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Coney Island has amusement parks, Brooklyn Heights has the Promenade, and now Greenpoint has Citi Bike.

The blue-bicycle-rental program expanded to Brooklyn’s most northerly neighborhood last week, and now day-trippers say they finally have a reason to visit — and a way to get around once they’re there.

“Having the bikes here is cool,” said Al Cartwright, a Citi Bike member who travelled all the way from his home on the distant island of Manhattan to bomb around Greenpoint on the bulky bikes two days after stations began arriving in the nabe. “I’ve never been to the neighborhood before so it’s been good being able to cruise around.”

Citi Bike installed its first Greenpoint station on Thursday at Franklin and Dupont streets near the waterfront, where developers are currently constructing the Greenpoint Landing mega-development. It has since added another 18 docks to the nabe, and one more is on the way, according to a spokeswoman.

Local merchants say they haven’t seen an uptick in business — yet — but some residents are worried the bike-bound visitors could bring more hassles than cash to the area.

“Maybe they’ll help local business, or maybe they’ll annoy drivers,” said Jennifer Nowak, a Greenpoint mother who lives near the Franklin and Dupont street dock. “I know people see it both ways about the bikers we already have.”

The program is also introducing the bikes to Bedford-Stuyvesant, and adding more docks to Williamsburg, which it says should be up and running by the end of summer.

Reach reporter Harry MacCormack at hmaccormack@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow him on Twitter @HMacBKPaper.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Daniel from Williamsburg says:
I know at least a few businesses have gotten at least a little extra dough from ME riding a citibike up to the hood. I like the flexibility of being able to ride up quickly, drop the bike, meet up with friends, then be able to wander to multiple places without having to think about where I left my bike, knowing I can just hop on another one, at a different location and quickly get back home again. I mega love it.
Aug. 19, 2015, 10:12 am
boof from brooklyn says:
But what about the people who are annoyed by drivers? Especially the other drivers who are annoyed by drivers.
Aug. 19, 2015, 10:14 am
Jeff from Greenpoint says:
In all fairness, what DOESN'T annoy drivers? They don't even seem to like other drivers. They don't like human beings (i.e. pedestrians). They don't like bus lanes, bus stops, or busses in general. They presumably don't like buildings, because buildings occupy space that COULD be more driving lanes or free parking. They hate sidewalks (again, could be more driving lanes or free parking!).

Yeah, other than free parking and cheap gasoline, they're a real hard crowd to please.
Aug. 19, 2015, 10:36 am
Alan from Crown Heights says:
When I drive, I'm annoyed by most circumstances other than empty country roads.

Thus I rarely drive in New York City. Pretty simple, that.
Aug. 19, 2015, 12:35 pm
Guest from NYC says:
Who cares if drivers are annoyed?

I welcome a new mass transportation option in the neighborhood.
Aug. 19, 2015, 4:01 pm
Ken from Greenpoint says:
I guess NY are providing more bike racks for nut cases with attitudes!!
Aug. 20, 2015, 10:54 am
Ken from Greenpoint says:
I can't stop farting in my mouth.
Aug. 21, 2015, 9:30 am
Jerry from Clinton Hill says:
Guys keep the posting clean....
Aug. 21, 2015, 10:28 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
How about stopping the impersonations as well?
Aug. 21, 2015, 2:21 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Hello, Tal.
My name is John Wasserman, and I would like to ask you a question.
Which do you find to be worse: An impersonation, or a personal attack?
Now, please remember that you can only choose one.
Thank you.
John Wasserman/Curious Party
Aug. 24, 2015, 3:05 pm
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from Southside, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, United States says:
I am worrying about a Citibike station near the Brooklyn Public Library, Williamsburg Branch Building, in an area where a large majority of the population are religious, Yiddish-speaking, Hadisic Jews, with large families going their own way.
Sept. 12, 2015, 9:21 am

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