The 2014 New York City Unicycle Festival organized by the Bindlestff Family Cirkus, began on August 29th with the celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle Day. This has been the fifth annual three day unicycle festival that has taken place in New York City. At just before 3:00pm, 66 unicycle riders gathered at the City Hall park just across from the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge walk way awaiting the signal to head over the bridge into Brooklyn. After making it to the Brooklyn side of the bridge, 46 unicycle riders decided to continue on riding through Brooklyn with Coney Island being the final destination. The tour across the bridge and through Brooklyn was organized by Unicycle Bridge Tour. It was an incredible day weather wise with warm temperatures with low humidity and a gentle breeze.
Upon reaching Coney Island riders were greeted and joined by a host of additional participants ready to continue with the day's festivities at Coney Island. We gathered at Nathan's Famous on Surf Avenue to fuel up for the evening. Some took advantage of the free ride on the Wonder Wheel after posing for the group photo below.[caption id="attachment_1824" align="aligncenter" width="434" caption="Photo courtesy of Norman Blake"][/caption]
A little later that evening an incredible array of talented performers put on a show for large crowed that gathered at the Shooting Gallery Art Annex. The performers, performed nine separate acts in front of a packed house. Everyone was wowed and entertained by the dancing, riding, acrobatics, balancing, juggling and magic acts that the group performed. The show was hosted by Kyle Petersen also known as "The Brooklyn Juggler".
Days two and three of the festival took place on Governors Island. Day two being the main day of the festival, was chock full of activities with DJ Sky King mixing on the ones and twos providing music in the background for both days.
Available activities included: unicycle basketball, unicycle hockey, a trials course, unicycle sumo, unicycle skills performances and a whole lot more.
Staff from Just One Wheel were on hand to help teach both kids and adults how learn to ride in addition to the well attended learning center. Unicycle.com brought their trailer full of unicycles, unicycle part and accessories for purchase.
After the performances, a raffle was held where lucky ticket holders won unicycle parts and unicycle accessories. The grand prize was a brand new trials unicycle courtesy of Unicycle.com.
A great time was had by all who attended. Many expressed their appreciation for the festival and all of the activities that took place. The photos above are just a small sample of the photos taken over the three days of the festival. I hope that you take the time to view all of the photos on our Flickr site. The photo may provide a better sense of the activities that took place. I would have liked to have taken many more photos however, there was just so much to do at the festival. In any event, while you are there on the site, you can see and enjoy all of our photo albums. Additional photos are posted each month.
This year's festival, as has the previous festivals are provided at a great cost. As such the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is continuously looking for additional funding and sponsors. If you, someone you know or, some local company r vendor would like to participate or contribute to next year's festival, do not hesitate contacting them via their website. Any assistance to having this event continue annually will certainly be appreciated.
- Ken Springle @ September 16, 2014
- Ken Springle @ August 7, 2014
For what has now become an annual tradition, Members of the New York Unicycle Club took the trek out to Melville, Long Island to visit with Just One Wheel for the third consecutive President's Day.
Located on the campus of the Driftwood Day Camp, the Just One Wheel balance program is a fun place to hang out and ride both indoors and outdoors. The heavy blanket of snow covering the 12 acre site kept us for enjoying the outdoor areas of the camp on this visit. However, that did not stop us from having an incredible afternoon of riding inside their 10,000 square foot facility. Click on the above photo or the this slide show link to see the photos taken during our visit on the NYUC Flickr site.
Adam Cohen of Just One Wheel is looking forward to inviting NYUC members to return to the camp in the late Summer so that we may enjoy riding around throughout camp without being hindered by lingering snow. Pay attention to our calendar or join our email group by submitting your email address via the Contact page.
- Ken Springle @ February 21, 2014
- Ken Springle @ December 28, 2013
For the third year in a row, members of the New York Unicycle club participated in the African American Day Parade. For 2013 eight unicyclist brought out a variety of unicycles and rolled with the Local 79 Laborers union parade float from 113th street to 136th street along Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. There was a wave of union members marching to the music being played by the on float disc jockey. We had a great time riding a performing for the crowd. We hope to have even more members participate in the future. It is really a lot of fun. Click on the photo to check out the few photos taken throughout the day on our Flickr page.
- Ken Springle @ September 15, 2013
The 2013 New York City Unicycle festival made some local news stories. Epoch Times Snaps section posted a nice selection of photographs from the festival. I cannot link directly to the photograph selections so please follow the link above. It is worth the click.
