Jeffrey Axelrod Ghost Bike Now at Chrystie and Delancey

Posted on: October 25th, 2011 at 6:09 am by

In late August, the dangerous intersection of Chrystie and Delancey was the site of a gruesome collision. A Brooklyn bike rider named Jeffrey Axelrod turned right onto Delancey, and quickly lost control after the chain mechanism malfunctioned. The 52-year-old cyclist subsequently tumbled into the rear wheels of a cement truck and died on impact. No criminality was suspected in the unfortunate accident.

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Now just over two months to the day, a streetside memorial is currently tied to a corner road sign. The familiar tribute is courtesy of the anonymous Ghost Bike organization, and includes more than flowers. There is also a hat on the seat. To that end, Axelrod reportedly possessed immaculate fashion sense. His friend reminisced at the Cobble Hill candlelight vigil that, among other things, “he was a great dresser. Sharp, with a 1940s style.”

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Just around the corner, at Bowery and Delancey, another such Ghost Bike marks the place where Rasha Shamoon lost her life three years ago; and also five blocks west from where a school bus backed over Fuen Bai after she had struck a pothole and fell onto the pavement.

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