Heavy Lifting / Featured Fountain

Recently, a massive crane barge has appeared next to the Intrepid at Pier 84, along with some very interesting cargo.

Our initial assumption was that these complex objects would be part of an exhibit for the nearby Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, but word on the street is they have an even grander purpose!

These pieces are in fact rumored to be prefabricated sections of Vessel, a monstrous sculpture that will be the centerpiece of the Related Companies’ Hudson Yards project!

Renderings of Vessel (Source: Heatherwick Studio)

If you happen to stop by in hopes of viewing some truly heavy lifting, you may also consider visiting our weekly featured water fountain, located nearby on Pier 84.

This fountain offers NYC’s famous crystal clear water…

…and is also located just West of a very fun looking water park!

Additional Info:

Specifications for the Crane Barge, Columbia NY

News and Renderings of Vessel

Happy Birthday U. S. Grant!

Today marks the 195th Birthday of Ulysses S. Grant!  And what do you get a man so honorable as Mr. Grant on his birthday?  We have been asking that question ever since this mysterious box appeared on the grounds of the Grant Memorial last week: 

Now all has been revealed, as the National Parks Department has unveiled a fine new sign marking the memorial.

 

Accompanied by flags and bunting, Grant’s Place is looking fine indeed!

 

Featured Water Fountain

We continue our series celebrating the Greenway’s water fountains with this week’s featured fountain:

 

This week’s water fountain is located in Riverside Park South near 61st Street, directly across from New York Central #8625.

 

The fountain is shaped in a graceful arch, features a matching stepping stone for its shorter patrons, and delivers cool drinking water at just the right rate.

Its locomotive neighbor, an Alco S-1, is displayed as a monument to the area’s history as a rail yard.

It is interesting to note that this locomotive was never actually owned or operated by the New York Central.  It was sold new to the Erie Railroad in 1946 (later the Erie Lackawanna), and then in 1967 went on to work the Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal (later the New York Cross Harbor).  The NY Times published an article about its restoration and installation in the park back in 2006. 

Line Right Up!

This very long line was spotted this morning leading up to Pier 94.  Many in line were equipped with folding chairs, and most had some type of baggage, indicating they were in it for the long haul.  But what was at the end of the line?  Metallica tickets?  Cro-nuts?  The Chinatown Bus?  Well, it appears that today Pier 94 is hosting TechDay, “the largest startup event in the U.S.”, including an open casting call for the popular television show, Shark Tank!  Best of luck to all these would-be shark bait!

Citi Bike Poll – Citi Bikes!

As most experienced Citi Bikers know, there are two versions of the iconic blue bike.  The original, which we will the Legacy version, was rolled out with the program in 2013.  In 2015, with Citi Bike’s first system expansion on the horizon, the program tapped famous bicycle builder Ben Serotta to design a new version, which we will call the Expansion model.  The new bike featured a number of improvements including less-sticky handlebar grips, more-stable handling, less-water-retaining saddles and more-reliable components.

 

Legacy Model in Foreground, Expansion Model Behind

So now in 2017, how do the two versions stack up?  We dispatched our pollsters to find out this past Thursday.  But first, let’s review some Citi-Bike spotting pointers:

 

Expansion Model on Left, Legacy Model on Right

From the Front the tell-tail signs are:

 – The Legacy model has a front basket with perforated sides and a smaller sticker.  The Expansion model sticker is larger

 – The Legacy model has a blinking front light, while the Expansion model is solid.  This is a general rule, but may vary if the light has been replaced.

From the Back:

Legacy Model on Left, Expansion Model on Right

 – The Legacy model has two tail-lights on the bottom of the seatstays, near the rear dropouts.  The Expansion model has a single tail-light integrated into the rear fender.

 – The Expansion model rear fender is more integrated, without separate stays.  The Expansion model’s fender is a matte black plastic, while the Legacy model is glossier.

How many of each model compose Citi Bike’s fleet?  Citi Bike purports to have 10,000 cycles in the system, though about 500 are relegated to Jersey City, NJ.  6,000 Legacy bikes were introduced with the original program rollout, which would pin the NYC Citi Bike roster at 6,000 Legacy versions to 3,500 Expansion models.

So what did our pollsters find?  Here are the stats:

Day: Thursday, April 13th

Start: Greenway at Christopher Street, 7:55 A.M.

Finish: Greenway at 76th Street, 8:15 A.M.

Weather: Mid-40s, sunny with slight breeze.

Expansion Model: 35

Legacy Model: 22

The warm weather showed a significant increase in Citi Bike riders, with 57 polled.  It can be seen very clearly that there is a strong preference for the new and improved Expansion model.  Despite making up only thirty-seven percent of the fleet, riders chose it sixty-one percent of the time.

Water Fountains Return!

These days the Greenway abounds with the signs of Spring: the weather has turned mild, the cherry blossoms are blooming, and, in perhaps the surest sign of Spring, the Parks Department has begun reactivating water fountains after their long winter hibernation!  To celebrate, we will be featuring a different Water Fountain each week through the Spring.

Our first featured fountain is located just North of the Classic Playground on the Greenway near 77th Street:

Along with its nearly identical counterpart just South of the Playground, this bubbler serves the area well.  And as can be seen, the Parks Department did an impeccable job of tuning this fountain up – it delivers the perfect flow of cool crisp water.

For anyone interested in what it takes to keep the City’s fountains flowing, we recommend this article by the New York Times.