OHNY Open House New York
After my latest coast to coast adventure I rested myself and the bike for a while. Vacation ended and work began. More time passed. A few weeks ago on Jillian’s birthday, I saw these mean machines in Williamsburg as they wrapped up the Motorcycle Film Festival and that riding bug started itching again.
Happy Birthday Jillian!
We also saw a really good band, Daddy Long Legs at the Gutter, a great bar and bowling alley on N14th Street..
Last weekend I finally took Bonnie out for a long overdue dusting off.
I rode around Brooklyn and kept the bike running the entire ride since it had been well over a month since it had been started.
I rode across the Manhattan Bridge and looped around to DUMBO.
I stopped for free air. Don’t let the green and white fool ya. It’s not a BP station. My boycott continues.
I rolled on through Williamsburg and then headed home. It was good to be back on the bike.
Today I hopped on Bonnie to explore some sites on the OHNY trail. OHNY is Open House New York. During OHNY weekend many buildings are open for tours that may otherwise be closed to the public. My first stop for the day was the Eldridge Street Synagogue.
This synagogue opened in 1887. Inside is a contemporary stained glass window designed by artist Kiki Smith.
From the synagogue I crossed the Williamsburg Bridge into Brooklyn.
Next destination The Williamsburg Savings Bank. If you have ever crossed the Williamsburg Bridge you have probably noticed the Williamsburg Savings Bank. It is the big dome you pass on your right as you enter Brooklyn. Just across the street is the famous Peter Lugers Steak House.
When I pulled up to park I thought I was seeing double. I’ve seen other green Bonnevilles, but not with gaiters and the flyscreen! Twins!
The dome inside the bank is magnificent!
The last stop for today was the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew. The prize there is the Tiffany stained glass windows.
They really are a different class of glass.
From the church I headed toward Queens hugging the East River through Brooklyn.
Before heading home I stopped to see what became of 5 Pointz (The former graffiti mecca).
It’s coming down.
From there I called it a day.
Yesterday I hoofed it to see a couple OHNY sites near my home. I’ll include some shots of those here too because it was cool!
I first went to the Church of the Transfiguration in midtown.
Then I went to the Grand Lodge of Masons. This place was off the hook cool. A visual extravaganza!