José A. Alvarado Jr.

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Location: New York City, New York
Nationality: Puerto Rican American
Biography: José A. Alvarado Jr. is a Puerto Rican photographer dedicated to documenting class inequality, civic engagement, and contemporary issues in Puerto Rico and New York City. He works primarily in long-form storytelling, using visual imagery... MORE
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for Gothamist: Monster Track - An adrenaline-filled, unsanctioned bike race through Manhattan's streets
josé a. alvarado jr.
Mar 19, 2023
Location: New York City
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An adrenaline-filled, unsanctioned bike race through Manhattan's streets
The Half-Marathon isn’t the only race happening on New York City’s streets this weekend. For those in the know, mid-March also means the return of Monster Track, an unsanctioned “alley cat” bike race through Manhattan. Monster Track has a storied history stretching back to at least the early 2000s, when it was first organized by a group of New York bike messengers. (This year’s race is the 24th installment.) It’s one of the nation’s most well-known alley cats; others include Minneapolis’ Stupor Bowl and Los Angeles' former Wolfpack Marathon Crash Race. Monster Track mimics the perils bike messengers encounter on the job, like traffic, potholes and pedestrians, to name a few. Instead of a fixed route, racers are given a series of checkpoints. Knowledge of the city’s streets and the quickest routes is essential. And if that wasn’t enough, the bikes are brakeless.

Photographed for Gothamist, with words by Christian SantanaMonster Track: an adrenaline-filled, unsanctioned bike race through Manhattan's streets
The Half-Marathon isn’t the only race happening on New York City’s streets this weekend. Photographer Jose Alvarado takes us inside Monster Track, an unsanctioned “alley cat” bike race through Manhattan.
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