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New York Alleycats Photo Book



Review from


New York Alleycats Photo Book, February 16, 2007


New York based photographer Amy Bolger's book New York Alleycats is a pictorial documentary of the bike messenger race scene in "the City"


By Bill Strickland



Alleycats are unofficial yet ultra-competitive races organized by bike messengers in, mostly, big cities. New York-based photographer Amy Bolger, who has worked at six messenger companies since 1998 (and came in third overall in the first Monster Track, a New York race that forbids brakes), documents the entire scene in her 61-page photo book entitled New York Alleycats. What's not immediately noticeable but becomes, upon repeated browsing, the coolest feature is how few of the pictures are actual riding shots. Bolger vividly and candidly captures the spectrum of the community, personalities, environment and spirit of these freewheeling, non-freewheel races. Spend some time browsing Bolger's work at (where you might be able to buy the book by the time you read this), then click over to one of the online bookstores to get the real deal.











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