This isn't really a commuting story, I guess, but I'm posting here because this will be of interest to New York City commuters.
On Saturday morning my brother and I decided to ride from Astoria, in Queens, to Nyack, New York, up along the Hudson River. It's a pretty popular ride for city cyclists.
Our route took us over the Triboro Bridge. The section from Queens to Randalls'/Ward's Island was fine, as was the ride on the island to the bridge from there to Manhattan. We rode over the bridge. At the Manhattan end, where the bike/pedestrian path becomes extremely narrow, we encountered three of the sorriest-looking junkies I've ever seen in my life. They were crouched down, more or less blocking the path, and actually in the act of shooting up.
Needless to say, we didn't stop, just kept on going right through them.
Sad/scary thing is, on the return leg of the trip, about six hours later, they were still there. One was passed out, another was sitting on the side of the path, and the third was crouched down looking exactly like he was waiting for someone to come along so he could rob them.
Nasty stuff. Is there anyone here who regularly commutes over the Triboro? Is this junkie gathering a regular thing there, or just a one-time deal?