Michelle & Jordan’s Apartment _ Murray Hill, Manhattan

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Good buddies Michelle & Jordan have one of those views out of their Murray Hill apartment that makes one grateful for open spaces in the city.  Otherwise, skylines could only be appreciated from afar.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park _ Brooklyn

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Pier 5.

A great project, by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, that reclaims 85-acres of previously industrial / shipping yards into public space. 

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Picnic Peninsula at Pier 5.

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Pier 3 Greenway Terrace.

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Pier 2.

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Flushing Meadows - Corona Park _ Flushing, Queens

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I took the 7 Train out to explore the 897 acres site and ruins of the 1939/1940 and 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair.  The 7 drops you off at Willets Point near CitiField, where you walk south over the train tracks and past the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, where the US Open is held, and into Flushing Meadows - Corona Park.

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Futbol.  Everywhere.  On a Saturday.

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The Unisphere from Astronaut Court.

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The Observation Towers of the New York State Pavilion, built for the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

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The Tent of Tomorrow.

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The Maloof Skate Park.

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This park has so much potential to be the next great public space for New York City!  The juxtaposition of space-age ruins next to bustling soccer games gave the park a surreal atmosphere.

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Grand Central Terminal _ Midtown Manhattan

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Did you know that Track 61 at Grand Central Terminal is abandoned, except for when secret guests of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (like the President) need to make a quick getaway?

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First Summer Streets 2014 _ Manhattan

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My quick trip into New York City fortuitously coincided with 2014’s first Summer Streets, a 7-mile open streets event in the same spirit of CicLAvia and other car-free city celebrations around the world.  Summer Streets runs for three consecutive Saturdays in August every year, since 2008, from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park along Park Avenue. So I rented a bicycle (name Pee Wee Herman) from Kickstand Bicycles.

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Park Avenue Viaduct takes you around Grand Central Station and the MetLife Building and under the Helmsley Building in a car.  Now, imagine doing it on a bike!

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Between 46th and 72nd Streets, 91 trumpeters were spread out and playing single-note melodies as part of “Trumpet City: Park Avenue" by Craig Shepard.  At the speed on a bicycle, it was surreal to hear the fading in and out of different trumpeters’ notes while on the route.

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Repping LA’s CicLAvia at NYC’s Summer Streets.  Such great events to help people reimagine their city’s most valuable public space as car-less networks for fun and leisure.

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Parking.

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Sofar Sounds Concert _ Downtown Pittsburgh

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Good LA buddy Tannaz let me in on a little secret concert movement happening around US cities.  She had just attended one herself in a backyard in the eastside of LA, and told me to sign up for the secret concerts in Pittsburgh.  Fortunately, I signed up just in time to attend the inaugural concert in a residence in Downtown Pittsburgh.

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Sofar Sounds connects artists directly with the audience in intimate (usually) residential spaces.  The atmosphere creates a more respectable and concentrated experience for the artists - very different from the traditionally bustling and distracting large music venues or bars where the audience can spastically be talking, drinking, dancing, and/or not even paying attention to the stage.

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I must admit, it was hard to pay attention to the band with this amazing view.  But I don’t think they were complaining.

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Lessons learned from moving apartments with a bike trailer: 1) put the heavy items on the front of the trailer, and 2) moving cardboard boxes in the rain is bad. Lawrenceville -> Bloomfield!

Lessons learned from moving apartments with a bike trailer: 1) put the heavy items on the front of the trailer, and 2) moving cardboard boxes in the rain is bad. Lawrenceville -> Bloomfield!

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July Pittsburgh Underwear Bike Ride _ South Side

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"The Pittsburgh Underwear Bike Ride is about having fun, promoting a positive self-body image, and building a stronger bike community in Pittsburgh.

So let us celebrate urban cycling, celebrate your badass bicycling body, celebrate being fabulous, celebrate hot summer nights, and drink cold beers once we’re done. Feel good, dress up, down, or mostly not at all.”

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Point State Park

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Great Allegheny Passage _ Round Bottom Campground

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The Great Allegheny Passage is a 150 mile non-motorized trail that occupies abandoned train corridors from Points State Park, Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland. Most cyclists then connect with the C&O Trail for an extra 185 miles to Washington DC.  A highway for bikes!

Buddies Brian, Adam, and I want to do the full GAP trail someday.  But for a weekend, we did an abridged version of the trail, biking the first 45 miles of the trail to Round Bottom Campground for an overnight bike camping adventure.  We convened at Big Dog Coffee in the South Side.

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Pittsburgh (South Side) -> Roundbottom Campground _ 45.6 Miles

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McKeesport in the distance.  It was once the hip city to hang out in.  But like most post-industrial cities, the city started to see a decline in population in the 1940s with the departure of the steelmaking industry.

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The GAP Trail, which until now runs along the Monongahela River, turns onto the Youghiogheny River at the confluence of the two rivers in McKeesport.

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The National Tube Works Building.  At one time, it employed 10,000 men.  Opened in 1872; closed in the 1980s.

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Downtown McKeesport.

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Dravo Cemetery _ Elizabeth, PA

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Fox’s Pizza _ West Newton, PA

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West Newton Cemetery

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Round Bottom Camping Area.  It’s a primitive hiker / biker site next to the river.

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On the other side of the river are freight trains.

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Eagles House _ McKeesport

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Downtown McKeesport

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McKeesport City Hall

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Over The Bar Bicycle Cafe _ South Side

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