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Thousands Rode Citi Bikes During the Polar Vortex, and These Folks Have Something to Say About It

Citi Bike just sent out an e-mail sharing its top 10 “2013 highlights.” Among the accomplishments: Citi Bikes make up a third of all bike traffic in the program’s service area, each bike was ridden an average of six times per day over the summer, customer service gets an average of 1,300 calls a day, an average of 625 bikes are repaired each week, and Citi Bike riders took 6,000+ trips during the day of the Polar Vortex.
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It’s Movie Night at The Bowery Mission

(Courtesy Bowery Mission)

(Courtesy Bowery Mission)

It’s not all that often that church pews double as theater aisles at The Bowery Mission’s Lower East Side Chapel but that’s what happened today, as local homeless men sought refuge from the single-digit temperatures.

Staffers set the thermostat above 70 degrees and unspooled a projection screen to show DVDs of The Bible, a 10-part miniseries that aired on the History channel last March. (The Blind Side was screened during a previous film session.) A few dozen men wearing hooded sweatshirts and nylon jackets watched stories of Jesus, Moses and Sampson before a backdrop of Christmas tree garland and organ pipes.
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Shots For Tots! Two Bars Bought More Than 700 Toys For Their Needy Neighbors

20131223-195512.jpgA couple of bars on Avenue C raised more than just a ruckus last night – The Wayland and Summit Bar teamed up to buy over 700 toys for residents of the housing projects an avenue over.

Pete Canny, a bartender at The Wayland, said he was working the bar’s sandwich shop, Animals, when a couple of officers from the adjacent station house mentioned that donations for their annual toy drive were a few thousand dollars short this year. So Canny decided to team up with Pete Chelly, of Summit Bar across the street, to donate an evening’s worth of their tips toward the cause.

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Red Alert: SantaCon Has Stormed Manhattan

Do we even have to tell you that hundreds of slurring Santas (on CitiBikes! in SantaTanks!) have hit the snowy streets of the East Village and Lower East Side? Love it or hate it, SantaCon has come to town, and this morning our photographer Scott Lynch braved the broball fights to document the Red Menace. Actually, not everyone wore boring ol’ red and white: we spotted Crazy Legs Conti in St. Patty’s get-up, for starters. Click through our slideshow to see that and all the rest.

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Ferry Good News! Five More Years of East River Ferry Service

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 1.37.29 PMBefore he sails off into the sunset, Mayor Bloomberg is extending East River Ferry service, originally schedule to end next year.

According to the longest press release ever, the ferry has wildly exceeded expectations, carrying nearly 3 million passengers since its launch in summer of 2011. The five-year extension, with two additional one-year extension options, begins next summer. Fares will remain $4 for a one-way weekday ticket, $6 for a weekend ride, and $140 for a weekday unlimited monthly pass. The schedule won’t change, either.
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Cooper Union’s Ping-Pong Protesters Might Be In For a Paddling

(Courtesy Free Cooper Union)

(Courtesy Free Cooper Union)

Cooper Union wants it to be known that you can’t just unleash 2,100 ping-pong balls on a four-story staircase and get away with it. In a campus-wide e-mail forwarded to B+B, Alan Wolf, the school’s safety coordinator, says he wants the ping-pong protesters to be held accountable. Here’s the full statement, in case you were about to bulk order some Slinkies.
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