WNYC Map “Bike Blockers: What’s in Your Way?”

Bikers know that many factors shape the efficiency of a good biking route. You have to pay attention to pedestrians, tourists, taxis, incline, traffic volume, safety, time of day, quality of the road, and more. One of the most annoying and disruptive may be the illegally parked car in the bike lane. Have no fear, master mappers WNYC has a new Fun Map: Bike Blockers What’s In Your Way? Snap a picture of these “bike blockers” and let the biking community know where these perpetrators are located by emailing a geolocated photo to bikes@wnyc.org.

We’ve embedded the map above (click on icons to see blockers) but you can also enjoy this map on the WNYC website.


Not Really There Art in Odd Places Untapped Cities AFineLyneNot Really There by artist Isidro Biasco

Art in Odd Places began in 2005 on the Lower East Side and the East Village, moving on to the great stage of 14th Street from Avenue C to the Hudson River annually. The performances, which began on October 7th run through October 11, and hope to bring the public artworks in all disciplines, outside the confines of where we are used to see art. Art in Odd Places also hopes to engage, through social interaction and thoughtful programming. Beginning at the Hudson River, walking East, here are a few of the participating artists this year.


Most New Yorkers are familiar with the United Nations headquarters located in Turtle Bay. Its International Style Secretariat and General Assembly Buildings have become icons of the skyline of Manhattan’s East Side. It might come as a surprise that the General Assembly and the Security Council have not always met at this location. From its humble beginnings at London’s Central Methodist Hall to Paris’ Palais de Chaillot, the United Nations was a vagabond until gaining its permanent home. Here, we explore 5 locations in which the United Nations has been housed in the State of New York.


Women's Center - New York Historica Society - NYC - Untapped Cities -001A rendering of the glass staircase in the Tiffany Gallery, adjacent to the planned Center for the Study of Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society. Photo via New York Times

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Vineyard Camping-Rooftop Reds-Untapped Cities-NYCA view from the top of the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s rooftop vineyard. Photo courtesy of Rooftop Reds. 

Though camping in the middle of New York City may sound paradoxical, it’s popular, as evidenced by the lotteries for camping in the city’s parks. But later this month you’ll be able to lay back and pitch a tent at Rooftop Reds at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. While camping at an old shipyard in the middle of New York City already seems unique enough, there’s one more interesting catch: the campsite will be a rooftop vineyard.

Camping in the Vineyard will take place from October 17 to 18. Camping gear will be provided, along with “camping treats,” a three-course dinner and breakfast, games, films, and unsurprisingly, wine.


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Don’t worry if you didn’t get tickets to the reservation-only Open House of New York Weekend tours. We’ve still got a ton of great New York City events for you to enjoy this upcoming week. We also have a couple last tickets to our tour and movie at the opulent United Palace Theatre this Sunday 10/11:

Monday, October 12th

If you don’t have a problem with the legacy of Christopher Columbus, enjoy the Columbus Day Parade in Midtown! The annual parade takes place on 5th Avenue and includes around 35,000 marchers.