On Saturday, as part of the city’s Hands on New York Day, 400 brave New York Cares volunteers went out in the crappy, crappy weather and painted Jersey barriers along protected bike lanes in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. The Brooklyn portion of the project (following last year’s similar barrier paintings by Debra Hampton over on Furman Street) transformed the concrete dividers separating Flushing Avenue’s two-way bike lane from automobile traffic between Washington Avenue and Williamsburg Street with designs by artists Taliah Lempert and Eugenie Tung.
Coming west onto Flushing from Williamsburg Street Eugenie Tung’s appear first, with a brightly colored pattern of bike gears on a neon blue backdrop.
Following the first break in the barrier (at Grand Avenue?) Taliah Lempert takes over with her silhouettes of road bikes painted onto a blue backdrop.
After another opening in the barrier, to allow for turning onto Ryerson Street, Lempert’s design of silhouetted bicycles loses its background color, and is painted directly onto the gray concrete.
Tung’s bike gear design bookends Lempert’s bicycle portraits, with the stretch between Hall Street and Washington Avenue reprising the motif but against a green backdrop. While I snapped photos this morning folks rode past pretty indifferently, but riders out on Sunday seemed more aware of and pleased with the dreary barriers’ bright makeovers.