Tag: Long Island

NEW: Yarn-Bombed Tree on Long Island (2019)

NEW: Yarn-Bombed Tree on Long Island (2019)

There’s a new yarn-bombed tree on Long Island!

The gorgeous crochet-covered tree is on the grounds of the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook. It joins several other yarn-bombed trees on the campus.

While I encourage supporting the museum, it is visible without entering.

The prettiest Yarn-Bombed Tree on Long Island

Between the pattern, the coverage, and the vibrancy of the colors, this tree is a real showstopper!

Vibrant colors of a Yarn-Bombed Tree on Long Island

“We’re very excited to announce that artist Carol Hummel, designer of the crocheted trees is returning to the museum this year to freshen up some of the existing trees and create a whole new design for an additional tree!”

The Long Island Museum
Closeup of a Yarn-Bombed Tree on Long Island
Beautiful colors of the crochet work on the yarnbombed tree
Selfie with a yarn-bombed tree
Taking a page from Kathy’s book!

Visiting the Prettiest Tree on Long Island

The Crocheted Tree Project
The Long Island Museum
1200 New York 25A
Stony Brook, NY 11790

Long Island Roadside Attractions

Flying Pig  roadside attraction long island

If you’re looking for things to do on Long Island or Long Island’s Instagram-worthy spots – look no further: Long Island Roadside Attractions

Motorcycle Blogger or Long Island Motorcycle Blogger?

Motorcycle Blogger or Long Island Motorcycle Blogger?

Long Island Motorcycle Farm Land
Greetings from Long Island

Am I a motorcycle blogger? Or a Long Island motorcycle blogger?

Is there a difference?


It may come as a surprise to people who don’t know me personally, but I can easily fall down the rabbit hole of data analysis. You’re looking at one of those nerdy weirdos who gets excited by it. Data is like a puzzle and that is candy for my brain.

You’re probably thinking, Okaaaay, and?

Well, recently I’ve taken a closer look at who actually reads this blog. What I uncovered surprised me.

Who reads this motorcycle blog?

Gender

  • Male: 80%
  • Female: 20%

Location

  • United States: 80%
  • New York: 20%

Age

  • 25-34: 18%
  • 35-44: 17%
  • 45-54: 26%
  • 55-64: 27%
  • 65+ : 12%

So, are you a man 45 or older who lives in the New York Metro area?

New York Readership Concentration

Analytics – What surprised me

For starters, I wrongly assumed that more women would be interested in this blog. But if you factor in that only 19% of ridership in the United States is made up of women, maybe the gender split makes sense.

There has never been any evidence for me to support the notion of more women readers. I just made the assumption that people gravitate to others who are similar to themselves.

Maybe the similarity, in this case, is just being a rider.

I can get behind that.

“The study found that among all age groups, women make up 19 percent of motorcycle owners, compared with less than 10 percent less than a decade ago.”

USA Today

Welcome to New York

New York Sign - KTM 690 Enduro
Welcome to New York

When it comes to the location information, I am not at all surprised that most of my blog readers are in the United States.

And since I live in New York and do a lot of riding here, it does stand to reason that the state of New York has a large readership. They’re likely to see familiar sights or names of places.

When I ask myself, do I mention New York a lot? I don’t think I do. So, what lands New York blog readers here in such a high percentage? Is Google more apt to deliver localized results overall?

The state of New York has nearly triple the percentage of readers when compared to the next most popular state.


Long Island Motorcycle Blogger?

long island motorcycle blogger fuzzygalore - triumph bonneville

Taking the location information down to the next level, as you can see on the map above, there is a high concentration of activity around New York City and Long Island.

Does this mean that the things I write about are more Long Island-centric than anywhere else?

Are the Long Island readers people who know me personally? Or friends of friends?

WHO ARE YOU?! Say ‘hi,’ why don’t ya!

Long Island’s Best Motorcycle Blogger?

Am I somehow failing a “hometown” audience that I didn’t know I had?

Should I set my sights on becoming Long Island Best Motorcycle Blogger?

Because that would be a crown I wouldn’t mind wearing. It probably feels incredible to be that best at something.

Who is Long Island’s Best Motorcycle Blogger?

Why, Girlie Motorcycle Blog @ Fuzzygalore.com, of course!

Who is Long Island’s Best Motorcycle Blogger?

Why, Girlie Motorcycle Blog @ Fuzzygalore.com, of course!

What is the Best Long Island Motorcycle Blog?

Well, that would have to be Girlie Motorcycle Blog, my good man!

I don’t know about you, but I like it!

Motorcycle Blogger or Long Island Motorcycle Blogger?

long island motorcycle blogger FYYFF helmet sticker
FYYFF – The New York Greeting

So here I am, back to where I started: wondering what type of blogger I am and who the content speaks to.

Is my topical breadth general enough to just be a motorcycle blogger who appeals to people everywhere?

Or am I more Long Island-centric?

Or should I be more Long Island-focused?

Comments, anyone?

Long Island Roadside Attraction – Flying Pig!

Long Island Roadside Attraction – Flying Pig!

