Today I was in Tribeca again. I had some business at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Two weeks ago, I made one of my rare (since 11 Sep 01, anyway) appearances in that part of town, where I saw an interesting Frankenbike ridden by a librarian.
However, on this visit, I saw something even more interesting, and certainly more gratifying. It's in Fiterman Hall, which is literally no more than a couple of pedal strokes away from the site of the former World Trade Center. In fact, you can see the memorial from some parts of the building.
The college had another building called Fiterman Hall, onto which 7 World Trade Center fell in the wake of the attacks. The original Fiterman--a 1950's office building that was donated to the college in 1993-- was so badly damaged it had to be razed; the new building bearing the same name opened just this past August.
I found myself liking the new building: It's spacious and full of light. Best of all--at least to those of us who travel on two wheels--it has two bicycle storage rooms inside. One of them was in use when I arrived. They can be accessed only with a BMCC ID card, or if a security guard lets you in.
Not bad, eh? It's even better behind those doors:
Some swanky gyms don't even have such nice bike rooms. For that matter, I can't think of any other colleges or schools with anything like it.
It was cold and windy today; I wonder how many more bikes will be in that room come Spring, or on a Tuesday or Thursday. On one hand, I'd like to see it full, just to know that people are cycling to the college and that the room won't be re-purposed. On the other hand, if I need to go back, it'd be nice to know I'd have such a place to park Vera or whichever bike I ride.