Separated at Birth?

You know that a change in the zeitgeist is afoot when Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s transportation policy conference tomorrow provides fodder for the New York Post’s Page Six:

We Hear That… some of the city’s better known alternative transportation advocates – Moby, David Byrne and Matthew Modine – plan to pedal over on their bikes tomorrow to attend Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s transit conference.

Come to think of it, has anyone ever seen Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Paul Steely White and Matthew Modine in the same room at the same time?

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