The 2016 New York Unicycle Festival began on Thursday September 1st. While this has been the seventh year of the festival, this is the only second year of there being four days instead of three days of unicycle activities. Day one started with a light drizzle that ceased just as the ride began, 17 unicyclist began the ride from Battery Park up the west side cycling path on there way to Central Park. After a few rest stops we showed up at the entrance of the park at West 85th street being joined by yet one more unicyclist. We made our way through the park down to 59th street, Columbus Circle for a lunch break. Just as we started to make our way down Broadway toward Time Square it again began to rain. Upon reaching Time Square it really started to come down. So, we sought shelter in a covered walkway on West 45th street until the rain let up. After about twenty-five minutes the rained lightened up so we set out back towards bike path by the Intrepid Aircraft carrier. We rode the entire way back with two rest stops, just upon reaching Battery Park the rain stopped. We all agreed that the 16.5 mile ride was incredibly fun despite the warm light rain falling on us for the entire ride back to the starting point. The photo above was recorded at one of the rest stops along the west side bike path that is part of Hudson River Park.[caption id="attachment_1901" align="aligncenter" width="440" caption="Day Two, Brooklyn Unicycle Day (Click photo to view album)"][/caption]
On day two of the festival was the annual celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle Day. In total there were 57 unicyclist that participated in crossing the Brooklyn Bridge in celebration of the event. This year, close to 50 unicyclist decided to continue the 13 mile the ride to Coney Island. The riders paused at three rest stops along the route. The photo above was recorded in front of the Grand Army Plaza arch. Riders were they were greeted by even more unicyclists and jugglers at Nathan's Famous. Later that evening, the group gathered at Dino's Wonder Wheel for a group photo. Immediately following, most have took advantage of a free ride on the Wonder Wheel.[caption id="attachment_1903" align="aligncenter" width="440" caption="Day three, Governors Island (Click on the photo to view album)"][/caption]
I cannot begin to do justice in describing all the tremendous amount of unicycle activity that occurred on Govenors Island during day three. There must have been 150 or more unicyclist present. All enjoying the activities and wheeled vehicles. Sem and Teresa Abrams and family brought with them all types of bikes and unicycles. Adam and Renie Cohen of Just One Wheel were there helping people learn to unicycle in addition to all of the volunteers helping out in the overflowing learning area. All of this going on with music pumping in the background courtesy of DJ Sky.Unicyclist participated in playing hockey, basketball, unicycle sumo wrestling and other activities. There was a very entertaining unicycle show with many participants.[caption id="attachment_1904" align="aligncenter" width="440" caption="Day Four, Govenors Island (Click on photo to view album)"][/caption]
The final day of the festival was basically a mirror of day three with about half as many unicyclists. The activities were similar with a few variations such as the costume contest and unicycle kite flying. The four participants of the costume contest are depicted above.
This year the festival was a quite a success with every attendee truly enjoying every day of the festival. If you have not attended one of the seven unicycle festivals to date, you are missing a real treat as a unicyclist. Especially if you live outside of the New York area. I would be a really good idea to put it on your schedule to attend next year.
This year I myself put more emphasis on taking more photographs then in past festivals. The result is over 1,000 photos contained in the four photo albums linked above.
- Ken Springle @ September 5, 2016Posted in Miscellaneous, NYC Unicycle Festival | No Comments »