leisure 04.16.10

NYCe Wheels
the skint

Here's a way to lose the rush hour crush, gain some eco-cred and add a little fun to running errands.

Just make a pit stop to NYCeWheels, 1603 York [84th/85th] 212.737.3078, where they stock the latest and greatest in "energized and portable rides." That means: electric bikes, electric trikes, scooters, and folding bikes.

Among the notables, the eZee Forza has dial-activated cruise control. The OHM Urban electric bike handles potholes with aplomb. The Strida folding bike does its folding act in a mere six seconds. And the Gomier takes the trike back from the tykes.

The bikes aren't cheap. While you can find some models for $400, most are over $1000, many are twice or three times that. Of course, if you were biking (electric or not), you might be able to forego the monthly subway pass ($1068 for the year) or car. And have more fun, too.

Check out their FAQ for answers to questions such as Do electric bikes require a license or registration? (No); Are folding bikes safe? (Yes); How to pronounce the brand names; and Are electric bikes awesome?

Their answer to that one: "Totally awesome. Some would even say righteous."

Today on Wish You Were Here:
Vent Haven Museum

skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious

Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.

rooftop films and sweden's music doc festival present a screening of cool + crazy, about norway's berlevåg male choir (ranging in age from 29-96), plus a musical performance by hanne hukkelberg. 350 grand st [fri 7:30pm, $10]

blt restaurants launch their new burger truck feat. 100% certified black angus beef burgers, kobe footlong hotdogs, more at the pal festival (university place bet. waverly and 14th st) [sat]

battery park city's cultural organizations (wfc, poet's house, skyscraper museum, more) celebrate earth day with week-long festival of events (screenings, bird watching, panel discussions, etc.), most free or cheap [sat thu 4/25]

this is the dawning of the hair sing-along at 92yt. $13 admission includes a beer [sat 10:30pm]

stylish travel products store flight 001 turns 11, celebrates by giving you 20% off purchases over $25 in-store and online. print coupon or use discount code 'bdayfbsale' at checkout. [thru sun]


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