Saturday brought my favorite thing about Halloween, and one of my favorite things about living in New York City: Bike Kill, a combination block party, freak show, and mutant bike festival held each year on a dead-end street in Brooklyn on the Saturday before Oct. 31.
The premise is simple: The organizers provide dozens of bizarre bicycles (tall, tiny, long, short, etc.), which anyone can ride back and forth — preferably in costume. It tends to attract lots of art-punks, anarchists, and freaks, but you’ll also see relatively “normal” people, sometimes with their kids.
You can get a sense of the mood in the video I shot (see above), and these pics provide a closer look at some of the bikes:
Bike Kill is presented each year by the New York chapter of the Black Label Bike Club, an arts/cycling collective that builds all the crazy bikes and allows the public to ride them. The members are easy to spot, because they have a uniform of sorts:
A great time, as always. I love Bike Kill!