2009-02-20-Loving Bike Lanes in the Skate Bowl-Gothamist

Loving Bike Lanes in the Skate Bowl
The Gothamist
February 20th, 2009
ByJen Carlson

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On Valentine's Day a hundred or so cyclists rode from Astor Place to Greenpoint as part of the "Love Your Bike Lane" ride promoting the wholesome values of road-sharing and bike lane respect. The ride culminated at one of Greenpoint's funkiest spaces, a huge skateboard park called Autumn Bowl, located in one of those giant warehouses that survived the great Terminal Warehouse fire of '06. Team Robespierre and So So Glos played, valets parked bikes, and skaters shredded in a sizable half-pipe. But the best part was the opportunity to slide down into the massive wooden skateboard bowl (seen here in daylight), where singles and couples danced V-Day away, as the bands rocked above them on the lip. Autumn Bowl isn't ordinarily open to the public—it's one of those ultra-DIY haunts that reminds us how Williamsburg used to party in the '90s—so it was a kick to slip inside and help support Times Up! If you ever get a chance to check the place out, skateboard or not, don't miss it! (But if you must use the bathroom, try not to, uh, look down.) Tod Seelie was also in the house and took some stellar photos. - John Del Signore