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Just in general, Flushing is one of the borough’s most reliable thoroughfares for cyclists, but the stretch along the Brooklyn Navy Yards, starting at Washington? Pure bliss. Here, there’s an actual cement barrier separating you and your bike from oblivious drivers. It’s almost too good to be true!
Most Dangerous Block for Driving
Bushwick Avenue, between Linden Street and Gates Avenue, Bushwick
Really, this could be any stretch of Bushwick Avenue. The Daily News reported recently that only eight speeding tickets were given out last year in the entire neighborhood, and the drivers here seem to know they can get away with it. Pedestrians and cyclists are routinely injured, and the street itself is riddled with neglected potholes; the whole stretch is a nightmare.
Best Block for Almost Getting Run Over On the Sidewalk
Moore Street, between Bogart and White streets, Bushwick
Cars just fucking drive up onto the sidewalk here when Roberta’s delivery trucks cram the road.
Most Clusterfucked Traffic Block
Avenue H, between Nostrand and Flatbush avenues, Flatbush
Witness here the incomprehensible clusterfucks of human transport involving buses, bikes, feet, wheelchairs, scooters, subway entrances and exits, teems of people even in the freezing rain, and a fucking Target circumscribed with “taxis.”
Center Drive, Prospect Park
Cut through the middle of the park as darkness falls and the bats come out—particularly during autumn—and you’ll feel like you’re in a horror movie: first you pass a cemetery, which is where ghosts live, and then some of the last remaining woods in Brooklyn, which is where Jasons live. Bring a dog, or your bald courage.