Senator Charles Schumer, a Park Slope resident, wrote an article for Huffington Post about his life-long love affair with biking through our borough.

Starting in Brighton Beach and riding north through Brooklyn, always reminds me what makes this borough so special. As I watch the neighborhood go from predominantly Russian, through a veritable rainbow of ethnicities, to Polish in Greenpoint and the northern tip of Brooklyn, I feel like I’ve been around the world.

But this journey is not one that can be undertaken in a car – you’d miss the details, the human scale, and the pace of life as you fly by. Even walking won’t do – you won’t be able to cover nearly enough ground. To really get to know New York, you’ve got to ride a bicycle.

He mentions the tasty joints where he likes to end his rides, as well as how biking gives him the opportunity to interact with his constituents and see the development – “our inner city neighborhoods come back”. We hope he takes a few rides through Sheepshead Bay and witnesses what development has done here – the good and the bad.

If you feel like reading the good senator’s musings – and perhaps reading the pages of comments ripping him a new one for biking and not working on healthcare reform – check it out here.

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  • Anonymous

    Thank you for bringing us this story.

    Chuck Schumer came to my fifth-grade commencement exercises, many moons ago, so that must be why I always thought of him as a friend of Sheepshead Bay. It’s great to hear that he truly enjoys Brooklyn and biking is a wonderful way for a politician to see the reality that his constituents see.

  • Anonymous

    His daughter was a grade ahead of me in JHS. I was always kind of impressed that Schumer had his children in the public education system – not something you find inner-city politicians doing often – and he always seemed approachable in the school halls.

    A few years back, I covered a speech Schumer gave for the Bay News and got to talk to him and see him up close. I was surprised to find one thing you wont see on CNN or in the newspapers – he wears incredibly rumpled suits. Take that for what it’s worth.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for bringing us this story.

    Chuck Schumer came to my fifth-grade commencement exercises, many moons ago, so that must be why I always thought of him as a friend of Sheepshead Bay. It’s great to hear that he truly enjoys Brooklyn and biking is a wonderful way for a politician to see the reality that his constituents see.

  • Anonymous

    His daughter was a grade ahead of me in JHS. I was always kind of impressed that Schumer had his children in the public education system – not something you find inner-city politicians doing often – and he always seemed approachable in the school halls.

    A few years back, I covered a speech Schumer gave for the Bay News and got to talk to him and see him up close. I was surprised to find one thing you wont see on CNN or in the newspapers – he wears incredibly rumpled suits. Take that for what it’s worth.