roses on park, train spotting and swedish sweets

Roses Park Ave

Today, I’m combining some favorite photos and finds from the past week of cycling in New York City into a single post:

Petal-pushing on Park Avenue

An Alice in Wonderland moment awaits whenever I pedal past artist Will Ryman’s installation of outsize pink and red roses (above) — some rising 25 feet above street level — along Park Avenue between 57th and 67th Streets in Manhattan. It won’t be long until the annual blanket of real blossoms sprouts from that turf, but in the mean time this fanciful display, complete with artistically rendered insects of fiberglass and steel, continued until May 31.

Can I take my bike to Armonk…right now?

The super-simple website (below) will tell you whether or not your bike can travel with you on Metro-area transit systems. Just input your preferred mode — from the New York City subway to Amtrak — and the time of day you want to travel. You’ll get a thumbs up or down, plus additional information about each system’s bicycle rules, along with handy links. Can an iPhone app be far behind?

Sweet splurge along Christopher Street bike lane

If you regularly ride west on Christopher Street, be warned. You will pass within feet of Sockerbit, a new shop that sells sweets from Sweden. A huge array of candies — with natural colorings and free of high-fructose corn syrup — beckons and shines from bins within an all-white interior (below). Since it opened its doors last week, it’s been hard to ride by without stopping for a little treat. Some of the offerings, with the shop’s own delicious descriptions:

    • Huggormar cola – jelly snakes that crawled out of a cola can
    • Nallar choklad – vanilla Teddy Bear marshmallows dipped in chocolate (my fave!)
    • Vattenmeloner – spectacularly fresh watermelon pieces (a shop favorite)

Right now, vintage-themed cardboard Easter eggs line the shop windows, waiting to be filled. Gift boxes available, too. $12.99 per pound. Sockerbit, 89 Christopher Street at Bleeker, 212-206-8170

Sockerbit Candy Store

velojoy street scene

I love the whole black, white and red theme — especially the checkered violin case — that Kaethe (below) had going on one recent afternoon. The musician was on her way to a commercial recording session uptown when I caught up with her on Central Park West.

Kaethe and Bike

Adding bike love to your London itinerary

Finally, in case you missed it, and you happen to be planning a trip to London, last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine included a list of not-to-be missed spots of interest to bike lovers, including the cycling cafe Look Mum No Hands! (below). That makes two weekends in a row for the Times — the March 20 Magazine featured an article about the London bike share.

Look Mum No Hands! London

photo: Ben Brannan

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