Seen & Heard: Beware the Varick Street Bike Path

••• Charles Komanoff sent over the first pic below: “It shows the once-excellent granite bike lane on Varick Street over Canal Street falling (rising?) into disrepair. The pic is a detail of the worst section, but more and more granite pieces are coming dislodged. What had been a welcome smooth path through the sea of cobblestones is now an obstacle course as well.” I took the other two shots. I’d wager that the bits of orange plastic are from a cone someone tried placing there to warn cyclists.

Varick bike path Varick bike path4••• The new building at 11 Sixth Avenue keeps getting worse and worse. Here’s the sidewalk-hogging atrium, along with a shot of the windows that’ll be installed in it.

11 Sixth Ave sidewalk atrium 11 Sixth Ave atrium windows••• Has the “for rent” sign been up at 20 Warren ever since Tara of Tribeca closed? I honestly can’t remember. If not, it could portend ill for Raccoon Lodge moving in.

20 Warren••• Some of the ground-floor windows at 443 Greenwich have been revealed. I included a “before” shot for reference. I”m excited to see the building post-renovation.

443 Greenwich windows old 443 Greenwich windows••• Opening March 24 at Apexart: “Virtual/Transposed Landscapes replaces the physical space of apexart with multiple virtual landscapes, either created from imagery collected at real world sites or from 3D constructed spaces. Hacked architectural and video game imagery, algorithmic collages, documentary footage of Wuhan, China, and dynamically enhanced audio/visual 360-degree responsive forest environments serve to transport the viewer beyond the limits of the physical gallery space. By allowing viewers to occupy several environments simultaneously, these works experiment with cultivating multiple landscapes within the same physical space. Generated with 3D scanning technologies such as LIDAR/Photogrammetry, 3D modeling, and 360° recordings, these transposed landscapes question the supposed dichotomy between the real and the virtual.” Below: Minsheng Courtyard by John Craig Freeman.

Minsheng Courtyard by John Craig Freeman courtesy Apexart



  1. Erik —

    Thanks for running my pic of my road bike on the dangerously terraced Varick St bike path; and bravo for yours with the ruler showing that evidently the ridge is now an inch-and-a-half high.

    I say “evidently” because I hadn’t imagined the break in the pavement to be nearly that high. It’s even more hazardous than I thought . . . and apparently worsening steadily.

    — Charles

  2. Did anyone take pictures when they put those granite pavers down? There must be a problem with the roadbed for them to rise so much in one winter.

    I hope the DOT figures it out, we need ridable bike lanes on the cobblestone streets in other historic districts, like DUMBO, and this looks like a good solution if it can be made to last.