A Crane Collapse In Long Island City

A crane collapsed in Long Island City today at approximately 2:20pm. The crane, which was erected along Center Blvd. just behind LIC’s iconic Pepsi Sign, fell into an active construction site. Luckily the crane avoided the neighboring buildings and park land. At least 4 people were injured in the collapse and rescue operations successfully extracted workers injured in the incident. The impact of the collapse could be felt for several blocks. Local residents flooded the streets concerned over what had just happened.…[...]

How To Resolve TweetDeck Connection Issues: “Unable to connect. Please check your network.”

When it comes to desktop Twitter clients there aren’t many options. If you’re looking for a freebie there are even fewer choices. TweetDeck is far from perfect but it’s one of the better desktop clients available and it’s the one I’ve come to rely on when I’m not using my iPhone or iPad. Back in October I upgraded my pc’s to Windows 8. After reinstalling TweetDeck I was confronted with a fatal error; TweetDeck failed to login to my account and displayed…[...]

Shave The Stache For Sandy Cash (Ended — $200 Raised!)

My girlfriend knew it was a bad idea. My family knew it was a bad idea. Deep down inside I knew it was a bad idea too. For some strange reason I thought it would be fun to grow a stache. Now I’ve got what I’m referring to as a French Painter goatee and I have no idea what to do with it. I have no stache grooming skills. It looks terrible. Even at this early stage I might be losing friends.…[...]

Sandy Turned Out To Be A Huge B!tch

I had a feeling Frankenstorm was being over-hyped. Open mouth, insert foot. Hurricane Sandy turned out to be the real deal. I woke up this morning and headed out for a short walk to survey the damage. I didn’t have to walk more than half a block to find a tree down. Then another even larger tree down around the corner. Both took out power lines. This was the typical scene throughout Floral Park. Since I reside on the Nassau/Queens border…[...]

The (un)Official NYC Oktoberfest Trail

As a kayaker and a cyclist in NYC I have access to maps for the NYC Water Trail and NYC Cycling Routes, but there's no official NYC Oktoberfest Trail. So...I thought it would be fun to create one! Without further ado, here's the (un)Official NYC Oktoberfest Trail, loaded with German inspired restaurants and drinking halls! Some of these stops are on the small side while many are larger capacity establishments. This time of year most will draw significant crowds so be prepared to skip past your first choice. Zum Schneider, for instance, will commonly have a wait of 1-2 hours. Many other places, like Radegast Hall, are usually busy but rarely have a wait to get in.[...]

I Did It! 106 Awesome Miles Of The NYC Century!

If you didn’t know I was preparing for my first century this year then you must have stopped following me on facebook and twitter. I’ve been inundating everyone around me with a barrage of cycling updates. Don’t rejoice yet…there’s still at least one more bike tour left this season (possibly two if I decide to ride the Tour de Bronx). On September 23rd I’m riding in Boston’s Hub On Wheels tour, which was the single most enjoyable cycling event of 2011. No…[...]

Tomorrow I’m Riding My First Century

Tomorrow marks the culmination of 9 months worth of dedication and hard work. I’ve spent most of the summer preparing to ride a full century (100 miles). I’ve been riding in cycling tours for the last 5 years, typically selecting 50-60 mile routes, but this year I’ve been determined best my previous efforts. Logging close to 1,000 miles on the year I’m in the best cycling shape of my life. Hell — I dropped 27 pounds since last November without even modifying…[...]

Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies Are Awesome!

I’m not going to claim I’m a key lime pie connoisseur. In fact before this weekend, if asked, I would have said I didn’t like key lime pie. So why did I buy one? Simple. I’ve been passing by Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies for years now and never stopped in for one. I’ve paddled my kayak down to Red Hook Brooklyn countless times. I’ve even ridden my bike there. I’ve stopped by the Fairway (once somewhat unique to Red Hook) for…[...]

I’m Getting A Health Insurance Rebate?!?!

I’ve been fairly critical of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. There are a lot of good elements to the bill however I’ve been unable to overlook one element — the provision that forces citizens to pay for health insurance. I’ve listened to both sides of the aisle. In the end I just can’t come to terms with a provision that amounts to nothing less than a tax for being a living, breathing, human being. That being said, a little known provision[...]

Silly Rabbit, Bike Lanes Are For Bikes

If you know me personally or follow me on twitter you know I’m a fairly serious cyclist. I ride in several high-mileage tours each summer, and, most recently, I began cycling to work. The commute takes me through portions of the old Vanderbilt Parkway — now known as the Queens Greeenway — and down several city streets. Portions of the Queens Greenway are car-free but I do spend approximately 1/2 of the commute on mixed use roads. This is where I’m supposed…[...]

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