REPORT: George the abandoned bike is missing

Just yesterday I was blogging about the possible two year anniversary of George Takei, the GT bike who occupied the bike rack at the old CitiBank. (see: Abandoned Bike in front of vacant-Citibank celebrating a possible 2-year anniversary. Plus, a copycat has emerged.)

Now a reader is telling me George is missing. If anybody has any information on his whereabouts, please contact me at the SBTC newsroom.  Developing……..

Abandoned Bike in front of vacant-Citibank celebrating a possible 2-year anniversary. Plus, a copycat has emerged.

I took this photo on June 20th, 2016. Posted it in this article, where I wrote:

“By the way, the broken bike in the lower left hand corner has been there since last summer. “

That was last summer from last summer. So two years? Time for cake!

Yesterday on the one year anniversary of that photo, I took another! (Yes, I am crazy).  I am pleased to say GT is looking pretty well. No place to sit, but he still has a nice set of cranks.


A copycat has emerged. Just across the street is this blue beauty. Camouflaged amongst the blue bars of the bike rack we have TREK. It’s been there for at least 4 months. I shall follow its path with great interest.

HEY, I just realized something. GT (possibly named George Takei) and TREK. Anybody see where I am going with this?  In other news, Star Trek: Vulcan’s Soul is available at the Franklin Blvd free library on the boardwalk.

Wooden boards. I’m liking this new store facade that’s been popping up around town.

I guess it started with Pier 1 Imports, then Bikram Yoga did the same when they moved. Now a new hair salon on Park is doing it as well as LB Social. I am talking about wooden boards being used for the facade and signage (see photos below). I really like it. Probably because it reminds me of the boardwalk or perhaps it seems kinda beachy. And ya know, we kinda live by the beach, so it just makes sense to me at least for our downtown to have some sort of beachy motif. Right? Or am I nuts to think that way? I personally dislike canopy signs because they always end up looking so dirty and junky over time. What do you folks think? Am I alone with this? I would love it if other stores follow!

Bocce Ball League has been saved thanks to George Unrich from Top Notch Lawn Care in Island Park

The following was sent to me by the organizers of the Bocce League:
We have great news… Thanks to one our players from the team “Joanie Loves Bocce”, George Unrich from Top Notch Lawn Care in Island Park, the league and bocce park are back on track!
With all of the delays, we need your help. Please spread the word to everyone you know that the leagues are going forward for 2017 as originally planned.  We need all the teams to be signed up as soon as possible. If you are having trouble getting a full team together, we can still help form teams. Last year Stranger Danger won the Thursday night league as a team of strangers. This year their coming so big they are making 2 teams.
Go to and click on “2017 Bocce Standings” to see the registration we have so far and to sign up a team or individual for 2017
The plan is to start with  the first week of games on July 11th, 12th and 13th.

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