Citi Bike Station Near Frank’s Bike Shop Returns

Grand and Henry streets, August 28, 2013.

Some locals will be thrilled, others enraged.  At this hour, workers are re-installing a City Bike station at the intersection of Grand and Henry streets, a short distance away from Frank’s Bike Shop.

Grand and Henry streets, August 28, 2013.
Grand and Henry streets, August 28, 2013.

The city temporarily removed the station in June to accommodate Con Ed utility work.  Some residents smelled a conspiracy, theorizing that the terminal had been yanked out due to pressure from a sizable group of people protesting the location so near Frank’s, which they felt endangered his survival.   Via the community board, the Department of Transportation gave assurances that the station, located in an area poorly served by public transportation, would be restored.  Today, they made good on that promise.

East Broadway and Grand streets, August 28, 2013.
East Broadway and Grand streets, August 28, 2013.

Meanwhile, another station at Grand and East Broadway, which was established later in the summer, has gone offline. A worker on site told us the docking units and kiosks are being upgraded; he did not say how long this location would be out of commission.  But according to Citi Bike’s Twitter feed:

 

 

So, we’ll have to see whether both stations actually end up staying.

(Thanks to TLD reader Sabina, who noticed this tweet).