Ready for a fab Long Island roadside attraction? You came to the right place!

Pink Flying Pig of Miller Place, NY

Taking up residence front and center at the Flying Pig Cafe in Miller Place, this adorable piggy is sure to fly out of the cafe and into your heart.

Within the Long Island roadside attraction game, this flying pig is a relative newcomer to the scene. And a most welcomed addition. Having a kickass symbol of overcoming impossible odds is an uplifting message.

when pigs fly
 idiom
Definition of when pigs fly

USinformal
—used to say that one thinks that something will never happen

Merriam-Webster

Fly, piggy. Fly!

long island roadside attraction flying pig

When riding my motorcycle I’m always on the lookout for quirky roadside sights. This happy pig makes me smile every time I pass by!

Just look at that sweet face.

He’s squealy cute, right?

And what a ham!

He’s always hogging the spotlight when people stop to snap photos. This smiling oinker is selfie material, for sure.

Taking a guess, this cow-spotted porker is about 6-feet long from snout to its curly-tailed caboose. And its size puts it firmly into the roadside attraction category versus just being your garden variety animal statue.

long island roadside attraction flying pig

Where Is the Pink Flying Pig?

The Flying Pig Cafe
825 NY-25A
Miller Place, NY 11764

Where Is the Pink Flying Pig?

The Flying Pig Cafe
825 NY-25A
Miller Place, NY 11764

Long Island Roadside Attractions

Within the boundaries of Long Island’s 1,401 square miles – we host several roadside attraction worth writing home about. This angel pig is but one.

If you’re looking for weird things to do on Long Island or Instagram-worthy spots – look no further:

Long Island Roadside Attractions

Long Island Roadside Attractions

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Have You Visited Any of Keith Haring’s Public Sculptures?

Have You Visited Any of Keith Haring’s Public Sculptures?

Seeing Haring’s public sculptures is always a treat for me. They hold a special place in my heart and imagination. His oft-whimsical and colorful forms tap into a place in my imagination that feels child-like.

He perfected saying so much with so little, leaving your imagination to do the rest.


Haring’s Public Sculptures Visited

Untitled (Three Dancing Figures) – San Francisco

At the tail end of a bicycle trip in Mammoth, California – we spent some time in San Francisco, before flying back home to New York. With no plan to be there, we found ourselves wandering around the city, just taking things in.

While walking outside of the de Young Museum, we were treated to this happy Haring piece:

Keith Haring – Untitled (Three Dancing Figures) – 1989

Haring in New Hyde Park, NY

Keith Haring created this piece as well as some interior murals for the then-named Schneider’s Children’s Hospital in New Hyde Park, NY in 1987.

Today you’ll still be able to spot the sculpture it the courtyard of the newly-renamed Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York.

My Visitation Note

This photo was taken while doing a bit of a snap and go. Because I was on my motorcycle and look really tough (I don’t), I parked at the valet parking curb and walked over to take some photos.

Sometimes if I break the rules and do something like stick my teeny motorcycle somewhere it shouldn’t be – if I flip my helmet up, smile and act like everything is perfectly normal, no one says anything.

I’m not so sure I would have the same result in my car.

Google Maps Location


Haring on Astor Place, NYC

Haring’s Self Portrait at 51 Astor Place in NYC, sits in the shadow of IBM’s Watson. It also has a big Koon’s bunny as a neighbor.

Both the Koons and the Haring are controversial pieces with many on both sides of the love/hate divide.

Put me firmly in the love column. They’re both my kind of not-so-serious.

Keith Haring – Self Portrait – 1989

Google Maps Location


Hometown Haring – Kutztown, PA

On my way home from sleeping in a caboose, I stopped to visit Haring’s Figure Balancing On Dog at Kutztown Park in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

This piece pays tribute to the late artist in his hometown.

Visiting this one felt a little melancholy. This place where he began was a strange reminder that he is no longer here. What would his work have evolved into if he lived? Sadly, we’ll never know.

But, we can celebrate what is.

Keith Haring – Figure Balancing on Dog – 1989

Google Maps Location


My Take-Home Thoughts

These simple shapes can prove difficult to photograph, for me. If you catch them on certain angles, some of the figures all but disappear. Is that his way of making us walk around the piece? Or is he directing us to the “correct” viewing position? I wish I knew.

After years of reading about his life, viewing his work, walking by Pop Shop when it was still open in New York, it seems like he’s always been a part of my consciousness.

How is it you can miss someone you never knew?

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Happy National Donut Day – A Very Important Holiday

Happy National Donut Day – A Very Important Holiday

Though I’m cheating just a teensy-tinesy bit because I didn’t actually celebrate National Donut Day today, I do have a donuty post anyway.

While cruising around on the Bonnie last weekend I got to enjoy my first cider donut at a local farmstand.

Their cheerful little sign beckoned me to stop and sample their wares.

Their cakey dough-loops were delish. As a matter of fact, I wish I had one right now. I do love a good donut, you know.

If you too missed your chance to properly celebrate this wonderful day you can always make it up to yourself tomorrow. Every day is a good day for a donut. As the saying goes: Eat to ride, ride to eat.

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