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Photo of the week: Riverside Drive


Looking south on Riverside Drive.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 28, 2013 at 7:54 PM

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  1. Jogger, bicyclist, yep, this is SWPL territory.



    April 28, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    • The biker could be a prole judging by his looks.

      Just Speculating

      April 28, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      • He seems to be an older prole, probably lives in a rent controlled apartment in Manhattan, and is usually Jewish.

        Just Speculating

        April 28, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      • Adult proles don’t ride bikes.



        April 28, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      • And proles don’t wear cycling suits when they bike.


        April 30, 2013 at 2:11 AM

  2. Nice picture, and attractive location. (not what I think of NYC being like). But why doesn’t the bicyclist have a helmet? I would have thought there would be helmet laws there, since you hear so much about “nanny state” and all that. And I would think bobos would wear a helmet even without laws.


    April 28, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    • He seems to be a prole because SWPL bikers wear helmets.

      Just Speculating

      April 28, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    • Lion, nice photo; I was on my bicycle in this area a few months ago, taking that bike path all the way north to Inwood and then to Marble Hill and Spuyten Duyvil. A very easy ride.

      @Melykin – You’ve hit on the number-one way to get a bicyclist good and angry: mention helmets. I never wear a helmet, and never want to.

      An experienced bicyclist who *isn’t* racing at top speed — let’s say a more casual speed of 10 MPH, with your body more erect than someone in a high-speed race — isn’t in any danger head-injury-wise. Falling off the bike can result in wrist injuries as you use your hands to break a fall, but you wouldn’t normally fall so as to hit the top or side of your head on the ground unless you were going very fast and suddenly braked so that your bent-down head were shot forward like a bullet. Ordinary riders will be slow enough that they can get their hands out if they fall. Even if they can’t, it’s their chin that will hit the pavement, not the top or side of the head.

      And unless the helmet is custom-fitted for your head, it can move around on yout head and become a distraction. Even the added weight on your head causes your head to take a fraction of a second longer to turn. The last thing you want when cycling is something that might obscure your vision or reduce your reaction time.


      April 29, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      • But what if you get hit by a fast moving car? And aren’t there laws?


        April 29, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      • How could they write an effective law? Bicycling environments range from Tour de France-like highway sprinting at 40 MPH (where you’d probably want a helmet) to going to the supermarket 500 meters from your apartment in a basket-equipped shopping bike at pedestrian speed (where a helmet would make about as much sense as forcing pedestrians to wear them). Sometimes you have to tell the nanny state lawmakers to stay home and let human beings exercise their own judgment.


        April 30, 2013 at 2:40 AM

      • There are helmet laws in British Columbia and everyone but homeless people wear them on bikes. Kids wear them without a fuss because all the kids are wearing them. I made my kids wear helmets 25 years ago when they were much less common. When my son was 9 a good friend of his the same age was hit by a car while riding his bike and died.


        April 30, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    • Where’s Bloomberg when you need him?


      May 4, 2013 at 8:47 PM

  3. Riverside Drive is a staid and cold section of the Manhattan’s upper crust westside. Hardly any amenities and very boring.

    Just Speculating

    April 28, 2013 at 10:00 PM

  4. Hi Lion – curious what cross street you took this.

    As an NYC outsider I would say Riverside Drive “is” Manhattan.

    Paul Rise

    April 28, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    • Yes, and the apartments are unaffordable for the average person. But no need to feel envious. It’s a crappy section of the upper west side of Manhattan and a few notches beneath Central Park West in status, which is just a few blocks down.

      Just Speculating

      April 28, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      • Riverside Drive has pointy elbows.

        Dave Pinsen

        April 28, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      • Yes, and the apartments are unaffordable for the average person.

        Thus iilustrating the farce of human behaviour, and the fluctuating, artificial inventedness of “status”. To me the scene looks pretty similar to the place my wife and I lived during the first year we were married (and couldn’t *wait* to get away from), and in fact most of the urban junglescapes that Lion has been posting look indistinguishable to me – and yet the New Yorkers are squabbling amongst themselves over who gets to live in the “best” one. A comedy spectacle worthy of Tom Wolfe.

        Samson J.

        April 29, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      • Yes, the pettiness of human nature is what gives us a meaning in life feeding into our narcassistic tendencies. We wouldn’t be motivated to do anything significant if it wasn’t about status.

