Last summer I wrote a post titled New York Biking: The Hipster Fringe. The occasion was a great piece in the Wall Street Journal by Jason Gay in which he addressed attempts by anti-bike forces to “link bike paths to ongoing gentrification, and claim the city is catering to a hipster fringe.”
This is the kind of perception I’ve been fighting by taking and posting portraits of the hundreds of regular people riding bikes in NYC. In last summer’s post I recapped a few of the hipsters and trust-fund babies I’ve photographed for my series.
Well it’s a year on, and the anti-bike crowd haven’t changed their tune too much. Whenever they argue against better cycling infrastructure you still hear the same tired references to lycra, “hipsters”, or crazy messengers. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of regular New Yorkers are using their bikes for transportation, and bike share is around the corner. Since I’ve taken quite a few new portraits since last summer, I thought I’d do another quick recap of the unrepentant hipsters I’ve come across on these city streets.
I present to you The Hipster Fringe, Part 2.
Luis, the hipster building super:
Cynthia, the hipster job-seeking mother of three:
Bilal, the hipster Turkish tailor:
Jesse, the hipster lawyer:
Mary, the hipster English teacher:
Henriette, the hipster mom:
“Jamaica”, the trusafarian Rastafarian:
Lisa, the hipster city planner and community activist:
Iga, the hipster pleasure rider:
Ray, the hipster construction manager:
Dr Weiss, the hipster urologist:
Do you know a bike-riding hipster that would be at home in these pages? Leave a comment.