Friday, September 28, 2012

The Great Hall at Cooper Union Introduction of Fifth, Park and Madison, Starring Stephen Athineos

September 28, 2012

The following was my introduction of 
Fifth, Park and Madison at the 25th Anniversary celebration of The Battle of the Bike Ban in 
The Great Hall at Cooper Union
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.A., September 28th, 2012.

The Preamble: While humanity slowly woke to protecting our Earth, the bicycle contributed since the 19th Century.

Thank you for coming rain or shine – like a bike messenger. The artist Dragan Ilic videotaped all of Fifth, Park and Madison during the street protests of August, 1987. With interviews from a scheduled, but informal, forum and Labor Day Parade, plus street footage of couriers demonstrating for Dragan how they rode the avenues.

The documentary premiered, that October, a stone’s throw from here, at a short-lived downtown film and video festival. Across from The Public Theater in the basement of 432 Lafayette Street on Colonnade Row.

Art historian Alan W. Moore, who preserved this original copy, is right describing it a document. A slice of life, from a period of time, whose authenticity even makes me not regret that I didn’t put everything in.

Dragan found real jewels that made this documentary. So thanks to him, I welcome all of you to my little bike messenger’s interpretation of history.

September 28, 2012 - Times Up! Event
The Battle of the Bike Ban in The Great Hall of Cooper Union

receives all proceeds from your viewing this free documentary. 
Apologies for the poor resolution of the event program.
Steve & wife, Sheila Cobb
The Need For Speed - Steve, Fox, Vicki and ... 

Bob. Bob McGlynn Eddie. Eddie Williams

The 1987 Bicycle Uprising by Charles Komanoff 
Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4 @ Streetsblog

The Battle of the Bike Ban by Keegan Stephan

For more on the subject of bike couriers
From author Sydney Schuster, a comprehensive 1987 article on the bike courier profession, HELP WANTED/The Myth of the Mighty Bicycle Messenger including the web-link to 
Cheetah: The Nelson Vails Story
The Couriers' Friend, Rogers Simon
Abraham Lincoln

25 Years After Ed Koch’s Proposed Bicycle Ban, Cyclists Have Gained Much Ground
Bicycle courier, London, UK, riding a fixed gear
Colonnade Row 

Peter Cooper

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