Sure, it’s nothing like pitting atheists against the families of dead firefighters, but the Brooklyn Paper has hatched another non-feud: between Park Slope and
Greenpoint Williamsburg over which neighborhood has more bike shops!
With more than a little bit of neighborhood boundary-fudging, the recent openings of Silk Road Cycles at 76 Franklin Street (at Calyer Street) in Greenpoint and Landmark Bicycles at 376 Bedford (between South 4th and South 5th streets) put the Paper‘s adjusted Williamsburg bike shop total at eight (presumably this also includes another Greenpoint outlet, B’s Bikes), one more than Park Slope.
There (and really there, not in adjacent Greenwood or Gowanus), the only newcomer is a new Bicycle Habitat location at 476 Fifth Avenue. Aside from the obvious age and lifestyle differences between Slopers and Willyburgers—21- and 27-gear bikes v. fixies—the Paper does its best to portray North Brooklyn riders as commuters and Prospect Park-adjacent cyclists as recreational and fitness bikers:
Silk Road’s Brendon Nicholas is not surprised — he argues that Williamsburg has more commuters while the Slope is riddled with “club riders” who train for cycling races or travel in packs like feral mammals around Prospect Park.
Take that, Park Slope!
But don’t worry, the Paper manages to slight North Brooklyn too. This caption appears under a photo of the owner of Silk Road Cycles:
Brendon Nicholas has opened Silk Road Cycles on Franklin Street in Greenpoint, making Williamsburg the most bike shop-saturated neighborhood.
Greenpoint: you are now Williamsburg. You also have lots of bike shops.
In other news, a bunch of new coffee shops have opened in Dumbo, making the Lower East Side the most cafe-saturated neighborhood.