So I brought my friend, Ed Glazar
, on board, an old school messenger and bike culture photographer, and he loved it just as much as I did. Salty old Ed, leading tourists around on bicycles and telling them about his city. Because that's how it feels. You're not just showing people New York, but your New York. The shy places, hidden off in a corner somewhere, or a lane, or alley. Private places that can only be explored by bike. It's addicting.
Midway through the season, after the one hundredth tourist or so asked if there were a bike guide they could purchase now that they knew the city a little bit so they could venture off on their own, and for the hundredth time we answered, "No," a light bulb went on.
We need to put out a guide book, we said. Not just a map of routes, but a NOT FOR TOURISTS meets HERE IS NEW YORK kind of guide book. A history of the city E.B. White style, only by bike, with photos and maps and resource info. A book that people will want to read as well as carry around in their backpacks.
We teamed up with blogger and filmmaker, Michael Green
, and today I am psyched to announce that BIKE NYC
—researched, written and photographed by Marci Blackman, Ed Glazar and Michael Green, published by Skyhorse Publishing—will hit stores April 2011.
And I need to put a big shout out to agent extraordinaire AMY TIPTON for making it all happen! Thank You!