Now this is a joke waiting to be told. Normally, a crowd of Lubavitch Jews gathered in front of 770 Eastern Parkway is nothing to blog home about, but I did a double-take when I saw that several of them were standing on benches holding something above their heads. An ancient rite? A triumphant celebration? The realization that the object was a bicycle deterred these thoughts slightly (maybe one of their own had just completed a round-the-world bike tour?), but the secular nature of the object made me bold enough to ask the guy standing next to me what was going on. As he put it "We're trying to take a picture, and we don't want that bike in it, so [motions over his head] shoom, shoom."
So there you have it--some unwitting cyclist locked their bike to the pole in front of Chabad World Headquarters, and soon the hapless two-wheeled machine was a good 10 feet in the air, though hanging on quite securely by a lock that didn't look as though it was going to fit over the ornamental knob at the top. Hopefully the Crown Heights Picture Blog will have more photos later in the day.