Streetfilm: Snackin’ and Schwaggin’ in Queens



Community board intransigence
aside, cyclists abound in Queens, where Transportation Alternatives set up shop this week to hand out Bike Month snacks and schwag to commuters coming off the Queensborough Bridge. Streetfilms’ Clarence Eckerson was there.

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