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LifeCycle Rides: Socrates Sculpture Park

LifeCycle Rides are monthly excursions around New York and beyond. This month found us venturing to Queens, New York to visit the Socrates Sculpture Park.

The Socrates Sculpture Park was founded in 1986 by a group of community members and artists. With a mission "based on the belief that reclamation, revitalization and creative expression are essential to the survival, humanity and improvement of our urban environment," they broke ground and created a home for artists, both emerging and veteran, to create and showcase unique, large scale, and sometimes interactive, visions in the New York Metropolitan area.

What was once an abandoned riverside landfill and illegal dumpsite, is now home to an open studio and exhibition space- providing art and amazing views of the Hudson River. A pathway runs the outer perimeter of the park, passing through many of the exhibitions, leading to a farmers market selling seasonal wares. Guests are free to walk among the exhibits, and interact when able. Socrates Sculpture Park encourages strong interaction between the artists, artworks and the public. Current featured artists include Kenseth Armstead, José Carlos Casado, Torkwase Dyson, Carla Edwards, Davey Hawkins, Lena Henke, David Horvitz, Charlotte Hyzy, Melanie McLain, Kirsten Nelson, Freya Powell, Leah Raintree, Charlotte Becket Roger Sayre, Aaron Suggs, Noa Younse, and David Riley.

Trade 2015 by Jose Carlos Casado

Trade 2015 by Jose Carlos Casado

We were lucky enough to catch the farmer's market on the last day of the season and after a refreshing snack of crisp apples, we rode back to Prospect Park in Brooklyn to end the day.

Socrates Sculpture Park is open 365 days a year and welcomes dogs- asking they are leashed after 10am.

LifeCycle Rides are open to all that are able and willing to ride. With a ride lead and caboose, we ensure that no one, no matter the pace, is left behind. We encourage cycling enjoyment at all stages and make sure to provide an inclusive environment.

Please check out our community calendar for upcoming LifeCycle Rides events- we hope to see you soon!


 

LifeCycle Rides: Madrid, Spain- La Bicicleta Cafe'

There's nothing more exciting than having the opportunity to experience the cycling culture, in any form, in other parts of the world. Recent European travels did not afford the LCB team the opportunity to connect with the most recent Tour de France route, but it did lead us to an amazing cafe in Madrid, Spain- fittingly named, La Bicicleta Cafe'.

La Bicicleta Cafe' is a cycling cafe and work space in the Malasana area of Madrid, Spain. The space was created based on the owner's passion for bikes, art, and coffee equality. The space is inviting and cozy- decorated with bike themed art, comfy coaches, long communal tables as work stations, and smaller tables and chairs for eating and socializing. The downstairs area serves as the work station, where people can come in to tune their bikes using the tools available in the DIY bike counter. 

Rumored to be a "hipster haven," we expected the space to be overcrowded and overpriced. Arriving at 2pm on a Saturday, we were presently surprised to to find a table seamlessly and be greeted by a waiter almost immediately. The brunch menu featured breakfast a la carte and combo items- with names such as "The Yellow Jersey" and consisted of an array of handmade pastry items and healthy food options.

The creative atmosphere includes book shelves littered with bicycle-related literature and urban bike-themed art adornment. In the evenings, the cafe' doubles as a bar and venue space where patrons can attend various events, workshops and lectures related to the world of cycling.

As a bike lover, do yourself a favor and swing by this establishment, even if just for the affordable coffee and comical sugar packets. All bikes are welcome!

I think La Bicicleta has it right, life is too short to ride shit bikes- go visit them for a tune up, a delicious pastry and coffee, and sit in on a cycling lecture. You won't be disappointed.

 

Check out La Bicicleta Cafe' at http://www.labicicletacafe.com/index.html.

Photos courtesy of Sara Elise and La Bicicleta Cafe' social media