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Velosolutions Brooklyn community pumptrack

A large turnout and a fine sunset over looking Manhattan.

A large turnout and a fine sunset over looking Manhattan.

Brooklyn will conjure up a myriad of different images for individuals – Its history is vibrant and it really is one the iconic New York boroughs.

We took some words from creators Velosolutions and Tommy dropped in to take some photo’s after a long day sightseeing in the big apple.

“NYCMTB and the Brooklyn Farms were given a piece of land right by the waterfront, next to the Williamsburg Bridge and the Domino Sugar Factory. While the Brooklyn Farms are going to grow their own vegetables and enjoy one of the only green spaces in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bike Park is going to run the Velosolutions Pump Track together with NYCMTB and Skateboard Supercross (SBSX).

When we received the email from Christopher from NYCMTB, we thought: “Wow, how cool would it be to build a pump track in New York City!?” When he showed us pictures, we thought: “Is this really true?” When we went to see the site, we just didn’t know what to think anymore, but we knew, we had to build this pump track no matter what.”

Andrew Neethling is recovering from a broken hand but put in some smooth fast laps with the locals.

Andrew Neethling is recovering from a broken hand but put in some smooth fast laps with the locals.

I have to say upon arrival at Kent Street, just below the Williamsburg Bridge and lying next to the Hudson, I was forced to admit that my ill informed opinions on New York were badly out of touch.

The place has a vibrance about it yet it also retains the rugged edge that makes New York what it is. The track, painted by artist Jon Burgerman, is a thing of beauty. The tarmacadam surfacing only adds to it’s stunning curves and seems to enhance it’s appeal – it is, after all, located only a small hop away from the famed Manhattan skyline.

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With the crops already growing in the Brooklyn Farms vegetable plot and a large swathe of lawn, the entire space is a fine example of usable, clean spaces in urban environments.

Surely, after seeing large amounts of local kids and familys come to enjoy and utilise this space, more urban pumptracks will follow.

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Jonty Neethling - Steeze for days.

Jonty Neethling – Steeze for days.

This is Brooklyn and bikes are a huge part of life. It was brilliant to see all walks of life enjoying the track.

This is Brooklyn and bikes are a huge part of life. It was brilliant to see all walks of life enjoying the track.

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