From the mailbag...
I saw this bike near my school and i thought to myself....
i've been seeing this bike for months on my way to school and i thought.... with the idiots that coast off the bridge and the fact i got a bolt cutter at home i should take this abandoned frame and make it into an vehicle of WIN!!! \m/
or should i.... back off and run away from this Hipster trap of DOOM!!!!
This from a fellow deviant at deviantArt. For those unfamiliar with dA, it's another social network site of sorts, for artists. Total membership is probably several million. It's a great place to share artwork and get feedback and look at other's work - traditional art, digital art, literature, photography,... And, since "art" is a term with such vague boundaries, if any, there's also plenty of crap and smut, but that's pretty easily avoided.
Luckily, within that FLOOD of art are many many groups, so deviants like myself can join groups specific to their interests and forego the rest. A couple of my groups are "bicycle love" themed.
So... what to advise here? The advice seeker is a "...young Architecture Student in NYC who happens to draw and play music..." Although, really, who is anybody in cyberspace?
If he's to be believed, he really wants to build his own bicycle, and just wants this forsaken one for the frame.
Most other responders (I'm not the only one he consulted) including me tell him to err on the side of caution. We don't think it's a ghost bike, but there could be some other reason it's still there. If nothing else, ask the police and/or sanitation first before resorting to the Dark Arts.
I'm sure NYPD and NY sanitation don't have much else to think about.
What would you do? If you don't give a hoot about bicycles, imagine it was some other seemingly abandoned thing that you do give a hoot about. What WOULD you get the bolt cutters out for?