        Just Speculating

        April 29, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      • There’s a reason why having a zipcode in Manhattan signifies more status than let’s say in downtown Chicago.

        Just Speculating

        April 29, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    • Cross street: if it’s a contest, I’ll say somewhere in the 80s or just a little northward.


      April 29, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      • Looking south from 84th Street.



        April 29, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      • Thanks, Iron!


        April 30, 2013 at 2:36 AM

  5. That guy is likely upper prole. Proles tend to ride mountain bikes in the city. Bobos are more likely to ride cool vintagey bikes that you’d imagine Audrey Hepburn to ride during the 1960s. Road and hybrid bikes are mostly classless, though wealthy proles are likely ride $2000 futuristic looking road or hybrid bikes.


    April 29, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    • He does look like an upper prole since he’s treading his bike in boboland and probably identify himself as a White ethnic judging on his looks, which is a prole thing to do in NYC. And many White ethnics in NYC tend to speak in a heavy accent which is also very prole.

      Just Speculating

      April 29, 2013 at 2:33 PM

  6. Rav Leib,

    Any thoughts about the NY Magazine article on the hasidim in Ramapo? If you haven’t read it, you might find it interesting given your recent forays into the hasidic world.


    April 29, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    • Nebbish, the Hasidim in Ramapo became a big issue a few years ago when they got their first power grab in a public school system of a neighborhood whose main demographic is non-Asian minority. East Ramapo seems to be an anomaly of all places in NY, given its demographics and the people who have a say on its public schools. It’s a suburban town consisting of middle class Blacks (an oxymoron), recent Hispanic immigrants (who are now displacing the Blacks) and the Hasidics (who are now the only dominant White demographic, after years of White flight from Blacks). A very strange and toxic brew of different groups, all vying for their own self interests. This goes to show you how multiculturalism in America instigated by the left, is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.

      I don’t have time to research how the Hasidics, whose children don’t attend the public schools, are able to have control of the school system and reduce their funding. Corruption might be involved.

      The public schools I’m sure are atrocious, the Black and Hispanic students who attend them and their parents are also atrocious, and the Hasidics who run them (they probably disdain those gentiles), because they lack managment skills and secular world life experiences to deal with them in a geniune way. But even White gentiles and non-religious Jews with such qualifications would not be able to manage a school with a non-Asian minority majority with ease.

      Just Speculating

      April 30, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      • Based on what I’ve read about Hasidim in Rockland County, the fact that these communities vote as a bloc in elections means that politicians are willing to do them favors, like cutting them a lot of slack on things like school funding.

        Exurban Curmudgeon

        April 30, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      • I believe that is correct and this is where the corruption is at. However, my take is that the politicians know deeply that their welfare policies with Blacks and Hispanics have been a failure all along. So Hasidics are being used as the frontmen to solve the crisis, without directly offending them. As perverse as this seems, I believe Hasidics are the appointed “cleanup” crew by the bureaucrats.

        Just Speculating

        May 1, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    • Typical liberal media BS. Article probably written by a black with an axe to grind against any group that voted against Obama. And being that they’re Republican Jews, better yet. He gets to get it all off in one article.


      May 3, 2013 at 8:44 PM

  7. I used to live around the corner from there. Great area for young families.

    Kirth Gersen

    April 30, 2013 at 12:19 AM

  8. The weather is unseasonably cold. Time for another climate change denial/gaianism post.


    April 30, 2013 at 12:24 AM

  9. Overweight guy on a hybrid bike with water bottle, proper attire (note the bike gloves and tight shorts, proles don’t wear those) coming out of Riverside Park on a nice weekend day. He’s an average middle-aged Jewish professional who lives in the neighborhood, getting a little exercise.

    Exurban Curmudgeon

    April 30, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    • Still a prole. Holdover White ethnics in NYC are proles regardless, because they identify themselves as such. SWPLs are non label, generic White. For his age, he belongs in the 1st group.

      Just Speculating

      April 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    • “He’s an average middle-aged Jewish professional who lives in the neighborhood, getting a little exercise”.

      He probably speaks with a thick accent, which is prevalent among many holdover White ethnic types in the city. It’s prole to speak in the NY drawl.

      Just Speculating

      April 30, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      • That’s the first time I’ve ever heard the NYC accent called a drawl.


        April 30, 2013 at 2:11 PM

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