THEIR frames molder and peel in the city’s musty depths. Hundreds — perhaps thousands — rest in haphazard jumbles, their surfaces pocked with rust, their tubes airless and stiffened by time.
No firm numbers exist for how many bicycles sit abandoned in storage rooms around New York City. They decay uncounted in dim basements, mixing awkwardly with sleek new city cruisers and carbon-fiber racers, threatening to turn an increasingly marketable real estate amenity, the bicycle storage room, into something like a bone-filled catacomb.
“You have no idea this world of bicycles that’s awaiting you,” said Pasqualina Azzarello, the director of Recycle-a-Bicycle, a nonprofit group that says it rescues 1,200 bikes each year in the city, most of them from basements. “It’s something that we deal with quite often.” (read more at NY Times)