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Casey Neistat whose bike lane video went viral takes to two wheels to chart storm's impact...

Remember Casey Neistat, the New York film maker and cyclist whose slapstick take on riding in the bike lane became a YouTube hit with nearly 6 million views to date? Well, he’s back with another video, but the subject and approach are very different.

Neistat, his brother, some friends and their bikes, plus his video camera, stayed behind in New York City this week as it was struck by Hurricane Sandy. The result is a haunting video of the usually bustling metropolis turned into an aquatic ghost town by the force of nature. He also tweeted about his experience.

Neistat’s films – you can see more of his portfolio here – often give food for thought; this one’s no exception.

 

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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phax71 [287 posts] 3 years ago
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So, a "natural" disaster hits and they decide to ban filming ot at least not issue permissions ....... for what reason?

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TrekBikesUK [128 posts] 3 years ago
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That was most likely NYC Film Commission permits he was talking about, not just people out and about with video cameras.

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Gkam84 [9080 posts] 3 years ago
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phax71 wrote:

So, a "natural" disaster hits and they decide to ban filming ot at least not issue permissions ....... for what reason?

For the same reason that they issued the order to evacuate everyone from Zone A I presume. SAFETY.

Some great shots around the floods. But it wasn't very "stormy" where he was  3

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SideBurn [890 posts] 3 years ago
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I remember when the Thames barrier was built people asked what is the point? But; the weather in America/Canada tends to influence the weather here two weeks later  39 Are we up for some interesting weather?

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Gkam84 [9080 posts] 3 years ago
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Well Sideburn, London is just one big flood plain waiting to happen  3

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leedgreen [32 posts] 3 years ago
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Try commuting in Manchester.......