After closely dodging a major public transportation strike of the LIRR (Long Island Railroad) earlier this week, that would have had a major trickle down effect on the MTA buses and subways and hence affected all New Yorkers - not just those who commute into the city from the suburban Long Island part of New York, folks here are still breathing a sigh of relief in this city where, it seems, nearly everyone takes public transportation. Speaking of which the city wide Citi Bike program has expanded its service to embrace more tourists using the blue colored bikes with the logo of a major bank on them by making it more accessible for casual one-off users. Compared to typical bike rental outlets Citi Bike's $10 for a 24 hour period seems like a deal. However the drawback is that is you only get the bike for 30 minute increments at a time before having to recheck it out - or suffer heavy fines. More info here.
Continuing in the bike loving NYC theme this month one hundred and twenty-two metal bicycle sculptures (see above) have been rolled out around the streets of New York (well Manhattan and Brooklyn) as part of a grand scale sculpture exhibit by 83-year-old bicycle-loving, Mexico City artist Gilberto Aceves Navarro, who first created the cycle themed sculpture exhibit entitled "Las Bicicletas," in his hometown. Supported financially jointly by the Parks Department and the DOT (Dept. of Transportation) the public art installation, whose stated goal is to celebrate both art and bike riding, can be seen all over lower Manhattan and Brooklyn with many strategically installed near the Citi Bike share racks. More detailed info.
On Monday of this week New York City's annual Restaurant Week kicked off with hundreds of eateries across all five boroughs getting in on the festivities which include offering an opportunity to eat at some high end restaurants for substantially less than normal prices ("discount dining" is the expression normally used for 3 course lunch for $25 and 3 course dinner for $38 fixed prices). Although billed as a "week" NYC Restaurant Week runs for four weeks through August 15th. More info.