Why Jamal Rides

Here’s the second portrait in Streetsblog’s weekly “Why I Ride” series.

Photo copyright Dmitry Gudkov.

Jamal is a writer and painter working under the name Livingroom Johnston. He has been riding in New York city for years. Formerly a professional skateboarder and bike messenger, Jamal now prefers the softer, more relaxed ride of this Iron Horse beach cruiser. To the question “Why bike?” he replies “I ride because I don’t like the underground. It’s dirty, crowded, and costly.” I photographed him on Cumberland Ave at the edge of Fort Greene Park. He was on his way to a bookstore to get coffee and do some writing.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll bet a thousand dollars Jamal writes poetry down at bookstore/coffee shop while not buying a lotto ticket.

  • Marty Barfowitz

    I think Dmitry is a genius.

  • Sant Amour

    Here yee, here yee!

    Jamal, beacon in hand, is leading the way . . .

    Slow down and stay above ground!

  • Lookin’ good Jamal!

  • Jamal Simmons

    Someone recently stole this bike of mine. it was locked on the gate of the brownstone i live in. you would have to come ‘inside’ the gate. surprised on one heard the thief breaking the lock. if you see my bike please google “Livingoom Johnston”.  You’ll find a way to contact me. 

    Thanks.

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