Next up is the Brooklyn Paper where Will Bredderman posted an article about the fourth annual celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle day and the Unicycle Festival.Click the link or the photo to get to the article.[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="207" caption="Photo courtesy of The Brooklyn Paper"][/caption]
Next up we have the Sheepshead Bites where Willie Simpson posted and article with several photos of the unicycle ride through Brooklyn to Coney Island.[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="361" caption="Photo courtesy of Sheepshead Bites"][/caption]
Finally Ali Wolf reporting for Brooklyn News 12 who posted a video of the kick off of unicycle festival beginning with the initial group of participants crossing the Brooklyn Bridge in celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle day. Click the link to go the page with the video.
Of course there is nothing like being at the the unicycle festival but if you could not make it the articles and our own reporting will give you a taste of what it is like. Perhaps you will come out next year.
- Ken Springle @ September 15, 2013
The 2013 New York City Unicycle Festival was as fantastic a festival as years past. We had 69 unicyclist cross over the Brooklyn Bridge in celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle Day. Once across the group you see pictured above continued riding to the first stop at Grand Army Plazza. The ride did not end there. We continued to ride through Prospect Park and onto Coney Island. Check all the photos that I took throughout the day and evening in the Brooklyn Unicycle day Album.
At Coney Island we were joined by even more unicyclists, friends, family and jugglers who enjoyed a ride on the Wonder Wheel, a unicycle and juggling entertainment show and topped off by the Friday night fireworks show. But the fun did not end there we still had two more days of unicycle fun on Governors Island.
Saturday on Governors Island we had a host of unicycle activities that was just so much fun. We had a tremendous turn out. We had a unicycle show and the Hell on Wheel trials course. As always the learning center was busy throughout. Check out the photos that I took in the Saturday Unicycle Festival Album.
On Sunday we capped it off with even more activities including unicycle sumo wrestling, unicycle football demo and an unicycle pinata. Overall a good time was had by all and it would be hard to compare which of the four unicycle festivals were the best. I was so busy doing and seeing and conversing I did not get around to taking any where near the amount of photos for those of you that could not make it. However, take the time to also check out the photos I did take in the Sunday Unicycle Festival Album. I hope this gives you a taste of what goes at the three day Unicycle festival and I hope that many more of you can make out next year.
- Ken Springle @ September 8, 2013
It is again that time of the year. That's right! It is time for the 2013 New York City Unicycle Festival. The annual event produced by the Bindlestiff Family Circus keeps getting bigger and more popular each year. This year it will be held from Friday August 30 - September 1. As in years past we will try to out do the previous years attendance of participating unicyclist. We will start by celebrating Brooklyn Unicycle day by riding across the Brooklyn Bridge then across the borough to Coney Island making brief rest stops along the way. This year in addition to the opportunity to enjoy the rides and activities at the park, there will be unicycle stage show at 8 PM. There will be a $15 general admission price for the show discounted to $10 for Brooklyn Unicycle day participants with free unicycle parking. Tickets will be available at the venue: Coney Island USA annex, 1204 Surf Ave., Brooklyn, New York 11224
Flash forward to main event festivities on Saturday and Sunday. Just hop on the free ferry over to Governors Island from Noon to 5pm. for two days of unicycle activities including races, unicycle sport competitions, shows and learning workshops. There will be raffles on both days and vendors available including Unicycle.com.
Come on out and join the fun.
As it is quite expensive to present these free activities I encourage every one to help support with what ever financial support you can afford. While purchasing Tee shirts and raffle tickets is helpful a direct donation to the cause goes a whole lot further.
To reach Governor Island there are ferries leaving from Brooklyn and lower Manhattan check out the ferry schedules and plan accordingly.Helpful event links: Additional detailed information can be found at the following websites. NYC 2013 Unicycle Festival website for event details and Coney Island ride route map. You can follow some of the latest event developments on the Festival’s Facebook page. You are encouraged to invite your facebook friends via the Brooklyn Unicycle Day Facebook event page. The Trust for Governors Island website for island information including ferry service schedules from Manhattan and Brooklyn. National Park Service Governors Island web page for additional information about island events and directions. Governors Island Map.
- Ken Springle @ August 12, 2013
We have begun having a few well attended meetings for the this unicycle season. Even if you cannot attend one of our meetings, you can always get a sense of what went on and who showed up by viewing the photographs taken that month on our photostream on Flickr.com. Flickr has recently changed the design of our photostream front page to provide more of a collage of photographs. You can still access individual albums on a page that looks similar to the front page. If you would like to look back at earlier annual collections of photo albums you will now have to click on the elipse "..." on the top right of the screen to get to them. Click this link to check out a slideshow of photographs record at the May meetings. Pictured above in Olga Glazman, a new member that is an excellent unicycle rider and juggler.
- Ken Springle @ May 26, 2013
- Ken Springle @ May 19, 2013