Last week my bike was stolen in broad daylight from Driggs and North 7th, where it was locked to a scaffolding between 10am and 8:00pm. My bike had literally come in the mail the day before; I rode it twice before it was stolen.
An older woman told me that there is a sting operation at Driggs and N 7th, where a man unscrews the scaffolding bars, slides the bikes off, and then puts the bars back up so that he can do it all again the next time there are bikes worth stealing. The scaffolding has been there since at least 2006.
My bike was mailed from California and I have only seen one other Public bike in NYC; it’s very distinctive.