Are You For the Hipsters or the Hasids?


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Mike wrote Outraged Cyclists Re-Paint Removed Bike Lane, Guerrilla Style about what is turning into a major culture war: young hipsters moving into Williamsburg, and religious Jews objecting to "the lack of "appropriate" clothing on female cyclists" among other things. In the New York Post the Hasidim complain that the "the cyclists were endangering residents' lives and souls.The riders were not only reckless, but their various states of undress were an undue hardship on their faith, which dictates they not stare at members of the opposite sex." New York Magazine notes complaints that "the bike riders are frequently "hotties," that is, women, "many of whom ride in shorts and skirts." image via New York Magazine

So they took out the bike lane. Should they have done this?

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