leisure 04.2.10

Yesterday's MUG
The Coney Island Velodrome
the skint

Just to be clear… everything in yesterday's MUG was bogus. Specifically:

Mamma Leone's is not taking over Tavern on the Green.

Citibank CEO Vikram Pandit has not written a book called Service This!

Staten Island has not been demoted from borough to protectorate.

Frank Gehry has not designed two new levels over the High Line.

Nicolai Ouroussoff does not do a weekly tribute to Mr. Gehry (at least not at the Times Center).

The Roundabout is not producing a season that would revive current Broadway shows.

Judith Miller is not having a sample sale of her notes on WMDs.

As Charo would say, "Cuchi, cuchi."

Biking as a way of life in New York is nothing new. NY Bike Jumble Founder and curator Harry Schwartzman says, "Cyclists today are not recent additions to the public consciousness, but are continuing a rich tradition within New York City's history."

To make his point, the Bike Jumble is opening an exhibit on Thursday, 7pm, called Strong Backs, Weak Minds: The Saga of the Coney Island Velodrome. It tells the story of track bikes that were built to be raced at specially-built arenas, those who rode them, and of the spectators (the Velodrome seated 10,000). Racers paced behind motorcycles and clock speeds over 50 mph. The banked corners were 45 degrees.

The Coney Island Velodrome, opened in 1930 with an 1/8 mile wooden track (rebuilt after the inevitable fire) and lasted until 1950.

Check out the exhibit at The Old Stone House, Fridays, 5-7pm, weekends, 11-4, through June 27th. But call ahead to confirm hours: 718.768.3195. $3 suggested donation.

[Image: Coney Island Velodrome, 1940 courtesy of ddsiple on Flickr]

Today on Wish You Were Here:
Confetteria Moriondo e Gariglio

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.

grammy winner theo bleckmann tackles the music of kate bush @ joe's pub [fri 7pm, $15]

hop on a free bronx seaside trolley to historic bartow-pell mansion for live music and a self-guided tour. trolley loops from #6 pelham bay park subway station [5:30-8:30pm fri, $8 mansion admission]

take advantage of the weather and view the start of cherry blossom season at the brooklyn botanical garden (boasting the largest collection outside of japan) [thru 5/2, $8]

it's world pillow fight day! bring a pillow to union square. start whacking. [sat 3pm, free]

it's like halloween, but with waaay more pastel: people and pups wear their sunday brightest at the easter parade and bonnet festival. 5th ave bet 49th and 57th st [sun 10am-4pm, free]


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