherwise, the standard Danish men's bicycle is nothing like this. Most of the men I've seen are riding with the seats quite high, on a sporty carbon frame - and I'm really shocked at the number who are wearing helmets! It really never used to be that way.
I especially suggest you play around with the map - here is a link to it in English.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Denmark is playing Malta tonight here in Copenhagen - and I'm watching.
At the moment it's 3-0. Two thoughts on the game so far:
1. Isn't Søren Larsen the bomb? And he's a good footballer too.
2. Malta just sucks, right?!
Friday, October 10, 2008
They've already managed to engineer bicycle ambulances for use in Africa, and distribute bicycles to children so that they can get to school faster (which helps encourage the parents to let them take a break from working at home to attend). By simply choosing Baisikeli for your Copenhagen bicycle rental, you're supporting the delivery of thousands of bicycles to people who need transportation in Africa. It's such an easy choice - when you're in Copenhagen, you must rent here.
Henrik and Niels are the creators and owners of the project and, let me tell you - this is about helping people. It's about their vision for a better world. It's a powerful statement in a world where ego and get-rich schemes often dominate small business. They've made an ethical and moral choice - and Denmark should be so proud of these two native sons.
If you're lucky enough to see Niel's beautiful little boy - you'll see that the Danes take to bikes at a very young age! He was ready to climb right out of the carriage and onto that shiny red one. More about Baisikeli in upcoming posts...
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
It wasn't long ago that my friend Pi visited us here in NYC. Now we're about to leave for Iceland and then Copenhagen where we'll be staying in Pi's apartment (thanks to her generously offering it to us!).
What does this have to do with the above photo? Well, it turns out that this is Pi! She was captured by the camera of Malouette, just another stylish copenhagener riding her bicycle. If I remember correctly, Pi's bike was made by Cykelmageren.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Campbell Brown, the only journalist left on CNN. Read more...
“So when you have Candidate A saying the sky is blue, and Candidate B saying it’s a cloudy day, I look outside and I see, well, it’s a cloudy day,” she said. “I should be able to tell my viewers, ‘Candidate A is wrong, Candidate B is right.’ And not have to say, ‘Well, you decide.’ Then it would be like I’m an idiot. And I’d be treating the audience like idiots.”
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
So, in celebration of the other, we now turn to Liz's recent visit to Fort Collins, Colorado.
According to my brother, who has lived in the Fort Collins area for quite a while now, Colorado is a place for personal transportation lovers. There are as many Harley Davidson riders as there are Fat Tire riders. I love this picture below because I just happened to photograph this pimped-out car as I was purposefully documenting the plethora of parked mountain bikes.
From the few days I was there it was certainly clear that men and women in certain parts of town love to wear leather chaps as much as the CSU students love not wearing shoes.
The main square of "Old Town" Fort Collins has this bike rental program- Bike Library- that functions much like a book library does. The bikes are even free.
Driving north from the airport my sister-in-law was pulled over for speeding. She wasn't so happy about the ordeal but the strange thing about the whole process was how nice the police officer was. It was like he pulled us over to serve dinner and a movie. He was so polite, explained what he was doing and why; even wished us well. My sister-in-law said she felt like she needed to thank him for pulling us over. With this event in mind, I was walking the next day around the downtown and I noticed how bike centered and friendly the police station appears. The police bikes are hanging in the windows and positive bike safety posters are in the opposite display window.
If you appreciate domestic, quality beer you probably have had a Fort Collins-made beer somewhere, sometime. Fort Collins is home to the New Belgium Brewing Company. It's a brewery with a smart bike logo and smart bike advocacy program called Team Wonderbike. From their website:
"Currently more than 10,000 strong, we on Team Wonderbike have pledged to bike - not drive - better than 8 million miles in the coming year. But that's just the beginning. We need you (and your family and friends too) to take the pledge and commit to biking whenever you can.
Team members can upload stories and images and check in with other Wonderbikers at www.followyourfolly.com. We're building an online community with regional chapters and a national voice for sensible transportation alternatives."
This is one of the many New Belgium Brewery bikes you'll spot around town:
There was more than adequate bike parking in the downtown area, people also seemed to like these kid mobiles:
Fort Collins is impressively bike friendly, and I'm not even counting the downtown area and the brewery. There are bike lanes everywhere, riders flow safely and smoothly with traffic, and the lanes appear to be well used during the night and day. The city's pro-bike stance is probably not news to everyone but nonetheless Fort Collins is a breath of fresh air to me.