This Week: Livable Streets on the Big Screen

Some great screenings bookend this week, beginning with a new PBS documentary on our national infrastructure crisis and culminating with four days of films celebrating the bicycle and bike culture.

  • Tonight: Through the prism of Detroit and its neighborhoods, the PBS documentary
    "Beyond the Motor City" shines a spotlight on America’s decaying and neglected infrastructure — and its prospects for renewal. Tonight you can catch a special screening at City College with director Aaron Woolf and producer Kathleen Hughes. 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: DOT will present safety enhancements and bus improvements for the Queens side of the Triborough/RFK Bridge to Queens CB 1. 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Experts gather at NYU to discuss how high-speed rail investment can be linked to existing transit networks and local opportunities for economic development. Polly Trottenberg, Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. DOT, provides the keynote. 8:30 a.m.
  • Also Wednesday: NYCDOT gives a presentation on extending the Eighth Avenue cycle track to Manhattan CB 4. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday through Sunday: The 10th Anniversary Bicycle Film Festival features ten film programs, an art show, a day-long street party, and after-parties every night until 4 a.m.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

  • The headline, “Livable Streets on the Big Screen,” made me realize how many of our movies and tv shows depict walkable places as car-based cultures. The biggest offender was Seinfeld. I can think of one relatively new show where the car ads are practically inside the show, and the show takes place in Manhattan — White Collar. And Fox’s House had a storyline where when the main characters took a bus because they had been drinking, the bus gets into a horrific crash. That wouldn’t have happened on his motorcycle or car, right?

    I think we need to call-out these shows as being unauthentic. Maybe then the writers will start changing their characters mobility methods.

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