Saturday, October 26, 2013

#Citibike riders way down Ocean Parkway bike path in Brooklyn

I had to do a double-take when I recognized the distinctive blue Citibike color and square logo on two bikes on Ocean Parkway approaching the Belt Parkway. Impossible!  I hailed the two riders because I was very sure Citibike didn't have a docking locations way down here which meant they were a good five miles from the nearest bike share station.and I guessed the overtime charges would be huge.  The two girls from Belgium knew where they were heading and asked about any station on their way.  I hated to tell them that they were over miles from the nearest one.  They took this all in stride but they were still all smiles. Took some photos and they continued on to the beach but soon saw them again on their way back and they waved goodbye.  I sure hope they beat the overtime charges.
First Citibike sighting as they approach the Brighton Beach neighborhood.

Friends from Belgium

Returning from the beach

See ya!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Coney Island library branch reopens, nearly a year after Hurricane Sandy destroyed it

The entire first floor of the library was gutted and renovated after the storm wrecked the Coney branch.Coney Island library branch reopens, nearly a year after Hurricane Sandy destroyed it  - NY Daily News
The last of Brooklyn’s Sandy-slammed libraries has finally reopened — and it incorporates a fitting symbol of the superstorm that devastated six branches.
When officials cut the ribbon on the restored Coney Island branch Wednesday morning, they also showed off the coolest part of the gleaming facility: a ceiling that incorporates dozens of planks from the historic boardwalk that was also destroyed by the storm.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Ocean Parkway and Brighton Beach Avenue

Boardwalk Bits

Biking to a tennislesson
Don't get walked over!

Spooky Return for a Sandy-Battered Ride at Coney Island

WSJ Spooky Return for a Sandy-Battered Ride at Coney Island - Metropolis - WSJ
Have no fear, fans of Coney Island’s Spook-A-Rama haunted house. Most of the ride’s beloved, half-century-old haunts have been refurbished after suffering severe damage from superstorm Sandy.Following a painstaking renovation that involved niche repairmen, the ride inside Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park is once again scaring the daylights out of parkgoers, in time for Halloween and before the first anniversary of the storm.“We didn’t just want to be back,” said Dennis Vourderis, who runs the park with his brother, Steve, the two of them having inherited it from their father. “We wanted to be better. We wanted to stay special.”The deadly storm caused severe flooding throughout Coney Island, and Deno’s was hard hit. Some novelties couldn’t be salvaged, including numerous arcade games.

Kingsborough Community College Bouncing Back After Sandy » Sheepshead Bay News Blog

KCC Kingsborough Community College Bouncing Back After Sandy » Sheepshead Bay News Blog
Like many institutions in Southern Brooklyn, Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard), was wrecked by Superstorm Sandy last year. NY1 is reporting how the school has generally fared since the storm, tracking its recovery and progress in the wake of the disaster.

When the winds and waters of Sandy blasted through the area last year, the KCC Maritime Technology area located in Sheepshead Bay was left heavily damaged. While declaring that work still needed to be done, Merchant Marine Captain and Program Director Anthony DiLernia commented on the experience of trying to fix the school, and some of the remaining mess.

“We learned from the storm how to reconfigure our marina. Half the marina was destroyed by the storm,” DiLernia said.

The report noted how  the storm surge battered the campus, heavily damaging the infrastructure and buildings of the college. Despite the damage, the school reopened one week later. NY1 described how getting the school operating again ultimately helped in the recovery process for the faculty, staff and students working at the institution: