Readers: Another cyclist dead? • Brooklyn Paper

Readers: Another cyclist dead?

A truck driver struck and killed a 29-year-old cyclist at a Williamsburg intersection Monday, according to authorities.

The 70 year-old man was heading east along Boerum Street from behind the wheel of a cement truck at 12:19 p.m., when he struck the biker as she crossed the street heading north on Bushwick Avenue, cops said.

Paramedics pronounced the woman dead at the scene, according to police.

Cops have not cuffed the driver, who remained on the scene following the collision, according to the department spokeswoman, who noted they are withholding the victim’s name pending family notification.

The woman is the 15th city cyclist killed by motorists this year, compared to 10 in all of 2018, with two slain just last week.

The war between bikers and motorists played out online:

These cyclists come right up on you full speed on the sidewalk with no warning..if you are talking and wave your arm outward forget it..no warning, no whistle no bell just zooooms by…

Louis Franqui from Red Hook

I get that, Louise. Sometimes joggers scare me too, coming from behind at full speed. Once, I was hit in the arm by a purse, and another time, a stroller ran over my foot. In both cases it left a bruise. I just consider myself lucky that it wasn’t a truck, I guess. And, NYPD just announced that murder rates continue to drop. Good thing that they don’t take vehicular homicide into consideration, or it wouldn’t look so pretty.

Peter from Dyker Heights

Nobody asking what happened with millions of dollars spent on “Zero Tolerance”, 25 mile speed limit, cameras etc? It was obvious from the beginning, that won’t decrease accident, just another smart way to tax nyc people.

Guy from NYC

Its f**ked up what happened but this is the end result of the city that doesn’t punish motorists when they kill. They keep doing it over and over with no consequences.

Local from Here

It’s a tragedy. A terrible terrible accident. NYC is a major metropolis and the amount of bicycles on the streets mixing with traffic is a sure fire way to see an increase in collisions. I think if mass transit was Significantly improved more of both motorists and cyclists would opt in. The transit system in NYC is a disaster and things like todays incident is inevitable.

Peggy from Brooklyn

It’s a very sad situation. No one deserves to go this way!! As a crossing guard years ago I experienced a few incidents with bicyclists! “Some” are WRECKLESS. They stick the middle finger @ you, very disrespectful. They don’t follow traffic regulations. They pass lights, they damage parked cars. I don’t wish anything on anyone God bless us all!! God bless the young ladies soul and my deepest condolences to the family!! What else can the Mayor do, he done put freaken citi bikes in every corner of the streets. Then took away a lot of parking spots. I believe law enforcement need to take action the same way they ticket cars, they should ticket bicyclists as well. #JustSaying. No offense to no one.

A driver from Williamsburg

Pool cops

This year’s pool day was wet — and wild!

Parks Department staff shut down Commodore Barry Pool on Thursday, after cops tackled and cuffed a teen involved in a scuffle that occurred on the opening day for city pools.

The incident occurred as dozens of exasperated Brooklynites lined N. Elliott Place in the sizzling heat waiting for the Clinton Hill pool to reopen following a mid-day break at around 4:20 p.m. — about 20 minutes after the pool was scheduled to open.

The 16-year-old boy and his friend had been arguing, and at one point a NYC Parks worker tried to break up the fight, grabbing the teen, according one witness.

“Then the supervisor came out, he was hot-headed and started jumping on him like he was a grown-ass man his age,” said Daequa Turner, a friend of the cuffed teen.

The teen tried walk away from the scuffle just as several squad cars rolled up to the pool, and about a dozen cops tackled and then surrounded the teen, according to witnesses, who noted one female officer was spotted yanking on the kid’s hair.

“She pulled his hair and everything. She was going in,” said Sandra Rodriguez.

Readers discussed alternatives to violence online:

It’s shameful on both sides. The youth by all accounts was in a one on one heated verbal altercation with his friend and the situation escalated in a public venue. The Pool staff gets involved,the situation further escalates. The police are summoned to deescalate the situation… further escalation erupts. No arrest… Mediation

LT from Fort Green-Clinton Hill

Seriously… Do the police know how to react in *any* way other than with aggression? Teens being hormonal idiots, doing what teens do. It’s not acceptable behavior. And it should be corrected. This was not how you do that. This made the situation worse. I saw many fights break out (and many more get close to it) in my high school. Armed police, never mind a dozen or more, were ever needed. Ever. It was handled by ONE man deescalating the situation. In a rare instance, two men were required. No aggressive tackling. No swarming of a dozen officers with their hand on their weapons. (Not to mention, this kid is probably going to be charged with assaulting an officer — even though, all he saw and reacted to was probably a random man charging at him, not an officer)

Tyler from PPS

That could have been handled so much better. I think of how lucky we were as teenagers to not be under police watch. A lot of stupid —— that didnt amount to anything would have ruined our lives.

Joe from Prospect Heights

Check-out drag!

Locals flocked to support a drag queen who read children’s books to kids at Brooklyn Public Library’s Crown Heights branch on Thursday, overwhelming a small group of protesters.

Just five people gathered on June 27 to express outrage over Harmonica Sunbeam’s presence at “Drag Queen Story Hour,” while more than 50 colorfully dressed proponents sang songs and chanted in support of the event.

One protester shouted biblical references into a megaphone to warn of the potential dire consequences of the drag queen’s presence.

“God wiped out cities because of this,” said the man who asked only to be identified as Tag. “We’re almost there. It’s getting worse now than it was back then.”

Supporters brushed off the ominous alarms, calling the protesters intolerant and a poor representation of the Crown Heights community.

“We’re here to stand against bigotry in whatever form it takes,” said Alice Tracey. “And look at how much we outnumber them by. I think that tells you all you need to know.”

Readers were divided online:

“Anti-drag queen protesters drowned out by supporters in Crown Heights” BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA!!!!! “BBBBBut you’re not being tolerant of my intolerance”. This is NYC, keep your hatred out of here! We do not tolerate hatred.

Local from Here

Funny how the media always wants to downplay the bigotry of Hasidics while going ballistic over any Christian that doesn’t support gay marriage. And don’t get me started with Muslims cause they can behead gays and ban homosexuality in their countries but the media just adores them!Dr. Van Nostrand from The Institute

What a total political circus. Neither side really cares about the education or welfare of the children. They each have a clear agenda and nothing else matters. The media, special interests ,and politicians just feed into the frenzy. How truly sad. “ Pride proceeds the fall” Amen to that!James Maggio from Marine Park

Educate the elderly!

One of the best-kept secrets in Brooklyn operates out of a tiny office in an apartment building just off Brooklyn College’s Flatbush Avenuer campus, and is called BLL — Brooklyn Lifelong Learning. A continuing education program for seniors — some students are well into their 80s —it offers year-round classes, summer included, on everything from fiction to film, politics to performing, and math to money management. Hundreds of folks, most of them retirees, attend classes every week; I had the pleasure of attending the short story class this past year, as well as the actors’ workshop, which, as usual, concluded in May with a three-hour showcase of scenes, monologues, and poetry. Every seat was filled, and we were — no surprise here — a hit.

The problem: although BLL has been around for decades, the college’s commitment to it has all but disappeared. Rooms that used to be available aren’t any longer; time slots that used to be set aside for BLL classes have been declared off-limits. Recliaming even a modicum of the respect that BLL received from the school’s past administration has been a struggle.

The question is, why? Certainly, the matriculating students at BC take priority. But what about the senior citizens of the community who want to expand their horizons and learn something new? What about all the folks who simply want to get out and socialize? What about them?

For months now, BLL has been alerting its members to the possibility that the program might not survive. That it will —a summer schedule has already been released , and a fall brochure will soon be on its way — is soley because BLL’s administration, and its loyal membership, have worked so hard to make it happen.

Ultimately, however, Brooklyn Lifelong Learning is still hanging on by the proverbial thread — and at some point in the not-too-distant future, Brooklyn College may decide to sever that thread once and for all.

And what a loss that would be to the school, to the community, and — most importantly —to the hundreds of folks who enjoy the classes that BLL so generously offers.

Stuart R. Brynien from Sheepshead Bay

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